Charlotte Magazine Style Feature
What a wonderful Friday treat to be featured in Charlotte Magazine Style Blog!
I was so honored to even be asked to be interviewed by my work neighbor and stylist friend extraordinaire, Erica Hanks. Erica has exquisite taste and an incredible eye. She and photographer Jonathan Cooper popped in the shop this week for a pic and a chat.
The Charlotte interior designer on her fashion rules and must-haves
By Erica Hanks
Holly Hollingsworth Phillips has a variety of bangles as part of her wardrobe. Here, she’s wearing an Hermes H Cuff, a brass bangle from Metrolina, a C. Wonder enamel Evil Eye, and a pair of vintage celluloid carved bangles from the estate of Iris Apfel.
Erica Hanks: How would you describe your style?
Holly Hollingsworth Phillips: I abide by Iris Apfel’s “More is More” principal …always have.
As a child Cruella de Vil was my idol for her killer wardrobe. I gravitate toward any embellishments, embroidery, fur, or leather. The adage of remove one thing before you leave does not work for me. I add 3 more typically.
I love the idea of under-dressed and over-jeweled.
EH: Do you have an everyday piece you love to wear?
HP: I always have on a Hermes “H” bracelet. They are kind of my Wonder Woman cuffs. I dress unintentionally methodically. My summer wardrobe is cool caftans, or embroidered puebla blouses, sandals, and loads of jewels. Winter is often black leather pants, silk blouse, patterned scarf, and a fun fur or embellished vest with loads of accessories and armfuls of bracelets.
EH: What stores in Charlotte work best for your style?
HP: I shop everywhere from J. Crew, Anthropologie, Neimans to Poole Shop. Having a teen daughter gets me to the mall often. I LOVE our local jewelry designers: Addison Weeks, Melvin, and Twine and Twig. I do shop online often or when I travel.
EH: What is something on your wish list for summer?
HP: Dying for the Calypso Tenaja bustle-back, silk printed skirt I saw in Charleston last week, a Figue embellished army jacket, and Tibi Ophelie mules…the list goes on. I feature my “Weekend Wants” on my blog each Saturday. I already have my eye on many fall items.
EH: What wardrobe items can you not get enough of?
HP: Accessories and shoes are my weakness. I seriously need another closet to house my jewelry and shoes wardrobe. And the selections are diverse from fun Sophia Webster stilettos to Stubbs and Wooten irreverent embroidered smoking slippers. I have a weakness for cowboy boots, turquoise jewelry, and squash blossom necklaces.
EH: Could you tell us what you’re wearing in the above photo?
HP: Silk Caftan by Figue; Gladiator Fringe Sandals by San Edelman for Saks; Necklaces by India Hicks Charms; Shark tooth chain necklace by Nest; turquoise coconut shell by Monies. The ring is Murano Glass from Venice; earrings are Gold Shela Fajl Matte Gold 2” hoops – a staple. I lose them constantly so I buy these inexpensive ones over and over.
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