With a particular penchant for jewelry and accessories, Olivia Palermo is a fitting partner to debut our new On the Rocks at Freds series with The Stone Set. Her poised style reflects her ability to mix feminine details with tailored menswear staples, all with a sense of intelligence and savvy.
We met up with Olivia over a round of Aperol spritzes at Freds at Barneys Downtown for a conversation about her love of jewelry and fashion, plus her exciting plans to grow her company.
The Stone Set: You have a beautiful sense of style. How do you approach it?
Olivia Palermo: I think with anything, your eye evolves as you get older, and you find that things that may have worked at a young age don’t the same way as you get older. I always find that jewelry is a great way to set the tone of the message you want to say. Of course, the same can be said for beauty, but fashion and style overall are really about your own reflection and being the best version of yourself.
What are you wearing?
I’m wearing a little tutu dress by Brunello Cucinelli. I added a tuxedo top and Céline patent brogues for a touch of feminine masculinity.
Tell us about the jewels!
A piece I wear every day is a pinky ring that was my mother’s. It suits me better on my ring finger. It’s peridot and amethyst, and vintage. I love it. [Then it’s about] adding those feminine/masculine touches, as I did with the jewelry here. My bracelets are by Sidney Garber, Mahnaz Collection, and Eli Halili, and the ring is also by Mahnaz Collection.
Is there a particular metal or stone you’re drawn to?
I love colored stones. I think that’s why I’m so drawn to big, impactful jewelry designers like Verdura, for example. They were the originator of mixing colored stones. I love incredible estate jewelry. You can have them as an investment piece and wear throughout your life.
What catches your eye most?
My eye is drawn toward unique, interesting combinations. I think style is about mixing it and making it your own. This combination we put here with a little bit of chunky and delicate is just that. Everyone has their own comfort level. I love a chunky ring. Dainty isn’t for me—I prefer a statement piece!
What do you love about Barneys?
I love that you hit the jewelry floor as soon as you walk in. Then the bags. The next is shoes! I love all types of accessories. You can never have enough.
You ordered a particular Instagram-famous orange drink at Freds…
I love an Aperol spritz. It’s a great summer drink. It’s become very commercial in America recently. It’s definitely more popular in Europe, but it’s nice that the trend has caught on here. The Aperol marketing team has done well!
Looking ahead this year, what’s in store?
My fall is busy but bright! Fashion Month is in full swing, and we are looking forward to some big new changes for OliviaPalermo.com coming up for early 2019. That’s our focus right now.
What’s your favorite part of what you’re building and your vision for your brand?
While there is only so much I can share at this point about my vision for the brand, I love being able to inspire and empower a cultivated community of like-minded individuals to be the best version of themselves.