Before Olivia Palermo became a global style maven — and the recipient of FFANY’s inaugural Influential Figure in Fashion accolade — it was family ties that sparked her sartorial passion.
“Fashion has played an integral role in my upbringing, as I have been surrounded by it for as long as I can remember,” she told FN. “My aunt worked at an auction house, and the exposure to this allowed me to become aware of the history of fashion and importance of craftsmanship.”
Palermo dons a tone-on-tone ensemble in green.
CREDIT: Jeff Thibodeau
As a teenager, Palermo jumped into the editorial world by interning at Quest magazine, where she gained a fresh perspective on an industry she had already begun to embrace.
Her big break came in 2008 while starring on MTV’s reality series “The City,” which chronicled the lives of some of New York’s elite young female professionals. From there, Palermo’s star continued to rise after signing with Wilhelmina International Inc., where some of her early partnerships included Mango and Gap’s former online boutique Piperlime.com.
“All of my experiences to this day, from style tips taught to me by my mother to working with internationally renowned brands, have been impactful in one way or another,” she said. “I am very