How would you describe your style?
Lesley: I’m a risk taker. The fact that I have a conservative job makes me want to take risks when I’m not at work. I look at fashion as a way to express myself.
Johanna: My style is a little narrower—Lesley is more experimental. Sometimes we do like the same things, but we each have our own unusual take on it.
Do you have a signature look?
Lesley: I tend to be a high/low dresser. I mix in pieces from H&M, Club Monaco, and Zara with high-end designers like Marni, Miu Miu, Balenciaga, and Lanvin. My typical daytime look is a flouncy dress with a structured jacket and a belted waist.
Johanna: I’m very into necklines. Whether it’s on a dress or a shirt or a coat, if it’s high and dramatic, I love it.
Do you go shopping together?
Lesley: We’ll e-mail each other pictures of items we think the other will love from Web sites like Style.com or Net-a-Porter.com.
Johanna: It’s not unusual for us to send the same picture within minutes of each other.
What’s your favorite thing to shop for?
Lesley: Shoes are my weakness. I have a big collection of high-end shoes.
Johanna: They’re beautiful.
Lesley: My favorite designer is probably Louboutin, but right now my favorites are a pair of Martin Margiela open-toed booties. And I really love my Dior gladiator sandals. I have a pair of Chanel spectator pumps that I love.
Johanna: My favorites are the first high-end shoes I ever bought, a pair of Marni exposed platforms. They’re very simple, in patent leather, with 5¼-inch heels. When I looked at them, I thought, ‘That’s higher than I ever thought I could go.’ I wore them around my apartment for a good three weeks before I wore them outside.
If you could steal something from each other’s closet, what would it be?
Johanna: I’d have to take her bolero jacket that matches the Akris sheath dress I own. Her closet is so big, I don’t think she’d notice it was gone.
Lesley: Yes, I would! I like that jacket.
What do you splurge on?
Lesley: In the past year, I’ve bought two cocktail dresses that were big splurges. One was a Prada black dress with sable sleeves.
Johanna: Actually, I might have to steal that, too.
Lesley: The other was a Lanvin. When I find an amazing cocktail dress, I have a hard time resisting. I know there are things in my closet I will eventually get rid of, but these are items I will have forever.
Johanna: For me to justify a splurge, it has to be an everyday item, like the Hanii Y. winter coat I bought last year. I have a difficult time spending money on something I don’t see myself wearing in ten years.
If you could have any fashion item, what would it be?
Johanna: There’s a dress by Roland Mouret called the Pigalle that’s everything I ever wanted in a dress—it’s sexy, it’s structured, it’s ladylike. Unfortunately, it’s $2,065.
Lesley: I fantasize about these Givenchy black leather skintight pants. I’ll never get them because they’re ridiculously expensive—about $3,000. If I could find them for $600, I’d buy them. Okay, maybe $800.