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Style Q&A: Kristen Fanarakis

Style Q&A: Kristen Fanarakis
March 2018

Classic silhouettes, lasting fabrics, and European-style tailoring characterize this designer’s L.A.-made women’s wear brand, Senza Tempo

Kristin Fanarakis in Senza Tempo’s “Brigitte” dress

Q Spill a beauty secret.
I’m obsessed with skin care products. Biologique Recherche is one of the best brands out there. Its Lotion P50, carried by Toska in Mount Pleasant, is life-changing. 

Q We know you love shoes—which style do you wear most?
Since Chanel’s two-tone “Mademoiselle” sling-backs were rereleased in 2015, I’ve worn them almost religiously. They’re so comfortable.

Q Have a go-to handbag?
I’ve been traveling constantly over the past year, so I finally invested in a Goyard tote [the “Artois PM” is shown above]. It’s lightweight and folds flat in my suitcase—important because my shih tzu, Rocky, is often my second carry-on.  

Senza Tempo’s garments, including the “Diana” skirt, each have a contrasting silk lining.

Q What inspired your brand?
I was searching for a new black A-line skirt, but I could only find very high-end designer versions. I realized there was space in the market for wardrobe essentials that were on par with European quality, but didn’t cost a fortune.

Q What’s next for Senza Tempo?
Most of our items are fairly seasonless if you live in New York, like many of my clients, but in the coming months, we’ll be releasing lighter-weight items for women in warmer climates.

Q What’s on your bookshelf?
I read everything from WWII history to business books. Recently, I finished War Paint, about the rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein.

Q Office-supply essentials?
I’m always taking notes to keep track of ideas and am in love with the colorful Christian Lacroix journals at The Living Room in Mount Pleasant.  


Photographs by (Fanarakis) Kate Thornton & (skirt-2) James Yarusinsky & courtesy of (lotion) Biologique Recherche, (bag) Goyard, & (journal) Christian Lacroix