The Stylist: Birgitte Mann
December 19, 2011
Seriously, this oh so talented woman could give Martha Stewart a run for her money. In fact, I would pay serious cash to see a bake-off, cook-off, sew-off, garden-off, decorate-off, style-off, craft-off, talent-off, or any kind of off between the two. Not only would I pay good money, but I’m bettin’ on Birgitte! …
who do you style?
People, gardens, homes, dinner plates, my daughter. It’s all fair game. For the last several years I’ve been dressing a particularly cranky TV chef.
where are you from?
Skovshoved, a sweet coastal suburb of Copenhagen.
what’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
A vintage Danish modern oversized choker and bracelet that belonged to my mother. It’s gold and jade and what Cleopatra would wear if she were born in 2050.
who’s closet would you like to raid?
My mother’s, circa 1975. She was all about Courreges, Gucci, the original DVF wrap dresses and the most incredible shoes. Her style in clothing and interiors has informed so much of what I do now.
who are you dying to makeover?
Myself. The cobbler’s son has no shoes.
what are your favorite vintage shops and flea markets?
Flea markets: 26th Street in NY. In LA, nothing beats a morning perusing the well curated, if pricey, goods at the Santa Monica with my BFF Anna. Brimfield, MA in the late spring. I’m more of a thrifter than a vintage store shopper. But if money is no object: Decades and Decades II in LA. I used to find great stuff at The Council Thrift in Mar Vista. But you already know that WW.
if you could have any style icon over for cocktails who would it be and what would you wear?
Hubert de Givenchy who, in addition to dressing some of the most stylish ladies ever (hello Jackie and Audrey), designed the most fabulous costumes for films like Funny Face and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Black cocktail dress, kitten heel, pillbox hat. Or Jay Griffith – the ornery landscape designing genius.
best city for shopping?
Wherever I am. Presently, New York. Especially around Crosby and Howard. DeVera, Opening Ceremony, Jil Sander, Ted Muehling and just up the way, No. 6 Store, which has the hottest clog boots.
what are your favorite online shops?
Ebay – for the single reason that it’s where I found a painting that belonged to my father, the actual piece with an inscription to him, totally by accident. For my daughter Olivia: Sweet William, Kisanstore, Atsuyoetakiko and Crewcuts, of course. For everything else: Gilt, Net-a-porter, Artnet, Exhibitiona, Zappos, One Kings Lane. But honestly, I prefer to put my hands on something before I buy.
what do you collect?
Seascapes, vintage danish pottery, lamps, rugs, jewelry, shoes, chairs. I have serious problems when it comes to collecting, though moving our entire household to a NY apartment from our home in Venice has cured me of acquiring for the moment.
best how-to style tip?
My mentor, Luke, once told me that people get arrested fashion development at some point in their lives. Avoid that. This is why I will not be sporting a floral peasant dress and Doc Martens come spring. Spend some time with a good friend, a full length mirror and your closet. Be honest about what shapes really work for your body. Donate the stuff that doesn’t work and add some fresh pieces to accent the ones that do.
Birgitte’s blog here!