MDS- How would you define your style?
AL- Effortless, feminine, modern
MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?
AL- I grew up in New York City and lived in Vienna for a few years when I was a teenager. Like a typical New Yorker, I’m always busy, on the go – so I appreciate things that are easy and travel well. I design all of my collections with that concept in mind.
MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
AL- Editor at a magazine
MDS Who or what is inspiring you right now?
AL- I’m constantly inspired by traveling and destinations, as well as elements in nature – especially flowers. Also, At this particular moment, I am feeling very inspired by the Kandinsky show at the Neue Galerie
MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?
AL- My dressing room. It’s my sanctuary living in a house of boys. It’s very pretty and feminine and it’s the only place in the house that’s exclusively mine.
MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?
AL- I collect lots of things, but hopefully not obsessively. Art, for starters. I love books on design, art, fashion and style – as well as vintage magazines – so I collect those and use them as reference points when I need inspiration. I also collect personal mementos and keepsakes – drawings my sons have done for me, favorite toys of theirs that they’ve outgrown, small objects that used to belong to my grandmother, etc.
MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”
AL- Cashmere Scarves
MDS- What do you want to be known for?
AL- Hopefully for continuing my family’s tradition of supporting the arts and education. I was raised by a family with the highest appreciation for the arts and they taught be the importance of supporting them, as well as the importance of giving back to those in need. To that end, I’ve recently partnered with First Book, a non-profit organization that delivers millions of crucially needed books to children in lower-income areas.
MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?
AL- Effortless style – the art of looking great and making it look easy
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