Kelly Framel

Fashion Week Street Style

Street Report: Kelly at Karen Walker

I try to track down Kelly Framel from The Glamourai every day during Fashion Week. Her style is so inspirational! I can always count on Kelly to bring something new to the table, while staying true to her personal style. Today’s outfit is full of unique draping and modern contrast. If you couldn’t tell already, I’m a big fan!

xo,
Crystal

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The Infinity of Donna Karan x The Glamourai

The Glamourai’s Kelly Framel models the Infinity Dress for the second installment of her insider look at Donna Karan.

I will always invest in items that can truly be worn in multiple ways, and this dress fits that description better than anything I’ve ever seen. Just as the four classic elements encompass all aspects of existence, so this dress can be worn anywhere and any way you can imagine. While the possibilities are truly limitless, I chose to style it in the four ways I felt best represented the elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire.

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FIRE is the energy and nobility of the cosmos, the element of creativity and inspiration, of passion and transformation. It is a dress no longer encumbered by neckline, instead worn in strapless simplicity, wrapping thrice around the body in the quintessence of red-hot heat.

WATER runs deep; it is the element of emotion, intuition and love. It is romantic, sweetheart sleeves spilling smoothly over the shoulders, as effortless and serene as a softly sparkling sea.

Visit TheGlamourai.com to read the entire article.

Timeless. Versatile. How do you wear your Donna Karan Matte Jersey Infinity Dress?

Shot on location in Montauk, New York, by photographer James Katsipis in collaboration with Donna Karan New York and Nordstrom.

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Nordstrom Exclusive: The Glamourai x Donna Karan

The Glamourai’s Kelly Framel returns for a second collaboration with Nordstrom, and this time around, the partnership includes designer Donna Karan. The New York-based fashion house tapped the noted blogger for the coming fall and resort seasons to blog about all things Donna Karan, modeling looks available both online at Nordstrom and in our stores.

Check out this sneak peek of Kelly’s first post that went live today, which features her stylish point of view on Donna Karan’s “7 Easy Pieces”:

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The Essential Piece: Donna Karan Collection Mélange Stretch Sequin Skirt

Black Basics: Donna Karan Collection Vintage Stretch Leather Jacket & Slim Jersey Pants

“Many trends come and go with the ever-changing zeitgeist, and few are the movements that have had as lasting an impact on the way women dress as Donna Karan’s 7 Easy Pieces, a concept first debuted in 1985 that continues to shape the sartorial landscape of today,” says Kelly.

Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down: Donna Karan Seamed Body Dress with Jersey Sleeves, available in stores. For store locations, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463 or via Live Chat (7am–1am Eastern).

To read the full article and see even more gorgeous imagery from her Montauk, New York photo shoot, visit Kelly’s blog, TheGlamourai.com.

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Interviews Video

Behind the Scenes: Trendspotting with the Glamourai

We tapped New York blogger Kelly Framel of the Glamourai to style and model in our Pre-Fall Designer campaign. Watch our behind-the-scenes video below, and read on to hear about Kelly’s latest style predilections and blog endeavors.

Where are you from?
Austin, Texas.

Where’s the accent?
People always say that! I don’t think people in Austin really have accents. Honestly, nobody I grew up with has an accent.

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3.1 Phillip Lim sweatshirt and skirt

What was it like growing up in Austin?
Amazing. I read and painted and was pretty shy. I didn’t realize fashion existed until I got to high school, and then it was like the floodgates opened. I taught myself how to sew and started making my own clothes and reworking things that I found at thrift shops.

What was your first job in fashion?
It was at Contempo Casuals in the Barton Creek mall. The manager was the first person to tell me that you could go to school to study fashion. It had never occurred to me that you could actually do that for a living.

Who’s your all-time fashion idol?
Loulou de la Falaise, Yves Saint Laurent’s muse in the ’70s. There was something classic about her style, yet eclectic at the same time. She always had a look, but it never felt like she was trying too hard.

Valentino dress

What’s on deck for the Glamourai this fall?
We have some elaborate fashion editorials planned, and we’re introducing some new features, like monthly playlists, home décor stories and profiles on inspiring women.

L’AGENCE dress | Missoni coat

Any beauty essentials you can’t live without?
I always do my eyebrows. I’m a child of the ’90s when everyone overplucked their brows, and I’ve been suffering for it ever since, so I always fill them in. For my skin, I love La Mer Face Cream. I had lifelong acne, started using La Mer, and suddenly, I had completely different skin. I will never not use it. I also love CAUDALÍE Beauty Elixir. I carry some in my purse, and anytime I’m feeling run down, I give a little spritz—it fixes a lot of evils.

Are you more of an eyes or lips girl?
Eyes. I naturally have big eyes, so I just focus on playing those up.

Giuseppe Zanotti sandals

You used to sell jewelry on your website. Are you still creating new designs?
Not for the past year or so, only because it’s impossible to do everything I want to do in the course of a day. At some point, I plan to focus on jewelry design again. I grew up loving to paint and recently starting painting again. That’s sort of taken up the space in my life that making jewelry used to occupy.

What do you paint?
Mostly portraits, oil paintings of women, nudes. I’ve always been drawn to the female form, which is what got me into fashion design, my original career.

L’AGENCE dress | Missoni coat | Jimmy Choo clutch

What’s a little-known fact about you?
I have a birthmark over my right eye. I always cover it; otherwise, my makeup looks lopsided. I call it my “Mommy drinks” moment, because it looks like I got a little tipsy while doing my eyeshadow and smeared across one side.

Moschino Cheap & Chic dress

If you weren’t in fashion, what would you be doing?
I love interior design and would be happy doing that for a living.

How do you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall?
It’s all about finding pieces that can be worn in many different ways. I live a busy life, so things have to be multifunctional. I’m excited about chic basics these days: white collared shirts and cardigan sweaters that can be worn on warmish spring nights and layered in the wintertime.

Michael Kors heels

What’s your ideal night out?
There are so many opportunities for black-tie moments in New York. Last night, we had this wild adventure: a designer friend of mine hosted an Alice in Wonderland-themed treasure hunt at the Standard Hotel. I wore flamingo-print pants in honor of the Red Queen. I love living in a city where these sorts of things aren’t out of the ordinary.

Moschino Cheap & Chic top | Christopher Kane skirt | Giuseppe Zanotti sandals

What are you listening to these days?
I’m obsessed with Alt-J. It’s like space-techno-rock-emotion. I have no clue how to categorize them, but it’s just transportive.

Any favorite TV shows?
I’ve been watching House of Cards on Netflix. It’s really well done and smart.


Moschino Cheap & Chic dress

Name four wardrobe essentials every woman should own.
Jeans, sunglasses, a great trench coat and a button-down shirt.

Tod’s shoes

What do you pack for traveling?
Everything. I am not a light packer. I travel a lot with my friend Jamie Beck (of the blog From Me to You). We’ve gotten this system down where she just brings her camera equipment and some beauty products and I pack for both of us—things to shoot and things to wear.

L’AGENCE dress | Missoni coat | Jimmy Choo clutch

What’s your current favorite snack?
Radishes with sea salt. I can’t stop eating them lately.

Moschino Cheap & Chic top | Christopher Kane skirt | Giuseppe Zanotti sandals

What do you think you’ll be doing 10 years from now?
Who can say? I never thought I’d be doing this 10 years ago. All I really need is to have the opportunity to do something new and creative every day. What that’s going to look like in 10 years, I have no idea, but I look forward to finding out.

—Mary O’Regan

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Fashion Week Street Style

Street Report: Kelly & Aimee Outside Naeem Khan

I know, I know, you guys have already seen several images of Kelly and Aimee this week. But how can I not snap them?! These two blogger buds always look amazing.

Kelly’s New York chic and Aimee’s L.A. cool perfectly complement one another. Today’s outfits are all about layers and urban femininity (and Aimee’s amazing studded boots!). Thanks for the inspiration, lovelies!

xo, Crystal

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Fashion Week Street Style

Street Report: Kelly Outside 3.1 Phillip Lim

Kelly Framel is one of the most photogenic girls I know. After taking her photo dozens of times, I have yet to find an unflattering shot! Kelly’s blog (The Glamourai) gives her plenty of posing practice and lots of opportunities to experiment with style.

She exudes a downtown cool vibe but always has a gorgeous smile on her face.

xo, Crystal

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Fashion Week Street Style

Street Report: Daily Highlights and Scene

It was a cold, windy Saturday in New York City. The snow finally stopped falling, but the drifts caused by plows made navigating the streets treacherous, especially for stiletto-wearing fashionistas!

I ventured away from Lincoln Center today for some of the uber-hip shows, like Band of Outsiders and Alexander Wang, and was rewarded with a veritable who’s who list of the industry’s elite. From Joanna Hillman to Leandra Medine, everyone braved the wind and snow for a glimpse at next year’s fashion.

Somehow, the crowds and traffic and hectic show schedule only make Fashion Week more fun. It’s so inspiring to be here, right in the middle of the craziness, and I wouldn’t change a thing! Well, maybe less snow, but we can’t have it all. 🙂

xo, Crystal

Joanna Hillman

Tamu McPherson

Zoe Lister-Jones

Preetma Singh

Leandra Medine

Mary O’Regan,  Nordstrom Senior Features writer

Natalie Joos

Jaime King

Nausheen Shah

Kelly Framel

Miroslava Duma

Scott Schuman and Garance Doré

Zanita Morgan

Annie Georgia Greenberg

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Fashion Week Street Style

Street Report: Day 1 Extras and Highlights

Here’s a sneak peek at more to come from Crystal’s first day on the streets at Lincoln Center—like she says, the ladies outside Lincoln Center never disappoint.

Sarah Jessica Parker rocking a blue fur jacket like only she can.

Pink pumps and contrast details make for a modern, ladylike look.

Great graphic print duo. Those jackets!

A coral lip is definitely looking pretty for spring.

Aimee Song (blogger behind Song of Style) back again on The Thread.

Elena Moussa layering it up in the cold NYC weather.

Oversized floral-print pants and neutral accessories on Kelly Framel—founder of The Glamourai.

Killer stiletto booties on Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi.

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