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 Looks: Boy Meets Girl USA Fall 2011 Presentation

This past Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending the Fall 2011 Boy Meets Girl USA 2011 Presentation at the Metropolitan Pavilion for New York Fashion Week. Sponsored by Style 360 and Polaroid, the event was one of the most fun experiences of all fashion week. A mixed crowd of editors, bloggers, photographers, and celebrities included the likes of songstress Kat Deluna, the fabulous Jay Alexander, and even Danielle Staub of Real Housewives of New Jersey. The opening of the show consisted of a beautiful performance by Natasha Bedingfield that had every fashion maven in attendance clapping their hands along to the beat.

I was especially excited for the presentation after interviewing the designer, Stacy Igel on both HAUTE NYC and frockOn.com. I have compiled a few of my favorite looks from the show. For all of my thoughts on the event, check out my article on frockOn. xO

 

My outfit for Boy Meets Girl USA : shirt, belt & blazer: H&M / shirt, tights, & shoes: forever 21

Photos & Article by : Angela Samartano

HAUTE NYC 2011

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

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On the Street: FrockOn takes on Pittsburgh!

This Thursday in Pittsburgh, PA kicked off the first of 8 happy hour events where music & fashion collide. FrockOn.com‘s FrockOlogy events will be held at Villa SouthSide in Pittsburgh Thursday’s from 6-9pm.  Not only will you get to hear the most popular Pittsburgh artists perform,  you will also be exposed to trunk shows by some haute Pitt designers!

The FrockOlogy parties are sponsored by Vitamin Water, Yinzerparty.com, & White Diamond Vodka. This Thursday featured guests who sipped cocktails, listened to the sounds of DJ Nugget, and caught the unique lyrics of Pittsburgh’s own Sicky Brett. Designers who were featured included ChampYinz, which creates some pretty awesome tee’s for Pittsburgh sports fans as well as funny graphic T taglines.  Timebomb, a Pittsburgh shop, showcased the various brands they carry including 10 Deeps, ALife, and Crooks and Castles.

I took the trip from NYC to Pittsburgh with my FrockOn favorites to see the city & include in a little FrockOlogy myself! Here are some of the photos I snapped along the way!

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Don’t forget to check out fabulous photos like these on Yinzerparty.com, here are the ones I was caught in! 🙂

FrockOn Family:

Jacqueline Massacci, Melanie Clarke, Emily Plaskett, Pam McMahon, Brandon Villano, Angela Samartano, Kate Magoc

 

Emily Plaskett & Angela Samartano

 

Emily & I loving Vitamin Water Zero!

 

Jacqueline Massacci, Melanie Clarke, Emily Plaskett, Angela Samartano, Kate Magoc

 

Me & K8

 

Check out next week’s FrockOlogy event at Villa SouthSide in Pittsburgh, PA

 

Article By: Angela Samartano

Haute Chicks: FrockOn writer Kendra Hagerman

Canadian born Kendra Hagerman, is an exclusive contributing writer for FrockOn.com. During the beginning of the month, I was lucky enough to meet with Kendra & the other members of the FrockOn flock in New York City for the filming of our reality show pilot. Kendra posed for my camera & gave me the low down on her fashion inspirations. Check out why she was picked for this edition of Haute Chicks!

HAUTE NYC: Would you say Canadian fashion is significantly different from New York style? What did you enjoy most about seeing the street style of NYC?

 

Kendra: I don’t think Vancouver and New York fashion really differ in terms of whats popular, current or classic.  There are small differences and are more of a reflection of the culture or the city itself, more than anything else.  Vancouverites are used to the rain and we have some of the cutest umbrellas and rain gear around.  New Yorkers really know how to rock a pair of warm boots and accessorize with a great scarf/hat combo.  One thing I love about New York is that you’re almost never overdressed.  No matter where you go and what you do, no one raises an eyebrow in your direction.  It’s the perfect city to try something new and gain new inspiration.

HAUTE NYC: Who is your biggest style influence? Why?

 

Kendra: Rachel Roy.  When I am influenced by someone, it’s not just because they are beautiful or have incredible style (although, Rachel Roy would definitely be classified as having both of those traits!)  Rachel is a positive role model for women and has shown that hard work and perseverance pay off (something that I tell myself all the time).  She has worked her way up the fashion ladder, and managed to look beautiful while doing it. Her clothing is feminine, unique, flattering and detailed and she always looks polished.  I love that she really values philanthropy and is a perfect example of a fierce, independent woman.

 

Check out Kendra’s articles on FrockOn.com

Article By: Angela Samartano

 

On The Street: FrockOn with Andreas Serna

In my previous post, I gushed over my lovely FrockOn filming weekend. I mentioned that our professional photos would be taken by Andreas Serna, photography and owner or sernastudios.com. Here are some more great shots of the FrockOn girls & myself that are too beautiful not to share. Great work Andreas!

Thank you Andreas!

Check us out on FrockOn.com!

FrockOn Love: Coming Together in New York

In the basement of a cute little coffee shop on Orchard Street, a group of young, driven, and might I add fashionable ladies gathered together over lattes and laughs. Only this occasion was a rare and precious moment in time where the whole FrockOn.com family was able to gather and meet in one place. Although most of us live miles away, the entire FrockOn team flew in to New York City this past weekend to shoot the pilot for our FrockOn reality show! We may of only met this weekend, but it felt as if it were an early Christmas with all our relatives home to celebrate.

Writer Maisie May Skidmore came the furtherest to be with us, flying in from London, England. As well as contributing to FrockOn.com, she always writes for her tumblr. account What Maisie Did. Another contributing writer who came a long way to meet the FrockOn family was Kendra Hagerman. Kendra, who exclusively writes for FrockOn, traveled all the way from Vancouver, Canada. Fashion blogger Collette Osuna, a contributing writer for FrockOn, also has been featured as MTV Style Blogger of the Week for her blog, Statements in Fashion. Collette, along with her daughter Chloe, flew into the big apple from Michigan for the weekend to contribute to the filming.

Andreas Serna, professional photographer of sernastudios.com, snapped away at us, snagging candid shots the whole way. Andreas is responsible for all of our headshots, as well as various images still to come!

In the coffee shop, we were joined by Alessandra Epstein, co-founder of ALIOMI, to gush over all of the fabulous designs she brought to share with us. I’m obsessed with their Kellan Studded Blazer, which can be purchased on ALIOMI.com. I need to get my hands on one of those!

 

 

After our coffee, we ventured out of the Lower East Side and headed toward a very special Christmas treat. The FrockOn writers all went to go experience the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree together. The trip really got me into the Christmas spirit, seeing how genuinely excited all the girls were to see New York during the holidays.

Just a day prior to our Manhattan excursion, we escaped from the bitter chill of winter in Brooklyn, where Melanie Pagani, co-owner and Editor in Chief of FrockOn opened her doors to the FrockOn family. I was also so happy to see the other half of FrockOn, Jacqueline Massacci. The FrockOn co-owner does not live in New York, so it is always a special treat to see her! Jacqueline, Melanie, along with all of the other girls are such a pleasure to work with. FrockOn contributors Geneva WhiteJanegila Wright, and Emily Plaskett were all in attendance as well for the occasion. It’s so surreal that about six months ago, we had not clue each other existed. Knowing each other only moments in real life, our virtual friends became our family.

With the help of our amazing video crew consisting of Producer, and owner of www.gourmetitalian.com, Brandon Villano and Director Erez Horovitz, we were able to film individual bio videos for our possible FrockOn reality show. I cannot wait to see the results! We gave everyone a taste of New York pizza, then we got a little spoiled. Karen Gorell of SpoilMeFashion.com graced us with her present and came fully prepared with tons of shiny things. She showcased and explained the jewelry available on SpoilMeFashion.com which included designers such as Samantha House, Carolyn Rafaelian, Anna Beck, Danielle Gibson & more. Be sure to check out this unique designs, as well as Karen’s post about her trip to meet us, only on spoilmefashion.com.

Each and every one of these individuals are an inspiration and I am so grateful to have met them. If this is what we can accomplish in such a short period of time, I am certain the world will be ours! Stay tuned !

Written by: Angela Samartano

Photos by: Angela Samartano

Headshot by: Andreas Serna www.sernastudios.com

Special thanks to Melanie & Jacqueline of FrockOn for all of your love and support!

Check out the reason behind the article on FrockOn.com