Q & A with Chief Stylist, Annie Ladino


Have any lingering questions you’re dying to ask a celebrity stylist? Well, now’s your chance! We recently gave our Shop It To Me Trendsetters the opportunity to ask our Chief Stylist, Annie Ladino a thing or two about fashion…


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*What are your wardrobe staple items? *

(from Alex of Stylista Confessions)*
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I can’t live without my Balenciaga motorcycle jacket–it’s on me 24/7.  I love leopard…anything…and am currently on the hunt the hunt for the Givenchy Jacquard Jacket, but will also never retire my Stephen Sprouse for Louis Vuitton printed scarf.  I have a plethora of bandage skirts, a knack for Michael Kors mens watches, and an obsession with YSL jewelry. However, most of my seasonless staples over the years can be attributed to my vast Alaia collection–I love to indulge on his shoes and belts.

*What do you see being big trends this fall? *

(from Jennifer of Chasing Louboutin)*
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I’m leopard’s biggest fan, but this fall I have to say I’m seeing a snakeskin overhaul, from chiffon blouses to print leather pants.  I also think that the 70’s are here to stay.  The long and flowy silhouettes that flooded the runways for spring will continue to take hold through the fall.  Expect wide leg trousers and fitted blazers in tweeds, velvet, and satin, taking cues from the days of Studio 54.

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*What is the most timeless fashion color? Black? White? Red? Or…? *

*(from Holly of Holly In Heels)
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Nude—it goes with everything! It’s not as bold as black or as stark as white, remaining the perfect neutral to pair with both print and color.  Nude consistently adds a subtle touch while still being chic.

What is your go-to accessory for dressing up an outfit? **

I think that the right shoes can change any look, but sometimes a belt goes a long way…

*Do you read fashion blogs? If you do, what are some of your favorites? *

(from Jamie of Work Your Closet)*
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I love WhoWhatWear–they are always fashion forward and inspirational—and The Man Repeller because she’s hysterical.

I also like to keep track of what everyone is wearing on Red Carpet Fashion Awards.

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*Do your celebrity clients ever worry about being taller than their dates? *

(from Gabrielle of Haute In The Heartland)

Not necessarily.  Despite how tall they are, they love to wear heels.  I think with my clients, confidence is key!  When you feel good, you look good.

What is your favorite summer clothing item? **

(from Holly of Holly In Heels)**

Maxi dresses—they are super easy to throw on and can be worn with simple sandals or wild wedges.

Heels or flats? **

When I’m on the job, flats are an absolute must! As a stylist I’m constantly running around the city from appointments to fittings, so I stock up on comfortable yet stylish gladiators and lace-up boots.  However, I am a fashion girl after all, and with that comes a penchant for heels—the higher, the better!

**Have something you’d like to ask Annie? Email questions to stylist@shopittome.com, and you could be featured next!