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!
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.
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.
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”:
“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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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. 🙂