Fans of WHBM may know our head designer, Danielle Konotop - official title VP of Design for White House Black Market. But for those of you who are new to the brand she's more than a designer, she's a creative powerhouse. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil she earned a degree in visual communications and fine arts, then started her own business creating boutique collections in Bali, Indonesia.
After moving to the US she studied fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Following graduations, Danielle spent more than 15 years in the denim industry in LA as a head designer, creating collections, launching brands and start-ups where she established her profound expertise.
This is the first of a monthly series for you to learn more about Danielle, her inspiration and influences, as well as her personal picks.
Danielle's Must-Have Pieces for November
HIGH-RISE SCULPT STRAIGHT JEANS
"I will be visiting family and attending house parties this Thanksgiving holiday and I always like to be comfortable, so I tend to build my outfits around denim. I'm loving the High-Rise Straight Sculpt."
These high-rise straight jeans were created from our Sculpt denim, made to lift and sculpt your body for a customized fit. The fabric also has full stretch, 360º, that will ensure your denim are flexible and able to last you a full day whether you are at the office or home. A panel sewn within the high-rise waist holds in your midsection and creates a smooth line for tops to be worn tucked or untucked.
WHBM® Velvet Editor Blazer
"The velvet blazer is a must this season, the deep burgundy color is sophisticated and timeless."
Our WHBM® Editor Blazer in luxe velvet is a wonderful wardrobe piece for any season. The Editor has a longer length with modern shoulders and a sleek, angled line that accentuate the waist to perfection, shaped by pleats in the back.
"I love to add a pop red top inside. I chose Forme because it's so comfortable and a perfect laying piece for indoors so I don’t have to take off my fabulous blazer when it gets warmer inside."
WHBM® FORME is our collection of buttery-soft layering pieces that flatter and smooth. Made from a high-performance fabric that stretches in all four directions to give you the ultimate in comfort, movement, and hold. Our V-neck cami is feminine and versatile and will easily go to work with you under a blazer or add a note of glamour to evening looks.
The Finishing Touch: ACCESSORIES
"To dress up my look I go for our beautiful gold and garnet jewelry pieces and our killer wrap around sandal in red satin. All very versatile pieces that will be relevant in my wardrobe for many holidays to come."
This classic bib necklace made from red crystal stones and goldtone plating resembles a waterfall to create a stunning statement look.
Red is a holiday go-to color, and these red satin sandals that wrap around the ankles will ensure you make a grand entrance at any party