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