How much of your mother is your model when it comes to fashion and makeup?
Ivy: One of the biggest, if not the biggest. I think that maybe we have slightly different tastes in style sometimes. But it, like just institutional knowledge and fashion, is very, very useful. And also the fact that she exudes confidence in her closet. You know, this is her happy place, too. This allows me to feel more confident not only in myself, but also in how I express my gender through clothing.
Carla, what’s your backstory? How long have you been associated with fashion?
Carla: Oh my God. All my adult life I have been a fashion designer by profession and I did this for about 20 years and then used it in jewelry design. When my children came along, I couldn’t regularly travel to Asia to check clothes. So this is how it kind of unfolded.
And yes, I have always understood that I can express myself without words through my wardrobe. I think that’s the parallel between Carrie [of “Sex and the City”] and I showed: we both understand the power of non-verbal communication. And, you know, I’m a bit of a chameleon in that. I can gravitate toward a very minimalist, clean look one day, and the next day, move on to frills and bows. I will not shut myself up. That’s how I express myself.
Carla, it’s fair to say that your closet doesn’t look like the closet of most of our listeners. What would you like to share with the average Texan about fashion?
Carla: I think what I would like to share is that you should listen to your intuition. And the best way to do this, if you’re interested in fashion, is to take a look at what’s happening on the catwalks, but don’t use it as a doctrine. Instead, use your own weather vane. If something feels wrong to you, don’t force yourself to do it just because you think everyone else is wearing it. If you don’t like something, I let every woman buy the same pair of trousers in 10 colors if you feel good about it.
Ivy, as long as you continue to study fashion, what do you think we can expect from you, which is a little different from your mom?
Ivy: This is a really good question. I think, to be honest, my mom knows more about styling than I do. So I’m just in the phase of figuring out, you know, what really suits me in terms of my personal style. I think I’m just exploring more and I hope to see my style evolve into a more defined aesthetic, if that makes sense, in the next few years. But to be honest, my mom is just a role model and proves that you don’t really need to define yourself with one thing. You know, you can wear patterns one day and just plain monochrome the next.
Carla: Yeah. And you know what else, Ivy? You never stop growing, so you never have to feel pressured to have a certain style.