You know I’m a huge music fan, so I always appreciate a little history + background to the beats. Check out this sick video featuring our favorite photojournalist/creative anthropologist Lyle Owerko and his journey through the Boombox Project. No doubt you’ll get inspired. You may even buy a boombox or the coffee table book. I did. – Danielle
Was Russel Simmons dressed as his brother Run-D.M.C and spotted talking to model/actor types the whole time? Check. Did the Manrepeller show up to DANNIJO an hour before the party costume-less, wearing only a skirt that resembled a full blown yeast infection? Check. Did Jodie not want to go until we scored sick Marchesa dresses, one of which would make for an epic Elvis costume? Check. Did we get to walk the red carpet as Cleopatra, Elvis and Manrepeller-with-a-yeast-infection-and-mangled-headdress? Triple Check.
Heidi and Seal‘s party was as full-on as it looks in all the online coverage. Guests included a mix of celebs, models, musicians, designers and actors including Fergie, Doutzen Kroes and Michelle Tratchtenberg. Heidi and Seal of course went all out two-nights in a row, first dressed as a bloody cadaver and wheeled out for the red carpet on a hospital bed for her Vegas party, and next dressed as a monkey for New York’s bash at the Dream hotel. The power couple didn’t arrive til 12:45am and missed the best part of the party, Questlove‘s DJ Set. I guess they got to see him the night before in Vegas though. For those of you who missed it, below is a round-up of my favorite costumes and moments from the night. Bonus points for DANNIJO infused get-ups. Scroll to THE END or risk missing the best part of this post, a LIVE ELVIS PERFORMANCE amidst chaos… Happy belated H-a-l-l-o-w-e-e-n guys!
And now for the BEST PART of this post. Watch in its entirety:
It’s ok if you didn’t get excited about it, Jodie doesn’t anymore either. She’s so mature these days. For those of you kids who still get excited, have no fear, I still do to and I’m doing a post on it just for you (and me really). I’m researching my costume for Monday night. I texted a friend and asked what he was doing for it and he wrote me “Seal/Heidi,” so naturally I asked, who’s going to be Heidi? Then I realized I was a moron and he was going to their big Halloween party they do every year. And guess what, so am I! So my costume needs to be good. This of course begs the question, WHAT SHOULD I BE? Help! Or don’t, I’ll help myself. Peep my idears below:
1. Derek Foreal in Blow
Halloween or not, you need a Derek Foreal Pinky ring (only $38!)
2. Wednesday Addams - as herself or in the school play
…and can we just have a moment for this photo? I love Christina Ricci
3. Wayne or Garth OR Wayne & Garth (depending on available friends). Jodie? You available?
++bonus points if it’s with your significant other
4. Stacey of Wayne’s World. Bike around with a neck brace and say “Hiiiiii Wayne” all night. Could be fun…
5. Ace Ventura at Shady Acres Mental Institution “Blue 42!!” SPECIAL NOTE: this was my best costume of all time from my freshmen year at Vanderbilt. I’m still trying to locate pictures. I’ve actually dressed as this twice which is why I have the pic below from last year which wasn’t as full-on (If you have any pics from Vandy please send to me as it was EPIC)
Now if those didn’t get your creative juices flowing, you’re not creative. Just kidding, here are some more ideas from years past…
6. A Native American Indian (decked in DANNIJO) a la Jodie
7. Chief of Emu Nation (decked in DANNIJO) or Ferris Bueller’s Sloane a la me
9. Francis from Darjeeling Limited a la Bronson Lamb
10. A Walking HSBC Ad
And last but not least, A BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT BACKUP DANCER FROM GREASE!!!!
Happy Trick-or-Treating kids x
It’s not everyday we have visitors over for breakfast, so we did it up for this morning’s visitors who travelled all the way from Rwanda to join us. You may remember us talking about Indego when we first introduced the DANNIJO x Indego Africa collaboration.
Today we had the honor of meeting the two women from the Cocoki cooperative, Therese and Emelienne, who make our gorgeous DANNIJO pouches that you receive when you order something from DANNIJO.com. We told them all about how we built our brand and gave them some guidance as women entrepreneurs.
They shared stories about their background and discussed their goals. We even had a handsome Rwandan translator, Yves, who happens to be Indego’s accountant. It was quite the morning over here. But the best part of the whole breakfast was the design discussion. We came up with some sick concepts for 2012 that employ the use of indigenous Rwandan elements, (think African masks, horn and colorful textiles) so stay tuned…
Jodie and I attended the WGSN Awards last Thursday night at Gotham Hall. We were nominated for Breakthrough Designer and were honored to be amongst a slew of talented designers including our dear friends Timo Weiland + Alan Eckstein. We were fortunate to be the guests of Swarovski Elements, the headlining sponsor for the night. The main point of this post though (other than letting you know we were nominees) is that Jodie made sure to bling it out for our audience. She was my portable disco ball for the night, which was pretty lucky for me, ’cause most people’s dates aren’t that sparkling if you know what I mean. Visual below:
One of the most challenging fashion attires for me has always been the Blacktie event. It’s like Wimbeldon for Andre Agassi. Read it again so you can laugh this time: It’s like Wimbeldon for Andre Agassi. It always seems to creep up on me and last minute, I’m desperate to find something– which of course then needs statement jewelry to take it next level. Below I’ve created an inspiration cheat-sheet for you to reference for your next big night. What’s trending, you ask? It’s all about #crystaloverload #winterblues #boldaccessories and #takeithomeshoes (ie my Loeffler Randall Natane pick below)
1. Metallics + Sparkle with Crystal Overload a la Jodie
2. Winter Blues a la me
With Jo at WGSN Awards. I’m in one of my all time favorite designs, the Zsa Zsa
3. Bold Accessories
By Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller
To be clear, BTS stands for behind the ‘stache.
So, now you’ve seen it, all four minutes. And Jodie never takes the ‘stache off. You may be wondering why I’ve waited until two months after the launch to share it but the reasons are simple: 1. Danielle edits and that means….nothing, and 2. Here’s the big one: the collection is in it’s final round of stock! That’s it! Buy now or forever hold your piece! That’s a play on words! Do you get it! Have a ‘stache! And a collar! Wear a watch that doesn’t tell time! …Or don’t. I just thought right now would be an opportune moment to let you know that the aforementioned (time) it is a’running out.
Ultimately though, the decision is yours, I can’t pressure you into buying something(s), especially if they don’t speak to your aesthetic. If they don’t in fact speak to your aesthetic though, you should really ask yourself why. And then reconsider revisiting this here web page ever again. I hate you! Just kidding, I love you. Well, this paragraph is chocful of irregular sentiments, I reckon it may be in part due to Aunt Flow’s short journey over, scheduled to pop in any day now.
Before you kick yourself into early menopause though, (see what I did there?) I should let you know, if you did in fact miss your call to purchase a piece of us, collection number two may or may not roll out one day. Soon. Or not soon. We’re at the mercy of a metalsmith named Jon. Kidding, his names not Jon, but it should be, he looks like a Jon.
Okay now, bye and buy!