London Fashion Week was a dream not only because I was immersed into the British fashion world but because I represented the most glamorous brand there is. This past summer I worked for Charlotte Olympia in New York City during Market week and was honored to assist the sales team along side buyers from Harrods, Saks, Bloomingdales, Barney's New York and Nordstrom. Charlotte Olympia, inspired by the bygone era of Hollywood Glamour, creates fabulous designs with a modern silhouette. The luxury accessories brand creates iconic styles such as the Dolly with its signature ‘island’ platform, the distinctive Kitty flats and perspex Pandora clutch box are in keeping with the brand's feminine and playful design philosophy. I followed the company across the atlantic to the headquarters in West London, United Kingdom right in time for fashion week. I worked in the press office as the fashion week intern, working directly with the Global PR manager and PR assistant. We dressed celebrities, did model castings, helped style looks and talked to a million editors before the show. The week of the show was chaotic and I was completely emerged into the world of Charlotte. The team at Charlotte Olympia amazed me. Their respect, loyalty to the brand, and dedication to the product inspired me. Too often luxury brand employees get caught up in petty drama within the office and I was impressed to experience a corporate culture where the goal was lift each other's spirits. The company's vibrant culture comes from the top, Charlotte Dellal herself and the CEO, Bonnie Takhar create a symbolic environment that motivates all the employees, including interns to be 200% loyal to the brand.
The Charlotte Olympia show room + press room during the chaotic week of fashion week! The photo booth is for commerce shooting or for last minute shots for high-fashion publications for media features.
The showroom debuts collections for the past decade, debuting vintage looks and the most popular styles Charlotte has designed. The signature dolly heals are shown above. I was obsessed with the showroom and tried every pair when I first started my job! Every detail is intricate and unique to each pair of shoe.
London Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 17' LETS GO BANANAS!!
For Spring Summer 17, Charlotte Olympia was inspired by the lady in the tutti frutti hat, Carmen Miranda, with a performance reminiscent of a 1940's Technicolor musical, starring Brazilian songbird Bebel Gilberto. The show started at 8pm and I arrived at 10:00am. I was more than a public relations intern, I was in charge of helping and assisting with every task to make the show go smoothly. Dress code was all black and I was filled with excitement when I walked into the Sheraton in Mayfair. I checked in, got my wrist band and went back stage. Trying to find my supervisor was almost impossible so I literally went to every department and asked if they needed help, makeup, design, production, back-stage, press and I assisted every department until showtime. I ran through three rehearsals and made sure the run-of-the-show was spotless. During the rehearsals we practiced quick changes with the models because the show debuted more than a simple runway presentation it was a full on show with dancing fruit, a famous singer and a cabaret. When the clock struck 8:00 the bloggers, socialites, celebrities, and buyers were seated and the lights turned off and out came Bebel Gilberto to pump up the vibe in the venue. I was backstage preparing all the looks and models with Charlotte herself. When everything came together I couldn't help but feel so proud for being apart of such a phenomenal production. I will forever be Charlotte Olympia's #1 fan and a spokesperson for the outstanding brand.
The stunning Bonnie Takhar, CEO of Charlotte Olympia.
#ootd: ALL BLACK W/ Charlotte Olympia accessories.
Above: The mastermind behind the company, Charlotte Olympia Dellal, Creative Director of Charlotte Olympia. The collection was beyond fabulous, phenomenal, & an experience of a lifetime.
A scorching hot day in Boston. Details below!
The best part of the summer are warm breezy nights! When your #ootd turns into an #ootn your life becomes much easier. I wore this outfit exploring the South End District in Boston, MA and then into the night to have drinks & dinner at my favorite tapas restaurant in Boston, Toro. Wearing a bomber jacket is a sleek way to turn a casual outfit into a trendy statement. This beautiful bomber jacket was a piece I was lucky to get my hands on from a small boutique in Soho, New York City. The intricate detail was designed by Clover Canyon. A girl should always have a staple white t-shirt and black shorts. I went a step further and wore a white ribbed t-shirts and leather shorts, which are my favorite. Don't forget to add your signature flare, mine is a lace up grey choker.
Shorts: Elizabeth & James
Jacket: Foravi Boutique - Clover Canyon
Check back here next week for a new #ootd w/ some awesome collaborations and styling tips!
July in Boston is beautiful yet sometimes unbearable. Although I was getting tired of the summer shorts and t-shirt vibe. I decided to pull out my 70's culottes and paired them with a modern Valentino shoe. You can never go wrong with an off-the-shoulder top and some Prada sunnies. The beautiful blue Gucci is from a vintage boutique on Madison Ave in New York City.
Since I can remember, New York Fashion Week was always a dream that seemed impossible to reach. This year I was determined to make that dream come true. I emailed every contact I had and finally my mom came across an agency that produces shows for NYFW. I applied and didn't hear back for 5 weeks. The Friday before Fashion Week I receieved an email saying we have a Wednesday morning meeting and that I was scheduled to work all the shows from Thursday- Monday morning. I dropped my phone and stared at my laptop for a good 4 minutes.......Booked my train and started packing the furs, the designers, and all the black clothing I could find (aka my entire closet).
This was the only time that working 12 hour days was insanely rewarding. I worked for Style Fashion Week for NYFW. On the first day I was a back stage intern dealing with the run of the show, model order, steaming the last minute looks for the show and dressing models. It was beyond phenomenal because I got to see the behind-the-scenes chaos and magic. The look on the designer's face when everything came together was priceless and I was so honored to be one of the reasons it went smoothly. I worked with 6-10 interns and met people from all over the world from Jersey to Florida to Argentina! By Sunday (arriving 20 min late), my supervisor promoted me to "Back Stage Manager's Assistant" - I was in charge of 20 interns and delegated different duties, while working closely to the designers and media. I was so honored to receive this role within NYFW because I felt even more connected than before and honestly turned to my co-worker and said please pinch me?!?! Am I really working NYFW?
I worked with over 17 designers through the week and my favorites were:
Photography by: Saba Karim
Backstage photos on the go by Until Paris! #Iphone6Only
At NYFW I found the most stylish people in the world. I have never seen such creativity and beauty within fashion! Here are the looks I admired the most before the Rebecca Minkoff show while working check in.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Saba Karim
#OOTD - Coldest day in NYC - working outside of Rebecca Minkoff NYFW Show
Jacket: Neiman Marcus
Vest: Top Shop
Pants: Loft by Ann Taylor
Jacket: Neiman Marcus
Shoes: Top Shop
Venice Beach in January is 60-75 degrees of pure happiness. I was lucky enough to get 70 degrees with blue skies, but I was wearing too many layers, although turtle necks are my personal favorite no matter what the weather is. Grab a floppy hat and almost any outfit will look good in Venice Beach. I chose a trench coat, tights, a turtle neck and an asymmetrical skirt because winter is still my favorite season, no matter how many palm trees I see.
Jacket: & Other Stories
Top: Top shop
Skirt: Club Monaco
Shoes: Top Shop
Glasses: Ray ban
Trench coats will never fade. Although winter isn't really a season in Los Angeles, it is still chilly enough to throw on a thin trench coat to dress up any outfit. Since I was blessed with sunny blue skies I chose a bold green trench coat to make the outfit pop. Black and white are normally my staple colors but adding a colored trench coat will always make you stand out. In terms of skirts, anything scalloped is flattering, especially skater skirts because it tightens your waste showing off those curves. I always go for Top shop shoes because they are comfortable and stylish. Ankle boots are the easiest with tights because they elongate your legs and look. For any outfit I create, my purse is the best aspect. I like to add a luxurious feel to a casual outfit with a stunning one of a kind bag. Here I debuted my Moschino moto bag. I searched endless Moschino boutiques and department stores to find this piece and I finally got my hands on it when my mom got a call from a stylist holding it for us and I was beyond ecstatic. Although you wouldn't imagine wearing a fur camel bag with a green trench coat, that is exactly what the Moschino brand is known for. Defying the norms, which is exactly what I do. This fur leather moto jacket bag is now my staple.
Photography by: Saba Karim
West Hollywood calls for three things: glamour, food, & accessories. Click here to see how a simple white dress can be transformed into a glamorous stroll on Melrose.
In the last few months at Haute Hippie I have experienced an array of tasks from all departments and one of my favorites was assisting & styling the fall 2015 shoot. Haute Hippie's clothing is bohemian, beautiful & extravagant, they turn a simple blouse into a silky world that you just melt in. My desk is close to the showroom, so trying on clothing is a must. And the best part, all the leather feels like butter.
Even though this white apache gown could almost be a wedding dress, the only thing you need to spice it up is a classic fringe leather jacket. As an intern on this shoot I was in charge of choosing the shoes, steaming the gowns, picking the belts and most importantly prepping the models for the change over.
Here are a few of the outfits I styled and you can buy them here.