Category Archives: New York

Chapeau Bleu

I have kind of a small head, so hats are… well, a big deal for me.

It can be hard to find one that fits well (not every head is one-size-fits-all, people!) and looks good. The one I’ve been wearing throughout winter for a couple of years now is so big that it flies off my head every time there’s a gust of wind (about every five minutes in New York winter!!)! But it does have a leather strap.

Unfortunately, I end up tying the leather strap so tightly under my chin that it looks far less chic and a lot more… farmer. And sadly, I don’t pull off farmer well.

So, I’ve been on the lookout for a new winter hat but this time I have another requirement (demanding, I know). I don’t want any old hat that fits, but one that stands out a little… maybe a hat in a striking color.

This blue hat might be nice.

 

What do you think? What hat are you coveting right now??

Hat by Topshop.


By neada

Chapeau Bleu

I have kind of a small head, so hats are… well, a big deal for me.

It can be hard to find one that fits well (not every head is one-size-fits-all, people!) and looks good. The one I’ve been wearing throughout winter for a couple of years now is so big that it flies off my head every time there’s a gust of wind (about every five minutes in New York winter!!)! But it does have a leather strap.

Unfortunately, I end up tying the leather strap so tightly under my chin that it looks far less chic and a lot more… farmer. And sadly, I don’t pull off farmer well.

So, I’ve been on the lookout for a new winter hat but this time I have another requirement (demanding, I know). I don’t want any old hat that fits, but one that stands out a little… maybe a hat in a striking color.

This blue hat might be nice.

 

What do you think? What hat are you coveting right now??

Hat by Topshop.


By neada

My best 15 Airport looks

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CONVERSE ALL STAR
ZARA LEATHER SHORTS (similar here)
LOUIS VUITTON LUGGAGES
LOUIS VUITTON W BAG

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CHANEL BOY BAG
LAER LEATHER JACKET (similar here)
LOUIS VUITTON KEEPALL BAG

tbs_airport3 I was wearing:

BALENCIAGA CEINTURE ANKLE BOOTS
VINTAGE TSHIRT
LOUIS VUITTON LUGGAGES

tbs_airport4 I was wearing:

BALENCIAGA CEINTURE LACE ANKLE BOOTS
JBRAND RIPPED JEANS
CELINE LEATHER JACKET
HERMES KELLY BAG
LOUIS VUITTON LUGGAGES

tbs_airport5 I was wearing:

REFORMATION SWEATER
LEVIS’S JEANS
BALENCIAGA CEINTURE LACE ANKLE BOOTS
CHANEL BACKPACK
LOUIS VUITTON ZEPHYR LUGGAGE

tbs_airport6I was wearing:

BALENCIAGA CEINTURE LACE ANKLE BOOTS
CHANEL BACKPACK
DIOR “SO REAL” SUNGLASSES
LOUIS VUITTON ZEPHYR LUGGAGE

tbs_airport7 I was wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION CAMERON SNEAKERS
JBRAND JEANS
IRO PARIS LEATHER JACKET
LOUIS VUITTON BACKPACK BY MARC NEWSON
LOUIS VUITTON LUGGAGES

tbs_airport8 I was wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION JAMES BOOTS
JBRAND JEANS
CHANEL BOY BAG
MR&MRS FUR BOMBER JACKET
LOUIS VUITTON LUGGAGES

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CHIARA FERRAGNI COLLECTION JAMES BOOTS
TOPSHOP PUG JUMPSUIT

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THE BLONDE SALAD X STEVE MADDEN SLIPONS
CALVIN KLEIN COAT
HERMES BIRKIN BAG
DIOR “SO REAL” SUNGLASSES

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THE BLONDE SALAD X STEVE MADDEN SLIPONS
JBRAND JEANS
CHANEL VINTAGE JACKET
CHANEL BOY BAG
BALENCIAGA LUGGAGE

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LEVI’S JEANS AND JACKET
MANEBI’ ESPADRILLAS
MIUMIU SUNGLASSES
LOUIS VUITTON LUGGAGES

tbs_aerport14I was wearing:

GIVENCHY LAURA BOOTS
CAROLINA WYSER JEANS
CHANEL BOY BAG
PEUTEREY PARKA
LOUIS VUITTON ZEPHYR LUGGAGE

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SENSO BLAKE BOOTS
STYLESTALKER HAT

Look of the Day.392: Outside Calvin Klein

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With such a cold and gloomy weather these days I just want to be able to revisit old times back in NYFW this past September. This was outside the Calvin Klein show where I was able to wear just a top and some pants and be ready to strut around town. I’m wearing Calvin Klein total look and Hugo boss handbag.

Con el tiempo tan frío y desapacible que está haciendo estos días lo único que me apetece es rememorar viejos tiempos de la pasada edición de NYFW en Septiembre. Esto fue a la salida del desfile de Calvin Klein dónde llevaba un top y unos pantalones anchos y ya estaba lista para recorrer las calles de la Gran Manzana. Llevo total look de Calvin Klein y bolso de Hugo Boss.

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Weekender

It’s about to get really really cold here in New York (hello, polar vortex!), so I’m already dreaming about weekend breaks to somewhere tropical

To prepare for those warm defrosting beach escapes, I’ve been on the lookout for a new weekend bag. The perfect bag for short trips can become a friend for life, so I want to be able to take it anywhere. It needs to be versatile and timeless… and also fit at least my swimsuit and a toothbrush.

This 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 hour bag is just the right size for a couple of nights away. It’s a classic shape, and the zip details add extra character so no mix-ups at the airport.

So, now to decide between Miami and LA for Thanksgiving… maybe both???

Bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim.


By neada

Weekender

It’s about to get really really cold here in New York (hello, polar vortex!), so I’m already dreaming about weekend breaks to somewhere tropical

To prepare for those warm defrosting beach escapes, I’ve been on the lookout for a new weekend bag. The perfect bag for short trips can become a friend for life, so I want to be able to take it anywhere. It needs to be versatile and timeless… and also fit at least my swimsuit and a toothbrush.

This 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 hour bag is just the right size for a couple of nights away. It’s a classic shape, and the zip details add extra character so no mix-ups at the airport.

So, now to decide between Miami and LA for Thanksgiving… maybe both???

Bag by 3.1 Phillip Lim.


By neada

3 Coats

You know I love winter coats.

And since I have three new ones that I love, I decided I should show them to you.

Actually, I thought it would be kind of cool to show you my real, everyday style. It’s super simple – a lot of times it’s just jeans, a sweater, and comfortable shoes (I walk everywhere!!!) so don’t expect to see any crazy fashion week monster type of things!

These are the outfits I wear when I come in to the Studio, and the shots were taken at the Studio.

Ok, so here we go…

First of all, there’s this printed one from J. Crew collection. It’s not the warmest, but it’s super stiff, which gives it an amazing shape. And even in New York, it’s not always 5 degrees below freezing!!! (Ok, those days are rare, I admit)

Next is the sublime camel coat (I know, I already have three camel coats, but I seriously think you can never have enough camel coats) by Isa Arfen. It’s the kind of coat that makes people stop you in the street, and it makes your friends want to snuggle in close to you when it’s cold out. It’s super soft, cuddly like a teddy bear, and it keeps you really warm. It’s already a big winner this season – it’s what my hand always reaches for in the morning when it’s time to leave.

And finally, my blue coat, the COS coat of the season. Every season, COS makes one or two coats that are absolutely sublime and of impeccable quality, and you have to jump on them because the price is totally insane for how beautiful they are.

Last season, it was this gorgeous gray one, and now, in my opinion, it’s this one.

So which one do you prefer?
And what is your winter coat this season?

Translated by Andrea Perdue


Look 1: coat, J.Crew; stripe sweater, Equipment; sneakers, Zara; Look 2: coat, COS; jeans, AYR; Look 3: coat, Isa Arfen; heels, Valentino.

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I was wearing:

SAINT LAURENT BOOTIES
ANIYE BY BOYFRIEND JEANS
UNIQLO TURTLENECK
ZARA CAPE AND SCARF
CARTIER BRACELETS
CELINE BOX BAG

Photos by Cole Barash

Winter Tan

There’s always so much talk about color, but how about neutrals??

The reason neutral tones are so popular in most wardrobes is because they are effortless — you can incorporate them into any look (nearly!) and they can be worn again and again in so many different ways.

But it can be nice to break up an outfit of neutrals with contrasting colors, like Whitney does here with her tan coat… Her look is so classic and elegant, perfect for Uptown New York where this photo was taken.

Do you prefer an all-neutral look or more color?

It’s Cold!

It’s ridiculously cold in New York today, and we had been wanting to explore all the options for the cold fall weather for a while now, so we went to Central Park with Danica and Vania the other day (did you see the colors in the park? It’s seriously the most beautiful season…!!!) to give you an idea of how we really like to dress when it’s freezing outside.

No heels, lots of layers, and a slightly tomboy look. You know – real life, right?

What about you? What do you wear when it’s super cold outside?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Autumn in New York

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Calvin Klein Collection
Calvin Klein Jeans
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Mcq Coat weather

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New York and my first winter taste: perfect occasion to wear the new McQ Alexander McQueen coat.

New York ed il mio primo vero assaggio di inverno: ottimo pretesto per indossare il nuovo cappotto di McQ Alexander McQueen.

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I was wearing:

DIOR SNEAKERS
GAS DENIM OVERALL
STEFANEL STRIPED SWEATER
MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN COAT
LOUIS VUITTON MAXI EARRING
HERMES KELLY BAG
FENDI BAG BUG
CELINE SUNGLASSES

Photos by Andrew Arthur

All pink everything in New York

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Came back last morning to Milan, and already I find myself in a hurry through all the meetings before Milan fashionweek madness.
Little by little also on the blog all the looks worn for New York fashionweek, starting with this one wearing the golden slip-ons of my new capsule collection, “The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden” (in stores and online now).

Tornata a Milano ieri, e naturalmente sono già di corsa tra tutti gli appuntamenti prima dell’inizio della fashionweek milanese.
Pian piano ecco anche qui tutti i look indossati per la settimana della moda di New York, a partire da questo in cui indossavo le slip-on della mia capsule collection appena uscita, “The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden” (negli store Steve Madden ed online).

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I was wearing:

THE BLONDE SALAD X STEVE MADDEN GOLDEN SLIP-ONS (available on Stevemadden.com and Victoriassecret.com)
MSGM TROUSERS
MSGM SWEATER
DELFINA DELETTREZ EARRINGS
THE ROW BY LINDA FARROW SUNGLASSES
CELINE BOX BAG
HAIR BY REDKEN 5TH AVE

Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti

At Phillip’s Studio

The other day we paid a visit to Phillip Lim‘s showroom and studio. It’s every bit as beautiful as you would imagine… (or more!)

I’ve always adored the space he’s created, so I wanted to share some photos with you. It’s filled with light (coming in from the stunning atrium ceilings) and there are so many small details that Phillip added – perfectly picked flowers, the coolest unique furniture pieces (a lot from BDDW – an amaaaazzzing store here in Soho) and of course art!!

Look of the Day. 389: Outside Michael Kors Runway

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This past September was quite intense as I attended the four fashion weeks in a row. Its quite a mental and physical wear out. However, its a really rewarding experience to be able to see your friends, wear your favourite looks, and last but not least review the collections before than anyone else.Pictures by The Urban Spotter.
To attend Michael Kors SS15 runway show I wore a MK jumper (similar one here) and skirt, Tods bag and espadrilles. 


Este pasado septiembre fue bastante intenso puesto que atendí las cuatro semanas de la moda seguidas. Es un periodo que te desgasta tanto física como mentalmente. Sin embargo, es una experiencia muy positiva ya que tienes la posibilidad de ver a tus amigos, llevar tus looks favoritos y por último pero no menos importante ver las colecciones antes que nadie. Fotografías por The Urban Spotter.
Para asistir al desfile de Michael Kors de PV15 llevé jersey (parecido aquí) y falda de MK, bolso de Tods y alpargatas.


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Zara & Moi

Tons of photos of me!!!! Heeeeeeelp!!!

Well, at the same time, I couldn’t not mention this Zara campaign, we’ve been shooting it since last summer.
And it’s not like you haven’t already seen it – I feel like the entire world goes to Zara – you should have seen the number of emails and texts I got saying “I saw a huge photo of you in the store!” or “I went to the Zara website and suddenly, boom, it was you!!!”

THE OTHER DAY

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The other day, walking around on the streets of my hoods while I’m here. Wearing blazer and tshirt from Acne Studios, jeans from Frame Denim, scarf from Busnel, bag from Chanel, sunglasses from Ray Ban and boots from Maison Martin Margiela.

Lisa

Lisa, my partner in crime! So happy that she’s here as well. She’s wearing one of my recent finds, a brown suede coat which I bought vintage. Sunnies from Chloé, jeans from Acne Studios and bag from Céline. Super stylish.

RetroSuperFuture

RetroSuperFuture is sort of on to something.


Cool name. Good price points. Pretty awesome shop in NYC where you can try on every single sunglass style they make. Seems like they nailed it and so we wanted to share them with you!

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Do you have a favorite style of sunglasses?

RetroSuperFuture, 21 Howard Street New York, NY 10013


By studio

RetroSuperFuture

RetroSuperFuture is sort of on to something.


Cool name. Good price points. Pretty awesome shop in NYC where you can try on every single sunglass style they make. Seems like they nailed it and so we wanted to share them with you!

retro super future

Do you have a favorite style of sunglasses?

RetroSuperFuture, 21 Howard Street New York, NY 10013


By studio

Kind

This summer, I lost some weight.
I didn’t do anything in particular, I just got lighter without even thinking about it.
In one month’s time, I got back to my normal weight, without doing anything at all, and since then I’ve stayed the same.

For those of you who follow me, you know this subject had actually been bugging me for the last few years – I had been going around with about 10 pounds more than I weigh now, sometimes more, rarely less.
It felt so weird to me – I didn’t really feel like myself. Even weirder since my New York friends hadn’t ever seen me any other way, so when I talked to them about it, they’d always say, no you haven’t changed at all, you look great!!!


I had tried a few things to get back to my normal weight (not skinny, just me) and we talked about it – but I’ll never be a pro at diet torture, and even less at juicing and all the other silly things I thought of at times, like when I had to fold my mauve leather YSL skirt and put it way in the back of my closet so I wouldn’t see it anymore, since it didn’t close anymore and I hated it, the stupid thing.

I tried to accept my new body (honestly, naked, it was rather pretty and sexy, just heavier and more difficult to dress up) and I did tons of exercise, but nothing changed the fact that I just didn’t feel like myself.

I know what you’re going to say.
With all the changes in my personal life lately, it’s not surprising you shed some weight. And you know what? You’re right.

That’s exactly what I want to talk to you about.
Not my personal life so much. What I mean is that my breakup is just the visible part of a much larger change of cycle. Not premeditated at all, but still pretty deep.

So the fact that I suddenly got myself back really made me think.

I thought about all the times I told myself I’d started the unavoidable weight gain that happens after 35 and that there was nothing I could do except become a crazy food maniac.
I thought about all the times I told myself that my problem was that I didn’t have any will power (I even tried to work on my will power and motivation!!! I bought a book on it!!!) and all the times I hated myself for that.
I thought about all the things I had held against myself when actually, it wasn’t really me deciding any of those things – that’s what I’ve finally understood.

Because actually, what happened is that my body was telling me (and others) something.
Not anything good or bad, but that during that time in my life (which was a great time in my life, by the way – just because you gain a little weight doesn’t mean you’re unhappy), that’s just the way I was, what I was manifesting.

I’m still really surprised when I weigh myself. I feel much better in my skin, much more myself, and I think it’s important to say that our bodies reflect the things we are experiencing in life. And if you’re feeling uncomfortable, there may be things to explore, if you feel ready, without stressing out about it.

To not automatically believe that our body is a battle field – but more a reflection of what we are inside.

There’s no point waging war against yourself, despite the many completely freaky examples of pregnant women going back to their natural weight two weeks after giving birth, or the pseudo-role models who show people how to conquer their bodies as if they were hostile territories to rule over, when in fact, it’s just a matter of communicating with yourself deep down. And of course, of looking at ourselves with kindness.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Flying Over New York City

This summer, for the first time in my life, I rode in a helicopter.

It had been one of my dreams in life, I don’t really know why – and it was when my family came to visit me in New York that I finally decided to go ahead and do it. It’s very easy to take a helicopter to fly over New York – you just have to go to the heliport… It’s a bit expensive, but a great gift if you dream of seeing the city like you’ve never seen it before.

Helicopter NYC

A lot of people totally scared the hell our of me before I went (“You’re going to crash!!!” “Those things will explode against a building if there’s even the tiniest bit of wind!!!”)(let’s just say that people who are afraid of heights don’t go easy on you when it comes to convincing their friends not to risk their lives) so even though I do have a little bit of a dare devil in me, let’s say I was quietly freaking out.
But hey, it’s very organized and regulated, ok, and hoards of tourists show up to do it every day, so in terms of danger, the risk is probably close to zero. But still.

You’re going to think I’m crazy, but the thing I was most excited about was the take off. I’ve always had a thing for the propellers, the wind, the noise… And that crazy forward motion the helicopter makes when it leaves the ground. I thought being inside must be kind of like riding Space Mountain. And I LOVE Space Mountain…

But I was a little disappointed, because you actually you don’t feel anything at all. You take off from the ground like it’s some kind of magic, and a few seconds later, you’re flying over the Statue of Liberty.

Helicopter NYC Statue of Liberty

And that’s when it starts to get really amazing. I won’t tell you much more about it – I’ll just share a few photos with you. It’s beautiful, it’s sublime, it’s magical. You feel so small and big at the same time, it’s like you could take the whole city in your hand. You can see the full expanse of Central park, the full height of the city, the beauty of its bridges, and the incredible romanticism of it all. It’s simply sublime.

Helicopter NYC Skyline

You have to do it at least once.

If you’re not afraid of heights, of course.

Big kisses!

Translated by Andrea Perdue


By admin

Flying Over New York City

This summer, for the first time in my life, I rode in a helicopter.

It had been one of my dreams in life, I don’t really know why – and it was when my family came to visit me in New York that I finally decided to go ahead and do it. It’s very easy to take a helicopter to fly over New York – you just have to go to the heliport… It’s a bit expensive, but a great gift if you dream of seeing the city like you’ve never seen it before.

Helicopter NYC

A lot of people totally scared the hell our of me before I went (“You’re going to crash!!!” “Those things will explode against a building if there’s even the tiniest bit of wind!!!”)(let’s just say that people who are afraid of heights don’t go easy on you when it comes to convincing their friends not to risk their lives) so even though I do have a little bit of a dare devil in me, let’s say I was quietly freaking out.
But hey, it’s very organized and regulated, ok, and hoards of tourists show up to do it every day, so in terms of danger, the risk is probably close to zero. But still.

You’re going to think I’m crazy, but the thing I was most excited about was the take off. I’ve always had a thing for the propellers, the wind, the noise… And that crazy forward motion the helicopter makes when it leaves the ground. I thought being inside must be kind of like riding Space Mountain. And I LOVE Space Mountain…

But I was a little disappointed, because you actually you don’t feel anything at all. You take off from the ground like it’s some kind of magic, and a few seconds later, you’re flying over the Statue of Liberty.

Helicopter NYC Statue of Liberty

And that’s when it starts to get really amazing. I won’t tell you much more about it – I’ll just share a few photos with you. It’s beautiful, it’s sublime, it’s magical. You feel so small and big at the same time, it’s like you could take the whole city in your hand. You can see the full expanse of Central park, the full height of the city, the beauty of its bridges, and the incredible romanticism of it all. It’s simply sublime.

Helicopter NYC Skyline

You have to do it at least once.

If you’re not afraid of heights, of course.

Big kisses!

Translated by Andrea Perdue


By admin

Look of the Day.378 : NYFW Day 4 & 5

IMG_8580street_style_new_york_fashion_week_septiembre_2014_dia_4_790288824_1200xch And so it continues, more of the looks that I wore back at NYFW. It seems like yesterday looking at this pics, and actually a whole month has gone by! Times truly flies fast! I’m wearing Zara total look, some sunnies that I bought in a market in New York and my Carolina Herrera clutch. Take me back!
Y continuamos con más looks que lleve en la pasada NYFW. Mirando las fotografías parece que fue ayer cuando en realidad ha pasado ya un mes entero. ¡La verdad es que el tiempo pasa volando!Llevo total look de Zara, una gafas que me compré en un mercadillo de Nueva York y mi cartera de Carolina Herrera. ¡Llévame de vuelta!

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Look of the Day.374: NYFW day 3

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With all 4 major fashion weeks officially over and all my weekly commitments to and end, you’ll OD on my looks which will be shown here during the next few weeks, so let’s continue with day 3 of NYFW… HAWT HAWT HAWT.. HAT! Yes, I’m nothing without my hats, you know that! 6  years blogging and probably this is the only thing I will never ditch, my hat collection! This one is by aussie label Lack of Color, paired with also aussie brand StyleStalker knitted dress (it was so hot that day but totally worth it) . To add the touch and help my feet recover nothing better than a pair of Hugo Boss shoes with a Carolina Herrera pouch. *featuring the look on Grazia UK.
Después de las cuatros grandes semanas de la moda terminadas y con ello todos mis compromisos, vais a tener sobredosis de mis looks que os iré mostrando durante las próximas semanas, así que continuemos con el día 3 de NYFW…SOMBREROS, SOMBREROS, SOMBREROS. Sí, ya sabéis que no soy nada sin ellos. 6 años de blogger y probablemente es la única cosa de la que nunca me desharé, mi colección de sombreros. El que llevo es de una marca australiana llamada Lack of Color, combinada con otro vestido de punto de StyleStalker, también australiana ( hacía mucho calor ese día, pero valió totalmente la pena). Para añadir ese toque que siempre busco y ayudar a que mis pies se recuperaran nada mejor que un par de zapatos de Hugo Boss y mi clutch de Carolina Herrera. *podéis ver este look en Grazia UK.

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Do not disturb

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I probably am one of the biggest hotel lover.
When you find the right ones the feeling is great, especially when they have such a view.

Penso di essere una delle più grandi amanti degli hotel.
Quando trovi quelli giusti la sensazione è splendida, soprattutto quando hanno una vista cosi spettacolare.

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Photos by Andrew Arthur

Career / Marion Anais Forand

This is Marion, who is French, lives in New York and is the Designer of Accessories at Jason Wu. I’ve known her for a few years and I really admire her creativity and the way she goes about her career. I thought you might be interested to learn more about her dream job!

Where did you grow up?
In the South of France. My parents live in La Drome, it’s the countryside.
My father lives in a thousand year old church. It’s very special, my garden is very old century and the atmosphere is very hippie.

When you were growing up, what was your dream job?
To be a fashion designer.

Why? What made you so excited about fashion?
I was 4 years old, and when I didn’t know what to do, my mom would give me a piece of paper and a pen and would say “sketch something! Sketch what you have on your mind. If you don’t know what to do, just draw or write something.” She always told me that if I didn’t know what to do with my life, to just be creative, don’t wait for the world to provide you with something. Just create it. And we didn’t have clothes, so we would create them. We would design a print: my mom would design a skirt I wanted.

I think when you have a dream you may forget it for like 10 years, but it will always come back to you. I don’t know how, but it happens. I sometimes feel that I’m creating something that has a cartoon feeling. It’s all about proportion, how attractive it can be. I really love animation for that because you don’t fall in love with the story, you fall in love with how artistic it can be. So yeah, it was to work for Walt Disney as an illustrator or be a fashion designer and I always said that. I never changed my mind.

So did you go to school to study fashion?
I went to ESMA (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques) for two years and then the third year was in Paris and I had to have a specialization so I did haute couture and modelisme, so I can make clothes as well. I never thought about designing accessories – ever.

But the funny thing is that I come from La Drome near Romans which is a town known for having the best shoe factories. I used to go there when I was a kid, I was obsessed with the shoes and I forgot that.

She [my mom] always told me that if I didn’t know what to do with my life, to just be creative, don’t wait for the world to provide you with something. Just create it.

What did you do after ESMA?
So I went to ESMA and I was 21 years old. In France, you have to find a job when you’re 21 years old, but who wants to hire you? You have a general idea of who you are, but you’re not sure, your taste is not that perfect, it’s really hard to know yourself at 21. It was 10 years ago and the internet was not everywhere yet. I was always buying magazines. Now I feel like people can relate to fashion more easily when before it wasn’t that easy. It was more luxurious items, it was more a dream. It was different.

I felt that I had to continue my studies so I went to school and did a Master’s in Marketing and business development. Then I had a few jobs – I was obsessed with Yves Saint Laurent and especially Stefano Pilati, he did a wonderful job, the dresses, the cut was amazing. They were looking for an intern, but I became an assistant in accessories. I thought it was really weird to sketch shoes every day, it felt very weird and then one day I fell in love with it.

What do you think made you fall in love with it? What was the switch?
The day I understood that it was really architectural and that it was not all about the technique. There are always limits – shoes you cannot do everything you want, but you can always find a way to get something that is unexpected. I did the shoes for Calvin Klein Collection last year and they were rubber balls and the entire sole was flexible. They were high heels, like 110cm, but they were flexible. There were different layers, and one was soft.

When you were in school, was part of your studies about shoes?
Never!

That’s crazy, because I feel like it is so technical!
I went to the library like 5 days before my interview at Yves Saint Laurent and I was like “okay how does it work?” And well obviously we didn’t talk about that stuff, but I felt like I could understand the job.
It takes a long time to really feel comfortable designing shoes and to be sure that you don’t look ridiculous when you go to the factory because they know what they are doing and they are really good. You can’t go there and not know what you’re talking about. When you go to Italy, you walk in with the real people and those are the real artists.

When you got your first job at Saint Laurent, did you know someone, or did you just apply?
There was a website about fashion where they post jobs, it’s not big positions, but they were looking for an intern, I had no idea but I thought I was the only one applying for the position, but there were so many people because it’s so competitive at Saint Laurent. I’m really glad I did it.

What did you learn at Saint Laurent?
The good part about Saint Laurent is that I worked with 2 very different people and Francesco Russo is amazing. He is super creative and is good at extremely precise sketches. He sends a sketch and there are no explanations needed because it’s all perfect. And he asked me to sketch exactly like him so that nobody would recognize the sketches are mine and it was the same for the rest of the team, they all sketch really well. I know now that my sketches are really good, because I learned from one of the best.

Then I went to work with Alain Tondowski and his approach is very architectural, and his constructions are always very well thought out and he takes a lot of time. It’s all about balance. He stays in the factory and looks at everything, every little detail.

So what was next? How did you come to New York?
I was in love with New York, so I sent my resume to Proenza Schouler because that show they did with the fish collection, I thought “Oh my god, this is really cool. It’s fun, it’s fresh, it’s new.” I met Darren Spaziani, the accessories design director at the time, first and it was so amazing. He’s so creative and he told me “Okay, I’m looking for a designer to work with me on bags and shoes and jewelry and I’m looking for a partner who can help me build something,” because when they launched the PS1 it was really a hit bag.

Then I was working on bags, just like that– it happened to be with this amazing guy. It was a great time because the company was growing and felt like a family and it was working well. It was so different from Paris – the way you work here, there are no rules. Like one day they’ll be “Do you want to work on jewelry?” and it’s like “Okay!” It doesn’t happen this way in Paris. There’s a guy I know who designs for scarves for a luxury brand and he cannot change jobs because he’s a scarf designer – but he can design other things too! That’s the thing, I felt that here, if you have an idea, you can do it.

I did that for 3 and a half years and then I got a great offer at Calvin Klein Collection to design the shoes for Francisco Costa. I felt it was such a good change, and I was really excited about the job. I did the shoes for the 10 year anniversary show, which was last year.

Then Jason Wu called me and wanted me to do bags and shoes, and his company, it felt like family. So here I am.

So what’s your official job title now?
Now I am the Designer of Accessories. I talk to Jason and I talked to Marie Charensol, the Design Director of Ready to Wear, and it feels really good to be sure that the bags are going to be great with the shoes because it’s all linked.

How big is an average accessories design team?
Saint Laurent design team was 2 people for the men’s shoes and 2 for the women’s shoes. At Proenza we did everything, Darren and me, and I had an assistant. At Calvin Collection it was me and my assistant.

What is the working relationship like when you’re doing the accessories with the people who are doing the clothes?
It’s very different from one company to another. Saint Laurent it’s like Calvin, at big companies it’s on another floor. You have meetings with Stefano or Francisco and then they provide you with a general idea for the theme of the show, but it’s a little more separated, so you work on your side and usually the company has a very strong identity – so you know when you’re good at designing a Calvin Klein collection and you know the looks, so you don’t have to define the woman – you know who it is. It’s more about saying something and working with the code and usually you design blindly because somebody is going to look at everything, but you don’t know how the collection is going to look.

When you go to Italy, you walk in with the real people and those are the real artists.

So in a smaller company, is it a lot different?
So different! Jack and Lazaro would see the sketches and they have an idea of what they want, but Jack would be like “Oh, I feel that, I like that” and then you would all talk together. It’s an open conversation.

Usually in very big companies you don’t know what’s happening. It’s not that easy. It’s pretty challenging because you have a general idea of what you want to do, and they’ll tell you, but it’s always too late, so it’s a bit complicated.

What typically comes first, the clothing and then the accessories, or do you feel that it happens at the same time?
No. Shoes you have a deadline because it takes time to make the mold and you have to make the form of the shoe, and the heel is last and it doesn’t take as much time, but they have to make the actual pieces in plastic. there’s a process for the heels and it takes different timing. So you can’t change your design a lot.

Is it the same with the bags?
With bags the limitation is the leather. But you can change a bag like 2 weeks before the show. But with shoes, if you want to change a heel from 110cm to 75cm, 3 weeks before the show, it’s going to be very difficult. You can make it happen, but it’s hard.

Accessories can make up a big part of the company’s business, because it’s a lot easier to sell a bag or a pair of shoes than it is to sell a dress or a skirt, so do you take into account sales and what you think is going to sell well?
Yes. What I do, I have in mind one bag for the pre-collections, it’s more of a casual bag, and then show bags are for the shows. But this season, I did the Diane Bag and the Charlotte bag. It’s an easy bag and very easy to wear, so I would say I do one bag for the show and one classic bag.

Is it the same for the shoes too?
Shoes are different. It depends on the company. The best is a company like Saint Laurent where you have different lines. It’s extremely organized and you find a way to sell the shoes very well. Then small companies you if you go for fashion shoes, it can be a risk, but if you want to sell shoes it’s such a specific business, you have to compromise the style. It’s really hard to sell super fashion shoes.

Do you feel like you’re able to express your creativity in your job and not be limited by what needs to sell or what needs to go in the collection?
I think so. It really depends. 5 years ago I was disappointed because I felt like I couldn’t go more crazy, but these last few years, people have gone more minimalist and everyone wants that, so I feel like especially for shoes right now, we don’t want to go crazy and it actually sells, so that’s a good thing.

Aside from the sketching and design portion, what else does your job entail? Can you talk more about the production part of it and what it is to actually be an accessories designer?
If you think about a bag in a collection, and it’s a timeless bag, you design that, and then you have to think about the practicality. If it’s a big bag, it is just going to be for tall girls, because a big bag is never going to be for petite girls.
You have to think about it for production, those details. How heavy the bag can be, the price, the hardware, how the suede can last, the colors, how the leather is going to wear, you have to test the leather, try all the bags and wear them. You have to consider if the bag is going to collapse or if it’s going to stay. If you want it so rigid that it looks vintage, it’s a long process because you’re still working on it after it’s done. You have to look at the bag for 6 months to see how it reacts in real life. This bag, I like it, but I feel like the hardware is annoying when I walk – it catches my jacket, things like that.
For shoes, if you have a good factory, usually the shoes will last; you just have to be careful that they are comfortable. Then the design is just the design.

How do you test all of the products?
For testing a bag there’s only one way: using it! I carry the bag and I don’t try to treat it nicely! After few weeks, I know if we need to change the leather, or if there is technical issues that we didn’t notice before.

For the shoes, usually I test with a shoe model. We can see after 10 minutes if something is wrong with the shoe.

Do you travel often to the factories, how do you work with production in that sense?
I used to travel every month, going to Italy every month, but it depends. There are some seasons you have to travel more than others, for example if the construction of the bag is very complicated you have to go see them at the factory and talk to them and try different things.

So what do you do with them when you’re there at the factories?
For shoes the first trip is to make the new lasts: I go to the factory that makes the lasts with very detailed sketches. Shoe design is really about being very picky and a millimeter can make a big difference visually and for the fit!

Then I work with the technicians to make them. It’s like a sculpture: you sculpt the last with the shape you want.
I do the same process for the heel; accurate sketches and then “sculpting” the heel with the technicians.

Then for the 2 next trips I look all the prototypes on a foot model and I change the lines to make it look exactly like what I have in mind. And if there are any technical issues–a stitching placement hurts the foot, or a strap position doesn’t hold the foot enough–I improve it with my technicians.
I also look at all the materials that I ordered to double check that the color is right, that the thickness is good for the styles I am going to use it for.

For the bags and belts, I go to Italy to pass the modifications on the prototypes. I concentrate a lot on the lines–it has to be visually attractive–and on the practicability–Is it too big? Is the length of the strap right? Is the bag too heavy? Do we need another pocket? –and on the structure and reinforcement of the leather. And I double-check all the materials again.

Why do you work with Italian factories?
Italy has amazing factories and passionate artisans and technicians.
It’s been centuries of knowledge that generations transmit from one to the next.
In this world of consumerism, it is very important to preserve that kind of treasure. When you buy a luxurious item: a bag, shoes, belts, gloves, that are made in Italy, they are made with great attention by people who do their best to create something unique.

How much do your sketches and the final differ from one another?
They don’t differ.

Is that why the technicality of the sketches is so important?
The technical sketches always get you to where you need to go. It’s the same for Ready To Wear – you have to think about how it has to be crafted.

How do you make a shoe comfortable?
There are some placements where we know that we cannot have a cut or stitching because that hurts. Some leathers are not easy to use either because they are too stiff.

There are some measurements to know, when you make a pointy toe, so it won’t be too narrow but still visually interesting.

Then, the technicians can tell you if they are concerned about a detail.
I personally think that the height doesn’t matter if the instep is well made, which depends on the factory, but 115 mm height (talking about the last, not the heel) is the maximum for me.

How far in advance do you work on the pieces for a collection?
Four months.

Where do you find inspiration?
It depends. Usually people get inspired by artists, you see a painting and then it makes you feel this way – this is more for the original vibe, for the show.
For a bag, I feel like it’s a mix of something I would love to have and that’s missing. It could be also finding a handle I love, and then figuring out, like a puzzle. Sometimes it’s something like the function – like this kind of bag, this kind of girl. Sometimes it’s a little less dreamy, you kind of have to get real with bags. With shoes you can design shoes more dreamy. With bags you know who is going to be the client and the muse.

How about for jewelry?
I did jewelry for Proenza one season when they used ropes, they told me that we should have some jewelry for the lookbook, not to sell it, just to have something interesting to add. And so just by hand I did something super crafty with beads and stones and I showed them and they thought it was really cool and they decided to use them.

How do you produce something like that in mass?
Well then it was a long process to get things looking crafty but also usable. This season the jewelry for Jason, it’s all brass so it’s not crafty. I did sketches and went to the factory and showed them exactly what I wanted it to be done. It was such a short time, to really get it done. The inspiration is all coming from the bag.

How closely do you follow trends and how do you know if there’s a trend that the industry is feeling?
For bags there are trends for sure, you know Mansur Gavriel, Floriana is a friend of mine and she told me about the bucket bag a long time ago and then she launched it and now everyone is doing a bucket bag. And then the Trapeze tote from Céline and now there are trapeze totes everywhere. I try to really not follow that and do the opposite, so if it’s a bucket bag, I am not going to design a bucket bag. Or if the trend is soft totes, I am really not going to try soft totes.

What’s an average day like for you?
Morning is always about emailing Italy because of timing. Then I always try to keep an hour to just chill and look at different products, and a few blogs and always on the Internet you find cool stuff, just what’s happening. I look at bags, I try to go to some museums and watch some movies, but I like to try to focus on one thing, like today is going to be a bag day, tomorrow is going to be a jewelry day and shoe day. I really don’t find it interesting to jump from one thing to another. I get confused.

Do you spend the rest of the day doing a lot of sketching?
Yeah.

What do you like the most about your work as a designer?
I think I like when I sketch something and you know when you’ve sketched something there’s something there. That moment when it clicks and you stop and you’re like “okay, I know this is a good one” and there’s like 20 bags but this one you know is the one you want. That’s my favorite moment.

What’s the most challenging?
When it doesn’t click, when it doesn’t happen. The worst is when you sketch something and you’re like “that reminds me of something” or you do something and the following day you see a bag in the street and it’s already been done. I’m not crazy about shows either.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten from anyone?
I would tell you some things that my mom tells me. When you work in fashion you forget sometimes, because you can panic for the silliest things. Sometimes I will wake up at 4am worrying about the stitching. My mom will always say, “I’m going to tell you something and don’t get mad at me, but it’s only a shoe.” So I would say don’t get so serious about it. There are going to be many shoes, many bags, and as long as you’re happy about what you just did, it’s good.

When you have an assistant working for you, what do you look for in someone that you would hire?
A nice person that anticipates everything. It’s hard to find someone that’s going to be professional and anticipate the problems we’re going to have. It’s really about that, and a lot about timing and being creative and taking the time to be creative.

What would your advice be to an aspiring designer?
Work hard when you’re young because then you can really have fun. But you have to work very hard and don’t expect people to love you. Try to find different ways to make it happen. If you want to have a good bag, you can make it happen in 4 prototypes or 1. If you’re clear and can explain things very well, you’re a good manager. You have to work on the way you communicate ideas. You have to be aware that it’s about it’s about expressing your enthusiasm.

There are going to be many shoes, many bags, and as long as you’re happy about what you just did, it’s good.

What is an average salary for someone who works on a design team?
You can make a lot of money. But when you start, you get nothing for like 5 years. But when you do get it, you can have a very good life. You really have to prove yourself.

What’s your dream for your career?
I think I would be happy working with a team with nice people and have every day be exciting. Just continue what I have with Marie, it’s great. I don’t believe in crazy hours. You don’t get a better result working 10 hours a day. It’s nice to come in and just do it.

Do you ever dream about having your own brand or are you happy working with other brands?
It sounds great on paper, but when you have your own company, half of your brain is crazy with numbers. So not for right now.

Career / Marion Anais Forand

This is Marion, who is French, lives in New York and is the Designer of Accessories at Jason Wu. I’ve known her for a few years and I really admire her creativity and the way she goes about her career. I thought you might be interested to learn more about her dream job!

Where did you grow up?
In the South of France. My parents live in La Drome, it’s the countryside.
My father lives in a thousand year old church. It’s very special, my garden is very old century and the atmosphere is very hippie.

When you were growing up, what was your dream job?
To be a fashion designer.

Why? What made you so excited about fashion?
I was 4 years old, and when I didn’t know what to do, my mom would give me a piece of paper and a pen and would say “sketch something! Sketch what you have on your mind. If you don’t know what to do, just draw or write something.” She always told me that if I didn’t know what to do with my life, to just be creative, don’t wait for the world to provide you with something. Just create it. And we didn’t have clothes, so we would create them. We would design a print: my mom would design a skirt I wanted.

I think when you have a dream you may forget it for like 10 years, but it will always come back to you. I don’t know how, but it happens. I sometimes feel that I’m creating something that has a cartoon feeling. It’s all about proportion, how attractive it can be. I really love animation for that because you don’t fall in love with the story, you fall in love with how artistic it can be. So yeah, it was to work for Walt Disney as an illustrator or be a fashion designer and I always said that. I never changed my mind.

So did you go to school to study fashion?
I went to ESMA (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques) for two years and then the third year was in Paris and I had to have a specialization so I did haute couture and modelisme, so I can make clothes as well. I never thought about designing accessories – ever.

But the funny thing is that I come from La Drome near Romans which is a town known for having the best shoe factories. I used to go there when I was a kid, I was obsessed with the shoes and I forgot that.

She [my mom] always told me that if I didn’t know what to do with my life, to just be creative, don’t wait for the world to provide you with something. Just create it.

What did you do after ESMA?
So I went to ESMA and I was 21 years old. In France, you have to find a job when you’re 21 years old, but who wants to hire you? You have a general idea of who you are, but you’re not sure, your taste is not that perfect, it’s really hard to know yourself at 21. It was 10 years ago and the internet was not everywhere yet. I was always buying magazines. Now I feel like people can relate to fashion more easily when before it wasn’t that easy. It was more luxurious items, it was more a dream. It was different.

I felt that I had to continue my studies so I went to school and did a Master’s in Marketing and business development. Then I had a few jobs – I was obsessed with Yves Saint Laurent and especially Stefano Pilati, he did a wonderful job, the dresses, the cut was amazing. They were looking for an intern, but I became an assistant in accessories. I thought it was really weird to sketch shoes every day, it felt very weird and then one day I fell in love with it.

What do you think made you fall in love with it? What was the switch?
The day I understood that it was really architectural and that it was not all about the technique. There are always limits – shoes you cannot do everything you want, but you can always find a way to get something that is unexpected. I did the shoes for Calvin Klein Collection last year and they were rubber balls and the entire sole was flexible. They were high heels, like 110cm, but they were flexible. There were different layers, and one was soft.

When you were in school, was part of your studies about shoes?
Never!

That’s crazy, because I feel like it is so technical!
I went to the library like 5 days before my interview at Yves Saint Laurent and I was like “okay how does it work?” And well obviously we didn’t talk about that stuff, but I felt like I could understand the job.
It takes a long time to really feel comfortable designing shoes and to be sure that you don’t look ridiculous when you go to the factory because they know what they are doing and they are really good. You can’t go there and not know what you’re talking about. When you go to Italy, you walk in with the real people and those are the real artists.

When you got your first job at Saint Laurent, did you know someone, or did you just apply?
There was a website about fashion where they post jobs, it’s not big positions, but they were looking for an intern, I had no idea but I thought I was the only one applying for the position, but there were so many people because it’s so competitive at Saint Laurent. I’m really glad I did it.

What did you learn at Saint Laurent?
The good part about Saint Laurent is that I worked with 2 very different people and Francesco Russo is amazing. He is super creative and is good at extremely precise sketches. He sends a sketch and there are no explanations needed because it’s all perfect. And he asked me to sketch exactly like him so that nobody would recognize the sketches are mine and it was the same for the rest of the team, they all sketch really well. I know now that my sketches are really good, because I learned from one of the best.

Then I went to work with Alain Tondowski and his approach is very architectural, and his constructions are always very well thought out and he takes a lot of time. It’s all about balance. He stays in the factory and looks at everything, every little detail.

So what was next? How did you come to New York?
I was in love with New York, so I sent my resume to Proenza Schouler because that show they did with the fish collection, I thought “Oh my god, this is really cool. It’s fun, it’s fresh, it’s new.” I met Darren Spaziani, the accessories design director at the time, first and it was so amazing. He’s so creative and he told me “Okay, I’m looking for a designer to work with me on bags and shoes and jewelry and I’m looking for a partner who can help me build something,” because when they launched the PS1 it was really a hit bag.

Then I was working on bags, just like that– it happened to be with this amazing guy. It was a great time because the company was growing and felt like a family and it was working well. It was so different from Paris – the way you work here, there are no rules. Like one day they’ll be “Do you want to work on jewelry?” and it’s like “Okay!” It doesn’t happen this way in Paris. There’s a guy I know who designs for scarves for a luxury brand and he cannot change jobs because he’s a scarf designer – but he can design other things too! That’s the thing, I felt that here, if you have an idea, you can do it.

I did that for 3 and a half years and then I got a great offer at Calvin Klein Collection to design the shoes for Francisco Costa. I felt it was such a good change, and I was really excited about the job. I did the shoes for the 10 year anniversary show, which was last year.

Then Jason Wu called me and wanted me to do bags and shoes, and his company, it felt like family. So here I am.

So what’s your official job title now?
Now I am the Designer of Accessories. I talk to Jason and I talked to Marie Charensol, the Design Director of Ready to Wear, and it feels really good to be sure that the bags are going to be great with the shoes because it’s all linked.

How big is an average accessories design team?
Saint Laurent design team was 2 people for the men’s shoes and 2 for the women’s shoes. At Proenza we did everything, Darren and me, and I had an assistant. At Calvin Collection it was me and my assistant.

What is the working relationship like when you’re doing the accessories with the people who are doing the clothes?
It’s very different from one company to another. Saint Laurent it’s like Calvin, at big companies it’s on another floor. You have meetings with Stefano or Francisco and then they provide you with a general idea for the theme of the show, but it’s a little more separated, so you work on your side and usually the company has a very strong identity – so you know when you’re good at designing a Calvin Klein collection and you know the looks, so you don’t have to define the woman – you know who it is. It’s more about saying something and working with the code and usually you design blindly because somebody is going to look at everything, but you don’t know how the collection is going to look.

When you go to Italy, you walk in with the real people and those are the real artists.

So in a smaller company, is it a lot different?
So different! Jack and Lazaro would see the sketches and they have an idea of what they want, but Jack would be like “Oh, I feel that, I like that” and then you would all talk together. It’s an open conversation.

Usually in very big companies you don’t know what’s happening. It’s not that easy. It’s pretty challenging because you have a general idea of what you want to do, and they’ll tell you, but it’s always too late, so it’s a bit complicated.

What typically comes first, the clothing and then the accessories, or do you feel that it happens at the same time?
No. Shoes you have a deadline because it takes time to make the mold and you have to make the form of the shoe, and the heel is last and it doesn’t take as much time, but they have to make the actual pieces in plastic. there’s a process for the heels and it takes different timing. So you can’t change your design a lot.

Is it the same with the bags?
With bags the limitation is the leather. But you can change a bag like 2 weeks before the show. But with shoes, if you want to change a heel from 110cm to 75cm, 3 weeks before the show, it’s going to be very difficult. You can make it happen, but it’s hard.

Accessories can make up a big part of the company’s business, because it’s a lot easier to sell a bag or a pair of shoes than it is to sell a dress or a skirt, so do you take into account sales and what you think is going to sell well?
Yes. What I do, I have in mind one bag for the pre-collections, it’s more of a casual bag, and then show bags are for the shows. But this season, I did the Diane Bag and the Charlotte bag. It’s an easy bag and very easy to wear, so I would say I do one bag for the show and one classic bag.

Is it the same for the shoes too?
Shoes are different. It depends on the company. The best is a company like Saint Laurent where you have different lines. It’s extremely organized and you find a way to sell the shoes very well. Then small companies you if you go for fashion shoes, it can be a risk, but if you want to sell shoes it’s such a specific business, you have to compromise the style. It’s really hard to sell super fashion shoes.

Do you feel like you’re able to express your creativity in your job and not be limited by what needs to sell or what needs to go in the collection?
I think so. It really depends. 5 years ago I was disappointed because I felt like I couldn’t go more crazy, but these last few years, people have gone more minimalist and everyone wants that, so I feel like especially for shoes right now, we don’t want to go crazy and it actually sells, so that’s a good thing.

Aside from the sketching and design portion, what else does your job entail? Can you talk more about the production part of it and what it is to actually be an accessories designer?
If you think about a bag in a collection, and it’s a timeless bag, you design that, and then you have to think about the practicality. If it’s a big bag, it is just going to be for tall girls, because a big bag is never going to be for petite girls.
You have to think about it for production, those details. How heavy the bag can be, the price, the hardware, how the suede can last, the colors, how the leather is going to wear, you have to test the leather, try all the bags and wear them. You have to consider if the bag is going to collapse or if it’s going to stay. If you want it so rigid that it looks vintage, it’s a long process because you’re still working on it after it’s done. You have to look at the bag for 6 months to see how it reacts in real life. This bag, I like it, but I feel like the hardware is annoying when I walk – it catches my jacket, things like that.
For shoes, if you have a good factory, usually the shoes will last; you just have to be careful that they are comfortable. Then the design is just the design.

How do you test all of the products?
For testing a bag there’s only one way: using it! I carry the bag and I don’t try to treat it nicely! After few weeks, I know if we need to change the leather, or if there is technical issues that we didn’t notice before.

For the shoes, usually I test with a shoe model. We can see after 10 minutes if something is wrong with the shoe.

Do you travel often to the factories, how do you work with production in that sense?
I used to travel every month, going to Italy every month, but it depends. There are some seasons you have to travel more than others, for example if the construction of the bag is very complicated you have to go see them at the factory and talk to them and try different things.

So what do you do with them when you’re there at the factories?
For shoes the first trip is to make the new lasts: I go to the factory that makes the lasts with very detailed sketches. Shoe design is really about being very picky and a millimeter can make a big difference visually and for the fit!

Then I work with the technicians to make them. It’s like a sculpture: you sculpt the last with the shape you want.
I do the same process for the heel; accurate sketches and then “sculpting” the heel with the technicians.

Then for the 2 next trips I look all the prototypes on a foot model and I change the lines to make it look exactly like what I have in mind. And if there are any technical issues–a stitching placement hurts the foot, or a strap position doesn’t hold the foot enough–I improve it with my technicians.
I also look at all the materials that I ordered to double check that the color is right, that the thickness is good for the styles I am going to use it for.

For the bags and belts, I go to Italy to pass the modifications on the prototypes. I concentrate a lot on the lines–it has to be visually attractive–and on the practicability–Is it too big? Is the length of the strap right? Is the bag too heavy? Do we need another pocket? –and on the structure and reinforcement of the leather. And I double-check all the materials again.

Why do you work with Italian factories?
Italy has amazing factories and passionate artisans and technicians.
It’s been centuries of knowledge that generations transmit from one to the next.
In this world of consumerism, it is very important to preserve that kind of treasure. When you buy a luxurious item: a bag, shoes, belts, gloves, that are made in Italy, they are made with great attention by people who do their best to create something unique.

How much do your sketches and the final differ from one another?
They don’t differ.

Is that why the technicality of the sketches is so important?
The technical sketches always get you to where you need to go. It’s the same for Ready To Wear – you have to think about how it has to be crafted.

How do you make a shoe comfortable?
There are some placements where we know that we cannot have a cut or stitching because that hurts. Some leathers are not easy to use either because they are too stiff.

There are some measurements to know, when you make a pointy toe, so it won’t be too narrow but still visually interesting.

Then, the technicians can tell you if they are concerned about a detail.
I personally think that the height doesn’t matter if the instep is well made, which depends on the factory, but 115 mm height (talking about the last, not the heel) is the maximum for me.

How far in advance do you work on the pieces for a collection?
Four months.

Where do you find inspiration?
It depends. Usually people get inspired by artists, you see a painting and then it makes you feel this way – this is more for the original vibe, for the show.
For a bag, I feel like it’s a mix of something I would love to have and that’s missing. It could be also finding a handle I love, and then figuring out, like a puzzle. Sometimes it’s something like the function – like this kind of bag, this kind of girl. Sometimes it’s a little less dreamy, you kind of have to get real with bags. With shoes you can design shoes more dreamy. With bags you know who is going to be the client and the muse.

How about for jewelry?
I did jewelry for Proenza one season when they used ropes, they told me that we should have some jewelry for the lookbook, not to sell it, just to have something interesting to add. And so just by hand I did something super crafty with beads and stones and I showed them and they thought it was really cool and they decided to use them.

How do you produce something like that in mass?
Well then it was a long process to get things looking crafty but also usable. This season the jewelry for Jason, it’s all brass so it’s not crafty. I did sketches and went to the factory and showed them exactly what I wanted it to be done. It was such a short time, to really get it done. The inspiration is all coming from the bag.

How closely do you follow trends and how do you know if there’s a trend that the industry is feeling?
For bags there are trends for sure, you know Mansur Gavriel, Floriana is a friend of mine and she told me about the bucket bag a long time ago and then she launched it and now everyone is doing a bucket bag. And then the Trapeze tote from Céline and now there are trapeze totes everywhere. I try to really not follow that and do the opposite, so if it’s a bucket bag, I am not going to design a bucket bag. Or if the trend is soft totes, I am really not going to try soft totes.

What’s an average day like for you?
Morning is always about emailing Italy because of timing. Then I always try to keep an hour to just chill and look at different products, and a few blogs and always on the Internet you find cool stuff, just what’s happening. I look at bags, I try to go to some museums and watch some movies, but I like to try to focus on one thing, like today is going to be a bag day, tomorrow is going to be a jewelry day and shoe day. I really don’t find it interesting to jump from one thing to another. I get confused.

Do you spend the rest of the day doing a lot of sketching?
Yeah.

What do you like the most about your work as a designer?
I think I like when I sketch something and you know when you’ve sketched something there’s something there. That moment when it clicks and you stop and you’re like “okay, I know this is a good one” and there’s like 20 bags but this one you know is the one you want. That’s my favorite moment.

What’s the most challenging?
When it doesn’t click, when it doesn’t happen. The worst is when you sketch something and you’re like “that reminds me of something” or you do something and the following day you see a bag in the street and it’s already been done. I’m not crazy about shows either.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten from anyone?
I would tell you some things that my mom tells me. When you work in fashion you forget sometimes, because you can panic for the silliest things. Sometimes I will wake up at 4am worrying about the stitching. My mom will always say, “I’m going to tell you something and don’t get mad at me, but it’s only a shoe.” So I would say don’t get so serious about it. There are going to be many shoes, many bags, and as long as you’re happy about what you just did, it’s good.

When you have an assistant working for you, what do you look for in someone that you would hire?
A nice person that anticipates everything. It’s hard to find someone that’s going to be professional and anticipate the problems we’re going to have. It’s really about that, and a lot about timing and being creative and taking the time to be creative.

What would your advice be to an aspiring designer?
Work hard when you’re young because then you can really have fun. But you have to work very hard and don’t expect people to love you. Try to find different ways to make it happen. If you want to have a good bag, you can make it happen in 4 prototypes or 1. If you’re clear and can explain things very well, you’re a good manager. You have to work on the way you communicate ideas. You have to be aware that it’s about it’s about expressing your enthusiasm.

There are going to be many shoes, many bags, and as long as you’re happy about what you just did, it’s good.

What is an average salary for someone who works on a design team?
You can make a lot of money. But when you start, you get nothing for like 5 years. But when you do get it, you can have a very good life. You really have to prove yourself.

What’s your dream for your career?
I think I would be happy working with a team with nice people and have every day be exciting. Just continue what I have with Marie, it’s great. I don’t believe in crazy hours. You don’t get a better result working 10 hours a day. It’s nice to come in and just do it.

Do you ever dream about having your own brand or are you happy working with other brands?
It sounds great on paper, but when you have your own company, half of your brain is crazy with numbers. So not for right now.

While in NY…

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Before Fashionweeks madness, hitting the streets of NYC with the jumpsuit of Carolina Wyser collection, definitely a must have piece!

Eccomi prima dell’inizio frenetico della fashionweek di New York, indossando  la salopette della collezione di Carolina Wyser, decisamente un must have!

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I was wearing:

N21 SEQUINED BALLERINAS
CAROLINA WYSER JUMPSUIT (SOON AVAILABLE)
CHANEL BAG

Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti

Shadows

I love wearing eye makeup!

I was lucky enough to take photos of Joan Smalls for Estée Lauder recently – it was a photo shoot for eyeshadow, which is my new obsession (as you may remember from here) now that I’ve left my red red lipstick behind.

It’s funny how eyeshadow has changed the whole way I see my face – it’s almost like it’s changed my personality!

Focusing on my eyes makes me feel much more mysterious and sexier than red lipstick, which made me feel strong and feminine. It’s totally different!!!

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So when I saw how beautiful it looked on Joan, even in her daytime look, I wondered if I should let myself play with eyeshadow a bit more. Until now, I’d been sticking to a very sensible smoky taupe, and I think it might be time to step out of the shadows (hahah, excuse the pun) and really go for it. I think I should take a hint from Joan, who always makes eye shadow a part of her look (she talks about it more over at The Estée Edit and Sir John, her cool make up artist, also shares his super pro tips)…

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My favorite look is the khaki (photo n°2, the eye shadow is called Fiery Saffron) but since I (apparently) have green flecks in my eyes, the color that’s supposed to work best for me is dark violet. A whole world of colors to explore…

What about you? Do you like to experiment with eye shadow?

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Stories

New York meet & Other Stories.

& Other Stories meet New York. I was so happy when the brand came to me to work with them as they get ready to open their first store in New York (mark your calendar for October 17!) and it was fun to do this type of project for them! For the first part of the series, I ran all around the city taking photos of things that reminded me of their new pleat bag. You can also see all the photos when you visit the site!

I hope you like it!

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Stories

New York meet & Other Stories.

& Other Stories meet New York. I was so happy when the brand came to me to work with them as they get ready to open their first store in New York (mark your calendar for October 17!) and it was fun to do this type of project for them! For the first part of the series, I ran all around the city taking photos of things that reminded me of their new pleat bag. You can also see all the photos when you visit the site!

I hope you like it!

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Nyfw day 6

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I was wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI VELVET SLIPONS (available online HERE)
CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION CROP TOP AND TROUSERS
SAINT LAURENT BAG
CELINE SUNGLASSES

Hair by Redken, makeup by Nikki DeRoest

Photos by Gregorio Capineri Tosetti

Aurélie’s New Store

Aurélie has opened up shop in Soho!!!

As you know, I love her work and I totally fell in love with her gem of a boutique in Paris – we even made a video about it. So when she told me she would open in New York, I immediately asked her if it would be possible to document each step as she got set up.

There are so many details to consider when you open a store – I got an idea of what it was like when we set up our pop up shop. The location, the space, the colors, the sounds (at Aurélie’s, it’s a mix of Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley, and 80s French pop), the traffic, the scents (here, it’s Frédéric Malle Rosa Rugosa).

Aurélie was telling me that what she likes most is going out to look for things to decorate her space. That pineapple on the shelf? She found it in a vintage boutique. We also went along with her to one of her favorite stores – The Future Perfect.

She collaborated with David Mann, MR Architecture + Decor, and Atelier Franck Durand, who she’s been working with for a long time, to create a 60s and 70s ambiance, with a hint of California in New York.

One of my favorite things is the magnificent fresco in the entry by Remed (you remember, he made the cover of Holiday Magazine).

…And the jewelry, of course ;)

Click on the arrows to see more images…

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PS: Here is the video!

NYFW Day 5

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I was wearing:

CELINE PUMPS
VALENTINO DRESS
LANVIN HAT
CELINE BOX BAG

Hair by Redken, makeup by Nikki DeRoest
Photos by Leslie Kirchhoff

 

At the Farm

My friend Laura, who is an amazing stylist (we worked together with Joan Smalls for Estée Lauder, and she’s also Senior Editor at Large for Glamour) had been making me dream about her farm upstate for a little while.

“Come up and see us!!!” she kept saying.

So that’s what I did on Sunday and it was amazing.
Not only do Laura, her husband Fabio, and her son Matteo, have a real farm with chickens, vegetable fields, apple trees, honey bees, tractors, and well, pretty much everything – they are also making a little paradise out of it that people can go visit – even if you don’t know them.

What’s incredible is that the farm is kind of a project they fell into while they were looking for a house Upstate. They got really into it and started cleaning it up and planting, and today it’s become their passion project when they aren’t in New York working in fashion (Fabio is a photographer).

But it actually fits perfectly with Laura’s vision – to her, style goes beyond fashion – it’s how one lives their life and energy and the environment we create around us. I totally agree with her…

And because this is such a great project, people gather around it. Their friends Paola and Chicco make pizzas with vegetables from the farm on weekends. This weekend was so cool; Fabio’s mother baked, Laura’s mother was also visiting, everyone was speaking Italian – it was kind of paradise. You can have lunch there, eat an ice cream, pick raspberries and blackberries, meet lots of people, kids are running around everywhere, and you can take lots of organic goodies home with you.

If you’re in the area this season, go for it! It’s two hours away from New York, the drive is gorgeous, it’s the perfect season, everyone is so welcoming and the pizzas are to die for.

It’s exactly what I needed before taking off for Paris Fashion Week.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Westwind Orchard, 215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord, New York 12404 / 845.626.0659

The farm is open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm. Pizza is served from 12pm-6pm.

Nyfw day 4

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I was wearing:

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Hair by Redken, makeup by Nikki DeRoest
Photos by Andrew Arthur

Nyfw day 3

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Day three of my New York fashionweek: as first look of the day I opted for a total black outfit.
The focus obviously was on the hair that, thanks to the Redken team and Sara Weinstock diamond headpieces, shined even more than usual :)

Giorno tre della mia fashionweek newyorkese: come primo look ho optato per un outfit total black.
Il focus era naturalmente sui capelli che, grazie al team di Redken ed ai diamanti di Sara Weinstock, hanno brillato ancora più del solito :)

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I was wearing:

ALEXANDER WANG SANDALS
CUSHNIE ET OCHS DRESS
SARA WEINSTOCK DIAMOND HEADPIECES
PRADA BAG
CELINE SUNGLASSES

Hair by Redken, makeup by Nikki DeRoest
Photos by Leslie Kirchhoff

The Blonde Salad Party

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It has been almost 5 years of The Blonde Salad and the occasion was perfect to throw a party in collaboration with Luisa Via Roma during NYFW!
To celebrate the 5th Anniversary, contemporary artist Daniel Arango created a specially designed cereal box sculpture and his first estuche (“bag” in Spanish) just for me! :)
I can’t tell you guys how much I’m happy and proud for everything my crew and me have accomplished together.. There are no words to describe it… except a big THANK YOU: to my Crew, everyone who is coming to the party, supporting me.. and to all of you giving me so much energy everyday!

Sono quasi passati 5 anni dalla nascita di The Blonde Salad ed è stata l’occasione perfetta per dare un party in collaborazione con Luisa Via Roma durante la NYFW!
Per festeggiare il quinto anniversario, l’artista contemporaneo Daniel Arango ha creato una scultura ispirata alle scatole di cereali e il suo primo estuche (“borsa” in spagnolo) solo per me! :)
Non potete nemmeno immaginare quanto io sia felice ed orgogliosa di tutto ciò che io e la mia crew abbiamo raggiunto insieme… Non ci sono parole per descriverlo… soltanto un’enorme GRAZIE: alla mia Crew, a tutti quelli che hanno partecipato al party e chi mi ha supportato… e ovviamente a tutti voi che mi date ogni giorno tantissima energia!

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I was wearing a total look from Luisa Via Roma:

SAINT LAURENT DRESS
SAINT LAURENT BAG
GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI BOOTS

Pictures credits:

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NYFW Day 2

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Here is another look from my second day of NYFW: total black and white contrasts with a giant hat and the funny Karlito.
PS: Watch how my day looked like on TheScene.com!

Ecco qui un altro look dal mio secondo giorno della NYFW: total bianco e nero con un maxi cappello e il funny Karlito.
PS: Guardate come è stata la mia giornata su TheScene.com!

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I was wearing:
GUCCI STUDDED LOAFERS
VALENTINO DRESS
HERMES KELLY BAG
FENDI KARLITO BAG CHAIN
STYLESTALKER HAT

Photos by Leslie Kirchhof
Hair by Redken and make up by Nikki De Roest

Céline in Soho

If I had the time (but I’m at Starbucks in between two shows) I’d tell you the story of how Céline has been totally revamped ever since Phoebe Philo arrived, how the brand started over completely from scratch, how they perfectly orchestrated the way they would change their image, and the incredible impact Phoebe’s arrival had on the fashion world.

Nothing was left to chance, not even the things that take a long time to manage, like the redistribution and redesign of all their stores.

But anyway, you know all of that already, plus, I’m at Starbucks.

When Philo arrived, she basically tore down the wall papers of the existing stores – the blank walls gave the stores an unfinished look that worked so well, we all wondered if it was just Céline’s stores new signature style.

Then there was a wave of reopenings – and this store (which is right by our Studio, help!!!) is the first one I’ve seen with the new renovations.

The unfinished look is gone – everything has been carefully thought out down to the smallest details, from the (unbelievable) marble flooring to the natural furnishings, all the way up to the ceiling, which is made of layers and layers of flame retardant spray.

I love it, so I decided to go take some photos there the other day, and I think I’m going to copy the big plant idea (it’s the only thing I can actually copy, haha) for my new apartment.

So there you go – now I’m doomed to walk by this magnificence every morning and it’s going to be sweet torture.

Thanks to who? Thanks to Phoebe.

Céline, 67 Wooster Street, New York NY

Click on the arrows to see more images…

Translated by Andrea Perdue

NYFW day 1

8F3A9131 The first day of NYFW was all about colors! Color Rebel hairstyle by Redken, super simple outfit and my favourite accessories from Chanel fall/winter 2014/2015 collection!

Il primo giorno di NYFW è stato sicuramente un’esplosione di colori! Hairstyle Color Rebel di Redken, mixato ai miei accessori preferiti della collezione autunno/inverno 201472015 di Chanel! 8F3A9147 8F3A90668F3A9153 8F3A9128 8F3A9135 8F3A9322 8F3A9117 8F3A9133 8F3A9261 8F3A9151 8F3A9120 8F3A9156

I was wearing:

CHANEL HIGH SNEAKERS
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CHANEL NECKLACE
CHANEL BAG
FENDI SUNGLASSES

Photos by Leslie Kirchhoff

40 things about NEW YORK

011. J.G Melon. An upper east side classic. 1291 3rd ave, NY 10021022. 90’s Patti Smith
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3. Ghostbusters film scene, NYC 198405
4. Madonna, rooftop 80’s NY06
5. Ralph Lauren 197007
6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961 starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard08
7. Alexander Wang by Craig McDean, NY journal09
8. Calvin Klein 010
9. Annie Hall film Scene, Brooklyn Bridge011
10. Screaming Mimi’s, Designer Vintage Clothes, 382 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003Tommy Hilfiger
11. Tommy Hilfiger01312. Taxi Driver Film, NY 197601413. Blind Barber Bar, East Village, 339 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009Untitled-114. ABC Kitchen Restaurant, NY. 35 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003hotel_americano215. Hotel Americano Rooftop Bar,518 W 27th St, New York, NY 1000101616. American Artist, Andy Warhol01717. King Kong film 1976, NY01818. Bob Dylan, American singer songwriter01919. American Psyco film, 2000 NY02020. Leon Film scene, 1994 NYParty for the Release of "Cry Baby"21. Marc Jacobs Designer, NY02322. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10005th Ave NY 1002802423. Balthazar Restaurant 80 Spring St, New York, Ny 1001202524. Pearl River store, cool chinese Bazaar in Soho, 477 Broadway, New York, NY 1001302625. Paula Rubenstein NY: is a veritable treasure trove of antiques, interesting objects and unique items02726. Fame Film, 1970 NYC02827. The best place to have a coffee with “FRIENDS” at the Central Perk, NYC02928. Studio 54, Manhattan, NY03029. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen03130. La Esquina, try the mexican taste in NYC. 114 Kenmare St, New York, NY 1001203231. Anna Wintour editor in chief of Vogue America03332. Catch, a seafood restaurant in Meatpacking district, 21 9th Ave, New York, NY 1001403433. Sarah Jessica Parker in her Girls Just Want to Have Fun look, 80’s mood03534. The Ramones portrait: a Punk rock american music band born in the 197403635. 1985: the first collection of the american designer Donna Karan03736. Time square from Andrew Moore’s point of view, NYC03837. Bill Cunningham, famous street style photographer, NYC03938. The Waverly Inn, 16 Bank St, New York, NY 1001404039. Grace Coddington model and english journalist, creative director of Vogue America

On Project Runway

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I was wearing:

FENDI TOTAL LOOK

Photo Credits:

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At Narcissa

Narcissa has quickly become one of my favorite spots for a meal in New York, especially for brunch– which as you might know, is a big thing here in NY. For many of my friends, brunch is the most important meal of the week, whether it is low key or a total crazy mimosa party. Narcissa is more on the low key end of things (but you can get a pretty good mimosa!).

Not only do I love the food (and their desserts are to die for) but the atmosphere is easy and not too loud. I love to sit out in the backyard, it’s a total escape from the busy vibe just outside the restaurant on Bowery. The other day Janice and her husband, Andrew let us tag along on their brunch date!

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LAYERING DENIM

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It already took me way longer than expected to find a Denim Jacket that actually fits my needs, which means; long enough for a tall girl without necessarily looking too oversized and frumpy. Considering Autumn and eventually Winter are around the corner -and lets be honest, I don’t deal very well with the low temperatures-, I need to master my layering skills and since I don’t want to stop wearing my denim jacket, it will only be possible with a little layering.

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BLOGLOVIN’ AWARDS 2014 NOMINATION

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I was so incredibly surprised and honored when I found out that you guys had nominated me for the “Best Personal Style” Award for the Bloglovin’ Awards in NYC next month. Being nominated amongst friends and amazing talents in the Blogosphere is such an honor in itself and I feel so grateful for it!

Feel free to support and vote for your favorites HERE and see you in NYC!

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High Line

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New York and a walk sunset on the High Line. Wearing a sequined striped dress and the new slipons from my shoeline, Chiara Ferragni.

New York ed una passeggiata al tramonto sull’High Line. Indossando un abitino a righe di paillettes e le nuove slipons della mia linea, Chiara Ferragni.

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I was wearing:

CHIARA FERRAGNI SLIPONS (available online on CHIARAFERRAGNICOLLECTION.COM)
ZARA STRIPED DRESS
CELINE TRIO BAG
DIOR SUNGLASSES

Photos by Jeff Thibodeauco

Tie Dye

Such a pretty shirt — I love the tie dye (especially the blue, it reminds me of fisherman clothes, of Greece, and of vacation) and I’m even wearing one just like it right now!

I’m also a big fan of wearing your bracelets high like this- makes for really pretty arms!

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I was wearing:

BALENCIAGA BOOTIES
REFORMATION LEATHER SKIRT
LNA TSHIRT
CHANEL VINTAGE 2.55 BAG
RAY-BAN SUNGLASSES

Photos by Jeff Thibodeauco

Ana’s Exhibition

Right now in New York, Ana Kras is having an exhibition of her drawings – it’s another side of her artwork, remember those cool lamps she created?

The series is called Mothers With Spoons and Relationships. It’s interesting to be immersed into her world for a little time. She told me that some people write in a diary, but she draws– I love that!

If you happen to be in New York, you can view her work until August 10th.

Ana Kraš, Mothers With Spoons and Relationships, Ed. Varie, 618 E. 9th St., Thursday-Sunday

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