Georgina Cohen is smiling when she welcomes us to Gagosian Gallery for her Style Insider photo shoot and she has good reason to. The stylish art dealer and Porter contributor is just a week away from a beautiful wedding in Florence. Georgina gave us a special preview of the amazing Alexander Calder Gouaches exhibition in their Mayfair gallery on Davies Street and then we popped by some of her favourite hot spots in the area; George Club and Scott's Restaurant on Mount Street. Here she talks to us from her honeymoon destination, gives us a sneak preview of her wedding pictures (below) and shares her style secrets.
DONNA IDA: How did you get started in the art world?
Georgina Cohen: Art has always been part of my life. My parents are seasoned collectors and I grew up surrounded by art from an early age. The family travelled frequently and trips abroad always included museum visits and anything culturally interesting and educational.
DONNA IDA: What inspired your move to Gagosian Gallery?
Georgina Cohen: My brother was already working for the gallery in New York, I was doing special projects and communications for luxury brands that were becoming more and more art-focused and Larry Gagosian approached me to come and work for the gallery. It was a natural progression for me really and also Larry doesn't take NO for an answer! I'm very lucky to be able to say that I love what I do - to have the opportunity to meet and befriend fascinating and inspiring people from all walks of life. To be surrounded by incredible art and in a place which enables me to continue to learn and grow.
DONNA IDA: You just got married - what can you tell us about it?
Georgina Cohen: It was the most magical and special weekend surrounded by so much love. The setting could not have been more beautiful. The wedding was in the gardens of The Four Seasons in Florence with a pre-wedding lunch at the Villa San Michele. It was an intimate celebration with an international mix of friends and family from NYC, LA, Hong Kong and Ireland (my husband is Irish!)
The dress was Couture Lanvin - he is one of my favourite designers. It was a fairytale moment for me where my dreams became reality. My something borrowed were fossilised walrus and diamond slice earrings and bracelet from my dear friend and amazingly talented jewellery designer Monique Pean. I tried to make them my something new but alas....
DONNA IDA: Tell us about the special pieces in your wardrobe.
Georgina Cohen: I like timeless, classic staples which I try to mix up with interesting accessories. I have a bit of a shoe and bag obsession! Wardrobe favourites, my Celine tuxedo shirt (I have two - one in silk and one in cotton) my knee - length The Row navy leather jacket. A vintage fringe waistcoat from Martin Margiela. An Alaia dress worn during my wedding weekend. A silk, hand beaded beautiful kaftan dress and kimono by Marie-France Van Damme, which were a gift for my honeymoon.
DONNA IDA: What are your wardrobe essentials and how do you wear your jeans?
Georgina Cohen: A good pair of jeans in grey, black, white and blue are essential for any wardrobe. A crisp white cotton shirt and a black tuxedo jacket. I wear my jeans with Isabel Marant trainers for a dressed down look and a stiletto or sandal for a smarter more dressed-up look. Jeans are so versatile - you can style them in so many ways to create the look you want. Other essentials, leather leggings, little black dress, Alexander Wang T-Shirts, Wildfox cosy sweatshirts and Lanvin ballet flats.
DONNA IDA: Who is your fashion icon?
Georgina Cohen: The late great Isabella Blow - she was a dear friend and had an incredible inimitable style. Forward thinking and adventurous in her fashion choices. She was an eccentric in the most endearing way.
DONNA IDA: Where in the world are girls best dressed? What kind of style do you admire?
Georgina Cohen: I think the best dressed girls can be found in Paris and Italy, incredibly chic and amazingly well put together. I also love how a New York girl downtown dresses in an effortless casual way.
DONNA IDA: Describe your style highs and lows.
Georgina Cohen: High - I'm very lucky to have a mother in the fashion business who has an amazing sense of style and has always inspired and advised me on how to dress. Much of my early twenties were spent accompanying her to fashion shows and buying appointments, giving me access to meet and know some of the world's greatest designers - which I must say definitely has its advantages!!
Low - perhaps some of my worst fashion moments were those of my teenage years! Pre blow-outs, pre - eyebrow plucking, shoulder padded jackets, charm necklaces, neon tights - need I go on....
DONNA IDA: What’s your favourite restaurant?
Georgina Cohen: Wow I have so many favourites that I love and I am a regular at. I'll try to break it down for different meals of the day. Breakfast - The Wolseley or Colbert, lunch has to be George or Scott's and for dinner - the hip and happening Chiltern Firehouse.
DONNA IDA: Where’s your ultimate holiday destination?
Georgina Cohen: The Amanpuri in Phuket is my home from home - I go every Christmas with my family and for me it is an oasis of calm and understated elegance, where I have some of my happiest memories. The setting for me is heavenly and the culture is warm and friendly. It's the thing I most look forward to at the end of the year!
DONNA IDA: What is your favourite magazine?
Georgina Cohen: I love Porter - it delivers an authoritative global point of view and a bespoke curation of fashion, beauty, travel and culture. I am a contributing editor for them.
I also love Tank Magazine, a quarterly UK magazine, covering contemporary cuture, such as art, architecture, fashion, current affairs and music. Less well known to most magazine readers but with a large following in the worlds of art and fashion.
DONNA IDA : Do you have any exciting secrets in your London address book?
Georgina Cohen: Ohhh I have lots - ok I'll share just a few of my beauty ones! Nando at Richard Ward gives the best haircuts in town and Robert Stark at The Hairdressers the best colourist. Vaishaly does the best eyebrows and facials. Justina in the nailspa at KX Gym and Spa gives the best manicures and pedicures. Isak at InParlour the best make-up.
DONNA IDA: What do you do to keep fit?
Georgina Cohen: I do Private Pilates and Bespoke Barre Method Classes with the best teacher in town - Francesca Giaccomini (Francesca The Method) and Personal Training at Lomax with Jonathan Lomax or Hilary Rifkin.
DONNA IDA: What advice would you give to a younger you?
Georgina Cohen: These are some words of advice my father shared with me and can apply to everybody...
No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
Forgive everyone everything.
Don't compare your life to others, you have no idea what their journey is all about.
Life isn't tied with a bow but it's still a gift.
Don't waste time worrying about things you can't control, embrace everything and live in the moment.
And in the words of Maya Angelou; 'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'
DONNA IDA: What's Next?
Georgina Cohen: Working on more fashion/art collaborations, continuing to travel, discover and experience new things.
With thanks to Gagosian Gallery, George Club & Scott's Restaurant. Follow Georgina on Instagram.
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