Classic silhouettes, lasting fabrics, and European-style tailoring characterize this designer’s L.A.-made women’s wear brand, Senza Tempo
Kristin Fanarakis in Senza Tempo’s “Brigitte” dress
Q Spill a beauty secret.
A I’m obsessed with skin care products. Biologique Recherche is one of the best brands out there. Its Lotion P50, carried by Toska in Mount Pleasant, is life-changing.
Q We know you love shoes—which style do you wear most?
A Since Chanel’s two-tone “Mademoiselle” sling-backs were rereleased in 2015, I’ve worn them almost religiously. They’re so comfortable.
Q Have a go-to handbag?
A I’ve been traveling constantly over the past year, so I finally invested in a Goyard tote [the “Artois PM” is shown above]. It’s lightweight and folds flat in my suitcase—important because my shih tzu, Rocky, is often my second carry-on.
Senza Tempo’s garments, including the “Diana” skirt, each have a contrasting silk lining.
Q What inspired your brand?
A I was searching for a new black A-line skirt, but I could only find very high-end designer versions. I realized there was space in the market for wardrobe essentials that were on par with European quality, but didn’t cost a fortune.
Q What’s next for Senza Tempo?
A Most of our items are fairly seasonless if you live in New York, like many of my clients, but in the coming months, we’ll be releasing lighter-weight items for women in warmer climates.
Q What’s on your bookshelf?
A I read everything from WWII history to business books. Recently, I finished War Paint, about the rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein.
Q Office-supply essentials?
A I’m always taking notes to keep track of ideas and am in love with the colorful Christian Lacroix journals at The Living Room in Mount Pleasant.
Photographs by (Fanarakis) Kate Thornton & (skirt-2) James Yarusinsky & courtesy of (lotion) Biologique Recherche, (bag) Goyard, & (journal) Christian Lacroix