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In 2009, Chanel selected five women to be ambassadors of the brand who would represent the essence of Coco Chanel. Known for their unique sense of style, personality, and aesthetic, Les Fideles are friends of the House of Chanel. One of the five is Vanessa Traina, the second youngest daughter of prolific novelist and couture client of Chanel’s, Danielle Steele.
Traina splits her time between New York, where she is a stylist, and Paris, where she assists as a brand consultant for European fashion companies, and VF.com caught her between the Atlantic to ask her, “What’s on Your Vanity Table?”
Wardrobe staple: Chanel black classic tweed jacket, which incorporates easily into her wardrobe of mainly black separates and black leather.
Favorite beauty treatments: Pedicures with the latest Chanel nail color; Hydramax + Active Serum.
How she stays healthy: “I drink an unbelievable amount of water—it’s the best cleanse.”
Traina is very involved with the Nick Traina Foundation, which provides help for bipolar children and works for suicide prevention for young adults.
Favorite soap: Fresh's Violet Moss bar soap.
Best hair products: Kerastase Bain de Force Reconstructing Shampoo for Weakened Hair.
Favorite hair treatment: Kerastase 3-Day Reinforcing and Refinishing Treatment Program for Very Weakend Hair.
Favorite day cream: Ren Vita-Mineral Radiant Day Cream.
Dry hand remedy: Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment.
Favorite body cream: Darphin Aromatic Hydroactive Body Lotion.
I can attest to the greatness of Kerastase Bain de Force (and accompanying Ciment Anti Usure conditioner), as I have been using them and only other Kerastase products for years and always get compliments on my hair.
Tip #6: Try a little tie-dye via a cool tee.
Wrapping up today's Tips we have a final thought from the always fashionable Vanessa Traina. Also spotted at Sophmore's Spring 10 Lookbook party (quite the stylish fete, no?), Traina showed off a black and blue tie-dye tee from Raquel Allegra, paired with a Balenciaga jacket and skirt. We love the sober shades in her top; it's like an under-the-radar version of the Proenza Schouler shirts we showed in our D.I.Y. story earlier this month.
If you'd like to emulate Traina's look, please note that in addition to the bright tees, Proenza Schouler also created a Tie-Dyed Long-Sleeve Shirt ($375) in black and white that you might like, as well as a short-sleeve Tie Dye Cotton T-Shirt ($325) in blues. For additional options at a much lower price points, check out American Apparel's Unisex Tie Dye Viscose Tank ($32) in Dark Grey + Tie Dye V and Roxy's Circling In Top ($34.50) in Steel Grey: both are super darling and on the dark/neutral side of things, so you're sure to wear either option often!