Modeling since the age of 15, Natalie Lim Suarez has been a notable figure in the fashion industry for years. Based in NYC, she is 1/2 Chinese, 1/4 Spanish, and 1/4 Mexican. With her passion for photography, creative direction, design, music, writing, modeling, and style, NATALIE OFF DUTY was born. Completely inspired by the "model off duty" on-the-go lifestyle. Sharing her stories, inspirations, and projects through her own photography and writing. Already noted for her winning fans in Harper's Bazaar UK, featured editorials in ELLE, and WWD for her "Good Taste." Along with campaigns and ambassadorships to top fashion and beauty brands from around the world. Some including COACH, DKNY, L'oreal Paris, Saks 5th Avenue, Sunglass Hut, Levis, and Nordstrom. Her eclectic, unique style has launched many successful design collaborations sold in top retailers around the world. Next to fashion, Natalie's other passion is music. Singing along with piano/guitar continue to pop up in her upcoming fashion campaigns.
It isn’t often that I get to wear a huge ballgown, but I’m taking advantage of the moments that I can. Like here, for the MOMA “Afterparty in the Garden” with Carolina Herrera. My version of the Cinderella dress has voluminous sleeves, a fitted waist, and a giant skirt. But it’s with the print and color that I can have the most fun. Carolina Herrera makes going to a summer party extra standout with blue and yellow polka-dots and conffeti-esque oversize earrings. I completed the look with a pink/orange pair of Manolos and a new addition to my designer handbag collection . . . this rare and vintage Chanel barrel bag. A super tiny bag, that’s still large enough for my oversize iPhone 8. I like the play of proportion with a voluminous dress and a miniature accessory. It’s cartoonish, but in the best way.
This isn’t your typical campaign shoot, and it was certainly one to remember. Nicole Miller always takes the unconventional route when it comes to her campaign shoots and actually incorporated a full press day on the set, with publications like WWD and VOGUE coming in to capture their own content and stories as well! We shot at Metal Shutter Houses, an art space in the heart of Chelsea. This space is a hub for creativity, with super high ceilings, freshly painted white walls and flooring, along with a stunning set of skylights, creating the most magnificent set of shadows to pose alongside. This collection pulled together eclectic and confusing styles that one wouldn’t expect, and made them work beautifully. Completely inspired by the eclectic and interesting mixes you’ll find on the cool girls of Manhattan. I love the chance to get into character during shoots like this. At the same time, I would completely wear these pieces on my own! That made it all the more fun. You can see there’s a little sporty element to each look. Think varsity socks paired with classic striped pajama-esque suits and flowing asymmetrical skirts. And you know me, I love a pop of color like jade and citrus along with a statement metallic piece to throw into any look. It’s the little elements of urban street style that made the collection really pop. Converse paired with brushstroke patterned cocktail dresses and flowing blouses with varsity striped leather pants made opposites attract. This collection felt refreshing and unique, giving me a few styling notes to take on myself (like taking a button up blouse and wearing it backwards). Bravo Nicole Miller, and thank you for having me as your muse this season.
It was always vintage Chanel that began my love for puffed sleeves, shoulder pads, and the tweed newsboy cap. I like to modernize that classic style with a handful of new emerging designers that also share that same love of vintage inspiration as me. Take this Tach satin blouse, Eugenia Kimcap, and suede Farah Asmarhandbag. These three designers have completely given a fresh romantic take on pieces with a little blast from the past. This season, I’m leaning towards soft palettes and interesting textures. I find this to be a look I would have worn 10 years ago, and maybe one I would wear 10 years from now. As for my weekend, I have a Sunday completely off, meaning I get to bop around downtown with some quality sister time before heading to France on Tuesday. I live for my Sundays. This week was one filled with press days and a few exciting new campaign shoots which you probably could find on my Instagram. I now find so much joy in picking up a fresh bouquet of flowers with friends and strolling the gorgeous NYC streets. No agenda. No nothing. I’ll always appreciate these simple moments and quiet days that makes me fall in love with NYC over and over again.
My latest cover for the Neiman Marcus April 2018 Book has been out for a few months now, but for those who didn’t catch a glimpse of it in VOGUE or in-store or in the mail, here is an inside glimpse at a few of my favorite pages. This was a special shoot because not only was I shooting alongside an incredible team of leading ladies, but of course, my sister Dylana. Epic, I know. We were photographed by Guy Aroch. I’ve followed his work for years…famous for amazing pops of color with a whimsy, retro feel. Neiman Marcus sure knows how to make a girl’s dream come true. We shot in the heart of Los Angeles, taking long strides in classic spring/summer ensembles that will make anyone swoon. This season was all about squad goals: rounding up your favorite girl gang and coordinating your best looks. I’m finding it so important to make time for my closest girl friends and keep in touch no matter where I am in the world or how crazy or busy our lives get. Simply put, I can’t wait for summer in the city with my gal pals. Picture silver sequins, denim shorts, and the perfect crochet dress. Click below to see more from the catalog.