A Queen D

Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017

"A Queen D" is my latest editorial series featuring my sister Danielle. We shot this at the end of August right before I left for Paris. This editorial represents a fresh start and a new beginning. I styled her in a structureless gingham two piece to contrast the strong architecture. 
Danielle represents strength, confidence, and beauty. 


-Chloé Akari
Photographer: Chloé Akari
Location: South Pond, Chicago
Model: Danielle
Outfit: Zara Top & Skirt, Cynthia Rowley Cuff, Vintage Snakeskin Purse, and Deena & Ozzy Heels. 

Back at Roy's

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017

This editorial is one that I have been saving to publish. When visiting my grandparents in Palm Desert we decided to drive through the desert to this abandon motel in Amboy, California called Roy's. There was something haunting about the white vacant rooms and the etched messages written all over the closet walls. The ghostly 1950's presence is well alive throughout the area with several abandon little houses scattered along the highway. When styling this shoot I wanted to focus on contrasting old and new. Danielle is wearing a vintage gown with a pair of suede sneakers and a modern silver choker. Additionally, I am wearing a mens shirt with a waspie corset and platform shoes. I hope you enjoy this shoot!


-Chloé Akari

Location: Amboy, California 
Danielle's Look: Vintage Gown, Balenciaga Choker, and Adidas Sneakers
My Look: American Apparel Long Sleeve, HUE Tights, and Opening Ceremony Platforms.

Rhyming with Orange

Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Rhyming with Orange" is my latest editorial photo series featuring Allee Struve. These past few months I have had an unexplainable magnetic attraction to the color orange. I found the inspiration for this photoshoot in a singular color, orange. When curating and styling this shoot I focused less on accessorizing and more on accentuating shape, hence the minimal amount of garments. One of my favorite, if not my favorite, places to shoot is along Lake Michigan. It is where the vibrancy of the city comes alive. The color orange represents happiness, strength, and rejuvenation. I wish everyone a calming and recharging rest of the summer. 


-Chloé Akari

Photographer: Chloé Akari
Location: Montrose Harbor, Chicago
Model: Allee Struve

Riley Versa

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Have you ever been stuck deciding between two handbags when packing for a fabulous vacation? Melissa Urfirer the founder of Riley Versa has! She created a genius bag with changeable covers so when traveling there is no need to panic on weight restrictions. The Versa bag which I carry, is the perfect size to fit the essentials. It is the ideal transition bag from day to night! Below is my interview with Melissa speaking on how she got her start with Riley Versa. 


-Chloé Akari

Where do you find your inspiration for each design of your bags? 
For the base bags, I really tried to concentrate on what women need – and want!  For the “Riley” bag, it was important to me to be able to fit a full size travel wallet in the bag. Part of the appeal of the bag is that you never have to transfer the contents of your bag to switch the style. You simply switch the cover and leave your belongings in place. So I wanted everything a woman might need for a night out to be able to fit in the purse. For the “Versa” bag, I wanted a sleek alternative where you could slip in a credit card and lip gloss and be done for the night. Inspiration for the design of the covers really comes from all over! Art, movies, fashion…really everywhere.

Where do you source your materials? 
America, Italy, Turkey, China…we have no bounds!   

Who is the Riley Versa woman/ your muse?
The Riley Versa woman is someone who is confident in her style and doesn’t want a huge logo printed across her bag. She likes to have fun with fashion and change her looks!

What is the Riley Versa aesthetic?
The Riley Versa aesthetic is clean, refined design for the base bags -- and an array of bold, fun, cutting edge styles for the covers! We are constantly coming out with new covers that tap into every possible aesthetic.  

How has your brand evolved?
We launched a little over two years ago with one style bag and three cover options.  Demand exceeded our wildest expectations which led us to launch a second style option and thirteen covers to choose from... and more on the way!

How did you come up with the genius idea of interchangeable skins? 
I came up with the idea when I was on vacation! I packed a bright bag for the weekend, and didn't realize until I arrived that it clashed with everything else I packed. My suitcase was already overstuffed (oops), so I couldn’t even have packed a second bag. I was talking to my husband (boyfriend at the time!) about the issue and how I wish I could just have one bag and change the covers, and the rest is history!   

Is there any exciting news or collections for Riley Versa we should be looking out for? 
Yes!  There has been a lot of exciting news lately. Riley Versa is now sold at Intermix, which I couldn’t be more thrilled about. We also recently collaborated with jewelry designer Stephanie Gottlieb and Riley Versa is now featured on her website. And we are doing a three-month pop up in South Hampton this summer with Random Acts of Creativity that I’m very excited about!

Check out their website and Instagram


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