'My nighttime fashion always has a bit of a sense of humor to it—it’s a little bit more costume-y, sexier. I don’t know that I would use the word glamorous to describe me. I’m much more, like, bohemian, and my fashion is super accidental. Sometimes, I think it’s a hit and other times I’m like, ‘Oh, that wasn’t my favorite.’ Like most people, I just go with what I feel. Now it’s August and my hair is wavy and I’m tan. It’s definitely time for my bell-bottoms and lots of jewelry from Pam Love and New Mexico. I spend most of the summer in Montauk—I might be hosting an event, which clearly, I’m going to go to. My friends are in a band and if they’re performing at Surf Lodge, I’ll go to that. I was just on the board for Waves for Water, a surf-rider event that protects the oceans coast-to-coast. I hosted their event at a private residence. Summer is very different from the rest of the year—I’m super selective and don’t go to a lot at all other than friends’ barbecues and art openings.
At Made, we handle a lot of events. In our launch season, we did Alex Wang’s party in a gas station. We had to empty out all of the gasoline tanks and we bought out the Petrol Mini Mart, so basically anything that anybody wanted in the Mini Mart was free. People were like, ‘Oh my God,’ and taking air fresheners. It was pretty epic. Right now, anything that I’m overseeing is probably quite secret because we’re developing it. I think fashion, in general, is at a very interesting time. Consumers think that designers are superstars, that because they know their name, everything is working out for them. But many are really financially strapped and it’s not an easy business to penetrate. I think it’s our responsibility in the industry to come up with solutions for them, which is why we launched Made. There’s so much more we can re-think and offer to designers to help make their businesses more sustainable, because if this city doesn’t have their creativity, we just fall flat.
I’m usually quite manic when I’m getting ready because I never have enough time. Sometimes, the more people around me the more ‘ugh’ I get. Getting ready is the one time in my day when I can shut the fuck up, get in the shower and just breathe for a minute. I figure out what mood I’m in, who I’m going to see that night, and whether or not an outfit might serve me better in the future. My hair is usually already done—I’ll throw on a hat if it’s not. When I’m doing my makeup, I just FaceTime with friends or listen to music—music is my life. Lately I’ve been breaking into Usher and Mariah Carey, like late '90s R&B.
My routine starts with clean skin. I love La Roche-Posay Cleansing Milk. Then, after a shower, I spray on either Caudalíe Beauty Elixir or the Hydrating Toner from Christine Chin, and immediately put on oil— Premier Cru from Caudalíe or Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil. I swear by Dr. Macrene Skin Results 37 Extreme Actives. It’s insanely expensive, but I think she basically believes that you don’t need anything for your face other than this—she feels like you’re skin starts to change at the age of 37, hence the number. At night, I always try to put a retinol on, like Christine Chin Retinol Smoothing Fluid. It helps with sunspots and pores and wrinkles. I’ve been into anti-aging since I was like, 10.
My face can’t carry makeup. It just can’t. The more eye makeup I put on, the sleepier I look. I look tired, older. I try to play with my angles, but makeup artists are better. I will do a tinted moisturizer and a bronze-y, peachy, dewy look and I’ll try to play with my contours a bit—but very little eye makeup or a smokey eye. It doesn’t look like me.
I use a lot of Nars—the Guy Bourdin collection [ed note: discontinued]. I use Hourglass Veil Fluid Oil Free Makeup and Hidden Corrective Concealer in Honey and Warm Beige. I never liked foundation until I found Hourglass—it just blends in with my skin, it doesn’t live on top of it. It absorbs and seems really natural.
Then I do highlighter— High Beam from Benefit. I put it down the center of my nose and on my chin. I also have the Nars The Multiple sticks, but I like that High Beam is kind of liquid-y. I can just dab this on versus smearing on a stick. I’m obsessed with any of the Nars eyeliner pencils and lip pencils, like the Nars Hollywoodland Soft Touch Shadow Pencil.
Whatever mascara Maybelline makes, I use—right now, it’s Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara. Maybelline is one of our partners at Made actually, and they send us a ton of stuff. Everybody has the Naked Palette from Urban Decay—I don’t use a lot of the colors though. I use whatever lip liner is around—right now it's Rimmel Exaggerate Full Color Lip Liner in Rich and Addiction. Then I’ll do a red lip, too. I think Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl is my favorite. It blends well with my skin color. I’ve got big lips and if I don’t find the right red, I feel like I look wrong…I think I need blue in it. I won’t do a dramatic lip and a dramatic eye because my face doesn’t carry it, but I do like the idea of it. I wish I could do, like, a really glossy, black eyelid and a deep purple lip at the same time…
For perfume I wear Frederic Malle Portrait Of A Lady. I like handsome, woodsy smells. I think it smells really good on, like wool or fur. It’s a really good fall/winter smell. Also, when you’re sweating in the summer, you use so little of it. I don’t like to smell too feminine. I wear Old Spice deodorant.
I’m not super precious about my hair, although I should be. I’m more inspired by hair than I am makeup. I love French films from the '70s—I love their hair. Sex and smoking and cheese in the Mediterranean—do a lot of that and drink a lot of wine and you’re fine! I use the Oribe Soft Lacquer Styling Hair Spray, and the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. My number one, my ride-or-die dry shampoo is Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. I have really wavy hair, which I love. I’m really not good at doing my own hair, so I’ll have a blowout twice a week from my friend, Jonathan Rackleff. He works at Marie Robinson on 23rd & 5th Ave. He’ll come over and we’ll chat and do a blowout and he’ll tell me what outfit to wear and then we’re on our way.
I’ll usually do like, a long dress that’s got strategic cutouts. I have a lot of different favorite designers, but I also wear a lot of vintage. I go to Ritual Vintage often. I’ll wear Edwardian or Victorian lace dresses and lots of vintage lingerie paired with a ton of arm bangles and cuffs. My inspiration is always Jennifer Lopez—I mean, she’s fucking flawless.
For an ideal night in New York, I would start at The Carlyle. I go there about once a week for a martini and oysters. It’s so beautiful and I love listening to the guys play the piano. It’s proper and I always dress up. Then we’d go…maybe to Red Lobster in Times Square for dinner? Have, like, a lobster-tini, a Red Lobster martini—two straws. From Red Lobster, I’d like to take a limo—an '80s limo—to Rasputin in Brooklyn. It's closed now but it was a sort of a variety/burlesque show at this crazy Russian dinner spot in Bay Ridge or Brighton Beach…somewhere around there. They only served vodka. Maybe from there we’d go to Coney Island for a late night swim and if bonfires were allowed, have a bonfire, a drink on the beach, and then get driven back home in the limo...That sounds like a blast. In Montauk, my night usually ends with either paddleboarding or making a bonfire and just going into the ocean and to look at the stars. The last full moon night was pretty epic because we all went for a nude-y swim. That was fun.
It depends on what time I get home, but I’ll do makeup wipes. My favorite thing to do if I get home at a decent hour is to lie in bed and put a rom-com on to fall asleep to. Something Borrowed is always on rotation. So is How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days, but then you could also skew up a little older—I love Something’s Gotta Give. I’ve probably seen it like a million times, it’s so soothing.”
—as told to ITG
Alana Zimmer gets ready to go out in Valentino and '70s waves, Anja Rubik avoids turning up too fast with her peanut butter trick, and Kate Young gives good advice for dressing up in Top Shelf After Dark.