Christiane is one of those women- accomplished, super smart, gorgeous (imposingly just shy of 6′), mother of 2 and one of the best friends you could ever hope for. I have been a pebble in her shoe since the launch of KiC wanting to profile her chic somewhat laid-back and very personal style.
We met almost 20 years ago at Vogue and today Christiane oversees Vogue’s editorial development and special projects. Born in Denmark, early years in Pakistan and Boston and a teen in Pasadena, California, Christiane’s style is a worldly mix of high-low. From her Birkins and collection of print dresses to her clean-lined brownstone in Brooklyn, her style sensibility is as individual yet modern as she is. Wife of the adorable photographer Marko Macpherson and juggling 2 small children with a big job, we are thrilled that this uber busy working mother was willing to be profiled and answer our questions!
5 essential wardrobe items (okay, I think I gave 6—sorry)
I seem to gravitate towards up-and-comers rather than established designers. I love choosing new favorites from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists.
For spring/summer: Bright, airy, colorful–the more artsy the fabric combinations the better!
For fall/winter: Cozy, soft, draped dresses in layer-friendly solids and
neutrals. Yohji, Alexander Wang, Comme des Garcons, I love classic
elements mixed with funky, unexpected twists like asymmetrical lines or
• Wolford Satin de Luxe in black or Falke opaque tights in brown or navy.
• Various silk and/or lace slips for every day under dresses–comfortable,
warm, and they keep everything smooth.
• No6 shearling clogs. There is such thing as a chic clog, and they go anywhere, anytime, in almost any climate.
• Vintage silk kimonos of all types and sizes, which I use as loungewear around the house.
• Big, bold rings that offer something more than a stone in a setting. I want to see a little ecosystem in one piece, and the proportion has to be just right because often it’s the only piece of jewelry I wear. Ring below from vogue.com.
• Proenza gold sequin tee, which lights up a room and makes meetings feel
like Studio 54.
• Alexander McQueen black folk tote, a relative newcomer to my closet, but
which already rivals the veteran Birkin.
• The all-important fur-lined Ulu boots, which always keep me toasty, warm
and safe on icy city streets. They are key to good spirits mid-snowstorm.
What inspires you?
What doesn’t inspire me? The usual suspects like film, theatre, art and travel continue to provide perspective, but I also find beauty in the everyday and mundane, because it can shed light in unexpected places. I think I get the most out of sharing ideas, big and small, with friends, colleagues, and acquaintances.
What is on your nightstand?
A Jensen alarm clock with projection (what can I say–I need aids to wake up), To the End of the Land by David Grossman, and various unread notices from my children’s school.
I am very preoccupied with home design, so this is a difficult question. I would say the items I always have to have around me are my family paintings from Denmark and the sweeping landscape photographs of places I love taken by my husband, Marko MacPherson. The item I’m currently chasing is the perfect form-meets-function fruit bowl or tray. Anything on constant display must stand up to nonstop scrutiny. I love this one from Cappellini above.
Next trip location or favorite destination
The family ranch in Nevada for Thanksgiving, but I’m plotting a Costa Rica getaway as well. Can’t wait for both!
18-karat gold turquoise ring
Kalia denim jacket
Lighter-heel leather mules
Carolina single-breasted wool-twill cocoon coat
Demi-fine 14K gold-plated hoop
Oversized-lapel double-breasted wool-blend coat
Quincy shiny ballerina loafer mule
Pleated checked wool midi skirt
Checked wool blazer
High-rise straight-leg jeans
Blanche leather ankle boots
Bellechasse medium leather-trimmed canvas bag