Fashion Journalist, Boston Globe


What is your idea of perfect happiness? Staying in bed with a book on a gray Sunday morning


What is your greatest fear? Mirrors


What historical figure do you most identify with? Oscar Wilde


Which living person do you most admire? My mom and dad (I know thatís two, but Iím not playing favorites)


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Can I say everything?


What is the trait you most deplore in others? Self confidence


What is your greatest extravagance? Adding both butter and sugar to my Cream of Wheat 


What is your favorite journey? Anything, or anywhere that distracts me.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Ambition


On what occasion do you lie? When itís convenient


What do you dislike most about your appearance? Again, can I say everything?


Which living person do you most despise? Dave Matthews


Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Exactly


What is your greatest regret? Never learning to play the piano


What or who is the greatest love of your life? Petula Clark


When and where were you happiest? I was surprised, I was happy for a day in 1975 (Sorry, this is actually a lyric from a Belle and Sebastian song).


What talent would you most like to have? An analytic mind


What is your current state of mind? Somber


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Iím going to go with my standby Ė everything.


If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? I wish they didnít buy me gifts from Yankee Candle.


What do you consider your greatest achievement? My relationship with my nieces


If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be? Probably a tapeworm or another gastro-intestinal parasite


If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A Jan van Eyck painting


What is your most treasured possession? My Partridge Family lunchbox signed by Shirley Jones


What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Feeling heartbroken


Where would you like to live? Iceland      


What is your favorite occupation? Stenographer


What is your most marked characteristic? Sarcasm


What is the quality you like most in a man? Silence        


What is the quality you like most in a woman? Silence


What do you most value in your friends? Kindness


Who are your favorite writers? Virginia Woolf, Bradley Udall, Anne Tyler, David Sedaris, and Jackie Collins


Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Dorian Gray


Who are your heroes in real life? David Bowie and Morris the Cat


What are your favorite names? Constance, Edna, Prudence, and Hazel


What is it that you most dislike? Slugs


How would you like to die? With the assistance of a handful of pills and a bottle of rum


What is your motto? "If at first you donít succeed, failure may be your style." (Thatís Quentin Crispís line,)


Which era of fashion history do you personally romanticize the most? The 1960s


Which three fashion icons, past or present, would you most want to meet? Mary Quant, Christian Dior, Halston, and Pierre Cardin (even though thatís cheating to list four)


Who do you think has made the greatest contribution to the art fashion in the past 10 years? Alexander McQueen.


Where did you first experience the power of fashion? In the Paris workrooms of Chanel and Dior in 2006


What is your current go-to fashion accessory? A paper bag to put over my head


How many pairs of shoes do you own? 20-ish


Which contemporary designer do you believe will stand the test of time? Commercially: Diane von Furstenberg. Artistically: McQueen.


Which fashion designer do you believe most influences your personal style? Jaclyn Smith (Kmart collection)


How do you weigh in on fashion versus style? Fashion is what people follow. Style Ė for better or worse Ė is what they are.


What trend do you regret having followed? My 1986 mullet