Ever since I have a memory of my interest in fashion, Oscar de la Renta has always been present. He made an impression on me not only with his beautiful clothes, but because he, too, was from the Dominican Republic. I could aspire to see the New York City runways + Fashion Week for myself, specifically to be able to write about them—and today, here we are!
As Marc Jacobs once said, “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” I’ve always thought the same about fashion. You, the wearer, get to decide how you look. It has nothing to do with your shape or size, but everything to do with self-confidence + the risks you’re willing to take for yourself.
Fashion can be so much fun. The story of how + why you combined different pieces to put an outfit together can be too. It’s why BELLA’s Fashion Issue always comes with the promise of bringing you the latest + most fabulous styles for you to choose what best serves you + your lifestyle.
It’s a very special issue, starting with our cover star, supermodel, actor, entrepreneur, and now producer Tyson Beckford. He broke the rules, kept showing up, broke barriers + unknowingly opened doors for men + women of color to follow into the industry. His Ralph Lauren campaign is historic, unforgettable + of course, fabulous! Read all about his journey on pages 72-77.
We are thrilled to have the amazing Sunny Hostin from “The View” also grace the pages of this issue. Sunny shares her truth with us + in her upcoming book, which you can learn more about on pages 78-83.
Fashion Week wouldn’t be complete without some funky + fashionable “Street Style.” Photographer Brandon Parker delivers a spread we can all aspire to on pages 26-41.
Another special feature in this issue goes to our brand partner Dune Jewelry, which is celebrating a wonderful milestone. Dune’s founder, Holly Daniels Christensen, started this business 10 years ago from her kitchen table. We are so excited for her, and you will be too—read about her journey on pages 84-89.
This issue marks the start of year two as BELLA’s owner + Editor-In-Chief. Despite the many challenges we’ve had over the past six months, we’re here because of you! Thank you immensely for your support.Wherever you find yourself reading these pages—pandemic or not—make it fashionable.
– Vanessa Coppes