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.
Natalie Lim Suarez is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
I spent the last week in Philadelphia shooting the October Free People catalog! They really wanted to capture my own personal style and vibe so it was all shot by my sister Dylana and styled by us. The photos turned out so awesome, I cannot wait till they printed. The catalog is going to look so amazing! I had the best time working with everyone at Free People. It was so much fun! And I am so in love with the city. Philadelphia has so much history and it was fun visiting all the major landmarks. I love the old buildings and cobble stone streets. Philadelphia is now so hip and quirky with the cutest little restaurants and vintage shops. I spent one of my days off walking the entire city. I’m surprised at how much ground we covered that day. It was pretty humid and warm so I tried to stay cool in a silk vintage top and shorts. I tend to stick to basics when traveling, but I did realize I definitely overpacked! I have so many more photos from my stay in Philadelphia that I will have to go through and post next time. I’m currently in New York having a ball. Everyone over at Hudson Jeans encouraged me to create a twitter so I finally created one today!
I am wearing the new Hudson Jeansfresh out of their Spring 2010 collection. I’m in love with them! They are super soft and stretchy; I’m sure they can make just about anyone’s legs look endless. Hudson’s new Spring 2010 collection is super fresh with a sexy, grunge vibe. Along with their perfectly skinny designs, the Spring collection displays distressed cargo and relaxed boyfriend fits. Once again, I am impressed with what Hudson Jeans comes up with every season!
I was fortunate enough to interview Ben Taverniti, head designer for Hudson, while he was in LA for the big Hudson Jeans, After-Hours event.
-How do you make sure that all the styles and cuts of Hudson jeans are able to appeal to different women’s unique fashion tastes and body shapes?
We are selling a way of life, more than just a pair of jeans. Our goal is to create something for every person. I don’t believe in choosing a certain style for a specific body type. If you feel good in something you should wear it.
-My favorite things about HUDSON Jeans are the back pockets. The flap back pocket has been HUDSON’s signature pocket design, but I now see that there you’ve changed things up with newer pocket designs. What convinced you to do so? And why do you think pockets are such an important factor when it comes to the perfect pair of jeans?
Our new styles are an evolution rather than a change. Our signature flap pocket will always be a part of the line—it is an established part of HUDSON, but we wanted to be expand on the original with the newer pocket designs. Pockets are a very important design element…the wrong placements or proportions can completely change the look.
-My pair of HUDSON Jeans are probably the softest, most comfortable jeans I own. What goes into the process of making them feel so incredible?
We start with the finest premium denim from Japan and Italy. These fabrics are the highest quality so the denim is very soft to begin with. From there, different wash techniques, know how, and a lot of love =), help to soften them even further.
-For spring, I see some really great new distressed denim along with some great washes. HUDSON Jeans appeal to a wide range of young women. How do you always manage to keep things fresh and new each season while staying true to Hudson fans?
Every season we try to evolve our product line. We re-work our classic styles to offer newness to the consumer. At the same time, we’ll also add in completely new styles that might appeal to someone who has never worn HUDSON before.
-I love the new lengths, like the Baby Boot for example (the cropped boot cut jean). How did you know this style would work well and look so flattering on so many women?
The Baby Boot was really a logical evolution of our classic Signature Bootcut. It is the most widely adopted style in denim today, so we knew we wanted to expand on it and freshen it up.
-The new cargo designs with the slouchy fit and side pockets are eye catching and ooze “cool”. What inspired this particular design?
Thank you. The inspiration for these styles actually came from the way I wear my own jeans. I’ve always worn a slouchy skinny and was always interested to translate this into womens wear. We’ve seen cargos everywhere—I wanted to add newness to it-to tweak the established style.
-Any woman wearing HUDSON Jeans immediately feels sexy yet comfortable. What women in particular have inspired you to create these sexy jeans?
I believe that sexiness comes from within .. HUDSON accentuates and reinforces that sexiness and helps to bring it out of you … There is nothing more powerful than a woman that is effortless stylish and comfortable in her own skin!
I am going to take his word for it! See more photos of the Hudson Jeans Spring 2010 collection HERE.
I finally finished my summer class and there is only a few more days till I’m off to Philadelphia to shoot the Free People catalog! I’m super excited. I’ve been the biggest Free People fan so this is a dream come true! I’m pretty sure I still have a stack of their catalogs lying around somewhere. And I’m already craving a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. mmm. Then, I’m off to NY! These next few days home which will be spent with friends and family, packing, and possibly shooting a lil music video cover of a song I’m in love with. You know you miss those lol! Here, I’m wearing a vintage sweater, Forever 21 trouser shorts, and my grandma’s knee highs. Nothing better than loose nubby clothes at home!
And here are more photos I’ve found saved to my computer. I love the soft feel of these photos so much.
Here are some shots of me from the latest Calista Fall/Winter 2010 Lookbook, photographed by Yudi Echevarria and Erika Hokanson. Calista was created in New York by the designer duo Brigitte K and Sofia Shannon, two of the sweetest people you will ever meet! I loved all the looks and would wear just about everything in the collection. The clothes looked beautiful simply with no bangs and just really bold eyebrows. I’m obsessed with their fitted lace frocks and oversize silk blouses. Super minimalistic, wearable, and chic! It’s a gorgeous collection and I’m so happy I got to be the face of their latest lookbook! Check out their website and store to see more photos and a video of the shoot!
And I hope everyone had a nice 4th of July weekend!