I was just in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival and ran in to Nylon Magazine’s Style Director Dani Stahl at Silver Restaurant on Main Street where PlayStation had converted the space into a celebrity game room for downtime during junkets, premieres and parties.
Dani and I were both hanging out in the “Fresh lounge” where celebrities, VIPs and press could get lip treatments, make-up and other mini services from Fresh (makers of the infamous Sugar Lip Treatment). Dani Stahl was in town to gift jewelry from the new collection of her line lia sophia to silver screen Sundance stars. Dani had set up shop inside the House of SWAGG, a mobile mall of sorts in a converted level of Park City’s ski lift on Main Street.
“We get all the film stars from L.A. at Sundance, and then during fashion week we will present the new collection to all the NY fashionistas and media” she said. Dani is a native New Yorker from the Upper East Side who went to The Chapin School and was featured in the WB’s real Gossip Girl’s micro series which aired during the show in 2009 and also featured Faythallegra Coleman, Lara Meiland-Shaw, and Chrissy Miller.
In addition to designing for lia sophia and being the Style Director at Nylon, Dani also has a monthly column for Nylon for the last 4 years called “Factory Girl” where she goes into the factories of top brands to see how they bring their creations to market. She has visited the Hersey factory to make kisses, the J Brand factory to make jeans, the Nike campus to test sports technology, the Mulberry factory in England to make a bag, the Victoria Secret factory to design wings, the Swarovski factory in Austria, Diesel in Italy, Calvin Klein, UPS and most recently the Express factory to create a “(minus the) leather motorcycle jacket“.
Today Nylon has developed a long-standing relationship with Express which has led to this collaboration and visit from Factory Girl. Last fall Dani was in L.A. for Nylon’s August Denim Issue party at the London hotel which featured Drew Barrymore on the cover. Express approached Dani with the idea to bring the Nylon cameras into their factory and create a “vegan” leather jacket. The limited run of 300 jackets was used for select seeding to celebrities and NY VIPs and are available on the Express website. A bright pink lining in the motorcycle jacket symbolizes the donation Express will make to Bright Pink, an information charity to educate women with high risk for ovarian and breast cancer, for every jacket purchased.
Two things The Daily Truffle always asked our interviewees are about their handbags and their animals. Dani told us “I have not taken off my Miu Miu bag for a second that I got at Paris fashion week last fall! It has silver hardware, a braided handle, and is made from that ‘puffy’ leather material they are big on this season. Also, I always go to YSL and look forward to seeing what Burberry will come out with next.”
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This post was written by Caroline Roman for The Daily Truffle blog in Beverly Hills. If you are looking for the REAL “Beverly Hills 90210″ or a west coast Gossip Girl – this is the blog to read. The entire blog is written by native Angelenos on the Hollywood party circuit. Photos of celebrity event invitations and gift bags from the parties are a highlight.