Olivia Palermo’s style guide is like my creative crack.
The flair she has with clothes is effortless and she exudes the kind of uncomplicated style you’d assume comes part and parcel with a personalty to match. Uncomplicated and cool.
Except the rise of Olivia Palermo, US socialite, style queen and former reality star of The City wasn’t as effortless as one might expect.
Instead, as I stumbled across a piece on Spring St about New York’s Socialite Society, I realised Palermo’s rise to prominence was plagued by controversy, lawsuits, accusations of being a social climber and total New York humiliation.
In 2007, well before reality TV days and Instagram fame, Olivia Palermo was the daughter of a real estate developer and at the centre of an Upper East Side social scene fraught with a sensational charity ball circuit.
For Gossip Girl fans playing along at home, Palermo today gives off the ultimate Blair Waldorf aura – one brimming with money, sass and style. In reality, Palermo’s younger years were defined far more by a Jenny Humphrey-like existence, old enough to be close to the socialites but too young to be accepted.
So, as she steadied herself to make waves with the socialites in 2007, a website called Socialite Rank — which did exactly as its name suggests — published a letter purported to be written by Palermo. The letter was sent to five of New York’s most untouchable socialites.
“Dear Ladies,” the letter began. “I know some of you maybe a bit surprised to receive an email from me, but I have been meaning to clear the air for quite some time and I ask that you bear with me, and do me the favour for reading this email.
“It took me a lot of courage to write this. I know I have gotten off on the wrong foot with many of you and there may even be some of you that do not like me,” she wrote, going on to ask for the opportunity to be part of their clique.
"I can also be a great friend. I am trust-worthy, responsible and discreet. I like to laugh a lot but I am also a great shoulder to cry on. I can hang uptown and downtown with the best of them.
"You all are a group of amazing, intelligent, beautiful, talented, well-rounded, kind and generous women and I would be honoured to have the opportunity to start fresh with you all and hopefully one day, call you my friends."