Ever wonder what would happen if you mixed Martha Stewart, Jenna Lyons, Julia Child and Michelle Obama into one woman? You would get Christine White, of course—or at least that’s the woman she says she tries to channel on her blog, Court & Hudson. A colorful and charming platform for all things fashion, interior design, food and more, Christine’s blog reads like a conversation with your always-in-the-know friend.
The very busy style maven took the time out to chat with us about her winter beauty buys, her hopeful run-in with Bill Cunningham and her love of sequin pants.
Barneys New York: What is the inspiration behind your blog?
Christine White: Prior to starting Court & Hudson, I spent two years in the wedding world, blogging about my own planning, inspirations and all things wedding. After getting married, I was losing energy in keeping up with a world that was increasingly more of a memory. So I decided to shift focus. There is something to be said about the name as it relates to content of my blog—it’s really an intersection of style, fashion, DIY and food—all of my favorite things!
BNY: What three items should every woman have in her closet?
CW: A well fitting blazer—one in black and one in a killer color; a heel that you can stand in for a full day and will still be your best friend at the end; the classic white tee—my favorite is a draped Alexander Wang. Worn basic, knotted, pinned or tucked, it still proves to be one of the most versatile items in my closet.
CW: I am obsessing over Le Labo fleur d’oranger—it makes the perfect winter fragrance. It reminds me of warmer months, so when I put it on it brings me back to sunshine and bare shoulders. Schlepping through the harsh cold of NYC winters often wreaks havoc on my skin, so I often find myself reaching for Shiseido‘s white lucent brightening moisturizer. I tried it as a sample and have been hooked ever since—it hydrates, brightens and has done wonders for my skin tone when I’m paler than Casper! And you need a bright lip to punch up bleak winter days; I’m partial to NARS Schiap for a shock of pink.
BNY: Which Barneys New York designer would you die to dine with?
CW: Suno designers Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty. I find their purpose behind Suno to be so inspiring. And, to see such beauty come out of a mission that combats something that is rather ugly is quite profound. I have obsessed over every collection they show. We’d discuss fashion, global luxury and art over tapas at Tertulia in the West Village.
BNY: Is your husband influenced by your style? Tell us the truth—do you dress him?
CW: Let’s put it this way, when I met him, his ideal outfit consisted of khaki pants and a blue blazer. I’ll stop there and spare you the scary image, but yes, he is influenced by my style. He’s come to accept a unique approach to style, barely blinking an eye when I walk out of the house in sequin pants at 8 A.M. Because he appreciates my style, he likes when I come along on shopping trips to pick out pieces for him!
BNY: If you knew you were going to run into Bill Cunningham, what would you wear?
CW: A girl can dream! I would be sporting something cozy chic with a monochromatic palette—a leather trimmed cape, skinnies, a great pair of boots and a fedora. Everyone loves a hat!
BNY: What is the best fashion advice you have ever received?
CW: Learn to be stylish, not just fashionable. I don’t remember who I heard it from, but I was attending a panel on design and marketing during college, went home that day and wrote it down. It’s something that changed the way I approached what I wore and how I looked at fashion. Anyone can be fashionable if they have money, but it takes a real talent to put together some that uniquely reflects their individual style.
BNY: If you were accidentally locked in Barneys New York overnight, what would we find you wearing in the morning?
CW: I’d start out with this Proenza Schouler cutout seam dress (3), Fogal tights, and Miu Miu flared heel ankle boots (4). But given that you’ll let me out in the morning I’ll need a chic coat and bag to hit the NYC streets, so let’s add this Prabal Gurung zip sleeve coat (2), and a Bottega Veneta knot clutch (1). A total pile on of dream designers. Once you make me leave, I’d have to hit up Fred’s for a Huevos Rancheros—I could eat Tex Mex every day—and in this little dream fantasy of mine, I would!
– Alisha Prakash