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Spotlight On: Rachel Antonoff

Photographed by Noa Griffel

We chat one-on-one with the print-loving fashion designer.

Top three rules in the Rachel Antonoff style guide…
Comfort equals beauty. Flats can be your best friend. And don’t overly make up your face.

First print I fell in love with…
A swan-print fabric we used for [my first line] Mooka Kinney. It was a green, almost toile-esque print but with swans. We were just wild about it.

My sense of humor…
Could be summed up in a word: silly. I think silliness is very important and a huge part of the day-to-day fun of being alive. For me, it really does translate to style and fashion because I think when fashion is taken too seriously, it’s kind of a bummer.

Fantasy career…
Surgeon

First fragrance memory…
I have a strong memories or pools and chlorine. I love the smell of chlorine and bleach and all those clean smells.

And favorite scent now…
Bleach.

Beauty icon…
My grandmother Anne. She possesses a quality that I don’t have. She wants to look her best all the time. I need more of a motivation to look my best. She truly dresses and does herself up for herself. Her hair’s always coiffed and pristine and nice; she goes to the beauty parlor once a week.

Best beauty/style advice ever received…
I always struggle about wearing this or that and someone said to me, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but you never do not look exactly the same.” It shed a lot of light because it’s true. With our friends and family, we are who we are. Whether you put on a different skirt or a different hairstyle, you’re still you. It’s nice to remember that.

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