Women of Style: Alexandra Bottrie

New Year, new series!

I’m always inspired by women who have managed to create their own style and have been curious to know more about how to be effortlessly stylish. Our new series ‘Women of Style’ will look into the minds, closets and nightstands of a variety of women with different points of view.

 

If you know any women of style we should feature, leave a comment! Bisous, Winy

 

Alexandra Bottrie

Alexandra Bottrie

Age: 45

Occupation: Mother, Philanthropist, Hand In Hand for Haiti www.handinhandforhaiti.com 

Alex, as she is affectionately known, has always had a passion for Fashion.  Born and raised in Haiti, she credits her grand-mother -who was a seamstress- and her mother, who had all of her dresses handmade, as her key influences for her sense of style. Growing up in Haiti and reading the pages of French Vogue and Officiel magazines, she was inspired by the careers of Beverly Johnson and Iman and subsequently, modeled for 7 years.

10 years ago, love brought her to New York City where she lives with her French husband and their two beautiful children.

 

1) Alex, how would you describe your style? 

Comfortable elegance. My style has evolved with my travels and moving from Haiti, then Miami and finally New York City with frequent trips to France where my husband is from.

2) What are your go-to brands and why?

My go-to brands vary, it all depends on the occasion. I’m a mother and I travel a lot, therefore, I have to feel at ease and be comfortable while being polished. I wear a lot of J Crew, Alexander Wang and 3.1 Philip Lim on a day to day basis.   I also love Chanel and Tods flats.

I’m faithful to my brands so I always find something I love at Lanvin or Marni.  My favourite trousers / pants are from Dries Van Noten (I love their fit and their prints).  For my “Rock Mom Attitude”, a little Zadig et Voltaire mixed with Rick Owens will do it.


3) What are your favourite wardrobe pieces and why?

My chocolate Silk Lanvin dress was the first Lanvin dress I bought in 2010 when I co-chaired the Lycée Français de New York’s Gala at the New York Armor, it was like magic.

I also cherish all my Lanvin necklaces (I think I can say I collect them now, they are so unique, season after season).

And finally, my first designer bag, a Birkin, holds a very special place in my heart. It was given to me by my husband on our wedding day.

 

4) The beauty product you can’t live without and why?

La Mer gel wash and La Mer facial cream because it is a miracle cream and I believe in prevention not intervention.
5) A beauty secret your mom or grand-mother told you that you use?

My grand-mother was beautiful and she never left the house without lipstick or earrings.  But the best advice she gave me “Never go to bed with makeup.”  I always wash my face before bedtime and hydrate.  I lived on an island under the sun for many years and it was necessary to hydrate.  I swear by Nivea Body lotion, I’ve been using it since I was 17 and it has been my ritual morning and night ever since, especially during the winter months here in New York.

6) Your Spring / Summer 2012 must haves

I don’t have “must haves”, I don’t follow trends even thought I love fashion. I make my own purchase decisions but one thing is for sure, I will not miss the Marni for H&M coming this March!