DIVAGALS TAKEOVER! Chanel Omari Dishes With Younger Designer Patricia Field – WATCH!By Chanel Omari | July 17, 2017 | Style
Hey Divas! Our fearless EIC Delaina Dixon is taking the week off to visit family, so we’re taking over the site. Tune in all week for our exclusive interviews, videos and baby gifts (you read that right!).
First up: Chanel Omari interviews legendary designer Patricia Field!
I had the privilege and the honor to interview the iconic fashion guru, Patricia Field at her beautiful, charming and warm apartment in the West Village. This major talent, who comes from Greek roots, dishes with me exclusively on how she has many different sides to her other than her work, and what moves her and inspires her behind her amazing, edgy cool looks for her new brilliant show, Younger, which kicked off its fifth season last month on TVLAND. Of course, she shares on her experiences on the shows that impacted our lives as women forever: Sex and The City, Devil Wears Prada, Ugly Betty and more.
Not only has Patrica been nominated for Oscars and Emmys for her brilliant costume designs for and styling the best of the best in Hollywood. We spoke about everything from human empowerment to the different many sides of her besides her career, like the charities she believes in, and what she supports, including The Lower East Side Girls Club, COAF (Children’s of Armenia Fund) and her support through numerous LGBT organizations. She has time to give back to the community and learn more, which is her greatest passion in life, besides creating cool inspiring fashion for the rest of us.
Watch our amazing interview, and read below to learn more about this incredible, passionate and aspirational artist, designer, philanthropist and scholar!
The warm stylist started by educating me and opening up to me that “whether you are rich or poor, your values don’t come into finances, it comes down to what you believe in,” which blew my mind right away -and we were only five minutes into the interview.
“Even with the richest person in the world like Bill Gates or if you have that kind of money, it doesn’t matter– you can’t measure your integrity by money. Money is the root of all evil, it’s on center stage right now, you know,” she stressed. I couldn’t agree more with her!
“I have to say I fell into fashion as a career because it came easy to me.” She explains there are other sides to her than just fashion that she wants the world to know.
(Special thanks to our beauty team: Makeup by Geena Cardalena and Hair by Kelly Bourekas)
She continues to say that fashion was easy for her and always has been. Her advice to all of us out there is “to do what comes easy to you because if it’s easy for you, you will be good at it! You have to look outside of yourself and not look around, and understand who you are and accept that you are an individual and understand that about yourself.” She strongly believes that people owe that to themselves, to own who they really are and be good with the gifts you were given and we are all for that!
The humble star also expresses that owning something of your own is always the way to go when it comes to achieving success in life, especially in the entertainment and fashion industry. She goes on to say that she owned her own store in 1966 and was proud of not having to answer to anyone else. She learned from her mistakes and picked herself right back up by continuing to reinvent herself with the culture of the times.
The icon herself tells us there are definitely rules when it comes to fashion, but trends mean nothing to her! “Fashion is just like music, art or books. They are the mirror of the culture of the time and that’s how I look at it,” she laughs with her infectious and addicting laugh!
“When the people are happy and optimistic, they put on some color, they show themselves in a more individual way.” Patricia shared examples from the early 1960s. “It was like the space age all this astronaut inspired clothing.”
“All the creative mirrors the culture, that’s the thing about trends are force feeding commercial crap,” she says with a laugh. We are with you, sista! That’s what we love about Pat the Great, she is so honest and passionate about going against the grain and doing what’s true to yourself. Trends start because someone wears something and it looks great and it catches on, but that doesn’t mean we need to follow them or that we are doing something wrong by not following the trends when it comes to fashion.
Patricia continues to stress that the reason we all still follow the fashion from the great series Sex and the City, created by the one and only Darren Star. “Because it was original. And that is what I keep trying to get across my communications to everyone, especially the millennial generation.
“When something is original it is new, it’s not what we have seen before, and that’s probably why people of this generation are still looking at Sex and the City as a prime example to follow in fashion because it was original and not the rubber stamp of trend of the times.”
She continues to talk about her new show Younger and expresses that each show she worked on was different and unique in their own way. It was hard to go through the differences between all of them. Field describes Younger as the “younger generation of a Sex and the City mixed in with profession and publishing, showing that times and culture are changing.”
Younger is about a 40-year-old woman who pretends to be 26 to get a job in publishing.
The creative genius behind it all goes on to explain that the thing that Younger has in common with Sex and the City is that Darren Star created both shows. “I have a very close relationship with him through our experiences together during Sex and the City and that led to us working together on Younger,” Patricia says. “He’s always called me when he has something that he wants me to be involved in and I really love that he has that confidence in me. I totally appreciate it.”
When asked about her experience and the inspiration for Younger, the Greek goddess describes it as a different time, culturally and economically, so in order to succeed and hit the target audience, they have to relate to the context and concept of the show. “It’s about these four girls who are in publishing who are trying to make it in New York City and all have their own unique story lines, and it’s about comedy which I love,” the artist emphasizes.
When asked if she had a favorite talent she has ever worked with, Patricia found it hard to answer. The Emmy award winning/Oscar nominee tells me that she’s worked with amazingly talented people, like Anne Hathway, Meryl Streep, America Ferrera, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar and the Queen B herself, BEYONCE! They were all pleasant and talented people that inspired her to become a better person both in life and in her work.
The brilliant fashionista shares with me that she has different sides to her other than just being known as the genius behind Sex and the City that she wants to share with the world.
Patricia stresses that she is not only for female empowerment but for human empowerment, in general. She continues to say she never thought of herself as a woman, or as a man.”I was raised as a person — that’s the way I was brought up and that’s how I think of myself. The balance for fighting for your power, you gain your respect individually, by fighting causes and by what people return to the man kind is very important.”
She supports many great charities including The Lower East Girls Club, which connects girls and young women to healthy and successful futures. Their state-of-art center, which Patricia is particularly passionate about, offers a safe haven with programs in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship and wellness for middle and high school girls and are offered at no costs for them to be able to attend.
In recent years, she began asking artists to paint on clothing and would stock their one-of-a-kind pieces in her shop. After selling her store in early 2016, Field decided to transform her website into an Art Fashion Gallery where people can view and shop the designs. She’s since done two runway shows in Berlin and New York City and says the positive response has readied her to hop on the Art Basel Miami Beach. In addition to offering the art as fashion items, Field has curated a collection of sculptures, paintings and photos by the nine featured designers plus four others, which has really become her main passion to focus on and hope to impact others in the fashion, art and entertainment world. “I think of it as a bazaar of art fashion, painting, sculpture, and photos. My style has always been full on content, inspired by different cultures of the times and history!”
One more thing to know about Patricia is that she is a major historian. She loves bringing in history when she is creating so whether it’s bringing back the ’20s, ’60s, ’70s or 90s in today’s culture, she is all for it. She says if we pay attention to history, we will find the essence of where fashion stemmed from all along and how it continues on based on history, which I found beyond profound and so true.
“It will be full of objects and fashion. I think it’s going to be exciting,” Patricia says. Everything displayed will be available for purchase, and prices range from $100 for a T-shirt painted by Tom Knight (AKA Tom Tom Fashions) to a $2,000 coat done by acclaimed artist Suzan Pitt. Fans of the artistically driven designs include Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and Madonna and you can purchase them on patriciafield.com.
Patricia concludes that she rather learn than buy diamonds! When asked which talent she wished she could work with in her lifetime, she answered, “Albert Einstein,” because he is so brilliant and many of her fashion choices are inspired by him and his time. She finds him fascinating and wishes she could learn more science. Learning drives her in life.
She also has a great piece of advice for us single gals in the big city! The realist says, “you can have it all, a relationship and a career, but you can’t have it all forever.” But, with that being said, we “should never give up on love and having it all because we deserve to dream and we deserve to achieve it all at one point or another.”
Make sure you follow this inspirational DivaGal on her Instagram @Patricia_Field and check out her new series, Younger, Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on TVLAND.