For these dynamic duos, New York City’s streets are a runway. Each refreshingly fearless and strikingly independent in their own right, when they link up with their best friend or frequent collaborator, the power of their style is amplified.
Blair Eadie & Chloe King
“We both love Carolina Herrera and are so excited about where Wes Gordon is taking the brand,” Chloe King, left, says of her and Blair Eadie’s ensembles. “Despite the confusion from our boyfriends, we both gravitated to the over-the-top feather muppet moment!”
In 2012, Blair Eadie (@blaireadiebeet) and Chloe King (@chloe4dayz) met at fashion week. Since then, the blogger and brand digital director have become best friends on and off the front row.
CHLOE ON BLAIR “Blair inspires me to dress up. In an age of bike shorts or no pants at all, Blair has always preferred a full skirt and big hat. Somehow, it all looks completely effortless on her. She always experiments with color, and has the ability to make a $40 Asos dress look expensive. Most of my data plan is allocated to text conversations with Blair asking for fashion advice!”
BLAIR ON CHLOE “Chloe makes me think differently about clothing. She can reimagine pieces in ways I can’t even wrap my head around. She isn’t swayed by labels or trends, and is constantly discovering new brands, finding the most unique vintage pieces, and even takes her boyfriend’s pieces and makes them her own. She marches to the beat of her own fashion drum and constantly surprises me with her finds and how she has styled old pieces in new ways. I am always excited to hang out and see Chloe, and as cheesy as it sounds, I am always excited to see what she is wearing. She is totally unpredictable, and I love it!”
Alyson Cafiero & Ralph Macabitas
Alyson Cafiero and Ralph Macabitas shop on Wooster Street between Spring and Broome, where some of their favorite stores, like Gucci, Céline and Simone Rocha, are located.
After being introduced at a Gucci party in 2016, Alyson Cafiero (@alysoncafiero) and Ralph Macabitas (@huesofman) were instant best friends. “We are both Gucci-obsessed, so we started collaborating on fashion films,” says Macabitas outside the brand’s Soho store. The duo who are always dressed to the nines admit they do have different tastes. “He’s more streetwear and I’m more couture,” says Cafiero. “We should share clothes because we love to mix and match menswear with womenswear! Sometimes when we see something on the runway, we say, ‘Who is going to buy this between the both of us?’”
RALPH ON ALYSON “I love that Alyson is very experimental. She has great taste and can pull something unreal together right out of the blue. When we go out together we don’t typically plan to match, and then she shows up and we’re wearing the same thing! Every day is a runway for us.”
Macabitas and Cafiero take a break from shopping to pose on Wooster Street.
ALYSON ON RALPH “Ralph is incredibly kind, reserved, thoughtful and respectful, but then he has this alter ego where he will come out in a Gucci catsuit with a leash and a rhinestone mask—it’s night and day! I admire that level of confidence. He takes those fashion risks and it pushes me to take risks. People wear clothes; Ralph and I wear outfits. When people stop and stare, it’s flattering.”
Michele & Alex Bass
Mother-daughter duo Alex and Michele Bass pose in front of a painting by Devon Farber wearing custom Salon 21 shirts by Dresshirt.
Mother-daughter duo Michele (@michele.bass) and Alex Bass (@alexx_bass) are breaking the traditional retail mold with their experiential concept, Salon 21 (@salon.21). “It’s an art and social gathering space for young creatives in the New York area to come together, talk, dine and support the next generation of artists,” says 22-year-old Alex, a recent Columbia graduate who majored in art history. Popping up all around Manhattan, inhabiting new inspiring venues each time, the club of sorts will sell clothing and decor from emerging designers alongside undiscovered artwork. “We want to create an active, physical setting for members to network and inspire each other.”
ALEX ON MICHELE “It would be an understatement to say that I am inspired by my mom. Everything I appreciate is influenced by her tastes. She embodies what it means to ‘live artfully,’ what we want to capture at Salon 21 by mixing together our aesthetics in art, fashion and the culinary arts. What I love the most about her style is how she effortlessly mixes her wardrobe. She has the best eye!”
Alex wears a robe by Still Here NY aside pillows by Takashi Murakami.
MICHELE ON ALEX “I am inspired by my daughter every day. She has an innate sense of what works, but always dares to be a touch different. She can spot something beautiful anywhere and turn anything into a work of art. What is most amazing is that her zeal and talent for art, fashion and design is matched by her strong business sense and work ethic.”