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Christian Siriano

Fashion Innovator

Rita Ora Stella Maxwell Irina Shayk Carine Roitfeld Laura Brown Precious Lee Cristina Ehrlich Arthur Elgort


The (totally inside) scoop on NYFW and beyond!

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Coming Soon to Screens!

Disney+ has commissioned a six-part series on the life of late legend Karl Lagerfeld. Beginning in 1972, it’s sure to be a tale of Chanel tweed, terrific parties, handsome bodyguards, and Choupette! Alas, we can’t help but wonder who will play the silver-haired designer… cast your votes now!

Michael Kors F/W ’21

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FLACK The return to in-person events means it’s time to brush up on your dinner party conversation topics before you hit the parties and shows. Oh, how we didn’t miss all those delayed start times. Here’s what to chat to your seatmates about. See you in the front row!



DISCUSS! 1. Marc Jacobs, who we can

SOS: Save our skin! Your NYFWproof guide to having a clear complexion, thanks to Guinot’s Nicole Landon. How to fake eight hours sleep?

always rely on to close out NYFW, is skipping town this season. The designer, who recently underwent and documented a face-lift, will be in Europe instead. Quelle surprise!

Treat yourself to a highly concentrated mask a few times a week. It’ll make a difference!

2. Hungry and hydrated? Now it Carolina Herrera F/W ’21

What about dark undereye circles? Prioritize rest—which is much easier said than done—and use an eyecream with caffeine. Buzzy skincare ingredient worth the hype? Definitely vitamin C. It will brighten skin, give you a glow, stimulate collagen production, and protect your skin from damage. Most underrated tip? Don’t skip your nighttime routine, even if you’re busy. Seriously! Cleanse, exfoliate one to three times a week, and apply a great nighttime serum and moisturizer.

can all be yours, as Dr. Barbara Sturm makes her products available on Uber Eats in Los Angeles.

3. Celebrate the late and great Bill Cunningham by stopping by the new exhibition of his iconic work, opening at South Street Seaport on September 12. 4. Where oh where is Doutzen


Kroes? The Dutch super hasn’t posted on Instagram since March 2020. How we miss that beautiful face on our feeds.

Catching up with The Cut EIC Lindsay Peoples Wagner. Career high of 2021 so far? Having Naomi Campbell on our first fashion issue. I still can’t believe it!

Congrats! How does it feel to see it come to fruition?

Sanne Vloet

Amber Valletta

Kendall Jenner

Bella Hadid

Roosmarijn de Kok

Who are some of your new clients?

Garrett Neff and his lifestyle brand Katama! Go Dash Dot, a brand of accessible and stylish bags started by Hannah Fastov, celebrity florist Jeff Leatham, opera singer Iestyn Davies, and Aline Pilates in Brooklyn.

What’s next?

I have a humor book coming out— F**k Off, Chloe: Surviving the OMGs! and FMLs! in Your Media Career. It encapsulates my views of media, woke-ism, overly officious millennials, and shared Google Docs, which I loathe! Pre-order it now on Amazon!


New mom Emily Ratajkowski is back to business. The model, entrepreneur, and soonto-be author is gracing runways and billboards again—and starring front and center as a muse in the DUNDAS x REVOLVE campaign. We love to see it!

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Our fuel of choice? Lamberti Prosecco, bien sûr! Here’s a lip-smacking and refreshing cocktail recipe to keep the good times rolling. Salut!

Who’s your support system?


Theophilio and Peter Do!


What do you hope the industry leaves behind?

Is it just us, or are models doing the most!? Can you match the super to her lesser-known résumé talking points? Answers below!

The obsession with elitism. What helps get you through the week? Trap music!

A. Tequila entrepreneur B. Kin Euphorics co-founder C. Ice cream investor

Ones to watch at NYFW this season?

Thanks! We’ve done great work for clients, including Rinna Beauty, debuting violinist Charlie Siem’s album and concerts, and working with Stewart Pearce, Princess Diana’s secret voice coach, on his new book.


Incredible. It’s just the best thing to honor those who have come before me and tell the stories that need to be told. My family and friends. There’s a lot of pressure in these jobs, and they constantly bring me down to earth and encourage me.

Jeremy Murphy is celebrating five years at the helm of 360bespoke. Congrats on the anniversary!

D. NYLON magazine co-founder E. Matcha mogul F. Sustainability editor

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Answers: A. Kendall; B. Bella; C. Roosmarijn; D. Helena; E. Sanne; F: Amber DAILYFRONTROW.COM

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Karen Elson

Brandusa Niro Editor in Chief, CEO

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Chief Content Officer Eddie Roche Creative Director Roger Mitchell

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SCENE • The Daily Front Row’s eighth-annual Fashion Media


Awards are back—and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the glittering affair that fêtes industry icons at a star-studded bash at the iconic Rainbow Room on September 9. This year, we’ll honor cover stars Irina Shayk, Stella Maxwell, Rita Ora, and Christian Siriano, as well as Arthur Elgort, Laura Brown, Precious Lee, and more!

A rundown of the soirées you’re going to want to bag an invite to. Bulgari’s rooftop party at the Standard brings together ambassadors Lily Aldridge, Eiza Gonzáles, Martha Hunt, and more for a performance by Chloe x Halle and a DJ set by Paul Sevigny.


Carine Roitfeld and Grey Goose will

With the highly anticipated return of street style, fashion expert Fotini Copeland is here to school us.

toast to the latest issues of CR Fashion Book and CR Men at the new Casa Cipriani space. Bespectacled style savant Iris Apfel celebrates her 100th trip around the sun with a gathering at Central Park Tower.

Three wardrobe staples?

Paris Hilton returns to the decks for

A blazer, a white shirt/T-shirt, and denim. Just add accessories!

the Saks’ NYFW Celebration at L’Avenue, hosted by CEO Marc Metrick and actress Sarah Paulson.

Dior brings together Cara Delevingne, Derek Blasberg, and more for an intimate fashion family dinner to celebrate its Meatpacking fragrance popup, which runs through September 16.

UGG and Susanne Bartsch will team up for a private, cabaret-style show at Sony Hall.

What’s your style mantra?

Communicate who you really are with a strong message. “Effortless” doesn’t mean without thought and consideration, it means without looking like you’re trying too hard. It shows if you’re trying to emulate someone else—be yourself!

What influences you most?

I look at what’s timeless, classic, and chic and then infuse some form of trend.

Neiman Marcus toasts to incoming fashion and lifestyle director Lisa Aiken with an outdoor celebration at NYPL for the Performing Arts Lincoln Center.

What colors add the most personality to a look?

I absolutely love monochromatic looks and I like to go with colors that have longevity: shades of red/pink, blue, or yellow.

Karen Elson is set to debut new music at the Vacheron Constantin Flagship on East 57 Street, before a private penthouse dinner.


LET’S CHAT! Come join The Daily at COTERIE as we sit down with NYFW doyenne Fern Mallis on September 19 at 4 p.m. Additional panels on sustainability and the experiences of Asian Americans in the fashion industry will take place on September 20 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

THE DAILY BAUBLES Time and time again, we turn to Betteridge for show-stopping gems to take our outfits to the next level. Here’s what’s on Natalie Betteridge’s radar! “I love this rare, vintage version of David Webb’s famous zebra bracelet, with its warm yellow-gold details against the white enamel and diamond accents. The overall color scheme and design render it versatile as well as wonderfully chic. With fall knocking at the door, Verdura’s acorn lariat necklace is the perfect understated statement necklace for the season. It’s charming and whimsical— who wouldn’t love it!”

LaQuan Smith is the first designer to ever show at the top of the Empire State Building. Dizzying heights for a rising star!

Wes Gordon’s upcoming collection for Carolina Herrera marks the brand’s 40th anniversary. Bring on the whimsy!

Peace out L.A., Tom Ford is back. Just weeks after turning 60 (drop the skincare routine, please), Mr. Ford will round out the schedule with his Sunday night show.

Moschino will bring all the club kids to the yard, so get ready for more, more, more!

New EIC alert: Mel Ottenberg will be a guest list fixture, having just taken the reins at Interview magazine.

Rodarte’s Laura and Kate Mulleavy are also returning to NYC from the golden state. Now there’s a front row we can’t wait to see!


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New dad Peter Dundas is showing in NYC for the first time, in partnership with REVOLVE.

Art Director Teresa Platt Hamptons Editor Lizzi Bickford Meadow Senior Editor Joseph Manghise Editors-at-Large Charlotte Bickley and Sophie Bickley

We’ve done our homework, so you don’t have to. NYFW’s need-to-know intel, right this way.

Thom Browne has swapped the Eiffel Tower for the Manhattan skyline. Welcome back!

Fashion Director Freya Drohan

Contributing Editors Sophie Sumner Natalie Betteridge Editorial Assistant Julia Oakes Photo Editor Hannah Turner-Harts Imaging Specialist George Maier Chief Marketing Officer Alex Dickerson Fashion Publishing Director Monica Forman Marketing Manager Nandini Vaid Digital Operations Daniel Chivu Manufacturing Operations Michael Esposito Amy Taylor To advertise, e-mail: The Daily Front Row is a Daily Front Row Inc. publication. Copyright © 2021. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Requests for reprints, e-mail:


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The White Lotus star and newcomer Brittany O’Grady has been tapped by Bergdorf Goodman to appear in a photo essay wearing pieces by next-gen talent, like Aliette and Sergio Hudson.


(Clockwise from top left) Rita Ora, photographed by Frederic Monceau. Christian Siriano and Ashley Graham, photographed by Hannah Turner-Harts; assistant: Caroline Fiss; makeup: Kale Teter; hair: Danielle Priano. Stella Maxwell, photographed by Rowan Papier. Irina Shayk, photographed by Paola Kudacki.

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Over the course of two sun-soaked days, The Daily Summer and Max Mara came together to celebrate the storied Italian label’s 70th anniversary and Fall 2021 collection. Well-heeled fans f locked to the design-forward East Hampton home of The Colony Palm Beach CEO Sarah Wetenhall to fête the major milestone and further immerse themselves in the heritage of the world-famous brand. On the premier day of celebrations, guests attended an alfresco luncheon featuring seasonal Italian-themed fare and followed by a selection of hand-crafted Italian gelato, served from The Colony’s instantly recognizable scallop-trimmed cart, which had been shipped to the Hamptons from Palm Beach especially for the day. Event co-hosts Ashley Wu, founder of Maison, and Cori Lee Seaberg, co-founder of Out East, mingled with notable Hamptonites and tastemakers, including Carolyn Tate Angel, Janelle Lloyd, Jessica Wang, Tinamarie Clark, and Olga Ferrara, while drinking Out East rosé and champagne and shopping the anniversary collection.

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Day two offered VIP guests the opportunity to sip, shop, and enjoy a poolside conversation involving Casey Fremont of Art Production Fund, style expert Sai De Silva, Sarah Wetenhall, and Ashley Wu. The talk was moderated by The Daily’s Lizzi Bickford Meadow. The panelists shared their insight on female entrepreneurship, innovation, and personal style, and offered their opinions as to why Max Mara, after seven decades in the game, remains a timeless staple and a prevailing jewel in the fashion industry crown.

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Founded by Achille Maramotti in 1951, Max Mara has gained worldwide acclaim for its sophisticated and elegant designs—thanks also in part to the popularity of its iconic outerwear. The new season offering incorporates the aforementioned, in styles such as a teddy coat, a teddy bomber, and camelhair coats. The brand, long-since helmed by creative director Ian Griffiths, has also launched seven T-shirts to commemorate 70 years of fashion, featuring imagery seen throughout Max Mara’s history. Collector’s item alert! Thank you to our event partners: Out East, Maison, Moroccanoil, The Calling, Josh Cellars, and Swoon.

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East End beauty enthusiasts flocked to The Montauk Beach House for an intimate sunset cocktail party to experience the latest must-have vanity addition from the hair heroes at Moroccanoil. The newly unveiled Brumes du Maroc is an evocative, transporting fragrance mist, combining spicy amber and sweet floral notes, for both hair and body that instantly brings to mind vacations and summer sojourns—which we’d all like to hang on to going into fall!

As guests gathered on the poolside lawn of the chic property, they discovered the scent by spritzing it on their own turquoise Moroccanoil hair scarves, which they used to accessorize their outfits in a myriad of ways. The brand’s glam squad was also in situ, treating the attendees to braids, hair waves, and other beachy-inspired looks with a little help from the suite of cult-favorite products. Turning out in force to celebrate with their mini-makeovers, passed bites, smoky mezcal cocktails with Dos Hombres, refreshing libations by Beam Suntory, clean tequila seltzers from Volley, and chilled glasses of Hampton Water rosé, while listening to the ambient sounds of a local jazz trio were Karina Bik, Sarah Zurell, Tina Lezhe, Izabella Metz, Ulia Ali, Francesca Vuillemin, Katya Tolstova, Olga Ferrara, Bryan Griffin, and more. Thanks to Maker’s Mark and Liquid Death Mountain Water. Photography by SEAN ZANNI


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Embroidered bib top, $225

Leather Capri sandals in Gold, $98

Washable silk top in Harvest, $138

Washable silk asymmetrical dress, $248 Racerback scoop bikini top, $78, and Cheeky bikini bottom, $68, both in Black Stripe

Pintuck skirt in Tan, $148

Cashmere tie dye hoodie, $278

Pintuck shirt, $168

Fleece tie dye shorts in Tan, $88

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Haircalf buckle leather sandals, $188

What’s the rush? Unsubscribed, a conscious fashion concept from American Eagle Outfitters, wants you to rediscover the bliss in taking your time, shopping with a purpose, and discovering forever pieces that are as kind to the environment as your heart desires you to be. After debuting in East Hampton and Watertown, CT, Unsubscribed has now brought its edit of the inhouse label, pre-loved vintage, and third-party retailers online, meaning staples like silk slip dresses, boyfriend shirts, embroidered blouses, must-have sandals, and sumptuously soft cotton T-shirts are available right at your fingertips. Sustainable and chic—a win-win.

Ruffle-sleeve T-shirt in White, $85

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It was smiles, summer dresses, and clinking glasses of Nicole Miller rosé all around on a sunny Hamptons Saturday, as guests came together for an intimate luncheon at La Fin Kitchen in Montauk. Those in attendance had the pleasure of being the first people to taste the 2020 vintage, which had quite literally, in the words of Miller herself, just come off the boat from Bordeaux. Cheers to that! Guests including Olivia Caputo, Delanique Millwood, Mariah Strongin, Sophie Sumner, Jordan Laurelle, Jessica Surowiec, Karina Bik, Hikari Fleurr, Mara Siegler, Lindsey Schickner, and Ruth O’Neill raised a glass of rosé (or fresh vegetable-based juices for those on a health buzz!) to kick off the day before seating for a family-style lunch. On the menu were some of the popular waterside eatery’s crowdpleasing dishes, including salad niçoise, mussels and fries, lobster toast, and vegetable quiche.

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After being wined and dined and posing for photos on the deck in their Nicole Miller Spring/Summer ’21 outfits, guests took home a goody bag with a handy wine sippy cup, a Nicole Miller Whimsy perfume rollerball, and, of course, the new 2020 Nicole Miller rosé—made from cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot grapes. “I think it’s every bit as good as 2019,” the designer said. “Maybe even better. I hope you enjoy it!”



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Fashion and fragrant notes of florals, sandalwood, and margarita froth were the order of the day at an intimate sunset dinner hosted by Libby and Sam Edelman to unveil their first-ever fragrance, Signature by Sam Edelman. The brand’s ardent supporters donned their finest—and new season Sam Edelman footwear, mais oui!—for an elegant outdoor dinner at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill to experience the sweet and aspirational scent. As Sam told attendees, the eau de parfum is inspired by his eternal muse, wife Libby, and is an offering for those who aspire to leave their own lasting and authentic stamp on the world. Among those in attendance were Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl, Georgina Bloomberg, Pamela Tick, Brooks Nader, Kylie Vonnahme, Amy Lefévre, Casey Rosenblatt, The Daily’s Freya Drohan and Lizzi Bickford Meadow, and campaign star Maryse Kye.

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Rita Ora Style Icon


Chart-topper Rita Ora is a true fashion chameleon, whether on the red carpet, on tour, or off-duty. Naturally, the chanteuse seeks inspiration in her fellow female powerhouses, who treat the stage like it’s their catwalk. Here, she shares her influences, inspirations, and icons. By FREYA DROHAN Photography by FREDERIC MONCEAU

What celebrities were your first style icons? I would say Cher, Madonna, Diana Ross, and Gwen Stefani have all been huge inspirations in my life. They’re such powerful women who all have a unique point of view when it comes to fashion. Kate Moss is another style icon of mine; she is the epitome of British fashion.



just knew I had to go with them. Through collaborating we formed a friendship and I think that connection with Rob and Mariel has helped when curating looks. What’s that collaborative process like? When it comes to planning for a tour, it’s all about the theme of the current album. We take inspiration from the feel of the music when putting together the outfits to make sure that everything is cohesive. Red carpet moment during which you felt your best? The red dress I wore to the 2014 VMAs—everything about the dress made me feel confident, which is key on the red carpet! The other was my Oscar performance dress [in 2015]. It had such a classic old Hollywood glam feel. That night was an absolute dream come true! What three pieces in your closet mean the most to you? I find a lot of meaning in simplicity, so I would say my favorite pair of jeans, a white tee, and a great pair of trainers. I’m a bit of a tomboy at heart! First fashion purchase when you felt successful? An Hermès Birkin bag. I still have it and every time I use it, I’m reminded of how far I’ve come. What kind of shopper are you? I’m very quick. When I shop, I have a clear vision in my head of what I want, so I don’t waste much time looking around. Do you keep up to date with shows/trends/designers? I do! Fashion is such a passion of mine and I love discovering new designers, trends, and trying new things. I’m lucky to have friends in the industry who tell me who and what to watch for. Who are your ones to watch right now? I’m a big fan of any woman who has the guts to put herself out there creatively. Bianca Saunders is an amazing young British designer. She designs menswear, but I love fluidity in fashion and I don’t see gender in clothing. If you could be born in another fashion era, what would it be? The 1960s; there was so much variety during that era and so many iconic fashion moments. From Diana Ross and the Supremes to Twiggy and Jackie O, that decade had it all. Who do you think always gets it right? Jennifer Lopez always nails it. Her looks are always on point.

HALL OF FAME Ora takes fashion cues from the likes of Cher and Jennifer Lopez.

Who or what first influenced your love of fashion? Madonna’s whole existence! She is such a badass. When I was younger, I was into making my own outfits and I would go digging in flea markets to find the perfect pieces. That’s probably my earliest fashion memory. How does your taste in music come through in how you dress? Musically, I’m all over the place with whom I listen to, and the same goes for when I’m writing in the studio. I like experimenting and collaborating with other artists, and I feel that attitude comes through in how I dress. I’m always up for trying new things, and I don’t take myself too seriously, which helps when I’m experimenting with a new look. How did you meet your stylists, Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn? Through a friend! I loved the work I saw and



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Stella Maxwell Fashion Icon

If you’re a regular reader of these pages, you’ve likely noticed our longtime infatuation with Stella Maxwell. Can you blame us? Before our very own eyes, this breathtakingly beautiful woman has achieved icon status in the fashion world. THE DAILY caught up with our longtime muse to reminisce on some of her most cherished moments and what matters most to her in life. By EDDIE ROCHE

You’ve done so much since you started your career. What have been some of the highlights? I have had so many amazing experiences throughout my career. If I had to choose a few I would say working with Donatella Versace. I always love shooting with the Versace team and walking their shows. I love, love, love Jeremy Scott, and collaborating with him on so many amazing projects has been so fun. We’ve gone to the Met Gala together twice with Moschino and in fact, we went to the moon together last season for Moschino fragrance. When did you start to realize that your career was taking off? I remember walking a show for Marc Jacobs and thinking, “Wow, I can’t believe I’m doing this!” And then I walked the runway for Victoria’s Secret and that was really a wow moment in my mind. What photographers and stylists taught you the most about taking a good photo? You learn so much from working with good teams. I don’t know who to credit for that. I think it’s a collaborative

effort among hair and makeup and the photographer and stylist and myself. I have been blessed to work with so many amazing artists. What was your scariest moment on the runway? Well, there have been a few. I think some of the scariest moments have been when I saw a shoe that was way too tall and way too big at the same time. But I have learned it’s all part of the job. Anyone who says they never get nervous before walking a runway show isn’t being honest. Having said that, I always enjoy the adrenaline rush. What’s been your favorite place to travel for the job? Los Angeles! Maybe not the most creative answer. I’m not sure if you were expecting a tropical location or remote destination. But I really loved L.A. the first time I visited and I have loved it since. It’s my home. Who were the most helpful people to you at the beginning of your career? The most helpful people to me were my family. My parents and siblings are my everything. After that, my dear friend and photographer David [Mushegain.] He has encouraged me and been there for me. What do you do with the covers and editorials you’ve been featured in over the years? My mom saves them all. I personally am a minimalist, so I rely on her. Some models miss family events or group travel excursions with friends. What has been the biggest sacrifice for you as a model? I try to keep a balance between work and family. I’m so blessed to have a job that gives me the opportunity to travel and see my family fairly often. Of course, you miss out on moments you would like to be there for, but I think anyone with a job makes sacrifices and has to find that balance.

What has been your favorite pastime on set or waiting for a runway show to begin? Talking with my sis Irina [Shayk.] Or texting, if we aren’t at the same show. Friends are everything. A good book or podcast is always a great way to pass the time backstage. What are you still eager to accomplish professionally? I’m just getting started. So many things to do! Not even sure where to begin. I have a few projects that I will be announcing soon that I’m really excited about. Stay tuned!




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Fashion Legend

LEGENDARY Few can claim responsibility for so many memorable fashion moments and creating as many superstars as living legend Carine Roitfeld. The Daily asked the founder of CR Fashion Book about her greatest achievements and what she still wants to do. By EDDIE ROCHE Photography by HEIDI SLIMANE What has been the proudest moment of your career so far? Launching CR Fashion Book was definitely one. I remember the launch party as if it were yesterday; it felt amazing to be surrounded and supported by all my friends and family. I was proud to show what we had been working on for months. Launching CR was such a personal undertaking, and I couldn’t be happier to see where it led us 10 years later. Who were your mentors early in your career, and what advice stuck with you? There were a few people I looked up to. My father will forever be my mentor, and there’s a bunch of sentences he said to me that always stuck with me. When I was 18, we had a conversation about where I was going, what I wanted to do with my life, to which I responded

I was still young and I had time. He told me, “18 wasn’t young.” It felt quite brutal at the time, but it was also a catalyst for me. You have been responsible for the success of so many people. How are you so good at spotting stars? As you can imagine, that was never my intention in the first place. I just happened to follow my intuition and root for the people I believed in. I came across so many people in my career and a bunch of them stood out. Today, I feel grateful that I could ever play a part in these people’s successes. The traits I look for are resilience, vision, loyalty, and of course, irreverence. I’m always looking for people who are ready to take risks. You and Karl Lagerfeld had a special relationship. What do you miss most about him? He made you feel protected. He had the greatest aura, culture, and taste; he made you feel so special. No matter how formal our relationship could sound, he would always call me “Madame Roitfeld.” It was based on blind trust. What has the success of CR meant to you? It means the world, knowing the amount of energy we all put into its building and the making of every single issue. It started as a magazine and a website, which we


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worked toward expanding into a global brand. Now not only do we publish the magazine twice a year and daily handle our digital and social media channels, but we also host parties, stage runway shows, and do merchandising. Just the beginning! You’ve expanded CR to China. Why did that come about, and do you plan to move into other markets? We have expanded to both Japan and China. For now, we’re focusing on developing these two local editions as they are quite recent; it’s about understanding the market needs and the way it needs to be approached so our readers are able to connect with our content. It’s a great opportunity for us to expand CR’s vision to Asia. We have more upcoming projects this winter in Asia, and I am very much looking forward to being able to talk about it. What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this? I would be watching Netflix, practicing ballet, boxing, and playing chess. How do you stay energetic and enthusiastic in everything you do? Only because I love what I do. To be honest, as long as there’s renewal, I never get bored. Your family is important to you. How have they helped you in your success? They have helped in my success in many ways, first by being my first supporters. They are always by my side. [Son] Vladimir joined the company as the CEO, and it really did change everything for me. I’m working with someone I have full trust in, and who trusts me in return. We’re a family, but we’re also a team. What does your granddaughter call you? She calls me Grandma Carine, but I’m considering finding something else. [Laughs] What’s still on your wish list professionally? I always want to do what I’ve never done before. Karl always told me to surprise people. That’s what I did when launching my perfume line Carine Roitfeld Paris. Next thing on my wish list is a beauty line.


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SUPER W Earlier this year, Irina Shayk added entrepreneur to her résumé after the release of her first capsule collection of shoes with Tamara Mellon. She tells THE DAILY what it was like working with the shoe legend and the words of wisdom she lives by. By EDDIE ROCHE Photography by PAOLA KUDACKI

Irina Shayk

Fashion Entrepreneur

Why did the collaboration with Tamara Mellon appeal to you? When she came to me with this idea to collaborate, I couldn’t say no. She’s a genius. She’s a strong woman who employs mostly women. Basically 80 percent of her company is women, which is very cool. It was a perfect fit. How long was the process? We had to move fast with ideas and fabrics; it all

happened during COVID. We did most meetings via Zoom. The Mellon team is so professional and experienced, so it was fun and easy. Were they able to send you samples? Of course. It’s all made in Italy, so it took some time. Basically the Spring/Summer collection was based on Tamara sitting on a cushion at home during COVID putting her feet up on this sofa that was so comfortable and she thought, “Why shouldn’t shoes feel like that? Why can’t I put that feeling in every shoe?” That was her inspiration. Everyone got creative during COVID. Did you have a certain woman in mind when working on the collection? I always get inspired by strong women. The Fall collection is definitely fearless and confident. I wanted to design something that reflects confidence, which is probably why there are so many flat shoes in the collection. Every woman can wear them and feel confident and comfortable. Comfort for me is definitely key! What did you learn from Tamara Mellon? I learned that a woman can do it all. A woman like Tamara inspires me. She’s confident in her decisions. She knows her field. She lets everyone speak up, and she listens to your ideas. Everyone has a say at the table. I was inspired by her. Do you know why she wanted to work with you? When we did a Zoom call, she said if there was one person she wanted to be collaborate with it was me. Maybe she was inspired by me? I don’t know! We think the same way in many ways. You know how sometimes there are people you feel you’ve known for years and years and you only met them an hour ago? That’s how I felt about Tamara. Like I’ve known her before. Are you going to continue the collaboration? Yes. You’ll have to wait and see. You also did a collab with makeup artist Mimi Luzon this year on a 24K Pure Gold Lip Treatment. Mimi is my friend! She came to me with this idea and I said, “Let’s do something fun!” We got creative. It was also created during COVID. We made a 24K Pure Gold lip kit. It’s fun to collaborate with people who are basically part of your family. What’s one piece of solid business advice that has stuck with you? Don’t spend your money! [Laughs] You’re talking to a Russian girl! I did an interview a few months ago for a fashion magazine and they asked me the last thing I went shopping for. I literally don’t go shopping. During COVID, I redid my closet and found so many basic clothing pieces that I can give second life to. I’m not spending money on clothes. Know what you want, be creative with your ideas, and spend smart! What are you looking forward to this fall? For everything to be normal again! I’m so excited for New York coming back. Fashion Week is coming back! I’m traveling to Milan Fashion Week. I need this routine of seeing the girls and the designers. Life needs to get back to normal. This September is going to be a different experience. I think we’re going to appreciate our time and work more. I’m excited! We’re going to come back stronger than ever.



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Arthur Elgort

Lifetime Achievement


Legendary photographer Arthur Elgort was behind the camera in what some consider a golden era of fashion. Still curious and still shooting each and every day, the 81-year-old looks back on some of the most memorable days of his celebrated career. How did you first get into photography? I was a painter at Hunter College because the school didn’t like photography. The head of the department didn’t think photography was good. I was a good

painter, but I wanted to draw something real, not abstract. I started photography on my own and stuck with it. I’m still doing it. The school ended up giving me a doctorate many years later, and I felt good about that.

How did you learn your craft? I learned it on my own. I read books and photo magazines. I worked in a restaurant at the time and had money, not a lot, but I bought a Nikon camera. Before I knew it, I bought a Rollei. Before my children were born, I bought cameras for them so they would become photographers as well. [Elgort’s children] Sophie and Warren are both [professional] photographers. Ansel’s not a photographer, but he’s very good at it. They all like it today. I felt good about that. They’re getting better than me. Especially in digital. We used to use film. Remember film? I don’t mind digital at all. It’s pretty good. Especially in low light. Tell us about Freddy’s 411, the restaurant you worked at. It was a gay restaurant, but you didn’t have to be gay to go in there. The guys would bring their mothers there because it was a nice place with good food. It was right near where Marc Jacobs’ bookstore [Bookmarc] is today. I worked there for three years, and then I made one mistake. I answered the phone and I was told to come in, but I had a date with a girl to go ice-skating. They said if I didn’t come in that I would be fired. Then I was fired. It probably worked out for the best. I’m still enjoying photography today. I take a picture every day. I like girls better than boys [to photograph], but don’t tell anybody! You look at my Instagram and it’s mainly girls. Warren and Ansel are good subjects. Especially Ansel. He’s a genius. He has [the film] West




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Side Story coming out later this year. That’s a big deal. He sings beautifully. Not as good as Frank Sinatra, but he has the same kind of voice. How did you end up in fashion photography? I started as a ballet photographer, but I realized I was giving the prints away and losing money. My brother Bob suggested I do fashion. I thought, maybe that’s a good idea. The first job I got was for McCall’s magazine, which I think is gone, and then Mademoiselle. I then started working for Vogue. Polly Mellen was my editor. Now, she’s 97 years old and she’s gotten even sharper. She didn’t become senile. At 97, I’d be senile for sure. I’m 81, but I’m still working! You worked with Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington when they were first starting out. What was that era like? The business had the money then. They don’t pay much anymore. They paid a lot and trusted you. Cindy had a good tone. When I met Christy, they said they have much better, but I said I’ll stick with Christy Turlington. I pick good models. I don’t always get the first picture of them, but just about. There’s still good models now, like Karlie Kloss. I used a lot of Black models. Naomi [Campbell] was good. I was very friendly with Azzedine Alaïa and Karl Lagerfeld. They were a big deal at the time. Legends. Do you look back on that time as a golden era in fashion? Yeah! Because of the money! If you work for British Vogue or French Vogue, you don’t get paid well, but you make it. That’s why I did books. I have 11 books out now on jazz, ballet, cameras. That’s my hobby. I was lucky because I wasn’t good at anything else. I didn’t know anything about finances. I still don’t. What shoots are you most proud of? When I went to China. First, I went there with Nancy Kissinger, who was not a model. She was a dignitary. I then went back with Linda Evangelista, who is a miracle model. Then I went to Russia a lot with Christy. We wore red [for a shoot] because of Gorbachev, who was kind of a nice guy. Putin, I’m not sure! What do you think of magazines these days? They could be better. It’s the end of the magazines because they don’t have the money and the printing is lousy. Now when you work for Anna Wintour, you don’t make any money. Before you could buy a loft, now you can buy maybe a sandwich. What was it like working with Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington? Grace is marvelous. She has style. Anna was wonderful because she believed in Grace. Now it’s different. They don’t have the money. British Vogue doesn’t have money, but they do nice things. I did a lot of pictures for Edward [Enninful]. I wish I did more. Sometimes they think I’m too old. But I don’t think I’m old at all. I don’t think old. Do you think age discrimination exists in fashion? Sure. When you’re 80, they’re gonna give another guy a chance. Sometimes they’ll call me up and ask me to do a jumping picture with someone like Fran Summers. I think she’s just as good as Suzy Parker. We still get good models. We don’t pay them much for editorial. What do you think of Instagram? I like it. If you look at my Instagram today, you have my photo of [former model] Dayle Haddon there. She was marvelous. I have good relationships with models. I didn’t do anything bad. I didn’t flirt with them or whatever. I was just there to take their pictures, so I didn’t get into trouble. A lot of people now get into

trouble. Even nice guys. Peter Lindbergh was nice, but he died because he worked too much. How do you want to be remembered? You better ask my kids. I don’t know. I think I did a good job. I feel good about it. Is your philosophy still that you’ll retire when you’re dead? Yeah. I would say I’m going to take pictures until I die, which is nice. I must say I have good subjects. Even my kids are wonderful. I’m lucky.

“Before you could buy a loft, now you can maybe buy a sandwich.”

FOREVER CHRISTY One of Elgort’s most successful working relationships has been with Christy Turlington.


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Christian Siriano

Fashion Innovator


They were probably happy for the business! Months later you did an in-person show in your backyard in Connecticut. What made you want to do that? I was nervous that the business was going to be over. I was super scared. Fashion was a little dead at that time. It’s my creative outlet. At that point, it was September. Didn’t we need a little art and beauty? If I had the right group of people there I knew it could work and be inspiring for everyone involved. It received so much media attention. We didn’t invite that many people, so I thought who is going to care? We wanted the pictures, but the response was amazing. It was a good time for people to see something they hadn’t seen in awhile. You’re doing an exhibition of your work in Savannah at SCAD this fall. When the SCAD team reached out, they wanted an exhibition celebrating fashion in a different way. It was to show the younger generation that clothes can be emotional and change the perception of the world. They aren’t just a frivolous thing. If they are done in a political right way, they can mean something. Do you feel kinda young to be doing something like this? Yeah! It’s super silly! I actually felt embarrassed at first. I don’t have 40-year-old career. They kept saying we’ve had moments that were more culturally significant than a lot other brands that have been around for 40 or 50 years, so it was nice to be thought of in that way. When does Project Runway return? November. I’m really involved this season. I’m there every day. Karlie Kloss was pregnant, so she’s not on it. I took on a hosting/mentor role. The designers are amazing. We found people who were desperate to create because they hadn’t for so long. Really strong women are on the show! How do you feel about the future? Luckily I feel a huge surge in business. The boom of the bridal business has been insane. We’ve had a big surge in event dressing. In the downtime, we sold quite a few very extravagant clothes. It was almost like the way people buy jewelry. People were spending their money on things that were aspirational.

While most used the early days of the pandemic to take a little time out, Christian Siriano and his team used their talents to create masks for frontline workers in New York, which resulted in 2 million face coverings. A few months later, he defied industry conventions and skipped the digital route for an in-person socially distant fashion show in the backyard of his Connecticut home. That’s what we call commitment to your craft! The beloved designer tells THE DAILY why he’s taken the fashion runway less traveled and what’s ahead. You wanted Ashley Graham to be on our cover with you. How did you first meet her? I met her because I was doing a collaboration with Lane Bryant. I was doing my first fashion show at the United Nations, and she was the face of Lane Bryant at the time and I asked her to be in the show with me. We hit it off and got really close as friends as we were coming up in the business. She was becoming Ashley Graham. We’ve had a lot of fun together. At the beginning of the pandemic, you were one of the first designers to create masks for frontline workers. You tweeted to then New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that your team could help. I’ve always been reactionary, and I know that’s a good and a bad thing. In that moment when I tweeted at the

governor, I didn’t think anyone would respond. When they did respond, I didn’t want to let them down. I felt I had an obligation to hold up my end of the bargain. It was almost a test to see if we could really do this. Can we turn this into a mask factory? It felt really good. It was wild. Were you scared going into your studio while everyone else was locked down at home? Yeah. It was intense. We went through a lot of problems. Half the staff didn’t want to come in. The logistics were hard. How do we get boxes? How do we get lunch every day for our team? Nothing was open. Simple things were the hardest thing. We had a catering company come deliver every day for my staff because we couldn’t get lunch.

TRUE FRIENDS Siriano poses with muse Ashley Graham at his Soho studio.




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This isn’t exactly the easiest time to become a breakout star, but Precious Lee is setting the world on fire. The IMG mod wowed us this year when she walked Versace, covered numerous magazines—including American Vogue and British Vogue—and broke barriers as a plus-size African American woman doing it. But this is just the beginning! By EDDIE ROCHE Photography by LUIGI & IANGO Talk to us about this incredible year you’ve had. What’s it been like for you? I feel incredibly grateful. It’s an interesting dynamic to be accomplishing so many of my goals in the heart of the pandemic. For me to manifest these things and make this space seems so special. It’s not like I just started. But it’s inspiring to see how this is happening in 2021 with what’s happening in the world with movements like Black Lives Matter. Your Instagram profile bio says that you’re “in the business of making history.” Discuss! All the goals and dreams that I have have never been done from an African American plus-size model. It’s historic. That makes it extremely close to my heart to protect that and honor that. I understand just how important it is to be the first.

Your British Vogue cover was one of our favorite covers of the year. How did that feel? When I got the call…Steven Meisel? Steven Meisel! My reaction was almost like a [football] touchdown. It felt like so much of what I was working for, my dreams; it was one of my wildest dreams and to know you were the first in your space to do that. It was so incredibly magical. I screamed! I had so many different emotions. I thanked God for hearing me and guiding me. It was so divine. It felt like a divine manifestation. I respect him so much and the whole team of Edward Enninful, Pat [McGrath], and Guido [Palau]. I’ve been so incredibly inspired by these people most of my life. You’re on the current cover of American Vogue. We hear you always knew it was going to happen. I know there is nothing in my heart and on my mind to


Breakthrough Model


Precious Lee

do that I can’t accomplish. Once I align myself to that, I did know that. I knew that it would be a process and a journey. That journey happens to be here. I knew I was going to be in it because I said I was going to be in it and I wasn’t going to stop. It was incredibly hard. I’m so grateful for everyone who has helped and everyone who has tried to stop me. It’s been a long journey to get to where I am. Do you think you appreciate this a lot more now than if you were a teenager? I didn’t start modeling full time until after I graduated high school. I met so many girls who skipped prom to be in New York for a season. What feels good to me about this when it comes to timing is that I never gave up—as cliché as that sounds. When I first started out, I was around teenagers in New York and I remember feeling so grateful that I went to college. I did want to get into modeling, but I wanted to finish what I started with my education. Did I think it was going to take as long as it did? I don’t dwell on it. Donatella Versace has been a big champion. What’s it like having her in your corner? Absolutely insanely incredibly fabulous. You admire someone and then they admire you and find out you’re alive? She’s just such a bad bitch. To think she loves me too is amazing. I’m super grateful. Christian Siriano has also been a big supporter. I love him so much. He taught me how to love Scorpios. I loved him before I even knew he was so unapologetic and so insanely talented at the same time. It’s not shocking that he was one of the first to really start embracing curves. It’s indicative of who he is. You’re so confident. Where does that come from in your life? I accept who I am and that comes off as confident to people. It’s rare for people to see someone love who they are. I didn’t know anything different. People say I’m so confident, and I didn’t understand I had a right not to be. My parents made me feel magnificent. I’m an African American woman and aware of my power. I learn about my power every day. I’m blessed and lifted with DNA to transcend and be resilient. I know I can do the things I’ve set out to do, and I focus on that. That’s my culture and where I came from. You’re so impressive! I want to do things that make my heart sing. We all had things we wanted to do when we were younger. I say “Little P” a lot. This would make “Little P” so happy! The kid in me. That kid in us is still with us, and we can honor that by living our wildest dreams. You’ve worked with Meisel, covered Vogue’s September issue, have been blessed by Donatella! What’s next? I have a lot of work to do. I want to work with emerging people; I want to work with the greats. I want to expand my acting career for sure. I have many more runways to storm, more covers to grace. I’m coming for everything that is mine.


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Style Curator

PERFECT Performance Cristina Ehrlich began dressing creamof-the-crop A-list Hollywood actresses of the intelligent, multihyphenate, awardssweeping variety more than two decades ago. But first, she was a professional dancer well into her twenties, a career chapter that’s proven essential to her success as a stylist. By ALEXANDRA ILYASHOV What are your earliest fashion memories? My mother is Italian and very fashionable. I grew up in the ’70s in L.A.—the glasses, denim shorts, wide- leg pants, Gucci—with all that in my face. At a young age, going to ballet class, my mom would have a turban on her head, a skintight jersey button-down shirt with flared pants, and nude lipstick. I never flinched if she was in some crazy full look at 10 in the morning. My stepmother was also into fashion, and my brother is married to furniture designer Jenni Kayne. In our family, everything has always had visual cinematic elements. Why did you first pursue dance before fashion? I had a full, beautiful career as a dancer. I went to

NYU, got my degree there, then danced for a year or so in London, feeling out the modern dance scene there. When I came back from having been abroad, I was still struggling with fashion or dance. I guess you could say that fashion won. How did you transition from dance to styling? I was living in New York working as a coat-check girl and dancing, and I was dating a guy who was a photo rep; he introduced me to Irene Albright, who founded the Albright Fashion Library. I did a few jobs with Irene, mostly advertising jobs, and then I assisted her for a while. I think that with styling, like a lot of things in life, you’re either built for it or you’re not. It’s like a certain gene you have. Mandy Moore was your first big celeb client. How did your roster evolve from there? After Mandy, next was Jessica Biel, Rosario Dawson, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Then came Penelope Cruz, Elisha Cuthbert, Zooey Deschanel, and a lot of these young girls. At that time, in 2004 or 2005, there weren’t a ton of stylists doing red carpet work. You had Phillip Bloch, Linda Medvene, and Jessica Paster; Laurie Goldstein was a bit of editorial and celebrity; and

STYLE FACTOR Known for styling some of the smartest women in Hollywood, Ehrlich’s roster includes Connie Britton, Tina Fey, Annaleigh Ashford, and Uzo Aduba.


Cristina Ehrlich

some other stylists that I don’t remember the names of now. The market was not as flooded, but it was like, “This is a legitimate thing that people are doing now.” What was your strategy for attracting such talent? I had an agent, and I think that the industry wasn’t as humongous as it is now; Hollywood is a small town. You have a connection and a good rapport with a publicist, you work with one or two of their clients, and it just becomes a domino effect. It’s the same kind of philosophy that exists when an actor or actress responds to specific makeup artists or hairstylists. It’s just somebody that you trust and feel comfortable with. Has your dance background been relevant to styling? When people say to me, “Oh, do you miss not being a dancer?” I’m like, “I’m actually a dancer every day.” Sometimes the day feels a little bit more like Swan Lake, sometimes it’s more like Charade, but it’s always a performance. How do you deal when a relationship with a client fizzles out? It’s like a revolving door. Sometimes a client has a busy two months, they do a project, then need to do press and go to a premiere, and another premiere, and you’ll see them every day for two months—and then sometimes you won’t see them for two years because they’re away shooting or out of the country. I’ve had to learn, and stomach, that you have to be open to change. What makes a stylist masterful at handling celebs? You want to make them feel comfortable. You’re there to work for them. You’re not there to be their buddy, but there is a friendly tone to it. My philosophy is really about taking care of them. The only reasons why I’ve stayed in this industry for as many years as I have is that I love women, I love beauty, and I have a nurturing, maternal, and patient ear. I think it has to do with having been a dancer, where there’s so much focus on body, body, body. For women on the red carpet, they’re sort of under a magnifying glass as opposed to being in front of the camera, acting and being a character, pretending to be someone else. There’s a lot of pressure. Even though these are clothes, there’s always a lot of messaging that’s going into a look that we’re putting on an actress.


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Editor of the Year

UNSTOPPABLE InStyle’s magnetic EIC Laura Brown is a force of a nature. She wasn’t going to let a pandemic stop her from creating some of the most innovative and creative content in fashion media. Since the start of lockdown, Brown and her team have been going, going, going. So how did she do it? By EDDIE ROCHE Photography by KAT IRLIN When things first started with the pandemic, how did you rally and keep things going? Guilelessness! I think it’s such an underrated word. It doesn’t mean you’re not smart. It just means “Let’s go!” We ended up “Let’s going!” When you lose these ephemera in our business, these rituals that you’re so used to, you end up siphoning down to journalism and the love of journalism. You’re proud to be a journalist. When you’re faced with adversity—like the Trump administration, COVID, the racial unrest last summer—it consolidates you. You gird your loins. Our loins were girded! You had some ambitious ideas! One of the first ideas that I had, which is mad now

that I think about it, was the story that was inspired by the Ormond Gigli’s 1960 photograph, “Girls in the Window.” It was a bloody feat. We had to find a building where everyone could sit in the windows in Brooklyn and be photographed. It also happened to be an artist community filled with the most creative people. It was sent from the sky to us. [The September 2020 issue featured the artist tenants on the cover.] Everyone involved with it was so thrilled. How did you maintain the passion? I felt stubborn about it—about creating great things and having something to say. What’s the right thing? Who is doing and saying the right thing? Who has a voice that we can magnify? We were lucky we had to something to produce. We had deadlines; we had to get out of bed. We had something to do. That pumped us up. We also didn’t cut our issue frequency. Let me rephrase that! We nobly and masochistically never cut our issue frequency. There’s a lot of optimism in the covers. You can be optimistic and realistic. I’ve always been a glass-half-full kind of person. Someone recently told me that they find InStyle to be joyful. I take that as a huge compliment. Sometimes it pays to be obvious. On Kate Hudson’s cover, we put a smiley face T-shirt

INTO IT InStyle has featured bold and optimistic cover choices, including political figures as well as Hollywood stars.


Laura Brown

on a smiley face gal with the word Joyful! Were you shocked that Dr. Fauci agreed to be on the cover? The pitch was him and his wife [Christine Grady], who is also a doctor and extremely well regarded. Both of them were interesting to us. We were smart enough to understand what she did and the rhythm and dynamic of the two of them. The conversation [in the issue] is entirely between the two of them. It’s our job to have the sensitivity and news sense to make that happen. You don’t just go Fauci, Fauci, Fauci. You’re No. 490 on his press request list. It’s up to us to have the ingenuity. Were you surprised certain outlets gave you crap about it? [Florida governor] Ron DeSantis wheels that cover out all the time. I’m sure a lot of those guys would love a magazine cover. I don’t think Ted Cruz would turn one down. What’s been the hardest part for you since things went down? Keeping my energy level up and keeping our team’s energy up. It’s wearing. I don’t have kids who go to school, but a lot of people on our team did and had a lot to deal with. I hate the word pivot. It’s so corporate. But circumstances would come up. We had an actress we were going to shoot for a subscription cover who was exposed to COVID, and we had to cancel a shoot that cost thousands of dollars. That arbitrary stuff that you have to deal with. It was and is difficult. You went on an RV trip across America last summer! Were you working or was that a holiday? You realize that with our devices, we can travel. I highly recommend anyone get into an RV if you can, whether it’s for four days or four weeks. Seeing things like landscapes that were there for thousands of years before you and will be there after you was a bit calming. If I had to do an Instagram Live or a few Zooms, we’d stop by an Airbnb. There’s good phone reception in most of the U.S.! If you don’t have to be somewhere and you can do your job, haven’t we all learned that it can be done? You also started a podcast, “Ladies First,” last year. It’s great and really gratifying. I get to spend an hour with someone who I maybe haven’t seen in ages or who I really love and have that time to yap away. “Ladies First”! Get it wherever you get your podcasts!


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9/3/21 11:14 AM

GloriousLAUNCH Make room in your rotation of scents, there’s a newcomer on the block. Yes I Am Glorious is the latest addition to the Cacharel’s Yes I Am collection, and none other than actress Shay Mitchell is here to tell you why you need it in your life. Indeed, the mega influencer and new mom is the perfect spokesperson for the “floriental” fragrance, which places an emphasis on confidence, empowerment, and authenticity. THE DAILY caught up with Mitchell and perfumer Adriana Medina to get the lowdown. By FREYA DROHAN Since your last Yes I Am campaign, you’ve become a mom! How has life changed? Shay Mitchell: I obviously didn’t anticipate parenting in a pandemic, and I wish the state of the world were different, but the silver lining has been that we had an opportunity to slow down and soak up every moment with our baby girl. Being a mom has been hands-down the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I have ever done. Even a year into [daughter] Atlas’s life, everything still feels so novel and exciting. Yes, the fatigue is real, but she keeps me on my toes, and I look forward to spending time with her, no matter how exhausted I am. How are you finding motherhood? Mitchell: It still throws me for a loop at times to think of myself as someone’s mom! The entire process of pregnancy and motherhood has been empowering and made me feel stronger as a woman. I admittedly didn’t love pregnancy—I was pretty uncomfortable at the end and anxious to meet my baby—but I was still amazed by my body and how it knew exactly what to do. After Atlas was born, I really tuned in during that fourth trimester, wanting to bond with her and give my body a chance to recover. The days were long and there were challenges, but challenges and being vulnerable create an opportunity to learn and flourish.

SHIMMER & SHINE Yes I Am Glorious boasts a distinctive iridescent pale pink and peachy hue.

What does the word glorious evoke for you? Mitchell: The word makes me envision bright, sunny light streaming in through a window. Radiance. Peace. Perfect. What makes you feel glorious? Mitchell: I think a lot of things make me feel glorious in different ways. Having my baby reach for me. Stepping out of the shower after a long day. Fitting in an amazing workout. Mastering something that I have been working hard at. Going on a trip and immersing myself in other cultures. Putting myself in a tough situation but rising above. What kind of person do you imagine wearing this fragrance? Adriana Medina: It’s the fragrance of girls who radiate positivity at any time, at any place. Solar and mischievous girls, imbued with energy. Girls who glow with an inner radiance that lights up their entire world and everyone in it. Why is Shay the perfect fit for the fragrance? Medina: It’s a radiant fragrance, delivering positive vibes, a joyful mood, and a feeling of victory. Shay Mitchell is so luminous and glowing. My inspiration for this fragrance came from Latin American girls; there’s something so magical about them, something radiant that comes right from their soul. These girls are always sparkling with joy and a positive attitude! What are the main notes of Yes I Am Glorious? Medina: It’s a fruity and milky scent, spiced up with a dash of cardamom and an unctuous accord of a peach milkshake. Do you have a favorite milkshake flavor? Mitchell: I don’t discriminate. Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, wild berry lavender, matcha…I’ll take it all. The vegan ones are good, too. This fragrance is all about a healthy, natural glow. What makes you glow? Mitchell: A real glow comes from the inside. You’re the most radiant as an individual when you’re happy, when you take time for yourself, when you create healthy boundaries, when you worry more about what makes you feel good than about what other people think. How do you care for your mind, body, and spirit? Mitchell: I listen to myself and my inner needs. I surround myself with people I respect and who reciprocate. I eat healthy, but also eat what I want or what my body is craving. I make sure I sleep, but also make sure I’m active. I pay attention to what’s going on in the world, but have consumption limitations. I help when I can. I share. I believe in kindness. I speak out about things that I believe in. I plan my days, but I leave room for spontaneity. I’m balanced as much as I can be. How has COVID-19 impacted your work? Mitchell: I think, like everyone else, things have pivoted for me this year. I was supposed to be in production starting in May for Season 2 of Dollface, but obviously that got pushed back as so many productions did. My brand, BÉIS, is still moving full-steam ahead. I’m so lucky to work alongside people who are just as dedicated to the brand as I am, and who continue to go above and beyond to make sure we could weather the storms that this year has presented. Being able to stay solvent being a travel brand in the middle of a global pandemic where you can’t travel was definitely the biggest concern, so we had to address a few things quickly and reposition the brand. Do you miss traveling yourself? Mitchell: Of course! Traveling is like a limb to me, and also the greatest education. There’s no substitute for traveling, in my opinion, but family time has been an excellent remedy for restlessness. I will travel again when it’s safe, and I cannot wait for that day to come!




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Baccarat’s North America President and CEO JIM SHREVE might not look like your typical executive, but he’s the first to tell you his approach to business is still old-school. With a seasoned background in fashion, he’s bringing out-of-the-box partnerships to the luxury crystalware brand and turning the French company into a bona fide fashion player. How does he do it? By EDDIE ROCHE Photography by CAROLINE FISS

You had a career in fashion before landing at Baccarat. What were some of the highlights? My whole career was in fashion prior to this, and I look at this as fashion. My last job was overseeing global product merchandising for Diesel, and I lived in Italy doing that. Prior to Diesel, I was with Façonnable, which at the time was owned by Nordstrom. And I oversaw its merchandising and buying operations for Europe. I was also with Gap for 13 years.

Why did you want to bring fashion into the Baccarat world? It’s what I knew. It’s all I know. I’ve learned many different things in my past jobs. I was with Banana Republic when we were safari and we transformed it into a sportswear brand, and it was an amazing education at that time. One of the things that many brands do is ask, “What’s your impact?” When you walk into a store, a company tells the consumer what they stand for. I looked at Baccarat and I looked at the

industry and there was not that message. You walk in and you have beautiful things, but what are we supposed to buy? I’m fascinated with grocery stores because grocery stores direct us—you always enter in produce, and you end in chips. It’s interesting for me, when you look at different industries, how we’re supposed to be told what to buy. It’s fascinating. Your U.S. executive team is also made up of former fashion executives. My team is all from fashion. It’s people I knew. My partner [Mark Brashear] also comes from fashion. It was easy for me to hire people in fashion because we all spoke the same language. We say something like, “This has no hanger appeal.” But a glass might not have hanger appeal until it’s set on a table or until you put a drink in it. We talk about the mannequin look. And [for] tableware, no one talks about a mannequin look, but when you look at a table when you go into a department store and look at the way something is set up, that should be our way of expressing a mannequin. We speak the same language; we all understand each other. It’s been an interesting injection into the tableware industry in America. We look at it as fashion for the home. There’s a lot of things that we do with fashion in terms of the shoes we wear, the accessories we wear, the clothes we wear. When we go home, we don’t necessarily take care of ourselves in the same way. You look in your cupboards and it’s like, that wine glass I’ve had for 10 years


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THE ENTERTAINER Shreve gets ready to host at his Tribeca pad in New York City.

serves a purpose. A belt serves a purpose, too, but we don’t keep a belt for 10 years. Tell us about some of the collaborations that you’ve brought to Baccarat. We’ve done some fun ones. Supreme is probably the one that we were very excited about. I challenged my team to do something creative. I can’t do an interview without mentioning what an awesome team I have. Someone on the team went to Supreme without telling anyone. And he was like, “Hi, do you want to do a collaboration?” It took about two years to land on something. How did the collaboration with Virgil Abloh of Off-White come together? In 2019, Virgil launched his Spring/Summer Louis Vuitton menswear collection at Chrome Hearts in New York. As we’re partners with Chrome Hearts, we loaned them glassware for this event, and Virgil was like, “Oh, my God. The chandeliers and all the background is beautiful, and now we’re drinking out of them. I want to work with Baccarat!” He went back to France and he called our global CEO and said, “Let’s do something.”


FASHION FORWARD Baccarat’s President and CEO is a fan of brands such as RtA and Dsquared2.

WHEELS UP! The Lady M x Baccarat luxury cake truck was a 28-foot multifunctional vehicle fashioned by 3-D artist Kurt Wenner.

What’s new with the longtime Baccarat and Chrome Hearts partnership? It’s an amazing collaboration. We just announced the Pyramid Plus collection with them. We’ve had about a 20-year partnership with them. We make their crystal, but we’ve never done an exclusive suite. We usually adjust something customized for them. This is the first time we’re doing, completely from scratch, something special for Chrome Hearts. We’re excited about it. What’s coming next? We have a new collaboration coming out soon with Martha Stewart, which I am thrilled for. Martha is an icon for many of us, and I’ve followed her for 30 years. She approached us. We’re doing a suite of tableware with her, and it will be called the Martha Pattern. It’s the first time in our 257-year history that we’ve named a pattern after a person. She’s honored. In November, we’re launching a collaboration with Pokémon for its 25th anniversary. We’re very busy. You’ve been pushing the concept that people should be using Baccarat every day and not just for special occasions. My first week, we had introduced a set of everyday Baccarat, which is a set of six glasses, and the intention was to use it every day for orange juice, water, whatever. I’m walking down Madison Avenue in my first week to catch the subway, and I walk past RIMOWA. Its luggage is expensive, and you spend anywhere between $500 and $1,000 on one piece. And you go on an airplane and you bring it back, and it’s beat up. And I can show you, the metal gets bent and everything, but I still buy it and I still use it. People say, “Oh, no, I have Baccarat, but I only save it for special occasions.” Why? “Because I’m afraid to break or chip it.” But you just spent 10 times that amount on a piece of luggage, and you weren’t afraid to damage it? Why aren’t we using our beautiful wine glass that costs $150? That week, I came home and I got rid of all my glasses. The only thing here is crystal. You can go through my cupboards to confirm that!


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EAST meets WEST Mark your cals; this is one you don’t want to miss! Concept Korea will introduce notable designers to watch during the NYFW schedule with the unveiling of a multi-episode high fashion film on September 9. Three of Korea’s most promising brands—NOHANT by Noah Nam, ul:kin by Seong-dong Lee, and EENK by Hyemee Lee— will showcase their Spring/Summer 2022 wares as part of the project (which will also feature guest appearances from Korean actors and K-pop stars!) before the collections go on sale worldwide. Here’s your crib sheet on the three names to know!

When did you launch? 2012. What’s the No. 1 goal of the brand? Creating a collection of iconic essentials that both women and men would want to wear every day, with a focus on distinctive design, enduring style, and uncompromising quality. What have been some highlights so far? NOHANT has been one of the most popular fashion runways during Seoul Fashion Week. The venue is always packed with buyers and VIPs from around the world, and our S/S 2018 show currently has 1.1 million views on YouTube! Additionally, NOHANT collaborated with actor Yoo Ah-in for the brand’s “newkidz nohant” through Hangul Fashion Project, which allowed us to donate 100 million KRW [$86,500 USD] to help underprivileged children. What’s the concept of the upcoming collection? The S/S ’22 collection summarizes the past 10 years of NOHANT’s work. Under the seasonal concept title of “In Dialogue,” NOHANT keeps illustrating its modern sportiness. Overall dream for the brand? I want my brand to be the first to come to mind when people hear the word “brunch look.” I want to create a collection of comfortable yet stylish essentials that are perfectly suited for those who enjoy having brunch!




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When did you launch? 2014. What’s the No. 1 goal of the brand? The goal of the brand is making sustainability sexy. Eco-friendly, sustainable fashion should incorporate more sophisticated and seductive designs. We’re eager to show that what’s good for the environment can also look stunning. LSD Ulkin Collection is a high-end casual line that incorporates the sensibility of art and culture into fashion, while focusing on sustainable methods, like upcycling and repurposing scrap fabrics.

What have been some highlights so far? So many, including showing collections at New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, and collaborating with Hyundai. What’s the concept of the upcoming collection? The Everlasting collection instills new values and solves the problem of how not to throw away the things that we create. The wedding dress is a main theme of this season; about 1.7 million wedding dresses are abandoned in Korea and eventually discarded! Many clothes are consumed for too short a moment, so we have upcycled and presented them with ul:kin’s sensibility so that they can shine again. Overall dream for the brand? We started as a designer brand, but we dream of growing into an innovative company that influences the whole industry while combining technology and art with fashion.



When did you launch? EENK officially launched in 2015, starting with accessories and leather goods (H for Handbag and G for Gold collections) and expanding to RTW with concepts I for Indigo and J for Jean in 2017. The runway debut was in 2018 at Seoul Fashion Week’s Generation Next with the K for Knit collection. What’s the No. 1 goal of the brand? The Letter Project presents unique design items with keywords designated for each alphabet letter from A to Z. Each season we move on to the next letter to inspire the new collection, presenting new concepts and items, keeping the brand exciting and inspiring all the time. In the age of fast fashion and endless cycles of trends, we aim to bring collectibles instead of disposables into our client’s personal archives. What have been some highlights so far? I was awarded for Designer of the Year in 2019, during the Fashion Photographer’s Night, hosted by the Korea Fashion Photographers Association, along with HoYeon Jung (awarded for Model of the Year) and Blackpink’s Jennie (awarded for Photogenic of the Year). It was a great honor and memorable because the award is given annually to fashion specialists chosen by the most influential industry professionals in the country. What’s the concept of the upcoming collection? EENK imagines a world beyond reality in U for Utopia. The past is within the future, and the future is within the past in this collection of poetic dreams made of pastel hues and vanguard craftsmanship. A burst of popsicle colors and playful motifs of romanticism bring us to a strange and beautiful world of imagination where childhood memories, idyllic nostalgia, and futuristic optimism co-exist. Overall dream for the brand? To become the first global house brand based in Korea!


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French Connection has come a long way from the brand known and loved in the U.K. since its inception in 1972. Now a truly global label that caters to countless fashion fans, no matter their location or style preferences, the crowd-pleasing company with something for everyone is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, as well as two exciting new category launches. Carolyn Glynos, president of French Connection U.S.A., fills us in. ​​ How has this year been for the team? What’s been the driving force keeping everyone motivated and positive? It has been a unique and challenging year for the team. In an industry that’s fueled by socialization and human interaction, it was difficult to move into isolation. We made sure to keep the lines of communication open to create a climate of transparency, both with each other and on the status of the business. We stayed connected and carried on with a shared sense of respect for one another and a love for the brand. We could not have made it through without the dedication, agility, and focus of each and every one of our team members. How is business going, and what’s next for 2022? 2021 was tough as we navigated through cancellations and delayed payment terms. Despite all the complications and hurdles, we’re slated to have the best year in a decade! We owe our success to our resilient and hardworking team. Next year is the brand’s 50th anniversary, and we’re excited to celebrate that, especially after such tough times. You will see key pieces rereleased from our archives that commemorate each decade of our life. How does French Connection, a British brand, ensure that it stays desirable for its fans all over the world? Working remotely has brought global offices more closely together than ever before. Video conferences were not often used prior to the pandemic and have allowed global brand-strategy conversations to extend beyond the head office in London. Likewise, being remote has caused the world to want to feel more connected as we all experienced this extreme global event. We launched our Community Connection campaign to celebrate our global customer base and highlight the diverse population that works with us and shops with us. The brand was founded in the 1970s. What values have stayed the same and what has evolved? French Connection has stood for self-expression, individuality, and authenticity since its founding in 1972. These core values have remained at the forefront of everything we do. Right now, our focus is on community-building. The global pandemic has given us multiple confirmations that we’re stronger when we come together. We’re energized by our global community and want to celebrate that international connection. What was on the moodboard for the design team for the upcoming season? Spring 2022 will showcase eternal optimism with vibrant colors and expressive prints. You will see feminine silhouettes, retro florals, elevated cut-outs, and craftcore techniques, such as crochet, embroidery, and patchwork. Where does the team seek inspiration from when coming up with the next offering? Travel is often the driving force behind the team’s creations. Every collection has a global influence, taking cues from the people, art, architecture, and landscapes discovered on Carolyn Glynos both leisure and business trips. Is there an archetypal French Connection customer? Who are they? The French Connection customer is bold and expressive. They crave social connection, and seek authentic experiences and relationships. They are unapologetically themselves and express that in how they live and dress.

Tell us about the category launches coming up! We’re excited to introduce two important new categories, footwear and kidswear. Footwear will allow us to offer customers everything they need to complete their French Connection look, head to toe. Kidswear will offer a capsule of whimsical minime outfits for Spring ’22, and will incorporate signature shapes and prints that are seen throughout our womenswear line. What else is in the pipeline for the remainder of 2021? Here in New York, we’ve been working closely with The Door, a youth-development charity that empowers the city’s disconnected youth by providing access to comprehensive resources that help them reach their full potential. We’re collaborating on several initiatives, including a mentorship program to support any members who are interested in the fashion industry. We’ve also been tapping into local creatives for brand campaigns in an effort to showcase their talents. Our next campaign features Waffle NYC, a collective of talented street dancers. We’re trying to do our part to cultivate belonging, purpose, and meaning after being physically apart for so long. What three words sum up French Connection’s imaginary visionboard for the future? Community, sustainability, diversity.




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ARRIVING IN Style Whether you’re touching down internationally or hot-footing it to an important meeting, Anatomie clothes are based on one simple premise—sharp, wrinkle-free, durable staples that will see you through whatever life throws at you. Or as the brand puts it, think of it as “Prada meets Lululemon!” THE DAILY caught up with co-founder and CEO Kate Boyer and president/COO Tom Dietrich to get the lowdown on what’s in the pipeline, post-pandemic.

You started the brand in 2006. Was the focus always on travel clothing? Kate Boyer: We’ve always been a consumer-centric brand. Consumers have helped us evolve and grow as we became a trusted brand for pieces you can pack to go anywhere. Anatomie was created from a need to have wardrobe staples that are versatile—lightweight performance fabrics meets stylish fashion-forward design. We’re not concerned with trends; we’re an everyday lifestyle brand that works for you. You’re known for one style in particular, your cargo pants! Boyer: They’ve become a go-to pant, and that happened from our audience telling us that they loved these pants for traveling! They’re made from a wrinkle-free, performance material that lends itself to working, traveling, and having them in your carry-on. Are they really guaranteed for life? Tom Dietrich: Kate has a pair since 1999! Boyer: It’s an extreme rarity in the industry, but that’s how confident we are in the fabric. The majority of our essentials are done in a great French fabrication. Kate, your background spans everything from coaching to designing! What led to creating Anatomie? Boyer: When you’re an entrepreneur,

you just kind of do it and things just happen. Shawn, my partner, has always been designing clothes, so he can sew and make patterns. I’m more on the commercial side. I love the business, the style, the shows, and meeting customers. I always knew I’d start my own brand, because we have always been pioneers. Dietrich: It’s not a coincidence, with Kate being from Europe and Shawn being from the bodybuilding world, that Anatomie is all about clean European design with stretch performance to it. That’s what it has evolved into since 2006. When I met them in 2013, I saw the potential and they hooked me right away on this one line: It’s Prada meets Lululemon! People get that right away. You’re not going to look sloppy on the plane; you’re going to look sharp as hell! In one sentence, what have Anatomie customers come to know you for? Boyer: An elevated casual experience, with pants guaranteed for life and designed by body type. Are most people repeat customers who have been following the brand for years? Boyer: Yes. Through our omnichannel presence of 300 points of sale—spas, resorts, golf shops, pop-ups, catalogs, VIP stylist network, trunk shows, and wholesale accounts—the customer gets a touchpoint of the brand. It’s important

PASSIONATE TRAVELERS Hungary-native Boyer, pictured with husband Shawn and daughter Charlee, says that travel is one of the most important things in her life.



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been doing Coterie for nine years and every time, we get more and more orders. We have a bigger and more exciting branded booth this year, which includes menswear. We’re coming to take market share from competitors with a strong product. Melina Vourlekis, our specialty store business development manager, will be there. She’s been with the company for 11 years, so she’s seen the full journey! You’re relaunching the cruise ship business, too! Boyer: We’re in close collaboration with Starboard and Harding retail, as their top 20 percent of high-end ships have sold through Anatomie pre-pandemic, and we know they will again as they resume operations. We love that business! A top-secret launch is also happening on the Ritz-Carlton yacht. What else is coming up for Anatomie in 2021? Dietrich: We have a menswear push, a cashmere capsule, and more pop-ups and trunk shows. We have a mailorder catalog going out to 200,000 household across the country—most of whom have never heard of the brand. We have a spectacular Spring/Summer ’22 lifestyle campaign, shot by Steven Lippman. And we’ll be expanding internationally to the U.K., Italy, and the Middle East. How important is travel to your own life? Boyer: I’m passionate about travel. It’s part of who I am. I was born in Budapest, Hungary, during the Communist occupation. I wanted to travel to make up for the last generation that couldn’t. I left my country when I was 18, and it opened my eyes to the world. Traveling builds community, love, and understanding, so I created this brand to empower and inspire people to explore their world in comfort and style.


for us to be in front of her to show we’re part of her world, her wardrobe, and with her wherever she goes. Dietrich: We have a 50 percent return rate and a loyal customer base. Many clients have even become shareholders and investors in the company. I think that’s very unique and a testament. What are some ways you pivoted the business during COVID? Dietrich: We focused on, and put more money and energy into DTC [direct to consumer]. We perfected our in-house customer service and organized our VIP stylist network. During COVID, the stylists were having Zoom parties and selling to women in their communities; it totally replaced trunk shows. Kate and Shawn got more engaged. Every Tuesday, Kate was doing Instagram Lives and communicating with the clients, showing them the clothes. We also opened successful pop-ups in Palm Beach, the Hamptons, and Aspen, and had record sales. Our audience learned that there was an everyday-wear element of Anatomie; it’s not just pigeon-holed into elite travel. We definitely came out stronger and smarter. Are there other positives you’re taking away? Dietrich: It showed us that we can become a top-ofmind lifestyle brand for every activity. The comfort and styling is unparalleled. Nothing looks this good, feels this good, and lasts this long. Why is brick-and-mortar retail still so important for the brand? Dietrich: We proudly protect the stores that were also able to adapt and service clients and collaborate with us to hang in there together. They’re a key component to our omnichannel presence. Tell us about your involvement at Coterie this year! Dietrich: We’re expanding more than ever before. We’ve


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FIT for

BALANCE King Buddha campaigns are centered around living life to the fullest with the aid of CBD.


In its own words, King Buddha is a wellness brand on a mission. The company’s modus operandi is to provide CBD products with high-quality, natural, organic ingredients that are formulated with genuine care, rigorous testing, and no nonsense in between. Co-founders Chris Harris and Adam Stamatis—who are “involved from seed to shelf ”—take us through the journey from childhood to CBD titans!

You’ve known each other for 20 years. How did you meet? Chris Harris: Adam and I have been close friends since the eighth grade! How did King Buddha come to be? Adam Stamatis: A close friend was using CBD to battle his chronic pain, and I was impressed by how much it helped him. I decided to learn more about its benefits and realized how cloudy the industry was. I decided to create a CBD company that people could trust. What’s the significance of the name? Stamatis: It has been said that the Buddha statue symbolizes hope and a king has the responsibility to represent the people. What’s the overall mission of the brand? Stamatis: Provide affordable, high-quality CBD and wellness products to individuals who need them most. With so many health and fitness products containing harsh chemicals, we want to change the narrative. Our products are designed to improve the overall health, performance, and lifestyle of the everyday person. We want to get people happy and active again. Chris, you’re a retired athlete. What was your first experience using CBD? Harris: After my football career ended, I went into law enforcement—both put an extreme toll on my body. I’ve had multiple surgeries, and I was taking massive amounts of OTC drugs to deal with the pain. I knew it wasn’t the safest thing to do, but it was the only solution at the time. Adam introduced me to CBD and it changed my life! I haven’t taken any OTC medicine since. How did it help treat your athletic injuries? Harris: CBD helps with chronic pain, but it also helps you recover from exercise faster. Recovery is a huge part of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. King Buddha offers creams, tinctures, bath bombs, drinks, and gummies that help reduce inflammation, aid muscle recovery, increase sleep, and reduce pain. I’m married with two young boys who I want to fully enjoy and keep up with! Adam, how did you apply your previous career in tech and healthcare to starting this company? Stamatis: I pride myself on building solid relationships. That allows me to speak with people, learn what they’re going through, and share my knowledge. I try to match customers with the products that best suit their individual needs—there is no one-size-fitsall solution. These conversations are always in the back of my mind, from product development, packaging, distribution, our website, social media, advertising, and in-store promotions. What are King Buddha’s hero products, and what makes them must-have items? Harris: Our recovery creams and

tinctures are two of our must-have products and my particular favorites. CBD creams are rubbed directly on the skin to help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, soothe sore muscles, and promote healing. I used it after reconstructive surgery, and my wife uses it on her feet whenever she wears heels! Stamatis: My sister loves our CBD moisturizing pearls, which help hydrate while providing anti-aging antioxidants to minimize wrinkles. Because it’s an antiinflammatory, it also relieves itchiness, dryness, and redness and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and with a natural glow. I love our CBD tinctures. You place a few drops under your tongue and the CBD goes directly into your bloodstream. It helps reduce overall pain, stress, and anxiety throughout the entire body. You should feel the effects in about 15 minutes! Harris: Our tinctures have a natural flavor, so you can easily add to your morning coffee or shake! You even have CBD for pets! Stamatis: Variety is important. A wide range of products will allow people to consistently use CBD throughout the day. Many people jog with their dogs—and they need to recover just like you! Taking CBD daily helps your body to stay at its peak. We offer different strengths of CBD oil tinctures, gummies, recovery creams, and rollons. We also have bath salts, CBD immune-boost soft gels, broad-spectrum CBD soft gels with melatonin, and curcumin and energy drink mixes. Harris: We’re constantly developing new products! We’re excited to introduce our King Buddha wellness line this fall. We will have apple cider vinegar tinctures and mushroom tinctures. Tell us more about your rigorous testing process. Harris: Our CBD is extracted from industrial hemp grown on American farms that use the highest cultivation-process standards. We use the most advanced extraction technologies, including CO2 extraction. These processes give us clean, broadspectrum, and full-spectrum CBD oils and pure isolates used to create our awardwinning product line. We do rigorous testing on all our raw materials for pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals, microbials, and more to ensure we use safe, top-quality ingredients in our formulations. We send our finished goods to external labs that follow the strictest standards for independent testing. In addition, all our products are cruelty-free and gluten-free. I know that sounds like a mouthful, but we truly take every step imaginable to ensure we give our customers the best possible products!




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Leave it to L’Agence to inject our wardrobes with the 1970s-inspired classics we’ve been yearning for. The luxe brand seeks inspiration from the sexy decade, delivering an updated take on greatest hits like flares, shirt dresses, and corduroy jackets. And, mais oui, denim jeans aplenty. Launching this season, the collection will offer fans an array of covetable shoes, from thighhigh suede boots to boudoir mules. Cooler temps, we’re ready for you!


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Eisenhower velvet jacket in Rust Brown, $425

Nicky sweater, $295

Zoey sweater in Oatmeal, $395

Lolita open-toe mules in Red Suede, $395 Bridget sandals in Buckskin Suede, $495

Oakley tweed jacket, $750

Aimée booties in Luggage Brown Leather, $595

Adele jeans in Newberry, $325

Charlotte overknee boots in Army Suede, $795


Lena knee-high boots in Brown Snake, $695


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It’s long been said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend and that girl just might be Kristina Buckley Kayel. As the managing director of the Natural Diamond Council and a seasoned vet in the luxury world, she’s spreading the word on the wonders of natural diamonds. By EDDIE ROCHE What are the key focuses of the Natural Diamond Council? To inspire consumers globally with the modern diamond dream and to educate them on the values, social benefits, and integrity of the natural diamond industry. We achieve this with our Only Natural Diamonds platform, which operates as both a content publisher and advertiser. As a publisher in the U.S., China, India, and Europe, we communicate daily to young luxury consumers on the wonders, cultural relevance, artistry, and legacy of natural diamonds. Our website,, has drawn more than 100 million unique visitors within the past year who explore content written by best-inclass editors and experts in the jewelry and fashion space. We can now claim that we’re the No. 1 global authority on natural diamonds. As an advertiser, we first launched our “For Moments Like No Other” campaign last year featuring our ambassador, Golden Globe–nominated actress Ana de Armas, who inherently embodies the authenticity, naturality, and passion that is synonymous with what natural diamonds represent. We’re excited to launch the sophomore campaign with Ana this September. “For Moments Like No Other” celebrates the role of natural diamonds as the ultimate embodiment and expression of life’s most meaningful moments and relationships, and also portrays the modern array of diamond jewelry today, breaking through the stereotypes as to when and how diamonds should be worn. What’s your professional background, and what are your responsibilities in your current role? My career has always been in the luxury-goods world, working at preeminent houses such as Baccarat, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta, and Van Cleef & Arpels. I’ve steered these legacy brands to position their distinct story and value proposition in dynamic and new ways while staying true to their core identity. Obviously, leading digital transformation has been paramount but balanced and integrated with creating best-in-class, unique experiences. Luxury today must do both extremely well. Focusing on the target consumer’s journey coupled with staying in tune with what’s happening in the Zeitgeist has always been my compass in how best to deliver the brand story and experience so as to surprise, delight, and be inimitable. Transitioning from brands Kristina Buckley Kayel to representing the entire category of the ultimate luxury good has been an

exciting whirlwind The diamond industry has a profound global impact, supporting the livelihood and well-being of 10 million people worldwide. I’ve seen this firsthand. My main responsibility is to drive our mission and share this amazing world through all strategic touchpoints with our target consumer—how we show up on our social channels, our website, through press and partnerships, our media placements, and, as the world reopens, experientially. It’s a dynamic ecosystem we’re navigating every day. It’s fun and a steep and stimulating learning curve. You’ve said in the past that the diamond industry and modern mining are undergoing incredible transformation. How so? Transformation, sustainability, and transparency aren’t a new topic for the diamond industry. For the past two decades the industry has been doing this work. But now more than ever, consumers have an appetite for it, they want to know the impact of what they’re buying, and how their purchases are giving back and bettering the regions and communities producing them. Acknowledging this, we created the “Thank You, By the Way” initiative, which puts the spotlight on the incredible positive impacts of the industry, and is supported by the Responsible Jewellery Council, the leading ethics and sustainability body for the global jewelry and watch industry. It’s time for the consumer to see this and to thank them for their conscious purchase decisions. You can learn more at Tell us a little about The website is a go-to resource for innovative content celebrating all that’s happening in the world of natural diamonds. The platform is a source of inspiration but also info for global consumers, promoting the values and heritage of natural diamonds, as well as the innovation and talented designers that make this industry so exciting. There’s also a page dedicated to diamond professionals that provides the latest industry news. What’s next for jewelry? The diamond industry is known for its multigenerational family businesses, and while these decades-old traditions are part of what make the industry so unique, it’s these same factors that make it difficult for newcomers to enter the business. That, coupled with the obvious barrier of the high cost of raw materials. To support new designers trying to enter the industry, specifically the underrepresented BIPOC designer community, we launched the Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative in partnership with Lorraine Schwartz. To resonate with young consumers, we need to support talent that they feel represents them. Up-and-coming designers bring a fresh perspective and unique vision to diamonds. Diversity advances the entire industry, and there’s a lot of diverse talent to look forward to meeting!


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Big City

Gather around; it’s story time. And this tale has it all—fashion, laughter, love, and heartbreak. The Yellow Suitcase, by first-time author L.W. Clark, is a fictionalized account of Alyssa, a determined Eastern European immigrant who’s seduced by the glamour of the New York City fashion industry. Despite multiple roadblocks and adversity, the protagonist makes waves in the Big Apple while learning who she is in the world. THE DAILY got the inside scoop from Clark on what it was like to put some of her real-life experiences to paper, and to hear whether we’ll be seeing more of Alyssa in the future.



Tell us about yourself! My favorite thing is talking about myself. [Laughs] I live in downtown Manhattan with my husband, Brian. I’m a hard-core New Yorker! After graduating FIT, I worked as an image consultant for fashion shows and designers. Did you always know you’d write a book? I would never have imagined grabbing a pen and paper and writing. As English is my second language, it was hard to write. Brian was the one who inspired me; he always thought my stories were so interesting, and he kept telling me to write a book. We had gone to Hawaii and I read The Catcher in the Rye. I was so inspired that I just sat down one day and started writing. Brian helped me with all the editing, too. What’s your backstory? I come from Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1997, I left to move to New York. Why New York? I’m a city girl; I grew up in the city. Ever since I was a teenager, I had this sense that I would move to New York. I loved fashion, and I would watch the shows, whatever was possible at the time. We didn’t have much information back then. All we knew of New York was Manhattan; it was one amazing, sparkling picture for us living in a big, dark, gray city. I moved here to help my family. When I was growing up, Georgia separated from Russia. The lifestyle was hard, but my

friends would always tell me that they knew I wanted a different life, and they knew I wanted freedom. Was it overwhelming when you first moved here? Very. It was so hard. I moved alone and had no one in this country. Did you have lots of roommates and work several jobs, as is standard? Yes, yes, yes! Everything in that story line. How did you get your start in fashion? When I graduated from FIT, I started working. One of my teachers helped me out getting something— working backstage and dressing the models. The business looks glamorous, but it’s such hard work… weekends, nonstop! I had met my husband and we wanted to travel together, so I quit. How did you meet? We met in the Meatpacking District, at Spice Market restaurant. I was waiting for a friend and he was waiting for a co-worker. I sat beside him at the bar, and we ended up having a conversation! A real NYC meet cute! So tell us about the book. It’s about a young girl, Alyssa, who leaves her country and tries to find herself, help her family, and help herself learn and grow. The main themes are all around self-reliance, perseverance, connecting with the right people in the right city, and being open-minded to what comes your way. It’s also about loving yourself, so that you can love others in a strong way. Mixed in with

that are all these funny, challenging moments, which provide anecdotes about how Alyssa learns and grows. What are your hopes for it? I would love if it became a movie or TV show. I think it’s perfect for [the screen] and that the story is absolutely great for this time that we’re going through. Who would you like to play Alyssa? I have no idea! I have thought about it, but I’m not there yet. How did you find the process of writing? It was hard. The story was coming to my mind, but again, because English isn’t my first language, it was something so new and unusual. It took probably about two years to write. We lived in D.C. for a while, and I was not feeling creative. After 10 months, we moved back to New York and my imagination returned! Will you write a follow-up book? It’s surprising how many people are telling me that they think this won’t be the only book I’ll write. I think it’ll be the same way I wrote this book. Out of the blue, I’ll just sit down and start writing. How are you celebrating the launch? I would like to have a book signing in a nice cute little bookshop somewhere in the West Village! One of the ways it’s kicking off is during New York Fashion Week. We’re providing books to celebrities. Then we’ll do some meet-and-greets in some amazing New York places. DAILYFRONTROW.COM

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What’s COOKIN’?

Meet the powerhouse women working diligently behind the scenes at delectable, Mediterraneaninspired eatery FIG & OLIVE. Alexis Blair tells THE DAILY about how she became CEO at the tender age of 30, and we get some sweet deets from the kitchen with corporate pastry chef Monica Bellissimo (yes, that’s really her name!). Mouthwatering intel, right this way.

Alexis Blair

Is it true that you used to be a ballet dancer? Tell us more! Alexis Blair: Yes! Ballet was my first love and what brought me to NYC, which is also what ultimately led me to the hospitality industry. What’s your earliest memory involving food? Cooking with my mom as a child was one of my favorite things to do. Food is a part of our lives from the beginning, and most of our greatest memories are built around it. My parents took me to restaurants from a young age, and I loved the whole experience of it. While we may not have known it then, it makes complete sense that this is ultimately where I ended up. What was your first hospitality job? I was a hostess—and probably not a very good one at first! It taught me to understand the importance of every touchpoint in the guest experience, from the moment guests make their reservation to being thanked on their way out. Each moment is an opportunity to make their experience memorable, and more than just a meal. How did you get your start at FIG & OLIVE in 2014? I joined as the food and beverage controller, and I was fortunate to work closely with the founder and president of the company at the time. They quickly became two of the greatest mentors in my career. What attributes of the company have you fallen in love with over your years there? FIG & OLIVE has a beautiful story. From the cuisine being built off of the freshest ingredients and taking full advantage of the seasonality to an ambiance evoking joie de vivre, FIG & OLIVE was always a favorite of mine. I was in love before even joining the company! After I joined and learned the brand more intimately, I got to see how each stunning location is truly an escape from the everyday. FIG & OLIVE instantly transports our guests to the South of France. You became CEO at just 30, shortly after welcoming your son. How did it feel to achieve those major milestones simultaneously? At the time I didn’t really take the time to process it. I just kept moving! After years




Monica Bellissimo

of growing through the ranks of the organization, I had a good idea of the strategy I wanted to put into place and immediately started moving down that road with my team. Looking back, I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to lead such a talented group of people, who also support my journey as a mom and CEO. Being a mom has given me strength, perspective, and empathy, which has been key to facing this past year’s challenges. How have you gotten through those challenges in the past 18 months? The pandemic devastated the restaurant industry in early 2020, but what it did was give us time—something we’re typically short on in this business. We used the time to turn over every stone and rethink how we could position FIG & OLIVE at the forefront of the industry once again. This launched an intensive reimagining of the concept to ensure we didn’t just survive, but that we came back stronger and positioned for future growth. Internally, we doubled down on our culture to support the talented individuals who make the magic happen in our restaurants. We developed three committees to further our efforts: career and training, diversity equity and inclusion, and community volunteer work. A series of amazing initiatives have stemmed from these committees, and there’s more to come as we further lay out our five-year road map! Can you fill us in on what else is coming? Stay tuned for a couple of big announcements this fall! There has been a lot happening behind the scenes as we look ahead to the next 15 years. We’ve been innovating and reimagining our restaurants to bring our guests something truly memorable. Important question! Your ultimate favorite FIG & OLIVE dish? Do I really have to pick just one!? I would have to say the seafood risotto. It’s made with so much intent and love from our chefs that the way the flavors come together is out of this world. Lastly, what makes you proud every day? My team. Our industry has faced many challenges and I’m sure we have more ahead of us, but to see their resilience and dedication day after day is truly inspiring.

When did you join FIG & OLIVE? Monica Bellissimo: I joined in May of this year. What’s your favorite day-to-day thing about your job? I love being creative at work, and the added benefit of making people happy with desserts. It’s also nice to have a hands-on job, working with all different types of people. How do you deal with the pressure associated with your line of work? I actually thrive on pressure! Focus on the task and get it done. You’ve worked in NYC kitchens since the ’90s! What’s been one positive change over the decades? Yes, it’s been a long time! I feel that consumers have become much more knowledgeable about food and dining out. They’re seeking simplicity, in addition to better-quality foods. Also,

there’s so much more diversity in restaurants and the whole culture that we see now. Where’s your favorite international destination for food? Spain is definitely up there for me. I love the whole culture of tapas, the Mediterranean cuisine, and all the regional specialties. It’s such an amazing range of different flavors and food. What dessert is always your weakness? Ice cream. Any flavor. Anytime. In your opinion, what’s the No. 1 must-try dessert at FIG & OLIVE? Everyone seems to love the nougat glacé. It’s a creamy, frozen dessert from Provence. It has lavender honey, caramelized nuts, and candied orange. These are traditional flavors, but together they create something special and a little different.


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Mike Harrison

Though newly acquainted, author Mike Harrison and illustrator Darren Greenblatt quickly hit it off—both in person and on the pages of Harrison’s The Pale Tiger. The novel, which warns of an all-too-real prospect of war between the United States and China, is an edgeof-your-seat, can’t-put-it-down kind of thriller. While Harrison’s breadth of knowledge and intel wrote the story, Greenblatt brought the words to life with his fashion-focused sketches. The result? A stylish tale that will keep you hooked from start to finish.


Mike Harrison (author) What’s your elevator pitch for the book? In a raging storm on the South China Sea, an American and a Chinese warship collide. Was this an accident? Or is this the prelude to Operation Pale Tiger—a fabled Chinese plot to bring America to its knees. Emma Wilson, an elite MI6 agent is sent to Hong Kong, trailing one of the principals at Crator Capital, a leading London hedge fund rumored to have high-level ties to the Chinese government. Back in London, the strange death of an analyst at Crator Capital attracts the attention of Detective Anne Perry. Unbeknownst to them both, they’re caught in the eye of the same storm and will need all their courage and tradecraft to stay alive as they’re drawn into the murderous world of The Pale Tiger. How long was the book in the making? From the first keystroke to the last, it took a year—once I’d assembled the cast of characters and worked out the plotlines!

What was the jumping-off point for the story? I wanted to bring the characters to life—especially my two protagonists, Emma and Anne. I was keen to set the story against the backdrop of a geopolitical crisis that’s real and relevant. How America deals with the rise of China is the great power challenge of the 21st century. I remember reading a news headline about a near miss between U.S. and Chinese warships in the South China Sea. I began thinking, “One day the crash will be real—and what might happen next?” What role does fashion play in the novel? What Emma and Anne wear is more often implied, rather than described. Take Anne, she’s an experienced detective and is used to projecting authority and confidence. The Max Mara cape really catches the way that Anne’s look is both eye-catching and modest at the same time. The Ralph Lauren trench coat vibe is timeless “London copper.” But there’s another side to Anne, which we see glimpses of when she’s at home in West London. She can trade her street-smart edge for the quiet of her Barnes kitchen and the homey softness of Brunello Cucinelli. Emma, like all elite MI6 agents, is a chameleon. The Burberry leopard-print coat is camouflage in both a literal and metaphorical sense. She could be anything or anybody, blending in with her

easy elegance. There’s a time to hide and a time to do, and Emma in the Stella McCartney coat oozes menace as well as style. She may be on the side of the angels, but she can play rough if she has to. We rarely see Emma off-duty in the book, but then is an MI6 agent ever offduty? The Armani suit looks great at a drinks party, but Emma being Emma, it won’t be that simple. She looks to be having a good time, but she’s there for a reason, and her quarry won’t see her coming! What made Darren Greenblatt the perfect collaborator to illustrate the book? We were talking about the two lead characters, and we thought it would be fun to imagine how Emma and Anne would express themselves in a fashion context— bringing them to life in a different setting. Darren’s artwork is stunningly original and really captures something of them both. And the book is going to become a movie! I recently completed the screenplay with writer/director Niall Johnson, whose credits include White Noise, Keeping Mum, Mum’s List, and The Stolen. We’ve had a great time working to bring the story to life for the big screen, led by executive producer Gareth Jones (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Secretary, Damascus Cover, and Boiling Point). We’re very excited!




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Do you think the fictional scenario in your novel could happen in real life? Absolutely it could! And the frightening thing is that it might not be so hard to pull it off, as you can read in my book. You’re on London time! What do you like most about living in the city? I was born here, so the place is in my blood. I love the fact that it’s a global city. People come here from all over the world to make London their home. That’s what gives the place its energy. And I love the humor. At the end of the day, Londoners can always laugh at themselves. I also love the weather, believe it or not. It would be boring if it were too sunny, right?

Darren Greenblatt

You’ve also worked with designers, like Betsey Johnson and Fiorucci. And you created your own handbags! I’ve had a long and winding career and have worn many hats. When you’re a creative entrepreneur, you do whatever needs to be done to see your vision realized. Flexibility is key, while also remaining true to yourself. It’s definitely a dance. Looking at my entire body of work, I see now that the common thread has been trying to contribute to making life more beautiful through the power of good design. What have you been up to recently? I left NYC after 26 years and moved with my husband and daughter to Princeton, New Jersey. I received some attention for my interior design of our new home. Like with everything I’ve done throughout my career, things organically evolved into other things—so I created a small firm, Princeton Design Firm, catering to what I love to do most, which includes residential and hospitality interior design, illustration, and painting. Anything exciting in the works? I’ve been busy over the past few months. I illustrated a new book by Jeremy Murphy coming out in March titled F**k Off, Chloe—Surviving the OMGs! and FMLs! in Your Media Career. I’ve also been working on the interior design of two places in Princeton, a chic apartment near D.C., and a fantastic L.A. bungalow (yay for Zoom!). And I’ve been spending hours a day painting, which has been deeply gratifying and inspiring.


Darren Greenblatt (illustrator) What led you to explore fashion through art? I was a middle schooler in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, sketching all my friends’ future wedding/prom dresses, so my career didn’t surprise anyone. What’s most exciting for me is that hand-drawn fashion illustrations seem to be making a comeback. Perhaps it’s a reaction to all the computer-generated art out there! What’s it been like working on this novel with Mike Harrison? Mike has been great to work with. He’s creative, smart, and has a keen sense of who his characters are. We talked about Emma’s and Anne’s lives, likes, dislikes, how their jobs and locations help define who they are and what they wear. Then I would send him runway images of designer looks that I felt would be in their closets. While the novel isn’t a “fashion story” per se, it’s undeniable that fashion choices can help define a character and set a mood.


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AmericanBEAUTY American Express Platinum x Saks: Star Island Summer American Express and Saks Fifth Avenue brought an unexpected retreat to Montauk over three weekends in August. The experience offered Card Members exclusive access to a retail destination and summer activities including alfresco dining, live music, a minigolf sculpture park, playful programming, and more. Grammy Award–nominated artist and R&B superstar Kehlani kicked things off with a live performance.

American Express Platinum x Global Dining Access by Resy: Supper Club

GREAT Adventures

To celebrate the launch of Global Dining Access by Resy, a new benefit available to U.S. Platinum Card Members, American Express and Resy have created a number of exclusive experiences. Global Dining Access Members were invited to the first Supper Club, a new dinner party series that kicked off at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill in August.

Earlier this summer, American Express announced a refreshed U.S. Platinum Card with additional and expanded benefits. The brand took on the Hamptons with events and activations around the East End in collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue, Resy, and Equinox. By EDDIE ROCHE

Coming Soon!

American Express and Equinox reimagined the summer camp experience by providing Card Members with exclusive invites to elevated workouts, talks, dinners, and artful wellness experiences in celebration of the new Equinox Platinum Card benefit, where Card Members get a $25 statement credit each month at Equinox. Keep an eye out for a Camp Platinum finale celebration this September in NYC.


American Express Platinum x Equinox: Camp Platinum

Platinum Coast (September 17–21) is a taste of the culinary experiences that Global Dining Access Members will be able to book on an ongoing basis— ranging from intimate dinners to innovative dining concepts— all featuring top chefs from the Global Dining Access collection. Platinum Coast will be a floating restaurant docked on Manhattan’s East River at 30th Street from September 17–21, each day helmed by a different top chef: Michael Solomonov (Friday, 9/17), Kwame Onwuachi (Saturday, 9/18), Nancy Silverton (Sunday, 9/19), Stephanie Izard (Monday, 9/20), Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Tuesday, 9/21).


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ANNIVERSAIRE! Larsen Thompson

Our favorite rosé is growing up! On Whispering Angel’s 15th anniversary, we take a stroll down memory lane. Sacha Lichine’s world-famous pale pink Provence wine notably started what we call the Rosé Renaissance, so to celebrate the milestone, we’re taking a look back at some major moments. À votre santé, darlings.

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Frederic Aspiras and Lady Gaga


The story begins in 2006, when Sacha Lichine sought to create a lush and smooth premium wine that could be enjoyed “from midday to midnight.” Mission: accomplished! Whispering Angel launched in the United States in 2007, becoming so prevalent everywhere from the Hamptons to Hollywood that it resulted in no shortage of viral hashtags—need we mention #RoséAllDay!? Once, there was even an actual real-life shortage of Whispering Angel Out East as people enjoyed the stock until its veritable depletion. On tap! From Soho House to the Beverly Hills Hotel, Fontainebleau Miami, and Chateau Marmont, Whispering Angel became the popular go-to pour at the country’s most exclusive spots in the late noughties. This exclusive presence only further cemented its status as a pop culture fixture. Ain’t no endorsement like a celebrity endorsement! Vocal fans of Whispering Angel include Martha Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bella Hadid, Elizabeth Banks, and David and Victoria Beckham, who’s even Instagrammed her love for the wine’s sister brand, Garrus. The Google searches runneth over. Despite never pursuing traditional advertising, Whispering Angel, through word of mouth and cachet, quickly became one of the top 50 most-searched-for wines on the Internet. In 2016, Whispering Angel was the first-ever rosé producer in history to become the No. 1 value French wine in the U.S. A mega feat to achieve in just one decade! The award-winning wine is synonymous with the most prestigious events; it’s not unusual to see the distinctive hue in glasses during Fashion Week at the The Daily Front Row’s Fashion Media Awards, at Royal Ascot, and during Art Basel. There are so many reasons why fashion has found its favorite sip in Whispering Angel, Rock Angel, Les Clans, and Garrus. Here’s to the next 15 years!


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It was a tight race on Season 2 of Amazon Prime’s hit Making the Cut, but Brooklyn-based designer Andrea Pitter took home the crown and a million bucks. THE DAILY caught up with her to find out what she’s going to do with the money and the best piece of advice she received from the judges. How are you feeling? I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl, as my mom would say. How difficult was it to keep winning a secret? It wasn’t terribly difficult. I have boundaries and if people ask me things that I don’t want them to know, I’m okay with telling them I don’t want to. Outside of that, I was excited and wanted people to know but knew it was hush-hush. I’m a good secret keeper. You can trust me with anything. Talk to us about the last two episodes. There were a lot of tears and it was very emotional. What were you going through in the last leg? I was so emotional in Episode 7. Every time someone looked at me, I would just burst into tears. It felt like things were coming together. I was also emotional because I knew it was coming to an end. Did you ever go on a long trip and you’re away for a little while and at the beginning of the trip, you’re glad to be gone and then at the end, you kind of want to go back home but you’re going to miss where you’ve been because you’ve been there for so long? It was kind of like that. I knew what was waiting for me at home was great, but I had gotten so used to those people. I’ve never felt so connected to my peers. It’s incredible to think that you shot this during a pandemic. Most people were at home watching Amazon Prime! [Laughs] And I was on Amazon Prime! What are you going to do with the million dollars? I’m putting it into my brand. We’re expanding. I want to make sure [I apply] everything I learned in my mentorship. I’m putting my foot on the gas. We’re opening two stores in Downtown L.A., so we’re funding that. I’ve been working really hard since the day I got there. I’m working on a co-brand with Amazon. Things are happening! Did you get any advice from the judges that stuck with you? Winnie Harlow said she doesn’t have to like what we create, but it should make her feel something. She’s right. People aren’t always going to like what you do, but you have to do it anyway and do it with some gut and conviction and make people feel something. Even if it’s hate. I thought that was solid advice. Tell us a little bit more about your brand. Where did you go to fashion school? I went to the High School of Fashion Industries and then I went to FIT. I spent seven years chasing a dream. My degree is actually in sportswear, but I’m a bridal gown designer. That’s always interesting to have to explain. Post-graduation, I worked for manufacturing companies and different design companies. I realized that that’s not necessarily what I wanted to do, so I opened a store. I think I was around 23 or 24, and I opened up on $4,000 cash and a $4,000 loan. It was a very, very, very humble beginning. I landed on bridal, and I’m happy I did because I created something special. Have you had time to reflect on what this means to you as an African American woman? Oh, yeah. To a degree, I feel I’ve been conscious of that through the entire show. There are so many stereotypes of the behavior of Black women. Being on the show and being an assertive Black woman, you get conscious of what

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that looks like to viewers. I was conscious watching it, and I’m glad I showed my whole self. I’m okay with being assertive, being a boss, letting you know I’m that girl. Who have you respected in the industry? Tracy Reese! DVF! Can’t say fashion without saying DVF. Tim Gunn has become a notable figure in fashion. You have to have respect for the man who has given such good advice to so many designers. Tim is the man! He is so sincere off and on camera. What are you going to do to celebrate? I’m going to have a party! I’m gonna take a week off, where I’m off my phone and work and can soak it all in. I’m going to take a real break and unplug. What are your other dreams in fashion? I’d love to mentor and hire other designers, especially within the Black community. I’m going to spend my resources on that.



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t e G s ’ t e L PHYSICAL


Manhattan’s luxury health scene has a new player: NYLO Fitness. The concept, debuting in October in Tribeca, is the brainchild of personal trainers and husband-and-wife team Elena Sokina and Sean Cronin. NYLO functions like a private facility, where you can either take your own guru or avail of holistic fitness-meets-lifestyle design sessions with the dynamic duo themselves. Here’s what you need to know. See you on the training floor!

By Freya Drohan


Why was the time right to open NYLO Fitness? Sean Cronin: COVID really allowed it to happen as the pandemic shut down all the big box gyms. The change in the gym industry has opened up a lot of real estate, and there’s never been a better time to jump on that opportunity. Long-term, we see a trend in personal training. The bottom half of the market has been cannibalized by digital fitness, and people have moved to apps and Pelotons. But at the higher end, people are starting to ask for more quality from their experience. And big box gyms, because of the structure that they hold their trainers to, won’t be able to provide that. We envision higher-end trainers coming to us to experience a luxury training situation, while managing their own business. How will NYLO operate? Cronin: Elena and I will be the only in-house trainers. On the second floor, there’s a 1,700-square-foot private gym for us to train clients one-on-one. Our clients can also use this gym themselves. On the third floor, there’s another private gym for independent trainers and their clients, where there’ll be no more than 10 people at a time. What do prospective clients need to know about training with you? Elena Sokina: The native NYLO experience is a unique method of training that only Sean and I deliver. Clients don’t encounter anyone else. This is the privacy that allows for vulnerability and allows us to get deeper with clients. The unique atmosphere helps us solve issues in their head and body and allows our clients to get in touch with what’s going on. We help clients find the thing that doesn’t allow them to take control of nutrition and exercise. How do you do that? Sokina: We help to structure their social lives differently; that’s where our bio-psychosocial approach comes in. We don’t want all the hard work to be undone on the weekend. How else does NYLO differ? Sokina: It’s secluded. It’s not an average walk-in gym. It’s a more intimate and luxurious experience for independent trainers, a place to take their more discerning clients and for those who want to train away from the average gym goer. Cronin: Everything is rooted in natural systems and reconnecting to the Earth. There’ll also be no street shoes! That’s something that comes from when I was living and

coaching in South Korea. It’s required in every gym there. There is a separate shoe locker, and you’re expected to move into your training shoes or be barefoot. What other training styles have you picked up from different cultures? Sokina: I’m Russian, so I’m more of a goal-oriented type of trainer, and I love helping people with time-limited projects, like wedding prep. My brides and grooms are my favorite people! These men and women are preparing for their once-in-a-lifetime event, and it’s rewarding to help them. Sometimes I have to push them really hard. That’s a Russian style of training—everything for the goal! Cronin: On the flip side, the Japanese concept of forest bathing is important to us. It’s proven that time spent surrounded by nature decreases levels of stress and improves overall health. So at NYLO, we have a number of plants throughout, and there are moss walls and bonsai trees on each floor. We’ve created a Zen environment that’s a serene, tranquil escape. Definitely what we need in this metropolis! Cronin: There’s a phrase I like to use: “diseases of modernity.” The society we’ve set up is not conducive to human health. One of the things we do in terms of lifestyle design is advise on the best way to eat and the best way to incorporate natural movement. We focus on designing a client’s environment to reinforce those goals and habits. What else are you teaching clients? Sokina: We’re biological creatures, but the lives that we’re living are not good for our bodies. If you treated an animal the way that you treat yourself, someone would report you! [Laughs] Cronin: That’s what we’re trying to point out: People need to treat their bodies better, and their bodies will gladly respond by being stronger, functional, and more aesthetically pleasing…whatever that means to you. Where does the name come from? Cronin: In Latin, nylo means “out of nothing.” It’s our take on fitness—longevity-based fitness training for New Yorkers!



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Courtney Bradarich

At last! COTERIE is finally returning to an in-person format again from September 19–21 at the Javits Center. Courtney Bradarich, VP of contemporary women’s for COTERIE + PROJECT, and her team have been working tirelessly to make this a major moment in the show’s history. She tells THE DAILY what’s new, what they’re doing to ensure the safety of guests, and how they’re connecting their community of brands and retailers. authentic connections between brands and buyers. We’re also thrilled to be partnering again with the one and only The Daily Front Row on a series of compelling sessions on our education stage. Over our three-day event, we’ll be exploring topics that our community is most interested in, including sustainability, diversity, and inclusion. What are some highlighted brands we can expect to see at COTERIE New York? You’ll see some beloved contemporary and advanced contemporary brands, as well as some up-and-coming brands to keep your eye on. Brands including Zadig & Voltaire, Nicholas, DL1961, ba&sh, AMUR, Halston, Saylor, Susana Monaco, Goldie, Amanda Uprichard, Bella Dahl, Sancia, Gigi Pip, Hemant & Nandita, and Acacia will all be joining us this season, in addition to an incredible list of top-tier retailers registered to shop this season’s event! What new brands are showing this season? This season is all about discovery, and we’re excited to be introducing some amazing brands to COTERIE New York’s show floor. We’ll be seeing some beautiful vacationinspired brands, including Charo Ruiz, Shani Shemer, Nay Sunset Wear, Honest Cotton, Pearl & Caviar, and Lanhtropy. We’ll have cool contemporary and advanced contemporary brands like Ser.o.ya, Outerknown, Hansen & Gretel, Significant Other, S/W/F, Rumer, and Magali Pascal, in addition to much-loved footwear brands, such as Swedish Hasbeens, Oncept, and Greats. Will international brands still be on the floor? Absolutely! It’s a factor that has always set this event apart and continues to be a reason that our retailers come to us; they look to us to help identify what is new and next on the global fashion front. They’ll find international brands from across apparel, swimwear, accessories, and footwear categories, including standout names, such as Andrea Bogosian, Paola Bernardi, Twinset, Dondup, and Devotion Twins, in addition to so many others from countries such as Italy, Korea, Spain, Peru, Colombia, Greece, and many more. With the continual update on health and safety from New York State, what are some of COTERIE New York’s health and safety procedures and protocols? The health and safety of our community remain our top priority. In addition to adhering to CDC recommendations as well as state and local guidelines and mandates, all our events are guided by Informa AllSecure—a collaborative effort that has been adopted across the majority of global trade-show organizers with the support of events industry associations and key partners and has been objectively vetted by a


By EDDIE ROCHE Welcome back! What will this year’s COTERIE New York event look like? After 18 months since our last COTERIE New York event, we’re thrilled to be back! It’ll be a joyous occasion with so many of our longtime brand partners rejoining us in New York, in addition to the exciting introduction of an array of new-to-show brands that we’ll be welcoming for the first time this season. From refreshed show floor merchandising that supports buyers’ needs for greater discovery of fresh products and brands to our innovative digital platform, which allows brands and buyers to connect before, during, and after our event for an extended and more efficient event experience, there are a lot of things in store this season. We’ll be bringing a full lineup of timely topics and information in our education sessions, providing the community with actionable knowledge and useful tools to help further drive their business forward beyond transactions happening on the show floor. Rounding out the renowned COTERIE experience coming back to New York, the industry can expect unique, event-exclusive activations and various upscale networking opportunities to encourage in-person engagement, which we all have been so eager to get back to. We sure have! What are you most looking forward to this year? Collectively, I think our entire fashion community is eager to be coming back together at COTERIE New York, which has not only been paramount to their businesses, but also has become a tradition of sorts. With a 30-year legacy and drawing top-tier retailers, brands, and influential industry leaders, COTERIE New York is our fashion community’s most important market and event of the year. There is a marked elation and enthusiasm from both brands and buyers that I’m excited to see in person. I’m just so impressed by the strength and resilience of our brands and retailers, and I can’t wait to connect with them in New York and celebrate their successes together, in person! Tell us about some of the on-site experiences that attendees can expect. We’re partnering with Mae Jones magazine on a content studio for our brands at COTERIE. Mae Jones is a fashion magazine and media company that’s dedicated to the representation of Black style and glamour. This content studio will be produced and managed by Mae Jones’ founder Kristen Turner, alongside a diverse group of super talented creatives. What’s so important about this partnership and activation is that it’s geared toward elevating and promoting new and incredible talent within our industry, which is something that buyers—and their customers—are always looking for. As the industry connector, we’re always looking for unique ways to make


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COMEBACK KIDS The COTERIE show features brands such as [from left] S/W/F, Significant Other, and Mavi.

team of medical experts. Measures as part of AllSecure include continuous sanitation and disinfecting with focus on “high touch” areas, numerous hand-washing facilities located throughout the event, and wider aisles to accommodate social distancing. Additionally, and at this time, the Javits Center—a state-run facility—requires face masks be worn by all guests indoors. It’s also worth noting that the Javits Center is one of the safest venues in the country, featuring GBAC STAR Accreditation, which is a gold standard, demonstrating its commitment to the highest standards in cleaning and sanitization. In addition, the Javits Center has hospital-grade, high-efficiency particulate air filters to improve air filtration. To keep our community updated, we’re posting frequent updates to our event’s health and safety page, which we encourage our community to check for the latest information. Having now successfully executed three live events in 2021, we’re looking forward to producing another safe and successful event for our fashion community. What are some trends that buyers and retailers can expect to see at COTERIE New York? The notion of dressing with joy in mind is ever-present. We’ll continue to see a lot of joyful colors, optimistic prints, and a lot of maximalist vibes! We’ll see these concepts present themselves not just with dresses but unexpectedly, in categories like suiting and knitwear. In this same realm of thought, we will also see that getawayinspired looks are not just for vacation! Brands are integrating resort sensibilities to their Spring/Summer collections, and we’ll see more of that hitting the show floor this season. Conscious collections will also continue to increasingly resonate with our buyers, as they continue to address the end consumers’ desire for products and brands that are socially and ecologically sound. As buyers’ needs evolve, how is COTERIE adapting to this change? Constant conversation with our community has always been part of our process in building and executing our products and services as it’s crucial to the success of our community of brands and buyers. As a specific example and mirroring growing trends we have seen across the fashion industry, our buyers more recently indicated to us that they’re interested in identifying brands with attributes that matter to them and their consumers, from seeking brands that are minority-owned or brands that are using sustainable production methods. We’re working closely with our brands to promote these attributes—be it through original content or on-site signage—in order to better facilitate deeper connections between brands and buyers that have a similar ethos or position. What’s important now and going forward as market needs and

therefore buyers’ needs change—something we know will always occur—is leading with a consultative approach, remaining nimble and tapping into creative, outsideof-the-box ideas to help deliver meaningful opportunities for our community. What will COTERIE be like digitally this year? COTERIE’s digital experience is an innovative, beautiful, and user-friendly platform, which is product-forward in nature to support discovery and connection before, during, and after our live events. We know that our buyers want the ability to easily peruse the styles that they’re looking for, while also offering the ability to discover new products and brands that align with their tastes and preferences. Our smart discovery platform supports just that; it leverages data and intelligent matchmaking to show unique curations to each buyer that align with their preferences. Connecting our community of brands and retailers is at the core of our purpose. We’re on a continual journey to identify and solve challenges, as well as support the evolving goals of our community and our digital platform. Solutions will continue to play a big part in this progress. What will you do after the show to relax? I plan to read more books and less e-mails, at least for a short while—and then it’s off to the races as we plan for our next year of events!


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The Italian JOB

Meet Paola Guida, the New York–based mastermind behind the well-oiled machine that is the fashion and beauty division at the Italian Trade Commission. It’s safe to say Guida has had her hands full, overseeing and facilitating promotion of the perennially elegant Italian brands in the industry. With some 50 stellar labels about to show their wares at COTERIE this September, The Daily caught up with her to hear what’s been keeping her busy (spoiler alert: a lot!).



How have you been since we last spoke in February? We’ve been working a lot, and we’ve had a lot on our plate.

What has this summer looked like for you? We just finished Chicago Collective with almost 30 Italian companies. We’ve been exhibiting at trade shows, supporting events, mingling, and networking with companies and buyers. We’re still organizing U.S. buyers going to Italy for events, like the EDS [Expo] trade show for evening dresses in Salerno in September. There’s a lot of willingness in coming back to physical events, and buyers are ready to buy. They want to scout new companies and remeet former suppliers in person and not just over Zoom. What’s been your No. 1 focus ahead of September? We’re exhibiting 50 companies at COTERIE. Considering the travel ban and the pandemic, and so many uncertainties about physical events, we have an outstanding participation of Italian companies. It’s an exciting experience, and participation exceeded our expectations! It’s a sign that things are moving forward and business is back. We’re also working on a refresh of the platform, so U.S. buyers and retailers can discover designers and brands that are new to the market. With the return to COTERIE, what is everyone most excited for? We have more ways of supporting Italian companies because of the combination of digital and physical together—we can do more promotion and make them visible in more ways than ever before. Our goal is to help Italian companies get more opportunities for business. We’ve been doing video calls every day with the companies on how to approach the U.S. market in the best way and teaching them how to promote the Italian lifestyle. I think that Italian fashion is so much more than a piece of clothing. How did you measure the success of the Italy Pavilion on COTERIE’s digital trade show? For almost two years, we were forced to use digital tools. Of course, digital cannot be a substitute in full; it’s something that will stay, and it will help build relationships and introduce new brands. Our experience is that Italian companies were not as used to digital and social media. It was never their primary means of business, but they learned fast. We got much more used to doing everything that way, and that’s why we created It was a great challenge and a way to show buyers that there are other ways of doing business. So will remain online year-round? We’re redoing it so we can continue to support the companies. We want to strengthen relationships that already existed. Buyers already have their own ideas, but they can check online, see who is exhibiting, and what they’re exhibiting. They’re usually looking for specific products, but this can help them scout before the show. I think the digital and physical will exist together. We want this to go on 365 days a year.

The platform is still online; we’ve just been doing improvements and uploading new content, new companies, and pictures. Officially, we will open the website for the new season on September 20, but if you go on the website, it’s working. It will change twice a year in line with the seasonal collections. What changes have you made to the platform? A lot of video content! There’ll be new functions, so that buyers and companies can interact better. We’re also expanding the use of social media, creating content and IGTVs with influencers who will try on clothes and talk about Italian fashion. What’s in the works in terms of sustainability efforts? We’re planning to organize a new event for leather at the beginning of 2022 in L.A. We believe that sustainability is the key asset for every industry. Because Italy has strict regulations about environmental protection, recycling, and managing waste—not only for leather but for textiles, too—we’re working with associations to create events where sustainability and the Italian attention to the environment will be highlighted. Even on, different companies that have sustainability as a key focus will be highlighted. What message does the ITA hope to spread about Italian fashion? Italian companies are very flexible. Even during the pandemic, they had a great capacity to recover, to reorganize the production, the supplies, and get ready for the new times. It’s important to let the consumer understand that the new designers and old designers alike are innovative. We suffered a lot, like the industry did all over the world, but the market is still wanting Italian products. The clothing sector grew 40 percent in the U.S. in the first six months of this year. We’re still here; we’re doing better than ever, actually! What other projects are you and the team working on right now? From here to the end of year, we just had a big event at Cosmoprof North America; we have more than 20 companies exhibiting in Las Vegas; the launch of in September; 20 companies exhibiting at Functional Fabric Fair in Oregon in October; we’re planning a trunk show for eyewear in November in various cities across the U.S.; and implementing advertising campaigns for the lingerie and underwear sector. You’ll be very busy! It’s exciting! After two years of working a lot, but in a quiet way, I’m happy to be involved in so many activities and in-person events. When will you get a vacation? I had 15 days in Italy this summer. It already feels like a dream, but it’s great to be here in the U.S. and have so many things to do. I appreciate everything that’s happening.



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Meet the 50 Made in Italy brands ready to show at COTERIE from September 19–21. By JULIA OAKES

READY TO WEAR Alberto Audenino

Avaro Figlio

Flaunting pedestal-worthy Italian fashion season after season, Alberto Audenino offers up sustainable female silhouette-honoring design and unarguable glamour.

A modern woman’s wardrobe is meant to make a statement—and Avaro Figlio’s bold silhouettes and edgy aesthetic are a sweet reminder of it.


Laboratorio Alda Santini


Based in Tuscany, Laboratorio Alda Santini offers clean, innovative design that transcends trends— bravissima!

If anything’s for certain, it’s that Italians know how to have fun—and BESSI’s splashy prints and colorful palettes are proof. The best part? Playful aesthetic beautifies the racks all year round.



Keeping the “Made In Italy’’ mantra top of mind, Alysi ensures exceptional quality and attention to detail, no matter the simplicity of the garment.

Designed for women who are unapologetically themselves, Crem38 encourages individuality and opposition to conventionality. Female-forward, stylish, and Italian? Say no more!

Anna Maria Paletti Sitting pretty at the crossroads of simplicity and elegance, Anna Maria Paletti serves tiered layers, refreshing prints, and subtle ruffles in all the right places.

De Santis by Martin Alvarez From belted utility suit sets and structured cape coats to fluid skirts and decorative appliqués, every De Santis piece is a nod to high tailoring and timeless class.



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READY TO WEAR FEMÌ (Gironacci 1969) Cult, comfort, cool—the only ethos of womenswear brand Gironacci 1969. Whether you tend to opt for fitted denim or a wide-leg gaucho, any and all your trouser expectations will be fulfilled.

Frida Querida Firenze Even a peek at Frida Querida Firenze’s stylish al mare-ready swimwear offering will have you dreaming of the coast. We know we are! Consider us sold and on our way. AVARO FIGLIO

Gaiofatto With Michela Giaofatto at its helm, namesake Venice-founded label Gaiofatto delivers on fashion that empowers women while giving them the space to embrace their femininity.

Caliban (Giemme Brandscorporate) Giemme’s tip sheet hosts a long list of covetable brands—all, of course, made in the boot. Since 1950, the brand has epitomized not only an Italian style, but an Italian way of being, living, and feeling.

Gimo’s Laid-back Italian cool, but make it urban! Crafted for cosmopolitan trendsetters since 1975, Gimo’s offers an interesting narrative—disruptive wardrobe staples that scream with simplicity.



Mazzarelli Made In Italy If anything ages like fine wine, it’s Mazzarelli, the 1960-era men’s shirt couturier that has since gained fame for its sartorial precision, charming heritage, and cuff-to-sleeve perfection.

MeiMeiJ MeiMeiJ is a stylish paradox—humble, yet statement-making; urban, yet refined. Perhaps it’s that same oxymoronic disposition that has customers flocking back season after season.




Holding close to the values of true Italian craftsmanship and timeless design, Philo takes everything into consideration when designing pieces—from quality of fabric to manufacturing practices.



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Ploumanac’h SHAFT JEANS

Going on holiday anytime soon? You’re in luck! Arenzano-based Ploumanac’h enlists washed-out and bright colors that evoke feelings of relaxation and spirit. Buon viaggio!

Queen Moda Positano Eyelet maxi dresses, lace-adorned coverups, shoulder-bearing blouses—the list goes on! Since 1987, Queen Moda’s offerings have comprised bohemian, Amalfi-inspired garb made for Positano and beyond.



It’s true that the Northern boot has an unmatched sophistication to it, and Rosso35’s soft tones, dainty silhouettes, and clean lines are no exception.

Seventy Venezia Refined and glamorous, Seventy Venezia evokes feelings of its whimsical, canaladorned roots. A go-to for all genders, the brand promises versatile excellence and subtle glamour with every stitch.

Shaft Jeans We like our pasta al dente and our jeans Shaft! If there’s anything that can stand the test of time, it’s a trusty pair of jeans— and Florence-based Shaft Jeans knows just the type.

Twinset Milano Twinset Milano was founded on the rugged coast of Capri and touts a ready-to-wear line chock-full of evening dresses, branded sweat sets, tennis shoes, and more!

VLT’s by Valentina’s Since the late 1960s, VLT’s has kept attention to detail and the market for both comfortable and figure-flattering garb top of mind. With locations dotted across Italy, it’s just a hop, skip, and a Vespa away!

Xacus Born in the town of San Vito di Leguzzano in 1956, Xacus brings more to the table than its arsenal of professional seamstressing and le camicie expertise.

Whyci Milano


Natural and minimalist chic is our new aesthetic—and Whyci has it down to a T. Enlisting only raw materials, the brand prides itself on taking everyday classics to the next level. Chic, comfy, cute, ciao!




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A summer state of mind isn’t easy to shake—that is, unless you’ve got Artico to remind you of chic outerwear! Beloved for its leather, shearling, and cashmere luxury, Artico è perfetto for a day in the Swiss Alps.

Biancalancia Based in Italy’s northernmost region of Veneto, Biancalancia boasts a clean aesthetic with unparalleled craftsmanship. The resulting offering? Tailored trousers, cashmere coats, motif-adorned stoles, and more.

Landi Fancy Inspired by outerwear you’d only find in your wildest dreams, Landi Fancy designers employ their own imaginations as starting points for design. Whether you prefer belted or zippered, lapels or hoods, a Landi Fancy pick will never steer you wrong.

Suprema Founded in 1981 on a vision to create high-quality leather and shearling apparel, Suprema lives up to its Englishtranslated name with ease. Specialized garb and seasonal offerings beloved by men and women alike. Che suprema!





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Did somebody say leather!? Puglia-based Coriu produces bona fide leather goods inspired by the tradition-inspired, slow-paced disposition of the South and the land comprising it.

Handmade in Italy and sold in the Hamptons and select tropical islands, Mela has a laid-back, beach-inspired jewelry selection large enough to span its international clientele base.

De Couture


In the market for a one-of-a-kind statement handbag? You’re in luck! De Couture is a bespoke business that honors the past with its artisanal techniques, yet looks to the future with its modernized aesthetic.

It all started when Canada-born Veronica Quarterman moved to Italy and developed a European taste that would later inspire her accessories brand QMAN. As for the vibe? Metropolitan-meets-glam with a luxury Italian guise.




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Flaunting irresistible staple picks for both men and women, Alpha Studio has been pioneering the world of knitwear since its inception 35 years ago.

Forget pizza and pasta, we’re splurging our euro on Kash cashmere! Sweater vests, color-blocked cardigans, button-down knits, and turtlenecks—mamma mia!

BASE Milano


Delivering great garb, season after season, Purotatto knows exactly what a Mediterranean dress code looks like—from cashmere sweaters and pleated trousers to breezy linens and summer frocks!

Founded by Tamara Skoblikova and Giovanni Vasta, Ta.Sk. touts a unique design ethos—minimalist, yet deluxe knitwear destined to make a statement. Cashmere sweat sets? You had us at ciao!

Touting an impressive collection of urbaninspired, yet sophisticated knitwear, BASE Milano is the luxury sportswear line of dreams. Knitwear per tutti!

Hand-painted, luxury Italian knits? Say no more! Sourced and produced from the vineyard-adorned region of Tuscany, Melarosa goods use nontoxic and environmentally friendly dyes that will keep your knits fresh for years after purchase!

She’s So

Tricot Chic

Fifty years after its inception, She’s So customers are still flocking to its doors. Why? The couture-standard knitwear, of course. Bellissima!

Since being founded in Paderno d’Adda in 1972, luxe knitwear has always been Tricot Chic’s bread and butter. And it still is—especially with the founding family and craftsmanship in the driver’s seat.



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FOOTWEAR Donatello (Romit) Sewn by hand and utilizing the most precious of first-choice leathers, Romit shoes stand where craftsmanship and style meet. Just think— perforated brogues and tassel-adorned loafers. Sold!

Donna Carolina Whether you’re on the hunt for clean white sneakers, suede booties, or a pointed-toe leather flat, you might just find yourself getting lucky with a Donna Carolina label.

Henry Ayden Boots made in the boot! Quickly taking over the world of Italian fashion with its selection of “It” boots, Henry Ayden fuses Italian artistry with a geometric edge and a rock ’n’ roll attitude. Per favore!

Manas A quick glance at Manas’s inventory—an urban-chic repertoire of boots, sneakers, heels, and more—will prove its long-standing ethos: contemporary charm blended seamlessly with a timeless attitude.

Moaconcept From high-tops to platforms, lace-ups to elastic, Moaconcept’s hefty footwear collection houses everything under the Tuscan sun. Talk about a one-stop shop!

Pas de Rouge Think everyday shoes, but refined with a Venetian touch. Located in the heart of the Veneto region, Pas de Rouge is the has-it-all Italian footwear label with a charming history under its sole.



More than 40 years in the making, Thera’s leather sandals have a certain way about them. Simple in appearance and made purely in Italy, every shoe with a Thera’s label is a sweet reminder of how leather should feel, look, and be.


Thierry Rabotin At Thierry Rabotin, the only motive is to strike the perfect balance among form, function, and design. Mission accomplished!

Voile Blanche As if we weren’t already sold on the whole “a sneaker a day” trend, Voile Blanche is here to remind us that a pair of kicks can do no wrong— especially with its perfectly conspicuous label. PAS DE ROUGE





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If there’s anyone who’s ready to get back to business, it’s Planet founder Lauren Grossman. The Florida-based entrepreneur is finally returning to New York City to show her Spring collection at COTERIE at the Javits Center this month. THE DAILY recently checked in with Grossman to find out what’s new with her lifestyle line and why she’s so eager to reunite IRL again.

We know you must be excited about the return of COTERIE in person! I sure am! It’s like going on a first date! What should I wear? I think I’ll start dieting! [Laughs] How long have you been showing here? Planet has been showing in NYC for the past 22 years. The energy of being in Manhattan and showing the collection was exciting. I put so much effort into the aesthetic of the booth that I got an award. I had curly willows and all elements of the earth to launch Planet. We even brought in sand to launch the Spring collection. We had shells and sand in the booth. It was so beautiful. That was a good buzz for a designer starting out. How many people from your team are coming to the show? I bring eight people. It’s a lot, but we are so busy. We don’t want to keep our customers waiting and want to make sure everyone gets attention. What’s the collection you’ll be showing like? I’m launching new fabrications in the Spring collection. Last year I did a launch of silk that was lightweight and easy. It can be dressed up or dressed down. My philosophy is it still can be used for the casual weddings that are still prevailing right now. I parlayed that dressy feeling and did a sateen color. It has a nice drape and flow. You can put it on with sneakers or combat boots and make it street chic. The colors are elements of the earth. I did white, sand, and nile, which is a dusty aqua blue. It’s a feel-good color. How does it feel to have people wear your collection at weddings? It’s heartwarming. A lot of our customers have been with me for many years. They share pictures of their family, and now they’re the mother or grandmother of the bride. Because I know them, I know what colors they like and I can make suggestions about jewelry or what heels go with it. Anything else? Our spa T-shirt classification is up 30 percent, and we’re maximizing the opportunity. We are expanding the category, and we’re excited to introduce a whole lot of newness! We’re up 25 percent from 2019 from our spa collection. These are pima cotton T-shirts that are lightweight and the most luxurious cotton on the planet. We added a bunch of new T-shirts and some cool graphics. I’m excited about that! Your website,, is looking great! It was launched during COVID. We have places where we never had representation before and people can find us. It also helps our boutique stores because the brand is more branded. They go into the boutique and they saw it online. Other stores can’t carry every piece or color, but they can go through the website. It’s a win-win for everyone. Why do you think you prevailed during the pandemic? My fabrication went from what we used to call travel clothes to couch couture. Career women were wearing our looks because they don’t wrinkle; they’re machinewashable, and they’re great for Zoom meetings. Women still like fashion and love high-quality fabric, and the pieces last for years. Where do you get your inspiration? I watch fashion shows every evening on my phone while my husband and I are watching TV. I love esoteric and up-and-coming designers. I always wonder who they




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are and how old they are. I love following German and Japanese designers. I also look at couture designers like Lanvin, Givenchy, Yohji Yamamoto. I draw from their inspiration and create my collection to fit everyday women rather than runway. If you could turn back time, would you have wanted to work at a house like Givenchy? When I first started out of college, I was in a training program at Burdines, where I learned how to become a buyer and merchant. I did that for a couple of years, but it was a bureaucracy and they took away your creativity. I was the first one promoted in my class and after my promotion I went to the vice president and I resigned. He asked me why I resigned and I said, “I should buy for the designer department!” And the rest is history! Exactly. You don’t put baby in a corner. Ha! You haven’t been to New York since the last COTERIE show. I haven’t and I can’t wait! I have friends who live in the city and they say it’s different now. I’ll let you know once I get there. I’m coming to the city early to do some shopping and hit the streets. What do you have planned? I’m going to meet my girlfriend who I’ve known since I was 16 for dinner one night. I’m going to Soho, dinners, I have a friend who is in the Hamptons and he’s going to drive in to see me. I haven’t seen him in 18 months. He’s like a brother to me! We usually do holidays together. All of that is a renewed feeling of normalcy. I’m grateful. Any favorite restaurants you love when you’re in town? You’re gonna laugh, but in my [Flatiron District] neighborhood, there’s a restaurant I love called Chef Yu. It’s a Chinese joint. I love Chinese food, and we don’t have it in Florida and my husband doesn’t eat it. When I get out there, I hold my first staff meeting there. We order up everything, and the things we like, we order twice! I can’t wait!


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FASHION IS ROARING BACK As we are hopeful to begin entering a post-pandemic era, new and familiar fashion trends are certainly among us. And as far as we can tell, anything goes, as long as it’s mood boosting prints and uplifting colors. From comfy and elevated street style to mismatching and chic on-the-go wear, we are here for it. Include these must-have trends in your S/S ’22 orders this October. Register Now at




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Trend Insight provided by Atlanta Apparel’s Fashion Director, Morgan Ramage. Ramage, who has over 10 years of experience in the fashion wholesale and styling world, has produced dozens of runway shows, curated vignettes, live model demonstrations, and virtual fashion events in her time at Atlanta Apparel. Visit us to see these presentations in person and also view our digital lookbooks by visiting



THE MUST-SEE FASHION EVENT LINE-UP Don’t miss exclusive trend presentations throughout Market. More details to be announced soon. Check back at and follow us @atlantaapparel for the latest announcements.



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BROUGHT THE HOSPITALITY FROM THE SOUTH, TO THE WEST. Las Vegas Apparel wrapped up its first semi-annual edition, August 8 – 10 at the Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas (WMCLV), with overwhelmingly positive feedback from both exhibitors and buyers. Las Vegas Apparel’s fashion week edition — composed of an intimate shopping environment, curated resources, onsite amenities and attendance reach – drew an upbeat response over the course of the new three-day event.

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Agent R.E.D. International Showroom Founder Genie Parada-Fishman has a special announcement: LIFE is back on… so dress for it!

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The new perspective…The fashion business is fun again! Business is booming and its all about exciting fashion now that people are going out, celebrating life, gathering and shopping with unprecedented fervor! We appreciate every small pleasure of life exponentially now more than ever. Living through a pandemic reminded us not to take the gifts of life for granted. A sense of purpose is once again creating the need to get dressed, look good and feel good. A new way of dressing has emerged from this experience.... it’s a new age comfort casual. It’s entirely distinct and leaves an imprint of the times for future generations. The Positive Effects of the Pandemic… Over the last year, I have developed the strongest connections with my retailers than ever. The plight to navigate the waters of 2021 have been a bonding factor. It’s been a year of tremendous challenge, and also one of innovation and reinvention, for both me and my retailers. Necessity is the mother of re-invention… ZOOM has become the indispensable tool of this century! Retailers that would have never bought product virtually, now learned to acclimate to the current times via the virtual connect! I’m meeting with clients from all around the country and beyond. Ironically, I’ve never been so busy. Social media is more important now than ever! When retailers and vendors were all closed and people were hiding in quarantine in their apartments… it was extremely distressing.

I wallowed in self-pity for a moment. Everyone needs a moment. And then the creatively started to flow. I cannot sit idle. I started to work on improving my knowledge of connecting with my clients virtually. Because the business is so personal, I realized that I can’t just post stock pictures of beautiful clothing, it has to be Genie… they want to see Genie in the clothing in order to better relate. So, I started doing product presentation videos and photo shoots wearing in some of my favorite looks from each collection seasonally and posting. The feedback has been incredibly positive. I am now completely immersed in the virtual world of connection in all its facets.

On the return to Coterie… I am very much looking forward to seeing all my clients in person at the show! Coterie is a high energy event that is the heartbeat of the fashion business. Agent R.E.D. International brands… it’s a family affair… Our brands have a soul and a story to tell – I believe the consumer is looking for more than a pretty garment – they are searching for inspiration in the way they express themselves through fashion. A personal connection to the clothing is more important than ever. All our brands are family owned businesses that built their companies from the ground up through hard work and perseverance. I am extremely excited to share XCVI, Wearables and Aratta at Coterie! • Instagram @agentredintl

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The big move… When the pandemic started, and the entire industry was shut down, we were at a crossroads as to what to do with the showroom. Mid-pandemic we decided to move to Williamsburg Brooklyn, after 21 years in the garment center. Williamsburg is vibrant with eccentric characters and the atmosphere is electrifying with energy! It’s incredibly inspirational. Our RedSpotted series featured on our Instagram has benefited from being immersed in an incredibly creative environment. RedSpotted is all about capturing outstanding fashion statements and personalities on the streets of NYC that made this city so fantastic. Follow us @agentredintl for fun footage and important brand updates. On how to keep a positive mind set… My advice is to turn off the news. If you need to know you’ll know. Otherwise it’s all about speculation and negativity. Fashion is the ultimate form of escapism so let’s indulge in the world that we are fortunate to be a part of and let’s help others step into our universe. It’s a much happiness place to exist.

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XCVI and Wearables: Casual, Comfortable Chic Redefined XCVI is well known for their extraordinary ability to outfit a woman of any size, any age in comfortable and chic pieces. XCVI is all about elevated fabrics, unique hand washes, exceptional details, and looks that take you through all your life’s demanding activities effortlessly. XCVI is perfect for a casual lounge around as well as a ZOOM call for work. XCVI is the go to for their exceptional linen program in spring as well as their stretch cotton poplin. Wearables is all about key item staples and best selling bodies revisited seasonally in new versions and color pallets. The brand is the ultimate go-to for stretch cotton poplin, elastic waist bottoms. The new CORE Wearables features our 11 best selling bottoms and dresses in 6 neutral colors intended for reorder all year round. In a time when no one was taking a risk on excess stock, XCVI took a position on a replenishment program and it manifested to be a huge winner! Retailers around the country are doing a very happy dance in their Jetters, Nadia crops, and Trace skirts. (when you know, you know) Instagram @xcviofficial

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It’s time to peace and pout! Instagram’s first family, Lisa Rinna and daughters Delilah Belle Hamlin and Amelia Gray Hamlin, have put their heads together to custom-create new lip kit offerings for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s hit line, Rinna Beauty. THE DAILY caught up with the social media starlets to sneak a peek—mwah mwah! By FREYA DROHAN How has your summer been? What have you been up to? I’m on an island in Canada! They opened the borders up in early August, so I’ve been hanging out and getting some R&R with the family. Do you have any new obsessions this summer? I’ve been trying not to get COVID! I live in a hot spot, and it’s not back to normal. I did go to the Hamptons to visit some friends, but I haven’t traveled much. I miss it, and I really want to see the world again. How do you stay so upbeat? I always try to see the bright side of everything. I entertain myself, I guess. Thank God for great streaming TV. I watch a lot of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and I just watched The White Lotus! Did you love Jennifer Coolidge in it? I sure did! I found out that we have the same agent, which made me scream. I love that she’s getting her moment; I really love her. Speaking of, we love your humor. Who makes you laugh? Oh, my gosh, there’s just so many. I laugh at the memes people make about us on the show; they’re some of the funniest. I’m very self-deprecating, and I’ll be the first to laugh at myself. How do you maintain a good relationship with social media? I think everyone is trying to figure it out. It’s difficult when the show is airing—it’s easier to film the show than live through what happens when it’s airing. I have to be careful in terms of what I allow myself to see. That’s when I have to have


Tell us about the Delilah Kit! I’m super excited about it! All of them can be worn on their own or in combination. I am obsessed with the Nudish Brown lipstick, and the Glow Up gloss is a beautiful shimmery gold. They’re perfect colors for the fall and holiday season. I have so many photos saved, which I’ll post when I’m back on Instagram! What have you been up to? Self-reflecting, learning, and growing. I’ve taken a lot of time to rest and be healthier. I also went to Greece and Tulum, which was so fun! What are you most looking forward to for fall? I’ve been working on a couple of things. I have a jewelry collab launching in October, and I have a clothing line coming. Best thing about NYFW? I love dressing up, bumping into people, and creating more relationships. I’m excited! Favorite fashion trends right now? I’m obsessed with Loewe, Jacquemus, and Bottega Veneta. The trends I’m excited for are the new trends I’m going to see on the runway.


Tell us about the Amelia Kit! I love the mixture of the creamy blush shade of pink in the Lil Extra liner and the warm pink, almost maroon Angel’s Kiss lipstick. The Frostbite gloss is a really yummy, icy, glitter gloss. My favorite ever, ever, ever! How has the summer been? I have been running around, excited to work again, counting down the days until I can be surrounded by people in this industry again. It’s been so fun to be back on set and be around everyone and their creativity. NYFW plans? I’m ready to go to every single fashion show that I can go to. What look will you be channeling? I’m feeling a really minimalist ’90s vibe right now! What else are you obsessed with at the moment? I’m so into Pilates right now, and breakfast burritos! I’m also very into Bottega Veneta, the color green, crime podcasts, alternative music, and alt R&B. I’m trying to branch out and broaden my horizons!



boundaries, and it gets tough. Who do you follow that brings you joy? I’m attracted to fashion, art, positivity, and any accounts that make me feel good. Also, actors and people I admire, and musicians I love. You have 1 million likes on TikTok! What do you enjoy about the platform? If I’m ever down at all, I watch it for a howl and I’m crying laughing! I think it’s so funny. Do you learn your dance routines from the platform? I’m more of a freestyle dancer. I admire the people doing the routines—they’re hard by the way! What about beauty. Do you get inspiration on TikTok? Yes, but I get more beauty inspiration from RuPaul’s Drag Race! What’s coming up for Rinna Beauty? We saw you teasing some eye products! We will launch eyes in 2022, but what we’re doing right now with Delilah and Amelia’s kits is exciting. I love to work with my family. Why did the time feel right to bring the girls on board? It came organically. I said, “Think of what you love, figure it out, send it to us, and we’ll formulate some samples and then you’ll pick the colors.” We’ll see how it goes, I’m sure we’ll do more kits. What’s been most surprising since launching Rinna Beauty? Rinna with daughters Amelia (left) and Delilah It’s been challenging but exciting to do it, from scratch, in the middle of the pandemic. I’ve learned a great deal. We’ve done everything through trial and error, and we’re smashing goals. We had our biggest month ever this month! It’s a labor of love, but I’ve been blown away. I want to spin it out into everything—head-to-toe lifestyle!


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