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.
With my schedule, a pantsuit is just easy. Throw on and go. No thought required. Always smart and extra chic. This one is by my favorite, Anna Sui, straight off the runway. A perfect 70’s inspired cut and in the most nubby and soft fabric that is almost as comfortable as my sweats…almost. This week is a special one. I get to be home in NYC as we creep up on my birthday this Friday. Scorpio babies, Happy Birthday to you! We certainly aren’t your average creature…strong, mysterious, and a bit crazy. Just the way I like it.
Here I am, running late into the sunset, off to claim my seat at Anna Sui’s NYFW show this season…in nothing but Anna, of course. This is my dream evening look. So unique. So rock n’ roll. A glamorous goldlamé twin set (a fabric Anna Sui uses in almost every collection) adorned with plush velvet roses. The way the metallic glistens in the sun and the way the skirt moves with every step is magic. The sleeves became my wings for the evening. Anna Sui, I worship you! Thank you for taking me into another world and another time with every extraordinary design. Take a little front row peek at the Anna Sui S/S ’18. We’re talking peace and love, to the max. Her stars and moons and florals are a burst of color from a new world. Complete with folk music and daisy face paint. I like to dream in her clothes and escape. I start to play characters and new roles whenever I’m in her clothes. In this gold ensemble, I’m mentally dancing in a jazz cafe on a perfect NYC night in the 1920’s.
Dylana and I grew up wearing AnnaSui…she is one of the main reasons we fell into fashion. I find it so beautiful the way she can tie in culture, rock n’ roll, and different eras into a single look. Her runway show is my favorite every single season. I’m always blown away with her eclectic touch and out-of-this-world imagination when it comes to design and style. You can tell Anna has a serious love for music, always making vintage rock n’ roll trends new again. I hear a string of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar and a roar of Janis Joplin’s voice whenever I shimmy into one of her amazing metallic dresses. Her designs always feel a bit mysterious… they certainly have a darkness to them, with a whole lot of quirky cool. I can spot an AnnaSui design and print from a mile away. They’re unlike anything I’ve seen out there. Her latest collections have been a mix of the wild, wild west with a romantic touch. I’m so excited that AnnaSuihas collaborated with INC International Concepts, a brand at Macy’s to make her unique designs even more attainable. They feel straight off the runway, yet super wearable. Trust me, this is one collaboration you’re not going to want to miss out on.
I gravitate towards fringe, straw hats, and the sunny side of the road. I guess growing up in an old cowboy town of Los Angeles County made me a fan of driving the open road alongside acres of farm land. Oh, and there’s the heat. Nothing beats the feel of that dry heat warming my face the moment I step off the airplane.