For Fashion’s Favorite Warrior, The Glamourai, Life’s Hardly a Battle

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No—it’s The Glamourai. Kelly Framel is a super-blogger if there ever was one. In fact, “blogger” feels like a bit of a misnomer. Since founding The Glamourai four years ago, the site has evolved considerably—and so has Framel’s role in it all. She is model, she is art director, reporter and stylist, too. Framel’s willingness to experiment with her style and the blog’s offerings keeps her fans (Barneys among them) always on their toes, eagerly awaiting whatever is next.

Below, Kelly dishes on her style secrets, fall wish list and more.

What inspired you to start a style blog?
At the time I started, I was working as an eveningwear designer. I was drawing so much inspiration for my work from blogs, and wanted both to be part of the conversation and also have an outlet to explore my more everyday relationship with fashion.

Your blog spans so many creative mediums—home décor, fashion, beauty—how do these influence one another?
I can’t imagine one without the others. To me, living life well means finding ways to let each medium enrich every day’s experiences.

What is your dream designer collaboration?
I’d do anything for Dries Van Noten. I’d even intern for him if given the chance! I so admire his obsession with detail, and I’d just love to better understand his creative process.

Fashion wish list for fall?
I’m desperately searching for THE pair of over-the-knee boots, and have my eyes on Alexander Wang’s Kolfinas and Sofias. I also think these Pierre Hardys are painfully chic, and am curious to try Casadei’s stretch-leather style.

1. Alexander Wang Sofia; 2. Pierre Hardy combo knee boot; 3. Casadei’s stretch over-the-knee boot; 4. Alexander Wang Kolfina

What is the best style advice you have ever received?
I was so fortunate, early in my career, to be given a lot of responsibility at a relatively small fashion house. The experience taught me so much about the industry and allowed me to work closely with many of its brightest stars. Mary Alice Stephenson taught me that grown women do not wear colored tights, and Linda Fargo inspired me to always find the fantasy in any occasion.

What is the one, timeless item every woman should own?
What I love about fashion right now is that there are no absolutes. More than ever before, each of us is allowed to define what it means for ourselves. The only thing that every woman really needs is an open mind and a willingness to experiment and change!

Which shows are you looking forward to seeing at NYFW?
I love shows that let me forget about the business of fashion and live momentarily in a dream, which is why I always enjoy the drama of Marchesa and the artistry of Rodarte. And as much as I’m awed by the old guard, I always like seeing what my contemporaries are up to, young visionaries like Chris Benz and Jen Kao.

If you were “accidentally” locked in Barneys New York overnight, what would we find you wearing in the morning?
It would be like that scene from Friends, where Joey puts on all of Chandler’s clothes. I would be dripping in designer duds! There would have to be a major gown, like this Givenchy stunner or this J. Mendel moment. I’d layer an ALC sheath underneath and top it off with The Row’s most-perfect-in-the-world fur vest. Of course I’d need a fab hat, some killer sunnies, and an outrageous pair of shoes, worn with some really silly Antipast socks. I’d be clinging to this gorgeous python bag like my life depended on it, and wearing a horribly guilty expression, as its seams would be bursting with the weight of the entire jewelry department inside.

1. J. Mendel gown; 2. Kekman vest by The Row; 3. Givenchy tie neck gown; 4. Givenchy python satchel; 5. Lanvin circle sunglasses; 6.  Lanvin pom pom hat; 7. Sergio Rossi sandals

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