Inside the Closet: Andrea Lieberman

Andrea Lieberman was, arguably, the first celebrity stylist to parlay her success into something bigger than dressing famous people. The born and bred New Yorker was schooled at Parsons and, after traveling the world, set up shop in Manhattan, where her bold-faced customers turned into clients. After dressing stars from Jennifer Lopez to Gwyneth Paltrow (with Diddy in between) she teamed up with Gwen Stefani to launch LAMB, or what’s now become a classic business model—the celebrity fashion line with a talented stylist at its core.

In 2008, Lieberman branched out, launching her own collection of sleek basics with tailored pants and perfect leather jackets, A.L.C., and late last year she added hardware-inspired jewelry to the line.

“Paloma, my four-year-old daughter, literally art-directs her outfits for school every morning. She is obsessed with makeup, and recently she has been in a red lipstick phase, which at that age can get a bit messy.”

“This is a vintage Ossie Clark dress I scored at Decades years ago. Some of my favorite shopping destinations are 7L—Karl Lagerfeld’s bookshop—and the Dries Van Noten store in Paris, 10 Corso Como in Milan, Rellik in London, and Loveless in Japan. I’m also a big fan of any market anywhere in the world; Nairobi, Marrakech, Jerusalem, Kenya…I love a market.”

“I am incredibly inspired by designers like Isabel Toledo and Azzedine [Alaia], who I have seen be so true to who they are and really stay on their path.”

“This lamp is from the ’70s, Torino, Italy. It has become the focus of a mild obsession after I spotted it in a vintage furniture shop several years ago and fell in love.”

“I’m a huge fan of Bruce Davidson’s work. I purchased this photo at a Phillips de Pury auction.”

“For me, the process of design is all about the journey. Sometimes I have a vague idea of what I want, and I allow the piece to develop organically. Other times, I see exactly what I want.”

“This is an Ethiopian kikoy that I got while I was traveling through Africa. I wore it, slept on it, slept under is, wrapped my jewelry in it…the list goes on, but it served a great purpose in a very special time in my life. Looking at it today, I still feel such warmth. It’s completely falling apart from wear, but there is so much beauty and soul woven into that one piece of cloth.”