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!