Paula Carano in Oscar de la Renta at Rodin by Moonlight, October 2011
Paula Carano in Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young Museum’s Midwinter Gala, March 2011
Paula Carano in Oscar de la Renta at San Francisco Ballet’s Opening Gala 2011
Paula Carano‘s red carpet style had us intrigued, so we asked:
Do you have any wardrobe challenges? Time and space! And I’m not referring to Einstein’s theory of relativity, but rather lack of closet space. It seems I am always in a rush so I wear a lot of dresses (one piece is faster than pulling together separates), and I try to place things strategically, in accessible locations, throughout my home. I can only wear what I can find!
Will you share a fashion tip? Become familiar with what looks good on you and follow your instincts. Knowing which colors and styles compliment you and bring out your best features is helpful; but I also recommend being a little bit unpredictable and exploring new fashions. My personal style is always evolving. I collect timeless classics and treasured vintage pieces, but keep an eye out for alluring looks from emerging designers.
Paula Carano in vintage Balenciaga at the de Young Museum’s Balenciaga exhibition, March 2011
Carven designer Guillaume Henry with Paula (in Carven) in San Francisco, February 2011
Vogue’s Hamish Bowles with Paula (in Chanel) in San Francisco, March 2011
… in Carolina Herrera at the Graff store opening in San Francisco, October 2011
Stephanie Tuttle and Paula (in Giambattista Valli) at San Francisco Ballet’s annual fashion show, May 2011
Paula Carano (in Carolina Herrera) on her way to the American Ballet Theater in New York, May 2011 (photo: Daniella Zalcman, The Wall Street Journal)
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography
Do you follow any rules when pulling together your look? I look at my wardrobe in two ways — staples and statements — then try to match my choices with the nature of the event, the venue, the season and the current weather conditions. Admittedly I am more of a “mood dresser,” so I do not always let the elements rule out what I feel like wearing.
Please share a fashion don’t: Fashion is a medium for self expression, so don’t be afraid to go with a look that strikes a high note with you. When you feel great, chances are you will look great. Wear what you find comfortable and appropriate, but don’t get into a rut with a particular style. Wrap your arms around color, explore new designers and keep it fun!
What are some of your favorite beauty products?
Fekkai Salon Hair Glaze for more volume and shine. Use it after conditioning your hair, then rinse it off after 15 minutes.
Dr. Sebagh – try mixing three drops of the Supreme Maintenance Serum Jeunesse and three drops of the Rose de Vie for refreshed skin. It’s a ritual I look forward to each morning. Vivite Exfoliating Cleanser, truly amazing, primarily for the face, but can be used on the entire body. It gently lifts the dull layer of skin you are ready to say goodbye to. Oscillation Mascara by Lancome, a vibrating brush that gives me extra long lashes!
More local women whose style we admire: Joy Bianchi, Lindsay Bolton, Barbara Brown, Karen Caldwell, Carolyn Chandler, Dr. Carolyn Chang, Juliet de Baubigny, Samantha DuVall, Vanessa Getty, Angelique Griepp, Stephanie Marver, Sonya Molodetskaya, Deepa Pakianathan, Yurie Pascarella, Komal Shah, Sobia A. Shaikh, OJ Shansby, Charlotte Shultz, Sarah Somberg, Christine Suppes, Elizabeth Touw, Katie Traina, Dede Wilsey, Victoria Yeager