A Haute Minute: Italian designer Pamela Quinzi

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the Chelsea style house of Italian born fashion designer, Pamela Quinzi. Pamela was such a gracious hostess, letting us play dress up with all her gorgeous shoes and dresses. She revealed how she has only been living in New York for only a year, but is infatuated with the city. Born in Rome, Italy, Pamela moved to Milan after high school to study in Europe’s most prestigious fashion university, ISTITUTO MARANGONI.

When asked about her feelings on New York, Pamela replied, “After 10 minutes in Time Square, I knew I had to live in New York! This city bring to my life so much energy every day and inspires my work. I spent the summer in Manhattan and I returned to Italy to pack up my apartment.”

HAUTE NYC: How did your passion for fashion design begin?

Pamela: I really think I was born to be a fashion designer. haha Since I was very young, at the age of 4 years old, I started to designs dresses and shoes. I still have a book that my mom did for me collecting all my small sketches!



HAUTE NYC: Where do you draw inspiration from your designs? Does your own style have any influence on your creative mind?

Pamela: I love the history of fashion. My style reminds me of the baroque allure; all the embroidery, lace, crystals, and the feeling to be a princess! But now, I am a  New York pop princess!

HAUTE NYC: Where can we find Pamela Quinzi designs? What are your plans as a designer for the upcoming year?

Pamela: Right now, I feel very lucky because you can find Pamela Quinzi Design in one of the most fashionable and trendy shops in Manhattan, MODALISTAS, located at the Limelight Market on 6avenue and 21st street! I’m also planning to sell my collection online very soon! I will have more fashion show to promote myself in NY and in Italy! My collection doesn’t really have a season. They are unique pieces, handmade art creations. At least, I like to call theme like that!


For more of my interview with Pamela Quinzi, check out frockOn.com

Check out Pamela’s design page – www.pamelaquinzidesign.com

Article & Photos by: Angela Samartano


A Haute Minute: Jewelry Designer Carola Bun

Canadian jewelry designer Carola Bun has designed jewelry for the most fashionable individuals including Lady Gaga, Brandy, and Lady Starlight. I was able to chat with the jewelry maven for a full frockOn 5 feature on frockOn.com. Angela Samartano gets the scoop from Miss BUN herself.



HAUTE NYC: How did you begin your business in jewelry and parfum creation?

Carola: Jewelry: For several years, I’ve made couture dresses. In August of last year, I became inspired by the designs of India and began adding hundreds, if not thousands of beads to the dresses I was creating. My beadwork progressed and moved me to work with pearls. Coco Chanel has always inspired me and the idea of a single strand of pearls married with a pair of stylized embroidery scissors came to mind; Chanel wore something very similar as she worked, therefore the necklace I created in her honor is aptly named “Coco”. Within a few weeks later, the Tutu Collection was born! Parfum: I’ve always loved fragrance, particularly scents with floral, feminine notes. Often, when I’m in the process of visioning a design or an idea, I’ll associate a scent with it. Creating a signature BUN fragrance was by far the biggest challenge to date. I made the assumption that by simply combining all my favorite essential oils, I would have the ultimate Parfum. Not the case. Many hours that turned into days and weeks were spent researching, combining, sampling and testing before Lady Godiva, a true, perfect Parfum was complete. Eau de Toilettes have become commonplace and true parfums costly and symbolic of days gone by. I want to bring that back. Place just a drop of “Lady Godiva Parfum” wherever you wish to be kissed!



HAUTE NYC: At the young age of 23 years old, you have already accomplished so much. What has been the best experience of your career thus far?

Carola: I attribute much of my success to the great people that have come into my life. Within one year of designing and making jewelry, I’ve had the opportunity to design for Lady Gaga, Lady Starlight, Lisa Mazzucco, Brandy, The Grammys and the Oscars! For my generation, there is much wonderment and excitement surrounding Starlets of today. Being a part of that is my greatest accomplishment so far.


BUN Styling Lady Starlight


HAUTE NYC: What is your favorite part about being a designer? What can we expect from the BUN brand in the upcoming months?

Carola: Bringing an idea from concept to creation, making something so special and unique that has never existed before, a physical object that you can touch and feel, then seeing others experience sheer joy from something I have created is magic.In the coming months, there are many exciting things ahead for BUN: two new collections “La Petite Fleur” and “Le Phantome”, BUN Events, and a BUN world tour.






Haute Minute: Claire Sinclair

Editor Angela Samartano gets a haute minute with the ever popular pin-up girl Claire Sinclair.

HAUTE NYC: How did you first decide to pursue modeling? Although you are only 19 years old, was this always a passion of yours?

Claire: There wasn’t a time in my life where I didn’t want to model. I tried to get signed with an agency when I was 14 to no avail. There was a 5’10 height requirement for most of them. I noticed the websites that a couple of the agents were using to book girls on jobs while I was in meeting with them, and when they declined taking me on, I went home, got on those websites and started acting as my own agent. My mom started helping too and would submit me for tons of stuff. By 15 I was working all the time. I became enthralled with the classic pinup image, and started to realize that I could emulate them with the right hair and makeup. I landed almost every go see/ audition that had to do with anything vintage. I found my niche.



HAUTE NYC: How would you describe your signature style? Does your personal style differ from your professional style as a model? If so, how?

Claire: I’m very fortunate that my personal style and professional modeling style don’t differ at all. I love the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, and it’s been a while since I’ve done a shoot that wasn’t themed to one of those eras. It’s a dream job for me because most of the time at the end of a shoot I get to keep the wardrobe! So, there is no real line between my personal and professional style at all.


HAUTE NYC: What new projects are in store for Claire Sinclair in the upcoming year?

Claire: This year I’ll be doing a lot of events to promote the new  line “Beach Bash” which features adorable 1950s style beachwear . The designer of all the Bettie Page clothing, Tatyana, is also currently working on the “Elvgren” line soon to be released. Tatyana’s designs for this line will be taken directly from the outfits featured on some of  Gil Elvgren’s famous 1940s and 1950s Pinups. I’ll also be guest starring in Crazy Horse Paris at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas again in April! I couldn’t be more happy about that. Also I’m currently filming this season’s Holly’s World on E!


For the full frockOn 5 interview, see frockOn.com !

Photos c/o : Urszula Stern

For more of Claire Sinclair, check out her website!

Article By: Angela Samartano


A Haute Minute: Desiree Tizon

Don’t let her petite size fool you; this HAUTE native New Yorker really has a massive voice. Desiree Tizon is destined to become the next R&B and Hip-Hop sensation. Born and raised in NYC, Desiree currently resided in Miami where she is balancing school, work and her music career. Let’s see what Desiree had to say when we chatted with her.


HAUTE NYC: How would you describe your music, what inspires you ?

Desiree: I would describe my music as something that appeals to all audiences. I personally love every genre of music, so I want that to show in my music. So far I’ve done R&B and Hip Hop songs, but I plan to add a lot of variety like dance, pop, reggae. All of it! I am greatly inspired by Alicia Keys and Beyonce because they’re great role models for all females, not just singers. Also, Keri Hilson for the fact that she is a songwriter.



HAUTE NYC: What are your career goals or other accomplishments do you want to add to your list? How would you define the word success?

Desiree: As of right now I am majoring in Public Relations, which opens up so many doors for me. I would like to work for a radio station, preferably behind the scenes organizing events. Pretty much being the middleman between concerts and the community. It’s a great way to do what I love as well as get to know people in the music industry.



HAUTE NYC: Do you ever plan on returning to NYC to continue your music career?

Desiree: NYC will always be home no matter what, so I will definitely be coming back. Whether it’s for my music career or my Public Relations career, I wouldn’t mind going back. I recorded my most recent song Killin Em Remix over there and got a great response from it, so I will for sure be recording whenever I am in town.



HAUTE NYC: How do you incorporate your personal fashion style into your image?

Desiree: My personal fashion varies all the time, which is just like my taste in music. I love to be dressy in heels, but at the same time sneakers (Jordans/Nikes) and jeans will always be my heart. Some days I want to go all out and get dolled up, other days I want to get my hair go naturally curly and go for a rugged look. Every normal girl feels this way, so I’m no different. Same goes for my music. Despite who you are, I want any type of girl to listen to my music and be able to relate to something. If they have, I know I’ve done my job.




Want more information on Desiree Tizon?

check out her website: www. desireetizon.com

and her tumblr: desireetizonmusic.tumblr.com

Article by: Magen Martin

A Haute Minute: Stacy Igel of Boy Meets Girl USA®

Stacy Igel, designer of Boy Meets Girl USA® is a fashion maven with a keen eye for style. Get to know Stacy’s style in a Haute Minute, but be sure to check out my full article on frockOn.com!

HAUTE NYC: For people who may not be familiar with your brand, Boy Meets Girl USA, what inspiration behind starting the brand?

Stacy Igel: The first time I met my husband’s parents was for dinner at their apartment.  While they were giving me the tour, I noticed a picture frame containing silhouettes of their three children from when they were younger.  My parents had a similar picture of my sister and I from when we were about the same age.  I thought about us and how we still both had these young, playful, carefree versions of ourselves inside of us and I knew right then and there my brand would be called Boy Meets Girl® and that I’d use our silhouettes for the logo. Boy Meets Girl® is edgy yet wearable, fun and flirty yet casually classic. I wanted to create a collection that would appeal to a confident, playful kind of girl… the kind of girl who likes to laugh and doesn’t take herself too seriously.


HAUTE NYC:  How would you describe your signature style and who would you consider to be your style icons? Why?

Stacy Igel:
My Signature Style: I like to think its eclectic, edgy, and demure all rolled into one neat little package.
My Style Icons: I’m going to give you my holy trinity of influences.  First, Coco Chanel, who famously said “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”  I agree. I think that’s why I am so happy working as hard as I do.  Second, Kate Moss.  Of course she’s a beautiful and confident woman, but what I love about her is the way she effortlessly transitions from eclectic vintage to high fashion.  She never looks like she’s trying to put an outfit together – everything looks like it just naturally belongs on her body.  Third, Patti Smith.  She’s stayed true to her edgy stylishness since the 70s.  She’s unflappable.

HAUTE NYC: Fashion Week is right around the corner! What can you reveal to readers about the upcoming Spring/Summer 2011 collection? What is your favorite part of Fashion Week?

Stacy Igel: My favorite part of fashion week is the feeling of putting all the pieces of the puzzle together( styling the looks, picking the models, selecting the music, working with hair and makeup stylists etc). Working with my team to bring you the best show each season is my goal. This year will be my first every SOLO show in New York City.


Article by: Angela Samartano


HAUTE NYC Welcomes Magen Martin

HAUTE NYC officially welcomes Miami blogger Magen Martin to join the writing team! Magen has recently written Topsy Turban & Glitter Glitter Everywhere for HAUTE NYC & we just adore her! Magen adds some Miami heat to our site & tells us a little bit about herself.

First and foremost, I am a New Yorker trapped in a Miamian’s body. Friends and family have described me as the petite version of Anne Hathaway meets Charlotte from Sex and The City. I am a fashionista and pop culture enthusiast. I like to appreciate good fashion; girl’s got a knack for knowing her fashion and culture! I try to always look put together and in style without trying hard.


I am addicted to all things black, sparkly and classy. I don’t limit myself to one designer or store, always willing to try something new. I am all about accessorizing, using one key item to complete and make the outfit, whether it is a headpiece or the color of your nail polish.  Fashion, art, books, music and everything else in between make up whom I am. I am really into concerts, blogs, traveling, coffee and my yorkie, Napoleon.


Recently unemployed, I am now 100% focused on my blogging and social media career which brought me to HAUTE NYC. I am looking forward to working with all the contributors of the site and to help take HAUTE NYC to a new level, by exposing it beyond NYC. Fashion and blogging are two things that I wake up and go to sleep with on my mind. I am attached to my computer and blackberry, ready to report the latest happenings!


I look forward to contributing my fashion perspective with you all. Happy Reading !!!

“Just be yourself. Never change who you are to make someone else happy. Be yourself and the right person will love you for you – beauty and imperfections.”

–Kim Kardashian

A Haute Minute with Dubraska Sosa

Meet the El Diabla of roller derby, Dubraska Sosa. In the latest Haute Minute, HAUTE NYC’s own Angela chats with Dubraska to find out just how intense roller derby can be. Check out FrockOn.com for my full FrockOn 5 interview!

HAUTE NYC: Not everyone may know a lot about roller derby. What insight to the sport can you provide for us about it? Is it difficult to acquire the skills necessary to play?

Sosa: It’s way more than just roller skating in a circle.  There are complex rules and regulations, a large yet really tight community, and a huge amount of personal dedication.  Most derby teams practice four to five times a weeks, so not only is there a huge time commitment but we spend a huge amount of time together as well.

Although it’s seen as a hobby, we are putting so much time and money and effort into derby.  We really put aside our everyday life to be good at rollerderby.  And it’s not just practicing but personal training, running, biking, and staying in shape as well.

My team has been training and practicing intensely for 5 years and we still haven’t made the top ten teams in the country. It takes so much commitment and work.

HAUTE NYC: How would you describe your personal style? Do you feel that roller derby plays a role on the way you dress?

Sosa: I have a really hard time with this kind of questions so i’ll let several of my friends answer it.
Caldwell: kinda hipster, newsie, shoe slut, from the 80’s and 90’s with a bit of crust punk and bike dork, along with a taste for the ironic.

Jen: sharp and put together.  Kinda like a boyish street charm, with fancy butch.  clean

Margo: Eclectic mix of punk but not punk.  Badass.  A perfect blend of function and fashion

Sena: Faggy butch

On any given day I can be wearing a button down shirt with a tie and shoes that are shiny and slippery and make me fall, but next day I could be wearing a ripped shirt with a tiny hat and shoes with holes in them.  I need to be able to ride my bike but still look presentable for work (and for the ladies after work). I don’t know if derby has influenced my personal style that much.  Maybe it’s given me a slightly more sporty edge on some days, but not a huge amount.


HAUTE NYC: What advice can you give to readers interested in roller derby? What can young women do to get their foot in the door?

Sosa: Go and check out your local roller derby league.  Most leagues are self supporting with tight budgets, so all financial help is always welcome, and we love the fans.
If you’re interested in playing roller derby, put on your skates and practice. Check your local league and find out when they hold try outs and practice practice practice – that’s the only way to get better and learn.  Also, be ready to commit yourself to roller derby.  It’s not for someone who wants a half ass hobby, but it’s extremely rewarding.


For more of this interview, go to FrockOn.com

To get more Dubraska Sosa, check her out on MySpace.

A Haute Minute with Yvette Rovira

Yvette Rovira is a singer/songwriter with a soulful sound. Yvette has had recent success singing with hip-hop/soul group Lifted Crew and her voice has been featured on MTV and the new VH1 reality series Fantasia For Real . I had the opportunity to interview Yvette about her upcoming projects, style, and more. For my full FrockOn 5 interview check out FrockOn.com.

Angela: How would you describe your signature style? How do you think it has evolved through your years as a musician?

Yvette Rovira: I’d say my signature style is sexy/bohemian. I really love 60’s and 70’s fashion with a dressier edge.

Angela: You describe on your website that your song “City of Lights” was dedicated to your love affair with New York City. What are your top 3 favorite places to shop in NYC and why?

Rovira: My favorite places to shop in NYC would be “All saints”, “Bloomingdales” and this little boutique called “Shatzi” on the upper east side!

Angela: You have recently had great opportunities both singing in Lifted crew as well as your song being featured as the theme song to the new VH1 reality show Fantasia For Real. How has this success helped you to grow and progress as an artist?

Rovira: It’s definitely opened a lot of doors for me. Anytime you have great opportunities, they are rewarding, and reminders that you are on the right path! Any type of love and positive compliments that people give you about the work you do, is humbling and validating at the same time.

Check out FrockOn.com for my full interview!