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.
These happen to be some my favorite images from my latest campaign for Hunter Boots and it was all about hot, hot, heat. Hunter does chic, waterproof, outerwear unlike anyone else. In NYC, we get our muggy thunderstorms, rain, and cloudy skies. On the other side of the spectrum, we get the scorching hot sun and beautiful blue skies. With NYFW quickly approaching, I’m picturing perfect 75 degree weather, made for full days out on our feet, sashaying to the catwalk. But no matter what, this city girl is always prepared…with a pocket full of sunshine.
I was never one to shy away from color. The more vibrant, the better. And nope, this isn’t a dress. Simply a skirt and one of my favorite crop tops, sashaying through the tree-lined sidewalks of Bryant Park. The colors here are a mix of Brazil meets All-Americana. Stripes and abstract shapes that blend perfectly with the strong color, red. Pretty unexpected huh? Being back in NYC, and gearing up for September NYFW, always gets me thinking: “how did summer go by so fast?”
It’s amazing how many ways I can style this metallic skirt. It’s been my summer go-to. Here, I gave it a little structure. An asymmetrical off-shoulder blouse and new everyday bag by X. Nihilo. Shapes and edges that flow and compliment one another. Speaking of structure, it feels amazing to finally spend some quality time back home in NYC. Sweltering July travels, buzzing around the world, working on location, has transitioned into a grounded beginning-of-August in NYC. My family is in town, meaning things have been madness in Casa Natalie juggling both work and family time, but I love it. August is my time to re-focus, plan, and strategize for what’s to come in fall.
Let’s talk about taking a timeless modern statement piece, like this pair of Viden trousers from Totokaelo. I haven’t come across one that has won me over as much as this pair. Usually trousers can be ill fitting, not the right crop, the rise a bit off, or just a bit too classic that they borderline boring, or even worse . . . too office work wear. This one is the opposite . . . super slouchy fit, high waisted yet still boyish, and longer than the typical crop, so I feel like I can work them with a girly heel to dress them up. Totokaelo, a NYC based store, is all about art meets fashion . . . embracing the untypical objects, and bring out an editorial edge to the everyday. They sell everything from Margiela, to Comme des Garcons, to Vetements, to Marni, all brands that I have applauded for their twist on timeless pieces. And there is always a new brand for me to explore when I check out the site. It’s like opening a portal to a whole new wave of fashion that you don’t typically see on the regular. But that is what makes the shop so special, everything feels unique, and one-of-a-kind. If you want something that helps you stand out from the pack, but at the same time add pieces you know you will rewear and reinterpret over and over again with time, you can find at Totokaelo.