Danielle 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. There’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. Indeed, 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.Those 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. Today 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.After all, what are we here for if not to celebrate and support one another?|IN CELEBRATION OF SISTERHOOD| starring Danielle and Jodie Snyder |ALL CLOTHING + ACCESSORIES| by Emporio Armani |JEWELRY| by Dannijo
Starring | Jodie & Danielle Snyder
Photography | Jamie Beck
Styling | Kelly Framel
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.