My Style with Model and Designer Betta Lemme
Triple threat Betta Lemme is a model and stylist who recently joined the design team at LA-based design studio Parker Barrow as a product designer. Lemme has worked on runways across the world (Tokyo, Milan, New York and more) for notable designers including Zac Posen and Oscar de la Renta. Did we say triple threat? Make that quadruple. Lemme is also a music lover, and a multi-instrumentalist who seldom meets an instrument she can’t learn to play. We talked to her about her style and inspiration.
How would you describe your personal style?
If Liberace and Dorothy Draper raised a child in Gianni Versace’s Ocean Drive Villa, that child would be me.
Who are your icons?
Dalida, Marlena Dietrich, Salvador Dali and Yves Saint Laurent. My style icons are men and women who have remained unapologetic in being themselves throughout their career. If you were a city, which one would you be? South Beach Miami/Saint Tropez. I find beach life gives birth to such effortless charm. Artfully dishevelled in both style and decor.
What is your favourite era for great style and fashion?
The style I find most visually appealing is the Art Decoera. I really admire the attention to detail this period brought us. I’m a sucker for Motif Mouldings.
What decorative elements from other eras do you wish would make a comeback?
I wish ornate embossed wallpapers would make a comeback. I remember visiting my grandparents as a child, staring at the hall way completely infatuated by the gold velvet damask. I wouldn’t cover a large space with it but would love to see some on an accent wall. I miss a little kitsch!
What is the worst style trend ever?
I think it was when we hopped on the lumberjack train and had an abundance of rustic cabin-chic home accessories, like chopped wood wallpaper and deer paraphernalia. It felt like the urge to have a hunting licence was trending.
What are your personal style essentials?
My favourite thing is surprising the eye, whether it’s a quirky accessory or print in your wardrobe, or an unexpected piece in a vignette. Double takes are encouraged! I want my guest to sit down, look around and smile when they lay eyes on something interesting. One of my favourites in my wardrobe right now is my Minna Parikka bunny sneakers - the tongue is shaped like bunny ears!
What’s on your style wish list?
More like what isn’t on my style wish list! I’m thinking a vintage 1976 Jaguar XJ12C in the driveway. Maybe Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman’ to put on a wall. Bu the most important thing is having my favour ite guest over to enjoy the space with me!