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Style Setter:
Alina Cho

By Amanda Eberstein

Portrait of Alina Cho wearing a floral print maxi and striped crop blouse

Alina Cho, photo by Ben Rosser

The interior of the J.K. Place, Paris

J.K. Place Paris

Veteran television journalist Alina Cho has made a career out of her uncanny ability to master everything from hard-hitting news to feel-good general interest stories to intimate one-on-one interviews. The former national correspondent of CNN currently serves as a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, as well as the host of “The Atelier with Alina Cho,” a fashion-focused conversation series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also authors her own Substack newsletter. “Cho & Tell,” serves as an editor-at-large at Ballantine Bantam Dell and is producing an upcoming Netflix documentary on Martha Stewart. No matter what the award-winning multi-hyphenate is working on, there is one thing that remains constant: her inherently sophisticated sartorial sense. Here, Cho shares some of her current must haves.

Do you have any fall travel plans?
I’m hoping to sneak a trip to Paris. My favorite hotel is J.K. Place. Owner Ori Kafri is all about the details and making sure guests are treated like royalty.

As a host of “The Atelier with Alina Cho,” you have interviewed some of the top thought-leaders in the worlds of art and fashion. Who are some of the most inspiring people you have interviewed?
I’ve been lucky enough to interview everyone from Anna Wintour to Michael Kors to Vera Wang to Tory Burch. Other highlights include Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino and Oliver Rousteing of Balmain. Next year is my tenth anniversary hosting this series, so we are planning an exciting lineup.

What are some of your go-to on-camera looks?
Fitted pieces in solid colors work best. For camera, I wear a lot of Michael Kors Collection. The Hutton cashmere sweaters are particularly great. They come in a ton of colors and they’re super slimming. For shoes, I love Gianvito Rossi pumps. In the winter, I add Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66 tights.

Grey Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66 tights

Wolford
Velvet de Luxe 66 tights

Gianvito Rossi purple satin sandals with heels

Gianvito Rossi
Dositea sandals

 

You split your time between Manhattan and Bridgehampton. How does your style differ in each place?
My style is more relaxed at the beach, but no matter where I am, I’m most often in a dress. My favorite beach look—for the actual beach—is an Eres one-piece swimsuit, Missoni Coverup, Prada straw hat, and Havaianas.

Missoni yellow long sleeve mini coverup dress

Missoni
Coverup dress

Black Prada raffia bucket hat

Prada
Raffia hat

 

What are some of your favorite shops to visit at Bal Harbour?
I love, love, love Bal Harbour Shops! Chanel and Prada are favorites, and I’m a big Saks Fifth Avenue shopper.

How would you describe your personal fashion aesthetic?
Classic, with a twist.

What fashion pieces are you coveting for fall?
I’m currently coveting a red tweed Chanel bustier and Khaite black denim culottes.

Neiman Marcus black Khaite denim culotte style jeans with silver studded waist

Neiman Marcus
Khaite Hewey straight-leg jeans

Pink, black, and white Chanel slingback flats

Chanel
Tweed slingbacks

 

What are your favorite shoes for a night out? How about for day?
Chanel and Gianvito Rossi are my go-to shoes day and night.

How about entertaining items or décor for the home?
Frette for bedding, Christofle for tabletop.

White Frette duvet cover with trim

Frette
Links embroidered duvet cover

Christofle silver 5-piece plated flatware set

Christofle
Malmaison 5-piece silver-plated flatware set



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