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Chic Chef Celine Escaler Reveals Her Fashion Essentials and Sources of Inspiration

The executive chef at Stockton Place shows some mad love for Olivia Palermo.
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Current fashion wishlist?
Olivia Palermo’s closet! Particularly, more colorful pieces to break my penchant for neutral hues. And statement accessories to breathe new life into my current staples.

What's your personal style?
Comfort is key. I’m a jeans and a T-shirt girl with a comfortable pair of flats or a relaxed shift dress.

Style essentials while traveling?
I find dressing in layers essential for the unpredictable temperatures. Also, comfortable pants, particularly a pair of Lululemons that can pass for a decent pair of slacks but feel like sweats. Also, my Tumi bag that slides into the handles of a carry-on suitcase for easy movement.


Staples for a day at work?
Chef whites, an apron, an ugly pair of clogs, and sharpened knives.

What are your favorite fashion movies?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Devil Wears Prada.

What is your earliest fashion memory?
Growing up with two older brothers, I always wanted to be in shorts and a T-shirt like them and hated the beautiful dresses my mom wanted me to wear. However, the first dress I fell in love with was when I was 7 or 8 when my grandmother made me a copy of my favorite doll’s Christmas dress: A taffeta silk cranberry red dress with a white sash. I felt so cool that I looked like my doll.

What are your go-to brands?
For investment pieces, I  like Balenciaga, Céline, Chanel, and Jimmy Choo. I also enjoy Hervé Leger, Maje, Sandro, Rachel Roy, Tibi, COS, and Lululemon.

Favorite stores to shop in?
Here, LCP, Charina Sarte, and Zara. Abroad, Intermix, Barneys, and stores I discover along the way.

What fashion philosophy do you live by?
Trust your instincts and wear what makes you feel at ease. It’s a terrible feeling to spend the night out in an outfit that makes you feel unlike yourself. Also, good hair is half the battle.

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All about the mix: Jimmy Choo shoes, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, 956.3637; Michael Kors necklace, Power Plant Mall, Bottega Veneta bag, Greenbelt 4, 757.6293.

Where do your fashion influences come from?
For me, fashion is also about the time, place, and circumstance. It’s important for me to dress for the occasion. I find that my style changes when I travel and take into account the setting, weather, and itinerary. Also, my stage in life. Having recently become a mother, I wear more separates and clothing that’s easy to move in.

Style icons?
My mother is my number one style icon. She effortlessly balances elegance, grace, femininity, and bold statement pieces. Any sense of style I have, I’ve learned, and continue to learn, from her. Olivia Palermo is the queen of chic. She is artful at mixing and matching prints, textures, and layers. She never looks overdone and never lets the clothes, however adventurous, wear her. On the red carpet, Cate Blanchett always looks ethereal, regal, and unexpected. And Kate Middleton embodies the look of royalty.

Signature accessory?
A smile!

What was your first big splurge?
A Balenciaga bag.

What is your most prized possession?
My wedding ring.

Complete the sentence: "I can't live without..."
My family! They add the color to my neutral-hued wardrobe/ life. There’s no reason to wear a party dress without them.

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