Olivia Palermo posing for the September 6th issue of Page Six Magazine*
Like many of you, I remember Olivia Palermo from the MTV reality show The City. I have to admit that I did not care for her on the show as she did things like storm off from her desk at Elle Magazine after she had just arrived to "work" and did absolutely nothing, side eyed Whitney Port like there was no tomorrow and acted like she was Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl (oh right, there were always those rumors that Blair was based on Olivia). After meeting more and more reality stars and having dipped into it myself (I may or may not have shot a pilot last year for Vh1 that I wont talk about) I realized that you really cannot base who someone is by who they were/are on television. They may just be using that as a jumping off point for their careers slash just doing what the producers are telling them to do for the sake of "good T.V." I also had the chance to meet Olivia last October at the Hanky Panky 25th Anniversary party and she was really sweet. Because of all of this I was interested to see that Olivia will be featured in the September 6th issue of Page Six Magazine.
The September 6 issue of Page Six Magazine will be free inside the New York Post tomorrow (just in time for day 1 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) and will feature features Alison Prato’s interview with the Olivia Palermo, who discusses her evolution from social upstart to front row A-list, and her style that sends the cameras in a frenzy when she walks into an event. The magazine will also feature exclusive photos of the model/blogger (we are alike in so many ways) wearing her favorite trends for fall, shot by Andrew Eccles.
Olivia in the fashion squat pose. Love the lace!*
Here is a preview of what Olivia has to say about the following topics:
On her time on MTV reality show ‘The City’:
“I think from the beginning of my career…being in television…that was completely—it was just ridiculous, it was not me at all…Um…it’s a learning experience. That’s how I always put it. I’m very happy in the career that I’m in now, and that’s the end of the matter.”
On her new website, Oliviapalermo.com:
“I really want my fans to see fashion that interests me. It could be a boutique, an art exhibit—anything. Fashion can be so one-dimensional at times. It’s important for our readers to get a little more than that, to get a little culture.”
On her signature style:
“If there’s a piece of jewelry or a bag or a shirt that I love, I will wear it until I can’t wear it anymore. It forces you to push the boundaries and create new looks.”
On the slim inspiration of Hollywood stars:
“Victoria Beckham has a beautiful handbag line, I have to say. And Gwyneth Paltrow, she’s a New Yorker. She’s always well dressed. I guess that’s it.”
Caitlin Burke, Fashion Editor for Hearst Magazines International also chimes in on how Olivia’s image has transformed in the last four years: “When she used to walk into a room, there’d be a few people taking photographs. Now there’s just a swarm of people. That’s partially her star rising, but it’s also just the street style evolution in general. Her visibility has increased. I’ll see her mix Giambattista with Top Shop booties. It’s very impressive. You’ll see it and say, ‘Shoot. I wish I had thought of it.’ She has a way of pulling things off that’s very unique to her.”
Am I the only one concerned that Caitlin is blown away at the concept of mixing high and low? Just saying...
You can check out the entire story on Olivia Palermo tomorrow in Page Six Magazine FOR FREE inside the New York Post, at http://www.nypost.com/pagesixmag and through the Page Six Magazine app available in the iTunes store.
Olivia Palermo and I at the Hanky Panky 25th Anniversary Party last October Photo via Orange Juice and Biscuits
*Photo credit: Andrew Eccles for Page Six Magazine