by Leslie Harris
Photography by Laurie McCall
I’ve always known Vivian to be a true original, and when I asked her if I could interview her for the Style Council she said, “Well, I’ve always been left-of-center, and these days I don’t really care if my plaids and stripes match! I just like to suit myself.” Perfect! The thing is, when you decide not to follow “The Rules,” and you set out to “suit yourself,” that’s when true creativity happens.
An accomplished artist in many mediums, Vivian found her niche when she discovered metalsmithing and began designing jewelry. Using everything from carefully selected crystals and stones to antique pocket watches and funky camera lenses, she crafts extraordinary one-of-a-kind pieces. Always willing to stretch herself, not just artistically but personally, as well, Vivian has a deep spiritual reach that goes beyond trends and trinkets. This is a woman who is comfortable in her own skin and whose very life is a work of art. Bravo to Vivian and uncompromising women everywhere who forge their own path!
Who is your style icon? Diane Keaton
What’s your favorite thing in your closet right now?
My free-flowing organic linen pieces
On your very best stylish day, the day you knew you looked and felt fabulous all day, what were you wearing? These days its natural, organic fibers…what I’m wearing now!
What’s the biggest fashion risk you’ve ever taken? In the ‘70s I wore an all-black leather get-up to Studio 54: pants, boots and a vest…no shirt or bra. Thought I was hot, but probably was a hot mess!
Heels or flats? Comfortable flats…with the exception of my Harley Davidson boots! (pictured far right)
What is your favorite fashion era? The '80s.
If you had to describe your personal style in one word what would it be? Free!
The one fashion item you’ll let yourself splurge on is...? Shoes
Vogue or Cosmo? Vogue
What is your favorite piece of jewelry? The Sterling Silver cuff (pictured right) that I made 30 years ago. It was beyond my abilities when I started it, it took me a long time to finish it, and I treasure it to this day.