Fashion editor and creative force Jennifer Alfano spent almost 20 years working for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar (three different times under two different editors), and Lucky magazines. Algano has written for WSJ Magazine, New York Mag, Veranda, Elle Décor among others. She spent a year at the Jewelry Arts Institute before starting a namesake line of fine heirloom pieces, launched a luxury handbag line and currently runs the luxury lifestyle site, The Flair Index, covering all things, people, and places that embody that elusive trait. Alfano currently lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband and two daughters where Flaneur caught up with her to talk color and creativity.
FLANEUR: Explain your Flaneur bedding color selections.
JA: I was inspired by a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, Black Iris from 1926. It’s feminine but slightly moody.
F: What is your favorite color and thing in that color and why?
JA: I love all shades of gray, which many people probably wouldn’t count as a color. A lot of my favorite artists like Cy Twombly, Georgia O’Keeffe and Agnes Martin work in gray and some of my favorite organic materials like marble and pearls are gray. And gray cashmere sweaters-you can never have too many.
F: How would you define your style?
JA: Modernist, classic, understated.
F: Where do you find inspiration?
JA: Sometimes I find inspiration in the latest art exhibit I’ve seen, a photo of a woman whose style I find inspiring (like this favorite of Lee Radziwill) a flower in bloom, or a walk in nature.
F: What was the last thing you bought for yourself?
JA: Leopard print Saint Laurent sandals to wear with my basic jeans, t-shirts and blazers.
F: What’s your favorite room in your house and why?
JA: Definitely my bedroom, it’s where I have my best ideas(sadly usually at 3 am for some reason), and it’s a haven. I like nothing better than spending Sunday morning reading The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. I can spend hours doing that.
F: What’s on your bedside table?
JA: The latest book I’m reading-which right now is Run River, the only Joan Didion novel I haven’t read which was actually her first- and a stash of magazines including French Vogue, Unconditional, WSJ and T Magazine.
F: Where is your dream travel destination?
JA: India and Tokyo, Japan