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Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.

Bali Lawal

Bali Lawal

Today I'm meeting Bali Lawal in Milan.  I had the pleasure of sitting next to Bali in the front row of the Les Hommes SS18 show.  While we waited for the show to start we bonded over how to dress in the sweltering Milan heat and for certain fashion shows where there's no air conditioning!  I wasn't surprised to learn that Bali has appeared on many runways internationally and is also a key player in Milan's fashion industry where she has produced runway shows and discovers emerging talent internationally for her company A Coded World. Follow Bali @bali_lawal and @acodedworld

What’s your favorite coat or jacket? Where and why did you buy it? My favorite jacket is a Burberry classic trench. and I bought it in the United States. Why? Because is classic and I love the military cut.

Are you a morning or night person? What do you wear early in the morning or late at night?  Night or day doesn't matter to me, all depends on what I have to do... If I do not have to go out very early or when I come home after a heavy day, the first thing I love to wear is my silk robe.

What did you wear the last time you went out to dinner?  I wore longuette dress from Alberta Ferretti.

Alberta Ferretti Dress

Where did you go and what did you order?  I was at Il Giardinetto Osteria Ristorante, Via Tortona 17, Milano and I ordered fish, Although their specialty is Piacenza flavour.

What is your favorite beverage of choice? First of all natural water then green tea and a lot of wines.

Acqua Panna

What music do you like to dance to?  I dance all kinds of music even the hardest one! And since music is my drug so I follow the rhythm! Honestly I can't imagine my life without music.

Where was the last place you traveled to?  Barcelona.

Aquazurra Samba Sandals

What souvenirs did you buy?  I'm not a fan of souvenirs, but wherever I am, I like to go to vintage store to find something special to bring home.

Who in your family member has great style and how would you describe them?  My dad, he was a great man and loved to dress in a unique and funny way.

What is something one of your friends has in their closet that you want to borrow and never return?  My friends have nice things in their wardrobe, but I love my things because they are chosen by me, my taste, my personality and among other things, honesty I don't like to borrow things from others.

Who would star as you in a movie about your life and most importantly, what would they wear?  Definitely Kerry Washington, And she would wear Giorgio Armani, vintage Yves Saint Laurent, Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balmain and MaxMara.

Fill in the blanks regarding your closet!

I should throw away my Bally's bag, but I could never because it's my first bag I bought with the first money I made when I was modeling!

I spent too much money on shoes and bags but save a lot of money on clothes.

Prada Bag

I would love to attend Spring Summer Women's Fashion Weeks  and sit in the front row of these shows Paris- Balmain, Dior, Jean Paul & Gaultier, Milano- Giorgio Armani, Bottega Veneta & Gucci, New York-, Carolina Herrera, Tom Ford & Zac Posen.

I wear this fragrance Byredo Bal D'Afrique but I love to smell Creed fragrance on my man.

Byredo Bal D'Afrique perfume

Thanks for letting me interview your closet Bali.  I’m glad I got to know you better too.  Now would you mind if I borrowed your Alberta Ferretti Dress? 

Absolutely, you can borrow whatever you like in my closet.....

Alvaro Sandals

ÁLVARO Straw-Fringed Leather Clogs, available here

Aram Gerits

Aram Gerits