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BY PATRICIA FIELD
The world-famous stylist of Sex and the City fame, and guest judge on Asia’s Next Top Model, shares her most important life lessons.
CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WISELY
A good portion of my friends, acquaintances and associates are young and energetic. It’s how I stay inspired. I don’t like to waste time with people who have nothing to add to the conversation.
SHOP LIKE YOU ARE MAKING LOVE
You have to touch and feel what you buy because it’s something you are bringing into your life. I can shop with my eyes closed, because the first thing I do is touch it. If it feels good, then I open my eyes.
It’s a fashion rule I never break! Behind every look is a narrative. Your look has to tell a story to set a mood, otherwise it’s flat and boring. And I don’t want to be bored.
BE THE MASTER OF YOUR OWN RUNWAY
I find trends are not the best experience in fashion—they start out as something interesting, but when everyone adopts them, they turn… ugly. Women and men should always dress for themselves.
PREPARE YOURSELF, ALWAYS
When we were doing The Devil Wears Prada, I told Meryl Streep that she didn’t need to wear pantyhose. She said, “Pat, it’s going to be shown on a 20-foot screen and I don’t know if there’ll be a close-up of my legs.” She was absolutely right—you never know what the camera is going to see.
BE LIKE CLEOPATRA
She’s my style icon. She had an image—whether it was how she looked or acted, or what she did. How many women can boast of that 2,000 years down the road?