It doesn’t get much chic-er than Chanel. But, we know that sometimes you need a little inspiration on how to wear Spring pieces now. We asked Harper’s Bazaar Executive Accessories Editor Amanda Alagem to show us how it’s done. We’ve always admired her effortlessly polished style, and her ability to make timeless pieces feel modern. Here, Amanda takes us to some of her favorite spots in New York, and fills us in on how she’s wearing Chanel looks this season.
Photos by Jeff Thibodeau
Bergdorf Goodman: Take us through a typical day as Exec Accessories Editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Most importantly, what are you wearing?
Amanda Alagem: One of the things I enjoy most about my job is that every day is a little bit different. A typical day might start with breakfast with a brand, followed by market appointments before I head to the office to put together trend pages and work on features. At the office, my work varies from collaborating on a cover story, styling an accessories shoot, or meeting to strategize future projects. The evenings are just as busy – with designer events around town and celebratory dinners for designers or retailers before heading home.
Day to day, I am always on the go. So you can usually find me in a bootie with a heavy heel – perfect for running around. I usually find that head to toe black, the right boot, and graphic pair of earrings can take me anywhere.
BG: How are you mixing Chanel into your wardrobe this spring?
AA: Chanel is timeless. The pieces I own stay with me season to season. Right now, I’m layering my new Coco Crush rings in gold and silver. They are already staples of my wardrobe.
BG: What are 3 new spots (restaurants, coffee shops, bars) you’re loving in NYC at the moment?
AA: Yves opened recently in my neighborhood and I love the quiet warmth and delicious food. Feels like a neighborhood secret.
My new breakfast spot is Two Hands in Tribeca. They have amazing matcha, and poached eggs and avocado on almost everything.
Raoul’s is an all-time favorite that I’ve recently rediscovered. It’s the ultimate NYC French bistro.
BG: A classic Chanel item you treasure, and something you’re eyeing for Spring:
AA: I recently adopted a vintage Chanel black blazer with gold buttons. It’s so 90’s and yet so now. The fact that it’s my mothers makes me love it even more. That, and my vintage camera bag. For Spring I love all of the colorful tweeds and knits. I have my eyes on the cap toe mules. They’re the perfect transitional shoe.
BG: How has your career in fashion influenced your home in NYC? (location, aesthetic, design, etc)
AA: Working in fashion, I couldn’t imagine not living on the Westside. I live right in the center of most of the show venues in West Soho, close to many of the downtown showrooms, and I can head right up the Westside to get to the office.
As an editor, I’m constantly exposed to a wide range of artists, photographers, designers, who all create beautiful work that I like to surround myself with. Consequently, my apartment is full of treasures I’ve collected. I have a ton of books, paintings on every spare wall and as a result my apartment has a warm, eclectic feel to it.
BG: Your first memory of Bergdorf Goodman:
AA: When I was 8 years old my family visited New York and when we went to Bergdorf Goodman I became obsessed with the windows. They embodied everything I loved about fashion and art.