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21 Questions with… Stylist, Designer and Fashion Director Elyse Walker

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Not only is Elyse Walker the founder of one of the most successful luxury specialty boutiques in the U.S., but she’s the fashion director of FWRD, the high-end Revolve Clothing spinoff. Capitalizing on her fashion savvy, Elyse launched her own line of shoes last year, called elysewalker los angeles, and in 2013 she debuted a ready-to-wear collection called THEPERFEXT. Sold in stores like Bergdorf Goodman, pieces from THEPERFEXT have already been spotted on countless celebs, including Jamie Chung, Lily Aldridge, Khloé Kardashian, Rachel Zoe and Jessica Alba. Did we mention she’s also a mother of two?

Always on the go, we caught up with Elyse in between meetings to ask her our quickfire questions.

  1. I usually wake up around… 5:00 a.m.
  2. My morning routine entails… making coffee, taking my dogs out, surfing the web/fashion sites, then I eat avocado and Mary’s Gone Crackers and get in a good workout. I will either walk and/or do some weight training.
  3. On a typical day, my meals consist of… avocado, grilled chicken, salads…I am not a big snack eater, but if I’m really hungry in the afternoon I will have vegetable soup.
  4. When I’m stressed I… bite my nails.
  5. If you looked at my desktop you’d find… photos of my dogs.
  6. The most treasured item in my closet is… a vintage Balenciaga embellished cropped jacket.
  7. I’m dying to splurge on… a Bulgari Serpenti watch (I just can’t decide on the color — I love it).
  8. You’d never catch me wearing… an itchy sweater or an overly tight sexy dress.
  9. On a typical Saturday night I’m… at dinner with my husband (of almost 25 years) and friends drinking wine, and I am probably ordering every healthy appetizer on the menu.
  10. The best gift I ever received… my children, Ryan and Kevin.
  11. The words of wisdom I try to remember… it’s just clothes!
  12. The up-and-coming designers people should have their eye on include… Newbark, THEPERFEXT, AMO Denim and Ulla Johnson.
  13. If my days had one extra hour I’d… get a foot massage!
  14. My favorite place to travel is… lately southern Spain. I can’t wait to go to SHA Wellness Center in Alicante, Spain this summer…and then we are spending time with friends and family in Ibiza!
  15. The essentials for Summer 2015 are… printed and white Zimmermann dresses (FWRD), EWLA at elysewalker los angeles, snake print flip-flops and fringe espadrilles in cream and a great tote bag, like this one by Vanessa Bruno.
  16. What keeps me excited about working in fashion is… that new designers are always emerging. Just when you think you have it all figured out, a new trend comes along and you have to reprogram your budget, styling and work on it again! It’s ever-changing.
  17. My biggest fashion pet peeve is… knockoffs! If you want it, buy the real thing!
  18. My beauty essentials include… Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme and Crème de la Mer eye cream.
  19. My guilty pleasure is… popcorn with olive oil and kosher salt (my husband makes the best!).
  20. My biggest style regret is… not enjoying my youthful body as much as I should have when I was young.
  21. When shopping online it’s important to remember… that you should check the fit/size guide and you can always call customer service to find out if what you want fits true to size. This will save you time, as sizing for each brand isn’t always consistent.