What do we love? Chanel. Who else do we love? Glass Magazine. Why?
Recently I have been making friends with the people over at Glass Magazine. By friends, I actually mean Facebook and Instagram friends. This of course will be remedied by me being awesome in their proximity and vice versa. Life goals people.
I’m especially enjoying the work of the Stylist, who works with Glass regularly, Katie Felstead. She is genius and makes everything from modern, edginess too romantic styles look brilliant. You know I don’t give accolades to other Stylist’s unless they are balls out amazing.
Back to this amazing editorial. Chanel is one of those amazing labels that every country understands. Say Chanel anywhere in the world (except maybe the deep amazon, though maybe there too) and it’s recognized as a brand with integrity, quality that costs big bucks.
Glass Magazine produced a wonderful Chanel editorial shoot that’s soft, beautiful and sexy. Giving us the sense of a gentle and delicate Chanel woman.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
PHOTOGRAPHER / TURKINA FASO
STYLIST / KATIE FELSTEAD
MODEL / SARA DIJKINK @ Premier
HAIR / PAUL DONOVAN
MAKE UP / PORSCHE POON
MANICURE / NICKIE RHODES-HILL
PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT / PASCAL HUBNER
CASTING / PAUL ISAAC
The last week have been a whirlwind. I recently got back from a relaxing and enjoyable month-long vacation in the California Redwoods.
Look, city folk this is what trees look like…
Apparently it was too relaxing because the second I headed back to LA I got double booked on some amazing shoots.
The first was for a longtime acquaintance in LA who is tiny, cute and beyond fit, model and performer Elizabeth Deo. She’s not only a professional but an absolute delight. All the photos are heading straight to the sexy and scintillating ‘Manic Magazine’.
It was a crushing 102F but thankfully all Elizabeth is a complete professional and only required lingerie.
Two days later I was back at it again with my absolute favorite client Eugenia Kuzmina.
Eugenia has been a runway and print model for tons of amazing clients, such as;
In her early 20’s she transitioned into acting and has most recently been in ‘Fury’ with Brad Pitt.
It’s not hard to see why I love this woman, She’s tall, gorgeous, leggy, talented and, a supermom. Her most recent photography project is creating a coffee table book I have been lucky enough to work on with her as a Art Director and Key Stylist. It’s all about being a supermodel/supermom.
We had an amazing shoot day and got the kids wired on sugar. A perfect combo for amazing shots.Here are some of the behind the scenes photos
I want to thank my kick ass crews that made it possible, my sexy ass models Elizabeth Deo and Eugenia Kuzmina, and look forward to working with you all again!
What’s next for this little wardrobe stylista? A shoot for Powder Room Magazine. Everyday is a runway kittens, make today yours!
Keep checking back for new blog posts and updates.
Oh yes! Hello my sexy kittens. With my fabulous birthday passing (May 24th) I decided it was time for a long overdue update to my site. What you see here is a new format with fabulous, easy to ready fonts, pages, my styling port and more. I will be constantly undergoing construction because I am a total nerd girl and love updating techy things.
Soon there will be more media, videos, photos and blog posts than you can shake your iPhone at.
Much love and feedback is always welcome, though rarely taken seriously.
I’m starting a new trend and it’s called Dagne Dover-ing it. Chic, Classy and surprisingly functional I was sold at multi-pocket.
MY life is fast paced and, happily chaotic.
I am constantly on the lookout for a bag that is going to fit into my mad lifestyle. Between jumping around town to catch fashion shows and showing up to red carpet events my life, and fashion sense, doesn’t leave room for the function I need. My bags are pretty and small, but too small to fit a lipstick, phone, business cards and anything else. Maybe I’ll bring a huge tote which is a huge bag of chaos, and looks tacky when sitting front row. Not to mention there is no room at crowded fashion shows.
I am constantly cramming my Girls Scout arsenal in my purse and have nowhere to fit everything. Let’s add the discomfort of rifling through my bag for simple things like my make-up and biz info, and I am left with the thing every woman fights every day. A mess.
Welcome to the lovely land of Dagne Dover Bags.
With a streamlined look this tote screams perfected Parisian street style with the added look of luxury. Coming in five colors (for now, see below) including Cork/Limon and Cork (perfect for summer beach trips) Dagne Dover covers your stylish needs.
I prefer timeless chic to something that screams, “I am trying to be trendy”. I also prefer functionality to a black hole of a bag. Dagne Dover just fixed that.
The AMAZING Dagne Dover tote, has so much organization, my O.C.D. is taking a vacation.
Yes. Dagne Dover is victorious in the functional department. The outside is a sleek exterior. The inside, the same. Pockets for everything from your electronics to your girl goodies. Water bottle, check, keys, lip gloss, check, phone, laptop, accessories and I’m ready for a 7 day work week of 24/7 shows and networking.
Looking for a little more compact, budgetista friendly Dagne Dover item. Shop no more. Here, we have my personal favorite. A compact version of the tote, the Tiny Tote.
Six colors give you a chance to pick one that fits your personality and still carry your note or kindle in comfort.
Worried about security? The have a convenient zip top, (travel security!) and a wallet attached for your convenience so you can grab the train and not lose money, your metro pass or your phone.
Thanks to the lovely people at Barring Eyewearwho connected us, I got a chance to catch up with, and interview the brilliant CEO and founder of Dagne Dover bags, Melissa Mash and ask a little about the foundation and creation of Dagne Dover.
What inspired you to create Dagne Dover bags?
During business school my friends and I were struggling to carry all of our daily essentials in a bag that made us feel perfectly put together. Before business school, I had worked at Coach both in NYC and London. While I was in London, I was in charge of introducing the Coach brand to Europe. While managing the first UK store, customers would come in daily looking for a bag that fit their laptops, water bottles, keys, wallets etc. Women’s on-the-go lives required a lot of organization in order to stay on top of their game, and there wasn’t a brand that was made for the modern woman who’s out from 7am until 10pm. I wanted to create that brand that women could count on every day — no matter the weather, no matter the occasion. I wanted to create a brand that was just as focused on the interior design as the exterior design. That’s how the idea for Dagne Dover was born.
Where did the name ‘Dagne Dover’ come from’?
Dagne is a Nordic word for “new dawn” and Dover is Jessy’s last name! We wanted Dagne Dover to be a new dawn for handbags — to change what women expect out of their handbags.
What styles does Dagne Dover come in and which one is your favorite (currently)?
The Tote, The Clutch-Wallet and The Tiny Tote. I LOVE The Tiny Tote! I’m really into minimalist living, so that has also trickled into my accessories of choice. I like being hands-free. However, The Tote is our best seller, and definitely solves women’s biggest handbag problems. It’s what gets the most attention by editors, bloggers, etc. — it’s great for school, work, travel — really everything!
What makes the Dagne Dover bag special and different(i.e. in your eyes)?
Smart internal functionality in a beautiful bag.
Tell us about the Dagne Dover bag line.
While I was introducing the Coach brand to Europe, I would speak with customers every day, and their call-outs were always the same — they wanted a bag with a laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, a place to hold their keys, wallet, work ID, etc. All of those were incorporated into our first prototypes. Additionally, we did a ton of market research early on to make sure that our totes were solving women’s needs. We surveyed and focus grouped over 1000 women and men to learn about people’s biggest handbag frustrations. We’re still creating styles to address those call-outs, so keep your eyes peeled! You can sign up here to be the first to know about new styles.
Dagne Dover is run by three highly ambitious woman, and I love that, how did you come together?
I started working on the business in January 2011. Later on that year, I was looking for a talented designer that “got” the aesthetic I wanted to create (but obviously didn’t have the skills to do!). I had heard of Jessy since she had won the Coach Accessories Design Competition in 2011, and after we worked together, I saw that she was the designer to bring the Dagne Dover brand to life.
I’ve known Deepa since 2007! She has a background in the more operational, financial end of retail from her time at Club Monaco. When she was in her first year at Wharton and I was in my second year, I was running focus groups, and Deepa was hooked. I knew she was going to be a fantastic fit based on her expertise and relationship with her.
How long have you been selling Dagne Dover? They seem to be in high demand.
Yes, we started our pre-sale in March 2013. Word-of-mouth demand for our bags was so high that we were sold out for months in 2014. We relaunched the site in August 2014 after we switched factories and were able to produce more bags than ever before.
As a stylist and editor I’m always on the go and currently tackling fashion week, what do you recommend I carry?
I absolutely recommend The Tiny Tote. It holds a lot more than meets the eye. You can put sunglasses, a camera, Kindle and more in it. It has three compartments for all your lip-gloss and make up options! It comes with a cute little card case for all your cash, cards and ID, and the key strap is perfect so you never leave home without your keys! (Editors note, I always forget my keys unless they are strapped to me with a carabiner which is the height of tacky)It’s perfect for a stylist, editor, blogger, or anyone who loves a good brunch bag for the weekends.
I travel overseas to the UK and Europe often, do you have something for in the Dagne Dover line for international travel?
Yes! The Tote is fantastic for travel (it fits perfectly under the seat in front of you!) and The Clutch-Wallet is great for a keeping all your essentials easily accessible. There’s even a secret pocket perfect for your passport and boarding pass!
I’ve noticed Dagne Dover bags sell out quickly, Do you plan on restocking soon? I need something I can carry for sanity, and Dagne Dover is one my ‘must buy’ list.
Yes! We are constantly trying to keep up with what our customers demand! We’ll be introducing new colors next month and more units of the cork that everyone loved so much. We’ll have more core colors available on our website this fall, so definitely keep an eye out for those!
Are you going to be introducing new bags to the line and expanding? I’d like to see more styles.
Oh yes. This is the year of color and new silhouettes. We’re launching a higher-end leather collection, in addition to a bunch of new silhouettes since that’s what our customers want! Stay tuned!
Thanks again Dagne Dover, we’re dying to get our Mini-Tote in limited edition turquoise. We just couldn’t help ourselves. This was the perfect item to help ease our lifestyle and make our outfits pop!
I have decided that philanthropy is my new favorite color. It goes with everything and makes everyone look good. You are always hot in it and the trend never dies. I especially like philanthropy when it’s attached to 24K accessories, don’t you?
Enter ‘Love Shawls’.
A brilliant new look in fashion brought to you by the beautiful talent of Shary Shavalian. In travelling, Shary became enamored with the use and brilliance of wraps and scarves in Global culture. This motivated her entrepreneurial spirit, and she created Love Shawls.
Love Shawls Chief Glam Officer Shary Shavalian
Simply enchanting, Love Shawls come with delicate gold leaf infinity clasps, leather detailing and Eternal Symbols charms. Each scarf has one of the eleven different semi-precious stones creating an inspirational accessory.
Each piece; Infinity, Om, Hamsa, Pomegranate, Dragonfly, Kaftan, Rumi, Leaf, Tulip and Key, is specially developed with no-static, breathable viscose.
These hand-made, artisan scarves have carved a niche becoming a household name. Love Shawls is creating a international stir, not just because of their unique look or quality, but most of all because celebrities are L-O-V-E-ing them!!
Kate Flannery of The Office gets ‘Foxy’ in gold
Miss J Alexander doubled up in her Love Shawls for a fashion fierce look!!
The ever lovely Adina Porter of True Blood and CW’s 100 wears the ‘Foxy’, Love Shawl.
Carolina Bacardi wears the Glam in silver
Love Shawls is an enchanting product. t brings elegance to what might be a boring outfit or simple understated look. I am already in love with the delicate chain detailing, the spiritual aspect and beautiful material used to create Love Shawls. The reason I absolutely adore Shary Shavalain’s Love Shawls? She gives back.
According to Love Shawls site, Shary is reaching out to the community with this new endeavor;
Each Love Shawls purchase benefits homeless, mentally ill and battered women by helping to provide food, housing and supportive services toward achieving a life of self-sufficiency. Love Shawls is currently developing an exclusive collection of shawls crafted by and benefiting the women of Daybreak, a Los Angeles-based program for homeless women suffering from mental illness.
I’ve been able to teach women who lack education and opportunity for enterprise, financially sustaining skills such as weaving, dying and knitting. Now, I’m also able to help women, in need, who live locally.”
Timeless elegance to celebrate any woman in your life, Love Shawls is a gift you can buy knowing you are giving back to those in need. Sustainable gifting makes me feel amazing as well.
Love Shawls is MY pick for March. Beautiful, hand-crafted, delicate, warm, celeb friendly and sustainable to our communities. Prices range from $125 to $185.
Grab one of these exclusive scarves here;
If you don’t see what you want here don’t stress beauties! They do custom orders. Everything you ever dreamed of is one click away at Love Shawls.
Well kittens I am off to LAFW and I can’t be bothered. However, obviously I DO care.
So in all fairness I will leave you with the brand spanking new Chanel No5 editorial video of Gisele Bundchen looking like a million dollars, in the ocean, down an alley looking sexy, sultry and positively radiant.
Thank god for Style.com and their runway reporting. They report every collection, designer and runway worldwide and those of us in the industry would be lost without them. Especially when we are on the wrong side of the country during NYFW. But business is business and while I hustle and shake in LA (new products, events and interviews coming up) I still have my eye on Fashion Week’s around the world. You, my faithful reader’s, need to be in the know Otherwise there will be mayhem and fashionistas wandering the streets assuming Crocs, and the Kardashian’s are fashionable (gag).
Let’s get started;
This fashion week has been a bluster of basics and classic, romantic notions bring out baby pinks and icy blue to the runway. Chic silhouettes we saw with a touch of mad men, have turned to classic romantics and A-Line sporty outfits with a dash of sex.
Flowing figures and classic summer sexy hit DVF, aka, Diane Von Furstenburg. Diane is a great go to for classy and clean career wear. I highly recommend if you want to look top-notch A list fabulous for a job interview or day time event investing. Her clothing is always perfection.
DVF came through again on the SS 2015 runway. Relying on stripes and checked material adding length and volume created a work worthy collection with a little extra leg, and flare that came as a sexy surprise to her normally subdued dresses.
Angeline Jolie has inspired a leggy look recently in gown’s and I completely approve.
Though many opted for orange this year DVF took to emerald bring and this stunning yellow on model Lais Ribeiro.
Ending the show in true runway fashion, model Naomi Campbell finished the spring collection in this flurry of tulle boasting orange, bright pink and white in an empire waist-lined, babydoll dress.
Well played Dian Von Furstenbeg.
Moving on to a personal favorite, Zac Posen. His collections always bring me back to embracing my sexy side and make me feel like a woman. His designs create a perfect figure on any woman and his use of textile is genius!
We find that this Spring/Summer season Posen’s simple, classical, feminine beauty reigned free with minimalist black’s and white.
Adding the intensity of crimson orange to his collection Posen pair’s it with tight angle’s that create a thin and tall female form. Beauty fanatics, note the orange nail polish and lipstick Posen chose to feature on his models for dramatic flair.
Zac Posen continues to create the ideal of feminine grace in his collection by ending it with this beautiful gown fit for a queen in pure and simple white.
Over at another NYFW favorit BCBG Max Azria chose a more floral and romantic feel with in his collection for Spring/Summer 2015. Fading from barely-there neutral pink to the palest of blues and back to pink again. BCBG Max Azria touched on an almost art nouveau feel with yards of flowing fabric.
A dash of floral mixed pink’s and blue’s on Miho Mijaljcic create’s a perfect mix of elegant for this maxi dress.
And back to baby blue…
This Spring maxi dresses have dominated the runway, leaving skin bare with a combination of sheer panels, deep V’s and off the shoulder or one shoulder pieces. Glowingly graceful is taking hold with career women boasting tight silhouette’s and deep slit’s in their skirt’s and suits.
It’s all about adding a dash of sexy to your daily routine so if you thought of slacking on exercise this winter, fuggedaboutit. Skin is in, and we’re going girly.
Time to start shopping for those skinny and sporty dresses and skirts for next season. Leave the pants at home and don’t forget to pair some gold greens, yellows, pink and my personal favorite ORANGE in with your shopping. If you aren’t sure how to do color try adding a hint to your nails, lip color or accessories.
I’ll keep updating as we travel the runways around the world. Keep checking back for updates!
I can’t disguise that I am a Mert & Marcus fan girl. Their work is stunning, and often beyond comparison. Although everyone on Twitter is raving about the new shot they did with, Madonna (think sexy sultry HOT), I’m over taken with a new, raw and gentler beauty portrayed in their “Super Normal Super Beauties” editorial this September in W Magazine (also feat. on Models.com).
Despite the unadorned models and the dressed down look (shout out to the wardrobe stylist Edward Enninful), Mert and Marcus bring forth an inner beauty proving these runway divas and men are ‘Super Normal’, and damn beautiful. Mert & Marcus 25 photos prove pure beauty is best in its true form, and trumps all. Including, any overdone editorial.
Enjoy the 25 images of Mert & Marcus (Including some not safe for work images) in the gallery below.
Leave it to the french fashion house of Balmain to take three everlasting and powerful beauties to grace their new campaign. Partnering with W Magazine, Balmain presents one of the most striking covers of the year.
The cover itself is stunning, but W mag and Olivier Rousteing, the new head of Balmain take things up a notch inside the pages of the magazine. Snagging the powerhouses that are Rihanna, Naomi Campbell and Iman, W magazine creates an overpowering editorial.
Olivier Rousteing proves without a doubt (pictured above), at 27, he is beyond brilliant as the new head designer and creative director of Balmain. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. Bring it Balmain!
Nicholas Ghesquiere is a man who never stop’s amazing me. As a stylist and fashion obsessed follower the man, the designer, is what pure fashion genius look’s like. Thankfully, for his first editorial as the head of Louis Vuitton he does not disappoint.
Reigning in the talents of Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber and Juergen Teller this editorial is over the top gorgeous.
Thank’s to the people at Style.com we are in the know. The editorial simply named ‘Series 1’ and according to their awesome writer’s, star’s the amazing talent of;
Charlotte Gainsbourg (Ghesquière’s longtime muse), Liya Kedebe, Freja Beha Erichsen (the Fall ’14 show opener), and Jean Campbell.
Breathe in the beauty and watch the editorial below
For more information on Ghesquiere new campaign from Style.com, click the link below;
I know I have been missing in action. But while you were all snuggled into your beds by the fireplace I was braving LAFW in 6 inch heels. Although I left with a terrible injury (damn those heels), it was all worth it.
Thanks to a wonderful meeting of minds, Pre and Post LAFW, I’ve been booked as guest judge with the effervescent talent known as Dom Streater. If you aren’t familiar with the crazy talent of Dom Streater she was the winner of Project Runway, Season 12.
Here’s the best part, we’ll be judging 10 contestants showing their designs on the runway and give $1,000 to the winner.
Lupita Nyong’o is absolutely amazing. A classic actress waiting for her Oscar for her role in ’12 Years a Slave’, she is beautiful, talented and poised. At 30 she is a beacon in an industry that tosses and shut’s women down and kill’s careers at 20 something. Her role in ’12 Years a Slave’ brings about words like epic, emotionally raw and unbelievable. She is also and immigrant from Kenya. Lupita Nyong’o is a hell of a woman.
With her taste impeccable taste in clothing for award season, we have an all around fashion win for this bright star. This is why she has stolen the cover of the Spring Fashion Issue of New York Magazine. Wearing Stella McCartney Lupita Nyong’o stunned us with her natural beauty.
To read the full interview at The Cut in NY mag titled
Lupita Nyong’o, From Unknown to “It” Girl in Less Than a Year
After lot’s of coughing, Nyquil and a million vitamins I have beat H1N1. Just in time too. NYFW invites are coming in, shows are lining up for LAFW and I need to get back to business in a big way.
SO here’s the deet’s for today’s too fab fashion event in LA.
In Beverly Hills (of course) DKNY is having a trunk show at the ever lovely shopping hot spot, Neiman Marcus of Beverly Hills. It’s going all day until 5pm PST so if you have car, and will travel, travel here;
Not only do you get to shop the new SS 2014 line but you can meet someone amazing who makes it happen FROM DKNY, the amazing Shirley Warren. This is a great chance to hob nob, network, shop and later do the rodeo drive luncheon.
So what are you waiting for? A formal invite. You have one! No go!
After seeing articles in the Huffpost, and spread across Facebook like some mad Miley disease I finally gave in, and took a look at Marc Jacobs SS 2014 Campaign. I expected to frankly, HATE it. I am over Miley Cyrus, here twerking, her tongue, and her goddam wrecking ball. I don’t really want to see her naked and smoking a blunt. That is why this totally took me by surprise;
I now believe in God. Or that God believes in Marc Jacobs.
This is astounding. Androgynous, and utterly beautiful. It shows a Miley Cyrus that is deep, genuine and stunning. Who knew?
When I got the actual campaign in my inbox and understood completely. Marc Jacobs has been working with Miley Cyrus on the skin cancer campaign. Featuring a bevy of nude celebs, as well as Cyrus. The campaign slogan is ‘Love the skin you’re in’ and the tee’s are racy, sexy and fun.
When Marc decided to feature Miley is his editorial campaign it came as no surprise. However, this is truly is. This is Marc Jacobs making art.
It was for WWD Magazine! And it is a stunning editorial. He captured his line in spades. No wonder this came out as stunning art. I really have to say that the full photo has such intensity it reminds me why I am in the business.
Because Fashion is art. And if you cannot see the art in fashion, you probably should not be in it. And yes, you can quote me on that.