Closet Envy: Karen Mitchell, Entrepreneur

Closet Envy: Karen Mitchell, Entrepreneur
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 04, 2011

1 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“This is a dinner with friends look. I would wear to a nice restaurant or lounge. I really try to have a social life. I need it to balance out my busy work life.”

(Top & Belt from Michelle’s Boutique in Brooklyn, New York; Skirt by Yigal Azrouel; Clutch by Prada; Pumps by Sergio Rossi)

2 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“I bought the bracelet from Michelle’s Boutique in Brooklyn (www.michellenewyork.com). It’s been in business for a few years and she has quite a following now. She stocks a lot of local and established designers. Best of all, it’s a black owned boutique.”

(Clutch by Prada; Bracelets from Michelle’s Boutique in Brooklyn; Watch by Rolex)

3 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“I wear this belt with everything. I’ve had it for over three years and I wear it quite often!”

(Belt from Michelle’s Boutique in Brooklyn)

4 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“This ring is also from Michelle’s. Her costume jewelry line is really awesome and most it is handcrafted by Black designers.”

(Ring from Michelle’s Boutique in Brooklyn)

5 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“This ring is also from Michelle’s. Her costume jewelry line is really awesome and most it is handcrafted by Black designers.”

(Ring from Michelle’s Boutique in Brooklyn)

6 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“This watch was definitely an investment. I bought it pre-owned so it was a little less expensive.”

(Bracelets from Michelle’s Boutique in Brooklyn; Watch by Rolex)

7 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“I love these earrings. I bought these on the street in Soho, New York from a local street vendor.”

(Earrings from local NYC street vendor)

8 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“These are pretty comfortable. I wear them day or night with tights or jeans.
For shoes like these, I tend to go to Saks in New York City.”

(Pumps by Sergio Rossi)

9 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“These are pretty comfortable. I wear them day or night with tights or jeans.
For shoes like these, I tend to go to Saks in New York City.”

(Pumps by Sergio Rossi)

10 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“This is definitely a party dress – it’s my South Beach, Miami look! I tend to promote my business every where I go, so this is perfect for parties, where I often let people know about True Indian Hair.”

(Dress from small boutique in Brooklyn; Pumps by Christian Louboutin)

11 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“This is my favorite coat. It’s sheared mink and chinchilla and I wear it every day once it hits below 35 degrees.”

(Fur coat, Gift; Hooops and dress from local boutique in Brooklyn; Pumps by Christian Louboutin)

12 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“This ring is platinum with diamonds. Most of my earrings are costume, but for my rings I prefer gold or platinum.”

(Ring by local NYC jeweler)

13 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“All of my furs are gifts. This is one of my favorites because it’s light and warm at the same time.”

(Ring by local NYC jeweler; Fur a gift; Watch by Rolex)

14 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“I got this watch as a Christmas gift for myself. I felt great the minute I put it on. It’s not something I wear everyday and it’s something I’m going to have for years and years.”

(Watch by Rolex; Fur, a gift)

15 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“I consider hair an accessory. I change from straight to curly to wavy every three weeks. This is the True Indian natural curly hair blown out. It’s luxurious, beautiful hair that’s light with a lot of movement.”

(Dress by Herve Leger)

16 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“I love this Chanel 2.55 quilted bag. It’s a classic must-have item.”

(Bag by Chanel)

17 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“I would wear this outfit to a business meeting outside of the office. If I’m meeting with potential investors, then I dress up.”

(Blazer and dress from Michelle’s Boutique in Brooklyn; Bag by Chanel; Pumps by Sergio Rossi)

18 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“The gold grill in the front of these shoes got me and I had to have them. I hunted them down and finally found them in Barney’s! I’ve had these for six months and I wear them all the time. If I buy a new shoe, it becomes my favorite.”

(Pumps by Christian Louboutin)

19 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“The gold grill in the front of these shoes got me and I had to have them. I hunted them down and finally found them in Barney’s! I’ve had these for six months and I wear them all the time. If I buy a new shoe, it becomes my favorite.”

(Pumps by Christian Louboutin)

20 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“I love this dress. I got this from Big Drop in New York. This is definitely Karen Mitchell over the top. I walk in the room and it says, ‘Notice me – I’m here!’”

(Dress by Karen Zambos; Pumps by Christian Louboutin, Earrings from NYC street vendor, Watch by Rolex)

21 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“These are from a local costume designer in Brooklyn. They were only $60 and I love them. On my website, www.trueindianhair.com, you see these in almost every picture.”

(Earrings from NYC street vendor)

22 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“All my furs are gifts. This is another gift. The person I was dating knew I wanted it – or maybe I gave a hint or two! I love it for 45 to 50 degree weather. I dress it up and dress it down.”

(Fur, gift; Jeans, gift; Tank by American Apparel; Watch by Hamilton)

23 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“For the past year, Louboutins have become my favorite. They are so sexy and feminine but strong at the same time. It makes a statement.”

(Pumps by Christian Louboutin)

24 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“For the past year, Louboutins have become my favorite. They are so sexy and feminine but strong at the same time. It makes a statement.”

(Pumps by Christian Louboutin)

25 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“This watch is from 1934 and it was a gift from a guy I dated who collected watches. I didn’t appreciate it until later. It was a great gift!”

(Watch by Hamilton)

26 of 42 Darryl Calmese Jr.

“I love these and I am upset that I didn’t get to wear them as much as I wanted to. They’re so over the top that I could only wear them to certain places and events like parties or festive dinners.”

(Boots by Christian Louboutin)

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