Fashion Designers Share Their Favorite Finishing Touches

Claire McKinney

From Santal 33 to epic statement jewelry, fashion designers know how to complete a look. Here, a few of our favorites reveal theirs.


Sandy Liang “Gaiac 10 or Santal 33 from Le Labo, no nail polish, mascara, and messy hair.”

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Brother Vellies’s Aurora James “Loren Stewart safety pin earrings have been constants of mine for the past two years, I literally have not taken them off. To know me is to know I am also obsessed with moisturizer, I think it’s the best finishing touch – healthy skin.”

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Anya Hindmarch “A handbag, of course! I’m carrying our stickered-up Maxi Featherweight Ebury; it has bold embossed graphics inspired by stickers that were my schoolgirl version of personalization. It’s such a fun piece but with the most beautiful craftsmanship.”

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Nomia’s Yara Flinn “Since my style is so minimal and tomboyish, I like artistic statement jewelry like a choker by Faux / Real, hand pendant by Openhouse Projects, or silver disc earrings by Faris.”

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Maryam Nassir Zadeh “Gold Rolex handed down by my Mom, pale pink Snob lipstick by M.A.C. is a favorite. Rust and Magma by Make are beautiful unusual orange lipsticks that are so great for summer. Brown eyeliner. Sophie Buhai silver jewelry layered—I’ve been mixing lots of silver and with my old gold lately. Although classic, it feels like a new combination.”

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Claire McKinney “Pine oil and patchouli because I’m a proud Oregonian. Hinoki by Comme des Garcons for Monocle is also a favorite. “

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Erin Fetherston “There’s nothing like glowing skin. I love serum no. 1 from Benshen. I also treat my hair like an accessory unto itself—whether it’s milkmaid braids or perfectly blunt bangs. Hair can make the look.”

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Kym Ellery “I love a good handbag. Right now I’m always reaching for my black and gold Louis Vuitton Petite Malle. I also love rose gold jewelry: Cartier, Dior, Delfina Delettrez and some pieces that my mother gave to me, all mixed in together.”

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Katie Gallagher “Vintage Gucci cross-body bag from the 1970’s, onyx silver rings on every finger.”

Photo by Jodi Jones