beauty & fashion

Interview | Favourite Five : Designer & Stylist Linda Rodin, New York



It’s true: the fountain of youth does exist and it is overflowing with Olio Lusso . . .


Created by famed fashion stylist, Linda Rodin, Olio Lusso, Italian for luxury oil, is the beauty secret that the most glamorous women in the world have been hiding — a collection of four choice elixirs for the skin, lips, and hair.

Rodin, 63, Vogue US, August 2011

Each chemical-free product is made up of essential oils derived from absolutely the most exquisite and intoxicating of all botanicals — jasmine, sweet almond, apricot, evening of primrose, sunflower, jojoba, rose hip seed, calendula, neroli, arnica — all notable for their glow-enhancing, protective, soothing and softening properties.


And the very best part, once the easy to use, one-step oils are applied to the face, body, lips and hair, the results are astonishingly immediate, proving that there is such a thing as a magic potion, and all contained in a stylish, art deco meets modern-glam package design.


The magician behind the Olio Lusso line is no stranger to the world of glamour — Linda Rodin has spent the past forty years in the fashion industry as a designer, a stylist for Henri Bendel and Victoria’s Secret, a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, the owner of one of the first boutiques in SoHo, and a freelance stylist working for photography icons such as Herb Ritts and Richard Avedon.


Rodin has also dressed many of the world’s most stylish women, from supermodels like Helena Christensen, Linda Evangelista, and Gisele Bündchen, to celebrities such as Madonna and Halle Berry, making her matchless in the business.


Building on her past experiences helped Linda, as she ventured into the world of beauty products — in our interview with the stylist, she told us, “My advice is to just be yourself and follow your instincts. Use your knowledge and history to understand how to use your own story to create something new.

linda-rodin2.above, linda’s ten things, domino magazine

Her line, which is carried at Barneys NY, Colette in Paris and boutiques around the world, came out of Linda‘s quest for simplicity in beauty, creating Olio Lusso after two years of trial and error, experimenting with essential oils in her own kitchen. What resulted was a heavenly elixir that mirrored her own classic style.


And that impeccable and peerless signature style that is hers alone had us wondering, in addition to using her own products [which truly make for dreamy skin and hair!], what other secrets she had up her sleeve — and so, this week, we set out to discover Linda’s :




1. Colbert MD Intensify Facial Disks : I use them once a week to really clean my skin deeply. They are a miracle.

2. Dermalogica SPF : Not greasy, doesn’t burn the eyes, and very creamy.

3. Deborah Lippman Nail polish : She always has the best and most wonderful shades — from classics to the hip & happening.

4. BriteWhite Toothpaste : I think it works.

5. Rose Marie Swift Lip2Cheek : Gives the most natural and healthy glow.

. . . and the stylist’s top beauty secret: “Eating healthy foods, we all know why, and tons and tons of sleep — I get no fewer than 9 hours a night — no matter what!”


Now if you’ll excuse me I have some shopping to do — that is, after I catch up on my beauty sleep! —Laily


{p.s.} a glimpse into linda rodin’s manhattan apartment here & here

{images: one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight //nine}

Laily Mesbah
Contributor, New York City

Laily lives in NYC and began contributing to This is Glamorous in 2011 - interviewing designers for a popular series called Favourite Five. Her background ranges from studying documentary photography at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan to founding Project Flora, a company that works with florists, event planners, and socially-conscious brides and grooms to resell flowers after events, donating a part of the proceeds to charity. She currently runs a digital media and marketing company servicing an array of clients, including Flower Girl NYC and Lushlife Nailworks. Her new column, La Fête, explores trends in the world of event design and planning.

10 Notes
  • so glad you all liked it :) linda was such a fascinating person to interview and i am honored to have had the opportunity!

  • Oh Yes, I’ve read about her, she is a very stylish lady! Great post.

  • Wonderful piece!

    I am thoroughly enjoying the range of features and inspiration from {favorite five}. As for this piece, what a lady! Great words, with my favorite quote of all being:

    “My advice is to just be yourself and follow your instincts. Use your knowledge and history to understand how to use your own story to create something new.”

    Her elegance and outllok are such an inspiration!


  • loving the pix..and i am def in love with that purse!!!

  • Wow, I am severely inspired. Her accomplishments speak for themselves, and I can’t describe how much I draw from her quote – “use your knowledge and history to understand how to use your own story to create something new.” I am a big believer that the experiences and paths we choose to shape ultimately shape us into who we become, and it is up to us to create something beautiful from that. Absolutely must try her products, she is a testament to how amazing they truly must be.


  • I have to echo Linda’s RMS Lip2Cheek recommendation. RMS products are simply the BEST. I will never use another concealer or highlighter again. Really, the search stopped with her products. And they’re all natural and organic — cannot ask for anything better.

  • carla — just adored your comment x

    violet — yes! there are actually links at the end of the post, although easily missed?

    karlita — as always, thank you so much for your lovely visits

  • How could I didn’t know her!? Wow!! She really does it all! Just imagining her trying botanical oils in her delicious smelling kitchen transports me to another era… “follow your instincts” sounds like the most successful people in the world live according to that phrase.. got to do it!

  • I just adore her! Have you seen the pictures of her apartment? It is so interesting and bohemian. I’d love to get my hands on some of that oil. Such a pretty post, always enjoy reading your blog. xo

  • ohhh it sounds divine and she looks divine. What a life worked with some of my dream photographers and developed a heavenly product sold in the best stores in the world. Brava Linda.. lovely post. Carla

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