Camille Saum (“I don’t do ages.”)
Designer, Camille Saum Interior Design, LLC
What she’s wearing:
Custom coatdress and hat from Design by Nicole in Olney: “Nicole is amazing. She’s able to translate what I want, and I’m very specific. The dress has horsehair stitched into the hem to give it structure.”
Where do you like to shop?
“Pirjo in Bethesda—period.”
How do you like to dress?
“I hardly ever leave the house without a hat. I don’t feel dressed without them. I have at least 30 stashed under the bed, in closets—everywhere!”
How does your design sensibility translate into how you approach personal style?
“Dorothy Draper comes to mind. She was bold and innovative, and that’s how I look at design and how I present myself. They are one and the same.”
What do you think of style in Washington?
“People aren’t as conscious of style here as they are in other cities. I think it’s important to not be afraid of being different. My sense of style is just a part of who I am, and I’m not afraid to be me. ‘Out of the box’ is my comfort zone. But it does take a little bit of effort.”
This woman is my hero—period.