My Mom the Style Icon: Sylvie Chantecaille

A French beauty exec exuded the easy glamor she would later incorporate into the beauty dynasty she built with her two daughters.

My dad took this picture on a breezy fall day at the horse races in Far Hills, New Jersey. I love how my mother, Sylvie, took a 
classic tweed blazer and made it look so fabulous! How elegant is that pleated collar? Her closet has always been filled with amazing clothes, from Halston to Yves Saint Laurent. My sister Alex and I used to play dress-up in it for hours—I can’t believe she actually let us, but I love that she did. She inspired a true love of fashion in me and taught me about personal style: Find a look that best suits you, don’t just follow trends. That’s always been her beauty philosophy too. At Chantecaille, she’s always been about seeking quality in textures and ingredients, and making products that are wearable and enhance your natural beauty. —Olivia Chantecaille, 37, creative director, Chantecaille, New York

Masculine style, feminine proportions.