When CC first started at Donna Karan she had very short bangs. One day we were talking about her lack of dating options and when she was done speaking I basically told her to grow out her bangs. She was very surprised at the simplicity and randomness of my advice. What do bangs have to do with dating? Well if you ask me, a lot. I happen to love bangs. Back in the day when Mischa Barton was on The OC and she cut bangs I had a huge girl crush. Do you remember them? But ask any guy if they like bangs and I bet most would say no. Needless to say she grew them out and you can bet the rest is history. Coincidence, I think not. Don’t agree, that’s fine too. To each his own-
You may think I’m totally insane but I really believe that you have to love the role you play, but you also have to play to the audience. Imagine an actress who only thought about herself in a role? I bet she wouldn’t be a big draw at the box office. You have to play to the crowd.
For me, polish is always the filter. I dress for myself but I am also very hyper aware of how my style will be viewed by other people- BOTH men and women. Without a doubt I am very much a girly-girl, but I do have days of more tough-chic done in a sexy way. When I want to go that route, believe me, I weigh who my audience is.
Clothing directly corresponds to emotion (yes that is totally scientific in my vast studies). There are many looks that are over the top- perfect if you were a walking museum exhibit, not perfect if you want that promotion.
I may be old fashioned, I get that, but I am also the friend that people always look to for fashion advice whether it’s to a wedding or a job interview. I don’t believe in wearing whatever you want, I think the environment you live in, work in and the goals you set for yourself have to play a defining role. Think about it…
“#PR101 Not every editorial credit is created equal so don’t treat them that way. If you’re going to get excited about a tiny shoe on the bottom of a magazine page that no one can see, please get excited to someone else…”—
Did I tell you that black is my religion? No really it is. As Donna says, black is the unofficial uniform of NY. Well, it’s pretty official to me. I always get a good laugh when I leave the city in all black and go to the Hamptons or g-d forbid somewhere more tropical. People stare. It’s like wow she must be some goth person or something. (yeah right…hello, Upper East Sider..)
So it’s with extra special care that I recommend this uber chic Donna Karan “liaison” frame bag. For starters, you should know that I only wear top-handle bags. Sure they are probably more intensive from a carrying standpoint, but I love the way a top handle looks, front and center on your person. Second, this bag in particular is extra special chic. It also comes in a grey haircalf and ivory embossed croc (that looks really real).
So here’s the thing, just like a watch on a man, your handbag defines you. I know what you’re thinking, my handbag doesn’t define me blah blah blah. But when you’re walking down the street or into a room full of strangers, guess what? it does.
So who are you? I like to pretend that I’m a lady who lunches. Well I eat lunch but I don’t often have time “to lunch”. But boy does my handbag look like I do…
In ancient times, all brands in any industry had to do was create great product and perhaps take some pages in a magazine or newspaper so people knew about it. It was pretty simple.
Fast forward to 2011 (almost ‘12) and brands have to do that (hello… 101), but they also have to create riveting print & digital advertising/marketing campaigns, extensive social media campaigns where customers can learn, engage, be entertained and be promoted to with special, exclusive opportunities. They have to have brand ambassadors (celebrity or otherwise) who their target customers can relate or aspire to and at the end of this very long courting process, the customer MIGHT, possibly buy.
Brands have become the geeky guy at prom who is trying to get the attention of prom queen. Sure he may cute underneath those tortoise glasses and super smart. He may offer you the dance of a lifetime, but SHE has to notice him in a room filled with SO many choices.
So what’s a brand to do? For me as a PR girl (& customer) it starts with the product. If the product isn’t good it doesn’t really matter what back flips a brand does to get me to buy. Sure I may buy once, but if the product falls a part, trust me I’m not going back. So many things come into play when making a purchase, after all, you have worked really hard to make that dough, it matters how you spend it.
Speaking for myself, I have to be inspired. I don’t really need anything, but I tend to want a lot. I would venture to guess a lot of you really don’t “need” a lot too. Sure it would be great to get a new Fall coat, but the truth is your coat from two years ago still looks pretty good. So why buy a new one?
That’s where aspiration comes in. No industry can move you like Fashion. There is nothing else you can buy that can actually change your mood, make you feel confident and even happy. Putting on a new dress that you bought that day (I can never wait) can actually make you feel phenomenal. You’re the envy of your friends because you look fabulous, but what’s more important is that you feel fabulous.
So I’m curious what motivates you to buy?
A) amazing design
C) retail therapy
D) a friend’s recommendation
What are you most influenced by:
1) Print advertising/marketing
2) Online advertising
4) Social Media
7) Word of mouth
A PR girl wants to know….leave your comments here or feel free to tweet me @dkny using hashtag #IBuy.
You can choose more than one answer because lord knows it’s probably a lot of the above.
DKNY HEARTS BAUBLE BAR TO BENEFIT CITY HARVEST AT SAKS!
At a certain time we all need a little refresher…ehem…botox… (not me of course). But our DKNY shop at Saks needed a little a pick me up and boy does it look fab now.
Join us on Thursday September 22nd from 5-7pm on the 4th floor. Come see how how great our shop looks (obvs), grab a bite from some of NY’s Top Chefs and shop DKNY.
Saks will donate 10% of the evening’s purchases to City Harvest and if you spend $300 or more on DKNY, you will receive this super chic DKNY x Bauble Bar bracelet. Feeling a splurge? Spend $500 and Bauble Bar will design one especially for you.
If you don’t watch Gossip Girl (#GG) this won’t make a lot of sense to you. But basically every Monday night I tweet a live commentary during #GG of my thoughts as they occur. Following last season, please find my TOP TEN wishes for Gossip Girl Season 5:
1. Brow filler: It’s just a little thing that goes a long way. Several characters could benefit from brow filler, but let’s start with Blair.
2. While we’re on Blair, feel free to add some eye liner and mascara. I get the whole “I’m so pretty I don’t need makeup thing”, but really Blair, you do.
3. A New Hair Stylist for All!!! Between Serena’s bedhead, Nate’s (I’m not sure what you call this), Blair’s lifeless strands, Vanessa’s (hair??- ok she’s now gone but still), Rufus’ lame rock star gone bad style and Dan’s puffy sideburns…(need I go on?) it’s difficult to even concentrate on what they are saying. Please.. I am sure there are a ton of talented stylists out there who can fix this immediately.
4. New Blood. I am so over the one degree of separation relationship circle (it’s not even a triangle because they swap with eachother so quickly). Also, please can any new characters (I’m assuming there are) have at least one redeeming quality, not be psychos and not be some long lost character we didn’t like to watch the first time. Breaking news: there are A LOT of actors out there.
5. Adenoid surgery: I’m not a doctor but I think Chuck needs it. It would really help with the whole nasal/I’m swallowing my words sound. That way we hear better, are more entertained and watch longer. #JustSaying
6. Rufus. Please can someone make this guy cool? He’s good looking enough to have some sort of edge. Any edge at all will do, before I go over it.
7. Lily. Lily I think you’re doing great. Any self-respecting UESider would approve of your snobbery. I love how your mouth barely moves when you speak. Keep up the good work.
8. Serena. Do something fabulous this season. Grow up for god sake. Just looking good isn’t enough to keep us interested. Think outside the penthouse. P.S. Maybe go with Chuck to the adenoid surgery consult? There’s something funny there too.
9. Nate. Nate you have so much potential. You also need so much hair gel. I prefer Nexxus Exxtra gel because it doesn’t flake. I can find out the PR person for you if that helps.
10. Dan. Dan please get a life. Stop pining for Serena and every new random character that comes on the show. Wake me up when you find someone good. Until then zzzzzzzz.
P.S. Eric Daman I adore you, not just because you designed a hosiery capsule for DKNY but because you literally, single-handedly make this show a keeper. Your fashion styling is constantly refreshing. Thank you for keeping the SATC costume designer torch burning bright..xo
Well, these are my thoughts, fresh off the top of my head. Tune in Monday September 26th at 8pm EST for Gossip Girl. If you want to compare notes tweet me live @dkny.
Remember the DKNY Cozy? Yeah well it’s now a DRESS that can be worn at least 5 ways. When we opened market, yellow was by far the Twitter fan favorite, but the department stores went with burgandy. As a PR girl who believes in the merit of design, I wanted to make sure, if you wanted YELLOW, you could get yellow.
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Ok I’ll admit it, I’m the girl who thinks tall is better. As someone who is average height at best, I have lived my life in heels. It’s a mental thing for me, heels effect my mood and my confidence. Call me shallow, call me vain, I don’t really care. All I know is that when I put on platform heels, I feel invincible.
So this season, as show time approached, I gauged my heel arsenal with excruciating detail. The shows are a time to put forth your fashion best, certainly being tall helps show off the clothes, if not, why do we have such tall models? Duh.
Let’s not pretend heels don’t matter. They do. I rocked a few days in my Donna Karan 5” wedges (yay me!) But after the DKNY show, something snapped. My feet went on strike. No really they did. This has never happened before. My feet refused not only to step in a high heel (g-d forbid they over-arch, but my toes had taken on this horrific positioning whereby I literally felt like I was on point in ballet. I can’t even discuss the squashed nail feeling. I still can feel it now.
So on the morning of the Donna Karan show, I cringed as I surveyed my shoe choice. As someone who is active during a show, mobility is essential. But chic is also paramount. I decided to bite the bullet and do the “commuting” ballet flat scenario pre-show. As an fyi, this is a scene I intensely hate to watch in real life as I make my way to work. Come on, nothing is worse than the sneaker with the pencil skirt. And it happens. Way too much.
At about 1pm before the 2pm Donna Karan show I decided it was time to put on “my look”. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of wearing new shoes to the show that day. Totally stupid, yet totally unavoidable. I sacrificed my feet for fashion and they were not going to forget it.
That night at Donna’s after party I finally gave up and traded in my pumps for ballet flats. I can’t tell you how short I felt, especially standing among the bevy of models and fashionistas in 5” platforms there. It was an uncomfortable feeling to feel short, almost inadequate, but my feet wouldn’t have it any other way.
That night at home, no matter how many foot soaks I did, the pain would not dissipate. So the next morning I finally admitted defeat and rummaged through the back of my closet to find the dreaded flats.
Sidenote: I’m pretty sure I have not worn flats to work in YEARS. But hey, if they can work for Audrey Hepburn and every skinny jean wearing French woman, they can work for me too.
For the rest of the week, I embraced the flats with volume circle skirts and dresses. Almost a 50’s flair. And you know what? It felt good. Sure I wasn’t Gisele height but at the same time I felt chic in a petite “where’s my toy poodle sort of way”. I felt very prepared to dart the city streets with gusto.
I’m pretty sure that if designers ever decide to abandon the platform (hidden or not), my career in heels will officially be over. Until then, I will learn to value my feet and if that means wearing flats every once in a while I will remember, that it’s not height that makes the person, but the person who raises to heights.
“The key, though, was the body-flattering drape of the dresses. Karan might be designing from an intensely personal experience, but she always keeps the everyday woman in mind, and the precise ruching and draping reflected her knowledge of a woman’s curves in all the right ways.” -FABSUGAR.com