We grill Whitney Port on DVF, Olivia Palermo and being a Style Icon

13 July 2011

Whitney Port is the breakout of cult MTV show The Hills and became our fashion crush as the star of her own show The City, where she was mentored by the iconic Diane Von Furstenburg. Who can forget her on-screen clashes with Olivia Palermo and daily struggles with the boss woman, Kelly Cutrone? During her time on The City she launched her own clothing range, Whitney Eve, which is now in its fourth season. Worn by fellow reality stars, Kourtney Kardashian and Nicky Hilton, Eve is fun, feminine and eclectic, just like Port! Here, Grazia Daily catches up with good, country girl turned international style setter…

Grazia Daily: What was the best thing you learned from interning with Diane Von Furstenburg? Are you still influenced by her in designing your own label?

Whitney Port: Yes definitely. I mean, Diane Von Furstenburg taught me that I need to design for every woman, that I can’t just keep one woman in mind and I have to think about what girls of all shapes and sizes are going to want to wear so this is always in the back of my head. She’s just so empowering in general and as a female influence she's made a big impact on my life.

 GD: Who is the Whitney EVE Port girl?

WP: That’s a really good question. I don’t know, she’s so many different types of girl! Someone who just wants to make the most of herself. She's motivated and doesn’t have it all figured out just yet! She definitely works really hard and tries to be as confident as possible and not put too much pressure on herself. She's a fashion fiend but not necessarily a follower, she's making her own path.

GD: The City was our favourite show and totally kicked The Hill's proverbial ass because it was so fabulous and fashion heavy. How was it as an experience?

WP: It was so much fun! I mean, obviously there are points when I thought I can’t handle this anymore! I didn’t want the pressure of every move I made and everything I said being on TV, but for the most part, I was able to launch my clothing line off the back of it, which was my ultimate goal so I'll  always be grateful for that. So I enjoyed every experience I had because it is very rare for someone my age to be put in such a cool environment and have so many opportunities.

GD: Do you miss the constant cameras in your face?

WP: At the beginning it was a little strange, but now it’s really nice and refreshing to not have to worry about everything that comes out of your mouth and what I wear everyday!

GD: We heard Kelly Cutrone is actually very nice and good fun to hang out with! Was her on screen persona amped up a bit or is she really as intimidating as she seems?

WP: Kelly is exactly how she is on camera! She has a very nurturing side, which I think you see on camera as well. She is very motherly and a really awesome mentor. I think she just wants to push people to take chances and to not be afraid of failure. She was my biggest cheerleader! If you manage to get passed that rough edge you realise that she’s a big softy!

GD: Olivia Palermo, your nemesis, on "The City" is pretty well renowned for her sense of style, but who's more stylish; you or her?!

WP: Olivia, for sure. I mean, even in general she is one of the most stylish girls out there. She has a really great eye!

GD: You're a style icon in your own right, describe it in 5 words!?

WP: My style is eclectic, comfortable, funky, feminine and casual.

GD: Do you work with a stylist?

WP: Lately, I've just been styling myself which is really nice. When I was in New York filming every day I had to wearing new outfits all the time so there was no choice but to have a stylist on hand!

GD: What are the three items of clothing you couldn't live without?

WP: I have this awesome camel leather jacket, which I probably couldn’t live without. A pair of black ankle boots by Toga and a trusted pair of Levis cut-off jean shorts.

GD: You've been travelling a lot. What are you listening to right now (on your iPod)?

WP: I have been listening to Mumford and Sons, Foster the People and Ratatat.

Whitney Port was in Ireland to launch an exclusively designed tote bag in association with KIldare Village and Barretstown house.

- Angela Scanlon

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