STYLE ON SCREEN MEETS AMANDA ELIASCH
Date: 24-07-2014, Author: Faye Murphy, Categories: Celeb Style
Style on Screen were lucky enough to interview the very talented Amanda Eliasch! Amanda is the fashion editor at Genlux Magazine, a poet, photographer, art collector and blogger yet she still manages to stay looking fabulous! See what she had to say…
So how do you describe your style? I have loved clothes since I was aged two. I had a passion for them. I used to love party dresses with stiff underskirts, I loved hats, fun glasses and immaculate hair. When I was 18 I enjoyed the romanticism of the goth with the cavalier. I am now naturally a punk nun. White collars and cuffs. Black dresses, pearls, skulls and crosses. Blonde Marilyn Monroe hair with jet black hair pieces. Chanel mixed with punk rock, Alexander Mcqueen tail coats, original and new, white collars, with pleated skirts.
How has this changed over the years, and why (for instance have you been influenced by your move to Hollywood)? My move to Hollywood and its influence was noticeable immediately. It was also the year I got divorced and also lived in Paris in a Mallet Stevens Artist studio in Montparnasse, belonging to Tamara De Lempicka. I was in love with a romantic Frenchman who had a passion for Hollywood stars from another era, Jayne Mansfield, Doris Day, Brigitte Bardot and so I adopted the looks. I then fell in love with Loree Rodkin’s jewellery and Maxfields and adopted a rock chick look mixed with Old Hollywood Divas and lived the Los Angeles dream. Without everything, I could not be who I am today. I was walking my path in life and I wanted to be a fashion editor and I was given the opportunity almost immediately. I had been given a book launch for my poetry, Cloak and Dagger Butterfly and I was lucky enough to have my favourite vamp dance in a glass, Dita Von Teese. From this full glass I was offered the job as Fashion Editor at Genlux Magazine. I then turned the book of poetry into a film, The gun the cake and the butterfly, where I combined poetry and art together. The film was so much fun to make. I learnt a lot. It also enhanced my experience of Hollywood and they in turn were generous and I won many awards. Altogether Los Angeles is a positive experience for me. I am English and they let me in. I am hugely grateful. I also had the luck to live in several stunning houses along the way. All I can is a huge thank you.
Which fashion brand could you not live without? Really I could not live without a hairdresser and I love having my makeup done. I am in love with Tom Ford’s eyeliner and I like mac red lipstick and in Hollywood I love my hairdresser Angela Kalinowski. Clothes are my passion and I am in love with the white collars of Chanel, Shoes; my Saint Laurents, (I can run in them!), 80 denier tights from Wolford, and A line skirts from Mui Mui. I am also in love with the fur of Rick Owens and my rings from Stephen Webster and Loree Rodkin. Wow..
If you were stuck in an elevator with any three designers, who would you choose? Rick Owens to keep me warm, Alexander Mcqueen to talk about the afterlife and keep my dreams alive, and Karl Lagerfeld to be practical. In his bag I am sure he would have a parachute and a water bottle! He has fine wit too.
We know you are friends with Prince Andrew and Charles Saatchi, but if you could only invite one friend to join you in the elevator, who would it be? Belinda Carlisle, as we would have a great laugh, we could do Kundalini breathing in the lift together and think of wonderful ways of escaping.
What outfit would you wear, including handbag and shoes? Perhaps a black Prada dress, it looks good on all occasions. With a handbag by Vlieger and Vandam. It has a fake gun on it so keep your distance. Old shoes by Robert Clergerie, the old ones were the most comfortable in the world.
Enough about the elevator, and on to something important. Who is the best dressed man in Hollywood? And who is the most eligible bachelor? What do you mean? Are there any bachelors available? Let me know immediately! I like poetical men. Clever men. The best dressed man is Baz Luhrmann, but do I fancy him? Hmmmmm, well he is married. Then there is George Clooney but he is married too, well nearly… Then there is the dishy Craig Young, but I think he is hitched up in his Jaguar! Then there is the clever and talented Sir Tim Rice, but he is a busy man. Then there is composer Alexandre Desplat, well he is the best looking of the lot, but he is married too.. Oh dear it seems that looking for Mr Right in Hollywood could be a little tricky!! There are so many, but with so little time….
Can we start any rumours? I would love to tell you everything, but the walls have ears! And I am addicted to secrets…
If you could only give one piece of fashion advice, what would it be? Only buy a few pieces, preferably good. Having said this I never stick to my advice, I buy everything I am in love with.
How important is social media’s role within fashion? Nowadays, it is essential. Social media is the most important platform, and in my view it will only get bigger.