Closet Confidential: Susan Sherman

Woman about town Susan Sherman is known both for her work in St. Louis and her great sense of style. She perpetually graces the pages of local publications, always bringing an extra dose of fashion to philanthropic events. But where does she get the amazing items?

"My favorite boutiques are Lusso, Byrd, The Vault and Vie, to name a few,” Sherman says. “I love Kit and Ace for its amazing tees, Saks Fifth Avenue for shoes and Neiman Marcus for contemporary."

Sherman describes her personal styles as "modern and clean with simple lines, but with a little something unexpected. Most recently, at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Gala on Nov. 4, I wore a Comme des Garçons LBD with a fabulous rope detail on the neck and shoulders; I paired it with shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood that feature a pearl in the bottom of the heel."

Sherman serves as the chair of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, the local nonprofit she says is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and promoting fashion education and outreach. “We partner annually with Caleres on the Caleres Emerging Designer Award presented by Saint Louis Fashion Fund – presented Nov. 4 to New York-based designer Katharine Polk of Houghton – and our signature project is opening a Fashion Incubator on Washington Avenue in late fall 2016,” she says. “The Fund's goal is to turn talented designers into successful entrepreneurs. The Incubator will be housed in the Art Lofts Building at Washington and 16th. We just launched our 'Campaign for Fashion' to raise $2 million for this ambitious project, and we look forward to 'bringing back the business of fashion' to the city of St. Louis!"

Through her philanthropic work, this local fashionista was recently able to meet an international style celebrity and one of her personal fashion inspirations. Who, you ask? "The international fashion icon Iris Apfel, who was honored at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Gala,” Sherman explains. “Still going strong at 94! 'More is more and less is a bore' is just one of her favorite sayings (of mine). Other fashion inspirations of mine include Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Coco Chanel and Miuccia Prada."

With icons like that, it’s no surprise she isn’t as drawn to temporary or seasonal items. "I haven't seen anything I can't live without this season,” she notes. “I prefer the classics – pieces that are not defined by a certain season." She says she is drawn to the designer tennis-shoe trend, such as those by Chanel or Valentino, but hesitates buying them for herself and instead admires them on others.

When it comes to accessories, Sherman often turns to her digits. “I love a great big statement ring, vintage or contemporary, as well as a fabulous bag or shoe,” she says. “My red croc bag from Ethan K is a recent purchase I adore.” Sherman also mentions her love for pop-art clutches by Lisa Perry. With her involvement and admiration for style, Sherman actually has some fashions come to her. “[Perry] was recently in town for the Fashion Fund Gala and held a trunk show at my home,” she notes. How stylish.

Julia Christensen is a contributing writer for Ladue News. Outside of her reporting, she works in marketing, runs a fashion and lifestyle blog, and enjoys completing DIY projects.