The Designer Making Statements With Remixed Renaissance Art

Fe Noel. Photo: Courtesy of Fe Noel

If you’re scrolling through Instagram, it’s impossible not to stop when you come across one of Fe Noel’s dresses remixing The Birth of Venus with the African goddess Oshun — they’re that arresting. Noel’s eponymous brand has been around for eight years, but these days it feels like it’s really blowing up. Michelle Obama and Gabrielle Union have worn her colorful designs, and she has collaborated with Bloomingdale’s. Noel’s clothes are modern but romantic. She has a history of creating one-of-a-kind statement pieces, like a top made entirely of ruffles, but she specializes in truly elevated versions of staples like linen pants. We spoke with Noel about Uggs, Gossip Girl, and wine.

How do you thank someone for a gift? 
A handwritten note.

What would you never wear? 

What’s your dream vacation? 
Eight days on a catamaran with my closest friends and family.

What’s a good book on your coffee table right now? 
How to Slay, by Constance White.

Last show you binge-watched?
Gossip Girl.

Secret to hosting a good party?
Wine, good music, sophisti-ratchet women, charming men, and more wine.

What is a trend that you like right now? 
Being woke.

One you don’t understand?
Ugly sneakers.

Favorite museum/gallery?
Brooklyn Museum.

Shoes you wear most often?
Brother Vellies mules.

What’s your favorite …

Pink silk Ralph Lauren PJs.

Summer Rain, by Alchemy Body Shop.

Custom Fe Noel scent from Olfactory.

Bar Pitti.


Fe Noel boyfriend tee.

Can you share three Instagrams or photos of yourself that define your style, and a brief explanation of how?
I aim to be comfortable but super-stylish. I’m most proud when my look appears effortless.

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The Designer Making Statements With Remixed Renaissance Art