Olivia Palermo

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

She may have played the mean girl on MTV’s defunct reality show “The City,” but Olivia Palermo is the sweetheart of the style set, both in New York and overseas, where Tatler crowned the Greenwich/Manhattan bred beauty “Girl of the Year.” The daughter of real estate developer of Italian descent Douglas Palermo and interior designer Lyn Hutchings, Palermo went to Nightingale-Bamford School then St. Luke’s School. She went off to American University of Paris for one year before studying media at The New School. We often find her around town with boyfriend since 2008, the uber-handsome model Johannes Huebl.

Influenced by classic Hollywood movies, she effortlessly blends streetwear from Topshop with clothes by friends like Rachel Roy and Georgina Chapman of Marchesa. And like any PYT, she covets shoes and jewelry (she even designed a small line of baubles for Roberta Freymann in 2010). Always busy, Palermo is currently working on a new reality show that will focus on the development of her own fashion line. Her advice to her tens of thousands of fans: “A great accessory is always important,” Palermo says. “I have quite a few pairs of shoes, but my favorites would be my Stubbs and Woottons and French flat soles. For a fabulous heel, Charlotte Olympia is No. 1 in my book.”


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