DRESS LIKE THAT, WOMAN LIKE THIS  
 
 
Brigette Romanek
 
Using just one dress (plus a few telling probes), we introduce the incredible women that make up Moda Operandi’s community of shoppers, self-styled and in their own words. Meet Brigette Romanek—in Anna October.  
 


Pictured: Brigette Romanek self-styled in an Anna October dress with her own hair and make-up. Photographed at home in Hollywood by Ye Rin Mok.
Brigette Romanek sitting in her home in an Anna October dress
DRESS LIKE THAT, WOMAN LIKE THIS  
 
 
Brigette Romanek
 
Using just one dress (plus a few telling probes), we introduce the incredible women that make up Moda Operandi’s community of shoppers, self-styled and in their own words. Meet Brigette Romanek—in Anna October.  
 


Pictured: Brigette Romanek self-styled in an Anna October dress with her own hair and make-up. Photographed at home in Hollywood by Ye Rin Mok.
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Pictured: Brigette Romanek self-styled in an Anna October dress with her own hair and make-up. Photographed at home in Hollywood by Ye Rin Mok.
Pictured: Brigette Romanek self-styled in an Anna October dress with her own hair and make-up. Photographed at home in Hollywood by Ye Rin Mok.

 
DRESS LIKE THAT, WOMAN LIKE THIS
  
Brigette Romanek
 
Using just one dress (plus a few telling probes), we introduce the incredible women that make up Moda Operandi’s community of shoppers, self-styled and in their own words. Meet Brigette Romanek—in Anna October.



 
DRESS LIKE THAT, WOMAN LIKE THIS
  
Brigette Romanek
 
Using just one dress (plus a few telling probes), we introduce the incredible women that make up Moda Operandi’s community of shoppers, self-styled and in their own words. Meet Brigette Romanek—in Anna October.


                                           
WHO ARE YOU—IN A SENTENCE? 
  
Creative, hardworking, dreamer.
 
 

  
WHY THIS DRESS? 
 
It shows my soft side, yet still makes me feel feminine and strong.
 
 

   
CURRENT STATE OF MIND? 
 
 
Optimistic. I try to say optimistic. It’s not always easy, but it’s important.
   
 

  
BORN?
 
Chicago.
 
 

   
WHERE’S HOME?
 
Hollywood.
 
 

   
PLACE THEY KNOW YOUR NAME? 
 
San Vicente Bungalows.
 
 

  
OCCUPATION? 
 
Interior Designer.
 
 

   
DREAM CLIENT?
 
Virgil Abloh.
 
 

   
WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
 
Math!
 
 

  
FAVORITE COLOR?
 
A dusty pink.
 
 

   
FAVORITE FLOWER?
 
Peonies.
 
 

   
FAVORITE ARTISTS?
 
Lorna Simpson, John Currin, Cy Twombly, Alvaro Barrington, Elizabeth Peyton, Deborah Roberts, I could go on and on…
 
 

   
ON YOUR PLAYLIST?
 
Jay Z, David Bowie, James Black, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion...
 
 

   
FRAGRANCE?
 
Molecule.
 
 

   
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
 
A mix of elegance and playfulness, with some ‘90s thrown in from time to time.
 
 

   
WHO’S THE MOST STYLISH PERSON YOU KNOW?
 
Lisa Eisner.
 
 

   
SHOES OR HANDBAGS?
 
Bags, I used to design bags. I’ve always loved them. A great bag makes any outfit better.
 
 

   
CURRENTLY IN YOUR CART?
 
Johanna Ortiz, Anna October, Materiel.

                                           
WHO ARE YOU—IN A SENTENCE? 
  
Creative, hardworking, dreamer.
 
 

  
WHY THIS DRESS? 
 
It shows my soft side, yet still makes me feel feminine and strong.
 
 

   
CURRENT STATE OF MIND? 
 
 
Optimistic. I try to say optimistic. It’s not always easy, but it’s important.
   
 

  
BORN?
 
Chicago.
 
 

   
WHERE’S HOME?
 
Hollywood.
 
 

   
PLACE THEY KNOW YOUR NAME? 
 
San Vicente Bungalows.
 
 

  
OCCUPATION? 
 
Interior Designer.
 
 

   
DREAM CLIENT?
 
Virgil Abloh.
 
 

   
WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
 
Math!
 
 

  
FAVORITE COLOR?
 
A dusty pink.
 
 

   
FAVORITE FLOWER?
 
Peonies.
 
 

   
FAVORITE ARTISTS?
 
Lorna Simpson, John Currin, Cy Twombly, Alvaro Barrington, Elizabeth Peyton, Deborah Roberts, I could go on and on…
 
 

   
ON YOUR PLAYLIST?
 
Jay Z, David Bowie, James Black, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion...
 
 

   
FRAGRANCE?
 
Molecule.
 
 

   
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
 
A mix of elegance and playfulness, with some ‘90s thrown in from time to time.
 
 

   
WHO’S THE MOST STYLISH PERSON YOU KNOW?
 
Lisa Eisner.
 
 

   
SHOES OR HANDBAGS?
 
Bags, I used to design bags. I’ve always loved them. A great bag makes any outfit better.
 
 

   
CURRENTLY IN YOUR CART?
 
Johanna Ortiz, Anna October, Materiel.

                                           
WHO ARE YOU—IN A SENTENCE? 
  
Creative, hardworking, dreamer.
 
 

  
WHY THIS DRESS? 
 
It shows my soft side, yet still makes me feel feminine and strong.
 
 

   
CURRENT STATE OF MIND? 
 
 
Optimistic. I try to say optimistic. It’s not always easy, but it’s important.
   
 

  
BORN?
 
Chicago.
 
 

   
WHERE’S HOME?
 
Hollywood.
 
 

   
PLACE THEY KNOW YOUR NAME? 
 
San Vicente Bungalows.
 
 

  
OCCUPATION? 
 
Interior Designer.
 
 

   
DREAM CLIENT?
 
Virgil Abloh.
 
 

   
WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
 
Math!
 
 

  
FAVORITE COLOR?
 
A dusty pink.
 
 

   
FAVORITE FLOWER?
 
Peonies.
 
 

   
FAVORITE ARTISTS?
 
Lorna Simpson, John Currin, Cy Twombly, Alvaro Barrington, Elizabeth Peyton, Deborah Roberts, I could go on and on…
 
 

   
ON YOUR PLAYLIST?
 
Jay Z, David Bowie, James Black, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion...
 
 

   
FRAGRANCE?
 
Molecule.
 
 

   
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
 
A mix of elegance and playfulness, with some ‘90s thrown in from time to time.
 
 

   
WHO’S THE MOST STYLISH PERSON YOU KNOW?
 
Lisa Eisner.
 
 

   
SHOES OR HANDBAGS?
 
Bags, I used to design bags. I’ve always loved them. A great bag makes any outfit better.
 
 

   
CURRENTLY IN YOUR CART?
 
Johanna Ortiz, Anna October, Materiel.

                                           
WHO ARE YOU—IN A SENTENCE? 
  
Creative, hardworking, dreamer.
 
 

  
WHY THIS DRESS? 
 
It shows my soft side, yet still makes me feel feminine and strong.
 
 

   
CURRENT STATE OF MIND? 
 
 
Optimistic. I try to say optimistic. It’s not always easy, but it’s important.
   
 

  
BORN?
 
Chicago.
 
 

   
WHERE’S HOME?
 
Hollywood.
 
 

   
PLACE THEY KNOW YOUR NAME? 
 
San Vicente Bungalows.
 
 

  
OCCUPATION? 
 
Interior Designer.
 
 

   
DREAM CLIENT?
 
Virgil Abloh.
 
 

   
WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
 
Math!
 
 

  
FAVORITE COLOR?
 
A dusty pink.
 
 

   
FAVORITE FLOWER?
 
Peonies.
 
 

   
FAVORITE ARTISTS?
 
Lorna Simpson, John Currin, Cy Twombly, Alvaro Barrington, Elizabeth Peyton, Deborah Roberts, I could go on and on…
 
 

   
ON YOUR PLAYLIST?
 
Jay Z, David Bowie, James Black, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion...
 
 

   
FRAGRANCE?
 
Molecule.
 
 

   
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
 
A mix of elegance and playfulness, with some ‘90s thrown in from time to time.
 
 

   
WHO’S THE MOST STYLISH PERSON YOU KNOW?
 
Lisa Eisner.
 
 

   
SHOES OR HANDBAGS?
 
Bags, I used to design bags. I’ve always loved them. A great bag makes any outfit better.
 
 

   
CURRENTLY IN YOUR CART?
 
Johanna Ortiz, Anna October, Materiel.

“Fashion and design touch the same places in my heart. Self expression, and creativity, a love letter to yourself.”
 

BRIGETTE ROMANEK
Brigette Romanek sitting in her home in an Anna October dress
“Fashion and design touch the same places in my heart. Self expression, and creativity, a love letter to yourself.”
 

BRIGETTE ROMANEK



Fashion and design touch the same places in my heart. Self expression, and creativity, a love letter to yourself.”



BRIGETTE ROMANEK

 




Fashion and design touch the same places in my heart. Self expression, and creativity, a love letter to yourself.”



BRIGETTE ROMANEK

 

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PERSONAL FASHION HIGH POINT?
  
An Alex Perry dress I wore to a gala. I felt beautiful and powerful.
 
 

  
...AND LOW POINT?
 
Neon nails, one hand orange and one yellow.
 
 

  
TREND YOU MOST REGRET?
 
My baggy sweatsuit days.
   
 

  
HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY?
 
Confidence.
 
 

   
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL?
 
When I’m smiling.
 
 

   
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST INTELLIGENT?
 
When I’m designing.
 
 

  
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST EMPOWERED?
 
When I push through something I didn’t want to.
 
 

   
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST ACCOMPLISHED?
 
When my kids do good things and make good choices.
 
 

   
EXTRAVAGANCE YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
 
Candles.
 
 

  
FAVORITE VIRTUE?
 
Integrity.
 
 

   
FAVORITE VICE?
 
Sugar.
 
 

   
WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED MORE OF?
 
Empathy.
 
 

   
WHAT DO YOU REALLY DISLIKE?
 
Racism.
 
 

   
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE IN LIFE?
 
Raising good humans (kids).
 
 

   
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT BEING A MOM?
 
When you’re pregnant, all people say is congratulations and how wonderful it all is. I wish someone would sit you down and tell you, it’s amazing, but there will also be some tough roads ahead. You’ll worry, think you’re not doing a good job, etc. I wish someone would tell you that it’s the best and most important job you’ll ever have, to raise good humans.
 
 

   
WHO ARE YOUR HEROES?
 
My grandmother, mother, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 

   
WHO OR WHAT WOULD YOU BE IN ANOTHER LIFE?
 
Attorney.
 
 

   
FOR WHAT FAULT DO YOU HAVE THE MOST TOLERATION?
 
Cell phone obsession.
 
 

   
MOST USED APP?
 
Waze.
 
 

   
COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE. “INSTAGRAM IS…”
 
Fun!!
 
 

   
SOMETHING NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU?
 
That I’m a terruble speller ; )
 
 

   
SOMETHING EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU?
 
That I have a loud laugh.
 
 

   
TOP THREE PEOPLE AT YOUR DINNER PARTY?
 
Virgil Abloh, Josephine Baker, David Bowie.
 
 

   
MOST TREASURED POSSESSION?
 
My wedding ring.




   
I hope to be remembered as a great mother, a great friend, a great daughter, and a great designer.”


BRIGETTE ROMANEK
 
 


   
                                           
PERSONAL FASHION HIGH POINT?
  
An Alex Perry dress I wore to a gala. I felt beautiful and powerful.
 
 

  
...AND LOW POINT?
 
Neon nails, one hand orange and one yellow.
 
 

  
TREND YOU MOST REGRET?
 
My baggy sweatsuit days.
   
 

  
HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY?
 
Confidence.
 
 

   
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL?
 
When I’m smiling.
 
 

   
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST INTELLIGENT?
 
When I’m designing.
 
 

  
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST EMPOWERED?
 
When I push through something I didn’t want to.
 
 

   
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST ACCOMPLISHED?
 
When my kids do good things and make good choices.
 
 

   
EXTRAVAGANCE YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
 
Candles.
 
 

  
FAVORITE VIRTUE?
 
Integrity.
 
 

   
FAVORITE VICE?
 
Sugar.
 
 

   
WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED MORE OF?
 
Empathy.
 
 

   
WHAT DO YOU REALLY DISLIKE?
 
Racism.
 
 

   
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE IN LIFE?
 
Raising good humans (kids).
 
 

   
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT BEING A MOM?
 
When you’re pregnant, all people say is congratulations and how wonderful it all is. I wish someone would sit you down and tell you, it’s amazing, but there will also be some tough roads ahead. You’ll worry, think you’re not doing a good job, etc. I wish someone would tell you that it’s the best and most important job you’ll ever have, to raise good humans.
 
 

   
WHO ARE YOUR HEROES?
 
My grandmother, mother, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 

   
WHO OR WHAT WOULD YOU BE IN ANOTHER LIFE?
 
Attorney.
 
 

   
FOR WHAT FAULT DO YOU HAVE THE MOST TOLERATION?
 
Cell phone obsession.
 
 

   
MOST USED APP?
 
Waze.
 
 

   
COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE. “INSTAGRAM IS…”
 
Fun!!
 
 

   
SOMETHING NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU?
 
That I’m a terruble speller ; )
 
 

   
SOMETHING EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU?
 
That I have a loud laugh.
 
 

   
TOP THREE PEOPLE AT YOUR DINNER PARTY?
 
Virgil Abloh, Josephine Baker, David Bowie.
 
 

   
MOST TREASURED POSSESSION?
 
My wedding ring.




   
I hope to be remembered as a great mother, a great friend, a great daughter, and a great designer.”


BRIGETTE ROMANEK
 
 


   
                                           
PERSONAL FASHION HIGH POINT?
  
An Alex Perry dress I wore to a gala. I felt beautiful and powerful.
 
 

  
...AND LOW POINT?
 
Neon nails, one hand orange and one yellow.
 
 

  
TREND YOU MOST REGRET?
 
My baggy sweatsuit days.
   
 

  
HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY?
 
Confidence.
 
 

   
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL?
 
When I’m smiling.
 
 

   
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST INTELLIGENT?
 
When I’m designing.
 
 

  
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST EMPOWERED?
 
When I push through something I didn’t want to.
 
 

   
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST ACCOMPLISHED?
 
When my kids do good things and make good choices.
 
 

   
EXTRAVAGANCE YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
 
Candles.
 
 

  
FAVORITE VIRTUE?
 
Integrity.
 
 

   
FAVORITE VICE?
 
Sugar.
 
 

   
WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED MORE OF?
 
Empathy.
 
 

   
WHAT DO YOU REALLY DISLIKE?
 
Racism.
 
 

   
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE IN LIFE?
 
Raising good humans (kids).
 
 

   
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT BEING A MOM?
 
When you’re pregnant, all people say is congratulations and how wonderful it all is. I wish someone would sit you down and tell you, it’s amazing, but there will also be some tough roads ahead. You’ll worry, think you’re not doing a good job, etc. I wish someone would tell you that it’s the best and most important job you’ll ever have, to raise good humans.
 
 

   
WHO ARE YOUR HEROES?
 
My grandmother, mother, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 

   
WHO OR WHAT WOULD YOU BE IN ANOTHER LIFE?
 
Attorney.
 
 

   
FOR WHAT FAULT DO YOU HAVE THE MOST TOLERATION?
 
Cell phone obsession.
 
 

   
MOST USED APP?
 
Waze.
 
 

   
COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE. “INSTAGRAM IS…”
 
Fun!!
 
 

   
SOMETHING NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU?
 
That I’m a terruble speller ; )
 
 

   
SOMETHING EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU?
 
That I have a loud laugh.
 
 

   
TOP THREE PEOPLE AT YOUR DINNER PARTY?
 
Virgil Abloh, Josephine Baker, David Bowie.
 
 

   
MOST TREASURED POSSESSION?
 
My wedding ring.




   
I hope to be remembered as a great mother, a great friend, a great daughter, and a great designer.”

BRIGETTE ROMANEK
 
 


   
                                           
PERSONAL FASHION HIGH POINT?
  
An Alex Perry dress I wore to a gala. I felt beautiful and powerful.
 
 

  
...AND LOW POINT?
 
Neon nails, one hand orange and one yellow.
 
 

  
TREND YOU MOST REGRET?
 
My baggy sweatsuit days.
   
 

  
HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY?
 
Confidence.
 
 

   
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL?
 
When I’m smiling.
 
 

   
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST INTELLIGENT?
 
When I’m designing.
 
 

  
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST EMPOWERED?
 
When I push through something I didn’t want to.
 
 

   
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST ACCOMPLISHED?
 
When my kids do good things and make good choices.
 
 

   
EXTRAVAGANCE YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
 
Candles.
 
 

  
FAVORITE VIRTUE?
 
Integrity.
 
 

   
FAVORITE VICE?
 
Sugar.
 
 

   
WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED MORE OF?
 
Empathy.
 
 

   
WHAT DO YOU REALLY DISLIKE?
 
Racism.
 
 

   
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE IN LIFE?
 
Raising good humans (kids).
 
 

   
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT BEING A MOM?
 
When you’re pregnant, all people say is congratulations and how wonderful it all is. I wish someone would sit you down and tell you, it’s amazing, but there will also be some tough roads ahead. You’ll worry, think you’re not doing a good job, etc. I wish someone would tell you that it’s the best and most important job you’ll ever have, to raise good humans.
 
 

   
WHO ARE YOUR HEROES?
 
My grandmother, mother, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 

   
WHO OR WHAT WOULD YOU BE IN ANOTHER LIFE?
 
Attorney.
 
 

   
FOR WHAT FAULT DO YOU HAVE THE MOST TOLERATION?
 
Cell phone obsession.
 
 

   
MOST USED APP?
 
Waze.
 
 

   
COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE. “INSTAGRAM IS…”
 
Fun!!
 
 

   
SOMETHING NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU?
 
That I’m a terruble speller ; )
 
 

   
SOMETHING EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU?
 
That I have a loud laugh.
 
 

   
TOP THREE PEOPLE AT YOUR DINNER PARTY?
 
Virgil Abloh, Josephine Baker, David Bowie.
 
 

   
MOST TREASURED POSSESSION?
 
My wedding ring.




   
I hope to be remembered as a great mother, a great friend, a great daughter, and a great designer.”

BRIGETTE ROMANEK