Style: In My Closet
Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” stars open their designer-packed walk-ins.
In addition to balancing the hefty responsibilities of a successful businesswoman (with her family, she owns and operates Maloof Sports & Entertainment) and her role as a hands-on mom to sons Gavin, 7, Christian and Colin, both 4, Maloof has mastered the art of combining designer highs and lows. “I love Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana, but I’ll pair it with something by Alice + Olivia or Theory,” she says of her knack for mixing luxury labels with more affordable ones. The one thing she never holds back on is Carrie Bradshaw-worthy shoes: “I have more than 100 pairs,” she says of the exquisite Brian Atwood and Prada footwear lining her 250-square-foot closet in a gated Beverly Hills community. Her favorite pair? Swarovski crystal-encrusted gold satin platforms by Gianmarco Lorenzi that weigh about five pounds. Since the beginning of the Bravo series (which brought in 2 million-plus viewers a week during its freshman season), Maloof has rapidly expanded her wardrobe to avoid repeating looks. However, her previously worn garments never go to waste. “I donate my clothes to women who are starting their own businesses,” Maloof says. “I also give them to homeless shelters. But the things I really love, I keep.”
Beverly Hills’ popular British export transplanted to the States more than six years ago and brought with her a distinct sense of ladylike style coupled with an exuberant love of color. “I adore dressing up,” Vanderpump says. Although Los Angeles is notorious for its laid-back attire, Vanderpump has continued to keep her 300-square-foot wardrobe inside her romantic French chateau-inspired estate filled with proper pieces. “I don’t like being casual; that’s just who I am,” explains the mother of two, who has 11 of Hermes’ highly coveted Birkin bags in assorted shades and luxe materials. “If I wear a pair of jeans, I’ll put them with a black jacket and pearls.” Along with her husband of 29 years, Ken Todd, Vanderpump designs and owns 26 restaurants throughout the world — including Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills — and is contemplating a foray into the fashion world. “I’m considering doing an extraordinary jewelry line,” she says. “Some big statement pieces, but they don’t have to be real — you can have fun with costume jewels.” Vanderpump has worked with designer Alan Del Rosario to create some of her trademark silk blouses and with her close friend, designer Christina Makowsky, to make many of her daytime and evening dresses. Despite popular belief, Vanderpump does not work with a stylist to create her well- put-together looks. “I’m one of those super-control freaks,” she says. “I like to do everything myself.”