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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 04:00

There’s an inherent sorcery in styling a shoot. It allows an opportunity to practice little acts of alchemy, combining seemingly random elements to create transportative images. That’s always the goal, anyway. I’m grateful we get to shoot so often; it gives me ample opportunity to practice that magic ~ mixing different styles, genres, people and potions. One day we’re elevating latex, the next we’re imbuing a New York City-edge into sportswear staples. Every story is a wonderful journey and a welcomed creative expedition, but there’s nothing quite like styling couture. That’s the place where fashion becomes a fine art, and to be invited to play in that sandbox is both an honor and a responsibility.

When I found out Jamie and I would be shooting Chanel’s Haute Couture collection, everything else on my plate faded to irrelevance. It was the only shoot that mattered, and for me the casting was key. Shooting couture, there’s an instinct to treat it really preciously, to be quite polished and posh in approach. I couldn’t let us fall into that trap; I felt we had to strike a balance between honoring couture’s traditions and also breathing youthfulness into the institution.
IndiaSalvorMenuez2Immediately, I knew there could be no other model for this project than India Salvor Menuez. I’d admired her from afar for so long, always delighted to see her face pop up in my friends’ artistic works (she’s a frequent muse for both Shae DeTar and Sarah Sophie Flicker), or to read about her in Dazed, i-D or Oyster. I see her as one of those great New York City creatures ~ like Edie Sedgwick, but less troubled ~ who manage (seemingly unwittingly) to quietly inspire vast artistic tremors across the culture around them.

I love social-media-peeking into her raw world: the tumblr filled with her own artwork, her obsession-inspiring Instagram, the Know-Wave radio show she hosts… It all seems to reflect a desire for speed and an insatiable curiosity, which is fascinating to watch. Combined with her Renaissance-painting face, she becomes an endlessness pool of inspiration. She’s transcendent in every photo I’ve ever seen (here are a few, for proof!).

On India, I knew I could mess with the couture a bit. I could button her plaid gown backwards, glue craft store pearls onto her neck and place a crown of burning sparklers in her hair. I knew her classic beauty would give the images an immortality, while her youthful energy would keep them feeling fresh. She brought a timeless dignity, a tomboy twinkle, and a sense of self that could never be overpowered by clothes. She was a true muse. I cherish these images and cannot wait to see where else the winds of time and the wheels of whimsy take this talented lady.
IndiaSalvorMenuez3PHOTOGRAPHY| by Jamie Beck
STYLING| by Kelly Framel
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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 12:30

by Kelly Framel
I live on the West Side of Manhattan, right at the intersection of three great neighborhoods: Chelsea, the Meatpacking District, and the West Village. I don’t think there’s a better spot in town! I shop for wine and groceries in the culinary playground that is Chelsea Market, spend mornings exercising in the park along the West Side Highway, and on quiet evenings can unwind atop The High Line.MyNewYork2 I’ve got a score of subway lines and all the best the city has to offer at my fingertips ~ including endless inspiration in Chelsea’s art galleries. When shopping for unexpected accessories for shoots, I’m steps away from great vintage shops and drag queen supply stores ~ for myself I’m too close for comfort to Jeffrey and Comme des Garcons. I need those morning workouts because I’m surrounded by the world’s most delectable restaurants, and consume the majority of my calories at Buvette, Tartine, Beatrice Inn, Waverly Inn and Cookshop. I love watching the never-ending river of cabs stream up Eighth Avenue from my bedroom window, and the way every sunset turns that same view into a Will Cotton painting. I live in a 100-year-old walk-up building; I am one of a hundred thousand souls that have passed through its hallways, a reminder that this city is vast, ever-evolving, and utterly unrivaled. I love New York!MyNewYork3|KELLY WEARS| Ray-Ban sunnies, Elie Tahari x DesigNation tunic (also seen HERE!), Urban Outfitters socks, Tibi boots

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Date: Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 04:30

Karl’s Fall collection for Chanel Haute Couture was inspired by concrete: that staple of modern design, the material essence of chilly simplicity, of ascetic starkness. But he gave it a soul, and what a foundation it served in return! As poured concrete once replaced planks and tiles in architecture, so Karl replaced couture’s complex patterns and seams this season with sculpted silicone-coated lace and tatter-beaded neoprene. To truly make something new, the old must be destroyed.

Youth will forever obliterate its forefathers, and just as couture has long thirsted for reinvention, so must art and culture move constantly forward. No city embodies that truism like New York, and from our vantage point, few of its denizens are leading the charge harder than India Salvor Menuez, an actress, artist, and valiant feminist whose thoroughly modern mindset makes her arresting Renaissance beauty all the more interesting. Sailing along the forefront of this city’s young creative scene, she embodies art, eschews artifice, defies convention and is making history as casually as the rest of us make breakfast. There could truly be no better muse than she to embody the possibilities of couture today.
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Date: Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 04:00

In New York, one always feels something extraordinary is about to happen ~ and usually it does. No other city offers such dizzying extremes, the constant commingling of expensive perfume and rotting garbage. It’s as loud as can be, loud enough to forget your thoughts or to be alone with them, whichever you need. It’s as generous as it is tough, demanding as good as it gives. It’s gritty as hell but spine-tinglingly beautiful. It is black clothes and a ‘don’t-mess’ edge; it is sexy, resilient and strong.

New York is our chosen home, our adopted family, and our truest true love. Inspired by the attitude of the streets and the freshest designer collaboration in town, this is our ode to the spirit of the city.
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 04:00

I’ve long subscribed to a pretty simple beauty routine. I’m generally into a fairly natural nail color and the easiest of makeup applications (an occasional smokey eye or isolated red lip when I feel like stepping things up). I feel best when I look like myself, so I don’t go for too much fuss in the morning. Because of this, I’ve mostly worn my hair either supershort or styled quite loosely throughout my life (though I have dyed it every color under the sun). But until recently I’d been harboring a growing curiosity about experimenting with hair extensions, and I always have been a ‘try anything once’ kind of girl…

Truth is, I’ve been trying to grow out my hair (from a pixie cut) for over three years ~ but once it got to just-below my shoulders, it stopped growing and started breaking. For months I tried strange vitamins and hair drops, till it became clear that I just wasn’t born with the kind of hair that ever grows long and lustrous. But I grew up in Texas, where homeowners faithfully plant and water grassy lawns in climates nature never intended them to grow. So I knew I still had options.

At a friend’s bridal shower this past summer, I’d noticed the bride-to-be’s usually thinnish hair was looking fuller and longer than ever. I asked her what the magic elixir was and she admitted to wearing a fistful of clip-in hair extensions. They looked incredible, and gave me hope that the idea could indeed be executed in real life without careening into Britney Spears territory. At my next visit to Sally Hershberger salon to get my ends trimmed, my stylist Travis Speck reinforced my friend’s conviction that extensions could be game-changing. His confidence was all the push I needed; within days I’d picked up a pack of ready-made, clip-in extensions at Wigs And Plus on 14th Street, and was back in Travis’s chair to have them trimmed to blend with my own true haircut. Turns out they are as easy as can be to apply and style. Consider me converted!
HairExtensions2ABOVE| Make sure to buy natural hair, and match it as closely as you can to your existing hair color (you’re buying real hair, so a colorist can even dye the pieces for an exact match). Choose a set with clips sewn onto the wefts, for easy at-home application. The set I purchased were already sized into four small strips and one wider strip; I had my hairdresser trim and layer these to best blend in with my true haircut.
HairExtensions3ABOVE| The clips sewn onto the backs of the extension strips literally snap into place on your roots, to fit snugly and comfortably against the scalp. Genius!HairExtensions4ABOVE| To apply, start by clipping all of your hair up, save for the exception of a thin stretch at the nape of the neck.HairExtensions5ABOVE| Using a fine-tooth comb (I like THIS ONE), tease out the top stretch of this strip of hair (about 1/2″ at the base of the roots will do).HairExtensions6ABOVE| Snap the first two smaller-width strips along this line, making sure the clips latch into the teased pieces of hair. Start each strip from the center of your scalp then clip towards either ear. HairExtensions7ABOVE| Let down another inch-tall section of hair from the portioned-off knot atop your head. This section will serve to conceal the seams of the bottom two extension strips, and provide a foundation for which to attach the widest weft of hair.

Try to start this line right above your ears, so that strip can peak out naturally from just below your temples. Tease out the hair at the roots, as before.HairExtensions8BELOW| Clip in the long strip of extensions, moving from just above one ear to the other.HairExtensions9HairExtensions10ABOVE| Let another bit of hair down above either temple. Tease as before, and clip the last two shorter strips of extensions just above and behind each temple…HairExtensions11…like so:
HairExtensions12bHairExtensions13ABOVE| Let down the remaining hair from the clip on top of your head, and tease the hair right at your crown out a bit (to cover well the extensions and also provide a bit of that Brigitte Bardot-esque oomph).HairExtensions14ABOVE| Give it all a loose once-over with a wide-barreled curling iron, both to provide movement and texture, as well as bind the shape of your natural hair to the flow of the extensions.HairExtensions15HairExtensions16ABOVE| Finish with a very light dusting of hairspray (I’ve been loving THIS ONE lately), and you’re finished! The great thing about this is it takes less than 10 minutes, so it’s as fuss-free a routine as I’d been adhering to before.

Now I’m left wondering why I waited so long to take on this experiment!HairExtensions17

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Date: Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 04:00

Less is more, simple is sublime: turns out all those clichés they teach you are true. Felt my best during Fashion Week in an easy white tuxedo shirt (vintage, from Melet Mercantile), a fluttery pencil skirt by Tanya Taylor and minimal two-strap shoes. Also, it turns out Ray-Ban Clubmasters go with everything and furthermore, hunter green is truly the new black (Marc Jacobs, you’ve changed my bag-buying life forever). SimplySublime2

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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 16:00

I’m all about a little daring these days. We recently relaunched this site in a big, bold way ~ right in time for a fresh season of dressing dangerously. It’s always important to have fun with fashion, and challenge the parameters of what (you think) does or doesn’t ‘work’ for you.

Fall, with all its possibilities for layering, is the best season for sartorial experimentation. I’m using it as an excuse to break out of my high-heeled comfort zone and invest in fun flats, and to play with proportion by layering cropped, boxy sweaters with slim pencil skirts and dramatically sleek updos. Making bold stylistic choices isn’t about wearing a flowerpot on your head; it’s about consciously evolving your eye and careening away from familiar ruts.

In that spirit, MyHabit hired me to clock some time at their headquarters, culling together a curated selection of my favorite Fall fashions. We even filmed a little video, wherein I gush and spill all sorts of personal and professional opinions on what’s exciting this season. Check that out HERE ~ and shop every one of my hand-picked pieces RIGHT HERE!  It’s all the sort of stuff you can feel really good about wearing to work while still making a statement.MyHabit3

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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 04:00

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Date: Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 04:00

As part of an ongoing collaboration with Ecco Domani Wines, we’ve brought you along on some of our favorite friends & family festivities ~ from movie nights in Amagansett to slumber parties in NYC. We’ve shown you the ways in which we choose to upgrade the everyday, for we believe good times are meant to be shared ~ which is why we’ve organized a little giveaway so you can begin to create your own entertaining traditions.

Together with Ecco Domani, we’ve put together a perfect package for hosting your own screening: complete with a cuddly blanket, Apple-TV-equipped projector, silk pajamas, stemless wine glasses, linen napkins, a big bowl for popcorn and a firewood-scented candle (in case you don’t have space for a proper bonfire). Just add your own white sheet!

To enter to win, click over to Ecco Domani’s Facebook page. And in the comments below, let us know what some of your favorite fashionable flicks are (we’ve got a list going with a few of our favorites right HERE). We’re always in the mood for major cinematic inspiration!MovieGiveaway2

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Author: "Kelly Framel" Tags: "Entertaining, Living, Top Home Carousel"
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Date: Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 04:00

Being able to collaborate with family is such a blessing, and although Erin and I always have a lot of fun working together, we are conscious of how important it is to carve out sister time that’s separate from coworker world. We knew Fashion Week was going to be crazy for us both, so just before the madness commenced, we took a night off and checked into the Mandarin Oriental for a stylish staycation.

We both live in downtown Manhattan, so simply heading uptown for an evening felt like a total getaway ~ the perfect everyday upgrade for two women too busy for a proper vacation. The hotel provided a delicious departure from our everyday realities, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and soaring views of Central Park. We packed Sleepy Jones pajamas, a few fashion magazines and our favorite Ecco Domani wine, ordered a feast from room service and a fleet of fashion movies on demand. It was the ideal escape, a little sisterly campout complete with bubble baths and Le Mieux face masks ~ for one night, we could forget all our cares and and simply pamper ourselves. What better way to clear our minds and our moods before a frenzied Fashion Week and a fully-booked Fall than with good food, good wine and the most-fun company?!Food1Staycation9ABOVE + BELOW| we paired our favorite wines with fresh fish dishes: hawker-style grilled shrimp, sesame-crusted Ahi tuna over frisée salad, and Saikyo miso cod ~ served with a heaping side of French fries (because you can’t not!)
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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 13:22

Four days into New York Fashion Week, one big, pervasive trend has emerged: flat shoes with everything. We couldn’t be happier about it; there’s nothing cooler than the convergence of comfort + chic. CLICK HERE for our guide to the 6 flats every woman should own! Flats4

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Date: Friday, 05 Sep 2014 04:00

Yesterday’s surburban-inspired fashion story was all about taking high fashion elements and putting them into an incongruous context ~ pairing a Carolina Herrera dress, for example, with beat up old Vans shoes. Clothing should never be too precious.

We’re all about turning the messages of the runways on their heads, but nothing is more interesting than figuring out how to work them into our real, everyday lives. To wit, Erin showed up for a shoot this week wearing a smeared-rose print dress from the same Tia Cibani collection that we shot on Saul Silinyte for that story, and I was so delighted by the surprise. It was the essence of what we aim for around here, a balance between high fantasy eye candy and meaningful, applicable, everyday reality. Who wants to live in a world without one or the other?!
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Date: Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 04:00

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Date: Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 04:00

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Date: Monday, 01 Sep 2014 07:00

Summer has come to a close, Fall air is slipping in on the winds and we’ve changed our clothes in honor of the occasion. Welcome to an all-new TheGlamourai.com! We’ve been plotting and scheming for months behind the scenes to bring you a bigger, brighter, more exciting site and we’re so thrilled to finally share it with you.

We’ve made the archives more accessible than ever ~ so you can poke around all your favorite editorials, revisit past outfit inspirations, discover playlists you might have missed, and travel the world with us again and again. If you’re visiting through an RSS reader, make sure to hop over to the homepage and peruse all the new features ~ including a cool moodboard and lots of great shopping options. Take a peek and please let us know what you think! As always, our aim is to keep upping the ante on our mission to surprise, inspire and delight you, and we’re looking forward to a very fun future.WindsOfChange4
Photos| Austin Phelps, Montauk, NY, June 2013

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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 04:00

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Date: Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 04:00

I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again! |WEARING| Ray-Ban sunnies, Ippolita and Monica Rich Kosann necklaces, custom made top and pants, Cosabella bodysuitPrimary clutch, Joie shoes |PHOTOS| by Austin PhelpsWontStop2Want to get in on that harem life? The two best-designed pairs currently online come courtesy of Eileen Fisher and Oak ~ and yes, I’ve got multiples of each. A girl can never be too careful when it comes to her favorite things.

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Date: Friday, 15 Aug 2014 04:00

In fashion, it’s not enough to be incredibly creative. It’s a brutal industry, so a good head for business is equally crucial. Many great designers have faltered or failed from too much of one and too little of the other ~ but the really lucky ones know to team up with a partner who compliments their talents with serious business savvy.

It’s a formula that worked for Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti, Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy ~ and it’s working for Reece Solomon and Max Stein. We introduced you to the Reece Hudson designer earlier this week and showed you how I wear my favorite of her bags. But we saved the best for last! Below, her business partner Max Stein gives us a frank and fascinating peek into how the two have built their business, one evil daydream at a time…

How did you guys meet?
I went to college with one of Reece’s best childhood friends.  We met in New York in the summer of 2006.

What were you doing before founding Reece Hudson?
I had recently graduated from college and moved to New York.  I spent some time interning at Men’s Vogue, and then doing some freelance work for a few other publications and brands, while trying to figure out a career.

Whose idea was it to launch the collection?
Reece had designed and produced a few sample bags as part of an accessories class at Parsons.  I remember going with her to coffee and she told me that a store in LA had seen the samples and wanted to make a small order.  From there we sat and put together a very informal business plan – a loose structure of how we saw the company on the inside and the brand on the outside.
ReeceHudson2What was the biggest challenge in initially getting it off the ground?
There are obviously one million challenges in any business.  I think our hardest was finding the right production resources. Reece always has great ideas, but finding factories that can realize those ideas correctly, timely, with quality, and in the quantities and price points that work is not easy.  We started with production in New York, as that was where our business was founded and located, but fairly quickly we were forced to obsessively research alternate options, which ultimately landed our production in Italy.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known then?
I wish I understood the business behind the business more.  Fashion is certainly creative, but I think from the consumer level it seems less business-obsessive than it really is.  I would recommend to anyone thinking of starting a brand – step one is a subscription to WWD.  Also read all the books – the Ralph Lauren book, the Gucci book, the Versace book, Terri Agin’s The End of Fashion.ReeceHudson3|ABOVE| Reece Hudson fringed Rider bag, Siren backpacks and mini bags

How do you divide responsibilities?
Reece oversees all the design, creative, and production.  I handle business development, including press and sales.  From the beginning we were very clear about outlining responsibilities.  One of the first things we ever put on paper was a list of every imaginable responsibility, and which one of us was responsible for taking the lead for each thing.  I think that was incredibly important and helpful.

You two just graduated from the CFDA Incubator program. What was the greatest lesson that experience gave you?
The most important challenge for young brands is to know your identity inside and out, be able to communicate that clearly to the people you work with and your consumers.  Not only product, but everything you put out into the world – websites, printed materials, the way you package your goods, the florist you use.  It does not happen overnight, and it is a constant evolution, but it is something that deserves a lot of energy.
ReeceHudson4|ABOVE| Rider mini fringe crossbody bags

How is life different post-Incubator?
Our time in the Incubator program is definitely over, but the great thing about the CFDA is that that relationship is never really over.  Also, we are so lucky to have found a much larger and gorgeous light-filled studio in Soho.

Career highlight (so far)?
Hosting Linda Evangelista at our studio, and then dressing her for events including the CFDA Awards.

How has the industry changed since you’ve been in it?
It feels that each year the industry moves faster and faster.  The pre-collections have become formal presentations, more deliveries, not only campaigns, but also corresponding ‘films’, new social media channels everyday, e-commerce… When you are small, you have limited resources.  I think it is important to figure out what is right for you, and do that incredibly well, rather than trying to have a hand in everything.ReeceHudson5This morning I woke up early

My favorite artist is Donald Judd

My business mentor is Kyle Andrew, of Kate Spade Saturday

My style icon is Mordechai Rubinstein

My favorite daydream is evil

My greatest fashion moment was when I wore Baby Dior pale blue tuxedo, age 3ReeceHudson6To be a good designer, it’s crucial to understand the customer

The thing that would surprise people most about my job is how many different things I do everyday

I’d like to steal a Tesla

Every woman should own a Reece Hudson bag

Every man should own cologneReeceHudson7My top beauty essential is Into The Gloss

My fashion pet peeve is hybrid clothing ~ sneaker heels, sweatshirt blazers, and the like.

I’d love to have a chance to work with Graydon Carter

My favorite place to shop is Prada

The key to life is work hard, relax hard

Right now, I’m obsessed with my new TempurPedic mattress

Vintage is for denim and flannel

Being a glamourai means leaving the house without a look in the mirrorReeceHudson8

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Date: Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 04:00

My everyday style is fairly streamlined: lots of slouchy pants and draped button-downs. It’s a uniform that works for my body, style, and busy life, but for special occasions I still love a LOOK. Fashion is fun because it allows us to be a little daring when we feel inclined, and I plan to never stop experimenting entirely. Life is change! Change your clothes, change your day. And always be game to give a feather skirt a spin.

Refinery29 and Nicole Miller invited me to contribute to a feature on fearless fashion, and it’s a mindset toward style that I obsessively encourage. Fashion is not to be feared! There’s always room to try something new; you can pull off a lot more than you think. So I offered up my favorite stylistic dares for Fall ~ from the best statement bra to the coolest new nose rings. Check it out RIGHT HERE!Change2Fashionable flirtations aside, there’s always a place for perennial favorites. Reece Hudson’s Bowery pouchette has proven to be my most-used bag for the past few years (you may have noticed from yesterday’s post). The pattern pressed into the leather is so genius; it renders the thing implausibly more dressed-up and more casual in one fell swoop. Incredible. It’s the perfect day-to-night size, goes with everything, saves lives ~ you get the drift.Change4
So there you have it: something treasured and something feathered. That’s the way I do me, fearlessly.

|KELLY WEARS| Ray-Ban sunnies, Ippolita necklace, Nicole Miller blouse and skirt (coming soon!), Phillips House bracelet, Reece Hudson clutch |PHOTOS| by Austin Phelps

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Date: Monday, 11 Aug 2014 04:00

Having lived in New York and worked in fashion for nearly 10 years now, I’ve gotten to see many of my friends blossom from students and interns to tastemakers and brands. It’s why we come to this city, to join the pulse of culture, the quick of its current.

Coming of age and accelerating headfirst into dreams with your peers is endlessly exciting, especially when your friends dazzle and challenge you with their brilliance and determination. Reece Solomon, the designer behind Reece Hudson, is one such friend. When we met, I was designing eveningwear at Naeem Khan and she was finishing her degree at Parsons with classmate Cleo Schroeder (now the designer of Primary), who assisted in our design studio for a spell. We were all young and hungry and so it was an era of endless possibilities; we were revving up to take this town by storm.

In the ensuing years, I’ve been proud to watch Reece join forces with Max Stein, another longtime friend, to build Reece Hudson, a New York-based, Italian-made collection of handbags and accessories that bridges the gap between luxury and street style. The two have just graduated from the second class of the CFDA {Fashion Incubator} program (alongside so many other friends of ours, like Timo Weiland and Daniel Vosovic), and are thus on the cusp of an exciting new precipice of creativity and business crystallization. What better time could there be to subject an old friend to our 20-questions interrogation, and to take a walk down memory lane, revisiting a few of the ways that Reece Hudson handbags have popped up on this site over the ages…

ReeceSolomon|ABOVE| Reece Solomon, designer for Reece Hudson, by Citizen Couture

Before launching Reece Hudson, I was studying fashion design at Parsons, interning for Proenza Schouler and Rag & Bone.

The biggest challenge in getting the line off the ground was figuring out how to manufacture.

Since entering the industry, the biggest change I’ve witnessed is social media becoming a huge area of focus, and thus the notion of direct-to-consumer becoming increasingly important and valid.

This morning, I woke up, took a shower, got a large cup of coffee to go, and had my first meeting of the day (at 8:30 am).

My favorite artist is my good friend Gordon Stevenson, aka Baron von Fancy (who we just collaborated with on a print for our Resort collection).

My business mentor gives me a lot of perspective on reality.

My style icons are Abbey Lee Kershaw, Jane Birkin, and Talitha Getty

My favorite daydream is a secret.
ReeceHudson_2|ABOVE| Reece Hudson appearances from the archives, to name a few: numbers one, two, three, four and five (below)

My greatest fashion moment was when I wore a beautiful floor-length white satin gown with a train by Katie Ermilio with huge Irene Neuwirth earrings and Pamela Love fine jewelry to the CFDA Awards this past June (my first time ever going!). Pam was my unofficial date, which made it even more fun.

My greatest style regret is high heeled Sketchers in elementary school. I still cringe. Oh, and midriff tops with extra low rise pants.

To be a good designer, it’s crucial to stay true to what you believe in.

The thing that would surprise people most about my job is how unglamorous it is, which I know is a cliché to even say about the fashion industry at this point.ReeceHudson_3I’d like to steal the entire lot of vintage Levi’s from What Comes Around Goes Around

Every woman should own jeans that make their ass look amazing

Every man should own a perfect leather jacket

My top beauty essential is Argan oil

My fashion pet peeve is high-heeled sneakers

I’d love to have a chance to work with Carine Roitfeld

Right now, I’m obsessed with turquoise jewelry

Being a glamourai means having a killer, unique sense of personal style

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Author: "Kelly Framel" Tags: "Designer Discourse, Fashion"
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