Freddie Leiba

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Freddie is one of our reigning sages of understatement and elegance in dressing. His infinite experience traveling the world and in the fashion business as a fashion director and one of the first stylists, working with the most prominent photographers, models, and publications (there must be 100 French Vogue covers to which he contributed), puts him in a league of his own as an arbiter of taste and vision. Freddie’s resume is as deep as it is wide, and it’s highlighted in detail in our second video of him – it is a journey through his seminal experiences in the industry (please see below). Among many things, he lived in London in the ’60s, where he saw the first miniskirt and starved himself to buy the real YSL. In 1970, he moved to NYC, where he worked for Andy Warhol during the beginnings of Interview Magazine. Having been surrounded season after season by a barrage of trends and change, Freddie knows what transcends time and how to weed out what’s common. He feels that it comes down to a uniform, where each piece is extraordinary and indispensable, down to the Maasai red Hermes jacket, the only red he approves of. Among his essentials are custom-made suits, wing tips, and Levi’s, accented with embroidered vests, colorful button-downs, ties, and pocket squares. The paints are there to make the painting, and it always works together in Freddie’s perfect balance. There is nothing average in his wardrobe. Each piece is quintessential, down to his cashmere socks, and the only time Freddie feels off and not himself is when he goes to the gym.
A few more fascinating facts on Freddie: he was born in Trinidad and was educated at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1990, he worked with the Morgan Hotel owner Ian Schrager, Steve Rubell of Studio 54 and architect Andrea Puttman to design the uniforms for some of the first boutique hotels, including Royalton, the Hudson in New York, the Mondrian in LA, the Delano in Miami, Cliff in San Francisco, and Sanderson and St. Martin’s Lane in London. Freddie was made Creative Director of Harper’s Bazaar in the mid-1980s, and was brought to Condé Nast by Anna Wintour and Alexander Liberman in the 1990s. In the late 1990′s, he moved to InStyle. His favorite fashion moment was having dinner with Yves St. Laurent. Freddie would love to travel to Russia, one of the few places he hasn’t been.

Freddie Lieba 2 from from Stylelikeu on Vimeo.

  • tziporah salamon

    Wow! I am so impressed. The knowledge, the vision, the depth, the creativity, the humility.
    Thank you, thank you – you are a true pro!

  • Karen Gormandy

    Thank you for doing this fabulous video about Freddie. I’ve known him all my life. He encouraged trendy with a large dose of humor and confidence to explore personal style before fashion. At fifteen he said – no make-up, at eighteen lipstick but just red (which is still the only make –up I wear). He took me to my first vintage clothing store and encouraged me to look for line, cut, color, fabric and craft in garments. I may be biased — but I think he’s a genius!

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  • Silvia

    JDVLtV I am always excited to visit this blog in the evenings.Please churning hold the contents. It is very entertaining.

  • MyMerry

    The site describes the product in full, one of the best in the world!

  • Marilyn

    I had the pleasure of working (and traveling) with FL when I was a senior editor at Harper’s Bazaar and he was the Fashion Director. He is amazing in every way: possesses such understated elegance, is a true gentleman, and has an incredible taste level, not to mention his knowledge of fashion history. I loved seeing his column in the same way that I love seeing him at fashion shows and events.

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  • Samantha Lind

    One of the most inspiring muses I’ve seen this month! I love when stylist/fashion directors are able to incorporate art and costume history into the way they dress their muses. It’s unfortunate that current fashion magazine editorials and even covers no longer have the same quality and artistic intelligence.

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