MICHAEL KORS: How has New York influenced your style? Are you “quintessentially” New York?
STEPHANIE WINSTON WOLKOFF:
New York is the epicenter of the world—fast paced, full of life, with a great mix of culture and influences. I work full-time, [am] a mom, and I’m also 6-foot-1. I know what works on me and who makes it. I think knowing yourself is very New York. I rely on a stable of designers—Kors, Dolce, Gucci and Ralph always have just what I need to look appropriate and feel great.

MK: So you still care about the word “appropriate”?
SWW:
I do. Every stylish woman—whether Jackie Kennedy, Babe Paley or Sophia Loren—dressed according to her own body and her life.

MK: Talk to me about accessories.
SWW:
I am definitely an accessories kind of girl. I love bags. I like them big because I carry the world in them. I love myBirkins—they can hold all I need.

MK: How will the move to Lincoln Center change Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week?
SWW:
It puts fashion on the same level as other cultural arts—music, theater, opera and so on. And where better to do that than at Lincoln Center? I think it will really heighten everyone’s awareness of what fashion means to the city.

Like what you're reading? Get it delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up now for our newsletters >>