Julia DiNardo is the editor of Fashion Pulse Daily, a website that prides itself on being the “heart beat of fashion.” Julia has worked as a designer, professor, writer and editor using her eye for great style to share the very best products and emerging trends with her readers. A fashion devotee, Julia has covered both New York and Los Angeles Fashion Week for the past nine years. Come along on Julia’s scouting adventures by following her on Twitter, @FashionPulse.
ECCO: Where do you find your fashion inspiration?
Julia: I never know when inspiration will strike, so I tend to devour a variety of fashion-related media, from magazines to blogs, Women’s Wear Daily, Instagram, and Pinterest pics and pins. Sometimes I can revisit my closet, or my Mom’s closet, and pull out pieces that ignite a look, born anew, or re-imagine a silhouette mash up or color combination in a fresh way.
ECCO: Whose style do you must admire and why?
Julia: I am most interested in what is functional for every day, and who better than my fellow women of NYC to take as an example of great style? From a celebrity perspective, I am always loving the sartorial choices of Cate Blanchett; she isn’t afraid to take fashion risks, and does it with an incredible regal, confident quality that certainly exudes. I think that is dressing well at its core — knowing yourself and being comfortable and assertive with what you are wearing.
ECCO: Describe your personal style in three words.
Julia: Vibrant, fresh and modern.
ECCO: How do shoes play into your outfits?
Julia: Shoes are an integral decision to my daily wardrobe — I usually work from the bottom up - creating an outfit around what footwear I need/want on that particular day, because if the shoe doesn’t work with an outfit, in my opinion, it can throw the entire look for a loop! Comfort is key, so finding the right pair, that I can wear with anything, is my ultimate goal.
ECCO: You tried your first pair of ECCO shoes this holiday season. What do you think?
Julia: My first ECCO shoes ever, are the Ouyen Ankle Strap Heels, which look absolutely stunning and have the perfectly balanced amount of heel lift, support, and comfort. It’s going to be hard to wear any other heels, as I have a feeling that they will just pale in comparison to these! The leather is gorgeous and the higher cut look great matched with tight streamlined pants, pencil or swinging skirt hems, and I think I could even match the Ouyens with a dressier pair of shorts, come the warm weather. They are versatile, but also comfortable, which oftentimes needs to trump all other issues!
ECCO: What spring/summer 2013 trends are you most excited to try?
Julia: I loved the oversized pearl accessories from Chanel’s collection, Lucite jewelry from MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, lace dresses, and am excited for the return of strappy footwear, which I haven’t really embraced since the late ’90s!