Olivia Palermo It Girl: Not many reality TV stars go on to achieve credibility in fashion, but Olivia Palermo’s knack for sleek styling has won her a reputation as one of the world’s best-accessorized women. On her Net-a-Porter “The Edit” interview, she talks about heel heights, starting her own label and the importance of a skinny belt.
Her uncanny knack with a skinny belt and – cobblestones aside – an apparently effortless ability to run in heels (“It’s never a problem,” she confirms) came to international attention when Palermo was cast in MTV’s fashion reality show The City, which saw her working for Diane von Furstenberg and later in what some might consider to be her spiritual home, the accessories department at US ELLE magazine.
I would love to start my own [fashion] house but it’s not the right time. I feel like I can do it in stages and when the timing is right to do it, then I will.”
In the meantime, she’s satisfying her design desires through collaborations: last month, she launched her first range of shoes with footwear brand Aquazzura. “I’ve known Edgardo [Osorio, the brand’s designer and founder] since his first collection and he’s become a great friend of mine,” says Palermo. “I only want to team up and design with people who I have a solid relationship with. There is a very small handful of shoe designers of whom you can say [the shoes] are aesthetically phenomenal and fit like a glove – Manolo [Blahnik] is one of them, and Edgardo. With this, we wanted to create shoes every woman wants in her wardrobe.
When the 28-year-old married Johannes Huebl earlier this year, her choice of outfit surprised and impressed. In place of a Park Avenue princess gown, she chose a full tulle skirt and simple cashmere sweater by Carolina Herrera. “I had a semi-idea of what I was looking for, but I surprised myself,” she says. “Carolina did a fabulous job and I loved the sweater with the feathers. They’re both wonderful pieces that I can wear again if I choose to. I love wearing clothes over and over again.”
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