On getting into fashion:
"Growing up in Michigan, I dreamt of designing clothes. But that wasn’t realistic, so I studied business in college, got married and had three children. Then, at 40, I began to design. People thought I was in-sane."
On her streamlined style:
"I detest fussy clothing. I love clean lines, black, and masculine pieces with a touch of femininity. My staple is the white blouse."
On beauty sleep:
"I’m not ashamed to say I need rest. When I am sleep-deprived, I rely on ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream [$165; reviveskin care.com] and Laura Mercier Primer [$30; lauramercier.com] to look decent."
On her secret passion:
"I love to sing. Last year, my friends got sick of me singing into spoons, so they bought me a karaoke ma-chine. My husband topped them by hiring Harry Connick Jr. to perform at my fiftieth birthday party. I sang backup and had the time of my life."
On her dream day:
"I’d sleep in, relax with my kids, avoid e-mails and phone calls-and sit in the sun with a bloody mary."