Metroland: So what are you wearing today?
Siobhan Byron: I’m wearing Zara pants, my sweater is by Vince, my shirt and jacket are from Forever 21. My heels are Guess. I would say that they are probably my most favorite shoes ever. I designed my earrings, bracelet, and necklace.
Tell us about your jewelry line.
SB: It’s called Nahbois. It’s sold at Circles [Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany], Evoke Style in Rhinebeck, and at the Patty Tobin flagship store on West 17th Street in New York. My background is with large-scale welded sculpture, and people have called my jewelry sculptural. It’s fluid and it moves. These are jewelry signature pieces that you whip out for that special outfit; pieces you may collect.
What inspires you fashion-wise?
SB: Menswear. I love Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford. I also love Yasmin Sewell, she’s a fashion forecaster. She’s probably launched half of contemporary fashion.
What do you see for fall fashion this year?
SB: I love layers, jewel-tone colors, chunky oversize knits, and leather leggings. Simpler high heels—not too strappy, simple pumps.
Do you have an overall fashion philosophy?
SB: I’m a big believer in the high-low theory. Just because it’s expensive and expensive doesn’t mean it goes together. You can get you basics inexpensively and invest in staple items, longevity items. Last season I bought an expensive Lafayette luggage-brown leather jacket. I wore it all season. I love the look of Prada and Balenciaga, but it’s not always real. I love real fashion: J. Crew, Banana Republic, Gap.
So what forms your decisions when you’re getting dressed every day?
SB: I dress as I’m feeling on that day. One day I’ll be super preppy, and the next day I’ll wear a leopard-print metallic jacket and leather leggings. It’s about searching for a personal aesthetic and a well-rounded wardrobe.
Where you like to shop locally?
SB: I get really good statement pieces from Sharon at Circles and Sandra from Evoke Style.