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Q & A How would you describe your personal style?

Meryl Franzos: How about I give you a recipe for chip dip instead? [Laughs] I don’t know what to say to that. I consider my personal style to be a “multiple personal-style disorder.” It tends to be on the darker side — I’m drawn to black clothing, leather, and edgy stuff. In the summer, I’ll go nautical. My dad was a sailor, so I’ll get out the gold boat shoes. Then there’s the writing that comes into play a little bit because I want to be this protagonist — a strong character in my own story, and you have to dress for that.

What inspires your fashion sense?

MF: Oh, everything! I would say a lot of music, film, architecture, furniture, and just interesting characters. I like [architect] Frank Gehry.

Who ARE your style icons?

MF: This is obscure, but there was this television show called La Femme Nikita in the late ‘90s. Peta Wilson, she was this covert agent, Nikita, and she’s always dressing up for something. She’s this tall, blonde, stunning Australian, and all of her outfits on that show have been inspiring me still to this day. Then, there’s Garrison Keillor and his seersucker suits, Hunter S. Thompson, and Jenna Lyons of J. Crew. Also, Isabella Blow. She’s the one who actually found Alexander McQueen. I love the hats she wore — she’s amazing.

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What are your favorite brands?

MF: I really like Rick Owens, AllSaints — I just discovered AllSaints when I was traveling in Miami. It’s like they took everything out of my brain and put it in a store. I liked Alexander McQueen when he was designing. And, Maison [Martin] Margiela, Helmut Lang...

What are your wardrobe essentials?

MF: I have a lot of black ankle boots and cardigans. Writing has done terrible things to the elbows of my cardigans. I have lost seven or eight these past two years — it’s incredible. So I have the old elbow patches for real, not for cute. The closest thing to a uniform for me would be ankle boots, cropped pants, and a cardigan. But, I tend to put my best face forward on the blog.

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WHIRL Magazine: November 2014  

In this issue: Troy & Theodora Polamalu, Chef's Best Dish, nonprofit guide, winter skincare.

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