From the very first moment of seeing such an amazing woman like Linda, the first thought that appeared in our heads was: “what a strong impact such a charming woman can make on others. They all can’t wait for all the secrets to be unfolded.” And it’s truly so! She makes an impression of a fascinating, inspiring and creative person who has reached the position of every lady’s dream! New York City-based stylist who managed to work with the most famous women of nowadays: Madonna, Halle Berry, supermodels Giselle Bundchen, Laetitia Casta, Helene Christensen. It seems to be only a short part of Linda’s long list of amazing collaborations. Now she works with the most gorgeous Victoria’s Secret angels: Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Chanel Iman, Erin Heatherton, Miranda Kerr and Lily Aldrich. Not so long ago she performed as a creator of an exclusive skin care line called “RODIN olio lusso” which is apparently used by almost everyone: from the backstage at Balmain and Marni to Gucci Westman and Gwyneth Paltrow who proved this was a true key to a supernatural and glowing skin.
The Fashiongton Post: Looking at your apartment, surely there is a French touch. What is the mood of your home? Is there any remarkable item in your collection that you cherish the most?
Linda Rodin: The mood of my home is serenity and light. I have amazing views and lots of sky from every window. I feel as if I’m at the beach, calm and cozy, surrounded by shells I’ve collected on my travels, and lots of art.
F.P.: During your fabulous career there is no doubt you might have met a lot of different people from the fashion world. Who’s played the key role in your life?
L.R.: I worked for a brilliant photographer, Gosta Peterson, in the early 1970’s. He exposed to beautiful photography and the love of jazz…
F.P.: Beauty…what sense do you put in this word? What do you think it means?
L.R.: I think beauty comes from the inside out. One can be outwardly “beautiful”, but without the inner spirit, it means nothing.
F.P.: Tell us about the idea of creating your own beauty product. How has it appeared? What other beauty items do you have in your bathroom apart from your own glowing golden bottles of magic?
L.R.: Well, it was a selfish endeavor. I was looking for something special for myself… so I bought a lot of oils I had used over the years, and mixed them into my own elixir, for myself. Then I shared it with friends and they all adored it. So, it slowly developed into RODIN olio lusso. Of course I use my own products: face oil, body oil, hair oil, lip balm, hand and body cream. And next may my perfume will be available. Aside from this….. I don’t use any other products, except nice toothpaste.
F.P.: What do you think a woman’s supposed to be like? Who is your icon?
L.R.: I think women should be charming, bright, sensitive and interested in the world around them.
F.P.: What main words would you choose to describe your own style?
L.R.: I am very simple: I wear jeans all the time, with a nice sweater, or shirt… I am fairly classic, with a twist: like a hot pink sweater or vintage boots. I like to add something quirky from time to time.
F.P.: Linda, could you tell us what you have in your purse?
L.R.: My mobile phone, of course, a Smythson’s 2012 diary – bright purple, I get one every year, my house keys, and a lipstick… ooh, and some money and a credit card in a Martin Margiela suede pouch.
F.P.: Do you get to travel a lot? What culture you think is close to your spirit?
L.R.: I don’t travel as much as I used to….but definitely Italy. I moved there when I was 19 and stayed 3 years. I love everything Italian: the food, the people, the language, the country itself.
F.P.: It’s beyond the doubt that it got to require a lot to be able to accomplish so much in your life. What personal traits do you think made it happen?
L.R.: I think I have a very strong work ethic, and like to get things done.
F.P.: Your beauty tips for women.
L.R.: Keep it simple. Don’t be trendy or overdo it.
F.P.: What are your favorite designers? What’s your opinion on the fashion industry? Do you find it hard to pursue?
L.R.: I love Prada, Celine, and J.Crew. I think it’s hard to stay simple in the fashion industry – there are always so many new things to entice you. So you need to stay focused and know fashion is not that terribly important. It is important to feel good, and I think looking fresh and simple does that. But one can’t get too caught up in it.
F.P.: Have you got any fundamental life principles?
L.R.: Yes, to be aware of the world around you, and not just focus on yourself. It’s a very big world out there, and most people need help and are struggling with real life issues. It is important to help where one can.
* Official site of Linda Rodin: www.rodinoliolusso.com