marina rust connor has always been my ideal. she has this very special quality that you don’t see often these days…she’s beautiful, refined and elegant….she understands restraint. she also has a casual, sporty, and natural radiance to her. i love this rare mix….. simply put, i love a lady and marina rust connor is just that.

i think it was about twelve years ago, maybe even fifteen, when i first saw pictures of marina and i immediately thought she was a modern day jackie kennedy or lee radziwill, something from another time, so classic, so timeless.

marina is a contributing editor for vogue and a very gifted writer. her topics are not only relevant, they are refreshing and a delight to read. she has the ability to make fashion, beauty and style not only inspiring, but intellectual and humorous as well.

marina and i connected this year via instagram/follow marina here, oh the power of social media! as i’ve gotten to know her i’ve realized her true priorities are her daughters, husband and her home…all of which make her even more beautiful.

i’ve so enjoyed getting to know more about marina (i especially love that she loves a grey sweatshirt as much as as i do), i know you will too!


MDS- How would you define your style?

MRComfortable. I dislike anything itchy, and wear my hems and heels low.

 photo 1



MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that has influenced your style?

MR- I was born in Washington DC.  When I was small, my mother left my father, taking me eventually to a communal farm in Oregon, a field hippie situation.  I moved back in with my Dad at 9, rebelling against my mother by dressing conservatively.  I went to boarding school in Connecticut, then to Duke.  Living with my Dad in Washington, I’d always admired southern style.  My first summer job was at Brooks Brothers near K St.

W: Ian, better resolution photo by my LA friend Steve Simons


MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?

MR- Instagram! I had never used social media, but eventually signed on to follow my children.

 photo 3



MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?

MR- A toss up between my kitchen and bedroom.

 Marina Rust - Vogue - Francois Halard

Marina Rust - Vogue - Francois Halard 2

Marina Rust - Vogue - Francois Halard 1



MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?

MR- Vintage dressed mice from The Original Fur Toy Company, West Germany.  I’d had a few when I was young in Washington, and re discovered more on eBay. Luckily, I had the excuse they are for my daughters, and being mice, they don’t take up much room.  But I’ve stopped. For now. Should I even be telling you this? I also collect Coalport’s white Countryware china, as we had it in Washington, and it is now sadly discontinued.

Marina Rust and Ian Connor-September 1999-Photographer Pamela Hanson



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

MR- I could never own too many plain grey sweatshirts.

 Also from book publicity, 1993. Will try to find you something more recent...



MDS- Who are your style icons? Who is in your best-dressed hall of fame?

MR- Deeda Blair (who I have never seen in a sweatshirt.)

Ok, I'm slouching


MDS- What do you want to be known for?

MR- Being a decent mother and writer.




MDS- What’s next for Marina?

MR- Good question. See above.




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

MR- To travel lightly, and with ease, an ability I lack but do admire.

 photo 4

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Mark- I am dear freinds with marina’s first cousin Fiona, and have always admired that marina marches to her own drummer. She defines elegance and chic.

  2. She is all what you say, Mark, and more. I love her remark about traveling: “to travel light and with ease”. This has been my dream also. Thank you for this post.

  3. Chic is knowing who you are and fearlessly being that person–i think that marina fits the description. Thanks for this great interview.

  4. You are so spot on Mark with your description of her style! She is truly an american beauty! Ill have to check out her instagram. Im sure her photos are as stylish as she is!


Back to the Blog