What hasn’t Amanda Ross done? The fashionista is internationally known for consulting with brands, film, television and designers. A former fashion market director for Harper’s Bazaar and fashion director for Departures Magazine, Ross launched ARossGirl.com in 2015, where she holds a trifecta of titles: stylist, designer and consultant. ARossGirl.com is a blend of the best of Ross’ eye, as she shares a carefully curated collection of trends, getaways and parties. Here, the self-described Upper East Side bohemian sits down with AVENUE to chat about her daily musings.
What is your present state of mind?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Find something you love to do and get paid for it.
Describe a perfect day in New York.
Breakfast at Sant Ambroeus, morning at the Met, lunch at Bilboquet and exploring NYC.
Where in New York have you been to the most?
The 21 Club. My family were the meat suppliers to the 21 Club, and I’ve been eating there my whole life. I still have my silver baby cup from the club. When I moved to NYC after university, my dad would direct me to 21 for a burger, especially when I was out for a black-tie event: he thought that was so chic! I was just there last month, when I took my nephew, who is in NYC for his first year at NYU, for a burger after the Cartier opening.
If you could have dinner with three people, past or present, who would you choose?
Diana Vreeland, one of her Harper’s Bazaar editors, and my grandmother, who was chic and as formidable as DV. They were real visionaries, and had lots of interesting ideas that I’m sure would transcend time and be relevant today.
Who is your favorite shopping companion?
My twin sister.
Where is paradise for you?
Anywhere with my husband.
What’s your go-to outfit for a day in New York City?
Cashmere sweater, jeans and flats.
What are three things you cannot live without?
My husband, my family and my new family.
What’s the coolest thing in your apartment right now?
The Marriage Cross by Adria de Haume, a wedding gift from my stepmother.
What is your earliest New York City memory?
Beekman Place and Park Avenue with my grandmothers. Theater, the museums, Central Park. Rumplemeyer’s. Bloomingdale’s. 21 Club.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
I wanted to do things more than be something. I wanted to travel the world and create a business with my twin sister.
Who is the most iconic New Yorker you know?
James Nederlander, whose name and family are synonymous with the heartbeat of the city: the theater!
What keeps you up at night?
Problems I can’t solve.