For meetings and dinners and parties, I’ll always be a high heels kind of girl ~ I just feel more ‘finished’ with a little extra lift. But when I’m really working ~ especially when styling a shoot ~ I absolutely have to be in flats. When you’re on your feet for 16 hours straight, constantly moving and running and bending and lifting, there’s no other option. My current favorites for location work (like a recent project shot in the desert around Palm Springs) are the boots Pamela Love designed for Nine West (above left). When I’m on a studio set, I’m all about a cool pair of sneakers ~ either my Nike Frees (Bethany tells me all the girls who work in the design studio at Balenciaga are wearing them too!) or the Missoni x Converse collaboration kicks (above right). However, by far my favorite accessory as a stylist is the cool new tool belt I picked up recently at Urban Zen:I’d originally called it in to use as an accessory for an upcoming fashion story, but quickly realized it was much more necessary for me personally. I have a big rolling suitcase that I bring to every shoot that contains my ‘prop kit’ ~ basically anything you can think of to fix anything that could go wrong or be needed on a shoot, from nude thongs to heel liners to Tide sticks to Benadryl to bug spray to fishing line to straight pins and wire cutters (and everything in between!). But I like having the things I reach for most on my person at all times ~ like scissors and a lint roller and clamps and double stick tape, plus my cell phone and extra jewelry options. It’s like a super chic fanny pack that saves my day on set ~ I don’t know how I got on so long without it! Come spring, when I can ditch the floor-length coats I’m currently living in, I even plan to wear it day-to-day over sleek shift dresses, as a hands-free purse alternative. There’s really nothing more modern than fuss-free mobility.
|PHOTOS| by Mark Iantosca