OLIVIA PALERMO

Get to know her in our ver­sion of 73 ques­tions

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In 2007, a web­site, so­cialit­er­ank.com, and 21-year-old Olivia Palermo were thrust into the spot­light for what was es­sen­tially a bitchy on­line “slam book” gone wrong. The web­site pub­lished a post claim­ing that Palermo had sent an email to over 50 so­cialites, beg­ging them to ac­cept her into their cir­cles. She de­nied the claims, and filed a law­suit against so­cialit­er­ank.com. Af­ter the drama died down a year later, Palermo went on to be cast in The City, an MTV re­al­ity se­ries. She also be­gan a re­la­tion­ship with model Jo­hannes Huebl. Since then, she’s signed as a tal­ent, col­lab­o­rated with top fash­ion and beauty brands, and even ap­peared as a guest judge on Project Run­way. In 2013, Huebl pro­posed to her, and in June of 2014, the pair wed. Fo­cus­ing on de­vel­op­ing her web­site, and work­ing with brands like Ci­até, Aquaz­zura and West­ward Lean­ing to de­velop ex­clu­sive col­lec­tions, Palermo has se­cured her spot among NYC’s glit­terati. Here, she talks about her sense of style, her favourite ac­ces­sories, and hav­ing ul­tra-fash­ion­able par­ents.

What are your tips for wear­ing ac­ces­sories well?

Ev­ery day I’m in­spired by one piece, and kind of work my out­fit through that – it’s a great way to ac­ces­sorise. Start with the ac­ces­sory, and then dress ac­cord­ingly. And then, even if it’s a lit­tle bit and you have a sim­ple, min­i­mal­is­tic out­fit, just a lit­tle touch of a belt, a ring or a bracelet will do won­ders. It gives the out­fit your own per­sonal touch.

What’s the one ac­ces­sory that re­ally brings an out­fit to life? Is the state­ment neck­lace al­ways key?

It re­ally de­pends on the out­fit and what it is. You al­ways have to have that one thing. I al­ways love a great belt, be­cause you can cinch it and it gives the out­fit a lit­tle style, and I guess a bit of some­thing else – a lit­tle pop.

Do you col­lect any­thing?

Ac­ces­sories. I love a great ac­ces­sory. And clothes.

How did you start your ac­ces­sories col­lec­tion?

My mother and my aunt have a very good back­ground in jew­ellery, so I was for­tu­nate to get a deep un­der­stand­ing of it at a young age. It’s a great way to tie an out­fit to­gether.

What type of ac­ces­sories do you love most?

I love a great ear­ring, a big cuff and a cock­tail ring.

Tried any DIY fash­ion projects re­cently?

Yes, a lit­tle bit. There are so many things you can do with a pair of jeans. My as­sis­tant came up with a re­ally nice one the other day. We might put it on my web­site, olivi­a­palermo.com.

Do you get any fash­ion tips from your dad?

He has that old-school style to him. I love that! He’s al­ways prop­erly dressed – pocket squares and ev­ery­thing.

What are your rules for mix­ing and match­ing eclec­tic, stand-out pieces?

It’s re­ally all about what catches your eye. We do it a lot on my web­site. We did it for one of our posts, which was a Geo story. It’s about dif­fer­ent pops of colours, dif­fer­ent pat­terns, tex­tures and so forth, and how to play it up with some good solid ac­ces­sories.

Got any style tips for our read­ers?

I re­ally fo­cus on pants, be­cause I’m al­ways cold dur­ing the win­ter. And be­cause I’m al­ways cold, and I fig­ure ev­ery other girl in New York is prob­a­bly freez­ing, too. I like to play with colour and add a lit­tle sparkle.

What’s your power colour?

I love mint green – it’s a great colour. I al­ways seem to go to that. It’s a nice, fresh colour, I think.

Give us your top three beauty tricks.

I love Vase­line to take off eye make-up. It’s old-school, but it seems to work very well for me. I use SK-II for mois­tur­is­ing. I pre­fer its amaz­ing serums. Also, drink enough wa­ter to stay healthy and hy­drated.

Who does your hair?

An­dre Davis, at Ju­lian Farel on 57th Street. He’s been do­ing my hair for al­most 10 years now. He’s a ge­nius! No­body cuts and colours my hair ex­cept for An­dre – that’s it. I’m very lucky to have an amaz­ing stylist in Europe, whom I work with, who does the styling when I have ed­i­to­rial shoots with big­ger out­lets. I have a very good team be­hind me.

I love a pop of colour – red is sort of my sig­na­ture.

What ma­jor hair trends are you look­ing for­ward to try­ing this sea­son?

I love great run­way in­spi­ra­tions, but on an ev­ery­day ba­sis, it’s fun to change it up a lit­tle. I think you have to wear your hair how you wear it ev­ery day be­cause that’s when you look best. That’s sort of my motto, and what I al­ways go back to.

How about a braid or a side part?

Oh, I do that all the time! A great lit­tle side braid is re­ally cute. Adding a lit­tle high­light to play with in the sun – that’s nice as well. Yeah, I’m kind of mid-length girl – not too long. I’m can’t do su­per-long hair.

Any new hair prod­ucts you’re lov­ing?

Ju­lian Farel has this in­cred­i­ble vi­ta­min re­store prod­uct that I highly rec­om­mend for every­body.

What are your man­i­cure tips?

I keep my nails very healthy. I get a man­i­cure once a week, and it al­ways makes me feel a lit­tle bit bet­ter. I love a pop of colour – red is sort of my sig­na­ture. Dur­ing the win­ter, I try to change it up and go for a deeper, more bur­gundy hue. In the sum­mer, with a good tan, it’s quite nice to do a bright, fire en­gine red. Plus, man­i­cures only last for four days max, and then you’ve got to get a new one. I per­son­ally re­ally like colours from Essie.

What’s your favourite drug­store beauty prod­uct?

Vase­line – I swear by it! It’s great for eye make-up, it’s great if you have chapped lips. You know what else it’s great for? If you have a new shoe that has the ink rub­bing off on your foot, smear on a lit­tle bit, take a towel to it, and it will come right off. It re­ally gets dye off your skin.

What is your sum­mer beauty must-have?

Sun­screen from Lancôme – it’s can­cer-re­search ap­proved, and great pro­tec­tion. SPF40 should be good enough pro­tec­tion.

Do you have sum­mer diet tips?

I don’t re­ally have tips. When I’m home, I go to Whole Foods and get a lot of fresh fruit. I eat healthy in gen­eral. I like to eat as or­ganic as pos­si­ble. When I can, I try to do Bikram yoga, so that’s about it.

How does that help you diet wise?

I just eat healthy. I don’t diet. I just con­tin­u­ously eat healthy. I make sure I eat healthily ev­ery day, and I think that can make a huge dif­fer­ence with your diet.

What are your beauty res­o­lu­tions for 2015?

Sleep, mainly. Sleep is good. Have enough sleep. Just drink wa­ter, stay hy­drated, main­tain your skin, try to stay out of the sun – a lit­tle colour is healthy, but not too much. And al­ways use a good mois­turiser for hy­drat­ing. I use SK-II to get my skin feel­ing and stay­ing moist.

What are your pop cul­ture guilty plea­sures?

Jo­hannes and I are big movie buffs. So we’re al­ways watch­ing some­thing or an­other. I like law stuff.

What are you work­ing on, right now?

Right now, my fo­cus is to con­tinue build­ing my web­site, and mak­ing it the best we can.

This fash­ion star works stripes of dif­fer­ent colours. Olivia stuns in gold at the 2014 Bri­tish Fash­ion Awards. Olivia Palermo knows that sim­plic­ity is the key to ul­ti­mate style. Work­ing denim on denim at Re­becca Minkof Spring/ Sum­mer 2015.

Olivia makes de­mure look hot! Olivia rocks tan, camel and fringe at Michael Kors Spring/ Sum­mer 2015.

FRONT ROW FABULOSITY As one of fash­ion’s top style icons, Olivia Palermo is al­ways seen dressed in her fash­ion­able best. t O a d f

Grey never looked so good –

Olivia at the Carolina Her­rera Spring/Sum­mer 2015 show. Flaunt­ing those gor­geous legs at Paris Fash­ion Week. Olivia stands out in camo at the Emilio de la Morena Spring/Sum­mer

2015 show. Turn­ing heads in bur­gundy at Bar­bara Bui Spring/

Sum­mer 2015. Olivia stuns in lay­ers of mixed print at the 2014 Bri­tish Fash­ion Awards.

A pair of sun­nies helps max her cool fac­tor. Loud prints, a popped col­lar and cir­cle shades – it’s of­fi­cial, this style queen can do no wrong.

Look­ing spec­tac­u­lar in lace in the front row of the March­esa Spring/ Sum­mer 2015 show. Fur keeps her warm and su­per fash­ion­able! Olivia’s dim­pled smile is her

best ac­ces­sory.

Work­ing a clean mono­chrome look at De­sigual Spring 2015.

Even run­ning er­rands, she’s dressed to the nines!

Chan­nelling dap­per sleek at a Dior show.

Olivia is def­i­nitely the queen of mix­ing and match­ing prints.

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