Stef and Jess from Melbourne, Australia.
I love their whimsical outfits full of color and their use of structure. These sisters always coordinate their outfits, which I consider two choices of what I would like to wear.
Miroslava Duma from Moscow, Russia.
Editor, Digital Media Director, and founder of Buro 24/7.
Totally obsessed with her high and sophisticated style, but above all, I absolutely admire that she is a working girl with like 3 jobs, and she looks amazing every day!
Leandra Medine from New York City.
Blogger, and author of Seeking Love. Finding Overalls.
Obviously Leandra Medine is on my list of favorites-anything. She is such an amazing girl, I love her sense of humor and honesty. I love her style because is super edgy, sporty, and fun.
Chiara Ferragni from Milan, Italy.
Law student, blogger, and shoe designer.
Chiara is my ultimate beauty and style icon. I love her effortless style that she manages to create with simple and minimalistic touches.
New it-girls and fashion icons come and go every year. These girls were My Style Icons of 2013, and I am excited to see what new girls will bring next year…
HER STYLE IN FIVE DAYS
Today I will share one of the most stylish people I have met here in NYC. I met her while I was interning at PR Consulting. What makes this girl special it’s not only her great sense of style. She works very hard, she is super creative, but most of all, she is such a nice person and a good friend.
I told her to take pictures of her outfits every day for one week. Here is her style in five days, and a little bit about herself.
Name: Victoria VanKesteren
University: University of Virginia Studied: Studio Art- Painting
Currently living in: Brooklyn, NY
Behind My Sunnies: What are you doing right now in The City?
Victoria VanKesteren: At the moment I am interning at a showroom called PR Consulting. I mainly assist on the Narciso Rodriguez and Nina Ricci Accounts. I also work at the Free People at Rockefeller Center.
BMS: What do you think you will be doing in five years?
VV: In 5 years hopefully I’ll have managed to be working in a creative job. I am still interested in many aspects of the fashion industry but at this point I know I’ll be happiest if I am working with visual aesthetics (whether it be merchandising, styling, or creative direction) and adding to the world. I also hope by then, I’ll have a Pomsky!
BMS: What would you say to yourself five years ago?
VV: 5 years ago I would have never dreamed I would be living in New York City and working in fashion. I would probably have wanted to let myself know to keep working hard- because people will always respect that- and that even though you feel like you stick out like a sore thumb in your small town, (where people wore camouflage tuxedos to prom), there are like minded people adventurous out there who you’ll meet and have amazing experiences with.
Even though winter advertisement campaigns went out since last summer, I like to watch them again when winter actually starts. Now that December started, I can actually start getting in the winter slash Christmas mood. Holiday parties are going to start soon, and I like to get outfit inspirations not only from the still photographs of the campaigns, but also from the videos. Some brands can be good at beautiful shots, but not all of them can create stunning short stories where the clothes of the collections have to speak for themselves too.
So, here are my top 5 favorite Winter 2013/2014 campaign videos.
1. SONOMAMA by 3.1 Phillip Lim.
The campaign was created to reflect the spirit of the season. Filmed on the streets of Tokyo, the campaign stars Japanese actress Kiko Mizuhara and Louis Simonon. The campaign also features ‘Black Shadow” a notorious Japanese rockabilly gang.
2. EYE BEAMS by Kenzo.
This collection video was created to pay reverence to a culture that the Creative Directors are obsessed for a long time. This film is an ode to Bollywood dancing. The all-seeing eye, a prominent print in the collection, tattooed in the dancer’s palms alludes to the strength of extra vision, and spiritual protection. Partel Oliva directed this short film.
3. DKNY Fall 2013 by DKNY.
The star of DKNY campaign its once again Cara Delevigne, this time with model Ollie Edwards, and NYC-based street artist Curtis Kulig. Fashion photographer Mikael Jansson shot the video in various parts of New York City.
4. Dior at the Opera Garnier in Paris.
Photographer Willy Vanderperre shot the short video for the Ready-to-Wear Fall 2013 collection. Anastasia Ivanova, Daria Strokous, Iselin Steiro, and Marie Piovesan were the beautiful models walking around the Opera. This video shows the beauty of the clothes as well as the place itself.
5. M&S Christmas TV Advert.
I love love love when brands, in this case a retailer store, create magical short videos. Directed by Johan Renck through Black Label Productions, this video from Marks and Spencer is my top favorite of the season. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley falls down a hole, following by a little Red Riding Hood experience. Then, Aladdin appears finally to walk through the yellow brick road of Wizard of Oz towards Helena Bonham Carter.
Time is going by really fast that it’s almost scary. I got to The City in June looking forward for my internship, I had my airplane ticket round trip, but deep down I felt that I was going to stay longer than just the summer. I ended up canceling my ticket for home, praying that something else will come up. Lucky for me, I got the opportunity to participate in a lot of things for my short time being here. Most importantly, I have learned valuable things that now I want to share.
So here are five things that I have learned about the life as an intern, living in New York City, and just about life in general.
1. Intern Life. When you are an intern, you have to do everything without complaining. You are expected to be fast and helpful to everyone. Not everyone is going to clap and hug you after you finish something right, but you now what? Those are the people that are paying more attention of what you’re doing. Interning is not for a princess, you need to work very hard in order to stand out.
2. People in NYC are not really mean and rude. In my short time here, not even once I’ve felt that people are mean. Of course anyone is going to yell at you if you’re standing in the middle of the subway doors looking where to go, or taking forever to order a coffee. You just have to go with the flow, pay attention where you’re going, and ask for directions to the right people.
3. Stay true to who you are. When you go to another city, you have to have strong values with you, and something that makes you different from everyone else. My story is what I like to talk about to people that I meet. I know there are thousands of Mexicans here, but I still say my story with pride. How I was born in Texas but raised in Mexico, is who I am and I am very happy about it.
4. How not to be superficial working in a “superficial industry”. This is actually something that I think several times a day. You know, it can be hard seeing all day beautiful people wearing expensive clothes, but I came to the realization that if you want to be successful you have to have something more than material things. Be aware about the world and how other people are less fortunate than you. This not only will inform you, but it will make you think deeper when you work and why you do what you do.
5. New York I Love You. If you want something you will get it, and the only way of doing it is by looking for yourself. Either if it’s an internship or a job, you will be surprised that just by asking for what you want you might get it. A lot of people got here, like me, with a dream and with difficulties, they will understand what you’re going through. People will actually give you really good advice.
Here is for the girls that dress up like sexy bohemian witch all year long… Happy Halloween!
TEEN VOGUE STYLE
This weekend Teen Vogue Fashion University took place. It started with a kick- off party at the flagship store of Express, with mocktails, music and of course all the fashion young people looking forward to meeting someone they admire, including me. The day that I was waiting for was Saturday, when all the seminars were going to take place. I attended to Joseph Altuzarra, Thakoon Panichgul, Jessie Randall and Kate Phelan. All of them, with no exception, had very important things to say that will stick in my head for the rest of my life. Today I will share the most interesting things that they had to say, at least the ones that stand out from the rest to me.
-About his muse: His muse is a girl who likes to look good, has a family, but she also works.
-About his experience: He considers working at Givenchy the most important experience of all.
-About starting your own business: “Go and work for other people first, learn as much as possible. Work hard and have patience to know when your time is”
-About not going to fashion school: He went to business school because he got a scholarship. He said that even though he hated classes like accounting, he hang out a lot with art students and he managed to find inspiration and creativity on magazines, books and art.
"Passion will get you to fashion"
-About his first collection: “I went to The Container Store to buy boxes, I packed my collection and I sent everything myself from my small apartment”
-About his muse: “I don’t have a specific girl, it’s like I’m chasing her but I can’t catch her. I can’t see her face”
-About interns: He doesn’t like interns with too much personality. He actually hates someone who thinks that knows everything. He prefers the kind of intern that listens, someone who is introverted and shows respect to everyone.
-About how she started: She started her accessories company with her husband.
-About what she likes and what she hates: The best part of her job is receiving new samples, the part that she hates; fittings.
-On her favorite season: Her favorite season is Resort, because she can design from boots to sandals, and she can play with color.
-About next projects on her wish list: She designs shoes and bags; she thinks that the next expansion on her business has to be outerwear.
-About her style: She likes to mix high with low. For example, an oversized sweater over an evening dress.
-On emailing: She said that people would accomplish more if they just pick up the phone and call each other. “People don’t do that anymore”
-About changes: “You grow, you evolve with fashion. Never stop thinking of stuff to do”
-About working at Topshop: She said that you have to understand the product and make it different from the rest. We have a lot of competition in the market today, so being unique is very important for her.
I like many aspects about fashion and one of them is fashion illustrations. I especially like drawings with a different style, with an original way of translating the emotions of clothes on paper. Those drawings are the ones that I am more into, instead of the traditional ones that look like sketches. This is why I was so happy when I found Lisa’s blog on Tumblr. Her drawings made me feel happiness and joy; my favorites were her advertisement illustrations. I decided to contact her to learn more about her work, and I am very happy that I did. I found out that she is a French-Chinese graphic designer living in Paris, which totally got me a lot more interested , and you should be too. So read below to find out more about this sweet girl inspirations and interests, and visit her brand new website to check out all the beautiful drawings that she makes.
Name: Lisa Huang
Where do you live: Paris
What are you studying: Graduated in MA Graphic Design
Behind My Sunnies: What inspires your illustrations?
Lisa Huang: Fashion, clothes, colors, fabrics and materials, beautiful details,…hum… everything !
BMS: What materials are your favorite to work with and why?
LH: I really love to work with colored pencils (Faber Castell Polychromos). As I draw often in a pretty small scale, I can draw easily very small details and large areas at the same time.
BMS: When did you start drawing?
LH: I started to draw pretty early, maybe at three… don’t really remember. I drew a lot a horses and girls like many little girls haha. But those illustrations that I do now, I started to do them at school, when I re-discovered colored pencils, that you can do much more than only coloring geography class maps…
BMS: Describe your perfect place for drawing. Do you hear music? Do you drink something?
LH: I don’t have a special place where I exclusively draw, I can draw anywhere with a large flat place (to place aaaall of my pencils) and a bright light! I always start to put some music, or TV, but then I forget it and don’t listen to what it is on… and when a terrible song is coming I realize too late and my boyfriend asks me “what is that ???”
BMS: How do you choose something to draw?
LH: In fashion magazines, blogs, websites, etc. I take a look on them randomly, as fashion magazine are always full of ads… When a nice ad inspires me with the clothes and colors in it I keep it to redraw it when I have time.
BMS: Describe your drawing style
LH: It is pretty realistic style in general, but the characters have always a big round flat smiley face and long thin arms and legs.
BMS: How important is color for you?
LH: Color is one of the most important elements for me in any illustrations (even if I love some illustrator’s work that draw only in black and white). But as in fashion, my tastes get the upper hand and I loooooove intense colors, with big contrasts that bring life and joy!
BMS: Who are your favorite designers to draw?
LH: It depends on the collections, but I mainly love the ones who work with bright colors, magnificent materials and volumes. I really like Dior for example, or the latest collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Marchesa… For the fashion campaign I loved to draw the ones made by Jurgen Teller or Inez & Vinoodh because of the special lights.
BMS: Can you tell me a description about your personal style?
LH: My personal fashion is many simple shapes, but always with a touch of color. If I had to describe the outfit that I wear the most often it would be black slim jeans and richelieus, and a colored long sleeve shirt, my glasses (not only for the look, I’m (really) myopic), a hair bun and my beige Baggu backpack!
BMS: What are your plans for the future?
LH: I am a graphic designer with a strong interest in typography and typeface design, and I work in freelance with Thomas Kim. Fashion illustration was more like a hobby at the beginning, I don’t pretend to be a professional illustrator as I’m graphic designer but I’m working on it!
Website: Hey Harvey !
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Since I moved to New York, partying is not exactly what I have been doing. I had only dress-up in a black dress with my high heels and ironed hair once, ONCE. I must say, wearing heels (not even heels they were wedges) was a horrible experience. I have to admit that now I rather go out early during the day to enjoy a nice meal, maybe with a drink or two, with a nice conversation with a friend. Is this what growing up is about? Am I turning into a boring person? Honestly, I don’t care if the answer is “yes” to those questions. I definitely don’t think of myself as a boring person; I am just enjoying different things right now.
In this phase of my life, that I am going to call “Enjoying the small things” I LOVE to eat in cute little restaurants around New York, and this weekend I visited Alice Tea Cup.
I went there with very high expectations and they were definitely fulfilled. I ordered The Nibble because I was “A lil’ bit hungry.” Their scones are the best, and they offer different flavors every day. The tea is served in cute teapots with beautiful porcelain figures.
We enjoyed the meal so much, eating cookies and drinking tea with a great conversation, and it really got me thinking about what I enjoy doing now. It doesn’t mean that I don’t want to go out any more, it’s just that now I don’t feel the urgency of partying every single weekend, or maybe it’s because all my friends are not here. Either way, I am a happy girl eating cute food and I can’t wait for the next weekend to eat in another cute place. Lame? Don’t care…
ABOUT PARIS FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE / SS14
Is it just me, or the street style is getting more and more sporty and simple? Not for everyone though, Anna Dello Russo is still wearing her exuberant dresses. Although, not like when she started to appear in every street style photo ( remember the cherry hat ).
It started in New York and now is continuing in Paris, the city where the best shows and the best street style are. White Nike socks with heels? Maybe I am not ready for this kind of statement, I am barely considering Birkenstocks, but I do think it looks cool and edgy.
Flower prints, cartoons and bright colors can be easily implemented in our every day wardrobe. Don’t forget about the colorful arm party, because it doesn’t matter if it’s fall or spring, now you can wear bright colors all year.