“My clothes reflect my passion for beautiful things,” says Thelma Golden, the director and chief curator of New York’s Studio Museum in Harlem and one of the most powerful women in the art world. Golden racks up frequent-flier miles visiting her London-based husband, designer Duro Olowu, and attending exhibitions in such far-flung destinations as Morocco and Senegal. She always packs camisoles and tights from Uniqlo’s Heattech line (from $13); black Minnie pants from J. Crew(from $90); and a careful curation of shoes. How many? “That’s complicated. Let’s just say as many as possible.”
• On view at the Studio Museum through March 10: Harlem Postcards, images from the storied neighborhood.
• “This coat is from my husband’s collaboration with JC Penney($75).
• Flats, like these from Roger Vivier($625), are a must. “We’ve all had three-mile hikes in airports.”
• The Large Metro tote from MZ Wallace($195) is “even bigger than it looks, and has a fabulous shape.”
“I overpack,” says Jimmy Choo chief creative officer Tamara Mellon, OBE. “Always!” For a woman with an estimated collection of 1,000 pairs of shoes, that can sometimes mean checking four to eight suitcases. The English-born, New York–based executive’s main route is JFK to Heathrow, but since Jimmy Choo is a go-to label for A-list actresses, flying to Los Angeles for glitzy Hollywood parties also counts as a business trip. She takes a surprisingly streamlined approach when it comes to her travel look, however. “My rule,” Mellon says, “is to keep it simple.” She starts with J Brand stretch jeans($158) and a cotton T by Alexander Wang top($76), and adds a blazer($525)—such as this wool-blend style, also by Alexander Wang. She accessorizes with leather biker boots($1,195) and oversize sunglasses($295)—“you never feel good when you get off a plane, so it’s great to hide behind a big pair of shades”—both by Jimmy Choo. Her mock-croc tote ($1,795) and wheelie ($3,595) are from the brand’s recently launched 24/7 bag collection. After all, you’re going to need the right luggage if you pack 30 pairs of shoes “just in case.”
WHAT'S IN HER BAG?
Fit for the Road: “I’m sure to bring Tracy Anderson’s Mat Workout DVD ($30), so I can exercise in my hotel room.”
Magazine: “I always pick up the British edition of fashion weekly Grazia at the airport. It’s my guilty pleasure.”