Chic People
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Part 1

MDS- How would you define your style?

AL- Effortless, feminine, modern

Aerin in her Southampton living room- Elle Decor

Southampton living Room- Elle Decor

Aerin in Southampton

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.

Aerin’s NYC Apartment- Elle Decor

Aerin’s NYC Apartment Living Room- Elle Decor

Flowers and Books in Aerin’s NYC living room- Instagram

Aerin’s NYC Apartment Dining Room- Elle Decor


MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

AL- Editor at a magazine

Aerin in her NYC office enjoying the september issue of Vogue


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

Inspired by flowers- Instagram

Flowers in Aerin’s Bedroom- Instagram

Murnau: Street with Horse-Drawn Carriage, Vasily Kandinsky, 1909. Photo: © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris


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.

Aerin’s Dressing Room- Elle Decor

Aerin’s Dressing Room- Instagram

Aerin’s Dressing Room- Instagram

Aerin’s Dressing Room- Instagram

Aerin’s Dressing Room, love this valentino dress- Instagram


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.

Books on Design, Art, Fashion and Style- Instagram

Art by Cy Twombly- Instagram

A photograph of Aerin’s grandmother, Estee Lauder, with her grandfather Joseph- Instagram


MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”

AL- Cashmere Scarves

Aerin’s favorite Masserano Paolo 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.

The Lauder Family


MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

AL- Effortless style – the art of looking great and making it look easy

Aerin’s new book, Beauty at Home- buy it (here).

Aerin’s beautiful book- Instagram

Aerin’s book signing at Bergdorf Goodman- Photograph BFA


“AERIN LAUDER” - 6 Comments

  1. Love ThiS. You are an interviewEr for the new age. The photos from multiple sourCes, including her Instagram, mixed with your questions that folks lOve to answer … Are Full tilt fascinating.


  2. SHe is without a doubt my design crush! Her style, her taste.. its all impeccable. Not to mention she is one savvy business women! Great post!


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