As a teenager, I was painfully aware that I didn’t look like the other girls in my class. I was extra fair, crazy tall with long, skinny limbs and ears that were slightly too big for my head. I read an interview with Niki Taylor, who said she started modeling because her mom showed her pictures of girls who were also very tall. I instantly felt better, relieved even. As one of the tallest girls in my class, it was a comfort to know that, maybe, I wasn’t going to look and feel awkward my entire life.
I put pictures of Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Nikki Taylor on the back of my bedroom door. Their pictures gave me a glimpse into a big world I didn’t know but was excited to explore.
As I got more into fashion, I started to be drawn to designers. I wanted to know everything about them. In 1996 I was 17, and watched Tom Ford’s collection of white dresses for Gucci and became officially obsessed with fashion. Fashion was an escape from the often cruel world of adolescence. It’s interesting that an industry known for valuing perfection and unattainable beauty made me feel so secure. But, when I read about the models and designers they struck me as misfits in the modern world (which I very much felt like) who made a beautiful world together.
This year, I saw Ralph Lauren’s Resort 2015 Collection, I felt like my younger self, sitting in my room, transfixed to my TV, watching Fashion Television. I had a visceral reaction. It was gorgeous. I went right back to being that young girl, suddenly exposed to a global world, where anything was possible and women could be strong, successful and glamorous.
Immediately inspired, I thought, what could be better than black and white with gold accents?
This spring, consider using gold as your natural basic. It adds a touch of glamour and is a modern update to an otherwise basic wardrobe. To make this work in “real life” add a gold pump, accessory or hardware to your everyday basics.
1. Glint Linear Ridge Clutch, $58; 2. Halston Heritage Flat Envelope Leather Clutch, $122; 3. MICHAEL Michael Kors MK Flex Mid-Heel Pump, $99; 4. Calvin Klein Patsi Slingback, $99; 5. ASOS Full Metal Waist Belt, $54; 6. Neiman Marcus Metallic Leather Belt, $98; 7. The Limited High Waist Midi Skirt, $60; 8. Raoul Metallic Sheen Pencil Skirt, $248