Last week, I closed out fashion week with some major sparkle, hosting the Swarovski’s REMIX Collection Launch Party with actress, Skai Jackson at the brand’s Rockefeller Center Store. Skai also served as Teen Vogues Fashion Week ambassador and did a really great recap of her journey and the event on teenvogue.com. For anyone not familiar with the Remix collection, it’s a vast mix of silver and rose gold bracelets with a magnet clasp making it easy to stack, and also hook together to turn bracelets into wrap bracelets, necklaces and beyond.With so many styles and endless mix and match opportunities — just look at all the different ways and personalities Karlie Kloss captures in her above ad campaign. What I love about this collection is its versatility and ability to be styled to your personal style. My style is a mix of edgy and classic, I love mixing metallics and textures. I also loved looping it through my ring finger.Speaking of personal style, I was so honored to have one of my favorite people join me, famed costume stylist and fashion icon, Patricia Field. And of course, my pomeranian and side kick, Charlie, who was rocking some Swarovski of his own.
Well, I can now officially check “walking in a New York Fashion Week show” off of my list! Recently, I hit the runway for the introduction of new fashion brand Livari, a zero waste and ethically sourced label that focuses on empowering women and helping the environment. Created by the environmental and feminist activist and award-winning actress from Orange is the New Black, Alysia Reiner, my good friend and bad a$$ celebrity stylist and founder of Caravan Stylist Studio, Claudine DeSola and Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, the designer behind Tabii Just and is the Youth Initiatives Coordinator for the Women’s March movement!!!! These incredible women created this new brand, to take their cause further and empower women through fashionable clothing that is made ethically and sustainably.
For the premiere Livari fashion show, they partnered with brands who promote environmental and social change such as Cool Effect, Ivy, and Brother. Hosted by Kia and Style360 NYFW, myself, as well as my fellow models were chosen to walk in the show to help spread the brand’s social impact.
Melissa Shoes moved around the corner in from their location on Greene Street to the booming block on Broadway. And lets just say the new store is on a whole new level of cool. They adopted an experiential store concept that features part boutique and part art gallery. This larger flagship location is chalk full of unique and engaging decor, from the fixtures to the live green wall and my personal favorite, the infinity room — mirrors everywhere (hello selfie opportunity!).While there was no shortage of designer plastic, rain shoes, flip flops, platforms and everything in between that I wanted, I opted for the Melissa Shoes x Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Chelsea Boots at the opening and am obsessed!!!! Like their other Galeria locations around the world, the store will stock styles from Melissa’s main women’s collection, as well as their infamous designer collaborations with brands including Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, Jeremy Scott…
I’m so happy I got back from Greece in time to make it to the Hampton for Super Saturday with OCRFA, the largest global charity making advances in ovarian cancer research. It’s by far my most favorite shopping day of the year with all of the proceeds going to Ovarian Cancer Research!
I don’t know what to say except island life is really agreeing with me. I don’t know that I’ve ever been so relaxed. Mykonos really agrees with me. I have no concept of what time it is or even what day it is. Patricia Field threw the most fabulous party and runway show for her ARTFASHION x Apostolos Mitropoulous collaboration on the island (I’ll be posting the video and images shortly), and she’s been the most amazing host.
Her friends are incredible, full of life and just so happen to have the best taste in restaurants — great food with exceptional views of the water. Speaking of her friends, Darren Star and Debi Mazar came from filming the finale of Younger to be at the show (are you all watching? Because it’s one of the best comedy shows out right now, plus Patricia Field is styling it!). And yes, Debi Mazar
I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced anything as magical as the Rodarte Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show during Couture Week in Paris. The Mulleavy sisters really brought it for their first showing in Paris. No detail was left unturned.
For this trip I was with the nail sponsor for the show, Morgan Taylor Lacquer, and had the pleasure of joining in on the nail tests and getting to watch their lead artist, Tracylee Percival in action. I’ve known Tracylee for years, she’s the best of the best but getting to watch her vision come to life… she’s a genius and an incredible artist. Just look at this look she created using real flowers — and my small part in bringing her vision to life!
Paris for Couture Week is like nothing I’ve ever experienced, and I’ve done Paris and New York Fashion Week on repeat. For this trip I was with the Morgan Taylor Lacquer team, who traveled to do the nails for Proenza Schouler and Rodarte’s Couture Week shows. Here’s a quick video from behind the scenes and also at the show for Proenza Schouler (I’ll have a video up soon on Rodarte!). It was really cool to be apart of the nail tests, which is when the nail team joins the hair and makeup team before the show at the designer’s studio they they can test and make the final decisions on the beauty look.
We did our beauty test the day before the Proenza Schouler show. Based on the designers vision, Morgan Taylor lead artist, Vu Nguyen along with Taylor Daniel (or as I like to call her THE Taylor of Morgan Taylor), put forth some dark reds and burgundies, as well as some variations of nudes with different top coats. Ultimately they settled on their deep burgundy, “Take the Lead” shade for some of the models and the others were met with just a single coat of “Matte’s A Wrap” over a well manicured nail for a more minimalist look.
It was a modern take on a minimalist look with the matte top coat, while the deep burgundy choice was all about going against the grain for spring (move over pastels) and challenging tradition.
Then came show day, and right down to the invitations the show was gorgeous (see photo above and shop my jewelry HERE). Set at the Lycée Jacques-Decour, a school built in the 19th century, the label sent down beautiful prints, slim fit dresses with cut outs, straps, and texture down the runway to a dramatic beat (I’m sorry I had to cut the music, Youtube is a challenge with any music you don’t have the rights to), but you can catch the show finale in the video above.
Bonjour from Paris! It’s been an incredible few days exploring the city with Morgan Taylor Lacquer. They are doing the nails for the Rodarte and Proenza Schouler runway shows at Paris Couture Week. I’ve been behind the close door of Rodarte with the designers, hair, nail and makeup team come together and all I can say is this is a show that beauty lovers aren’t going to want miss! The nails are being led by my girl, and literally my nail queen, Tracelee (Links: blog + Instagram) — if you don’t know her, you should. And if you’re wondering why I’ve put her on a pedestal, I don’t give crowns out easily, just wait until you see her nail look! Couture shows, deserve couture nails so get ready! And this Morgan Taylor look is not to be missed! You can follow my adventures in Paris on Instagram + Instagram Stories, we have the 2nd nail test at Rodarte today, Proenza Scouler tomorrow and I’ll be backstage at both shows and the actual runway shows on Sunday, so stay tuned for an exciting weekend! In the meantime GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!!!!!!
I’m giving away my travel must haves on my Instagram today, which includes this grey Love/Hate Rodarte Shirt in size medium ($133), LeSportsac Travel set in black including the Global Weekender bag ($130), 3-Zip Voyager Backpack ($165) and hanging organizer ($60) which I’m willing with 6 top Morgan Taylor nail lacquer shades ($54)! Total value of the giveaway is $542 so head to Instagram.com/prettyconnected and stay tuned today for this to go live!
You’ll be winning everything described and pictured above and below in these shots:) Also how amazing is this Rodarte tee!?! It says J’aime Rodarte on one side and Je Deteste Rodarte on the other. Translation, I love Rodarte, I hate Rodarte (said no one ever).
Extra, Extra! I had so much fun teaming up with Sunglass Hut and EXTRA to share the must have sunglass style of the season with host, AJ Calloway. We had a blast shooting and lets just say Sunglass Hut makes it very easy to find on trend and basically any sunglass style you could ever way. With so many styles and brands including Prada, Miu Miu, Ray-Ban, Persol, Dolce & Gabbana and so many more, it’s the ultimate destination for sunglasses. Plus they have a million locations so they’re easy to find!
Check out the segment above and below are the trends I talk about that you should have on your radar: