Interview with celebrity stylist Dani Michelle
Celebrity stylist on the whitewashed roof of the PUBLIC Hotel on the Lower East Side of Manhattan Dani Michelle looked more comfortable with a pair of stilettos in his hands. Accompanied by a team of publicists and taste makers from Designer Shoe Warehouse, she floated past platters of champagne flutes and well-dressed, well-accredited guests to examine a fake sanctuary for its preservation. She lingered over a set of glittering silver fangs, cowhide mules and T-strap Mary Janes. Set near the patio, a board framed with black and white roses and hydrangeas, inscribed with her name. and a collection of shoes she handpicked as part of The Dani Michelle x DSW Fall Edit, which launched in early September.
Michelle, who is most often credited with styling Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian, was once on staff at Seventeen before entering the world of personal styling. âIt was before the digital age, when we had the transparency that there was were stylists, âshe says. âI thought to myself that if I wanted to work in fashion, I should work in a magazine. But when she watched the stylists work on a photoshoot, she knew intuitively she was in the wrong place. “I quickly moved to Los Angeles and got into it, and here we are, thirteen or fourteen years later.”
After years behind the scenes, his work is big enough to claim self-branding projects. In 2020, she launched a line with British clothing retailer Missguided, and now she’s promoting her pick for DSW, a small selection of sandals, heels, boots and sneakers that Michelle has deemed trendy for fall. . The edition includes options like chunky Chelsea boots, classic plaid Vans, a dazzling slingback sandal and a snakeskin platform clog, perfect for fall dressing up.
Michelle is reluctant to associate her personal favorites with those of her clients, although it is easy to see her influence in their wardrobes. âMy personal tastes differ from those of my clients,â she says. âHowever, I see a piece of myself in each of them. This is really how it works: I see them for who they are, then I remove that part of my heart and translate my version of them.
This includes adapting as the tastes of its customers change. Kourtney, for example, was a perfect example. Ever since the celebrity embraced a whirlwind romance with boyfriend and drummer Travis Barker, her style began leaning in punk rock styles that mirrored hers, even incorporating her metal t-shirts in her closet. When asked how she reacted to the new look, Michelle encourages the challenge: “It’s really wonderful to see her constantly evolve and be able to grow together.”
But for shoppers who aren’t quite ready to pull on a Cannibal Corpse shirt, Michelle has simpler recommendations for trendy fall looks: She likes neutrals paired with a pop of bright color and chunky, heavy boots paired. to delicate skirts and knitted sweaters. This season, she’s particularly obsessed with tall boots, square-toed shoes and the return of Mary Janes, which marry preparation and power.
The DSW collaboration, in particular, was a meaningful endeavor for Michelle, whose grandfather’s good friend was once a member of the company’s ownership team. She aspired to translate her celebrity-centric work, which often came with a celebrity budget, to the masses. Its shoe selections are all under $ 200, making them available to those not on List A.
“It’s fashionable, like [the shoes are] at the dawn of what’s happening in fashion at an affordable price, âshe says. “These are really pieces that I could use in my own style and that everyone should use as well.”
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