A Chat With Meredith Melling

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What does one do after being a fashion editor at Vogue for 16 (!!) years? You go to Burning Man, launch a consulting business, design a super-chic women’s clothing line, marry a dashing former Marine, and have two more babies (!!).

At least, that’s what Meredith Melling did.

She has the grace, beauty, and fashion sense of the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, but with a bohemian flair that makes her downright ethereal (think a ginormous fuchsia headpiece to go with her Gucci wedding dress). The fashion polymath is also incredibly down-to-earth – so much so, the tagline of La Ligne, her timeless clothing line inspired by the stripe, is “clothes to eat, sleep, drink, and dance in.”

We caught up with the entrepreneur and mom of three – Eloise (11), Wolf (2.5), and India (15 months) – to talk style (obviously), parenting, and keeping your relationship on point. Meet the lovely and amazing Meredith Melling.

Lives

NYC, Noho

Currently Working On

Styling for clients such as Lily Aldridge, Under Armour, and Ferragamo at La Marque and striping the world via La Ligne.

Go-To Websites

Vogue (old habits die hard!), Net-A-Porter, Into The Gloss, New York Times, Man Repeller

Best Jeans

Brock Light Vintage Selvedge Denim Wright Jean

Bedding

Hill House Home

Go-To Designer for Evening

Ossie Clark Vintage

Drink of Choice

Iced coffee with almond milk by day, wine by night

Phrase She Wishes Would Disappear

“Make America Great Again”

Exercise of Choice

Boxing, pilates, and Tracy Anderson Method

Signature Emoji

❤️

Favorite Vacation Destination

The Amalfi Coast in Italy, staying at Le Sirenuse

Obsessed With…

Stripes

Advice for Your Pre-Parent Self

When I was pregnant with my first child, I kept trying to convince myself that nothing was going to change – that life would be the same as it had been, just with another little person in it. I was wrong. Everything changes, in the best possible way.

Career Highlight

The day I was hired at Vogue – it was the beginning of everything.

Career Lowpoint

When I was working with Vogue.com, one Fashion’s Night Out we tried to rally all the e-commerce sites for a Fashion’s Night IN so that people residing in cities that did not participate in the brick and mortar experience could be part of the excitement. Needless to say, it was not a resounding success.

Relationship Advice

Have sex! You are going to be exhausted and it may seem like the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day, but it’s so important!

Relax & Unwind

A glass of wine and/or a Netflix series binge

Must-Have Beauty Products

Cle de Peau under eye concealer
Guerlain bronzer
Milk Makeup highlighter
Glossier lip balm
Tata Harper cleanser, toner, and moisturizer
Coconut oil

Ideal Date Night

It’s as simple as great food, wine, and conversation. And I love walking home from a restaurant – no matter how far from home.

Biggest Risk That Has Paid Off

Leaving Vogue after 16 years and launching my own companies.

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