In celebration of the DVF Zodiac Collection, we went behind the scenes of the Brooklyn photo shoot and caught up with a couple of women who are designing their own destinies in the most fabulous ways: DJ Pamela Katz and Accessories Designer (of the DVF Zodiac Collection) Nikita M’Bouroukounda. As astrologer Shelley von Strunckel writes, “Dynamic Leos live with a zest that suggests they have their own power source.” So it should come as no surprise that both of these inspiring women were born under the sign of the lion.
DVF: What was the inspiration behind the DVF Zodiac Collection?
Nikita: The inspiration behind the DVF Zodiac Collection was a scarf designed by a friend of Diane’s that depicts paintings of each zodiac sign. The scarf sparked Diane’s idea to create this special collection.
Tell us about the process and stages in making this collection come to life.
The style for this collection is in the same spirit as the monkey bag charm I created for the Chinese New Year. Also, because DVF is a love brand, I incorporated hearts into each of the designs. The designs really come to life with the colorful mixture of leathers selected for each motif in collaboration with the rest of the accessories design team.
Tell us about your own personal style and how it has evolved.
Over time my style has become more bold. I like to mix vintage and new pieces into my looks and have definitely embraced prints since joining the DVF team. Also, accessories are very important to my style. A cool shoe and a good bag can elevate any look!
DVF: You’re a DJ, model and fashion assistant. How do you balance these different projects? Can you describe the path that led you to be involved in each of these worlds?
Pamela: I started as a fashion assistant for the brand LoveShackFancy. There, I met some amazing people and they helped to get my hands into other baskets. I started styling on set with some of the former Cosmopolitan girls and that familiarized me a little bit more with on-set life. I absolutely thrived in that area and ended up being pursued often to model for look books, campaigns, editorials, etc. This was fun! But still considered a freelance life. About a year into this, I got approached by a talent management company known as PRE.VEYOR and we started working together in the DJ space! Fortunately for me, DJing is usually a night shift! So I can sometimes get a shoot and a DJ gig in one day. Those are the best!
What does an average day look like for you? Any new projects you’re working on?
An average day for me really varies. It could be casting calls, coffee meetings, showroom modeling, on-set styling, on-set as talent, practicing my DJing, DJing, walking my english bulldog Dexter, working a trunk show, coming up with new projects, networking, etc. I am endlessly creating myself!
Tell us about the shoot day. What was it like behind the scenes?
The shoot took place in Brooklyn. It was pretty fun working with the other girls. It made the shoot more natural and playful. The diversity of personalities made the shoot special – everyone got a chance to be themselves and embrace their different signs.
So what’s your sign?
I am most definitely a Leo!
And how is that reflected in your style?
My hair is like a mane. Sometimes it makes me look like a lion (or a mermaid)! It definitely makes me act like a lion; bold, confident, courageous, kind of like I can conquer the world. I feel the most in my element and confident when my hair is down and just natural out of the shower. As for my style evolution, I would say I am and always have been pretty true to the same style. Not so trendy, always classic! When asked to describe my personal style I say “cool, classic, and clean.” I have always beat to my own drum with it. I find the less I try, the cooler I look. Leos are leaders after all, aren’t they?