According to 63-year-old Tziporah Salamon, age does matter in the fashion industry. But as far as we can tell, things have only gotten better for this consultant-turned-stylist-turned-teacher-turned-Lanvin-model. She's creative, daring, and unapologetic about her sense of flare. Perhaps this is why Salamon — who has watched the business evolve from an insider's perspective — is so selective about every ensemble she wears. In fact, it once took her a record seven years to complete the perfect look!
Luckily, we got up-close-and-personal with four of Salamon's thoughtful-yet-playful ensembles, from an all-fuchsia outfit to the perfect summer turban. We only hope we can pull them off (and peddle around town to show them off) as gracefully as Salamon herself.
Click through for her eye-catching outfits and make sure to get in touch for styling tips and her "Art Of Dressing" seminars.
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Photographed by Melodie Jeng
In your professional career you've done a bit of everything — styling, consulting, modeling, buying — which has been your favorite?
"Styling and consulting are what I love doing and what I'm best at. I love playing with clothes and making things pretty. I love finding the different components that make a perfect outfit. I love the process of putting everything together so that the final result is a work of art."
Antique indigo pants from China, vintage striped sweater, 1920s woman's Japanese kimono worn under 1920's quilted little girl's Japanese kimono, Robert Clergerie sandals, contemporary tie-dyed scarf worn as a turban, vintage blue Rhinestone sunglasses , vintage blue enamel and paste earrings, father's gold watch from the '40s, vintage Turkeman silver and gold cuff with carnelian.
Tziporah, in Robert Clergerie sandals, still travels the city via bike!
How would you describe your personal style?
"My personal style is artistic, bold, graphic, and relies heavily on antique clothes."
Talk a bit about your relationship with Lanvin and about your experience working with them.
"They found me on the Internet and contacted Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style, where I am featured, to contact me. I had a go-see with Steven Meisel and was one of the ones chosen. It was a great experience and I felt very blessed and privileged to be working with people who are all at the top of their game — Alber Elbaz, Steven Meisel, Pat McGrath, and Guido Palau.
What is one thing you would never wear or have stopped wearing completely?
1930's silk Cheongsam plum dress, vintage silk hat, vintage pink-pearl earrings, Emma Hope shoes, vintage ostrich-feather plum jacket.
How has living in NYC changed your style, if at all?
"When I first moved back to NY from California in the early '80s, women had great style and really knew how to dress. I was a Berkeley hippie and had to quickly become stylish if I wanted to make it in the fashion world. So I studied the women whose style I admired, and I copied shamelessly. I also realized that vintage was the way to go. Vintage clothes are much better made, cheaper, and one-of-a-kind. And in NY, we are blessed with antique shows, flea markets, vintage stores along with the greatest store in the world, Bergdorf Goodman."
These Emma Hope shoes are sweet and practical.
Does anything in fashion shock you anymore? If so, what? If not, when's the last time a designer has surprised you?
"What shocks me is the price of designer clothes. It is so out of control. Really absurd and quite offensive. And so uncalled for."
Who did you admire growing up and who do you admire now?
"I admired my mother and my aunts who were all Hungarian-Jews and really knew how to dress. They were so pretty and so stylish and they made all their own clothes. So very chic. I admire women who dance to the beat of their own drum and dare to dress with their own personal style."
Cream wool Kansai Yamamoto men's pants bought in 1981, yellow Robert Clergerie shoes bought in the '80s, green vintage jacket, green 1920s cloche, vintage cream silk blouse, vintage pearl earrings, mother's pink-and-yellow-gold link bracelet from the '40s, mother's pearls, vintage sunglasses from West Germany, lucite bag from the 1930s.
This vintage lucite bag certainly stood the test of style time!
How has your style evolved over time, and does it continue to evolve?
"As I've gotten older, I've gotten to know myself better and, of course, my needs have changed. I am totally committed to beauty, as well as comfort. And as a biker, my outfits have to be bike-friendly. I generally wear pants as opposed to skirts or dresses. While at a younger age, I wore American or European clothes, these days I prefer Asian antiques. Give me a great pair of vintage Chinese pajamas any day!"
What do you wish would change about the fashion industry?
"I wish people who work in fashion would be friendlier and kinder to others."
Early 1900s Indian paisley cape, antique Asian silk pants with hand embroidery, early-1900s velvet Turkish hat with silver-thread embroidery, Robert Clergerie sandals.
What's one thing you wish you knew when you were starting out in the industry?
Whats one piece of advice you can give to someone looking for longevity in such a fickle business?
"Prepare to work hard and prove yourself."
Your aesthetic is so elevated, so unique — is there anyone or any place that you continue to look to for inspiration?
"Always art – Persian miniatures, Matisse, nature, old synagogues, old movies."
What is your personal motto?
"Be true to yourself."