April 08, 2010 05:24 PM

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True fashionista status might be defined by owning an Hermès Birkin bag — and The City‘s Olivia Palermo will never forget the day she got her first. “It was such a pivotal moment–especially living in New York–to have received it,” Olivia tells “It was like joining a fashion clique and finally becoming one of the tribe.” So how did this City girl find herself in the company of such famous taste-makers like Victoria Beckham and Ashley Olsen who tote the iconic bag? “Fashion is something that interests me,” says Olivia. “It started when I would see my mother and aunt get dressed up and go out at night in the city.” Now that she’s all grown up, the star has developed her own fashion philosophy: “Everybody thinks it’s the clothing that makes an outfit, but more often than not it’s the accessories.” And it’s not all about the designer duds all the time, either. “Sometimes I feel my best in a great pair of jeans and a fabulous T-shirt,” she says. Read more from Olivia at DeSimone

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