By Katrina Caspelich
16. REBECCA MINKOFF Photo: Kelly Stuart 23. STACEY IGEL Photo: Amanda De Cadenet
New York Fashion Week kicks off this week. And we’re not only excited to see the hot fashion trends in the new collections; we want to see our favorite designers! After all, it’s not only about the clothes, right? We wear their designs, follow their trends, so why not take a peek into their internet habits to see the sites that inspire designers, including Michelle Smith of Milly, Elie Tahari, and Christian Siriano? Where you spend your time online says a lot, and that’s why we were curious about our favorite designers’ favorite websites, from cooking sites to blogs to online auctions. Who would have guessed: designers are just like us!
25 Famous Fashion Designers Share Their Go-To Websites
1. Douglas Hannant
“My favorite website is style.com. I look at it every day when I arrive at my office.”—Douglas Hannant
“My husband and I love Huffington Post! He put it best when he said, ‘Come for the trash, stay for the news.’”—Giovanna Randall
3. Lela Rose
“I love to check out cooking websites like 101cookbooks.com and davidlebovitz.com. They are both great cooking sites. . . . 101cookbooks.com is about the intersection of travel, food, and natural ingredients; davidlebovitz.com is about his food life in Paris, and has delicious recipes for sweets and ice cream.”—Lela Rose
4. Callula Lillibelle
“My favorite site is ebay.com. It fuels my passion for collecting furniture and old lamps.”
5. Porter Grey
“1stdibs.com is a great resource for interior design, art, and fashion. We love the site’s Style Compass features and the fact that you can shop for amazing antique furniture alongside incredible vintage clothing. I suppose it’s a 1-stop shop for lovers of anything beautiful.”—Kristen and Alexandra O’Neill
6. Georges Chakra
“One of my favorite websites is filmschoolrejects.com. I enjoy movies and the cinematic world, reading reviews of upcoming movies, interviews, critics’ opinions, watching trailers, and learning about directors, producers, and special effects. This website offers it all.”—Georges Chakra
7. Barbara Tfank
“My favorite website is the Criterion Collection for the best classic and contemporary films, criterion.com. Its library of DVDs is extraordinary. My latest favorite film is The Night of the Hunter, a real masterpiece directed by Charles Laughton. The documentary on the making of the film is as thrilling as the movie itself!”—Barbara Tfank
“My favorite website is theselby.com. I love to see those people at home and daydream about their lives.”—David Delfin
9. Chris Benz
“I love colourlovers.com. It’s a user-generated color palette site that is such a great tool for design industries. Even if I’m stuck on a color palette, there’s always an inspirational direction on this site!”—Chris Benz
10. Joy Cioci
“Nationalgeographic.com because of its phenomenal photography, which is utterly unrivaled. So much of my inspiration is drawn from the many breathtaking aspects of the world that National Geographic is able to capture.”—Joy Cioci
“My favorite, favorite is Dlisted. Total guilty pleasure, and truth be told I envy Michael K’s wit.”—Johnson Hartig
12. Rebecca Taylor
“I absolutely love jibjab.com! It is so much fun to send silly e-cards to my friends and family to brighten up their day. It helps keep us close even though we are often halfway around the world.”—Rebecca Taylor
“Net-a-porter.com is a great site for busy, fashionable women on the go, as it is so well edited.”—Michelle Smith
14. Christian Siriano
“Annadellorusso.com. This is Anna Dello Russo’s blog, and I love it because she’s having so much fun with fashion and is still so excited about clothes. I hope more editors can be this free-thinking about fashion and design, and remember that it’s a serious business but we should all have fun. It is also exciting to see what she thinks is fabulous on a daily basis, because I don’t think everyone can pull off a gold fringe jacket during the day.”
15. Tadashi Shoji
“A lot of my inspiration and education comes from diexun.com. I am constantly scouring the site for interesting images.”—Tadashi Shoji
16. Rebecca Minkoff
“I find myself looking at lookbook.nu often. I love how you’re able to sort the submissions by country, designer, type of clothing, and even color scheme! It’s such a great resource to see how real people are dressing these days, a pulse for everyday style.”
17. Pamella Roland
“I enjoy the New York Times’ On the Runway blog. I have always been a fan of Cathy Horyn’s and Eric Wilson’s witty writing. Their fingers are on the fashion pulse.”
18. Yoana Baraschi
“Faucetsdirect.com, for a spa in my country house. I just came across a bathtub I can’t afford.”—Yoana Baraschi
19. Sachin + Babi
“I love getting on Jak & Jil Blog, jakandjil.com, to see all the pictures of people on the street in fabulous cities.”—Babi Ahluwalia
20. Elie Tahari
“I love The Daily and style.com. They have everything I need to know about the fashion business.”—Elie Tahari
21. Son Jung Wan
“I love art and photography, and one of my favorite artists is French photographer Romain Laurent, at romain-laurent.com. He has such an interesting viewpoint that you can’t help but appreciate his work and recognize his talent.”—Son Jung Wan
22. Luca Luca
“Eater.com. I can always count on eater.com to keep me posted on new restaurants to try.”—Raul Melgoza
23. Boy Meets Girl
“I am currently obsessed with mashable.com because it incorporates technology and fashion, and we all know how much of a social media nerd I’ve become.”—Stacy Igel
“Anothermag.com has been one of my latest haunts for inspiration. The mix of art, culture, and fashion content accompanied with gorgeous photography and links to other totally amazing and undiscovered blogs feels fresh and could keep me occupied forever.”—Amy Smilovic
25. Maisonette 1977
“I do visit Ebay often. First, there are a lot of things in my closet I need to clean out and sell. I also like browsing through the site, because it really is the most direct way to get a sense of how much people are willing to to pay for what, what become classics and what becomes a fad. You can find almost anything in there. Endlessly fascinating.”
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New York-based fashion designer Jay Godfrey is the founder and creative director behind his eponymous collection of sleek, sexy, and sophisticated designs. Perpetually inspired by the chic New York woman, Godfrey’s goal as a designer is to meld the classic tailoring techniques of Savile Row with modern silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. The result is his distinctive contemporary collection of women’s dresses and separates that accentuate the female figure.
Hugo Boss to Parsons New School for Design to Oscar de la Renta
Godfrey realized his dream of becoming a designer while working his first summer job at Hugo Boss. He studied finance at Montreal’s McGill University in order to gain a grounding in business and accounting. Upon graduating, Godfrey headed to Wall Street and worked for Citigroup. While learning the fine points of finance, Jay’s goal of designing a collection led him to Parsons New School for Design. An internship with Oscar de la Renta honed the young designer’s style and technique, and helped him determine the ultimate Jay Godfrey woman.
Jay Godfrey Dresses Are Hot with Celebrities, the Media & More
Having only been in business for a little over 3 years, Godfrey has quickly cultivated his signature aesthetic which perfectly lends itself to the fashion-forward and glamorous woman. The collection has caught the media’s attention and has been featured in WWD, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, and the New York Post. Godfrey’s designs have also captured a loyal celebrity following and he is proud to have dressed Megan Fox, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Walsh, Taylor Swift, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Eva Longoria, Angie Harmon, Zoe Saldana, Hayden Panettiere, Ali Larter, Eve, Carrie Underwood, Zoe Kravitz, and Kim Kardashian, to name a few.
Spring 2008 ushered in new accolades for Jay Godfrey. Parsons New School for Design presented the designer with the 2008 Parsons Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his talent and recent accomplishments. In addition, Godfrey appeared on America’s Next Top Model as a special guest designer, where he had the honor of dressing the contestants for a red-carpet event.
Jay Godfrey is sold in Barneys, Intermix, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Harvey Nichols Hong Kong, and Holt Renfrew, as well as numerous luxury boutiques worldwide.
Convinced from an early age that fashion design was her calling, Michelle Smith earned an art school scholarship to study fashion illustration and later followed her passion to New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. With a keen interest in European fashion and luxury goods, Smith worked at the Hermès boutique in Manhattan to help pay for her studies. Upon graduation from FIT, she wrote to the president of Hermès requesting an internship at the Paris headquarters. Thus, Michelle Smith became the first American Hermès employee to work at the legendary luxury goods maker in Paris.
While in Paris, Smith continued her studies at the prestigious design school ESMOD and interned at Louis Vuitton, Torrente, and Christian Dior Haute Couture. After 3 years, Smith returned home to New York to establish her own design business. Milly was born.
Michelle Smith Introduces Milly Clothing for Women
The Milly by Michelle Smith collection has a youthful, luxurious style. Since 2001, Michelle Smith has been designing timeless silhouettes with smart, sexy, feminine flair that satisfy her ever-expanding customer base.
From Smith’s lifelong love of fashion, Milly has become known for exquisite prints and colors, luxurious fabrics, and attention to detail. Sophisticated and glamorous, her collections showcase a modern sensibility with a vintage vibe.
Milly Dresses Loved in New York and Beyond
Milly is a favorite of celebrities worldwide, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Beyoncé, and Thandie Newton. The collection is sold at fine specialty and department stores in the U.S. and abroad, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, and Takashimaya.
Introducing Milly Clothes for Kids
This spring, Milly will mark its 10th anniversary with several exciting new projects—the opening of Milly’s flagship boutique on Madison Avenue in New York; the debut of its handbag and fashion-jewelry collections; and “Milly Minis,” clothing for Milly aspirants between the ages of 2 and 7.
By Katrina Caspelich
Would Kate Moss wear these jeans? That’s the hope of up-and-coming denim clothing designer Cameron Silver and his business partner, Angelique Soave. A frequent shopper, Angelique envisioned clothing basics she wanted but could never find. She frequently complained to Cameron, a creative consultant for luxury brands, that the clothing market was lacking a line of wardrobe essentials. Enter Decades Denim, the luxury denim brand they’ve started in Los Angeles.
They met at Cameron’s L.A. vintage boutique, Decades, where Angelique was a regular customer. Their shared love of vintage couture led to a friendship, and then to a business partnership. Today, their designer denim line has a look that manages to be both timeless and on trend, catering to women with a real sense of personal style. Thus, the Kate Moss fantasy!
Why the World Needs Another Designer Jeans Brand
Does Kate really have room for another denim brand in her closet? Decades Denim is not just another pair of designer jeans. Cameron and Angelique know that many women begin styling their oh-so-important daily fashion statement by sliding into a great pair of jeans. Decades Denim offers the feel of luxury, with attention to cut and finish more commonly seen on jeans that fetch twice the price.
Shimmy into Decades Denim Designer Jeans from a New Site
Earlier this month, the fashion twosome launched their own e-commerce site, selling their 11-style debut collection, priced from $99 to $129. Cameron loves the Marlene, a shiny black jean with satin-trim pockets whose front hem is cut shorter to reveal a sexy pair of heels. Angelique’s favorite pair? The Angelique, of course! Up next—new lines, including dresses, jackets, shorts, and silk pants. This designer duo wants their customers to be able to style a total Decades look. Timeless meets on trend? That’s a fashion love-child we could easily adopt!
Fun Fact about Cameron
He loves horror films!
Fun Fact about Angelique
She obsessively reads biographies of rock stars.
Buy Decades Denim Marlene, $129, at decadesdenim.com
Buy Decades Denim Angelique, $118.80, at decadesdenim.com
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By Katrina Caspelich
New Women’s Fashion Designer with a Flirty Flair:
Carmelita Martell of Carmelita Couture
From ballroom dance teacher to financial advisor, Carmelita Martell seems intent on having 9 career lives. Her most recent—launching her designer clothing brand Carmelita Couture—fulfills her childhood clothing-designer dream. So, maybe she’ll stop short of all 9?! Carmelita Couture is full of funky, flattering pieces that highlight a woman’s silhouette. “I design for women who want something a bit more runway and want to be the talk of the party,” Carmelita explains. “I think it’s great for women to be sensual and sexy.”
She’s already got an extensive celebrity clientele who agree, including Olivia Munn, Paula Abdul, and Katerina Graham. When not dressing celebrities, this 35-year-old Detroit native spends much of her time promoting her recently opened flagship store in Philadelphia. Downtime means her 2-year-old son, 2 cats, a dog, the gym, traveling, and friends and family.
Carmelita’s must-have fashion items? Rompers and 1-piece outfits for simplicity and comfort, plus a really fun party dress. And her designer fashion line is full of that and more, ranging from $125 to $600 and sold on her site and in various designer clothing boutiques around the U.S., as well as Tokyo, Bermuda, Australia, and India.
Fun fact about Carmelita: She was national champion in judo at age 12.
Buy Carmelita Couture Isabella Dress, $365, at shopcarmelita.com
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Identical twins Corianna and Brianna always loved standing out from the crowd, rocking unique outfits in hometown Minneapolis. Now, using their nicknames Coco and Breezy, this sister duo has launched the Coco & Breezy brand with designer sunglasses and fashion accessories, which is causing quite a stir in the fashion industry.
Inspired by different metals, shapes, and innovative styles, Coco and Breezy aim to create wearable art. This is a collection perfect for men and women unafraid of pushing the fashion envelope or stepping out of the box. Fans include Ashanti, Kelly Osbourne, and Ciara, and the twins are hoping to bag the mother of all celebrity sunglass-wearers—Lady Gaga—as their next client.
Now based in New York, Coco and Breezy have launched their second collection of designer sunglasses, and a good thing, too, since the twins personally love wearing their line—they don’t like showing their eyes. What they do love? Eating and trying new foods, traveling, exploring New York City, and working on their sunglass collection, which retails for $60 to $220 and is available at Selima Optique in Soho and online.
Fun fact about Coco and Breezy: They are shy about approaching people.
Buy Coco & Breezy Egyptian Sunglasses, $220, at cocoandbreezy.com
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