We stopped dead in our tracks when we saw a woman with an Anna Wintour-like bob and oversized sunglasses approaching us on Park Avenue.
It was not the famed Vogue
editor-in-chief, but Sheila Camera Kotur, an exceptionally stylish FOF in her own right. Coincidentally, her daughter Alexandra is senior style director at the magazine. Sheila’s own fashion career began over thirty years ago with a stint in Paris as a designer for Christian Dior, which evolved into a career as an in-demand illustrator for designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass.
“Part Auntie Mame, part Coco Chanel with a dash of Lucille Ball,” is how Sheila’s other daughter, Fiona Kotur, designer of Kotur bags
, describes her mother on her website
There is no doubt that style runs in the blood of this “fashion family,” with Sheila the matriarch à la mode.
Sheila Camera Kotur
What do you do?
I am a decorator and a fashion illustrator. My daughter is senior style director at Vogue.
How do you describe your style?
Simple. Keep it simple.
Who is your favorite designer?
What’s your signature piece?
Well, I never wear belted. You know why? Because I don’t have a waist. But I wear short skirts because I have good legs.
I love Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys.
Blouse: Emanuel Ungaro
Glasses: Tom Ford
Photos by Katherine McPherson for faboverfifty.com
Illustration by Sheila Camera Kotur via Kotur