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Since launching her eponymous label in 2008, Torn designer Ronny Kobo has become a bona fide celebrity favorite. (See Beyoncé, Kate Hudson, et al stepping out in her curve-hugging knit pieces). But despite a career dressing A-listers, the Israeli-born, Hong Kong-raised Kobo is far from a slave to fashion. “I refuse to take my wardrobe seriously, and like to have fun when getting dressed,” she says. Here, the designer shares her go-to wardrobe staple, her tricks for for easy dressing, and more.
How would you describe your personal style?
Comfortable, colorful, fun, flattering, and flirty.
What is your daily uniform?
A Torn top or sweater, simple leather pants (in all colors), and Stubbs & Wooten loafers. I like to dress in themes and have fun with it. When I make the effort, it’s always humorous and novel.
What will you never get rid of?
I have to say I love all my gowns that I bought or had made for celebratory occasions, as they hold special memories of moments cherished. Years later, I wear the simpler ones to the beach in Europe, Asia, or the Caribbean and the dramatic ones I shorten for fun, casual looks. I love recycling! Those black tie pieces definitely are my favorite items in my wardrobe.
What’s the most frequently-worn item in your closet?
Big white oversized cashmere cardigans. They get replaced every year because I wear them to their death!
What do you collect?
Costume jewelry. In particular, I collect costume earrings.
What’s your organizing style?
I am extremely organized and architectural in my mind, so my closet must reflect that during the week. Everything is color coordinated and folded in a specific way. It’s exhausting, but I grew up like that so can't avoid what my mother instilled. However, for liberation and slight rebellion I like to be a complete slob on the weekends.
Whose closet would you love to raid?
Anna Dello Russo's closet! FULL STOP.