Maria Mercedes Simon Velez
Fashion Consultant, NY.
Broadway or Hollywood Hollywood
Coffee or tea Coffee
NYC or London Definitively NYC!
Yoga or Box Box
Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo Jimmy Choo
Marangoni or Parsons Parsons (I’m in love with this school)
Designer Karl Lagerfel for Chanel
Brunch Disney brunches! And yes I do love the commercial places like brunch at Bagatelle 😉
Dessert Prime 112 smores, fried oreos cookies, the entire menu!
Guilty pleasure Nutella with a spoon in pjs
Character Leonardo di Caprio
Blog The Sartorialist, Song of Style and definitely The Fancy Archive!
Fashion period 70s-80s
Editor Anna Dello Russo
Photographer Mario Testino
Maria Mercedes Simon has a Bachelor’s degree in advertising and art studio by the University of Miami. She took several courses in fashion business and styling at Istituto Marangoni in Paris, and is currently pursuing her second degree in fashion marketing at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has worked as an intern for brands like Alexis and has assisted, also as an intern, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger.
For Maria, fashion is her art form. Styling new combinations is her way of telling the world who she is. She explained how fashion is more than just a look or a piece. For her, all designs require an art interpretation from the creative mind behind them.
On the importance of bloggers nowadays, the A+ student said they are the intermediaries between the general public and the fashion industry.
“Bloggers help the industry spread their new trends,” she said. “Social media plays a relevant role in the dissemination of information. Bloggers do this by posting different looks and making references to these new trends, making it easier for the general public to follow it and understand it.”
Maria’s Instagram feed is a required stop for anyone looking for style. She’s a frequent client at Bergdorf Goodman; her favorite designer is Alexis, she has her eyes on the Chanel Lego bag and her fashion secret is The Webster in Miami. “Every time I want something different, trendy and unique, the Webster is my way to go.”
Her personality is quite eclectic. The last song she listened on her iPod was “I Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus. Her favorite book is Carlos Fuentes’ “Los años con Laura Diez” and she defines her style as hipster with a fancy, elegant touch. Karl Lagerfeld and Givenchy are two of her style icons. What really makes her passionate about this industry is the power of styling.
“It’s all about understanding our personality, learning how to adapt fashion trends into what the person likes and making them feel identified and comfortable with the final outcome,” she said.
The Fancy Archive loves her style and her eagerness to make a difference within the fashion industry. So stay tuned and follow her on Instagram. She has many new projects coming.