Beatrix Ost

Artist & Writer, New York

Photography: Renée Rodenkirchen

“I was born an artist, whatever I do.”

Beatrix Ost’s quiet sensibility has this somewhat mysterious, intriguing quality to it; but the minute she speaks, everyone around her goes silent and pays close attention. She’s eloquent, articulate, witty and wise and we couldn’t help but gather around her like it was some sort of kindergarten storybook time and listen to her endless tales. We’re talking about an effortlessly elegant woman who gracefully signs off all e-mails with, “In your body is a good place to be.” (It’s okay – we were scratching our heads trying to expertly interpret it for a while, too.)

“[My first fashion memory?] Perhaps I was 5, when I took my father’s ties and used them as a belt,” she reminisced. “And the aunt coming to visit in high heel wedges and broad shoulder jacket with a fox fur casually thrown over.”

Ost applies that very same thoughtfulness and creativity to her everyday life. She greeted us in a custom plum suit she had designed herself (naturally – would you expect anything less?) with matching Giovanna amethyst-colored boots. She layered some emerald green and royal blue fabric underneath and completed the look with a perfectly tied violet turban, which allowed for her signature lavender hair to peek through. Oh, and that red lip. Excuse us for a second and allow us to shamefully digress, but if you look up “chic” in the dictionary, we’re pretty sure you’ll find a picture (or 10) of Ost.

Upon entering her gothic-inspired abode, there’s an overwhelming feeling that can only be described as Kevin McCallister’s (a.k.a. Macaulay Culkin’s) face on the poster for Home Alone. Think: Oversized watercolor paintings (by Ost, of course), a custom tile fireplace that reads “Life is always being interrupted by events”, one-of-a-kind hand painted chairs emblazoned with Ost’s face, striped walls and framed black-and-white photos by fellow artist friends. As we browsed through her collection of vintage Prada, Comme des Garcons and Vivienne Westwood, we couldn’t help but be enamored by her strong aesthetic and attention to living by her mantra of finding the beauty and art in everything. And by everything we mean everything; this includes an extensive hat collection consisting of bird’s nest-turned-hairpieces complete with real feathers and (wait for it) real bird’s eggs. You know what? Just see for yourself.