Lynne O’Neill produces and directs fashion shows for New York and HONOLULU fashion week. Her 30 year career includes fashion show consulting for CW’s “Gossip Girl,” Bravo’s “The Fashion Show” and “Sex and the City: The Movie.” Lynne’s persona was the inspiration behind the Margaret Cho character in “Sex in the City.” She resides in Highland Lake, NY with her husband.

Which part of our region do you call home?

Highland Lake, NY, in Sullivan County

When did you arrive?

October 2000

What drew you to the area?

I was charmed by the area while visiting friends who had a weekend home in Forestburgh, NY.

Favorite upstate anthem

“Watching the Sun Come Up” by Ed Harcourt

Favorite quote

“The show must go on!”

Favorite restaurant

Ba & Me. I’m addicted to the five-spice chicken vermicelli bowl and garden summer rolls.

Favorite store

Milkweed in Honesdale, a beautifully curated store of must-have items.

Favorite cultural experience

The annual Magical History Tour by Sullivan County historian, John Conway.

Describe a perfect day upstate

Tending to my flowers, feeding the hummingbirds and floating on my noodles in the lake with my husband, Bobby.

What is the thing you miss most when you’re away?

The stillness.

What has living up here taught you?

How to be a country girl wearing Comme des Garcon.

What is upstate’s best-kept secret?

“A lady never reveals her age or weight” – or secrets.