Dress and boots by Gucci; bag by Givenchy
Olivia Palermo is a woman with a plan. A 10-year one, and that’s just for starters. The precise, polished, put-togetherness that typifies her look? It’s a way of life, not just a way to dress.
She arrives at her favorite New York cafe, One Girl Cookies in Dumbo, Brooklyn (a cobbled skip and a jump from the home she shares with her new husband, model and photographer Johannes Huebl), running late but not in the slightest bit flustered. Palermo doesn’t do flustered. Thanks to the regularity with which pictures of the 28-year-old are posted on fashion websites, the reality of Olivia Palermo is exactly what you would expect: glossy, shrewdly
“My MOTHER and grandmother are very pulled TOGETHER. That was instilled in me at a very YOUNG age”
highlighted, regularly blow-dried hair; gray winged eyeliner that brings out the warmth in her hazel eyes. She is toting a carefully sourced local-store shopping bag and wearing artfully draped black separates (by Tibi and Witchery) with animal-print French Sole flats. No heels? “Are you kidding?” she scoffs. “Not in Brooklyn. Running around the cobblestones really wouldn’t be good.”
In Palermo’s case, the clothes really do maketh the woman. She entered public consciousness via the New York social pages in 2006, aged 20, spotted by photographer Patrick McMullan as an exceptionally well-dressed young woman among the city’s elite crowd of well-dressed young women. The sleek, perfectly accessorized look she has become so well known for is not something that has been carefully acquired over the years – polished has been part of the Palermo repertoire since her early childhood. “My mother and grandmother are very pulled together. They never leave the house without being