If you aren't familiar with Olivia Palermo yet, pay extra attention today, dear readers! It's only a matter of time before this chic socialite is on everyone's radar, as she stars alongside Whitney Port in MTV's east coast spinoff of The Hills-The City. If the show, which premiered December 29th, attains even a fraction of the success as its Los Angeles predecessor, she is sure to become a household name. Long a fixture on the stylish Manhattan social circuit, Palermo's poised for mass insta-fame, thanks in part to her gorgeous features (sparkling eyes, perfect hair, bright smile) and polished appearance. Luckily, we caught up with the soon-to-be celeb and crowned her our Girl of the Month for January!
Just like any well-seasoned New York City gal, Olivia Palermo plans dinner parties, attends exclusive events, and stays in tune with the fashion world. Concerning the latter, her position at Diane Von Furstenberg definitely gives her an insider's advantage! In addition to the influence of her workplace, Palermo stays style savvy from reading her newsstand favorites (Vogue, ELLE, InStyle) and by globe-trotting. "My environment inspires me," she says. "Whenever I travel, I absorb the culture." Palermo's appreciation of the street chic she spots in London, Paris, Berlin, and New York City is evident in the array of interesting and enviable outfits she wears!
Along with many of our GOTM alumni, Palermo is a master at blending inexpensive pieces, high-end designer items, and vintage articles to establish her sophisticated style. She keeps things interesting by trying several different shapes and lengths, rather than playing it safe in a single silhouette. From the Diane Von Furstenberg Jacket, American Apparel Interlock Pencil Skirt ($32), and Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Platform Sandals ($760) ensemble she wore to the launch of DVF's Wonder Woman Charity Collection to the Jenni Kayne blazer and maxi skirt (both from S/S 08), and vintage Hermes clutch she sported to the Run Fatboy Run premiere, the soon-to-be star pulls off said variety of looks!
Palmero's preference for statement-making accessories is also noteworthy. For example, we love the bright blue CC Skye Niki Clutch ($310) she carried to the launch of Lia Sophia's 2020 Collection. It added the perfect pop of color to her otherwise neutral ensemble, which was comprised of a Kmart Tie Neck Blouse ($11), Dress Queen Vest ($145, 212-979-8889), and Aldo Hurren Heels ($110). Palermo's personal favorite Roni Stretch Plate Belt ($55, 212-979-8889) is another fantastic piece. She cinched it over a Zara vest and vintage skirt for a modish effect at a Bergdorf Goodman-hosted Manolo Blahnik event.
Now that we've given you the WWW lowdown on this polished young lady, we trust you'll keep your eyes on her! You can do so by tuning into The City each Monday night to ogle more of her outfits, as well as the glamorous shots of Palermo's skyscraper neighborhood!-Jessica Amento
Outfits and Events (from left)
Zac Posen dress, Zara vest, Steven by Steve Madden Midory Heels ($149)
Diane Von Furstenberg Wonder Woman event:
Diane Von Furstenberg jacket, Sass & Bide top, American Apparel Interlock Pencil Skirt ($32), YSL Tribute Platform Sandals ($760). (In place of Palermo's pricey YSL Tributes, we recommend Guess' Trivan Sandals ($77))
Lia Sophia 2020 II Launch at the Plaza:
Kmart Tie Neck Blouse ($11), Dress Queen Vest ($145, 212-979-8889), Aldo Hurren Heels ($110), CC Skye Niki Clutch ($310)
Manolo Blahnik event at Bergdorf Goodman:
Zara vest, vintage skirt, YSL Tribute Platform Sandals, Roni Stretch Plate Belt ($55, 212-979-8889), vintage statement necklace
CFDA event at the Plaza:
Hugo Boss blazer, Rachel Roy Dress, Chanel shoes, CC Skye Niki Clutch
Run Fatboy Run premiere:
Jenni Kayne blazer and skirt, vintage Hermes clutch