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 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


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: Maisie May Skidmore


London’s own Maisie May Skidmore is a writer with feminine style & an affinity for 70s fashion. Just like our previous HAUTE Chick Kendra Hagerman, Maisie flew across the Atlantic to be with her FrockOn family earlier this month. It is impossible to deny how fabulous her style is, so of course she is our newest HAUTE Chick. I snapped away at Maisie on the Lower East Side where she donned a chic black hat, fur scarf, and uber flared pants.
HAUTE NYC: How do you describe your personal style? Who are your style icons?
Maisie: I’d describe my personal style as a quirky mish-mash of vintage, high street, and DIY chic. I love to bring a cute vintage dress up to date by altering the hemline, and teaming it with my favorite ankle boots, a little black jacket and a hand knitted scarf. At the moment my style icons are a rotation of Jean Seberg for her sixties simplicity, Rumi Neely from fashiontoast and Morticia Addams, for her black maxis, vamp manicures and all the black lace.
HAUTE NYC: What did you think of the fashion in New York opposed to the fashion in London?

Maisie: I’d say that New Yorkers are infinitely more put together than Londoners. You girls do grunge just as well as we do, but it’s often accompanied immaculate natural make up, or subtle hints of matching colour, whereas in London the goal really is to look like you’ve just rolled out of bed and into your Grandma’s dressing up box. The overall effect is very different. We do love to ladder our tights and smudge our eyeliner, but seeing a beautifully put together New York woman with her glossy curls flying behind her as she hurries down 5th avenue, makes my eyes widen with admiration.



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


Haute Looks: SpoilMeFashion.com

At the beginning of the month, I had the pleasure of working with Karen Gorell, owner of SpoilMeFashion.com while shooting the FrockOn.com reality show pilot. We all gushed over the latest jewelry and accessories on and off camera. I instantly fell in love with the Samantha House Toni Necklace. The amber color is so beautiful and every agate stone is unique & different from the next.

Karen was nice enough to send me my own Samantha House Toni Necklace & I cannot stop wearing it. The stones seem even brighter and more elegant than the ones I previously saw, which enhanced more of a deeper hue. This proves the authenticity of the stones and the stylish gold chain adds an instant glam effect.

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To enhance the necklace, I originally decided to wear the necklace more casually, as well as inside away from the cold. One of my friends picked up this beautiful scarf for me from a street vendor in Morocco.  The scarf brings out the intense colors of the necklace, dressing up a simple cozy sweater & jeans.

While looking into my closet, I noticed a Forever 21 leatherette jacket in this beautiful amber-meets-mahogany color. Because this jacket is bright on its own, I decided to match it up with a black tank and a dark wash jean, also from Forever 21. A chunky black knit scarf from H&M is wearable with almost everything. My boots are my favorite because they are vintage. They were tucked away in my grandmother’s closet & passed along to me. Nothing beats an authentic 1960s leather boot! Love! The Samantha House Toni Necklace complements the color of the jacket & works perfectly together.

Article by: Angela Samartano @NYCAngela @HAUTENYC

Jewelry Provided by: SpoilMeFashion.com