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Simon Doonan takes us from desk to dinner

Aly Walansky is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City. She lives with her two Shorkie-Tzus, Scarlette and Max, and a display of pink polka-dot-themed home decor -- not to mention a selection of flavored vodka. Check out he...

Spring is about flinging those rules

We interview Simon Doonan of Barneys New York about spring trends, fashion dos and don'ts and taking that dress from desk until dinner — he's so fun!
Simon Doonan
Interview: Simon Doonan

Spring is about flinging those fashion rules

We interview Simon Doonan of Barneys New York about spring trends, fashion dos and don'ts and taking that dress from desk until dinner — he's so fun!

LovingYou: Love the "desk to dinner" concept. Can you share more on that? What are must-have pieces to transcend from day to night (and maybe happy hour in between)?

Simon Doonan: A great pair of heels in your desk drawer can catapult you to an evening look. Nothing says "take me to dinner" quite like a dramatic pair of oversized cuffs.

AND, remember, it's not always about adding. A simple tailored jacket at the office can be removed to reveal a bustier dress for dinner.

LY: If we are on a budget, what are a few new pieces we can put in our wardrobe in order to embrace spring trends but not go overboard?

SD: If you are really on a budget, you would be insane not to log onto our new Barneys Warehouse site.

barneyswarehouse.com. Glorious designer deals.

LY: What do you see as investment-worthy wardrobe staples that will withstand the test of time?

SD: This is a long list: An Alaia bag; A Manolo classic; Rick Owens leather; A Delvaux anything; A Celine something and a gorgeous necklace from Irene Neuwirth.

LY: Over the winter, you gained a few pounds. What do you wear this spring to hide those 10 pounds as you try to lose them by summer?

SD: Whether you are skinny or zaftig, every woman needs a Lisa Perry trapeze frock in her closet.

LY: Were you keeping up with the NYFW runways? What were some of your favorite new trends to look forward to?

SD: Every designer did great leather jackets. It's going to be a great Easy Rider fall. Vvvrrmmm!

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Photo credit: Jeff Grossman/WENN
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