What do you think about when you get dressed in the morning?
Phoebe: First, I check the weather. Then, I plan according to what my day looks like. Do I have meetings? An event that night? I think getting dressed is like painting. You add some color, step back to look and then the painting itself tells you what it needs.
Annette: I consider any appointments I may have that day as well as check the weather. I always start out wanting to be comfortable but then end up with a little more flare. I like to feel confident when I walk out the door, even if it’s a casual day.
How does living in New York influence your style? What about where you grew up?
We grew up in Mexico in the 80’s. Back then, people often had clothing made by a seamstress, especially for important occasions. Also, everyone was obsessed with wearing tight clothing. Showing curves was what it was all about! In Mexico, we always got the trends a few seasons late. People would shop in Houston, New York or Miami if they wanted the latest fashion.
New York, on the other hand, is the land of access. It’s all at your fingertips. The city truly feels diverse. All you have to do is sit at a cafe or stand on a street corner and people-watch to be inspired.
What do you like your outfits to say about you?
We both want to feel good in whatever we’re wearing. Clothing is like armor — you can arrive anywhere by yourself and, if you feel confident, you’ll radiate that. We have a thing called “the click.” We don’t leave the house until we get it. It’s when the outfit comes together and gives you that gut feeling.
The one garment that never lets you down?
Phoebe: An Anndra Neen cage clutch.
Annette: A white button-down oxford shirt.
What item of clothing makes you feel most like yourself? Why?
Phoebe: I am obsessed with textiles. I feel they are like couture. It takes months of work to finish a piece, which gives it soul. You can feel the hand of the person who made it. True luxury!
Annette: I love a big, structured silhouette, but lately I’ve been experimenting with tighter clothing. I have a curvy body so a high-waist pencil skirt really shows off my curves in a way that I like.
How does working in fashion influence your daily style?
We tend to view clothing as an expression of our creativity. The fashion world expects you to communicate through style.
What are your favorite three places on the Internet to get inspired?
At what point in your life did you really start to come into your own in terms of personal style?
We’ve both always loved fashion but it wasn’t until we started Anndra Neen that we really came into our own in terms of style. We began our line after an eye-opening trip to Japan. We became obsessed with the way people dressed there. We started to see clothing differently after that and started to push our own boundaries. Most of the time, we dress together and play with the twin thing. We love to try new things, but at the same time, our vision and what we like has gotten more specific.
What about three favorite places in the world to get inspired?
Street style anywhere
What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned in the last week?
Great question! We recently discovered this wonderful artist called Florine Stettheimer who painted around the turn of the century. She was a painter, a poet, a fashion designer. She had an amazing life, surrounded by some of the most important artists of the time. During an era when female voices were often quieted, it was exciting to find someone like her.