Categories Lifestyle The Eclectic World Of Linda Rodin 28/03/2016Author Taylor BarringerNo Comments on The Eclectic World Of Linda Rodin Linda Rodin is one of those multi hyphenates that make you suddenly realize exactly what—or rather whom—you want to be when you grow up. The New York stylist and founder of the beauty line RODIN olio lusso has such an effervescent air about her, it’s no wonder she’s one of the most sought after people in the industry. I sat down with Rodin in the Chelsea flat she shares with her beloved dog Winky to discuss everything from her eclectic personal style, to her signature lip color, to why you’ll never see her in platforms. “I was always searching for something my face would love, having tried everything on the market,” said Rodin.” I just couldn’t find it, so I decided to create RODIN olio lusso and make it myself.” Rodin in her bedroom wearing glasses (throughout) by Miu Miu, top by Nina Ricci, dress by Tamara Jaric, and boots by Joe Fresh. “I started RODIN olio lusso at home in my bathroom. I found bottles online and brought them to photo shoots. Everyone on set just loved it! It was a grassroots, word-of-mouth type of thing. I didn’t plan to ever make it a business, but here we are!” A shelf in the bathroom packed with linens picked up at markets, and photos of Rodin. “I think every woman needs to find her way, figure out her favorite products by trial and error, and find a routine that suits her.” Rodin’s nail polish collection of blues, greens, and golds lines the bathroom shelf. Rodin’s approach to beauty is much like her company motto: simple. “I cleanse my face, then pat it dry, then apply RODIN olio lusso Face Oil. I cannot live without my oils.” Rodin’s bathroom sink boasts the entire RODIN olio lusso line. “On the days when I’m not styling, I am constantly working on RODIN olio lusso…whether that means working on new products, having press meetings, working on packaging, you name it. A lot goes into this line, and I’m very hands on.” Rodin wears a top by Edith A. Miller and pants by Damir Doma. Rodin sees the brand expanding in the future. “I have three new projects in the works,” she said with a coy smile. “At the risk of sounding too proud, I think we’ve definitely achieved a simpler approach to beauty than anything that’s on the market now.” No surface is left untapped in Rodin’s home. “My goal is to look a bit unique, yet simple too,” said Rodin of her personal style. “I don’t like anything too attention-grabbing. I am always a fan of Prada and Miu Miu. I’m a big fan of concept stores like A Détacher, Creatures Of Comfort, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Warm, and Gabriela de la Vega. I love places that only have one or two of each thing, they’re so much more interesting for me.” Winky looks on as Rodin shows off a dress by San Francisco designer Tamara Jaric. “Classic red lipstick is too harsh for me, I don’t look good in it. I adore hot pink, so why not wear that instead?” Rodin favors a Make Up For Ever lipliner with a NARS lipstick or a drugstore favorite–Fran Wilson Moodmatcher Lipstick. “I don’t wear anything but my lipstick and a little Maybelline mascara. My eyelashes are like wild weeds, so they look a bit crazy with mascara, but I like the look. Sometimes, if I want to feel glamorous, I put Vaseline on my eyelids for a 1930’s look.” Rodin’s monogrammed Smythson date book and iPad. “I don’t get the high, high, high-heeled platforms women wear. There was a great skit on SNL last night. Melissa McCarthy came out for her monologue in them and tripped over herself in those ridiculous shoes. It was hysterical. I just don’t get it!” A collection of vintage bottles in the bathroom. “I am inspired by so many things: books, movies, museums, places, and people. Last week I got to go behind the scenes at the Museum of Natural History. It was totally fascinating to see where the dioramas are made, how tiny scale models become the huge and fascinating shows. I was in heaven, it was so inspiring.” Rodin near her “elephant corner,” one of many themed corners in her house. Stylist Kate Young has said she hopes one day her hair is like Rodin’s. “It’s pretty boring, but I use Clairol Shimmer Lights. It keeps my hair shiny and silver-y,” said Rodin. “I fight my natural texture. It’s very curly hair, but I relax it. I find it much easier to deal with when it’s straight.” A sneak peek of one of the new projects Rodin is working on. “Hopefully in ten years Winky and I are on a beach somewhere, collecting seashells together.” Winky takes a nap on a bench in the bedroom. Rodin’s Chelsea apartment is littered with knick-knacks and treasures she finds at flea markets, antique stores, and on her travels. “Some of my favorite things in my house are all the seashells that I’ve collected from all over the world. I also love vintage sequins, and my late sister Christine Rodin’s amazing photographs.” A bucket of seashells and a seashell toilet seat in the bathroom. “I have always kind of looked the same, I’m very simple. I’ll wear all black sometimes or black with bright colors, but I always try to look nice for myself first. I think it’s important to find what works best for your shape and stick to that. I am lucky and have thin legs, so I can wear jeans well.” A vintage dress hangs in the bedroom. “If I could live anywhere it would be in Rome, or on a quiet beach. Flooded with beautiful seashells, of course.” Rodin wears a top by Edith A. Miller, pants by Damir Doma, and sandals picked up on a resent trip to St. Barths. This story originally ran on Elle.com. All photos by Elizabeth Griffin for Elle.com. Words and art direction by me.