When you are trying to figure out a way to look unique in the current world of unisex black onesies and denim from boyfriend jeans to bell bottoms, Nan, in her pre-1960s ensembles of leopard and red head-to-toe, is a look into some "new" fashion inspiration. Think less waify, doped-up, beatnik and more Parisian Barbie all grown up, with long blond curls and drawers of gloves for every season. I left my interview with Nan inspired by her impeccable 1940s sentiments and merging them into my 2010 eclecticism, obsessing on how her red over-the-elbow gauntlets would be great with everything from a striped shirt to an army jacket. In an age of frequently missing suitcases on airplanes, I fold knits into balls for carry-ons. Nan, on the other hand, loves to create travel wardrobes based on two colors (heirloom alligator bags, trunks, and all), and would likely include her favorite rosebud aprons that she wears over dresses (I see them for me over jeans). Nan's June Cleaver royal blue dress is a timeless winner, with her pearls and very British hat, and the perfect outfit to pop out of the kitchen in her mother and stepfather's shadow box world that they made for her, dreaming of fashion scenes.
"It takes me at least an hour and a half to get dressed. That's why I have been late to every job I think I've ever had. I am so busy trying to make sure that everything matches and everything goes together." Nan Ahern