Patrick Robinson is a California-born American fashion designer who has worked for such names as Giorgio Armani, Anne Klein, Perry Ellis, and Paco Rabanne. A graduate from the Parsons School of Design, Robinson has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers since 1994 and was named one of Vogue‘s 100 rising stars in 1996. During his 4-year tenure at Armani, he mananged to turn the brand’s ailing “Collezioni” line profitable before taking the position of head designer at Anne Klein in 1995.
Patrick Robinson’s 7 Secrets of Style
He’s made Gap cool again! Here are what he shares on smarts on staying chic at any price!
1. Stand out in a Crowd
“Don’t wait for a special occasion to show off your inner and outer style,” says Robinson. “Reveal your individuality every day in your wardrobe but also in what makes you happy and what you believe in.”
2. Find the Jeans for Your Body
“I can only hope it’s a pair from Gap,” says the 42-year-old designer. “But nothing looks more effortless than denim jeans with some ease — to me, that’s the essential element of looking stylish.”
3. Invest in Good Jewelry
“I love a woman who buys her own pieces,” he says. “The best jewelry usually comes with a story, so there’s a special light in her eyes when she’s wearing it.”
4. Excel at the Unexpected
“I’m in awe when a woman rolls up her sleeves and repairs stuff around the house or fixes a car,” says Robinson, who has been married for eight years to a fashion editor. “Helplessness is attractive to some men, but put up drywall and I’m hooked.”
5. Know How to Buy a Suit for a Man
“Men see the big picture, but women take time to see the details when shopping,” asserts Robinson. “Train a man to zero in on the points that matter — or just buy it for him. He’s bound to look better.”
6. Lead a Conversation
“Maybe it’s because I’m a Southern gentleman at heart [he’s from Southern California], but to me, the ability to steer language eloquently is stylish and seductive. Great conversation makes a woman more beautiful.”
7. Trust the Classics
“A great slouchy blazer and a button-down shirt or a crewneck sweater are not boring if they are well fitted and paired with pieces that are singularly yours. The result is, you look put together as well as special.”
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