In Celebration Of Sisterhood

19th August, 2013

Because I work with my own sister, and as the elder am constantly, consciously trying to provide opportunity, anonymity, guidance, growth and professional fulfillment to her, I am fascinated by the dynamics of similar sisterly duos, and the ways in which they work and play and live and love together. History has been generous with excellent examples: from the Grimké sisters (the first women to publicly fight against both slavery and the subordination of women), to artistic trios like the authors Brontë or The Andrews Sisters band. We’ve revered glamorous divas like Joan and Jackie Collins, and more modern muses like Dakota and Elle Fanning, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Rooney and Kate Mara, or the royals Middleton. There is a fascination with sisters because the bonds between them are inseparable, mysterious, and eternal ~ and because, together, they can really create a fashion MOMENT.

Sisterhood2Danielle and Jodie Snyder, the sisters pictured here, are another recent, chic example. As co-founders and designers of Dannijo jewelry, they’ve been collaborating on baubles since childhood, and have since parlayed that creative chemistry into a monstrously successful brand that’s been unequivocally embraced by the international fashion community (selling everywhere from Bergdorf Goodman to Shopbop), and worn by other culture-quaking kin like Beyonce and Solange Knowles. They value and adore each other, not only working as a team but going home at night to neighboring apartments ~ one floor apart in the same building. That’s the special magic of sisterhood.  Sisterhood3There’s the old adage that says that two heads are better than one, and Andy Warhol once famously stated: “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” Besides being staggeringly creative, the Snyders are shrewd businesswomen, who have made and earned every opportunity they’ve been given. They are also beautiful and glamorous, and I feel fortunate to live in a time when women are allowed to be all of those things at once. It wasn’t always the case.  Sisterhood4Indeed, we have the overarching sisters of history to thank for where we are today, starting with the suffragettes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I was inspired to style Danielle and Jodie in Emporio Armani’s Fall collection, because of the way its softly sweeping skirts and tulip-hemmed coats recall the clothing worn by those infamous women. For years it was considered verboten to associate feminism with fashion, but the suffragettes actually exercised one in pursuit of the other. At a time when women had few ways to speak out about their beliefs, these pioneers used the colors of their dress to quietly align themselves with the movement, to symbolize their allegiance. Their slogan was ‘Give Women the Vote’ ~ and give equaled green, women equaled white, vote equaled violet. For them, fashion became a secret code, a literal coat of arms.Sisterhood5Those same colors are beautifully reflected in this collection. In these painterly pastels I see an extreme femininity, and in femininity I see indomitable strength. Besides the shadows of suffrage, there are subtler notes of flapper and geisha costumes in Emporio Armani’s Fall line as well. Many have argued that the flappers’ laissez-faire attitudes were a natural progression of women’s liberation, but there’s an underlying (if lesser sung) story of female independence in the geisha’s history as well. In a rigorously male-dominated world, the path of a geisha was in many ways the only route a 19th century Japanese woman could take to escape the confines of marriage and pursue artistic careers and independent entrepreneurship. Sisterhood6Today is a still-imperfect but exciting time to be a woman, and I’ve yet to meet another soul who understands and celebrates the power and beauty of femininity better than my own chosen second sister Jamie Beck, with whom I share such an intense creative bond that she has truly become family to me. Making pictures together is like making a perfume; we aspire to draw out and distill the purest essence of our subjects. She was the only person who could shoot this story with me, for she has done more than anyone to inspire me to be a better woman and to see the beauty in all womankind. I am grateful everyday to have her and Erin in my life, two gentle spirits who remind me to treat my sister as my friend and my friends like sisters.Sisterhood7After all, what are we here for if not to celebrate and support one another?Sisterhood8|IN CELEBRATION OF SISTERHOOD| starring Danielle and Jodie Snyder |ALL CLOTHING + ACCESSORIES| by Emporio Armani |JEWELRY| by Dannijo

|PHOTOGRAPHY| by Jamie Beck |ART DIRECTION + STYLING| by Kelly Framel |BEAUTY| by Ana Sicat |SHOT ON LOCATION| in Amagansett, NY

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  • Melanie

    Oh, you girls are fantastic. I agree, you and Jamie work perfection together!

  • UrbanJungleFashion

    I have to say that you and Jamie make a great team. I’m loving the color and motif of all these photos. PS. You write so beautifully as well. Have a great night!

  • Czech Blondýn

    stunning photography!!!!!

  • Ari

    BEAUTIFUL shot, BEAUTIFUL message… I feel identified with your writing as I am a big sister too 🙂

  • M

    These photos are amazing!!!!!

  • Lydia

    Amazing photos, so stunning! x

  • Nico
  • Jessica

    As a fashion blogger with an especially unique voice/outlook, I’d be curious to know what you think of this article…

  • Renata

    Great photos. Indeed, sisters have this magnetism that is unique. You portrayed that perfectly.

  • Pipay

    I love all your blog posts, but this is, by far, my most favorite. I too have a sister and I am the elder, and you captured the sisterhood bond so well with your words, styling and photos.

  • Sabrina

    I love this post so much! The fashion is spot on, the photos are beautiful, and the message is perfect. Definitely one of your best yet!

  • Betül

    I love this series Kelly! your styling is glamourous!
    The examples you gave are excellent, and make me wish that I had a sis.

  • Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    Gorgeous pictures! I adore their jewelry – It’s fun to get a peek behind the scenes! <3

  • Juliette Laura

    These photographs are incredible! Absolutely beautiful! And sisters are the greatest. Although I do not have a sister by blood or even marriage, I had an exhange sister and our ties are just as deep despite the distance!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • Ashley W

    Beautiful vintage style. Very elegant and chic

  • Belen Baquerizo

    I love this! my sister and I are starting a blog 🙂

  • Dae Williams

    As one of five sisters (no brothers) I really “felt” this beautiful offering. Nothing has defined the way I identify myself more that being a sister and one of the “Williams Sisters” has always given me such a sense of specialness that has been reflected in the way I take care of myself. Such a beautiful theme around which to orient this inspiring post. Appreciating you…………..

  • Beautiful shoot. There’s nothing quite like the dynamic two sisters can bring to the table. 🙂

  • Fantastic shots & I love my sisters! How lucky you are to work together.

  • monkeyshines
  • Sisters are everything!

  • A Key to the Armoire

    Love the pictures, of course, and the topic, but I must really commend you on your beautifully-felt writing…What a wonderful tribute to sisterhood, whether by birth or choice…

  • Beautiful photos! You’re so right about the pastel colors in these pictures. Amazing.
    And I definitely agree with you about women and sisterhood. Such a rockin thing! 🙂

  • Chantel

    These photos are fabulous.

  • Sister Disco

    We’re with you!

  • Smart Dresser
  • Adeola Naomi Aderemi

    This is more than perfect!

  • Meelena L

    this is STUNNING!!!


  • leela

    this is such a fabulous concept and execution — wonderful job!

  • Thien Do

    You write so beautifully! I was initially drawn to this post because of the pictures. I had never heard of those sisters before but the message and your prose is amazing!

  • Styled to Wear

    This is one of your best! The wooded area and distressed, antique chair remind me of one of my recent shoots. And your styling here is a good lesson in restraint–less is more. Fantastic!

  • duyspasalonus

    style very great, old time,

  • Liesl

    What a strong and vibrant message on feminism. The photos are absolutely epic as well. This is why you are my favourite fashion blog, my dear. Hands dowwwwwwwwwn.

  • pixiedust8

    I wish my sister and I were close, but unfortunately, we aren’t. However, love that you and your sister are, and these are great photos. Also love that I learned about the Grimke sisters!

  • am2pmchic

    Beautiful art direction & styling.



  • Cristina Monti

    Absolutely love these shots!
    Check out:
    Instagram: @cristinamonti
    Tweet me: @thebbohoflow
    With Love,

  • Amazing pictures!!

  • Sgravalli Fashion Jewellery
  • These images stunningly(is that even a word?) capture the bond between the sisters. I really wish I had a sister, your message is so beautiful!

    Dee of Ms Dee Kay

  • Winifred

    Didn’t this match the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance perfectly? And thank you for reminding me of what matters….

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  • Jane Klementti

    an absolutely beautiful shoot.

  • AWolfinChicClothing

    Love this entry. Found the photos enchanting, fashionable, soft and romantic. My favorites are the ones of them on the boat–the softness of their outfits coupled with the lighting is to die for. Not to mention the colors are so delicious. Makes me think of cotton candy! The green fur hat and the moody lipstick are inspiring. Very interesting about the connection of sisters. I am an only child and I am always curious about the sibling bond.

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  • Ileana Kampadaki

    Amased! You create art!

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