Style Icon: Angela and Vanessa Simmons

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Move over, Mary-Kate and Ashley! Although I love your work and style, I often feel like you two have been donned the “Chicest Siblings” of my generation without a fair fight. For the sake of fashion-ocracy, I am taking this opportunity to pay homage to another pair of trendsetting sisters. Angela and Vanessa Simmons seem to have savvy style in their genes, thanks to their music legend father, Rev. Run (known to rock a leather jacket and fedora like no other), hip hop mogul uncle, Russell Simmons (often seen in a dapper suit), and fashion model/designer aunt, Kimora Lee (who, at 13-years old, walked the Chanel runway). With an innate, inherited sense of fashion, it’s no wonder that these trendsetting sisters have established themselves as prominent style inspirations for stylish women everywhere!

After the jump, read more about Angela, Vanessa, their projects, and of course, their fabulous flair for fashion…

Vanessa Simmons, the eldest daughter of Rev. Run, is an alumni of St. John’s University, where she pursued a degree in Communications. The college grad is also a commercial model (she’s represented by the prestigious Ford Models agency and has already nabbed a triumphant Verizon campaign) and an aspiring actress. If you’re a fan of soaps, you’re probably familiar with Vanessa’s work as Lola on CBS’s “Guiding Light.” She’s also a star in the world of reality TV, as she appeared in the first four seasons of MTV’s “Run’s House” and continues to work on MTV’s “Daddy’s Girls,” set to premiere it’s third season sometime in 2010. At 26-years-old, Vanessa has already established herself as an extraordinarily successful businesswoman, entrepreneur, and fashion forward style icon.

Vanessa’s self-proclaimed personal style is “classic chic with an edgy twist.” Her hair style changes as often as her wardrobe, proving Vanessa has her finger on the pulse of fashion, and plans on keeping it there. I admire her choice in formal wear, which seems to always be contingent on a classic silhouette made interesting through the use of fun colors and dazzling accessories.

In regards to her personal fashion icon, SATC’s Carrie Bradshaw, Vanessa said, “She is very eclectic and fearless with her choices. She makes fashion look fun, which is what it should be.” I think I can safely say that Vanessa also  makes fashion look fun, through her choice of effortlessly elegant evening gowns and perfectly coordinated, tailored separates.

Although she’s four years younger than Vanessa, Angela Simmons has never taken on the role as the juvenile sibling. Angela graduated from the High School of Fashion Industries with an impressive 4.0 streak. After enrolling in the Fashion Institute of Technology, Angela moved on to concentrate on personal endeavors, which proved to be highly lucrative. She was the executive editor of Angela’s Rundown, a subsidiary publication of Word Up! magazine wherein Angela gave fashion tips and advice, in addition to covering music and style trends. And, as if appearing in two reality TV shows alongside her sister Vanessa weren’t enough, Angela launched her first R&B single, “Center of Attention,” in the summer of 2008.

When it comes to personal style, Angela keeps things fresh, youthful, and ultimately, quite fun. She’s a fan of minis, strapless dresses, vibrant colors, and buoyant accessories. “What’s fashion without accessorizing? My favorite pieces are hard to call, but I wear lots of rings. Big ones. They always make me feel complete, ” said Angela.

What I love most about Angela’s style is her knack for turning simple silhouettes into showstopping ensembles, effectively executed through her willingness to be bold and playful while maintaining an austere level of sophistication. She’s not afraid to mix things up with a pair of hot pink party pumps or a leopard print bustier, and I can’t help but give her props for always looking pretty and polished!

Together, these beautiful sisters are a dynamic force, relying on their chic intuition, flawless taste, plentiful business knowledge, and celeb-infested familial influences to guarantee their place in the world of fashion for years to come. They recently launched an LA-based shoe and clothing line, Pastry, which has been chronicled in their popular reality series, “Daddy’s Girl’s.” I really love each girl’s individual style, whether they’re dolled up for a red carpet event or simply channeling “comfortable chic” in the sunny streets of LA, but what I love most about this dapper duo is their unrelenting ambition. It’s totally empowering to see two successful young women tackling financial obstacles, minding societal pressures, and dealing with the many other challenges that go along with starting a business in order to achieve their highest dreams. In addition to starting their own business, both Angela and Vanessa worked with the Girl Scout organization in November of 2007 to promote the Girl Scouts’ entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs, proving that their celebrity lifestyle has in no way limited their understanding of the trials and tribulations which face teen girls everywhere!

12 Responses to Style Icon: Angela and Vanessa Simmons

  1. Maya 01/05/2010 at 11:18 pm #

    I’m madly in love with the red and black checkered dress. I want it. now. I’d hug it and name it Steven and we’d be fabulous together.

  2. Amity 01/06/2010 at 1:51 am #

    i think it looks like a belted picnic blanket, honestly.

  3. crystal 01/06/2010 at 10:57 am #

    great post!
    i never knew they were related to Kimora Lee (and all her fashion glory) or all the experience they had in business & fashion- wow!

  4. Annie 01/06/2010 at 11:11 am #

    Maya, I am also kind of obsessed with that asymmetrical dress!

  5. Mary 01/06/2010 at 12:40 pm #

    lol Maya

  6. punky 01/06/2010 at 2:32 pm #

    I love them two! and their show on MTV.

  7. Tamara 01/06/2010 at 4:05 pm #

    These girls always look great and I love that they each have such a strong sense of personal style. That or a wonderful stylist!

  8. Maya 01/06/2010 at 10:56 pm #

    I think my modets we can ninja our sexy buttocks into their place, steal that dress and have like a sisterhood of the travelling pants moment.

    Apart from the stealth mission I imagine the whole thing to be quite endearing. Novels will be written about it!

  9. Shelbz 01/07/2010 at 12:51 am #

    I don’t see it. The buffalo plaid dress does no justice.

  10. Charlene 01/07/2010 at 3:04 am #

    I see the picnic blanket’s point, but I have to agree with Maya– I like it! But I won’t name is Steven. 🙂

  11. aire 01/07/2010 at 12:36 pm #

    I love your choice of Style Icon, Annie! I love these girls and their show! They seem really down to earth!

  12. Tori 01/09/2010 at 1:03 pm #

    I totally agree these sisters ROCK! They are cute and stylish and down to earth. Their show is so good too. I love watching them interact. You should totally do a blog about trendsetting siblings. That would be a great blog because we could see all the different siblings who rock it out. Furthermore a contest of trendsetting siblings would be sweet. I love to rock it out with my sis!

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