Clos-ette might work with stylish clients all over the world, but we’re particularly partial to knock-‘em-dead New Yorkers. Among our favorites: Cristina Greeven Cuomo, the Manhattan-bred media powerhouse with a high-powered wardrobe to match. After nearly a decade heading up Gotham and Hamptons magazines for Niche Media, the mother of three is now stepping in front of the camera –and showing off her impeccable taste –as a host and Content Chief for Plum Network. Whether she’s taping an interview, out on the town with her heartthrob hubby (ABC anchor Chris Cuomo) or serving on the boards for several non-profit organizations, Cuomo always manages to make high fashion look effortless. Seriously smart, successful and stylish? She’s giving our adopted hometown a good name.
Here, she dishes the designers she can’t live without, the dazzling dresses she’ll save forever, and why she’d love to raid her pal Tory Burch’s closet.
How would you describe your personal style?
I'd like to think it’s bohemian chic, with modern touches.What’s your daily uniform?
I love to wear something gray every day. Roland Mouret makes the best clean-cut modern lines of any dress designer. I also like Haider Ackermann, once you figure out how to wear one of his pieces. I love Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera dresses, J Brand jeans, Lanvin, Bottega Veneta, Chanel, and Elizabeth and James –they make the best uniform blazers that are anything but uniform. I am not drawn to loud colors, although will [wear] Etro, who makes my favorite string bikinis. In the summer in the country, I wear shorts, t-shirts and Havianas.
What about shoes and accessories?
Platform, wedge, high shoes –I like the extra workout they give my legs running around all day. I also think perfume is part of a uniform. My favorites are Chanel’s Gardenia and Jo Malone’s Lime, Basil & Mandarin by day, and Kilian’s Beyond Love by night.What would your dream closet look like?
Practically perfect in every way. A walk-in where I can actually see everything I own in cubbies and glassed drawers. I also love antiqued mirrored panels on the doors all around.
How do you stay organized?
I color coordinate my closet and I also separate long hanging [items], shirts, skirts, [and] pants. But doesn't everyone? I even do it in my kids’ closets, but then everything gets unsorted within days. [Our Signature Hangers are a can't-miss component of any organized closet].
What's the most embarrassing or surprising thing we would find in your closet?
Absconded jewelry my eight-year-old knows nothing about, my year-and-a-half-old baby girl trying on my shoes, or my favorite Diane von Furstenberg dress that went missing years ago.
What pieces will you never get rid of?
My custom Pucci chiffon dress of grays and browns, my Luisa Beccaria navy blue tulle dress, my J. Mendel coats, my Marios Schwab fitted black cocktail dress with a Swarovski bustle, and every Gucci dress I own. Also, every scarf –they are wardrobe essentials.
Everything I have bought from 25 Park, a chic boutique that edits all the good looks so I don't have to think too hard about it. Oh, and my Balenciaga shoes from Edon Manor. I get stopped in the street by women asking me about them.
My friend Tory Burch has the most amazing closet I have ever seen. We hang out in it, she does her make-up in it at her vanity table –it is a meeting place in her apartment. The designer Daniel Romualdez created these genius mirrored doors and there’s a window in the room. It really is the size of a bedroom. Tory also has a wardrobe every girl dreams of and wildly good taste –really the best I’ve seen.