Style Objectified: Emma Grady

This week in Style Objectified we are featuring Emma Grady – stylist and award-winning fashion writer based in New York City. She is the founder and publisher of Past Fashion Future, a style site dedicated to classic and timeless fashion, and she is a fashion correspondent for Discovery’s and Hearst’s  Be sure to follow Emma on Twitter @EMMAGRADY

1.      Who is your personal style inspiration?
A woman named Libby who was a grandmother figure for me growing up. She was always put together and polished even when she didn’t leave the house. She dressed for herself and knew how to put together an outfit: she had a classic style and always looked elegant. She passed away but her gold charm bracelet and Oleg Cassini perfume were passed on to me and they always remind me of her.

2.            Who is your favorite designer?
There are many designers I admire; I don’t like to pick favorites but one of my favorite up-and-coming designers is Katie Brierley of Newport, RI-based Isoude.  Her designs are timeless and feature clean, classic silhouettes in a neutral color palette (and an occasional pop of bright color). Brierley uses fine materials and works with artisans in New England. (

3.            What is your style philosophy?
I believe in quality fashion and investing in well-made pieces rather than seasonal trends. I curate my wardrobe carefully and put a lot of thought into my outfits and individual pieces. I spend a lot of time caring for my garments and I depend on a cobbler to keep my footwear in tip top shape. I also believe in dressing for your body type and knowing what works for you. If you’re not comfortable in something, it shows.

4.            What trend are you excited about, what trend would you like to come back and what trend do you wish would go away?
I enjoy color blocking and all the classic 60s-era silhouettes and suiting that has come back thanks to period shows like Mad Men. Other than that, I don’t care much for seasonal trends, nor do I dress for the trend of the season. But to speak more generally about the trend of the overall fashion industry, I’d like fast fashion to go away and responsible consumption habits to come back.

5.            What was your biggest fashion faux pas?
My high school junior prom. I found a not-so-perfect dress and tried to make it prettier by adding a pink ribbon around the waist. I paired it with black heels that had ankle straps. It was a case of not dressing for your body type; black ankle straps are never flattering and neither was the outfit–’nuff said! And in general, I spent my formative years trying out trends that didn’t suit my body type; it usually didn’t look so great.

6.    What are you wearing today?
This is a photo from the Snoozer Loser NY A/W 2011 Scarves look book that I just styled and modeled in ( . I’m wearing a Snoozer Loser NY scarf; a Club Monaco dress; a Kenneth Cole jacket, which I’ve had since high school; Ray-Ban sunglasses, and thrifted leather boots.  

7.            Who would win in a Style Off between Katie Holmes &  Victoria Beckham?
Victoria Beckham. She has a feminine and classic style and I like how she doesn’t over complicate an outfit with too much jewelry or too many accessories.

Photo credit: Snoozer Loser NY

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