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.
This was actually shot on the very last day of NYFW. I was too tired to wear my boots and heels anymore, that I slipped into my all-time favorite sneaker by Bally. I opted for everything oversize, because I was ready to dash in and out of shows under my umbrella in total comfort. My The Kooples coat felt more like a blanket yet this Gucci blouse from NET-A-PORTER made me front row ready in about two seconds. This NYFW flew by. Team Suarez and I shot a lot of amazing campaigns all while making it to 9am show call times and late dance night parties in Brooklyn. Even with all the fun, I was so ready for a good, long facial and massage come the day after. This FW I kept things cool and classic. Loads of trousers, great statement coats, and even more statement bags like this Ferragamo beauty I snagged on Monnier Freres. I have never felt more organized and relaxed during fashion week. I guess I am now a seasoned veteran that it suddenly feels easy peasy from getting my schedule finalized to making the time to get dressed and support some of my absolute favorite designers. I’m so happy to take you through some of my favorite moments in the next couple of posts.
I am currently writing from the airport in Nicaragua of all places! In February alone, I was in London, LA, Colorado, Milan, Ohio, and Paris, before heading back to NYC. It took me a second to even remember and look back in time. Life has been such a whirlwind lately with work, but I’m really enjoying every second of it. With every city, I’ve gotten to play a new character, working with the designers I know and love. But with the never-ending winter, I thought now would be the perfect time to escape the cold to one of my favorite surf destinations, the beaches of Nicaragua. Limited wifi and loads of sun. Just what I needed for a full week far from home! I’m ready to have sandy toes and smell of sunscreen. It always warms my heart! Here I am shot just after landing in NYC for fashion week from LA just in time for the early morning Zimmermann show. Hosted at Spring Studios, it was a beautiful production of floral floors and seats, as the models dramatically walked down the runway in western-victorian-esque dresses. In support of one of my favorite designers, I slipped into this stunning off-shoulder Zimmermann midi-dress despite the 30 degree breeze. I’ll have to shoot this stunner of a piece again on it’s own once the weather gets nice again. It’s timeless, a piece I’ll keep forever and ever.
This was certainly your most liked and commented look from NYFW. Therefore, I think it’s worth sharing a bit more insight behind it’s story. Lela Rose did something completely different this fashion week, showcasing “10 hours of fashion” purely on social media. Each look rolling out one by one each hour on Instagram with a major bang followed by a delicious dinner with the team at Lela Rose’s stunning Tribeca home. I’m lucky enough to be one of the faces behind the campaign. I was ecstatic with your hundreds of positive messages and comments. How incredible is this smoky grey windowpane check jumpsuit with matching cocoon coat?! Lela Rose Fall ’18 is one again whimsical but with a very strong sense of self. Think tailored peplum suits and tweed capes that are always the sophisticated, uptown NYC girl. This beautiful grey look felt very me. So elongating, elegant, with a touch of masculine femininity. This has by far been a street style favorite of mine this season. It’s amazing how something so simple as one print can make a real statement. Thank you for the constant love and support. This fashion month started off on the most positive note!
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.