Harley Viera-Newton is what we'd like to think of as the ultimate downtown cool girl. She's smart, always chic, and has the DJ skills to match. So, when we chatted with Harley front row at Jill Stuart, we had to ask: what's the song she can't get enough of, how's her Fashion Week schedule shaping up, and what are her thoughts on the relationship between style and music? Find out which band should be on your radar, plus more, when you click play. Hair and Makeup by Angelica Perri
Pop into any happening party these days and chances are NYC DJ Harley Viera-Newton will be spinning — here she is at the Missoni For Havaianas bash in LA. But besides being talented in music, Harley is also quite the style maven. She loves everything from bright colors to crop tops to flirty details like ruffles and florals to fashion-forward footwear. First, get to know Harley's sassy style, then shop similar pieces perfect for Summer.
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- Thakoon Panichgul opened the doors of his art-filled New York studio for a tour, where he revealed that while it's important for him to be surrounded by books and lots of inspiring fabrics, he often doesn't want to look at his own archives. "The past is the past—I don't want to look at it, I want to move forward," he said. [Vogue]
- Paco Rabanne today announced that it has appointed Lydia Maurer as its new creative director. Maurer, 29, will fill the position Manish Arora had until he and the brand decided to part ways in May. [The Cut]
- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have had an incredible journey from their days on Full House to winning one of the most prestigious trophies in American fashion from the CFDA. How did they do it? Part of it was building their brand slowly. "They took time to become part of the industry and didn't expect any special favors," says CFDA executive director Steven Kolb. [Fashionista]
- Georgia May Jagger is the new face of The Sunglass Hut, but she may well help create visuals for the chain one day. Jagger is a budding photographer, and Sunglass Hut's CEO Fabio D'Angelantonio said the company is "investigating how [Jagger's] passion for photography can come alive." [WWD]
- Harley Viera-Newton has been selected as one of Target Style's guest editors for June. "I've always loved Target," she says. "They allow people to have fun and dress up and express themselves without going completely broke." [Target Style]
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>> Music festival season is at high peak with Coachella currently underway in Palm Springs. So far, the event brought together celebrities, models, and designers to check out performances from the likes of The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Lauryn Hill, and The Kings of Leon. Peep the slideshow to see Laura Love, Katy Perry, Teresa Palmer, and more at the pre-parties and checking out the shows.
>> Last night, Vanessa Traina launched her 14-piece capsule collection for the French brand Maje at Barneys, which has the US exclusive. She wore a black tuxedo jacket and pant from the collection, and was joined by her sisters Samantha and Victoria Traina and close designer friends like Alexander Wang, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Joseph Altuzarra, and Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, most of whom followed her to a celebratory dinner down the street at Le Caprice.
The idea for the collection, which ranges from $150 to $490, came about while Traina was in fittings for the brand's campaign (which she's appeared in the past two seasons). She told Vogue.com: "Maje asked me to do their campaign a few seasons ago and we all got along really well. We met the day before the shoot to do fittings, and by the end of it, we’d put together the proposal for a collaboration."
Her ideas for the collection — inspired by "a lot of old '90s editorial," she told us — came easily: "I had a whole folder with me . . . working in the industry and doing consulting quite frequently, I knew what to expect from a design meeting, and I think it really helped Maje understand my vision right from the get-go."
The resultant pieces are simple, primarily silk or lace, and sans color. In fact, minus one white silk maxi dress, they're all in black. "I wear black quite, quite often," Traina explains. "Because this was a one-time collaboration, I really wanted to do something wearable and [focus on] really great separates that fit into your wardrobe. And black goes with everything, so I really just kind of went with that." She told Vogue.com, "Although I must admit, I haven’t worn anything outside of my bedroom yet."
The collection also provided Traina with her first opportunity to design a shoe: "I mean, I've worked with Joseph Altuzarra and people on their collection from head to toe, so I've kind of worked with a shoe, but he [Altuzarra] really does the crux of it, so yeah, it's the first time. It's really cool because we initially started with doing a flat, and then I just thought it would be cool if we stuck a heel on it. So it's just a sandal design."
Even though she now has more extensive design experience, Traina says the collection is a one-time thing: "I really see myself more as a stylist, and I work as a stylist and do consulting. I was really grateful for this opportunity, it was really fun to do something like this, but I think the direction that I'm going in right now with styling is really what I'm passionate about, [and] is really what I love personally."
It looks like we're not the only ones who like to play with scarves. Hermes has put together a super-fun challenge, deemed J'aime Mon Carre — I love my scarf — asking eight stylish girls like DJ Harley Viera-Newton to show us how they wear their silky designer scarf. From New York to London, Tokyo to Paris, this in-the-know bunch twists and turns their colorful scarves, wears them on their heads, around their necks, as a bag, as a belt, and way more. Enter to see our favorite ways these fabulous chicks wear their Hermes scarves.
>> New York Mayor Bloomberg declared yesterday "Burberry Day," in honor of the lighting of the brand's logo atop its new US headquarters — watch a video of it going down here — and the weather complied with rain, appropriate for a brand known for their trench coats. "I was worried about the drizzle before, but now I love it," said Christopher Bailey, in town to celebrate. "It's all very English."
Christopher arrived to the unveiling last night with Lily Donaldson on his arm, who grinned and gushed about being "a Burberry girl" and "part of the [Burberry] family." He went on to explain what an honor it it is to have the Burberry logo lit in the first place: "It's one of only six grandfathered buildings in New York where you can do that, so it's a big deal for us to be able to affect the iconic Manhattan skyline, which I love."
The excitement seems to have made him chatty — he covered a range of topics, from admitting that he dyed his hair blue once to discussing advertising fees — like Mario Testino's, which runs $140,000 a day: "You’re buying talent. And I think talent never goes away with the changing economy, and talent is something we all need to keep nurturing."
Models (Hilary Rhoda, Helena Christensen) mingled with editors (Kate Lanphear, who apparently has dyed her hair black underneath, Amy Astley, Cecilia Dean) and it girls (Byrdie Bell, Alexa Chung, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Harley Viera-Newton), and the mix left at least one girl confiding that she didn't recognize Blake Lively — Lily Donaldson, who admitted: "I don't watch Gossip Girl. But you can't blame me. I don't even own a TV at the moment!"
The celebration seemed a success, except for skimping in one area. An alcohol shortage kicked in around 9:30 pm, leaving one guest unhappy: "That's the driest party I've ever been to." Same goes for Harley, Leigh Lezark, and Derek Blasberg, The Cut tweeted: "The party has run out of glasses, and the trio is displeased."
>> Daisy Lowe was recently hailed as a model who could bring the death of size zero, and designers seem to be falling into place — either that, or they're latching onto her it-girl status, and her curvier-than-the normal-model shape has nothing to do with it.
Not only has Marc Jacobs tapped her to be the face of his Spring 2009 Marc by Marc Jacobs campaign — "I think she looks adorable" — but now word is floating around that she has a DKNY campaign in the pipeline, shot by Scott "The Sartorialist" Schuman. No word on how this falls into place with another it-girl's DKNY campaign — Daisy could have DKNY and Harley Viera-Newton DKNY Jeans, vice versa, or they could be in one of the campaigns together.
Regardless, Daisy's rise from Agent Provocateur and Doc Martens ads to high fashion diffusion campaigns says something — and in these economic times, her "normal girl" customer appeal could be it.
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Vlada Rosylakova holds the title of Fall 2008 and now Resort 2009 face of DKNY, but is that the end of her run? Rumors are circling that the job, which before Vlada went to Kate Moss, has been placed in the hands of Elite+-signed, New York it-girl Harley Viera-Newton for Spring 2009. [Paper, Nylon]