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Queen of the Runway: Jaimie Hilfiger on Modeling, Designing, and Spreading Her Wings

| February 10, 2015 | Reply

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Scion of a world-renowned fashion family, Jaimie Hilfiger recently sat down with BELLA NYC to discuss her thoughts on the skills necessary to succeed in the fashion world as a journalist, designer, and model.  Jaimie has long been a part of the industry, having modeled chic and elegant designs early in her career. She is a modern renaissance woman, as she is a multi-talented force who models fashions, writes fashion, and designs fashion.  Jaimie is proof-positive that the modern woman knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. 

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Not only are you a preeminent fashion model, you also have your own line in addition to being a HuffPo columnist. Do you think the modern woman working in fashion, whether journalism, design, styling or modeling, needs to be multifaceted?

In today’s world, to be a working woman in the fashion industry, you must be multifaceted. I started to model at a very young age and realized that you cannot model forever. Also I grew up in the age of multi-talented supermodels, such as Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum, who each inspired me to “think outside of the (modeling) box.” I like to call them “model moguls,” and I hope to be in their position someday. The best thing about fashion is that it is a career that gives people many opportunities to branch out and become involved in different aspects.   

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You’re on record as saying you want to model your career after the positive aspects of Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton and the way in which they successfully created and grew their careers. What is it about these women that make them stand apart from other celebrity fashion or lifestyle brands?

What I see in Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton that I admire is their staying power. Many times, “of-the-minute” celebrities will try to get the most out of their 15 minutes of fame by creating a perfume, designing a clothing and shoe line, writing a book, etc., but then no one hears anything about them the following year. Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton have both remained relevant in our society for almost 10 years – which is an eternity in Hollywood! Not many celebrities have endured the test of time. These women have not let adversity slow them down in their quest to turn their brands into large enterprises. I find that very admirable.  

As mentioned, you are a multitalented fashionista. How do you find balance in your life, and what tips do you have for those looking for balance in their own lives?

To me, balance is all about organization. If your life is organized, then it’s easy to find balance throughout your day. It’s important to set time aside each day for yourself and to reflect on all that is going on around you. I always make sure to do one thing a day for myself. This is especially true if you work for someone else or for a large company. Having something to look forward to each day will make your life worth living, or else you will just feel like you are living your life for others and going through the motions. You should never feel selfish for living the life you want to lead.

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What is one of your must-have items in your beauty ritual? What must you take with you in your travel kit?

This is such a hard question for me because I am a complete beauty junkie! I have numerous routines and rituals that I do, but on the daily I always cleanse, tone, treat, and prevent with my La Curcio Collection Skin Care set.  If I had to choose just one item, it would be my very own Jaimie Hilfiger Collection for La Curcio Heavenly Fragrant Hydrating Mist with Essential Minerals including gold and platinum. It has many uses, such as a hydrating mist and makeup setting spray, and who doesn’t love spraying gold and platinum on themselves!?

My travel kit would include the items that will be in my capsule collection for La Curcio – my luxury favorites in vanity/purse sizes for home and on the go! The products will include a hydrating mist, hand cream, and lip volumizer. The best thing about these items is that they are tested for all skin types, are paraben-, sulfate-, phthalate-, and gluten-free, and all are contained within recyclable containers. 

Accessories can make or break an outfit. How do you best accessorize work wear, and how do you best accessorize for a night out on the town? 

Accessorizing is definitely important when pulling a sophisticated outfit together whether it’s for work or a night out on the town. Putting together accessories for the workplace definitely calls for a delicate hand; it’s important not to overdo it for a day at the office. You need to find the right mix of refined pieces so you won’t look like you are going out to a nightclub. Smaller pieces work very well for the office. Think stud earrings, thin bangles, and a classic watch.  A nice high-end belt always works well, too.

For a night out on the town, your accessories can add the finishing touch to your look and help you really stand out amongst the crowd. I have always felt that a party/cocktail ring is a must-have and allows you to wear other accessories with ease. Nighttime is the perfect time to embrace jewelry trends like statement necklaces, layering bracelets, and oversized watches. I always like to wear my most glamorous jewelry pieces with sky high stilettos and carry a small purse or clutch with a lot of hardware on it. I’m one of those people who believes it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed … at least for a night out on the town.

Speaking of which, can you give us a little detail about your collaboration with Tanus Designs? 

That’s my latest project! Brenda Tanus, the CEO of Tanus Designs, and I have launched The Glamluxe Collection. This unique collaboration combines my ideas of glamour and elegance with Brenda Tanus’ experience in jewelry and ideas regarding fashion. The Glamluxe Collection was born to bring luxury jewelry designs to glamorous women. We wanted these pieces to be timeless and classic with a modern twist. The beauty is found in the quality of the designs and the high-quality materials used. This luxury collection includes three gorgeous designs: Julliet Rose Cuff Bracelet, Julliet Rose Necklace, and Flame Lily Earrings – three designs dreamt and inspired to create something totally glamorous.

Would you rather design pieces for a show or model them on the runway?

I would definitely rather design the pieces. I’m also of the opinion that when it comes to marketing, it reflects better on the brand when the designer markets the pieces on his or her own self. I also find it rewarding to be proud enough of my own designs to actually wear them!

As a successful young woman with an already impressive list of achievements, what advice would you give to other women trying to create a place for themselves in this modern and competitive environment?

My advice is to find something that you are really interested in and start with that. Once you successfully find your niche, then you can branch out into other areas within your field. Today’s society is extremely competitive, so it’s important to never give up on your dreams if it’s something you truly believe in and want to accomplish. I’ve encountered so many roadblocks along the way, but looking back at them it’s really made me stronger and smarter. Sometimes it’s a good thing to be underestimated and to prove people wrong. Always look at the bright side and keep on going.

Photographer: Chiaroscuro Fotografia

Wardrobe Stylist: Lina O’Connor

Make-up: Desiree Sutter

Hair: Priscilla Minney

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