FASHION

Style Notes: Claire Distenfeld

Just two weeks ago, Claire Distenfeld opened the impeccably curated Fivestory boutique in an Upper East Side townhouse (alongside beaming father and co-owner Fred Distenfeld). With its polished interiors courtesy of Ryan Korban, the retail...


Just two weeks ago, Claire Distenfeld opened the impeccably curated Fivestory boutique in an Upper East Side townhouse (alongside beaming father and co-owner Fred Distenfeld). With its polished interiors courtesy of Ryan Korban, the retail outpost feels like a very chic home, albeit one filled with Carven dresses, sumptuous cashmere sweaters and Olympia Le-Tan clutches.

Having recovered from a packed opening night that included a dinner at Mr. Chow’s, Claire offered up her thoughts on British television, Iris Apfel and where she’ll hopefully be vacationing in the coming months.

Define your style in three words: Feminine, masculine, witty.

Daily uniform: Always balanced and usually containing a white button down shirt.

Greatest hits: Coral polka dot Nina Ricci onesie I found in Miami’s C. Madelines—it’s from the 60’s. And currently I’m obsessed with my Carven runway piece with cutout mid section and gold embellishments.

Preferred footwear: Always needs to have character and street cred, no black pumps for me. Also, I don’t leave home without my wallet, cell phone, and a nice set of platforms. Right now I’m rocking my Chrissie Morris candy stripers from Fivestory.

Finishing touches: My raffia suspenders I found roaming around Florence about seven years ago. And definitely jewelry, usually an attention-grabbing unique necklace like my Lizzie Fortunato Danger Island choker or an Anndrea Neen beauty.

Nighttime look: I don’t like to fuss with my outfits when I go out so I try to keep the all-in-one package consistent, meaning jumpsuits or dresses. If everything’s attached, it makes life easier…(except maybe in the ladies room).

Best recent discovery: Clé de Peau face wash—life changer. And Masterpiece Theatre’s Upstairs, Downstairs TV series. Let’s just say if you, too, are having Downton Abbey withdrawal, we now have a cure.

Favorite stores: Joyce in Hong Kong, E.A.T for black and white cookies and smoked salmon (not together!), Belgian Shoes for comfy slippers.

Style pet peeve: Too stylized, too extreme…”too” anything, really.

Style icons: I don’t really have a “style icon,” but I have always admired Veruschka for her style. Iris Apfel as well—she is who I want to be.

Last purchase: My two Lanvin winged rings, a TREK bike for my dad for his birthday and limited edition Jack Purcell Converse for my brother for his birthday (they are a day a part!).

Lusting after: Puiforcat tea set, Saint Louis colored glasses and a Daniella Villegas blow fish ring!

Favorite haunts: Il Cantinori, back of the Bowery Hotel lobby, Metropolitan Club top floor.

Warm-weather must haves: It’s so simple: perfect jorts (jean shorts), white button down, sunglasses, Mara Hoffman bikini. Done, done and done.

Next vacation: Montenegro (fingers crossed…hint, hint, nudge, nudge to the BF).

Portrait: Billy Farrell Agency