In Newswhistle’s weekly question-and-answer series, Clara Morgan speaks with some of the world’s top influencers and finds out more about their lives and careers.
This week, Clara speaks with socialite Nicole Di Cocco. After working in foreign relations, the stylish socialite is bringing her sophisticated eye to the New York scene. Along with her passion for style, Nicole Di Cocco is also drawing attention to the H.O.P.E. Foundation For A Better Tomorrow, a foundation where she as Executive Director helps execute its mission.
Created by her late brother Frank in 2011, the organization helps underprivileged youth achieve success by funding scholarships, sponsoring after school programs and providing children character building lessons including The REAL Man Program.
For more information on the H.O.P.E Foundation: http://hopefoundation.us/
1. If you could meet anyone in the world, who do you want to meet? And why?
Coco Chanel. She had a fundamental understanding of what women want. A jacket born from a potato sack during a wartime economy is unrivaled in its popularity and continues to remain the staple of modern luxury.
2. Who or what influences your personal style?
My style is very classic and heavily influenced by the 1960s. It’s a cross between the timeless elegance of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in her White House years and just a touch of her sister, Lee Radzwill’s modernity.
3. What should women wear more (and less) of?
I believe women should wear more suits. As a child, I have such fond memories of the women who lunched in Chanel suits, it exudes a certain type of glamour.
4. Favorite fragrance and cologne for men?
For women I love Carolina Herrera (I have been wearing it since I was 15). For men, I just love Pacco Rabbane… It’s so timeless!
5. Proudest career moment?
Organizing the inaugural visit of a controversial head of state to the UN General Assembly.
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I honestly don’t know. I believe in life one must constantly evolve or risk being left behind. I’m always evolving and I hope I never stop!
7. Best dining experience you’ve ever had?
My birthday dinner at Le Cirque: I ate my favorite, which is the spaghetti and meatballs, and I listened to Cole Rumbough sing Frank Sinatra songs.
8. Favorite international vacation spot and hotel?
Dubai, the Burj al Arab hotel – I always stay there for the Dubai World Cup horse race.
9. Three items that can always be found in your handbag?
I always have my over-sized Francois Pinton tortoise shell sunglasses, my cell phone, and an American Express card.
10. What song can you listen to on repeat?
Anything by Frank Sinatra!
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