I’d bet money that local fashionista Julia Tanghetti has never uttered the phrase, “I hate everything in my closet” and if she has, she’s certifiably insane. You see, after graduating from Columbia University (where she studied art history), Julia worked in fashion wholesale in New York. During that time, she amassed quite a covetable collection of shoes, handbags, accessories and clothing—Gucci, Moschino, Christian Louboutin, Pollini, Alberta Ferretti…they’re all there!
On top of being super stylish, Julia is undeniably charming, down to Earth and maybe a little sassy (a quality she embraces). Oh, and she might be Sarah Silverman’s doppelgänger, except at a mere 5’5″, Julia is two inches shorter than the famously raunchy comedian.
Julia currently works as a consultant for the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, a local dermatology office, and is also a contributing writer for the local lifestyle blog Girls on the Grid. On top of all that, Julia is in the process of applying to grad school to get her MBA.
Proving that beauty and brains can go hand-in-hand, this stylish and cerebral It GIrl lives her life by a famous Oscar Wilde quote. You know the one, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
And now a peek at Julia’s awesome closet…
Describe your personal style.
Definitely eclectic. I suppose that I gravitate towards a look that is Italian and feminine mixed with a street edge. I love mixing designers and trends in unexpected ways. I feel like at this point it is so tired to say that you like to “mix high/low,” but I do have the most fun dressing this way.
Who are your favorite designers?
Roberto Cavalli and Moschino for the more high-end ready-to-wear, Elizabeth and James for weekend wear, Black Milk for leggings and body-con items, J. Crew always is great for work, Giuseppe Zanotti and Moschino for shoes, Pollini for boots, Balenciaga for handbags.
If you could raid anyone’s wardrobe whose would it be?
Iris Apfel for her jewelry collection, Stephanie Seymour for her amazing Azzedine Alaïa collection, and also Carine Roitfeld and Rita Ora. I can’t choose just one! If I was a boy I would raid A$AP Rocky’s closet.
Where do you turn for fashion inspiration?
Lately, I have been LOVING the blog Comme des Fuckdown, which definitely has an irreverent spin on things. From my days in the fashion industry I haven’t gotten out of the habit of checking out all the shows each day of fashion week. The Style.com app makes this easy. I find that I turn to books more than magazines for my fashion inspiration. I’m a big sucker for fashion coffee table books. My two favorite are Stylist, The Interpreters of Fashion and Carine Roitfeld’s Irreverent. (clearly I’m drawn towards anything irreverent).
Is there an item you’re currently obsessing over?
I would KILL for anything by Mary Katrantzou, who is the amazing designer from the UK that specializes in these digital trompe l’oeil prints. On a more practical note, sort of, I’ve been craving a new handbag lately and having been ogling the Reed Krakoff Atlantique Satchel.
What was your most recent acquisition?
A jacket from Maison Scotch in SF that I got on sale after Christmas. It looks like an army green vest with these sweater sleeves attached and I have been wearing it ALL THE TIME.
What is one item in your closet that you can’t live without?
My Pollini riding boots, I think I wear them at least 4 days a week!
What’s in your closet that you’ve never worn?
I have an amazing light green silk embroidered gown from Alberta Ferretti that essentially would be more appropriate for the Oscars than anything else. At my last job in the fashion industry at Moschino—which was part of the group Aeffe that owns Alberta Ferretti, Jean Paul Gautier, Pollini and Narcisco Rodriguez—the last day of the sample sales we had at work was $40 dollar day for the employees. So anything that was left over, the employees could purchase for $40, no matter how much that item retailed for. I was able to snag this gown, which retailed for over $4,000 for only $40! I don’t know where the heck I will ever wear this thing…maybe I’ll wear it if I ever get married, or if I ever get invited to the Oscars.
Flats or heels?
Both! As I get older, I find that I can’t do heels for work or during the day, so riding boots and skimmers are my go-to. For evening though, the higher the heels the better the better!
Lipstick or nude?
Lipstick or gloss, always.
How often do you purge items from your closet, and where do your castaways go? I hardly ever purge my closet to my downfall because my house is overflowing with clothes, shoes and accessories. I find it really hard to part with items that I got for free from my past jobs in fashion. When I found such amazing pieces at sample sales or when I got them as part of my clothing allowance, it so hard to get rid of them because they were such a good deal—even if I don’t fit into them now, or maybe never did!
What are your favorite styling products?
Colorescience for primers (they make your skin look flawless before applying makeup and they have SPF), Jane Iredale for their BB Cream, EltaMD for sunscreen (got to wear your SPF everyday!), Oribe and Arrojo for hair products, I also love the Sally Hansen nail stickers.
If I looked in your purse, what would I find?
Five million lip glosses, travel size Jo Malone perfume, a pair of disposable contacts, Colorescience powder sunscreen, black eye liner and a bunch of other junk that makes my purse heavy like a rock.
Favorite shopping spots?
Loehmann’s (I always find the BEST stuff there), the little designer corner in Scout Living, Off 5th Saks outlet, Parkside Pharmacy for jewelry (Michelle, the owner, always has the most fabulous jewelry that is also affordable!), Yoox.com for discount designer items, my closet (because I often find things that I didn’t remember were in there!).
Give me 5 of your favorite local haunts.
Shady Lady for cocktails, Golden Bear for dancing, Shoki for ramen, Oscar’s for hangover food (I will shed a tear everyday until it is open again after the rebuilding), and I’ve been loving LowBrau since it opened!