Shopping Like Lauren Santo Domingo: Moda Operandi

When you are beautiful and rich it is pretty easy for people to think you have it all but when you’re Lauren Santo Domingo and have fantastic taste, business savvy and an incredible NYC townhouse, you really do.  Santo Domingo was born Davis.  Growing up in Greenwich she went to the exclusive boarding school Kent and then on to USC.  Eventually after college she found her way into the Vogue offices working up to associate market editor and charming her way into the favor of commander and chief Anna Wintour.  Lauren left the fashion institution to head up the houses of J. Mendel and eventually Carolina Hererra before returning to Vogue as a contributing editor.  She really made a name for herself among the social set when she married Andres Santo Domingo, a member of Columbia’s richest family, in a decadent three day wedding celebration.  The event was covered by Vogue, naturally.

The bride wore two original creations be Olivier Theyskens.  She had the designer cut her second dress mid party into an ultra chic mini.  Talk about repurposing your wedding dress!

Santo Domingo has long since been a designer’s darling, sitting front row at any show that matters and shopping the collection alongside the buyers of Bergdorf’s and Barney’s.  It was from her exclusive insider access that her latest foray into fashion, Moda Operandi, was born.  The exclusive members only site makes Gilt and Rue la-la seem like stores in a strip mall (a strip mall you still visit regularly, don’t get me wrong) with it’s application process and products.  See, instead of being invited by a friend to shop designers at a deal you have to apply and wait for approval to shop designer trunk shows from their latest collection.  Currently on the site you can order funky frocks from Chris Benz’s Resort 2012 collection before they even hit stores.  The one snafu in this operandi is despite paying half at the time you order you have to wait months to pay the balance and receive your purchase.  But if even Lauren has to wait for her runway creations, can’t you?  Apply for membership here.  Lauren, ever the Voguette, still writes for the fashion bible interviewing fashion’s latest and greatest and peeping their apartments in her column APT with LSD.  She even allowed cameras to be flipped around on her as she let us into her 27 foot townhouse in Gramercy Park South.

 Lauren proudly displays her eclectic interiors proving that a sense of style isn’t exclusive to picking out ones outfit.  PS- How great is that hippo bar? 

 Look! It’s our black and white bone inlay chair!  Shop here.

Andres has his own, very cool, man room where he displays his collectibles and vintage records.  Take a tip from the chic Santo Domingos and start a collection of your own.  It is something you can build on for years and gives a space the best kind of personality, your own.

Lauren recently had more good news.  She and Andres welcomed their first child, a baby boy in May.  Of course she didn’t let that stop her from joining friends at the Met Gala weeks later!
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