It Girls: Niska & Vanessa Garoute

Nothing screams fame and spotlight like a family with an abundance of talent. The Kardashian sisters, the Olsen twins, Venus & Serena Williams, Paris & Niki Hilton… and the list goes on!

Two sisters have caught our attention lately, mainly because of their individual style, their vivacious colorful characters, and their popularity. To top it all off, one of them is a music performer. We are talking about Niska and Vanessa Garoute. We interviewed our first “it girls”, and we must say… They did not disappoint!

Meeting with our "It Girls" Niska and Vanessa
Meeting with our “It Girls” Niska and Vanessa
Close up time!
Close up time!

These sisters, as we have come to learn, are not only original and beautiful, but also smart and witty. They made us feel at ease as soon as we sat down for the interview, and what was supposed to be a serious endeavor, became a dinner amongst old friends. We got sidetracked quite a bit, but it made the whole experience light and fun.

 Describe your personal style

V: I love new style, not always accepted and different, I like to have what no one has. If someone has what I have it bothers but I get over it eventually. I love shoes, I would kill for shoes, I can go a whole day without food to get shoes.

N: If I’d have to describe my style in a few words it would be “simple” . I like neutral and warm colors, summer times I obviously brighten up a bit. I’m into shoes but I’m not as much as a heel freak as Vanessa. She always makes me feel underdressed. My favorite things are my glasses, my bras and my shoes.

Niska, how do you describe your stage style and how it influences your performance?

N: My stage style is a lot like my everyday style. As far as influencing my performance I like to be comfortable. I’m trying to get in top shape enough where I could just wear a bra on a stage with maybe just a cover up around it but everything else open. Like Selena.

Do you borrow each other’s clothes, and do you fight about it?

(Hahahaha)

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Niska

V: Your recording is going to be so long after we tell you stories. But before we start this argument, you have to know the person that got us into fashion and it’s our mom. And her closet is our closet so we shop when we go to Haiti.

But, to answer your question, yes we do steal from each other, a lot … and physically fight. We hurt each other for clothes. Now we don’t live together anymore so it’s much better because we don’t have to deal with each other all the time.

What trends are you currently obsessed with?

V: Black and White! I’ve been buying a lot of white for summer but since my grandmother died I had to throw in black. I love Neon yellow. And Leopard any season all season.

N: She’s the trendy one I’m more vintage. I prefer being a bit different, questionable at times.

Style Inspiration (Any celebrity or any individual whose style you admire?)

N: My mom and my grandmother. If I have to answer for Vanessa it will be Kim Kardashian, my mom and Rihanna.  

The fashion Icon they swear by
The fashion Icon they swear by

Any favorite designers?

N: Depends on the season. But current favorite designer Tom Ford.

V: Ahhhhh! Okay skin care product: Chanel. Make-up: anything in Sephora. Actually I went

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Vanessa

to Sephora in Dubai, and every Sephora in Dubai is different than America. You knew Dolce and Gabanna made make-up? People I never knew made make-up have a make-up line. Okay, lipstick: the Sephora Lipstain, Mascara: I use “they’re real” by Benefit. For clothes: Marchesa, I can’t afford Marchesa but their stuff are so different with so many details. And I love Kenzo also. Shoes: I don’t want to say Giuseppe because it’s so common but he’s an artist. So Giuseppe and Cassadei

N: Honestly for shoes I like boutique brands I’m not really a name brand person but if I have to chose a brand, it’s Lanvin. As for heels, I really love YSL. Make up Chanel hands down and Guerlain. For clothes it’s too much I like to mix no brands with brands.

What’s A “Must Have” in your closets?

V: My red Sephora lipstain…IMG_3535

N: In your closet girl, not your cosmetic drawer.

V: Sorry, a must is a pair of leggings for that one day that you don’t feel like doing anything, a nice pair of heels, at least one. And a scarf cause it can dress up or down anything.

N: I’d have to say, leather either leggings or pants, any kind of ballerina slipper. And any button down collar preppy style shirt. I need linen, white linen.

V: Oh I forgot to say! Nail polish, I change my nail color every 2 days, and when I travel I bring a big bag full of nail polish, it’s so hard to pick a color!

What is sexy to you?

N: Back out! Anything low cut reaching almost to your but, I think is beautiful. Open front is so overrated these days, it’s all back!

V:  I agree but, these days what I’ve been looking for and haven’t been able to find are zippers. It’s like “what’s under there?” … and it’s so easy to just …. Unzip !

And what do you find sexy in men?

V : I think fitted pants. Anything fitted, anything custom tailored that fits their body …

What’s a big Fashion DON’T in men style

V: I hate flip flops!

Bold jewelry
Bold jewelry

N: Baggy pants. I don’t like when guys wear their baggy pants under their but. I like it when they wear on their hips.

Lastly, do you ladies have any shopping secret you want to share with us?

N: Retail therapy sporadically. (Great quote we’re stealing)

V & N: We’re not picky. We will go to wall Mart … We like everything and we’re willing to try anything.

We believe in you and really wish you girls all the luck in the world. Stay amazing!

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Do you have what it takes to be our next “It girl”? Stay tuned!

Met Gala 2013 “PUNK: From Chaos to Couture”

With a different theme every year, and hosted by fashion magazine Vogue in New York City, the Met Ball or Met Gala is the fashion world’s best red carpet event with an exclusive guest lists of stars, models, designers, and Hollywood’s A-list.

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This year, the theme Punk: from Chaos to Couture added more edge to the gala event with celebrities wowing us with leather, lace, studs and even punk hairdo and make-up. This is what happens when Punk meets Couture … Can anybody say AWESOME?!

THE BEST DRESSED:

Nina Dobrev looked stunning in a black Monique Lhuillier gown.

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Rooney Mara, breathtaking in this Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy. The combination of lace and zipper gave it the perfect sexy edge twist.

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Emma Watson looking impeccable as always in Prabal Gurung. Hermione who?

EmmaWatson_PrabalGurungEmmy Rossum in a plunging V-neck Donna Karan Atelier sequin gown.

EmmyRossum_DonnaKaranAtelier_The 23 year old Taylor Swift threw away her usual romantic look and pulled off a more daring J Mendel edgy dress with a beaded neckline. Now if she could only write something as grownup as her look…

TaylorSwift_JMendelHunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence in a simple black strapless Dior gown added drama to her look with a netting over her face and blood red lips.

JenniferLawrence_DiorAshley Green in a black Marchesa gown with gold prints.

AshleyGreene_MarchesaAnne Hathaway in Valentino. The platinum is very punk… Approved!

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It girl of the moment Cara Delevingne in an also plunging V-neck studded dress from Burberry.

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THE DECEPTION:

Gwyneth Paltrow in a hot pink gown by Valentino. I think she could be a little sexier, especially after that great fighting scene in iron man 3. Her abs were rock solid, so she can pull off wearing less.

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Kerry Washington in Vera Wang. The leather glove is very sexy but the combination of gloves, lace, and floral print dress is a little too much.

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Elle Fanning in Rodarte. Not a big fan of the full Tye-die skirt … Like other critics have said, it looks like she just came back from summer camp.

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Chloe Sevigny in Proenza Schouler. A bit deceiving and boring for a fashionista.

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The Olsen twins.

Ashley Olsen in Vintage Dior and Mary-Kate Olsen in Vintage Chanel. Girls, we all know your styles are very different and unique, but what is up with that orange parachute and fur kimono ?

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THE SHOW-STOPPERS:

We added this category to highlight some of the celebrities that managed to catch our full attention, whether it be good or not so fabulous.

Beyonce in Givenchy. This may not be her best dress but Queen Bee looks literally like she’s on FIRE!

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Katy Perry was definitely out there from her crown, to her cross-shaped earrings to the thousands of beads featured in her Dolce & Gabanna dress making up a religious design from the mosaics of Sicily’s cathedral.

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Madonna in Givenchy. With just fishnet stockings and no pants on, Madonna arrived on the red carpet leaving us all in astonishment as usual.

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And of course style icon Sarah Jessica Parker in a gorgeous abstract print gown by  Giles Deacon and with PhillipTracy head piece that had us all stop and stare.

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WTF moment:
KIM!!!!! I wish I didn’t have to be rude, but come on! There was nothing remotely okay about this dress. Pregnant women glow, but even that couldn’t save this travesty. Guess it’s another way for this sister to steal the spotlight …

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PUNK BEAUTY:

ROONEY MARA pulled her hair slick back with a clear complexion, big strong brows and bold dark lips.
JENIFER LOPEZ looking fierce with her pompadour hair style, smokey eyes, and natural glowing skin.

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KRISTEN STEWART looked stunning in dark red smokey eyes.
NICOLE RICHIE pulled of her snowy bouffant hair do.

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We cannot forgot MILEY CYRUS who looked punk personified. MileyCyrus

Picture source: Huffingtonpost.com