“I like to think that I don’t come across as a huge fashion person.”
Before meeting Rory Satran, the editorial director of i-D (she’s also Opening Ceremony’s former content director and got her start at Self Service magazine in Paris), the above statement would have more likely been met with a “yeah, okay” than anything else. But after spending an afternoon with the editor at her Brooklyn home, we have to say: we get it. And we mean that in the very best way possible.
While Satran’s résumé may be studded with posts at some of the most influential, constantly-on-the-cusp-of-cool (occasionally what your mom would describe as “out there”) publications and brands in the entire industry, her personal style is remarkably reserved. “I’ve been wearing the same thing since I was a kid, to my friends' amusement. Long-sleeved navy blue shirts, my hair in a bun, and jeans,” she told us as we made our way through her assortment of, well, just that (give or take a CHANEL piece and Manolo Blahnik or two). “I would consider myself an observer and a student of fashion rather than a fashion plate.”
Even so, in no way could you describe Satran’s style as dull—in fact, it’s just the opposite. Instead, she takes cues from the likes of Tonne Goodman and simply goes for the very best of the classics. “I feel like if everything you have is really precise and perfect, you can get away with only wearing a few pieces and not very many accessories.” Nothing drove it home for us quite like when she summarized her love of all things navy, denim, and Charvet thusly: “When I’m getting dressed, I always think of what Sofia Coppola wears when she is directing.” Pretty sure that’s as good a personal style modus operandi as you’re gonna get.