Roehm And Empire
Elle Decor|November 2018
Roehm And Empire

In her lush new memoir, fashion designer turned lifestyle maven Carolyne Roehm reflects on true luxury.

Jesse Kornbluth

AT THE AGE of five, Carolyne Jane Smith had definite ideas about luxury: “Flowers, dress up, more flowers.” The only child of a Missouri school principal, she grew up in what she describes as “a Midwestern version of the Alabama town in To Kill a Mockingbird.” At seven, she made her first luxury purchase: a $7 rhinestone-studded tiara from the Sears catalog that she paid for with her 35-cents-a-week allowance. It wasn’t until she was 23 and moving to Manhattan that she finally owned, thanks to her mother’s keen eye at a sale, her first Bill Blass and Halston dresses. Her dream of city life was “a job as a designer that would make it legitimate for me to enter a room in a gown and jewelry— and everyone would go, Wow.”


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November 2018