For a woman who works behind the scenes, FOF Audrey Smaltz has a center-stage personality. The 73 year old is owner and CEO of Ground Crew, a company that produces fashion shows, shoots and videos for A-list designers. We caught her just before she dashed off to a Karl Lagerfeld event for NY Fashion Week. “I have been in fashion all of my life. I modeled at the age of 15.”
Name: Audrey Smaltz
How old are you? 73
We cant believe that! Yep, I’m neither nipped, tucked nor plucked.
What’s your secret? Stay out of the sun. Black don’t crack.
Where are you from? New York City. I used to live in that apartment building across the street. From my window, I could see the Chagall paintings hanging in Lincoln Center. I would tell people I had Chagalls in my living room.
How is your company, Ground Crew, involved in Fashion Week this year? We are working about six shows today including Rag & Bone and Josie Natori. We do all the backstage work you can think of; tailoring, seamstress work, dressing, pressing, taking people from one venue to the next… I’ve been doing this since the first show in 1993 for Donna Karan.
How do you describe your style? Classic elegance. Woman today are not elegant. They show everything.
Do you have a favorite designer? Yes, the ones who pay me on time. Joking aside, I wear a lot of Lafayette 148 by Edward Wilkerson because he designs clothes for women of all sizes. He can make a big woman look good. I also like Tadashi. I just went to his show and told him, “Thank you, because you make me look pretty, and I’m size 16.”
Style advice for other FOFs? When you look good in something, wear it again. I’m not at that age where I have to show people I have a lot of clothes.
Blouse– Lafayette 148
Skirt— Lafayette 148
Sunglasses– “There’s no designer name on these. That’s why I have them.”
Bag— The “H” is not for Hermes…it’s just for “Handsome.”
Shoes— Manolo Blahnik
Images by Katherine McPherson for faboverfifty.com