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Elle's Samira Nasr on Personal Style, Travel Accessories and More

The globe-trotting fashion director shares some of her favorite things.

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Her job entails traveling the globe attending fashion shows, scouting street looks, and creating stories that vibrate with energy. But this effortlessly cool editor, who cut her teeth working for fashion legend Grace Coddington, and says a career highlight was dressing her friend Tracee Ellis Ross for the 2016 Emmys, is most at home in jeans and a T-shirt. “I love practical clothes,” she says. From vintage Levi’s 517s to new lines like Khaite, denim is her constant, worn with heels by Pierre Hardy, Céline, and Gianvito Rossi -- her weakness is white boots. “I’m addicted,” she says. “I even wear them in summer.” Although the busy mother of a 3-year-old spends her days put- ting together looks that ignite trends, her advice is timeless. “Stop worrying so much, and have more fun,” she says. And when- ever possible, eat chocolate.

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Photography by: Peter Ardito

Nasr's Personal Style


Mantra: “Tomboy in heels.”


Work uniform: White T-shirt and jeans. Perfect-Fit T-shirt, $24.50, Khaite Vanessa jeans, in Vintage Black, $340,


Hobby: Daydreaming.


Jewelry: “A Tiffany signet ring I wear on my pinky, and a Sharon Alouf thumb ring. I never take them off.”


Carryall: “I don’t have a work bag, but anything that doesn’t fit in my small purse goes into a canvas tote from BonTon.” Tote, from $44,

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Photography by: Peter Ardito

Beauty MO: “Clean, moisturized skin is the best accessory.”


Skin solution: “Biologique Recherche P50 lotion, because it evens out my skin.” From $65,


Makeup staples: Le Volume de Chanel mascara, in Noir, $32,; and By Terry Baume de Rose lip balm, $60,


Nail color: Nars nail polish, in Dovima, $20,


Signature scent: Serge Lutens Féminité du Bois, a cedar-rose blend. $135 for 50 ml,

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Photography by: Peter Ardito

Mode of transport: Subway


Travel accessory: “I always take a shawl.” Luna scarf, 2, $175,


Luggage: Rimowa Salsa cabin multiwheel, 13, $550,

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Photography by: Peter Ardito

In Her Home


Prized possession: “My pink velvet George Smith sofa.”


On her table: “All of my porcelain dishes and serving piecesare made by my step-dad, ceramist Kayo O’Young.” Mug, from $40,


Every home should have: Good rugs. “We’re floor people. I never buy new ones; I prefer beautiful old things.”


Stationery: Benneton Graveur correspondence cards, from $64 for 10,


Secret weapon: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, from $1,

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Photography by: Peter Ardito

In Her Kitchen


Morning drink: Stumptown’s Hair Bender coffee, $15 for 12 oz.,


Breakfast: Avocado toast with an egg on top.


Afternoon pick-me-up: “Chocolate, always chocolate -- except no truffles or anything fancy.” Cadbury’s Dairy Milk bar, 15,

On Her Radar


Cocktail: “I’m not much of a cocktail person unless it’s a Sazerac. I love a Sazerac!”


Boutique shop: Other Times Vintage, in Bushwick, Brooklyn.


Apps: 1stdibs,, and the New York Times.


Next read: This week’s New Yorker.


Charity: Kageno, which helps impoverished communities through education, health care, income generation, and conservation.


On her playlist: “Everything from hip-hop to jazz to ’80s rock, and a lot of Bob Marley, because he’s my son’s absolute favorite.”


Favorite movies: Star Wars, Do the Right Thing, and “I really loved Moonlight.”


Next thing to stream: Atlanta on FX.


Favorite hotel: Plaza Athénée, in Paris.


Where she wants to go next: Corsica.