So Christmas is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing: the Pre-Fall 2011 collections are being presented. Here, our Vogue.com coverage of the offerings from Ports 1961 and Jenni Kayne. You can find more pre-fall coverage on Vogue.com.
Model. Actress. Activist. Jewelry Designer. Is there anything Molly Sims can't do? The 37-year-old Kentucky native got her start as a Swimsuit Illustrated model before making the leap to acting—starring as Delinda Deline in the NBC hit, Las Vegas, and appearing in films including The Benchwarmers, Yes Man and Fired Up—and signing on as a Cover Girl spokesmodel.
After wrapping Vegas, which aired for five years, Sims kicked off 2010 by launching the jewelry collection Grayce by Molly Sims, which became an instant hit thanks to the line's classic-cool aesthetic (think: long liquid chains and plenty of deco influence) and Sims winning appearances on HSN. "Jewelry reflects my personality," Sims says of her Grayce collection. "It’s something that my mom and I have shared in common for many years. I get inspiration from all over the place. Probably one of the most unlikely places was in the bottom of a mini box that my mom sent me from her love of the flea market."
In addition to all of the above, Sims also serves as an ambassador for Operation Smile, hosts annual fundraising events for Casa Hogar Sion, an orphanage in Tijuana, and made a laugh-out-loud video trumpeting her dramatic acting chops for Funny or Die.
The Fashion Informer's Lauren David Peden caught up with Sims just before the holidays to talk diamonds, sunsets and her lifelong love of Lucy.
What’s your favorite time of day? My favorite time of day is 5:00 am when I am actually up to see it. There are the prettiest sunsets out in LA at this time. But, normally it’s in the early evening when the sun is going down. I love to go out on my patio and watch the sunset.
What’s in current rotation on your iPod? The Love and Other Drugs Soundtrack, Mat Kearney, and Broken Strings by James Morrison featuring Nelly Furatdo.
Re: acting, what’s the first movie/tv show/play that made you think “I want to do that”? Definitely I Love Lucy. I have watched every single episode and have studied Lucy’s every move.
What’s the biggest difference between modeling and acting? In acting, you really have to read, study and play a lot of catch up. Acting is an art and you will never stop learning.
What was your nickname when you were 9? Everyone called me "Simsy."
Tell me about your best friend. My best friend’s name is Michelle. She was my college roommate and she now lives in Austin, Texas. She’s the bomb. She always tells me the truth even if I don’t want to hear it.
What’s the best Christmas gift you ever received? I would have to say diamond earrings from a boyfriend at the time.
What’s your favorite holiday food? My mom’s red velvet cake is delicious!
What one beauty product would you never leave home without? I would never leave home without my Laura Mercier Translucent Powder.
When was the last time you cried? The last time I cried was when I was reading the book, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
When are you happiest? I am the happiest when I am with my family, friends and dog.
Jules Kim is not your traditional jeweler. Take her Bijules Hairem collection, for instance, which features earrings - sorry, hairrings - fashioned from hair extentions. And then there's her signature Bar ring, which could double as weaponry should you ever find yourself in a bar fight. Yes, the New York-based jeweler also uses more traditional materials like gold, silver and diamonds in her Bijules collections. But she fashions these prosaic materials into serpent-entwined fingernail rings, gold-suspendered panties, elfin ear tips, chain-festooned face veils, smoking lips cigarette holders and glittering nipple covers.
Her articulated finger ring, which was featured on AHAlife, is a cross between jewelry and body armor, was cast from the designer's own digit, and tends to make people stop and stare (in the best way possible). But then, all of Kim's creations have this highly personal, take-no-prisoners aesthetic, and all walk the line between art and artifice, allowing the wearer to channel their own inner badass while looking oh-so-good (just ask Bijules fans Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry, M.I.A., Fergie, Karen O, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie).
This is equally true of the lower-priced capsule collection she designed for Urban Outfitters, and of Nycked, the urban swimwear line she recently launched with Lorenzo Martone, which looks equally great in a nightclub or a poolside cabana (and which we hear will include a collection of shoes in the not-too-distant future). Kim says that "Nycked is inspired by my partner Lorenzo Martone and my journey through a jet setting life filled with amazing people, charming circumstances, and a not so charming nightlife! We live to create."
"There is something humbling in the fact that my body won’t last forever but in metals, my thoughts and ideas will," adds Kim of the jewelry line that bears her name. "I really want to make an impression in my lifetime and jewelry serves as the communication tool for not only myself, but for my clients as well."
Kim recently sat down with The Fashion Informer to talk caffeine, cooking and crackheads.
What do you usually have for breakfast? Illy espresso and an apple.
What did you do last weekend, and what are your plans for this weekend? I got wasted off my ass and wore a sick vintage Frederick’s of Hollywood gown for the occasion. This weekend is holiday party woohah. I hope to avoid the wasted ass part, but will continue on the amazing vintage tip.
Tell me about your best friend. Hmm, I get weirded out by claiming there is only one. I have my Italian best friend who spent her wonder years at French university with me. She is like me but with two kids and married, and Italian. Khalym is the New Black: too white to be “black” and too black to be “white.” She created this phrase so I’m giving it to her. Sylvia is a sultry singer/songwriter who swings around on poles for exercise. My twin sister is like me but with a mini hot dog dog and cat and quasi-married, living in Brooklyn. Alessandro is my counterpart in life who is extremely inspirational and supportive of me breaking waves and taking numbers.
Coffee or tea? Uh, duh. Coffee. Drinking tea is like not drinking a bottle of wine when one is available.
Do you like to cook and, if so, what’s your signature dish? I love to cook. I am creative in the kitchen normally because I never know what I have. Last night I made braised Brussels sprouts and baby carrots in a balsamic maple reduction with rosemary couscous. Sylvia (see above) brought the bottle(s) of wine. My signature dish is artichoke dip, which can be varied depending on availability of ingredients and/or bottle(s) of wine.
What’s your favorite street in the world? I prefer the road less traveled. I realize you might be referring to an actual street but to be honest there are those which I have followed in so many different cities and places that it would be irresponsible for me to name any one more important than the other. I recall riding my bike down my cobblestone street in Berlin and getting lost in the fiery sunset. I recall the walk up to my door (another cobblestone path) in Angers, France and the sweet smell of hash wafting from upstairs. I enjoy getting lost in Amsterdam and always finding my way to Abraxas. There’s the “Skinniest Street in the World” in Stockholm, which was so amazing to walk. See? So many…
What were you like in sixth grade? Zitty-faced, wearing turtlenecks and headbands like they were actually in style. Now, there is absolutely no excuse. I also recall smashing someone into my locker, but he deserved it.
Please look up from wherever you’re answering these questions and describe what you see. Mohammed Ali portrait by Philippe Halsman and upside down jumping Marilyn Monroe. I have the laid out page from his book donated to me from his grandson.
What does your computer desktop/screensaver look like? Nicole Richie with my nail rings on. It’s from the cover of BlackBook Magazine.
What do you enjoy most about the creative process? There are three points of enjoyment I can pinpoint. One is the birth of the idea in my imagination and the second is the realization of it. The final pleasure is to know that my products, whether they be razor intelligent jewels or fashion forward swimwear, are not alone in their existence. They will be bought by like-minded people who seek something better for themselves and their styles.
What’s your favorite Christmas memory? I have a hazy memory, but it smells like warmth and feels like a paper cut from opening so many gifts.
What’s the best give you’ve ever given? Received? Well, I tried to give my sister a dog once. That didn’t work out so hot. But then again, she gave me a dog, which would be my pick for best gift received. My Pitbull is tha shit and he is my family. He’s 12 and still amazing.
What freaks you out? Heroin/crackheads who act busy as if that’s not going to sway me from thinking they are high and fucked up. Losers.
When are you happiest? I am happiest when I’m surrounded by my friends/loved ones and my bills are paid.
Bijules will be featured in The Box Holiday Pop-up Store from December 10th through December 19th; 129 Rivington Street (between Essex and Norfolk); Monday through Friday, 4-8pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12-8pm.
Stay tuned next week for Random Questions For…Molly Sims.
There are three traits that make for a perfect scarf: It has to be warm, it has to be soft, and it has to be chic. We've found our holy grail of neck warmers in Lupetta's generously proportioned black and gold Giraffa Cashmere Wrap, which we first discovered on AHAlife. Crafted by Italian designer Greta Bonvini from two layers of surprisingly lightweight cashmere/silk and manufactured in a factory that works with major luxury brands, this ballet-inspired giraffe print beauty is both cozy and glamorous, with just enough sparkle to lift our spirits on grey winter days. Brava!
SHOWstudio recently invited The Fashion Informer's Lauren David Peden to contribute to the site's ongoing series, The Fashion Body, which has included films and essays by Louise Goldin, Anna Dello Russo, Steven Klein, Lily Cole, Lady Gaga, Gareth Pugh, Barnaby Roper, Craig McDean, Leisa Barnett, Cator Sparks, Tim Walker, Rick Owens, Alex Fury and Jessica Bumpus. Our contribution is entitled "Models of Perfection," and explores what happens when a normal body encounters a fashion body.