Olivia Palermo: Style Icon?

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Back in 2008, I wrote a series on Style Icons. It included some of my personal style icons including Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Later that year, I featured Lauren Conrad of The Hills as a hair icon. Not since Jennifer Aniston sported “the Rachel” had so many people clamored for a celebrity’s hair. No matter how Lauren styles it, it always looks cute.
This brings me to Olivia Palermo, Manhattan socialite turned reality star on The City and owner of a very enviable wardrobe. She may not be portrayed as the nicest or easiest person to get along with, but the woman has AMAZING hair and a wardrobe to match. She has been featured on The Sartorialist several times and it has even been rumored that she was the real-life inspiration for the Blair Waldorf character on Gossip Girl.
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On The City, Olivia seems to have a lackadaisical work ethic and appears to be impossible to get along with, but her style is pretty darn fabulous. Whether she is wearing a feminine dress or putting together an impeccable, menswear-inspired look, I love just about every outfit she wears on the show. She balances feminine and masculine details as perfectly as some of my favorite interior designers and she accessorizes each ensemble beautifully.
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At the end of the day, I’m sure she is actually a lovely person. How else would she have so many friends and contacts? It is MTV after all, so I am sure there is an abundance of editing and scripting. So, is Miss Palermo simply a hair icon or does she qualify as an all-encompassing style icon?
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22:  EXCLUSIVE -  TV.personality Olivia Palermo appears on set of MTV's "It's On with Alexa Chung" at the MTV Times Square Studios on June 22, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/PictureGroup)

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Olivia Palermo attends the Ports 1961 Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Promenade, Bryant Park on September 8, 2008 in New York City.
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Are you a fan of Olivia’s style? Who are your personal style icons?

Olivia Palermo’s Tribeca Apartment

Olivia hanging out in an art deco chair / Part of her vintage jewelry collection
{both images from Gotham Magazine}


By now, many of us have established that despite the fact that The City is all kinds of fake, we will keep tuning in for the fabulous fashion and glorious shots of my favorite city on earth. And, let’s be honest here. Who doesn’t love a little dose of drama, even if it is staged? We don’t hold that against Gossip Girl, do we? After her fall from grace, Olivia Palermo, Whitney’s co-worker at Diane Von Furstenberg decided to become an actress. Yes, an actress, which given the over-the-top fakeness of the show, sounds about right. Her goal was to become a household name and with all of the sudden interest in her, I’d say she’s on her way.

While watching the new episode on Monday night, I couldn’t help but notice some of the design elements, like Whitney’s hideous sofas and Olivia’s vintage Hermès tray. I did a little research and found some great pictures of Olivia’s Tribeca apartment to share with you via The New York Post’s Page Six and Gotham Magazine. In the Page Six interview, she is asked if she is in fact going to participate in The City to which she answers “No, I want to be a serious actress”. All hatin’ aside, she is absolutely gorgeous and I’m sure she is a nice girl. If nothing else, she has a pretty sweet apartment.

Olivia’s 63 square foot closet, complete with zebra rug and packed to the gills with amazing clothes, was designed using an ELFA system from The Container Store.
Olivia received this art deco chair as a housewarming gift from her aunt. Her apartment, which is housed in a newly-built building features floor to ceiling windows and enviable views of the city.
The apartment, designed by Olivia and her mother, Lyn Hutchings, a partner at the interior design firm, Hutchings-Lyle, was inspired by Mariah Carey’s Manhattan penthouse and features a “1960s look with a classic old Hollywood feel”. The convertible sofa is from Jennifer Convertibles and the baby blue side table is from Gracious Home. The Carlyle ­Custom ­Convertible white leather coffee table with nailhead trim plays host to the star of the room, a vintage Hermès tray found in The Hamptons.

Image 1 via Gotham Magazine. Images 2,3, and 4 via Page Six