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    Moda Operandi

    A Personal Runway Edit

    Us girls over at goop are starting to get excited about spring fashion and have also been watching the Fall 2013 Ready-To-Wear shows (we need something to get excited about, this rain is killing us). The collections, many of them wonderful, seem disparate at the moment - so many directions to go in! So we asked some of our favorite tastemakers, the girls of one of my favorite sites, Moda Operandi, what's inspiring them, what they like, and what they want to buy. Oh, and they asked me, too.

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    Lauren Santo Domingo, Co-Founder

    Q:What inspires your style?

    A:I relate to the cool sophistication of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and the bold elegance of Nan Kempner. They fall on two sides of the style spectrum but neither was ever boring. My style is constantly evolving. I grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, in the '80s, so preppy is very much a part of my DNA—and I fall back on this aesthetic more often than not. In my everyday life there are lots of loafers, crewneck sweaters, and bows. I love a bow. Oh, and pearls, of course. But for night, I really experiment. I do love to dress up!

    Style icons Nan Kempner (left) and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (right).

    Style icons Nan Kempner (left) and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (right).

    Q:How did you get involved in the fashion industry?

    A:During my high school summer vacations I worked for Sassy magazine—as a teen model! I was desperate to work in fashion, but sadly not many publications were eager to hire a 14-year-old with only baby-sitting on her resume. But a well-timed growth spurt, a few family connections, and close proximity to NYC made this gawky girl's dream come true. It was a life-altering experience to be a part of this now legendary magazine, but I knew then and there that I wanted to be an editor. Even from a young age I was not so eager to be told what to do and what to wear. I wanted to call the shots. Literally.

    Lauren in the pages of Sassy in 1993.

    Lauren in the pages of Sassy in 1993.

    Q:You're known for always looking impeccable and for striking the balance between wearing classic clothes that still manage to look modern. How do you make a timeless wardrobe stand out day-to-day?

    A:Why, thank you. Essentially, I try not to stand out. I've learned that If I wear something that is authentic I can just go about my business and not think twice. But if I'm in something that looks or feels "off," I must confess, it will completely ruin my evening. Thankfully, Moda Operandi has introduced Salon Moda—private shopping appointments with our expert senior stylists. So if I need a stealth wardrobe change, off to Salon Moda I go!

    Q:Where do you get your inspiration?

    A:I am a Pinterest addict. My greatest strength is that I am very visual. My greatest weakness is a short attention span. Pinterest, with its constant stream of beautiful images, is a dream come true.

    Lauren's Pinterest account.

    Lauren's Pinterest account.

    Q:Are there any examples of times when you've taken a bit of a risk and worn something that's totally not you? Has it worked?

    A:At the Met Costume Institute Ball, I like to wear something I normally would not or could not. At most events one can't wear their best dress without fear of upstaging a bride or outshining a hostess, so this is the night to be fabulous. This year, Moda Operandi has the honor of sponsoring the Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, so I'm especially looking forward to May's Met Ball.

    Lauren in Oscar de la Renta at the 2012 Met Ball.

    Lauren in Oscar de la Renta at the 2012 Met Ball.

    Lauren's Runway Picks:

    My style veers classic, but I always embrace thoughtfully executed, off-kilter juxtapositions. For instance, Proenza Schouler ingeniously pairs a couture-quality gown with flats of teams a voluminous jacket with a streamlined skirt. And of course, a dose of prismatic prints from Matthew Williamson never hurts.

    Lauren's Runway Picks

    Runway Picks

    I highly anticipate Proenza Schouler's shows every season, as their pieces make up a shocking portion of my wardrobe."

    And, what she's wearing now from Boutique:

    And, what she's wearing now from Boutique
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    Indre Rockefeller, Director of Ready-to-Wear

    Q:What inspires your style? And how has this inspiration evolved?

    A:What I wear is completely mood and occasion dependent. I am drawn to pieces that have a special quirk or twist—even if it’s just a small detail like an unexpected lining or whimsical print. I was an art history major in college and visual artists, especially abstract expressionists like Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, influence my aesthetic. Over time I have developed a much deeper appreciation for the beautiful construction of the clothes I buy.

    Mark Rothko, White Center, 1950.

    Mark Rothko, White Center, 1950.

    Q:What was your path to the fashion industry?

    A:Apparently, I recognized the power of fashion at an early age. When I was 5, I refused to wear pants for an entire year because Snow White only wore dresses. She was my first fashion icon. Many years later, I received the best fashion industry education I could have asked for working under Anna Wintour at Vogue.

    Q:What defines a great "fashion moment" for you?

    A:The best part of my job is working with emerging designers and young talent. The optimism and creative energy they emanate is infectious. When I walk into the showroom of a new designer and see a collection with real vision and talent behind it, I get butterflies. That is my fashion moment.

    Indre at the London presentation of the Ostwald Helgason Fall 2013 collection, hosted by Moda Operandi.

    Indre at the London presentation of the Ostwald Helgason Fall 2013 collection, hosted by Moda Operandi.

    Q:We hear you were a professional ballet dancer before entering the fashion industry. How has this former career informed your views on fashion?

    A:Growing up, I loved spending time in the theater's wardrobe, watching seamstresses put the finishing touches on beautiful beading, colorful tulle, and elaborate headpieces. Even as an adult, the transformation that came with getting into costume never lost its magic. My history in ballet has influenced my love of beautiful craftsmanship and delicate, feminine details in the clothes I wear.

    An exquisitely detailed dress from Thom Browne (left), and a leather necklace from Patricia Viera.

    An exquisitely detailed dress from Thom Browne (left),
    and a leather necklace from Patrícia Viera (right).

    Indre's Runway Picks:

    I like to wear a representation of young designers, including one of my favorites, Simone Rocha, mixed in with established New York and London brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim and Preen – topped off with a statement piece from an industry innovator like Proenza Schouler.

    Indre's Runway Picks

    Runway Picks

    "During London Fashion Week, I fell in love with Simone Rocha's opening looks in an eye-catching shade of vibrant pink. I have no doubt that it will be my color for fall 2013."

    And, what she's wearing now from Boutique:

    And, what she's wearing now from Boutique:
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    Taylor Tomasi Hill, Creative Director

    Q:What inspires your style? And how has this inspiration evolved?

    A:I spent a lot of time traveling this past year, which had a major impact on how I viewed my closet. Observing women around the world has inspired me to wear pieces in more interesting ways, from layering to prints.

    Left: A street shot of Taylor taken by Tommy Ton. Right: Taylor with Brazilian designer Patricia Viera.

    Left: Taylor in-between shows donning a dress by Brazilian designer Patrícia Viera.
    Right: Hanging with Viera in a custom-made jacket from the designer.

    Q:How and when did you become interested in fashion?

    A:I studied industrial design and always assumed that I would be designing furniture or products. I fell into fashion while doing an internship at W magazine during my senior year of college. After that, I was addicted.

    Q:You're known for putting emerging designers on the map. How do you discover new talent?

    A: My latest source for scouting talent is Instagram. I came across Taka Naka this way, an exciting new brand that we will be working with for a fall trunkshow. I can't be everywhere, but I can follow people everywhere!

    Taylor capturing a favorite look at fashion week (left). A vibrant dress from Tata Naka, Taylor’s Instagram discovery (right)

    Taylor capturing a favorite look at fashion week (left).
    A vibrant dress from Tata Naka, Taylor’s Instagram discovery (right).

    Taylor's Runway Picks

    While I love the rare editorial splurge, I'm always looking for versatile pieces that transcend season and occasion. It's not about the latest trend but about building a foundation of quality staples that can be freshened up with special pieces. I'm looking forward to mixing Thom Browne, Proenza Schouler and 3.1 Phillip Lim into my wardrobe.

    Taylor's Runway Picks

    Runway Picks

    "I was excited by Thom Browne's fall 2013 show. The shapes and textures were amazing. I love the avant-garde twist that he injects into a preppy aesthetic."

    And, what she's wearing now from Boutique:

    And, what she's wearing now from Boutique:
    Shop Boutique Picks - Click here

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    Q:What inspires your style?

    A:I am most inspired by women friends who are incredibly stylish in their own way. Stella McCartney always looks amazing. She has a way of making you covet her sweatpants and t-shirt, she just wears clothes so well. I love Rashida Jones' hot nerd vibe and Beyonce’s playfulness in trying different trends. I love Cameron Diaz's ability to rock silver nails and layer tons of tiny gold jewelry. I am also very inspired by street style in London where I have lived pretty much for 10 years.

    Q:What are your favorite fashion moments?

    A:I have to say that since I started working with stylist Elizabeth Saltzman and have put my red carpet looks in her hands, I think they are all pretty maje. I can say this because I have just about nothing to do with it. Standouts for me are the pink Prada dress at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, and of course the white Tom Ford from the Oscars last year.

    Left: In Tom Ford for the 2012 Oscars. Right: Wearing Prada at the Venice Film Festival.

    Left: In Tom Ford for the 2012 Oscars.
    Right: Wearing Prada at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.

    Q:Any fashion faux pas?

    A:Well, I started being photographed in the 90's so of course there are a few glaring ones. Two that come to mind are looks I wore to the Oscars in 2000 and 2002. The first is the Calvin Klein. It's an okay dress but not Oscars material. I chose it because I wanted to disappear that year. Also, the goth Alexander McQueen I wore a few years later. There were a few issues; I still love the dress itself but I should have worn a bra and I should have just had simple beachy hair and less makeup. Then, it would have worked as I wanted it to - a little bit of punk at the Oscars.

    Not my favorite Oscars looks:
    Calvin Klein (left), Alexander McQueen (right)

    Gwyneth's Runway Picks:

    I feel inspired when I see innovation in shape, lines and tailoring, making me see clothes in a fresh way. For example, the proportions of the dresses at Preen this season are very forward, while Proenza Schouler has a whole new take on the wrap dress, and Matthew Williamson brings new, bold and appealing printed fabrics.

    Gwyneth's Runway Picks

    Runway Picks

    "Matthew Williamson's black rose print dress is the perfect happy year-round office/meeting dress."

    And, what she's wearing now from Boutique:

    And, what she's wearing now from Boutique:
    Shop Boutique Picks - Click here

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