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Elena Matei’s Musical Moment Is Here!

The Fashion Media Awards

10-Year Celebration!


Grace Elizabeth

Sarah Jessica Parker

Emily Ratajkowski

Martha Stewart

ELLE Cinq à Sept & More!

Collect & Discuss September 2023
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came together in July to host 50 VIPs for an alfresco luncheon at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton to kick off a three-day celebration of the brand’s Pre-Fall ’23 collection. Stylish attendees gathered in the sun to enjoy an exclusive shopping experience followed by a wine and cocktail

During the course of the day, guests enjoyed the opportunity to explore a curated collection of customized vintage cars by Vantage Auto Collection—which made for an ideal photo moment!—such as a cream-colored Porsche Speedster, a duck egg blue Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon, and a pistachio-hued Toyota Land Cruiser. The cars’ shades were reflective of the Max Mara’s Pre-Fall ’23 collection’s color palette, and each motor sported the Max Mara signature logo for the occasion, too.

After exploring a swoon-worthy assortment of must-have items at the pop-up shop, such as iconic coats and silk separates in seasonal shades of lipstick red and pastel pink inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s time in New York, guests gathered in the five-star property’s courtyard to sip chilled Sainte Marguerite Cotes de Provence rosé, Aperol Spritz, Cinzano Prosecco, DAOU sauvignon blanc, and chardonnay, and a variety of refreshing clean energy drinks from GORGIE before making their way to the garden to enjoy a gourmet three-course lunch. Menu highlights included an organic mixed green salad, Faroe Islands salmon with local corn purée, and a light pesto pasta. After the meal, attendees gathered around a customized Max Mara gelato cart by Dolce and Gelato Catering, where a delicious and summery assortment of flavors inspired by Max Mara’s Italian roots awaited.

Nicky Hilton Rothschild Photography by SEAN ZANNI

Guests included influential figures from the worlds of art, design, and fashion, such as Sai De Silva, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Marina Albright, Leah McSweeney, Tinamarie Clark, Ivey Leidy, Cas Friese, Casey Fremont, Ashley Stewart, Elizabeth Kurpis, Hilary Matt, Coco Bassey, Irina Kro Eicke and Maximilian Eicke, Blair Voltz Clarke, Tripoli Patterson, Lele Sadoughi, Max Mara’s Cristian Notari and Judgie Graham, and many more.

The festivities continued into the late afternoon, with more mixing and mingling poolside and inside the retail pop-up. The talented Lefty’s Right Mind were also on hand to personalize Max Mara leather items with handpainted monograms.

A covetable VIP gift bag for each guest included luxe items like a Max Mara beach towel and tote, perfume by Summer Hours, a $500 gift certificate for Palm Beach/Hamptons-based Luxury Day Yacht Charters, summer skincare essentials from clinically backed clean brand Macrene Actives, haircare musts from Moroccanoil, and innovative products from celebrity-adored VH Skincare by Vanessa Hernandez.

Leah McSweeney in Max Mara Lizzi Bickford Meadow and Casey Fremont Elizabeth Kurpis Blair Voltz Clarke Liz Callahan Tripoli Patterson and Cas Friese in Max Mara Ivey Leidy and Courtney Davis in Max Mara Coco Bassey

Hamptons Most Stylish

’s beloved event toasting all things fashion on the East End, our Hamptons Most Stylish soirée, returned in all its chicness last July. Hosted poolside at the breathtaking home of Lois Robbins,

actress and founder of protective sunwear brand Watskin, the celebration brought together friends of the magazine for a party presented by LAGOS, DAOU, Aperol, and Naghedi. Guests arrived to the Water Mill home and were immediately greeted by the family’s spectacular collection of art and sculptures on the walk to the deck area. At the fête, attendees were spoiled for choice as to where to snap their outfit pics, with the option of multiple gorgeous pools as backdrops. Taking it all in with a suitably summery chalice of Aperol spritz in hand, everyone caught up and discussed their late summer plans. An elegant ballerina dressed in a pale pink slip with a floral headpiece to match the pretty DAOU rosé bar performed poolside and even helped top up guests’ glasses of wine as they marveled at the views of Mecox Bay. Robbins, who was kitted out in a flared one-piece from Watskin, talked people through the backstory to the company and showed them some styles that were displayed on mannequins in the indoor-outdoor living space.

Yana Bononi Sophie Sumner and Keke Lindgard D’Artagnan Lou and DAOU ballerina
DAOU ballerina Photography by CAROLINE FISS

LAGOS was on site to showcase its latest treasures and top summer styles, including its newly released Smart Caviar Lux, which puts a fresh spin on its innovative Apple Watch bracelets. A bestseller for the fine jewelry brand, the new styles feature 18K gold and sterling silver, plus diamonds for those looking to elevate their everyday look!

NYC-based handbag brand Naghedi showcased fashion-forward clutches and metallic wristlet bags, as well as roomy totes for all your summer getaways, in its signature woven neoprene fabric. Guests enjoyed artisan gelato from Dolce & Gelato, courtesy of Naghedi, and met with founder and former magazine editor Sara Naghedi, who was also in attendance. Appetites were satiated, thanks to pizza pies being handmade at the Dolce & Gelato station, and any sweet cravings were satisfied via a European-style patisserie cart serving pastries and passionfruit iced tea, courtesy of Tribeca hotel and hot spot du jour, Fouquet’s Post-celebration, attendees took home a gift bag brimming with goodies from LAGOS, DAOU, Aperol, Naghedi, Nicole Miller, Dr. Lara Devgan, Moroccanoil, Macrene Actives, Watskin, and more. The following day, guests were invited to continue the fun as Charlotte Bickley hosted a workout class and wellness gifting suite with The SOTO Method at The Bentley Hotel in Southampton.

Guests included Mary Leest, Sophie Sumner, Keke Lindgard, Nicole Miller, Candace Bushnell, Cameron Silver, Blair Voltz Clarke, Sophie Elgort, Rebecca Minkoff, Michelle Cordeiro Grant, Sam Vartholomeos, Aqua Parios, Elizabeth Kurpis, Dr. Lara Devgan, Divya Mathur, Nina Sarin Arias, Eric Goldie, Jeremy Batoff, Irina and Maximilian Eicke, Jessica Markowski, Greivy, Sophia Bastian, Lilly Sisto, Samantha Cohen, Yana and Lucas Bononi, Chris Coffee, Frederico Azevedo, Negar Mohammadi,

and many more. Maximilian Eicke, Irina Eicke in a Michelle Farmer dress with a Naghedi bag, and Yana and Lucas Bononi Mary Leest Katya Tolstova in LAGOS The latest issue of The Daily Summer was available. Charlotte Bickley in Naghedhi Nicole Miller and Chris Coffee Jessica Markowski Amina Vassa in LAGOS Elizabeth Kurpis Aperol spritz were on hand Jennifer Crewe, Sima Godfrey, Eddie Roche, Jeremy Batoff, Candace Bushnell, and Eric Goldie Jamie Hector, Amanda Willinger, and Lauren Maxwell Eric Von Stroh and Sophie Elgort Allison Morabito, Kristi Romero, Nicole Pellegrino, and Michelle Madonna Aqua Parios Divya Mathur and Nina Sarin Arias Greivy Lois Robbins Blaire Voltz Clarke enjoying a treat from Dolce & Gelato MoAnA Luu Stephen Zaro, Sasha Engelman, and Jordana Schrager


Brunch and Nicole Miller rosé? That’s the way to our heart. In one of our favorite summer traditions, The Daily Front Row and Nicole Miller reunited for a Saturday brunch Out East, once again hosted on the top level of Bounce Beach Montauk. Blessed with perfect weather, the festivities kicked off with frosé cocktails made with Nicole Miller rosé. Giving even more reason to celebrate, the event tied in with the launch of the new Nicole Miller fragrance, Nectar de Pèche, a fresh and evocative scent that will keep the summer mood intact long past Labor Day.

Guests arrived to the two-story beach club in their Nicole Miller Spring/ Summer ’23 pieces and met with the on-site engraver, who customized a decorated fragrance bottle for everyone. Fittingly, Sophie Sumner also had her dog, Peaches, with her to double down on the peach theme.

For the multicourse family-style brunch, crowd-pleasing dishes like bang bang shrimp, lobster rolls, chicken tenders, blackened fish tacos, tuna tartare tostadas, avocado toast, local burrata, spiced fries, roasted cauliflower, and shiitake leek spring rolls kept a smile on our face. And, indeed, kept everyone satiated for what was to come: The Daily’s annual Hamptons Most Stylish bash, which took place in Water Mill later that day.

Among those who joined team Nicole Miller and team for the day were Candace

Bushnell, Lois Robbins, Michelle Madonna, Kelsey Simone, Katya Tolstova, Keke Lindgard, Sophie Sumner, Aqua Parios, Katrina Rusakova, Anita Hodosi, Vanessa Zambito, Sophia Pauline, Ali Freie, Melissa Vale, Kristi Romero, Nicole Pellegrino, Allison Morabito, Brenttany Sharraine, Tony Harris, and Eddie Roche and Freya Drohan. Sophia Pauline and Ali Freie Allison Morabito, Nicole Pellegrino, and Ali Meyer Sophie Sumner and Peaches Nicole Miller Vanessa Zambito, Anita Hodosi, and Katrina Rusakova Michelle Madonna, Nicole Miller, and Kelsey Simone
Nicole Miller’s namesake wine was served. Photography by CAROLINE FISS


and we’re just living in it! Our Breakthrough Model of the

Year Lila Moss is the quintessential city slicker in the new Fall campaign for Maje.

CARINE Your Coffee Table!

Rizzoli’s new tome, Carine Roitfeld Fashion Book, documents a decade of the legendary style arbiter’s work featuring unforgettable imagery of everyone from Kim K to Rihanna. The iconic editor will celebrate the book with an intimate gathering at Marc Jacobs’ Bookmarc this month.


SCENE • It’s back-to-school time, chéries! Fashion Month is officially here, kicking off in the best city in the world. Who’s showing? The likes of Anna Sui, Coach, Brandon Maxwell, Ulla Johnson, Tory Burch, Jason Wu, Khaite, LaQuan Smith, Michael Kors, Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera, Sergio Hudson, Dennis Basso, Naeem Khan, and Proenza Schouler are all sitting pretty on the cal, while Christian Siriano celebrates his 15th-anniversary show. COS, Ralph Lauren, Jonathan Cohen, Sally LaPointe, and Phillip Lim are returning, and Retrofete and Bach Mai stage their first runway shows. Debuts include Michelle Ochs for Hervé Léger, plus Peter Do unveils his first outing for Helmut Lang • Gabriela Hearst, who’s departing Chloé after Paris Fashion Week to focus on her namesake line, is being honored with the FIT Couture Council Award this season

When Linda Met Steven

Things to Discuss!

1. Eva Chen has teamed up with H&M Kids for a clothing collection out September 7.

2. Zara is collaborating with Steven Meisel on its most significant launch of the year, with a 50-plus piece offering, and a campaign fronted by Linda Evangelista, Amber Valletta, Liya Kebede, Irina Shayk, Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Eva Herzigová, and more!

3. Fashion writer Kristen Bateman has put pen to paper to discover what makes the city’s fashion landscape so unique with the publication of Little Book of New York Style

4. NYFW brings all the…DJs to the yard!? Diplo is performing in Central Park, while Teksupport will host underground parties with Peggy Gou, TikTok fave Mochakk, and more.

5. Tommy Hilfiger and a special guest—oooh!—will host a brunch during NYFW.

6. Random alert! Cheetos…so flaming hot right now. The moorish snack will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a runway show during NYFW.

7. UPS returns to NYFW with Big Motion, a program dedicated to supporting emerging Historically Black Colleges and Universities alumni small fashion businesses.

8. Yahoo is partnering with Rosario Dawson’s Studio 189 to host a lunch spotlighting positive social impact through the power of voting.

9. Stop by the OTR™ Premium Cocktail Lounge at Spring Studios from 12–9 p.m during New York Fashion Week for a cocktail and some celeb spotting.

10. It’s back! Marc Jacobs Beauty has announced its return. Watch this space!

More than 180 images spanning a quarter of a century offer a rare glimpse into the era-defining collaboration between Linda Evangelista and Steven Meisel. The Phaidon book is out September 13—just in time for Evangelista’s return on The Super Models on Apple TV+.


Separated at birth, non?
Dora Fung is now editor in chief at 10 Magazine USA Kendall Jenner for Stella!
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Sarah Ball is now editor in chief at WSJ. Magazine Sally Holmes is now editor in chief at InStyle Nikki Ogunnaike is now editor in chief at Marie Claire Carolina Herrera LaQuan Smith Prabal Gurung Brandon Maxwell Tory Burch LaQuan Smith Gabriela Hearst Linda Vojtová Gisele Bündchen Eva Chen Marc Jacobs Peggy Gou Lila Moss Stella McCartney Fall ’23
Carine Roitfeld


LoganRoy, we mean Brian Cox, as the new face of Kith! “*%#! off!”


A hot minute with Pandora’s campaign star for its new lab-grown diamond range, the sparkling Precious Lee!

This year so far in one word?


Favorite fashion memory of the year?

My April British Vogue cover.

Fashion Month plans?

It’s busy and exciting—and also my birthday month. As a Virgo, I plan on celebrating not only fashion this month, but another year of being fab.

After-party or early night?

Depends...I don’t skip a good party but don’t go to just anything!

What’s on your playlist?

Beyoncé and Rihanna.

Coffee or energy drink?


Backstage savior?

Positive energy.

Fashion Month faves?

Creating new ideas and art—and the reunion tour with my fashion family!


Sienna Miller is expecting! The actress and style icon will welcome baby No. 2 next year.

Josephine Skriver announced the arrival of her first baby, a daughter named Aurora James. Aww!


Pssst… Did you know that MACRENE actives SKIN + EARTH High Performance Face Cleanser is the organic plant-based cleanser models swear by post-show?

It’s what runway regulars Quinn Mora, Nikki McGuire, Meadow Walker, and Ellen Rosa keep in their beauty bags backstage!

SCENE • The Daily Front Row will host its 10th-annual (but we don’t look a day over nine!) Fashion Media Awards during NYFW at the Rainbow Room. On the honoree list this year are Sarah Jessica Parker, Grace Elizabeth, Martha Stewart, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and many more, with Alan Cumming on emcee duty. Follow us on IG @dailyfrontrow for real-time buzz!

Fashion <3 The NYC Ballet!

A must-have for any lover of the arts, Rizzoli’s New York City Ballet: Choreography & Couture is a feast for the eyes, recapping a decade of collaborations with designers including Valentino, Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Iris van Herpen, and Zac Posen. As an added treat, there’s an essay from Tonne Goodman and a foreword by SJP, too!


How well do you know your fashion and pop culture news? Answers at bottom of page!

A. Sofia Richie is working on a clothing line.

B. Tom Ford bought Jacqueline Kennedy’s childhood Hamptons home for $52 million.

C. Annabelle Bronstein is getting her own TV show.

D. Hailey Bieber has collaborated with Dunkin’ Donuts.

E. Princess Diana’s sheep sweater is headlining Sotheby’s inaugural fashion icons sale.


DAOU has won the 2023 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Winery Tasting Room! The family-run brand has made Paso Robles, California, a soughtafter destination for wine lovers for its stunning location, exceptional hospitality, and world-class wines. Put a guided tour of its vineyard on your bucket list, stat!


The Bentley is a new year-round hotel in Southampton—and get this, every room is a suite! We caught up with owner Stas Rudenko to get the 411. What makes The Bentley unique?

The welcoming staff and we’re dog-friendly. And all rooms are 630 square feet, as opposed to normal hotel rooms, which are 300 feet. What are the rooms like?

You enter through a separate hallway, which connects to two rooms. Our spacious suites are more like an apartment! You’ll have a refrigerator, microwave, table and chairs, pull-out sofas, computer desks, TVs, a living room, a bedroom, and a balcony or patio. The bathrooms even have two vanities! We’ve been told it’s everyone’s happy place. The pool is fab. What do folks need to know? The pool also has a refreshment truck filled with iced lemonade. The area leads onto a beautiful, huge green lawn. We’re going for a modern country club–like vibe!

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Editor in Chief, CEO

Chief Content Officer Eddie Roche

Creative Director

Roger Mitchell

Executive Fashion Director

Freya Drohan

Senior Editor

Joseph Manghise


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Contributing Editor

Sophie Sumner

Photo Editor

Jessica Athanasiou-Piork

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Fearthainn Sweeney Casby

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George Maier

Marketing Director

Nandini Vaid

Fashion Publishing Director

Monica Forman

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Alex Dickerson

Brand Partnerships Consultant

Lizzi Bickford Meadow

Experiential Marketing Consultant

Jaimee Marano Lunderborg

Digital Operations

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Manufacturing Operations

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(Clockwise from top left) Collage: Getty Images (22); Caroline Fiss (7). Grace Elizabeth, photographed by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images. Law Roach, photographed by Sarah Krick. Elena Matei, photographed by Bryce Thompson for The Daily Front Row. Elena wears tuxedo blazer gown by Christian Siriano; crystal-dusted earrings by Alexis Bittar; crystal mesh shoes by Benedetta Bruzziches.
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Precious Lee for Pandora Alan Cumming Pamela Anderson for Aritzia Fall ’23 Iris van Herpen Alexander McQueen Sofia Richie Tom Ford Princess Diana Kim Cattrall


Since 2013, The Daily Front Row’s Fashion Media Awards have celebrated the biggest, boldest, and most fabulous names in the fashion and media worlds. Our first show was held at Harlow in Midtown and started with a bang with Lady Gaga, Marc Jacobs, Karlie Kloss, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Heidi Klum, Bruce Weber, and the late great Ingrid Sischy, just a few of the major names in attendance. Over the years, the event has grown and is currently held at New York’s famed Rainbow Room. Now known as one of the landmarks of New York Fashion Week, the event has honored the likes of Gigi Hadid, Doja Cat, Kendall Jenner, Irina Shayk, Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Bieber, Kaia Gerber, and Tommy Hilfiger with superstars like Zendaya, Tom Ford, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Kim Kardashian in attendance. Here’s to another 10 years of excellence in fashion!

Bill Cunningham, Stephen Gan, and Lady Gaga Carine Roitfeld and Kate Upton Brandusa Niro and Lady Gaga Heidi Klum Joe Zee and Jessica Biel Ingrid Sischy Marc Jacobs Kendall Jenner, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell Claire Danes Gigi Hadid Graydon Carter André Leon Talley Naomi Campbell, Steven Klein, and Edward Enninful Laverne Cox and Stefano Tonchi
Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford, Kaia Gerber, and Presley Gerber Karlie Kloss Emily Ratajkowski Miles McMillan, Camila Morrone, Brandusa Niro, Sebastian Faena, Carine Roitfeld, Jordan Barrett, and Barbara Palvin Tommy and Dee Hilfiger Adriana Lima and Katie Grand Lily Aldridge and Tony Goldwyn Sofia Coppola Anna Kendrick Stephen Gan Wiz Khalifa and Janice Min Joe Scarborough, Laura Brown, and Mika Brzezinski Lily Aldridge, Mario Testino, and Doutzen Kroes Kendall Jenner Candice Swanepoel and Erin Parsons Kris Jenner, Ashley Graham, and Stephen Gan
Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian
Hailey Bieber Law Roach Nicki Minaj and Winnie Harlow Amy Schumer Irina Shayk Jon Kortajarena Ashlee Simpson and Paris Jackson Zendaya Kate Moss Candice Swanepoel Dee and Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya Halima Aden Adut Akech Indya Moore Darren Criss
Candice Swanepoel Arthur Elgort and Christy Turlington Hari Nef Rita Ora Charli XCX Stella Maxwell Christian Siriano Precious Lee Karen Elson Daphne Guinness Eddie Roche and Busy Philipps David LaChapelle Doja Cat Hari Nef and Mel Ottenberg Katie Couric and Olivia Culpo Maye Musk Michael Fisher and Ethan Hawke Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum Francesca Aiello and Gigi Hadid

Sarah Jessica Parker

Shoe Brand of the Year

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker


No “urban shoe myths” here! Sarah Jessica Parker adores fantasy-worthy footwear every bit as much as her on-screen counterpart. Hence, when she launched the SJP collection with her late co-founder George Malkemus, its fate as an answer to the prayers of shoe fanatics everywhere was written in the stars. As we honor Parker and the brand, here’s a hop, skip, and a jump down memory lane.

1977 Sarah Jessica Parker and George Malkemus both coincidentally move to New York. The pair first met in the mid-’80s at a trunk show and reconnected many years later when SJP was filming Sex and the City

2014 SJP and Malkemus launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker with 25 scene-stealing shoes. Many years later, some of those “evergreens” are still bestsellers. Think: the 100mm Fawn pump; the two-strap Wallace flat; and the Mary Jane-style Diana that’s currently back for fall.

2014 Oprah Winfrey wears SJP Collection’s strappy Jill sandals on the cover of O The Oprah Magazine. A star is born!

2015 The future best-selling 50mm block-heeled Mary Jane Tartt makes its debut. To this day, the company calls it “the shoe that pays to keep our lights on!” In May, Taylor Swift is spotted in a pair of teal Fawn pumps, marking a major milestone for the brand. In fact, they later named a shoe after her as a thank you!

2016 The first-ever storefront opens at MGM National Harbor outside of Washington, D.C.

2017 The inaugural Manhattan store is unveiled on West 52nd Street. Of course, now the famous flagship is located on the muchcoveted corner of Bleecker and Perry steets in the West Village, designed by SJP and her friend Eric Hughes. That year, the sneakeresque Meteor and the Rayna boot also step into the spotlight.

2018 The ribbon is cut on the first international brick-and-mortar store at the Dubai Mall. This year, the official Sex and the City Hotspots Tour begins dropping off customers for a browse, which it still does today!

2019 The “Carried Away” convertible backpack, from the ongoing SJP x Samsonite collaboration, is selected for Oprah’s Favorite Things.

2020 SJP teams up with Christian Siriano to support his socially distanced fashion show. The brand also introduces purposely mismatched conversation-starting “Rogue” shoes. (Perfect for a trip to L.A., anyone?)

2021 During lockdown as a response to customer’s changing needs, the brand first dreamed up the idea of a beautiful house slipper called the Sunday, which is due to be unveiled later this year!

2022 Parker begins building shoes with And Just Like That… costume designers Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago ahead of shooting. However, they were produced under a fake label name. Alas! The silhouettes became so popular and in demand, the brand eventually decides to launch them as SJPs. Keep your eyes peeled!

2023 The brand makes way for Ginger, its first-ever platform. Another surprise rears its head when the Election heeled loafer suddenly surges in popularity, selling out in less than a day. But don’t fret, she’ll return in 2024.

Rogue Bis in Candy/Rish Tartt in Scintillate Ginger in Gold Scintillate Fawn in Emerald Oprah wears Jill sandals on O cover, May 2014

Grace Elizabeth Model of the Year


Maybe Grace Elizabeth is a superhero. It’s the only way to explain her omnipresence in the modeling world! There’s little Elizabeth hasn’t achieved in her career—from covers to campaigns to catwalks— and there’s no one more deserving of Model of the Year. Even more impressive, she’s a model example to her son, Noah, who’s gracing the pages of Vogue’s September issue in his little dragon costume—surely a major flex in the playground!

How’s your summer been?

Everybody was pumping out jobs, so I was in a different state every day for nearly two weeks, which was wild. We had a staycation in New York for a breather, then went to the Hamptons and Upstate to be in a bit more nature. We were in Florida, too, and now we’re in Europe, just kind of bouncing around.

So do you actually get some vacation time now for a little bit?

Yes, I do—thank goodness. I’ve had roughly two weeks now. Do you have Fashion Month plans? It’s like we see you walking all year around anyway!

It’s a lot! There are so many off-season shows and a constant outpouring of new collections, so it does feel like every month there’s a show somewhere… it’s Fashion Year!

What’s your favorite thing about taking part in a show?

It’s the one time where all of my friends are in the same spot. It’s nice to be able to sit down, have a coffee or dinner, catch up, and pal around for nearly a month. I still like to walk shows and still get excited. Three hours of prep and buildup, then you’re on the runway for a minute and a half, if even. But it’s pure adrenaline, and so much fun.

How do you survive the madness?

I’ve always been “the mom,” even before I became a mom. Backstage, if anybody needs anything, I’m the go-to for emergencies. I’ve always got snacks, Band-Aids, feminine products, hygiene products. Anything you can imagine or need.

Yes, I’m CVS! Oh, gosh, when did I get so old! What was your first-ever show that you did?

I had an exclusive with Miu Miu back in 2017. I was the third girl out, and I was absolutely terrified. But it kind of launched everything.

We’re thrilled to celebrate you as Model of the Year. How are you feeling about it?

I’m so honored! I’ve been doing this since I was 16, and I’m 26 now. It’s nice to have that recognition. All the hours and the sacrifices…especially now that I have a kid and it’s not always easy with the balance. So to hear, “You’re doing a good job” means a lot. A few of my friends will be there, too! And Elizaveta Porodina is getting her award. I’m excited to see her, congratulate her, and support her and hang out afterward. She’s bringing her husband and mine’s going to be there. So it’s like a double date!

How did you get your start?

I had been doing mall shows in my town—wearing prom dresses walking down the middle of the mall! I don’t know if you remember a bumper, but it’s a thing that goes on your head and you brush your hair over it and use a crazy amount of hair spray. That was the Florida way! We started to take it a bit more seriously, and my mom sent in my photos online to an agency. We heard back from some places in Miami, and I signed with one of them. I worked for Walmart and Beall’s, which is an outlet store, and then somehow I became the Guess girl, which gave me the courage to move to New York.

From malls to Miu Miu! Do you remember your first cover?

My first magazine cover was a Current magazine from my hometown, which I hope nobody ever digs up! But one of my first editorial moments in the fashion industry was Elle Mexico in June 2015. Again, it’s a nice jump from your hometown magazine.

I’m pretty sure I was sitting on a Jeep in a hayfield on that one!

You’re the first global awareness ambassador for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, a cause close to your heart. What’s up with them recently?

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so we’ll be promoting that. We’re trying to work out an event right now, too, to hold something special for them in New York. And they’re also affiliated with the New York Marathon on November 5.

You’re running?

Yes, I have already signed up, though running is not my strong suit! That’s the equivalent of a lot of runways to be walking!

Exactly…I don’t have to get there first, I just have to get there!

Lastly, any parenting advice that you would give to other working moms?

You’re doing two jobs. You’re doing great, because you’re doing a job that a superhero would do. As long as your kid is happy and healthy, you’re doing fine. Just find the balance for yourself as well. That way, when you’re with your child, you’re able to give yourself to them.


CINQ À SEPT Jane Siskin Fashion Innovator


Cinq à Sept is always there for its muses—not just between those hours, but for every milestone moment, celebration, and occasion along the way. The NYC-based brand is going from strength to strength, recently cutting the ribbon on its first flagship store in Soho and launching its beachwear category. The brains behind the brand, founder Jane Siskin, tells us all!

You’re a native New Yorker. Backstory, please!

I grew up on Long Island. I was exposed to fashion through my father’s textile business in the city. He produced printed silks and fabrics that were used by designers like Bill Blass at the time, and I loved going into the office with him and seeing prints being made and fabrics being sold. Fashion always felt like second nature. Now, coming to work every day just blocks away from where my father’s office was is a full-circle moment for me.

How did growing up coming to NYC sew the seeds for following a career in fashion?

New York is unique in that it’s truly the center for so many ideas and cultures. I’ve been lucky to watch this city take on so many different forms over the years, and there is no lack of inspiration everywhere you look. Today, I’m inspired by the people around me and the locations I visit, whether down the street or across the pond. Although I love to travel and see the world, I couldn’t imagine doing this job anywhere other than New York City. What were you doing before launching Cinq à Sept brand in 2016?

I started in the business at a young age and have been fortunate to work for many great talents in many different arenas. My background is in buying, merchandising, sales, and design. I joined this company 25 years ago and have been able to apply all my experience to building businesses and creating brands. In 1999, after many years in the mass and moderate market,

we saw an opportunity to break into contemporary sportswear. Since then, we’ve been able to create many successful brands, including 7 for All Mankind, Elizabeth and James, and now Cinq à Sept.

What was the initial concept for Cinq à Sept?

About eight years ago, we saw a shift in the market. Fashion houses were taking a more youthful approach to design; Alessandro Michele was turning Gucci around with his now-famous style, and there was just an overall excitement and freshness happening. We felt there was a gap between what was being sold in

the contemporary and designer markets, and we saw an opportunity to bring a young feminine brand that still felt sexy and cool to the contemporary space. That’s when Cinq à Sept was born.

What put you on the map initially?

From the beginning, Cinq à Sept was celebrated for bringing fashion-savvy, novelty details, prints, and silhouettes to the contemporary market—and all at a great price point. At the time, no one was using embellishment, and we were doing it in a way that felt fresh. As the name suggests, it was day-to-night, and casual but cool. The piece that really took off was the Canyon Jacket, which was a green military twill cargostyle jacket with embellished patches and embroideries across the shoulders and back. Priced at about $595, it was relaxed but dressed-up, and felt effortless and cool. What’s been the most exciting thing about opening your store in Soho?

Opening your first store is full of surprises. One thing that excites me most is watching our customers shop, meeting them, and hearing their stories. Seeing photos of how we helped someone look fabulous, get engaged, or start a family is so gratifying. All I’ve wanted is to bring a bit of joy through our clothing, and I never tire of hearing how much people love the collection. Lastly, where can we usually find you between the hours of five and seven?

I’m likely still in our office in the garment district but am very much thinking about the evening’s plans, like trying a new restaurant or checking out the latest shows on Broadway. With two grandchildren and a vibrant business, you’ll always find me on the go!

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By now you’ve likely seen the unforgettable work of Elizaveta Porodina, who has shot the likes of Zendaya, Brad Pitt, and Kylie Jenner in recent years. The photographer of the moment tells THE DAILY how she’s following her true passion with a new book collab.


We were fascinated to learn that you have a background in psychology. Tell us about that!

I came to Germany when I was 12. I’m a child of Russian-Jewish immigrants and when we came to Germany, my parents, who are ambitious, thought that I should build a life and an existence by myself. They weren’t impressed by my initial plans to be an artist, especially because I was vague about what kind of artist I wanted to be. So I ended up studying psychology, and I became a psychologist for a couple of years. It’s a fascinating subject, and I still find parts of it within my profession now, because psychology is the study of human behavior. It’s pretty much everywhere, also in photography and modeling. My passion in life lies elsewhere, which is in art. When I was already about two years into working in psychology, I decided to try to be a full-time artist. And that’s where I’m at currently.

What was your “big break”?

There wasn’t one big thing. I would say that there were many little steps, that one led to another. In 2015, there was a cover of Vogue Ukraine, which featured my favorite muses in their place of birth. And I think that a lot of people from the industry noticed that. And then, much later, like last year, I had these covers back to back with Zendaya and Brad Pitt and Bella Hadid. In 2020, there was a moment when everyone was isolated due to COVID and I found a way to photograph people and things that no one else was using in the way I was. I was photographing over Zoom, and I was photographing magazines, covers, campaigns, and album covers with this specific technique. That was also the moment that brought me some significant attention.

Do you apply your psychology background to what you’re doing now?

I usually come into the room, then I scan everyone with my psychology laser eyes. [Laughs] To be honest, I don’t know that I apply it. Hopefully I’m a better and more empathetic person. It’s a different profession. I’m an artist. I learned a chunk about myself and about humans in psychology in general, but I’m not trying to be a psychologist in a room full of people. I’m just trying to do my job as a photographer. There’s enough other stuff that I have to focus on in a room with supermodels and super stylists and super magazines that I have to care about.

Tears and water are big parts of your work. Are you a water sign!?

I’m a Leo. I don’t know anything about astrology, but I’m pretty sure that is a fire sign. There’s no astrological connection. Tears are a powerful expression of emotion, which is extremely important in my work. I love mixing aesthetics with real vulnerability and real emotion and tears. All this is a big expression of it. It also can be an expression of nostalgia and

melancholy, which are powerful elements of my work. And water is an expression of nature, which I always try to implement within my work. Who are some of your favorite people you’ve photographed so far?

That’s a tough question, but I have enjoyed shooting everyone. They’re all my favorites. They’re my photo babies. I love them; I love them all. All my muses are amazing. Love it! You have a book coming out this week. Does it have a theme?

It’s called Colormania: Color & Fashion, and it’s a collaboration between me and the House of Carolina Herrera, specifically the designer of it, Wes Gordon. The theme is our collaboration, which has been going on for the past three years. We’ve been photographing all the collections and the archives of the work together, focusing specifically on interpreting it. We basically created an old language that we’ve been growing the past couple of years, and it’s focused on abstraction, research of color, and abstracting the picture to a point that it becomes an illustration, a painting, a work of art of its own, through the lens of the powerful muses that we’ve been working with. How did you and Wes Gordon come to work together?

I’ve known about his work forever; I’m sure he knew about my work, too. But it actually all started during COVID when everyone was isolated and Carolina Herrera wanted to photograph this quite twisted moment, where people were willing and were, like, dying to keep creating. The project that we started with was photographing or documenting prima ballerinas at their homes. So people who are incredible artists who live out their passion and their craft on the stage and were not able to do so. The first chapter was to photograph these dancers in Carolina Herrera gowns, sort of engulfed in this passion, in the passionate dance. And I photographed all that over Zoom in six different sessions. And these people, they were all over the world. They were in Australia, South Africa, and New York. They are beautiful memories. I’m so happy it’s a book.

What was your reaction when you got the e-mail from The Daily that you were our Breakthrough Photographer of the Year?

I’m still working on the reaction! I’m bad at accepting compliments or awards or things like that. I feel like I have to work right, like I have to do my work. But it always feels alien to me to be noticed by people; it always feels like, oh, surely they mean someone else. I’m not trying to be humble; that’s not what I’m trying to do. [Photography] is a weirdly solitary activity; it’s very isolated. Then to be recognized by big and important institutions is obviously a huge honor, but it feels surreal and unreal to me. Hopefully it will sink in.

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What made you want to put Martha Stewart on the cover?

I have always admired Martha, and have been an avid fan of hers for many years. Her sense of style and eye for beauty were something that always resonated with me from a young age. But the longer I knew the Martha Stewart brand, the more I was fascinated and in awe of Martha Stewart, the woman. Her tenacity, passion, talent, intelligence, confidence, and drive underscore so many of the things that I look at and want for myself, not to mention want for other women. It’s Martha, the full package, that I wanted people to see and celebrate. She’s a woman who has continued to evolve, succeed, and dominate at each and every chapter of her life and career and has never once shied away from a challenge. I wanted people to see a confident woman thriving, and I knew Martha Stewart as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model would resonate with women of every age and stage of their lives. Was it easy to convince her to do it?

It was easier to convince her to do it than it was to work up the courage to ask her. We’re talking about someone who is a serious idol of mine. She runs a legitimate empire. That’s not lost on me—quite frankly, it should not be lost on anyone. The beauty of Martha, and I would venture to say the secret to her success, is her confidence. Her confidence in herself, her team that supports her, her decisions, and the brands and people she aligns with. Martha even entertaining the idea of shooting with me will go down as one of the proudest moments in my career. We also share a mutual friend, Dr. Dhaval Bhaunsali, whose vote of confidence in me and my intentions, went a long way.

What was the conversation like about the actual shoot?

I was stressed! We had a Zoom and Martha appeared, looking casual chic in a stunning room in her home, and she matter of factly gets to the point. She asks, “What does this shoot look like? Who is shooting it?”

Martha Stewart

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Global icon Martha Stewart made Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue history earlier this year when, at 81 years old, she was revealed as the oldest cover model in the publication’s existence. The image made international news and inspired generations of women. Stewart and MJ Day, EIC, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, tell THE DAILY how it all came together.

Martha, what was your reaction when you got the invite to appear in the SI Swimsuit issue? I was a little surprised, and also a little flattered. It’s a request I’ve never had before! What made you want to do it?

I’m always up for a challenge. This was a rather large challenge! But my motto is, “When you’re through changing, you’re through,” so I decided to go for it. Did anything about posing in a swimsuit make you nervous?

I was a model at the beginning of my career, and I’ve done so many shoots for my magazine and others over the years, so I felt prepared in that regard. I had about two months to get ready for the shoot. I did Pilates three to four times a week, did not have any alcohol, got regular facials, and ate very well. I also got a spray tan, which I don’t usually do, but it’s helpful for this kind of thing.

What did you think of the end result?

I was very pleased with the photos. Ruvén Afanador is such a talented photographer, and the team at Sports Illustrated Swimsuit are so good at what they do. The shoot was inspiring to all generations. What has the reaction been like?

The response has been just phenomenal. It’s been so nice to hear the positive responses from so many. The comments from women my age and older who felt it liberated them was most impressive to me.

And my favorite part of the convo, very confidently and with a giggle she says, “I want to look hot and make Chelsea Handler jealous.” We talked a bit about her days as a model and what the jobs and rates were like then. She was a pleasure from the start, and I was thrilled to see how excited and into the opportunity she was.

The images really celebrate living your best life at any age. Why is that an important message for SI to put out there?

There are so many ways society passes judgment on women, one of them being ageism, which is something that will at some point impact every single one of us. The thought of an expiration date on someone based on age is just as oppressive and offensive as the repression women have experienced based on their size or race or any visual difference that operates outside of society’s prescribed “norms.” The world is too quick to pass judgment on women, and by sharing these images with the world, we’re denying people that narrative. All it takes is someone like Martha on the cover of something like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit to ignite a spark in the minds of people to not let anyone or anything limit what they can do and be.

Were you surprised at the major reaction to Martha’s cover?

Yes and no. The numbers are astounding. More people were talking about Martha Stewart globally the day the cover was released than any other news topic around the world. That’s pretty incredible. In the media, you dream of moments like this, but 99.9 percent of the time that’s all you’re doing is dreaming. I know the world was seeing Martha in a way they never expected. She is an icon, a legend, and someone most people would never expect to be on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover, but that’s why I love it. Because they didn’t expect it, but Martha did. Why shouldn’t she be? To me that says everything. She shattered all sorts of expectations and stereotypical thinking by doing this. She blew minds, made people think, made them talk, made them look at life differently. That is life well lived and a message well received.

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What’s Elle EIC Nina Garcia’s secret recipe for keeping the Hearst title fresh after all these years? She tells THE DAILY how the thinking-woman’s fashion magazine has kept the bar high in an ever-changing media climate.

Magazines evolve over time. How would you describe the current incarnation of Elle?

Elle was founded in France in 1945, shortly after women won the right to vote there. The founder, Hélène Gordon-Lazareff, believed that a magazine for women could combine politics and serious issues with fashion, beauty, and culture, and we remain true to that mission. For the modern Elle, that means we’re focused on a thoughtful and thought-provoking approach to our stories, covering everything from the fight for reproductive rights post-Dobbs to the current state of women’s sports to the latest injectable you can get only in Europe. Our audience is interested in it all. You’ve been in your role as editor in chief for a few years now. How have you been able to keep the magazine fresh?

Discovery is in our DNA; our readers look to us for what’s new and what’s next, whether it’s a boundary-breaking stylist, a writer we all admire, or a designer who’s changing the way we think about style. Women have been a powerful force this year, using their voices to speak up about the issues impacting our world. We’re grateful Elle is a place to share new perspectives, with smart stories that spark conversations on everything from Beyoncé and Barbie to the WNBA season and the 2024 elections. Why do you think the magazine has had such a successful year?

Our team keeps the bar high. We’re constantly raising our ambitions, and I firmly believe that having a platform is useful only if you harness it to make a difference. In April, we launched our first-ever Women of Impact issue, celebrating women like Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and climate activist Xiye Bastida, who are making their mark on the world right now.

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We were thrilled to toast these powerful women, including First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and her daughter, Ashley Biden, at our inaugural event in Washington, D.C. Each year I’m so in awe of our Women in Hollywood honorees; this year’s class was one of our most successful yet, featuring incredibly candid interviews with Olivia Wilde, Sigourney Weaver, Issa Rae, and Anne Hathaway, among others. Michelle Yeoh closed our event in Los Angeles with an impassioned speech in which she talked about literally fighting her way into the film industry. It was so validating to see her long career and work honored with her Oscar win just a few months after. Looking ahead, we have exciting plans throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring conversations with Latinas in fashion, beauty, politics, and more. As a proud Latina, celebrating this community is so important to me.

We asked you this a few years ago, but we’re curious why you think print is still important. Print is the couture of our business. There’s something luxurious about the detailed work from a talented team of creatives that goes into every aspect of a magazine, from photography storyboarding to fact-checking, to ensure the highest-quality product. Print is immersive; it’s an escape, and it’s a place to spend time with stories and gorgeous imagery that can surprise and delight you. That said, our team works seamlessly across so many different platforms—print, digital, video, social, and live events. This gives us the luxury of telling stories in a variety of ways, from breaking news, TikToks, and shoppable e-commerce stories to long-form features and ambitious print fashion editorials with top talent. Why do you think Elle has been able to survive?

Media has obviously changed so much since my career at Elle began. We’ve continued to thrive, thanks to smart and steady leadership at Hearst, as well as the strength of our global partnership with Lagardère and our Elle international editions. Above all, what keeps us strong is our audience, who continue to love, trust, and engage with our brand. We work every day to earn and keep their support, because once you lose someone, you rarely get them back. We have changed how we do business, but we have never compromised or changed the quality and values that Elle has always stood for. The brand has always attracted smart and stylish women of every generation, and our content continues to speak to both our longtime readers and new ones. What have been some of your favorite stories over the past year in Elle?

I always love to learn more about the creative process of top designers, so I appreciated our profile of Jonathan Anderson by fashion features director Véronique Hyland, which was photographed by César Segarra and styled by Anastasia Barbieri. I’m drawn to stories of women who are survivors and also those who are achievers at the top of their field. Mikaela Shiffrin is both, and I was fascinated by Rose Minutaglio’s story of how the world’s best skier made a comeback after her very public failure at the Winter Olympics. Our May 2023 cover story with Megan Thee Stallion, styled by Law Roach, was incredibly powerful and continues to have a profound impact. Megan spoke to us exclusively to address her shooting, detailing the effect that the event and the public reaction to it had on her physical and mental health. She was open about how she’s working to heal and why she calls herself a “survivor.”

What stars are selling magazines these days?

Elle speaks to a global audience, so it’s no surprise that Colombian singer Karol G, who has a worldwide following and is beloved for her powerful and positive music, is someone our readers responded to. We ran Chantal Fernandez’s profile of Karol G in both English and Spanish in order to make it accessible to a wider group of readers and the responses we received from the Elle audience and Karol’s fans alike were incredible. What did you do for fun this summer?

We have had a busy summer at Elle, but I was able to travel to Paris for the couture shows, which is always a treat. Family is extremely important to me, and I also spent a good part of my summer with my two sons away from the city to regroup and refresh.


In an industry surprise earlier this year, Jeremy Scott announced his departure as creative director of Moschino, one of the most successful and memorable partnerships in recent history. THE DAILY checked in with the brilliant designer to reflect on his tenure and what it will be like for him to sit out this season for the first time in decades.

We imagine your schedule has lightened up since you left Moschino! There’s been more freedom, which has been nice. There’s been time for a lot of things I wanted to deal with, just dumb things like deep cleaning the house! When you’re on the go so much, things just accumulate. Like, “Why do I have this? Why do I have the Sunday New York Times from 15 weeks ago?” I needed to let go so I could turn a page and start a new chapter. I’m doing some [professional] projects too that aren’t fully out yet.

We’re celebrating you as a visionary. Have you always been an out-of-the-box thinker? I guess so. I’ve never thought of it as


I was obsessed with both of them, and at that time I could do both of their voices. When I would talk to friends on the phone, I would end up talking as Pee-wee and Cyndi having a conversation. I was just a total weirdo. I loved the humor; I loved the dedication to the character. It’s making something so real—even if you know it’s not—that seems unfathomable to believe that it’s not real. Maybe that’s something I do in my work, too. I love that surreal moment of the gap between reality and fantasy, and that’s what I love about a fashion show. Having people suspend disbelief and be intoxicated with a vision or an idea for five or 10 minutes and lose themselves totally. To me, that’s my ultimate joy. Do you have a favorite collection for Moschino?

One of my favorites is always the [Spring 2017] paper dolls. I feel like that collection captures what, I think, is maybe most unique about me. It’s avant-garde, but it’s glamorous. We loved the Dynasty video! That was brilliant.

I never laughed more in my life than that day in studio. I mean, there’s Irina [Shayk], Gigi [Hadid], and Joan [Smalls] smacking one another, all wearing the same dress. At one point Gigi fell, then Irina, it was like the Three Stooges! They all went so ham on it. It was so much fun. Things are so different now with social media. Where do you see things going in fashion?

being that. I don’t really think about it, actually. I’m just so passionate. It’s something that burns inside me and I can’t control it. I just need to keep showing it. I’m gifted with this inspiration, this ability, and I need to share it. I’m the custodian of it, so I try to nurture it and be careful with it along the way. It’s kind of like a little baby—each idea is like a baby of creativity, you know, with a nucleus and embryo, that I have to bring up so that it can march on its own!

Where do you find your inspirations?

The magical thing about creativity is you don’t know how it happens. I love cinema, and I have an affinity for old films because of the storytelling. I feel so in tune with that. And then just everything, from the people around me, the people I admire, people from the past, memories, or things that sometimes I want to wear. It all combines to become this kind of goulash to create something new. Where do you tend to get your information or find the next big thing? I feel like things come to me. I read the Sunday paper. I read things online. Curiosity is the real answer. What was that little clip of music? Who is that? I’m nosy! I was always curious as a kid, too. I learned every musical genre. I’d also change my whole room, like I would want to live in a log cabin and so everything had to be rustic. Then the next thing I know, I’m living in a futuristic bubble. I get excited, passionate, curious, and obsessive about details and things, and seeing the whole environment, the whole world.

We lost Paul Reubens this summer. What did Pee-wee Herman mean to you?

I loved Pee-wee so much. Pee-wee and Cyndi Lauper were my everything in the ’80s.

People always say fashion shows are dead, but how long have fashion shows been happening? People have always gathered in a room and watched women who exude beauty of some sort. We’ve all sat and watched this live thing happen for decades. There’s something fundamentally human about it that we can’t escape. We still have an attraction to it as it keeps morphing. Whether it’s a theatrical show, like I’ve done, or a salon show. Something about that is not going away. What will it be like to watch the shows this season while you’re sitting it out?

It’s amazing, because I realized it’s the first time in 27 years I’ve not had a September show. I think, “You know what? Bitch, you deserve a break!” At one point I was doing six shows a year, and in that respect, the pandemic was a reset I’m grateful for. Part of me was anxious about sitting out September and I thought I should do a show, but I don’t want to be ruled by my ego that I have to be doing something every minute. It’s good to stir up those creative juices and see what comes out differently. I’m trying to have that moment and relish it.




It’s hard to believe, but this year marks the 30th anniversary of Christian Louboutin’s red sole. The immediately recognizable flash of color has become the brand’s signature for more than three decades and put the French designer on the map. As the story goes, in 1993, an early prototype of a silk satin shoe named Pensee arrived at his studio from the factory in Italy, but the shoe didn’t match the sketch Louboutin had in front of him. He viewed it from every angle and thought the shoe was dull; the sole was made of a black material, while in the uncolored drawing it felt like it didn’t exist. Inspiration hit! He noticed his assistant polishing her nails a vivid deep red. He asked to borrow the nail polish bottle, took the shoe in his hand, and painted its sole on the spot. And the rest is history!

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At the beginning, I planned to change the color of the sole every season; it started with red, but then it could go green or blue,” Louboutin says. “But at some point, a client came to me and told me she met the most adorable man after he saw her walking in the street and noticed her red soles. So I thought, let’s stick to red, it makes good stories.

To celebrate the red sole’s milestone, Christian Louboutin has designed the Astrilarge Botta boot, which made its debut at his Fall ’23 presentation at Paris Fashion Week. Originally developed for the Loubishow III dancers to take the stage for a live performance at the Opéra Comique in Paris, the black and white Astrilarge Botta knee-high boot, also available as an ankle booty, and its matching Loubitwist clutch, are introduced in the core collection of the maison, proving that you can never have enough of a good thing. Couture lovers will appreciate the electric blue variation of this head-turning silhouette, complete with metallic studs, hand-applied in a hypnotic wavy pattern.

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ZCRAVE founder Hila Shtork Zigdon has created a line celebrating and empowering women through bold designs and a commitment to affordability. She tells THE DAILY the concept behind the looks women are craving and all about their F3TISH collection.

What’s the concept behind ZCRAVE?

The word “craving” encapsulates a strong desire, whether it’s a basic need like bread, a deep emotional or physical desire, or a personal indulgence or want, like clothing. Cravings can arise from a range of motivations and feelings, reflecting the complex nature of human desires and needs. The concept behind ZCRAVE revolves around empowering women to express their individuality and embrace their desires through bold luxurious fashion. ZCRAVE aims to redefine the boundaries of traditional fashion by creating pieces that exude confidence, strength, and playfulness. We combine elements of art and self-expression to curate collections that resonate with women’s desires, whether it’s through captivating designs, inclusive sizing, or a commitment to affordability. ZCRAVE’s concept is all about celebrating women’s unique journeys, embracing diversity, and providing a platform for them to make a statement and stand out in a crowd.

Who is your target customer?

ZCRAVE’s target customer is a confident and fashion-forward woman who embraces her individuality and desires to make a statement through her clothing. This customer seeks bold and empowering fashion pieces that reflect her personality and celebrate her uniqueness. She values high-quality designs that exude sophistication, while also appreciating affordability and inclusive sizing. Our target customer is not just looking for clothing, but an experience that empowers her to express herself with confidence and style. ZCRAVE’s designs cater to a diverse range of body types, ensuring that every woman can find pieces that resonate with her personal style and empower her to feel confident and beautiful.

Why is it called ZCRAVE?

ZCRAVE gets its name from my name, Hila Shtork Zigdon. The name is a fusion of the letter Z, representing the initial of my family name, combined with the word “crave,” which refers to a strong intense desire or longing for something. In the context of ZCRAVE, it symbolizes the brand’s focus on creating fashion pieces that embody and celebrate women’s desires, passions, and aspirations. The word “crave” implies a sense of yearning and excitement, which aligns with ZCRAVE’s mission to empower women to express themselves boldly and confidently through their clothing choices.

Why was it important for the line to be affordable?

The importance of offering an affordable line is ZCRAVE’s dedication to making fashion accessible and inclusive for a wider audience. By ensuring affordability, we aim to break down barriers and allow individuals from diverse backgrounds to experience the luxury, confidence, and empowerment that our designs encapsulate. This commitment aligns with our mission to empower women and encourage selfexpression, regardless of budget constraints. Affordable pricing enables more people to indulge in ZCRAVE’s unique designs and embrace their inner boldness without compromising on quality and style. ZCRAVE is far removed from the fast fashion trend. Our clientele resonates with luxury brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. Our collection spans from the sophisticated Nolita blouse and top set, starting at $149, to the opulent fur and leather coats priced at $1,399. Notably, our matching

blazer and pants sets have become a signature statement. Remarkably, we’re witnessing orders of more than 10,000 pantsuits for some clients. Our essence lies in offering high-quality affordable fashion that not only fits your budget but also rejuvenates your wardrobe throughout the year, guaranteeing long-lasting enjoyment for years to come.

What is the F3TISH collection?

The term “F3TISH” is a creative fusion of the word “fetish” with a twist. It represents a unique and unconventional approach to fashion that goes beyond traditional norms.

The use of “3” holds significance, depending on the context of the artistic intention, symbolically to represent concepts of unity, balance, and the cyclical nature of life, cultural references, and the overall message we aim to


convey within our artwork. In the context of ZCRAVE and our “relationship” to art, “F3TISH” takes on a deeper meaning. The collection draws inspiration from modernart classics, incorporating artistic elements into the designs. The playful and bold visual art featured in the collection are reminiscent of art movements, and they create a visual dialogue that resonates with individuals seeking self-expression. Similar to how art often delves into the realm of desires, symbolism, and individual interpretation, the F3TISH collection offers fashion as a medium to express one’s desires, passions, and personality. It aligns with the idea that clothing can be a canvas for personal expression, just like art. The fusion of fashion and art in the F3TISH collection provides a platform for wearers to make a statement, stand out, and embrace their individuality with confidence. What do you have on tap for fall?

ZCRAVE has an exciting lineup for the upcoming seasons! The new F3TISH collection is set to feature a state-of-the-art line of prints on various matching sets, including pantsuits, skirt suits, dresses, and the innovative Pilates top and leggings sets. This collection promises a unique blend of boldness, style, and self-expression that aligns with our empowering ethos. Additionally, the introduction of the Orchid collection adds an intriguing layer to the brand’s offerings. With our affinity for orchids, this collection is poised to captivate with its unique inspirations and designs. While the specifics are yet to be revealed, it’s evident that ZCRAVE’s dedication to creativity, individuality, and luxury will be at the forefront of these new collections. For the latest and most comprehensive details on these upcoming releases, stay tuned to ZCRAVE’s official channels and announcements.

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The folks at Nemacolin are at it again! This fall, the luxury resort located in rural Pennsylvania will unveil a major reimagination with the opening of The Grand Lodge. Maggie Hardy, Nemacolin’s owner and CEO and a true visionary, tells THE DAILY about the incredible additions to the property that will be unlike anything they’ve ever done before. The real-life magic continues!

Tell us about what’s ahead at The Grand Lodge!

The Grand Lodge is spectacular. It’s an all-suite, thoughtful, and contemporary interpretation of Nemacolin’s original lodge, complete with 56 incredible suites. Each suite includes exclusive butler service and personalized amenities, all with access to a new restaurant and bar and all of Nemacolin’s renowned activities. Guests’ arrival experiences will be taken to another level with the hotel’s new lobby featuring a two-story split staircase, crackling fireplace, and luxurious décor to welcome them. There will be unique spaces for the fun, whimsy, and unique personality Nemacolin is known for. The suites will feature mid-century lighting, jewel tones, and gold and marble accents. Some will have a fireplace or a balcony. Make-believe will come to life within each room, where guests will find grand four-poster beds and boutique embellishments. The bathrooms are an experience within themselves with chandeliers and luxurious accents—many with freestanding soaking tubs—inviting guests to unwind after a day of activities around the resort. These details are only a glimpse of the magic of The Grand Lodge.

How is this different from the other places to stay at Nemacolin?

The Grand Lodge is like no other Nemacolin accommodation. The transformation of the original lodge is an extraordinary addition to the property, and it’s a testament to Nemacolin’s legacy here in Pennsylvania. It’s one more way we’ll deliver the reallife magic we’re known for. With nine types of suites, featuring marvelous furniture and elegant décor, a stay at The Grand Lodge will exceed expectations and have guests never wanting to check out. From the moment guests arrive through the glass porte cochere, they’re greeted and escorted into the lobby by a dedicated butler team who will deliver a stay that will exceed expectations.

What are the new amenities?

We’re excited to debut a new restaurant and lounge with the opening of The Grand Lodge. Fawn & Fable will offer guests sustainable, locally sourced ingredients incorporated into delicious dishes served with a modern touch and a fairy tale vibe. Circle Bar, the hotel’s cozy barroom lounge, will invite guests in for a lavish cocktail experience by expert mixologists. The Study, adjacent to Circle Bar, will offer a quiet spot to unwind and relax. There are unforgettable experiences behind each door at The Grand Lodge.

Who was on the design team?

This incredible project wouldn’t have been possible without the work of skilled architects and designers including 84 Lumber; Martik Brothers, Inc.; Moncur Design Associates, Inc.; and Gensler. There are countless others who have brought about the vision of this team to deliver the wonder of The Grand Lodge.

What new restaurant options can guests look forward to?

As part of The Grand Lodge reimagination, we’re debuting Fawn & Fable. The restaurant is farm-to-table, overseen by Chef Tyler Hutchison, and pays homage to the culinary tradition of our wonderful Laurel Highlands. Fawn & Fable will be an elevated experience, offering a menu of steakhouse classics that use the finest locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. We’re partnering with local artisans and purveyors from across southwestern Pennsylvania to create the most idyllic dining experience. I don’t want to give away too much, but I invite you to have a seat at our table and dine with us for this unforgettable culinary journey. We’re also beginning to revitalize Barattolo, our signature Italian restaurant, which has exciting surprises in store once it reopens. The Tavern is being wholly reimagined and transformed in an incredible project that will be announced in 2024.

This sounds like a destination within a destination. Was that the intent?

Precisely. With the reimagination of The Grand Lodge, we wanted to keep the integrity of the building’s history while elevating the accommodation. The hotel is intended to be the ideal destination at the resort. The suites will be curated with various themes, transporting guests to a new world they haven’t experienced at Nemacolin. The butler service allows visitors to step away from vacation tasks such as unpacking, ironing, forgotten items, and last-minute reservations, and it invites them to focus on their time away with one another through fine dining, unparalleled experiences, and making a lifetime of memories.

Tell us more about the butler service!

Butler service will begin the minute a reservation is made for The Grand Lodge. Our expert butlers will ensure every detail is taken care of. From curating itineraries to around-the-clock service, they will bring the magic of Nemacolin to life. Our butlers know that no request is too outrageous and are prepared for any task from the routine

Maggie Hardy

to the unexpected. Traditional white-glove service will be available to all guests of The Grand Lodge, along with personalized services, a selection of special amenities, and curated menus.

You’re a major traveler yourself. What were some of your inspirations from your own trips?

There are almost too many to name. As you know, The Chateau was modeled after Ritz Paris, one of my dad’s favorites. Much of the inspiration I draw from my travels is conveyed in smaller details throughout the resort and the Nemacolin experience. The Woodlands Club members receive a leather trunk as an inspiration for elevated travel. The Chateau’s Afternoon Tea service, teapots, and teacups are an homage to some of the most elevated experiences I have had the pleasure of enjoying. The art that guests enjoy around the property is a part of my family’s collection, showcasing hundreds of our special pieces. The Peak’s year-round pool is there because who doesn’t love to sit in a hot tub and watch the snow fall? Many of Nemacolin’s magical moments are inspired by my travels, and I continue to draw inspiration for the resort from my adventures.

for the past nine months, I’m excited to invite them in to share the wonder. This reimagination is the catalyst for a number of other projects we have embarked on this year and will continue into 2024. There’s so much more ahead!

Why did you decide to make this change?

The original Nemacolin lodge was a wonderful accommodation and a great representation of the historic property my father and I fell in love with and began to build together. The Grand Lodge marks an evolution in Nemacolin’s history. Following our 35th anniversary, we began “The Grand Reimagination,” which is a multifaceted approach to bring the future vision of the resort to life beginning with The Grand Lodge. The inspiration behind this project is to continue providing exceptional service within a new experience for our guests and members while simultaneously acknowledging Nemacolin’s rich history.

We know you love the holidays. Tell us about Hardy’s Holiday Village and what’s going on there. The Hardy’s Holiday Village is going to be like nothing anyone has ever seen before— at Nemacolin or elsewhere for that matter. From elves to carolers to a complete setup of storefronts and whimsical offerings, this holiday season will be filled with a lot of surprises and delights. We’re going to have the best local and global artisans for guests and members to experience and purchase gifts from. Unparalleled performances will be a staple this holiday season, and you wouldn’t believe the attire designed exclusively for the team members who will make this magic happen. Everything one could dream up for the holiday season will be right here at Nemacolin. I don’t want to give away too much about Hardy’s Holiday Village, but I will tell you that once you enter, you’ll be transported to another dimension of holiday fun.

What are you most excited about?

Being able to unveil The Grand Lodge this September is exciting enough in itself, but once the venue is open, I cannot wait for guests and members to experience all the hotel and resort offers across our 2,200 acres. This feels like one of the best-kept secrets that I’ve been holding, and welcoming guests through the doors is incredibly exciting. Seeing sketches and renderings come to life through the hard work of architects, designers, decorators, and builders has been incredible, but removing the fence and the construction vehicles may be the best part before we open the doors and cut that ribbon. Our guests, members, and associates are family, so after keeping this incredible offering from them

What would you say you’re most looking forward to this fall at Nemacolin?

Fall has always been my favorite season at Nemacolin. Seeing the leaves change and blanket the hills in vibrant oranges, reds, and browns continues to inspire our autumn happenings at Nemacolin. I’m looking forward to our Halloween celebrations, such as themed movie marathons, a costume contest, and a trickor-treat parade to the Halloween House Party. All our events will be, dare I say, spooktacular! Capping off the fall season will also be the launch of Hardy’s Holiday Village on November 23, as we light up Nemacolin and celebrate for the rest of the year.



Step into autumn with a look from Tommy Hilfiger.

The Fall 2023 Hilfiger Collection provides a modern vision of style for the great outdoors. Inspired in equal parts by woodsy New England escapes and Tommy Hilfiger’s own ’90s looks, the collection takes a modern look at heritage styles and archival silhouettes. Sustainable innovation folds neatly into the line in recycled materials, sustainable filling for their puffer jackets, and the use of REPREVE® Our Ocean™, a premium collection of fiber and resin sourced from bottles at high risk of entering the ocean. Outerwear takes center stage, with the New York puffer

jacket in a variety of materials and patterns, rich leather and shearling jackets, and modern updates of the peacoat. Tommy signatures—such as the tartan, the global stripe, and the TH Monogram—are found throughout in expanded sizes and set against the season’s standout color, cerulean blue. Fabric innovations and texture plays abound, from touchable brushed wool and alpaca blended knits to denim, reimagined with velvet flocking or a needle-punch effect. In short, iconic preppy styles shaken up and revived for today’s world.

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Big & Bold

Now is not the time to shy away from the spotlight. Make a bold statement this Fashion Month in the latest showstopping designs from LAGOS. Set in sultry silver and luminous gold, these styles are accentuated further with dazzling diamonds for the ultimate luxe look. Whether you’re at the shows, the hautest of after-parties, or flitting around town from preview to presentation, look no further than LAGOS for scene-stealing additions to your “outfit of the day” posts. Double tap!

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In the


If you’re spending too much time on TikTok, you know that everyone is after “expensive”-looking hair. In their words, it’s hydrated, glossy, and looks like you have the lifestyle that allows for weekly salon trips. For us mere mortals, we can at least do the most at home, thanks to Kérastase’s Nutritive line. Kérastase national educator and artist Jordan Cahill of the Parlour Flatirons in Broomfield, Colorado, lets us in on the bathroom vanity essential.

When it comes to cut and color, what do you think will be the biggest hair trend for this fall? A big trend we will see in the fall months is rich hues of warm honey blonde, silk chocolate brunettes, and caramel tones with dimension. It’s all about rich, elevated lived-in colors. Soft copper, bronze, and deep auburn tones will make a popular comeback, too. My clients are wanting to transition into low-maintenance and understated natural hues. The cooler weather asks for warmer tones, which are also the most youthful for most skin tones. What about cuts?

When fall comes around the No. 1 haircut question I get asked is, “Should I get bangs?” Bangs or a fringe are a classic way to update your style after summer. I think a fringe that perfectly frames the face and can be pushed aside as a curtain bang on lower-effort days is such a great addition, especially when leaving your hair down or putting it up in a messy bun or a high ponytail.

What trends have you noticed in the salon recently? What are people asking for the most?

Many of my clients are asking for babylights with their rich fall color. Babylights create an extra dose of interest that doesn’t take a ton of effort to maintain. The key is personalized hair color that enhances the client’s skin tone and best features. My clients are also taking an elevated interest in what products they need to keep their hair in the best possible condition. Healthy, shiny, beautiful hair is always on trend. I’m always educating my clients on the importance of using Kérastase products and treatments to care for and maintain their hair between salon appointments.

Who and what do you think is driving trends these days?

Hair trends are influenced by many factors, including hairstylists, fashion designers, celebrities, social media influencers, and even everyday people. I believe that hair stylists and colorists play such an important role in creating and popularizing new hair color techniques and colors. We draw inspiration from various sources, like runway shows, pop culture, nature, and art. Fashion designers also contribute by integrating hair colors into their collections, setting the tone for what’s in the moment and on trend. What trends and new styling tricks have you personally been obsessed with recently?

I’ve been loving creating softer “money pieces” [highlights that frame the face]. Instead of stark money pieces in the front, I like to suggest something a bit softer and more natural. They instantly brighten and frame your face, and it doesn’t require as much maintenance or upkeep. I will forever be obsessed with shiny, glossy, glass hair! Shiny hair is not so much a trend as it is a

timeless beauty goal. People have always admired and desired hair that looks healthy and vibrant. Shiny hair overall gives any hair color a beautiful polished appearance. Because shine is one of my top priorities and the obsession of my clients, the No. 1 best-selling product in my salon is Kérastase Soin Acide Chroma Gloss. It’s a hair gloss treatment for color-treated hair that seals the surface of the hair fiber to protect color and leaves a high-shine finish. I recommend using this product once a week to keep your color shiny and vibrant.

Let’s talk about the Nutritive line! Who is this a great fit for?

Our new Nutritive hair care range is for anyone with dry hair that needs an extra dose of moisture and hydration. It’s packed with skincare-inspired ingredients that restore dry depleted hair, leaving strands hydrated, irresistibly soft, and shinier.

How are you using it on your own hair? Any expert tips for us?

I’m from Colorado, which has a dry climate. This range is a must-have for my hair, and I can’t live without one of my favorite products, Nectar Thermique. This is a leave-in nourishing cream for dry hair. It provides intense nourishment, helps reduce frizz, and protects hair from heat up to 450°F. After cleansing and treating my hair with Nutritive shampoo and hair mask, I apply a small amount to my towel-dried hair and distribute from lengths to ends. I like to comb through my hair after I apply the product to make sure it’s evenly distributed. I then blow-dry and style my hair. I also love to finish by using our new Nutri-Supplement Split Ends Hair Serum. This is a high-nutrition ultra-sealing split-ends concentrate. I put a couple of drops in my hands, emulsify, and apply to my dry hair, concentrating on my ends. It’s the most nourishing leave-in treatment I’ve ever used!

Jordan Cahill

What are the hero ingredients in the line that help to hydrate?

There are two hero ingredients in the Nutritive range. The first one is plant-based protein, which helps to nourish hair with essential nutrients and helps retain moisture. It also has niacinamide, which is a B-3 vitamin to strengthen hair fiber and lock in nutrients.

The line has options for both fine-medium and medium-thick hair. If you’re in the medium hair category, how do you know which option is the best fit?

If your hair is a medium-dry texture and it gets weighed down easily, I would recommend the Bain Satin Shampoo and the Lait Vital Conditioner. This combination will nourish your hair without adding heaviness. If you have medium-texture hair

that is dry to extremely dry and also needs extra nourishment, I would recommend our Bain Satin Riche Shampoo and one of our Masquintense Hair Masks. There are two different formulas, depending on how much nourishment and hydration your hair needs.

What else can we do to keep dry hair healthy and hydrated at home?

It’s incredibly important to not overwash your hair! Overwashing your hair can lead to dryness. When you wash your hair too frequently, you strip away the natural oils produced by your scalp, which are essential for keeping your hair moisturized and healthy. Finding a balance in your hair-wash routine that suits your hair type and lifestyle is important in maintaining optimal moisture levels and overall hair health.

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From growing up in a small village in Eastern Europe to a blossoming modeling and music career in New York, Elena Matei is having her moment. She tells THE DAILY how it all feels like a dream sometimes.

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What was your childhood like?

I’m from Moldova originally, which is in between Ukraine and Romania. It’s called Bessarabia also. I grew up in a normal family. We were very modest. I have two brothers and mostly spent time in the city when we were in school. We also spent time at my grandfather's little village next to the city. I was always there to help and sometimes I would take the animals to graze on the hill. It was a happy childhood! How were you discovered?

I was discovered twice actually. One time when I moved to Romania, which became my home; they embraced me beautifully. I was discovered by mistake. I never wanted

or thought to be a model. I was with my ex-boyfriend at an event. An agent discovered me there and I did a couple of tests, and the next day I was working a lot and getting bookings. I was 16.

What was your reaction to this?

Oh, my God! It was a completely new world and a new beginning. I never thought I could ever be a model. Back then in Moldova, it was a normal life. I would go to the village with my grandparents and be with animals. Farm life!

How did you come to New York City?

I got discovered by another agent while in New York on Fifth Avenue and signed

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with Elite Models and my life changed. Agencies were fighting over me. It was crazy. What are some of your career highlights?

When I came here I needed to get my work visa, so I started working in 2018 and [photographer] Russell James discovered me. I was with an agent and he said he wanted to introduce me to Russell. He was so sweet, so nice, so modest. He was barefoot when I met him. I loved that. Russell said, “Welcome to the family.” First, we worked together on Raw Spirit. He photographed me for the perfume campaign. What was it like working with Russell?

He made me feel so easy. I was so emotional and stressed about whether I would be good enough. He made me feel like I was in a house with my family. He’s so special. And then he shot me for his Angels book. It was a great opportunity. He said, “You’re going to be around the biggest icons in the industry in the book.” I couldn’t believe it! Was that nerve-racking?

It was a big milestone for me. It was a big step after one year in New York. No kidding! Any other highlights?

I walked for the Tommy Hilfiger show in London. It was amazing. I met Tommy backstage. I met all the supermodels. It was a big experience. I did smaller shows in New York. I’ve also walked twice for The Blonds. They’re such incredible people. They are so sweet. Their creations are next level.

Who are some of your favorite designers to wear?

I love Prada. I like edgy looks.

What’s your goal in fashion?

Everybody has dreams, and there are no limits. I want to work with incredible people. Everything is possible!

You have an album coming out this fall. Tell us about the music.

The album is interesting because it’s different types of music. There are love songs, suffering songs, funny songs, Disney songs. We worked with an incredible team in Los Angeles. I’m looking forward to bringing it out because it’s part of me and who I am.

How would you describe the vibe of it? We know you love Ariana Grande. Was she an influence?

A little bit of Ariana, a little bit of Céline [Dion] mixed in. I am me! I’m not trying to be like somebody else. I loved singing growing up.

How did you get your start in music?

I was always singing. During the pandemic I restarted thinking about what I love, what my soul wants. When I was on set with Russell, I met Donna Karan because we were shooting the campaign at the Stephan Weiss Studios in the West Village. She came over and he said I should sing something for Donna and I did. She then called Barbra Streisand and I sang for her and then they called [music producer] David Foster. Afterward I went to Los Angeles and met different people like David. He said my voice was a “popera” voice. I then signed with Neil Portnow, who used to be the head of the Grammys. They believed in my talent and thought everything is possible for me. Do you know how lucky I feel? Sometimes you meet people like Neil and feel they’re not from the same world. They are huge but act so normal.

Were you freaking out that they asked you to sing for Barbra Streisand?

I couldn’t believe it. Was I sleeping in bed and dreaming like always or was this actually happening?

How often do you make it back to Romania?

I haven’t been there in two years. I’m going to go after Fashion Week. I was going twice a year but not anymore.

What are you other passions?

I love skincare! I have many professional machines at home for facials. I hope to have time to go to school and open a medical spa.

What skincare products or routines do you recommend?

I love the French skin product Guinot. I love the LPG machine for the body. I love, love La Prairie.

Anything else we should know about you?

I hope to discover new opportunities and new people. I want to work to create beautiful and magical things!

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In celebration of her new fragrances, Nectar de Pèche and Lueur de la Ville, Nicole Miller hit the kitchen to create some pies inspired by the perfumes. She tells THE DAILY about the scents, her passion for baking, and shares a new recipe!

Nicole Miller

Nicole’s Peach Raspberry Pie


Pie Crust

1 9-inch pie crust (use your favorite recipe, but I use all butter and just salt. No sugar!)


1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup light brown sugar

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup cold butter


5 cups unpeeled sliced peaches

2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup raspberries

Juice and rind of 1/2 lemon INSTRUCTIONS

• Preheat oven to 425°F.

• Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut butter into small chunks (no bigger than 1/4 inch) into mixture.

• In another bowl, mix peaches, sugar, flour, and salt. Combine with flour mixture and fill pie crust.

• Sprinkle raspberries on top. Drizzle lemon juice over pie and scatter rind over it.

• Crumble topping mixture over top.

• Bake for approximately 50 minutes in middle of oven.

• Cool pie for 15 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

What was your inspiration behind these new fragrances?

In keeping with my French heritage, I gave all the perfumes French names. They’re a combination of fruit and floral notes. Nectar de Pèche has notes of peach nectar, coconut water, honeysuckle, and warm musk and is one of my favorites. I think it’s a great fragrance to wear at the beach or to grab lunch outside. Lueur de la Ville, which means Glow of the City, is a bit more floral and has notes of red berries, black currant, jasmine, and vanilla but still has some accents of musk amber.

Where else would you wear each fragrance?

Nectar de Pèche is excellent for any outdoor gathering. It’s the perfect daytime perfume for your next beach date. The peach and coconut come to life on the skin. Lueur de la Ville is more suited for the evening because of its stronger notes. I would wear this going out for a nice dinner in the city or meeting friends.

How did your passion for baking begin, and what inspired you to pursue it alongside your successful career in fashion?

My mother, who was French, used to make great tarts but while in the States, she switched to making pies. She was a master at pie crusts! We had rhubarb in the garden growing up, so we had rhubarb pie often, and it’s still my favorite pie! I love to get all the seasonal fruit at the farmer’s market to experiment with different pie flavors. I thought it would be fun to bake some pies inspired by my perfumes. One was a peach and raspberry pie for Nectar de Pèche [recipe at left]. The other pie, inspired by Lueur de la Ville, was a fresh cherry, blueberry, and blackberry pie.

What are your favorite products to bake with or must-haves in the kitchen?

I love the Nicole Miller rainbow knives we make. They’re great for chopping and dicing. I also love setting the table with our silverware and dishes. I’m also a big fan of vintage kitchen accessories. I have a vintage Sunbeam mixer, Proctor Silex Juicit, and Foley food choppers, to name a few from my collection.

When you’re not baking or cooking, what are your favorite restaurants in the Hamptons to dine at?

I tend to cook a lot when I’m in the Hamptons, whether I have people over or not! It’s a great time to test new recipes as well. I can always keep myself occupied in the kitchen on a rainy day. If I’m not cooking, I love going to Sunset Beach, Le Bilboquet, and Dopo la Spiaggia.

Besides the fragrance launch, do you have anything else coming up?

Inspired by my recent trip to Palm Springs, we’ll be launching our Signature Collection for Fall, which will consist of 20 limited-edition pieces that will be made to order through our website!

You’ve have such a successful career in fashion. What fulfills you creatively?

I’m very crafty, so if I’m not designing dresses, I always experiment with new techniques and upcycling clothing I have or find. I’m always embroidering or embellishing things. But on weekends, I find cooking or baking relaxing and fulfilling.

What moments have had a significant impact on you as a designer?

My first fashion show was a huge highlight in my career, and things took off after that. I was lucky to have all the top supermodels, like Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell, walk in my very first show. What advice would you give to aspiring fashion designers with multiple passions? How can they use that to their creative advantage?

I think it’s important to be a little broader in your interests than just clothing. It’s a crowded room these days, and you have to compete on many levels. Don’t be afraid to put all your skills to use!

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SMOOTH Operator

What’s not to love about September in New York? Lingering humidity, that’s what. While we soak up the last of the good weather, the heat tends to wreak havoc on our hair, taking it to Monica on Friends levels. Enter: Moroccanoil’s new hero product, Frizz Shield Spray, a savior for frizz-prone hair, wherever in the world you are. The ultra light and weightless formula brings together naturally derived ingredients and Moroccanoil’s HydroResist Technology in one product that fights unmanageable flyaways in three steps. We invited some of our favorite curly- and wavy-haired content creators—best-selling author Carrie Berk, beauty maven Melany Rodriguez, and host Bailee Henderson—to put it to the test at the Moroccanoil Academy in Midtown Manhattan.

Here’s how to reap the benefits of the new Frizz Shield Spray, available now.

1. Style

The HydroResist Technology’s heatactivated cross-linking reaction envelops strands and instantly smoothes the hair fiber, helping to set bonds in place for a smooth and glossy finish.

2. Care

Ingredients like argan oil, jackfruit extract, and peptides provide nourishment and strengthen strands.

3. Protect

An ultra-durable hydrophobic veil acts as a shield to repel humidity and protect against dry air, friction, pollution, and other environmental aggressors.

How to Use

• Spray Frizz Shield Spray generously and evenly through clean, damp hair.

• Comb to distribute and blow-dry in sections to activate.

• Follow with a flat iron for enhanced

Photography by CAROLINE FISS Bailee Henderson @baileeehenderson Bailee’s hair after styling with Frizz Shield Spray Key ingredients like argan oil and amaranth peptides help to tame unruly hair. Carrie Berk @carrieberkk
The Frizz Shield Spray is heat-activated to instantly smooth hair. Melany Rodriguez @melanycecilia

Sunny Days Ahead

Summer with Sunglass Hut continues! These sunglass styles will carry you into fall with bold frames, sheer silhouettes, and mixed materials. As the season changes, these fresh looks are the perfect addition to any outfit.



Sheer prism-inspired colors and crystal finishes are the must-have shades for this year. Whatever the shape, transparent dusty brights and candy-colored tones stand out this season in both plastic and metal.

Sunglass Hut Expert Tip

“These shades give off a mood-enhancing aesthetic through peek-a-boo designs. Soft designs and tinted lenses are key to pairing with your looks while transitioning into the fall.”—Heather

Why We Love Them!

These see-through frames and lenses create a layering look that plays on perception.


Whether oversize or narrow, essential or extravagant, styles are executed in easy-to-wear neutral tones, in both plastic and metal frames.

Sunglass Hut Expert Tip

“Genderless cat-eye designs in neutral tones dominate with a fresh, cool twist on the classics. It’s a style that is winning across fashion runways and social media—nodding to the past, while promoting uniqueness and self-expression.”—Heather

Why We Love Them!

Perfect for those looking for a versatile showstopping silhouette.

Vogue, Opal Light Peach, $99 Persol, Opal Ivory, $587 Versace, Transparent Brown, $317 Michael Kors, Dark Tortoise/Brown, $179 Emporio Armani, Shiny Black/Dark Grey, $185 Burberry, Black/Vintage Check, $281

La Vie, C’EST BON!

New York, London, Milan, Paris— wherever you’re heading this Fashion Month, French Connection has the on-trend staples you need. The brand knows a thing or two about keeping up with the Zeitgeist, having just celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. That’s a half century of outfitting fans around the globe in its go-to cityapproved essentials like smart blazers, boardroom-to-bar tailoring, versatile dresses, and trusty outerwear. Our eyes are on pieces inspired by both the street and the runway, like mesh tops for layering and suiting in ’70s shades. Catch us in them all over the world!

Saskia ruched Elmira mesh top, $68 Cammie shimmer flare trousers, $118 Mari rib turtleneck sweater in Tobacco Brown, $98 Kezia twist-back sweater in Taupe, $98 Bronwyn Aleeya satin midi dress in Nutria, $118 FRENCH CONNECTION FALL ’23
Crolenda PU cropped blazer in Nutria, $148
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Reinventing THE CLASSICS

From the in-store shopping experience to glossy campaigns, we’re increasingly swooning over Banana Republic. The brand has ushered in a new chapter, both by doubling down on the wardrobe staples it knows inside and out, while also steering the ship in an elevated new direction.

First came the unveiling of the inaugural (and super chic!) homeware offering, and in exciting recent news, Banana Republic confirmed it will collaborate with designer Peter Do on a collection of knitwear, tailoring, and shirting, set to debut next month. We’re here for the BR renaissance!

Herringbone mini skirt, $140 Chunky cashmere crewneck sweater, $320 Hand-carded merino throw blanket in Oyster, $330 Oversize herringbone blazer, $300 Cashmere hoodie, $190 Wide-leg plaid pants, $180 Astrid cashmere polo cardigan, $250
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Hand-carded merino pillow in Oatmeal (small), $145, and (large), $220

Taste of ITALIA

For a taste of Italian culture during New York Fashion Week, look no further than the iconic Aperol Spritz

There are plenty of reasons this iconic bright–hued beverage has become Italy’s No. 1 most popular cocktail*. Ever since the Barbieri brothers introduced Aperol, their perfectly balanced aperitif derived from a secret recipe, to the world in 1919 at an International Fair of the Northern Veneto region, it’s become a go-to for joyful celebrations that instantly transport you to la dolce vita of Italy. Particularly when paired with sparkling Prosecco!

And did you know that a century’s worth of history and enjoying Aperol as a ritual culminated in the unveiling of the Terrazza Aperol in Venice, the first flagship location for the brand? Located near the city’s historic Accademia Bridge, Terrazza Aperol is modeled after a bacaro , aka a traditional Venetian bar, where guests can enjoy the dehors , quaint outdoor space, or experience the perfectly crafted Aperol Spritz (and even take part in a master class themselves!) alongside seasonal food pairings by renowned Executive Chef Samuele Silvestri.

No trip to Venezia in the cards? No problem. Channel a Venetian vacanza wherever you are this summer or fall. As enjoying an Aperol Spritz remains the same experience—creating memorable shared moments together.

It’s as easy to make as it is to enjoy following the simple 3-2-1 method. See the steps below.



* Ice cubes

* Cinzano Prosecco

* Aperol

* Soda water

* Orange slice METHOD

* Combine three parts Cinzano Prosecco in a stemmed balloon glass filled with ice.

* Add two parts Aperol.

* Add one part, or a splash, of soda water and stir gently.

* Garnish with orange slice. Cheers!

*Source: Doxa, June 2022 online study, sample of 1,992 alcohol cocktail drinkers, ages 18–55, in the past three months in Italy

Power Dressing

Style and substance come together in Dany Garcia’s fashion line, GSTQ, in a way that’s befitting of a founder whose many accomplishments are inspiring a whole new generation. A true multifaceted businesswoman, producer, athlete, investor, mom, and mentor, Garcia launched GSTQ in 2021, noticing the potential to “design clothes that move with our customers while they make the moves.” Consider us motivated! Here’s what you need to know.

Tell us the backstory to the name GSTQ!

I played the French horn in my high school orchestra. We were given sheet music for the British royal anthem, “God Save the Queen,” and it filled me with aspirations of greatness. I thought to myself, how can I get to that level? I loved the idea and the mindset became so important, it carried me forward through all life’s challenges. Eventually I realized that GSTQ could be a brand that encourages everyone to stand in their extraordinary presence.

Take us back to what you were doing when you dreamed up the brand.

My philosophy for all The Garcia Company portfolio brands is investing in the success of humans, and I truly believe that life is all about balance. As a businesswoman and an athlete going from the gym to meetings, I saw an opportunity to fill the space between athleisure and power dressing and drive a new category anchored in fashion, while simultaneously powering and empowering with performance. We consider how fabrics move and stretch, and most importantly, how it can be worn all day comfortably and confidently in an elevated fashionable way.

We love GSTQ’s mission, “Polished to perform.” What helps you perform your best?

I perform my best when I have mental clarity. I’m deeply committed to showing up fully for every role I have, and in order to do that, I have to remain joyful, consistent, disciplined, and deliberate in my purpose. I take pride in showing up every day as myself, and oftentimes being the first or only forging a path.

In what way is GSTQ the culmination of all the industries you’ve worked in during your career?

I’ve developed a holistic family-based approach to The Garcia Companies. I care deeply about creating opportunities for everyone involved, from the individuals I work with to our players, crews, and customers. I like to say that we set people up to have great moments, but that their greatest moments in life are still to come. When getting dressed in GSTQ, I want our customers to think about leaving their own mark on the world. The brand is also another example of how we can all challenge the status quo just by showing up authentically as ourselves.

What have been some highlights and milestones so far?

GSTQ launched as people were starting to reimagine their lives during an uncertain time. People were getting back to socializing more and reentering the workplace, and our

thoughtfully designed pieces supported our customer transitioning to a new normal. We had a great response, and while we’re constantly growing our community, some of our first customers still shop with us regularly. Since then, we’ve built a fashion brand with a strong purpose and fierce employee culture. We continue to expand our distribution through strategic partnerships and our core offering with our menswear launch. Tell us about some hero pieces, and why you think they resonated?

Our women’s sheer bomber is a statement piece that provides easy layering and styling, and our stretch suits are bold and polished, but still comfortable and easy to wear, whether you’re working from home, traveling, or in the office. Our men’s game day track suit and suit separates can be mixed and matched with the larger collection to give our consumers a variety of styling options.

Your career has been all about breaking glass ceilings and breaking down barriers to further representation and opportunity. Where does that drive and passion come from?

It stems from my own experiences of overcoming adversity and the unwavering support of my family. Growing up as the child to Cuban immigrant parents, financial stability was often a challenge in my community. Pair that with the early stages of my career, and even now, of finding myself as the only woman in the room and you get a fierce determination to shatter those barriers and pave the way for others who may face similar obstacles.

How are you fostering that for the next generation?

I strive to build diverse teams filled with various cultural backgrounds, and I encourage each individual to bring their unique perspectives to the table. It’s essential for me to create an environment where everyone’s voices are heard and valued. I aim to inspire that success knows no bounds. I want people to see that with dedication, hard work, and relentless belief in themselves, they can achieve their dreams regardless of where they come from.

What’s the mantra that always motivates you?

“Do the day as beautifully as possible.” This simple reminder encourages me to approach each moment with intention, to infuse even the smallest of actions with purpose and grace, and to find joy in challenges and triumphs.

What’s coming up?

We’ll have our first NYFW presentation taking place in Soho, and we’ll have some surprises happening around the city, too. We’re also excited about our Rockefeller Center pop-up, which will be open from October to January.

Dany Garcia


What brought Palm Beach to Sag Harbor? St. John recently hosted a cocktail party at Sage and Madison in Sag Harbor to celebrate the upcoming “Endless Summer: Palm Beach Resort Wear” exhibition. Guests got a sneek peek at the show, which is curated by Cameron Silver and opens on November 8th in the Palm Beaches.

The “Rosé in the Garden” event included one archive piece showing the heritage of St. John, as well as a look from the Spring ’23 collection that exemplifies the modern resort style Palm Beach is famous for. Guests enjoyed rosé from Out East and crab and caviar on black pepper chips, fresh veggie spring rolls, and chicken salad in endive cups. St. John also donated 10 percent of proceeds from special initiatives last month, including a private trunk show and a cocktail party in partnership with The Palm Beaches, The Scout Guide Hamptons, Paul Labrecque Salon and Skincare Spa, and Out East rosé. Chicsters bringing their Palm Beach best to the East End included Bettina Anderson, Ivey Leidy, Devorah Ezagui, Shauna Faulisi, Jean Shafiroff, Sarah Wetenhall, Stacey Leuliette, Christina Caruso, Beril Gutierrez, Deirdre Byrne, Collin “Santini” Adams, Shaquita Garcia, The Daily’s Freya Drohan, as well as Cameron Silver of Decades, Taylor Materio from the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, Marina Keiler from St. John, Chris Coffee of Sage and Madison, and Cori Lee Seaberg of Out East rosé. Next stop…Palm Beach!

Tammi Dower, Chris Coffee, and Elizabeth Koury Cameron Silver and Taylor Materio Sara DiOrazio, Marsin Mogielski, and Rolise Rachel Devorah Ezagui Shaquita Garcia Christina Caruso and Janet Bloom Beth Fishel and Rick Rose Ivey Leidy and Bettina Anderson Christina Caruso, Elizabeth Koury, Devorah Ezagui, Tammi Dower, and Janet Bloom Ana and Chris Thornton Liliane Franklin and David Muniz Cori Lee Seaberg and Sarah Wetenhall Philip Gorrivan, Matteo Scaiola, Brad Schaeffer, Catherine Carey, and Sean Cunnane


Ever want to live like a rock star? The Rock Star Suite located in the gorgeous Hard Rock Hotel in the heart of Manhattan is your chance to make those dreams come true. Located 36 floors about Midtown Manhattan, the suite is a skyhigh bilevel penthouse with original artwork and music memorabilia from some of the world’s greatest performers.



• Double-height floor-to-ceiling windows

• Open-plan living and dining space with bar and butler pantry

• 1,600 square-foot terrace with day beds

• Private VIP access to RT60

Rooftop Bar & Lounge

• Freestanding outdoor champagne table

• Bluetooth connectivity throughout the penthouse and terrace

• Champagne fridge

• Ability to separate sleeping area from first floor of penthouse

• ADA compliant

• Private elevator banks

• Rock star not included!

Hard Times

Not only can the room be used for a dream getaway, the suite is also available for private events and photo shoots.

Hard Rock Hotel is located at 159 W. 48th Street, NYC

It’s officially back-to-school season, and with the shift away from summer dreamin’ comes a welcome refresh in the form of more structured outfits. Whether you’re heading back to the office after working remote in the warmer months, interviewing for an exciting opportunity, pitching for new business, or you simply want to channel all the epic tailoring that has dominated the runway, Talbots has got you covered. Blazers are a big focus for the retailer this season, and so too are accompanying vests for a “borrowed from the boys” look. And speaking of taking a leaf out of that book, the new Glen Plaid power suits are ones that mean business, while Talbots customerfavorite classic pant options (Hampshire, Chatham, and Portland) have been revamped, and three brandnew styles (Greenwich, Tribeca, and Weston) have arrived for their moment in the spotlight. For fall, it’s all about mixing up the suit. Dress it up, dress it down, and mix and match to your heart’s content. You’re the boss, so you make the rules!

Suits You

Italian wool-blend Glen Plaid blazer, $299, and tapered ankle pants, $199


Contrast-stitch classic blazer, $199 Relaxed herringbone blazer, $199 Military jacket in Navy, $199 Contrast-trim tweed jacket, $199 Portland pants in Ivory, $109
Double-breasted boiled wool blend coat in Café, $369
Glen Plaid vest, $149, and relaxed blazer, $199


Grupo Shogua CEO and founder Gerardo Nasser has his sights set on enhancing the way we travel. With his company, which he launched in 2007, the entrepreneur proved adept at bringing the world together. Indeed, Shogua is a concept combining Japanese and Indonesian words to ultimately mean “development that transcends.” While Grupo Shogua continues to expand into airports across Central, South, and North America, the company is also committed to giving back and protecting the planet. That methodology is something that Nasser will continue to apply when it comes to expanding on his exciting endeavors in the travel space. Here’s what you need to know!

Where did you grow up, and where do you call home now?

I have a Lebanese background, but I was born and raised in Mexico City. Even though that is my hometown, I consider myself to be a world citizen because I love connecting with different cultures. I still live there, though.

You founded Grupo Shogua in 2007. What was the initial goal of the company?

Because I love traveling, and part of it is the experience in airports, I wanted to build a company that would deliver excellent customer service to create a unique experience for them, as well as a positive impact on people across my country, and in the future, around the world. I realized that by bringing together my connections and lessons I learned from working with my family since a young age, as well as my educational background, I could bring successful companies such as Le Pain Quotidien, Tumi, and Tous to the Mexican market. My goal was to create unique experiences for our customers by showing them international culture, as well as shining light on the big potential of the Mexican market to these companies. Following on from my love of travel, my next project is in hospitality.

What makes you feel proud?

Every time I have the opportunity to look back and see the impact I’ve made with my employees, customers, and the foundations we’re supporting, that’s when I feel it was worth all the effort. I believed in what I wanted to create when I first started thinking about the potential of Grupo Shogua. One of my core beliefs is that if you can have a positive impact in one person’s life, then this person will pay it forward to others and we continue sharing positive impacts. Now as a company, we’re committed to helping the community, choosing charitable foundations to support when it comes to housing and scholarships for underprivileged children.

You’re setting your sights on building luxury exotic resorts. What can we expect from your business in the travel space?

This new project will bring together my passion for traveling and the expertise I have for operations and management. I consider myself to be a team builder, and I will be able to offer once-in-a-lifetime vacations customized to people’s desires, passions, curiosities, and indulgences. I want to combine transformational wellness, adventure, and cultural exploration—[an experience] where you can submerge yourself in hidden gems but still have the comfort of top luxury. This will also have a positive impact on the communities in these places. We call it global sustainability.

What destinations or travel experiences are you particularly interested in at the moment? Through sustainable tourism, we can build eco-friendly infrastructures that highlight beautiful places that the world has to offer, while also protecting the environment. I would like to start showing the world the big potential that the Latin American oceans have to offer. Also in parallel, I started building in Asia, so in this way I can make a connection between cultures. One of the projects I feel more passionate about is Pelagic Life, where we’re focused on protecting the open marine life in Mexico through creating content to inspire and raise awareness for future tourism. In this sense, I’m making a virtue circle between what I offer in the resorts, making visitors conscious of the environment and the impact that it holds on everyone’s life.

You’re passionate about cultivating cultural experiences for tourists. How will you expand on this, and what do you have planned?

I would like to build a connection among culture, adventure, and wellness. I want to create local communities, so that we can bring them more job opportunities that will improve their quality of life. The people who come to my hotels will be able to get in touch with the true reality of the places they visit.

Will you be in NYC for NYFW? What are you most looking forward to?

Yes, I will. I would like to have the opportunity to create new relationships, where together we can find more ways to enhance charities and environmental foundations, and connect with future business partners and hospitality experts. Connecting with peers who share the same level of consciousness and passion is beneficial for everyone involved. I find that being a part of the fashion community is a great way to make those important relationships with members of different industries.

Gerardo Nasser

How did you get started in the fashion and e-commerce industries?

My journey into the fashion and e-commerce industries began with a solid foundation in computer science during my college years. My fascination with the world of e-commerce was sparked by the transformative power of the Internet in revolutionizing our shopping experiences, making them significantly more efficient. Even during my time at Microsoft, I found myself drawn to the potential of this digital landscape. During that period, I ventured into creating my own websites and engaging in sales on platforms like eBay. As I embarked on my entrepreneurial journey, it was only natural for me to channel my passion for e-commerce into my start-up endeavors. Exploring various categories, I eventually gravitated toward women’s fashion for a variety of reasons. The allure of the women’s fashion segment lies in its remarkable conversion rates, healthy profit margins, and undeniable visual appeal.

Why did you create Azazie?

The genesis of Azazie was rooted in a transformative personal experience. Back in 2012, when my wife was on the hunt for her dream wedding gown, she encountered a challenge that many brides face—finding the perfect dress that aligned with her preferences and budget within the confines of traditional bridal stores. This led us on a journey that would reshape the landscape of bridalwear. During our travels in China, my wife found her solution by collaborating with a local dressmaker. She was able to articulate her vision, select fabrics and lace, and, in just a month, obtain her dream gown at a fraction of the cost compared to similar gowns in U.S. bridal stores. This experience didn’t stop at her wedding gown; her bridesmaid dresses followed the same path, resulting in a staggering 50 percent reduction in expenses. Witnessing the incredible value and savings she achieved, I was inspired to make this innovative approach accessible to others. Thus, the concept of Azazie was conceived. I started on a journey to build an online platform that enabled customers to seamlessly place orders and have them fulfilled by the very dressmaker my wife had collaborated with. While the journey was challenging, involving a steep learning

Game Changer

Charles Zhong, the founder and CEO of Azazie, the in-demand bridal and special occasion e-commerce platform,, tells THE DAILY how he’s modernized the way people shop for bridalwear online. Now women can try on dresses in their own homes, sourcing from the largest sample program in the industry. Add to that the brand’s virtual showroom, which allows brides to get further organized and collaborate. Azazie allows for three to four bridal changes that are on trend and high quality without breaking the bank.

curve in fabric terminology, neckline variations, train styles, and embellishments, the passion to make affordable elegance accessible kept driving me forward.

What was your pivot moment?

It arrived in 2014 when I launched the Azazie website. The remarkable affordability of our dresses confounded many, prompting questions if the prices were for sale or rental. To dispel doubts and showcase the quality of Azazie dresses, I took the step of sending samples used for photo shoots to a handful of prospective customers. The resulting positive feedback and subsequent orders laid the foundation for Azazie’s journey. From that point, Azazie has grown into a trailblazing presence in the industry. Our collection now boasts more than 200,000 sample dresses, the largest assortment available in the industry. Our guiding principle remains “try before you buy,” a testament to our commitment to quality, value, and customer satisfaction. In essence, Azazie was born from a desire to redefine the bridalwear experience. The journey began with a single wedding gown but has since blossomed into a movement that empowers brides and their entourages to discover their ideal dresses without compromising on quality or budget. What was your goal with Azazie?

Initially, when I embarked on this journey, my primary aim was to unveil a well-kept secret to brides-to-be, a way to unlock both elegance and affordability. As Azazie gained momentum and witnessed exponential growth within its first few years, the goal naturally expanded. Alongside the pursuit of offering incredible value to brides, the aspiration shifted toward establishing Azazie as a distinguished and respected brand within the bridal industry. This phase was marked by a commitment to not only providing economical options but also ensuring outstanding designs, topnotch quality, impeccable customer service, and a seamless shopping experience. Today, Azazie proudly stands as one of the largest online bridal stores in the U.S. With this remarkable achievement as a foundation, my current goal for Azazie extends to a global horizon. The vision is to transcend boundaries and become a renowned presence worldwide.

Style Comfort & You Deserve It


Atlanta’s overlapping August wholesale apparel markets, open exclusively to the trade, reflected healthy retailer buying across contemporary, children’s, bridal and prom categories. Strong attendance drew attendees from 47 states as well as 26 international countries, plus a reported 20% of buyers as first-time attendees.

Buyers previewed highlights of upcoming styles in the signature Atlanta Apparel Kickoff Party’s live model presentation, showcasing popular resort trends such as crochet, halter tops, relaxed sets, bucket hats, shell jewelry, miniskirts and vacation shirts. Buyers praised the overwhelming ease and product range as well as the market’s signature Southern hospitality. Formal Markets showcased Atlanta’s largest-to-date collection and the biggest social occasion market

Future Market Dates


October 10–14, 2023

February 6–10, 2024

April 9–14, 2024


April 9–11, 2024

in the country with 180+ individual collections across permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits. Brands reported having large-scale orders from national and international buyers. Beyond exhibits, the Formal Markets signature fashion show had standing-room-only attendance, and showcased 83 looks featuring bridal, quinceañera and prom best sellers.

Details at @apparelmarkets | @formalmarkets Dates are subject to change. Open exclusively to the trade.


Las Vegas Apparel market connected buyers and sellers as part of August 2023 Las Vegas Fashion Week offerings, with reports of heavy order writing, quality buyer and brand connections and solid traffic from 44 states and Puerto Rico as well as six international countries. Buyers were treated to early presentations of the latest collections from top young contemporary brands plus trending accessory and gift and lifestyle lines.

Opening day included the announcement that landmark contemporary women’s show, Women’s Wear In Nevada (WWIN) will co-locate with Las Vegas Apparel beginning February 2024. Reactions were positive and excitement was palpable across brands and buyers, as this evolution brings together complementary categories and even more resources for retailers.

Las Vegas Apparel – Atlanta

Apparel’s West Coast fashion sourcing market – adds a curated mix of young contemporary apparel and accessories to Las Vegas Fashion Week offerings each February and August at the Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas. The next event, to be co-located alongside Women’s Wear In Nevada, will take place February 13–15, 2024.

Details at @apparelmarkets Open exclusively to the trade.


Look ahead to bright days and sunny styles as you source Spring/Summer ’24 and more at Atlanta Apparel this October. See full collections for the next season as well as top brands for Resort, Accessories, and Shoes. Don’t miss the one market where you can find everything you need in one place, with affordable hotels and plenty of award-winning dining and entertainment options nearby, trend presentations to inspire you, and fun activations to make your trip memorable.


October 10–14, 2023

February 6–10, 2024

April 9–13, 2024

June 4–7, 2024

August 6–10, 2024

October 15–19, 2024

#atlapparel | @apparelmarkets



7 for all Mankind

8th Story


All Black

Amanda Uprichard

Anca Barbu

Articles of Society

Atelier New York



Caryn Lawn

Celia B

Chan Luu

Chinese Laundry

Dolce Vita Shoes


Endless Blu

English Rose


Frances Valentine

Free People

French Connection

French Kande

Gigi Pip


Gretchen Scott

Happy Sheep

Hem & Thread


Insight New York

Johnny Was

Jude Connally

Julie Vos


Katie Loxton

Kelsi Dagger

Kendra Scott

Le Jean

Love Label

Matisse Footwear



NEW! Meet your personal market assistant. Never forget what you saw or where you went with our new @Market app! Now available for iPhone in the App Store, exclusively for buyers.

Pearl and Cavier

Sheila Fajil

Sheridan French

Smith & Quinn

Spiritual Gangster

Steve Madden


Taylor Shaye Designs

The Landa Showroom

Trina Turk

Yochi New York

Zadig & Voltaire

Dates are subject to change. ©2023



COTERIE New York returns to the Javits Center September 19-21, and once again the show will have innovative programming and initiatives throughout. Teodora Nicolae, vice president of marketing for Informa Markets Fashion, tells THE DAILY what’s in store!

What’s new at COTERIE New York this season?

One of the most exciting new initiatives this season at COTERIE is our Verified Sustainable by COTERIE program. More than ever, consumers are making purchasing decisions that align with their values and are prioritizing ethical and environmental business practices. They’re demanding more transparency into a product’s life cycle and insight into a brand’s sustainability. As reported by McKinsey & Company, 79 percent of fashion executives believe a lack of standards to assess sustainability performance is the biggest obstacle to bettering consumer perception of sustainability. We see it as a responsibility to the industry to ensure that we’re using our platform to educate and support our brands and our retailers in becoming more conscious of their impact and in helping to deliver truly sustainable and ethical products to the end consumer. Through a partnership with a social good platform, Hey Social Good, we can verify and rank businesses based on where they are in their sustainability journey through a combination of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, give-back programs, and a social-good assessment to determine their level of sustainability and then give them a rank based on that result. In addition to continuing to level up our experiences and delivering even more insightful live panel sessions and expert insights, we’re also bringing a renewed and larger selection of resort-inspired apparel and footwear highlighting some incredible international brands from South and Central America and Europe, Nammu, Juliet Dunn, Florabella, and Gapaz Beachwear.

How will celebrating New York factor into the show this season?

New York is a global center of fashion, with a unique and creative vitality that is unlike anywhere else in the world. COTERIE itself is an ode to New York, and we will highlight the brands that represent the strong character, style, and influence the city has to offer. One of the key highlights of the show floor, GALLERY, is a focused area highlighting a portfolio of brands that represent what we consider the “new guard” of contemporary women’s fashion, an assemblage of sought-after designers with discerning perspectives. GALLERY features 10 New York–based brands that represent out-of-the-box thinking and distinctive identities, with the purpose of fostering a

community within COTERIE New York that nurtures, promotes, and advances the opportunities for the featured designers. It’s important to us to bolster the brands that make our birthplace and the market we call home, New York, such a place of inspiration and evolution. Brands featured in GALLERY include Aknvas, Batsheva, Onia, Louise New York, Suzanne Rae, Ranjana Khan, and WeWoreWhat. We hear denim will be making a major return to the show. What can we expect?

Our focus on denim this season is not only a major theme but, more importantly, has always been an integral part of the history of COTERIE New York. The premium lineup of

denim brands returning to COTERIE New York this September, including Abrand, AG Jeans, DL1961, Hudson, Mavi, and Wrangler, are showcasing new styles, washes, and cuts to the forefront, aligning with the current trends like denim-on-denim sets, shorts, and denim jackets.

How will the activations around advancements in denim sustainability development be a part of COTERIE this season?

Tying back to helping our brands tell their stories, we’ve dedicated space to an immersive experience that will help educate and highlight innovation in denim sustainability. Our continued partnership with Arcadia Earth will bring a mixedreality experience that includes animations, holograms, and content illuminating the six stages of denim development: replacing cotton, replacing polyester, reducing synthetic indigo, improving treatments and finishes, recycling water, and lastly, digitizing designs and samples. And who better to speak to innovations in denim sustainability than AG Jeans? They will also be part of our focus on denim and this interactive denim sustainability experience, reinforcing the importance of quality and sustainable denim. Other sustainable denim brands highlighted this season will include Red Card, upper hights, and Triarchy. Finally, we’re bringing together a live panel of experts focused on highlighting denim sustainability efforts and insights on how companies are incorporating sustainability into the creation of denim. This is a large and ongoing conversation in the industry, and we’re doing our part to bring the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge and innovation to our community.

What’s the most common feedback you’ve received about COTERIE New York in recent years? Our commitment to sustainability, community, and fashion technology, our recently adopted pillars of the event, has been much appreciated. People recognize the efforts we’ve made to offer a 360-degree experience for different segments of the industry and providing the platform to discover new and up-and-coming designers has created a strong sense of community that our attendees have embraced. The event has shifted from a traditional wholesale event and has truly become an industry event.

What’s your favorite part of COTERIE New York?

COTERIE draws so much inspiration from New York, from the unique creativity and artistry of brands to the visual imagery on the show floor. Our teams have worked tirelessly to evolve the event, and our brand and I think our customers have embraced the evolution. Now, the event encapsulates the modern New York perspective and vibe, and it brings together an international fashion audience and key players in the industry in an authentic and conversation-driven way. We’ve focused our efforts on building community and culture, and you can feel both continue to get stronger every season.

Teodora Nicolae

Viva La Moda Italiana!

Retail buyers and shoppers worldwide know the legendary value of the Made in Italy seal of approval, but they don’t always know how to find it. Some of the big mega-brands outsource their production overseas, and even within Italy, many of the artisans work outside of the main touristic areas. The incredible value of the work of the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) is that we find and bring the very best Made in Italy brands— and all the talents accumulated from centuries’ worth of family traditions, expert craftsmanship, and creative visionaries—to retail buyers all over the U.S. So ultimately, ITA helps even the most in-the-know American fashion collectors expand their knowledge of global designers and brands.

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Paola Guida

Ready to Wear


Since 2020, Marta Liberatori’s Aza Lea’s readyto-wear brand is all about affordable luxury, with specific attention paid to fabric sourced from only the best Italian manufacturers. Booth: 6474


New to Coterie, this label brings together easy luxury with distinctive formalwear wardrobe standouts, like semi-sheer tulle corsets and fluttering skirts. Booth: 6330


Delivering irresistible staple picks since 1972, Tricot Chic has been pioneering innovative knitwear since its inception 50 years ago. Booth: 6552


Since 1979, this brand has developed elegant outerwear collections for the international market that always pay attention to the smallest detail while having maximum output.


New to Coterie, Miriam Stella is a luxury resortwear brand that’s committed to using natural fibers and fabrics for its painstakingly made pieces, alongside rich and precious embroidery. Booth: 7242


Fifty years in, Bessi is known around the world for its dresses, coordinates, and T-shirts, thanks to its standout colorful prints. Booth: 6568

Best in Show

Coterie is coming! And so too are the quintessential ready-to-wear, accessories, and footwear brands from the boot who are paving the way in Italian style. Ahead of the trade show, which takes place at the Javits Center from September 19–21, here’s your chic sheet of the names to know!

Marta Liberatori; Michela Mondini; Giuseppe Moscianese; O Marche Showroom; Tuscany & Company;
Michele Bessi;




A must-know pret-à-porter brand for young, feminine, instinctive, and carefree women who seek fashion to match their vibe. Booth: 6124

Sleek fashion-forward outfits that will make you do a double-take. Founded in 1961, the luxury label has grown synonymous with elegant Booth: 6741



With a focus on knitwear, Pour Moi has built its status as an iconic Italian brand that’s now operated by the third generation of the same family. Booth: 6478


A clothing and accessories brand based in Ventimiglia founded in the 1970s by the Bruno family, customer service and a half-century of passion is at the center of everything Bruno Carlo does. Booth: 6463


Since 1956, Lorena Benatti is the knitwear label specializing in everything from two-toned palettes and asymmetrical cuts, sporty sets to professional tailoring. Booth: 6465

FO.RI Showroom; Carmine DeSantis; Erika Lepore; Federica Bruno; Francesca Corradini;



This Tuscany-based company is tried-andtrue when it comes to high-quality pieces that showcase best-in-class craftsmanship. Booth: 6752


This eco-ethic contemporary knitwear brand is equal parts sustainable and stylish, combining the beauty of tradition with unique modern design. Booth: 6825


Venice-founded eco-conscious label Gaiofatto is a go-to for elegantly bold womenswear. Each season, Michela Gaiofatto aims to deliver fashion that empowers women. Booth: 6862




Caliban introduced a womenswear line in 2003, and 20 years later, its menswearinfluenced tailoring continues to win over hearts when it comes to sophisticated and powerful pieces. Booth: 6262


Claudio Cutuli has won over fans everywhere, with its Made in Italy clothing line that’s devout to natural colors and fabrics. Booth: 6163


Specialists in the use of jersey, these feminine, light, and airy pieces are the hardest-working hero in the wardrobe of any modern-day woman. Booth: 6574

Patric Kilcullen; Antigone Sorkin; Michela Gaiofatto; Michela Petrali;
ODV Olga
Francesca Cutuli;




YC WHYCI Milano has minimalist chic down to a T. Enlisting only raw materials (think: silk, cashmere, wool, linen, and cotton), the brand prides itself on taking everyday classics to the next level. Booth: 6162


Amici by Baci is an avant-garde brand that focuses on sustainability and natural fabric, which has landed it a place in stores all over the world, from Europe to Australia. Booth: 6479


A new one for your watch list! This small Italian company stands out from the crowd, thanks to garments made with exclusive eye-catching prints. Booth: 6130


This Positano-based luxury resortwear brand is for the sun-loving goddesses in our midst. Maria Gentile and Lucia Casola have been creating Amalfi Coast–approved hit after hit since launching the brand in 1987.



This brand, new to Coterie this season, offers 100 percent silk sleepwear as elegant as it is wearable. Just look at those slip dresses!. Booth: 7265


Dani Confezioni’s Tuscany-based brand continues to become a household name, thanks to its trend-driven collection and popularity among influencers and editors.

Elena Ghisolfi; Chiara Veneri; Jacopo Foti; Maria Gentile; Marcela Arruda; Lino Puccio & Co;


Ready to Wear


Florence-based brand Shaft Jeans knows its way around a pair of trusty jeans. Since opening its doors in 1968, the brand has been a much-frequented destination for all things denim. Booth: 6547


New to Coterie this season, this North Italy–based line is rooted in fabric research for a result that’s stylish, minimal, and quietly luxurious. Booth: 6614


Showcasing its wares at Coterie for the first time, this sophisticated cashmere and extrafine yarn knitwear line is all traditionally handmade. Booth: 6169



Based in central Italy, Don the Fuller has more than 30 years experience producing luxury sustainable denim that boasts expert attention to detail. Booth: 6715




This 10-year-old brand brings Made in Italy perfection to the world, with its womenswear wares stocked in 40 doors worldwide. Booth: 6827


Landi Fancy’s outerwear line offers a unique inventory, while prioritizing eco-sustainability and regenerated fabric fibers that nod to Tuscan textile practices. Booth: 6268


The devil is in the details, which Maurizio Massimino knows. With his creativity and experience, the designer continues to revolutionize the classics, such as his signature trousers. Booth: 6242



Lorenzo Palchetti; Robert Knuth; Tracey Forrest; Chiara Iachini; Biba; Simone Landi; Cristina Massignani;






Welcome to Coterie, Bolamì Lab. Born in Bologna in 2017, this haute beachwear label is one to keep an eye on. Booth: 7454


New to Coterie this season is premium denim brand (+) PEOPLE, which has one eye on the future while honoring its parent company’s expertise and excellence. Booth: 6815


Venice-based Suprema is a go-to for quality leather goods, including but not limited to its camel coats stitched in doublefaced cashmere and sheepskin parkas. Booth: 6547


The Melarosa brand’s sustainable luxury knitwear utilizes silk, cashmere, cotton, and hand-painted designs for a highend look. Booth: 6154


Another newcomer! This Venice-based brand is inspired by a love affair with Marrakesh, so expect pieces inspired by the city’s vivid aesthetic. Booth: 6829


With its roots in Capri, ETiCi is as passionate about environmentally friendly production as it is about creating stylish staples from natural fibers. Booth: 6765


Alain Smania; Melissa Castellari; Andrea; ODV Olga Fontanillas; Andrea Vignoli; Eleonora Pavoni;





New to Coterie, this haute couture-worthy line, born in 1984, loves to play with texture, color, and silhouette to ensure sophisticated and timeless style.


A decade in, we’re increasingly obsessed with Feleppa’s standout occasion wear and party wear, designed by the twins behind the label. Booth: 6166


Take the guessing game out of getting dressed with PUROTATTO’s easy, elegant, and elevated collections. Booth: 6134


Designed for women who are unapologetically themselves, this brand’s repertoire is brimming with made-to-last pieces favoring bold silhouettes, tasteful prints, and a city-meets-chill guise.


Xacus is known first and foremost for its shirts and blouses, but it’s also a must-see brand for its assortment of dresses, trousers, and skirts. Booth: 6547


Gianluca Saitto; John Taveras; Jacopo Foti; Fashion Lab Agency; ODV Olga Fontanillas;


Designer Cinzia Cinotti grew up in the industry, and with Lavi Couture she’s inspired to bring new life to her craft with beautifully designed dresses and couture-worthy garments. Booth: 6127


Florence-based Pho Firenze has been doubling down on high-quality production, the finest of fabrics, and fashion-forward gowns since the 1980s. Booth: 6542


Grab your shades—MeiMeiJ is known and adored for its bold shades, as well as effective use of black and white that will guarantee impact, especially when combined with its bold silhouettes. Booth: 6125


As well as accessories, this Tuscany-based brand is known for its structured tailoring and voluminous silhouettes when it comes to unisex outerwear. Booth: 7730


This sustainable womenswear brand constantly brings to mind coastal living, thanks to its fusion of comfort, style, ease of wearing, and premium materials. Booth: 6547


FO.RI Fashion LLC; Tracey
FO.RI Fashion; Filippo
Scaffai; Olga Fontanillas;



This brand’s signature is its patented and distinctive saddle stitching. Expect timeless design, great quality, and value for money. Booth: 5324


Combining high-end craftsmanship and avant-garde aesthetics, Maison Dressage is inspired by the equestrian world, architecture, clean lines, and geometric shapes. Booth: 5860


This leather goods brand was founded by young Florentine entrepreneurs with a bid to blend artisan traditions and a modern aesthetic. Booth: 5761


Beba Gioielli is focused on research, design, and finding new environmentfriendly solutions when it comes to designing and creating her accessories by hand in Florence.


This fashion brand has been manufacturing leather handbags since 1990. With a long research path and a strong sense of innovation, it redefines the concept of Made in Italy.



From lightweight raffia to intrecciato leather, leave it to Roberto Pancani to make the ultimate carryall bags that stand out from the crowd. Booth: 5758




Roy Kean; Joan Taveras; Howard Krichman; Beatrice Filippini; Margarita Martinez; Roberto Pancani;





Andrea Cardone Italia’s metropolitan accessory offering comprises everything from oversize hobo totes and backpacks to compact clutches and leather motorcycle helmets. Booth: 5763


Since 1975, Angela Caputi Giuggiù’s precious bijoux has been handmade according to traditional techniques. Booth: 5255




This Florence-based leather-goods workshop is all about creating strong distinctive pieces that are both timeless but versatile and experimental. Booth: 6547

Founder and designer Annabella Santese is a veteran of the Italian fashion industry, as evidenced by her ability to blend contemporary ideas and time-honored style. Booth: 5558

MM33 Milano upcycles vintage scarves to make one-of-kind Booth: 5862


Husband-and-wife founders Manuela Girone and Francesco Di Tommaso are the creative force behind this handmade luxury jewelry brand. Booth: 5645


Olga Fontanillas; Andrea Cardone; Angela Caputi; Cristiano Carrara; Brunella Magrini; Manuela Girone;



Made in Italy since 2003, this brand is known for its high-end fashion jewelry, which is hand-polished, gold-plated, and made even more unique by Florentine epoxy enamel. Booth: 5760


Half a century later, Angiolo Frasconi continues to innovate and grow his customer base who can’t get enough of the family-run brand’s felt, wool, and cashmere hats. Booth: 5734


Laura Angelilli’s brand has people, the planet, and animals on its mind. Via ethical practices and responsible production, it doesn’t scrimp on creating chic items either. Booth: 5425


These sustainable handmade bags are created in Umbria in adherence with the company’s ethical and responsible values. Booth: 5827


Technology and tradition come together in every belt and bag from Athison. Sustainability is also a key focus for this 100-plusyear-old company. Booth: 5560





Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, Alta Moda Belt is the first word in outfit-making quality leather belts. Case in point: The company manufactures 50,000 pieces every month! Booth: 5361


Elvido Cataldo; Franco Frasconi; Laura Angelilli; Eliana Venier; Massimiliano D'Ambrosi; Stefania Pellicioli;




With 58 years of history, F65 is still a go-to for highquality leather shoes that are chic, comfortable, and casual—perfect for the Italian lifestyle! Booth: 7137


Founded in 1986 in Montebelluna, one of the main footwear districts in Italy, NIS - New Italia Shoes’ goal is to create reliable, versatile, and fashion-forward sneakers and sandals in genuine leather. Booth: 5016


Since 1967, this family-run artisan brand has paid attention to quality and craft. All these years later, you’ll still find the same passion in every pair. Booth: 5010


Designed in Venice and Made in Italy with the finest raw materials, this brand, established in 2013, brings together modern shoes, sandals, and loafers with Venetian quality and tradition. Booth: 5207


Looking for limited-edition shoes made from sustainable production methods? Look no further than this carbon-neutral, PETA-approved, familyrun company. Booth: 5314


A leading Italian shoe brand since 1999, Thierry Rabotin creates the type of footwear that’s essential in every busy woman’s on-the-go lifestyle. Booth: 5032



D'Elementstyle; Daniela Dalla Torre; Roberto Angiolucci; Ultramoda Inc.; Alberto Ciani; Marta McKay;

Rocking the BOAT

With summer winding down before our eyes, we took one last excursion with three of IMG Models top guys—Jace Moody, Jared Ramos, and Jeremy Coleman—for a boat ride around Gardiners Bay, off Shelter Island. The boys, wearing looks from Thorsun, spent an unforgettable day on a handcrafted beauty from Swedish boat manufacturer J Craft, which debuted in the Hamptons this summer, showing off Natalia, its 42-foot high-performance luxury Torpedo day boat. Good times!

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Power brokers Kyle Rosko and Marcy Braun of the Eklund/Gomes team at Douglas Elliman have just wrapped an incredible season Out East, and while they’re reveling in some milestones in Montauk and beyond, they’re already charging ahead with new developments, industry firsts, and record-breaking projects. We caught up with the busiest brokers on the East End to get the lay of the land.

Now that it’s September, what are you turning your attention to after a busy summer season?

Quite a few of our new construction offerings are coming to completion just in time for the fall season. September brings in a new wave of buyers who enjoyed an incredible summer and are looking to purchase and be in position for summer 2024.

What were some highlights and milestones for your team during summer 2023?

We were recognized by the Real Deal as being one of the top-10 real estate teams in the Hamptons! We also enjoyed hosting a number of our teammates and colleagues from all over the country and were excited

22 Maple Street boasts incredible open views of Montauk’s best asset— the ocean! Sag Harbor’s breathtaking 130 Highview Drive (below) is a sevenbedroom haven with a heated gunite pool.

to share with them an insight into the magic of the Hamptons.

What was your biggest takeaway from summer 2023?

Despite rising interest rates, there’s still strong activity and interest in securing a home in the Hamptons. Similarly, we’ve noticed that buyers are exercising more patience and waiting for a property that fits them best.

Last we talked, you mentioned new developments in Montauk. What’s the latest on these projects?

We have a private market oceanfront that has just been completed and is one of the most incredible estates to have ever been built on the ocean. Additionally, we have several other projects nearing completion

in the next two months, and we have multiple new construction properties.

What can people expect from the new developments you have in the pipeline?

The homes we have coming to market will offer some of the highest-level finishes and luxury details that have ever been seen in the Hamptons market.

What are you excited about for these properties?

These homes will provide a quality of living and thoughtfulness integrated into the design through European spas, dual Boffi kitchens, and 10- to 12-foot floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls that highlight the incredible setting.

What do you think Montauk offers that other areas of the Hamptons don’t?

There’s a comprehensive culinary experience to be had in Montauk, and of course, there’s the beauty of seeing the water at the end of almost every street.

What do you anticipate the market in Montauk to look like in the next three to five years?

We see the underpinnings of development for a new wave of luxury homes and an incredible turnover of hotels and resorts, creating an entirely new level of luxury experience in Montauk.

Why is Montauk an ideal place for families or young couples?

There’s an incredible array of daily activities for all, plus the beach. Spa experiences, dining alfresco, biking, surfing—it’s all there.

What have you got coming up for the rest of 2023? We have a growing private-market portfolio of impressive properties, and we’re currently working on some of the largest deals we’ve ever been involved with that we’re excited to put together.

Kyle Rosko @nycsilversurfer Marcy Braun @challahbackgirl
EAST END LIVING (Pictured) A privatemarket oceanfront home in Montauk, which Rosko and Braun say is increasingly becoming the new luxury destination in the Hamptons.


Corcoran power broker and longtime Hamptons poster girl Randi Ball is on a high. Having recently celebrated career milestones, she’s also enjoying pivotal ones with her family and friends—and keeping us up to date on the hot spots in her hometown of Amagansett. We caught up with Ball for a chat to get the lowdown.

What are some recent professional highlights?

Real estate has been good to me this year, and I feel so grateful to work in such a beautiful part of the world. After five years of working with an amazing couple, I sold my largest property to date, which was truly thrilling. It was also a great honor to be named one of the top 100 agents in the country by Tom Ferry and RealTrends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals list. As a member of Corcoran’s Platinum Council, I take full advantage of all the networking opportunities with fellow agents around the globe.

We hear it’s been a busy time for your family, too!

Family time has been so precious and exciting recently. We celebrated my step-daughter Samantha’s wedding to my new son-in-law Nir Caspi at the Country Music


Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. What a fun town to host a destination wedding! My son Jonah is starting college at the Marshall School of Business at USC this fall, and my youngest child, Theo, is thriving at East Hampton School as the football quarterback.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

While I’m not wishing summer away, I’m looking forward to a trip this October with my husband and dear friends across the pond to explore London and the English countryside. And I’m hoping a hiking adventure with my bestie is in my near future.

What are you most passionate about right now?

As a member of Pitch Your Peers Hamptons, I’m being introduced to more and more brilliant and compassionate women who feel strongly about giving back to our community in a strategic and creative manner. Supporting the Jewish Center of the Hamptons and Corcoran Cares continues to be a high priority for me.

What are your favorite trends for fall?

I love shopping, especially in the fall, but my wardrobe is definitely geared toward a casual lifestyle. I find that accessories help me define my style. I love pieces from Hayley Style Jewelry; they’re chic yet fun. Layered jewelry and bright colored scarves, and I’m ready to go. Where do you mainly get style inspiration from?

I tend to target my favorite brands’ websites first. If offered at a local shop, I will purchase there, otherwise I shop online. Kirna Zabête in East Hampton is always a favorite, and I find Net-a-Porter is a great source to catch up on trends. What are the most worn pieces in your closet? My go-to outfit year round is an Organic by John Patrick slip dress layered with a T-shirt or sweater. I’m a sunglasses junkie! I love oversize ones from Celine and Gucci. Any other brands you’re loving recently?

My new obsession is Khaite. Her pieces are well made and creatively designed. I recently purchased an oversize denim jacket with large bell sleeves that I will wear every day. What always makes you feel powerful? I’ll always add a high platform heel.

Corcoran’s Randi Ball has been representing buyers and sellers in the Hamptons for two decades. (Pictured) A recent sale in Bridgehampton. Randi Ball Randi’s son Theo Randi and artist Kelly Tapìa-Chuning Wedding bells for Nir and Samantha Steven, Randi, Jonah, and Theo Ball
Calvin and Henri HAMPTONS HAVENS (Above) 55 Toilsome Lane, East Hampton (Below) 294 Abrahams Path, East Hampton

LAW & Order

Super stylist Law Roach shocked the fashion world when he announced his sudden retirement from styling names like Zendaya and Megan Thee Stallion. Blaming burnout, he’s enjoying the latest chapter of his life and finally getting some sleep. He tells THE DAILY what he’s up to these days, how he’s feeling about life, and the intriguing next move he’s pondering.

It’s been a few months since you announced your retirement and you have perspective on it. Were you surprised by the reaction?

Yeah. I didn’t know people cared about me so much. It feels great. I didn’t expect that. I didn’t do it for that. I did it because I got to a point where it was too much. I wanted to give myself some breaks.

Did it feel like you were reading your own obituary? I know that sounds extreme!

That’s not a bad description of it. With the retirement came all the stages of grief. When you grieve something, you go through all these emotions. There’s stages to it, and I went through the sadness, the confusion—it took time. I’m so happy to say I’m in a strong place. I’m happy. I had some health issues that I’m working on. It feels good to not have the almost burden of that career. I may choose to come back. I don’t know. I have the option of doing whatever I want to do, which is great.

Who were some of the people who stood by you during all that?

As far as clients, Zendaya is like my family. She was supportive. Megan Thee Stallion has been supportive. She was still going through what she was going through, so I found solace in knowing that she knew what it felt like to go through something in the media. My situation is nowhere as severe or serious or tragic as what she went through, but it felt good to know that if I needed to speak to someone that she was there for me.

What’s a typical day in the life like for you these days?

Soft. I’m in my soft, light era. I had a few editorials that were booked before the SAG strike happened. I didn’t depart fashion as a whole. The celebrity stylist aspect of it is what I wanted to step away from. I’m doing some stuff for Vogue and British I’m still in and out of it, which I’m coming to enjoy. I’m working on some special projects that the world will know about in the next couple of months. With Edward [Enninful] leaving British Vogue, will you still be working on that?

That’s up in the air. I don’t know yet what position I’ll still hold there. What did you do this summer for fun?

I went to Thailand for a few weeks. I chilled, gained weight—the food in Thailand is amazing! I slept a lot. Refreshed is the best word! We recently learned that acting is something you’re thinking of getting into. How are you pursuing that?

It’s a bad time to want to do anything due to the writers and actors strike. I’m a part of SAG and taking that seriously. Acting has kind of been put on hold because you can’t even have conversations during the strike. I respect what’s going on, and it’s needed and overdue. The one that touches home for me the most is the

insurance. Having to make $26,000 to keep your health insurance, I’ve had it in between TV things where my health insurance has run out and you have to pay for it yourself, and it’s expensive. I understand the strike and stand in solidarity with everyone else that’s a member of SAG. Acting for me has been put on the back burner, but when everything is right, it’s something I’ll start to chase again.

Do you see yourself as more of a comic or dramatic actor?

I don’t know. I have great comedic timing.

Is there anyone out there whose career you want to emulate?

Not really! There’s no reference point to take the lead on my career and go into something like that. The thing about the acting is that I want to try. I want to try everything I was afraid of or didn’t have time to try over the past nine years. I might suck at it. I don’t know. I want to see what other talents I have other than fashion. What’s your relationship like with social media these days? Are you on Instagram a lot?

I’m not. Everything I follow is other stylists or the pages that show you what everyone is wearing on the red carpet. I’ve been trying to check out of that for a minute. I haven’t been on social media as much. I was looking at September as a work month for me, so I’ll be heavier on it this month.

Will we see you at New York Fashion Week?

I’m definitely coming to New York, which I’m excited about. I’ll go to a few shows, but I’m also styling the Falguni Shane Peacock show. It’s an Indian brand, and I reconnected with them when I was in Mumbai. They asked me if I would do it. I’m totally into doing special projects like this. It’s the day-today of it that I don’t want anymore.

We know you love fashion, but what are your other interests in life?

Right now I’m taking the time to relearn myself, so I’m passionate about me right now. I’m interested in me. I’m trying to refall in love with myself. That’s what I’ve been doing. One thing about being a stylist is that people say it’s fun to be creative, but I never looked at myself as a creative. I looked at myself as a businessman. I was good at the business of being a stylist. I think creating other business is something I’m always interested in.

Anything else lined up?

I have a book coming out in the late fall. I can’t give the title of it yet. The book is not a memoir. The memoir is coming soon. I’m afraid to start it! I have some other TV projects in the works. All the announcements will be made!

Roach and Zendaya Law Roach

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