Lau­ren Santo Domingo

Con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor at Vogue, co-founder of fash­ion re­tailer Moda Operandi and New York style maven

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It shouldn’t be a sur­prise, but my first mem­ory is be­ing at the top of the stairs watch­ing a very glam­orous grown-up party be­low.

My hus­band had all my old sketch­books, scrap­books and pic­ture al­bums from my teenage years beau­ti­fully bound on in leather by Vo­gel Bin­dery. That’s one of my most trea­sured gifts.

My wed­ding dress was out­ra­geous. Ac­tu­ally I had two dresses: I had one poufy, enor­mous one. All feath­ers. It was 100 de­grees in Carta­gena [Colom­bia], so I was about to go and change – I had this bright pink fuch­sia Lan­vin party dress to put on. Olivier [Theyskens] was like, “Where are you go­ing? Get me a pair of scis­sors.” It was the mid­dle of the night, and one of the se­cu­rity guards woke up the tai­lor down the street. They came back with the scis­sors, and he just cut the feath­ered dress. Not planned. I de­cided at that mo­ment that there is noth­ing that an out­fit change can’t fix. I was stressed, I had the worst time on my wed­ding night, and then all of a sud­den, that sec­ond, I was like “whoop!”

I like to set the table with news­pa­per and wooden ham­mers, boil a bushel of Mary­land blue crab sea­soned with Lawry’s salt, and serve with but­tered corn on the cob. A sum­mer­time favourite.

Caviar Kaspia is one of the best places to eat in Paris. Baked potato with caviar, of course.

If I have a great blazer or pair of trousers, I hold on to them as long as pos­si­ble. These things aren’t as much fun to buy but are usu­ally hard to find with con­sis­tency.

I would send vis­i­tors in New York to Moda Operandi’s pri­vate shop­ping sa­lon on the Up­per East Side for a per­fect high-touch, high-tech shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence.

Acme restau­rant on the Lower East Side is the coolest restau­rant to eat at in New York. Then go down­stairs for a drink, or two. For some­thing more up­scale, Boom Boom Room [in New York] has the best view.

I would like to be re­mem­bered as some­one that helped other peo­ple achieve their goals, whether it’s a woman achiev­ing con­fi­dence or find­ing her­self through fash­ion, a de­signer who we help launch or build a ca­reer, or a young girl who wants to work in fash­ion and be­comes her own busi­ness­woman.

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