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Style Setter: Cecilia Dean

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Cecilia Dean, Portrait by Dimitrios Kambouris.

Though she's probably best known as the editor of Visionaire—the limited-edition, experimental fashion and art quarterly (that's rarely actually printed or bound)—Cecilia Dean wears many other hats. She also publishes V and V Man magazines, is a creative adviser for Nymphenburg Porcelain and is the co-founder of MOVE!, a performance art festival with a heavy fashion tie-in.

And while her creative capacity is sought after by would-be collaborators, Dean's sartorial sense is what keeps street style shooters hovering outside her SoHo offices. Whether in custom Givenchy or off-the-rack McQueen, the former model cuts a formidable silhouette.

“It feels like every summer sees the return of short shorts—which I love—but I will never wear.” Dean will not be joining in on the summer trend, but you can stay cool in these Michael Kors high-waisted shorts from the Spring, 2014 collection.

“This Alexander McQueen runway look is one of my Spring favorites,” says Dean. Of all the buzzed-about Spring 2014 runway shows, Dean is mesmerized by one look from Alexander McQueen. The flowy, knee-length skirt matched with the collared top makes this McQueen dress a keeper.

“Ohne Titel has got me thinking about geometric patterns and colors,” says Dean of this look available at Intermix. Since Ohne Titel’s Spring 2014 runway show last September, we’ve been fixated on geometric patterns. This particular look captures another one of Spring’s big trends—sheer fabric.

“Sunglasses are a summer must-have,” says Dean “I love mine from Calvin Klein.” Stop into Optica for the best eyewear from your favorite designers, including Prada, Dior, Chanel and jewelry houses like Chopard and Bulgari.

When it comes to summer style, Dean knows it’s about more than the right shirtdress. “Healthy skin is so essential, especially in the summer. Panama hat, a pair of sunglasses and then I’m all about beauty products for glowing skin.” Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Ultra-Hydrating lotion, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, will give your skin that extra boost of hydration you need after long days outdoors.

While the volumes she produces for Visionaire are limited edition, Cecilia Dean knows a classic accessory when she sees one. Elsa Peretti’s Bone cuffs for Tiffany & Co. Are timeless. The classic silver and gold make these statement pieces pair with any outfit—now and for decades to come.

New York can be a bit overwhelming—no matter the season. When Dean needs to make an escape to a place that still feels like home, she heads to LA. “LA is my current mistress. I really enjoy Venice Beach and when I’m there, Cafe Gratitude is the first stop.”

 

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