Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hello Hello! 
This season backstage at NYFW FW17... The first show I helped at was Libertine. The energy that Johnson Hartig brings to the show is intoxicating. With his consistent bold prints and textures, the Libertine collections are never drab. The focus was on "LOVE" this season. On the runway, models wore rainbow sequins and leopard print coats. The combination of the two textures magically became cohesive. When looking at the collection the viewer is taken on a trip into a wild world of bright colors and sparkles like a kaleidoscope. I think FW17 is Libertine's strongest collection to date. To celebrate the success, Libertine hosted an afterparty at Hotel Americano rooftop and the view over looking Chelsea was simply gorgeous! 

The next day was Baja East! As I entered Milk Studios and headed to the makeup room, the set up was much different than in years past. As I walked in looking for a place to put my coat, a woman asked me if I was a model. I chuckled wondering if she was messing with me but then two more people asked the same question. Very confused, I walked towards the back to look at the collection. As I scanned the stunning racks, I noticed that the models were either supermodels or A-listers. I quickly picked up that this was not going to be like any other NYFW show. As the models started showing up the room felt like friends having a makeover pregame. The models were dancing and snapping selfies while preparing for the Baja Dinner. The dinner at Kola House was described by the designers as "Studio 54 meets the Daily Mail". The lookbook is composed of "paparazzi-like" images contrasting editorial ones. I had the honor of dressing Coco Rocha, Anne V, Winnie Harlow, Duckie Thot, Hannah Bronfman, Ophelie Guillermand, to name a few it-girls I met. Then came the after party at Gilded Lily. Everyone danced in the middle of the dance floor where a massive chandelier/ light fixture flickered to the beat of the music. It was the perfect way to end my NYFW17 Fashion week. Here are my favorite shots that I share with you. 


-Chloé Akari

Seven Magic Mountains

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Last week my family and I went to Palm Dessert for the holidays but before we arrived in California, we decided to stay in Las Vegas for a night. First we went to Andrea's an amazing restaurant in the Wynn Hotel that had killer hand rolls. After dinner we saw The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil which was surreal. The whole show was like watching a dream. I highly recommend going to LOVE if you happen to visit Vegas. On our drive to Palm Desert we stopped at the Seven Magic Mountains by Ugo Rondinone. The meaning behind this art installation is the relationship between "the natural and the artificial" which creates a fascinating disjunction for the viewer. I decided to style Danielle and I in muted colors to complement the desert and contrast the highly saturated "Magic Mountains". The slip dress trend is not a new phenomenon, however I am always a fan of lingerie-like accents. Please enjoy these Candy Land-esque images. 


-Chloé Akari

Location: Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, NV
Styling: Chloé Akari 
Photography: John Slazas and Chloé Akari
Chloé's Look: Balenciaga Choker, American Apparel Top, Max Studio Skirt, Out From Under Iridescent Slip and Allsaints Boots.
Danielle's Look: Out From Under Slip, Vintage Top, and Adidas Sneakers.


Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! 
While reflecting on 2016, there were many ups and downs. In this post I highlight my "ups". This year was a year of immense growth and overcoming challenges. I am so thankful for my family and friends who made the best parts of my year so special. My first full year of living in New York has already been a wild ride and yet I know my journey has just begun. I look forward to the many more adventures to come! I wish everyone a tranquil, balanced, exciting, and inspiring 2017. 

May 2017 bring you peace and love. 

-Chloé Akari