Owner of Off Broadway Boutique
When one thinks of Lynn Dell, ‘glamour’ immediately comes to mind. In addition to being an esteemed fashion designer, stylist-to-the-stars, and former television host and producer, she is the owner of Off Broadway Boutique – the cornerstone of chic fashion for women over 50 on the Upper West Side for the last forty years. She inspires complete strangers to marvel that she “is the most glamorous woman that they’ve ever seen,” according to Barbara Siegel, wife of off-Broadway impresario, Scott Siegel. Also remarking that audience members at the Town Hall shows that Lynn attends always compliment her on her fabulous sense of fashion, Mr. Siegel highlights exactly why she is The Countess of Glamour!
What was your upbringing like has it made you the person you are?
Seeing talent in the form of my stunning mother, my fashion plate of a successful aunt, and my father as charming artist definitely influenced me towards embracing glamour.
Did you always have a career path in mind or did you just do what you fancied?
I’d originally wanted to be a top model, a great actress, or a movie star like Lana Turner, however I had a bigger love for fashion that resulted in my discovery of my fabulous sense of style. In getting constant compliments on my outfits, I realized that I was better off paving my path in fashion that has led me to my current career. In turn, I feel as if I’ve come full circle with my boutique because I oftentimes come in contact with great actresses, movie stars, opera singers, and top models when they stop by to shop in my store. I believe that it is a continuation of my earlier aspirations, as Off Broadway Boutique is the show that nevercloses.
What has been your biggest career highlight?
My biggest career highlight is happening right now because I am 78 years old and having my picture being shown around the world. Fashion blogs chronicle my every move, while I am earning a new generation of fans through my videos on YouTube. I am more secure than I’ve been in a while and am over the moon about being able to inspire women to get out of the box at my age, as it is truly a wonderful thing.
Have your priorities changes a lot since you have got older as regards work?
They’ve definitely changed, as I love work so much that I don’t feel as if it is actual work. I love fashion and I love to shop for fashion. I love travelling the world to scout for new fashion and jewelry collections and definitely get a thrill from seeing my customers get excited over the treasures that I bring home to my shop. If this wasn’t the case, then I would not be doing what I do. I am extremely fortunate because I have a wonderful business that I adore.
Are there any jobs you would rather have not taken?
No, as I believe that every job has been a learning experience for me. From modeling to acting to acting as my husband, Sandy’s, switchboard operator, I’ve gotten a great deal of invaluable life experience that I wouldn’t trade in for anyone in the world. Besides, the job that I’ve got right now is the best one that I’ve ever had! I get to style my own clothes, create my own jewelry, and inspire women over 50 to embrace fashion whenever they shop at my boutique. I consider myself to be a style maven to those who dare to be chic at a mature age.
If you could start again what would you like to be?
If I could start again, I would like to be a United States ambassador so that I could spread goodwill, happiness, and inspiration all over the world. I believe that the world has no borders and would be receptive to embracing those wonderful qualities.
What’s your typical week like.
My typical week consists of what I do every day, which is living my life to the fullest. I usually start my day off by making my list of things that I need to do for the day in my home office. Following that, I meet up with a good friend to take in an art exhibit or a fashion exhibition. Sometimes, I visit showrooms and fabric stores in the Fashion District. After getting enough inspiration from those, I then make my way over to my boutique. Once there, I sit in the front and hold court at a round table while meeting, greeting, entertaining, and learning from my customers. I am very fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful and talented fashion coordinators, so that helps tremendously in having a great day. After work, I wind down by attending the theatre or the opera and going out to eat with my friends.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by everything – from traveling around the world to attending fashion shows and events to walking around the streets of New York - as I believe that the unique experiences teach one’s eyes to see more things through an artist’s lens. Considering myself an artist, I can say that I’ve learned invaluable things just from watching different people in the street. Living in New York definitely places me at an advantage because I am blessed to see a diversity of people traipsing through the city streets, for New York City showcases the best and the worst of fashion.
Do you dress differently now from say your early thirties?
My style of dress has changed from when I was in my early thirties, as I no longer wear a size 8. Instead of wearing the tight and sexy clothes that I used to, I now wear clothes with flowing silhouettes and geometric shapes that cover my problem areas. I also add big and bold fashion jewelry, a unique hat, or an interesting and fabulous scarf to add pizzazz to my look. I choose to wear flamboyant accessories are always vivid and edgy as a way to effectively express my motto– accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. I also take more chances by always dressing for the theatre of my life these days because I have the unshakeable confidence that I didn’t necessarily have before.
Do you try and keep fit?
I am not very good at staying fit. However, I do my part by walking to and from work every day, though I do not limit when it comes to the type of food that I eat. With my gaining weight through the years, I realized I and other stylish women over 50 needed fashions that were flattering to our figures and launched the One Size Fits Most collection at Off Broadway Boutique. In styling every single piece in that collection, I see to it that they are figure-flattering so that women like me can wear them all the time.
How do you relax?
I like to relax by either indulging in a soothing massage or spending a lovely evening out with friends.
What are your wardrobe staples?
Definitely and always black. Black pants and a black top together is definitely a signature look that I like to accentuate with a flamboyant accessory with bright and vivid colors – basics that I strongly believe that every woman should have in their fashion arsenal.
What is in your make up bag?
My makeup bag is filled with everything that I wear on my face each day – my lip gloss, base, pencil, eyebrow brush, eye shadow, lipstick, Health and Beauty Dead Sea Minerals moisturizing cream and tweezers.
Would you consider plastic surgery?
I can’t say that I’m sure that I would or wouldn’t, though I have to say that I am a terrible patient who is afraid of going under the knife. Besides, I like the way that I look just fine and I get plenty compliments about my looks. I use the great Health and Beauty Dead Sea Minerals moisturizing cream to preserve my complexion.
What makes you feel glamorous?
I feel that glamorous every day every time I get dressed. I am a huge believer that glamour is a sense of being, dressing, and making yourself up. Glamour isn’t about wearing low cut clothes, as it is in the confidence that you project in a flattering outfit.
Your secret beauty item?
Sleep. I have eight hours of it every night and it does wonders for my looks. Although, I also use the Health and Beauty Dead Sea Minerals skin care products to keep my face fresh and Vaseline to keep my lips smooth. I definitely make sure to laugh a lot as well, as doing these keep me looking and feeling like my best self.
Any life time ambition unfilled?
One of my life’s ambitions is to write a book, though visiting the places that I have never been before also ranks high on my list. I also used to have a talk show called Positively Lynn back in the 80s and would love to bring it back to television or be a talk show host again.
Other than my boutique, I don’t have a particular place to shop. I love to shop at the exotic places that I visit around the world. I purposely seek out special jewelry pieces that speak to the artist in me, for they provide a unique allure that can never be duplicated.
If you could speak to yourself on the eve of your 21st what pearls of wisdom would you impart........
If I were able to visit myself on the eve of my 21st birthday, I’d advise myself to not be afraid. That I should go
out and see the world because you only get one shot in life. Don’t worry about what people say or think of me,
as I should only be living for myself and myself only. I’d also add that I am my own special creation and I should
always express myself as such.