I love how Tamara fantasizes about being like her grandmother, who hung out at Studio 54 with people like Truman Capote and Bianca Jagger. When she wears her grandmother’s striking late ’60s/’70s, long knit dress, it’s as if she is there with them. Clearly, Tamara holds onto her dreams through her clothes, as it should be. She refers to her black studded Louboutin booties as her “adult glass slippers.” Tamara says that her Jewish grandmother was her biggest influence when it comes to dressing. The two of them spent a lot of time together during her childhood, going to flea markets, tag sales, the one-time classic department store Bonwit Teller, and the legendary Upper West Side boutique, Charivari (Charivari helped to launch Japanese designers like Yohji Yamamoto in America, and was the first to sell Marc Jacobs’ original, hand-knit sweaters). Tamara remembers resenting that her grandmother wanted her to wear little boys' clothing from Brooks Brothers, like blazers and velvet knickers, but now realizes what a great style tip it really was. Tamara says that she doesn’t fetishize designers, which I admire - she loves her vintage jumpsuit and Japanese kimono because of how she feels in them - though she has a closet of high-end shoes. StylelikeU is all about being liberated from social ghettos and honoring your own special fingerprint as it manifests in your clothes and many of our muses give thanks to the people who came before them. Here’s to Tamara’s granny.
"One of my favorite books is "Cadillac Jack." It's by Larry McMurtry, and it's about pickers- people who go out and look through all these great things and then give them back to the dealers. I think that's secretly my fantasy, to just get in the car, drive across the country and be a picker." Tamara Lowe