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.
I am so excited to be featured on Virgin Holidays. I travel so much that it only made sense to bring you into my world and inside one of my favorite spots in my home of NYC, and that is Eataly. Eataly NYC Flatiron reminds me of every part of Italy that I adore. I have road tripped through Tuscany, the Amalfi coast, Rome, and Naples under the boiling hot summer sun. I’ve spent winters on work trips in Florence, fashion weeks in Milano, and red carpets at Venice Film Festival. There’s still so many aspects of Italy to discover, and I can do that much of that right here in NYC at Eataly NYC Flatiron. Italians really understand the art of living, loving, and indulging. What really makes Italy a special place for me is the love for food. When I think of an Italian dinner party, I think of rustic long wood tables covered in greenery, fresh fruits, and a ton of wine. To me, there certainly is no greater love than the love for food.
I walk you through 3 of my favorite spots inside Eataly NYC Flatiron that always keep me coming back for more:
My editorial for HOLA! magazine‘s October/November 2017 issue is officially here…and 4 pages eeek! Gracias HOLA! team for the incredible feature. I’m so proud to be Latina…to represent such an amazing and lively culture. We’re fire-y…we literally love our spices and we can spend all night on the dance floor. There’s still so much of my family history that I’m just being more in tune with. There are still so many places I need to visit. Speaking of culture, now is such an important time to embrace our diversity. To accept everyone as they are, to travel, to get to taste different parts of the world. That’s what I love about my job…I get to meet amazing people from all over, like here on set. Which reminds me, time to really brush up on my español. For this specific feature, we focused on 4 amazing fall trends. Most of the items featured here are pulled from my own closet. Upholestery. Metallics. Textures. Monochromatics. See more and shop!
photographed by Hugo Arturi. Written by Claudia Torres-Rondon.
Vogue Japan had me put together an interesting “sheer” look for their latest February issue. I immediately nixed out your typical sheer maxi skirt, or sheered silk blouse. Boring. Instead, I pulled out this super oversized DKNY bomber jacket from my DKNY campaign shoot with the brand about 2 years ago (boy does time fly). This is one piece I got to keep from the set of our photoshoot. DKNY always masters cool, downtown urban attire. So I took this piece from the back of my closet and completely reinvented it. Leave it to me to throw a sheer oversize bomber over a silver dress, fishnets, and a good pair of Valentinos. Topped off with a printed scarf by Etro. It’s funny how many times I can style one piece in my closet in so many different ways. I’m a total minimalist in that way. Less is more when it comes to everything in my life. Home decor. My wardrobe. The products I use on my skin and body. But my outfits a complete mash up of craziness that somehow ends up working. What do you think will be a comeback trend this NYFW? I know for a fact I will be hiding under a giant statement coat bouncing from show to show with a pack of Emergen-C to go. Can’t be too safe in the front row.
It’s a pretty awesome feeling to be featured in W Magazine‘s September ’16 issue modeling one of my favorite Japanese designers, ISSEY MIYAKE, at home in DUMBO, Brooklyn. It really is about eclectic shapes and color palettes this fall. And you know the wackier the design, the more I love it. This twin set reminds me of water. The dramatic ripple in the skirt along with the blue, green, and purple stripes. ISSEY MIYAKE is just what I want to wearing this upcoming NYFW. Bold, beautiful, with lots of character.