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My Power Outfit: Emelyn Northway & Dorie Golkin Smith, Co-Founders of Of Mercer

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Name:

Dorie Golkin Smith

Emelyn Northway

Title/Company:
Co-Founders, Of Mercer

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What are you wearing?

Dorie: I’m wearing Of Mercer’s Ludlow Dress in Bordeaux–a new color for fall–a Zara knitted poncho, Pour La Victoire booties, and a black Bottega Venetta hobo.

Emelyn: I’m wearing Of Mercer’s Bryant Dress, Stuart Weitzman pumps, and an Alexander McQueen tote.

Why does it make you feel powerful?

Dorie: I love that the Ludlow Dress has a feminine A-line pleated silhouette, but incorporates the more masculine and edgy leather details. I’m all about color, so I love pairing our fall season’s Bordeaux with other pops of color and patterns. I feel powerful knowing I can tackle anything the day throws at me in this dress–from meetings to interviews to social activities!

Emelyn: The Bryant Dress stands on its own, so I can throw it on and feel completely pulled together in no time. I love that the pattern is bold and different, but the silhouette is classic and office-appropriate, so it makes a statement in just the right way. There’s something very confidence-inducing and powerful about wearing a dress you love that’s designed to stand out, not blend in.

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How can fashion boost your confidence?

Emelyn: Fashion is the visual way we express ourselves every day. It’s the first thing people notice when they see you, so it’s important that it’s authentic to who you are and how you operate. If there’s a disconnect between what you’re wearing and your personal style, you’ll appear uncomfortable (point in case: me wearing an oversized, menswear-style black pantsuit my first year of investment banking). Knowing what makes you feel comfortable is the first step to confidence.

Any advice for starting a company with a friend?

Dorie: Any entrepreneur will tell you it’s nearly impossible to “turn it off” when it comes to work. It’s especially difficult when your best friend is your co-founder, so rather than separating work and life, we embrace that in our case they’re completely intertwined. If in the middle of the day we need to look at apartment listing for Emelyn, that’s okay. And if we need to leave our friends at 11 p.m. to have a call with our mill in Italy, that’s okay, too. It’s important to embrace both the personal and professional side of your relationship–do what needs to get done, which sometimes involves a bottle of wine.

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Inside InStyle’s Exclusive New York Fashion Week Kickoff With Alice Smith

What’s the best way to kick off New York Fashion Week? With a party of course! And InStyle‘s first-ever Fashion Week celebration was the place to be last night, where fashion tastemakers and editors—including our very own Ariel Foxman and musician Babyface—brushed shoulders at Bar Nana in New York’s Meatpacking District for an intimate evening with singer-of-the-moment, Alice Smith. ”The moment I saw her perform I texted our celebrity bookings editor and asked how quickly can we get this woman into the pages of our magazine,” Foxman explains to his guests. “Our 10 million readers need to know about this woman and her music and we rushed as quickly as we could to the photo studio to get her into the February issue. It’s all about spreading the words, the magic, getting her music out there. I’m so excited to have her here tonight.”

The soulful crooner serenaded the crowd with her signature blend of jazz, blues, and R&B, all in a sparkling Dolce & Gabbana emerald frock no less. But what got guests cheering aside from her powerful vocal cords? A surprising rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the one and only, Mr. Foxman!  ”I wasn’t going to,” Smith excitingly explains to InStyle.com. “I like Ariel and I’m really grateful to him for putting me in the magazine, and he’s really nice and it’s his birthday! So why not? And why wouldn’t I? I really wasn’t gonna. I was gonna say happy birthday and move on because I’m very serious about my thing, but it was nice and I’m glad I did it.” As for the birthday boy’s thoughts? “It was amazing and it was such a surprise!” 

With Fashion Week dawning (now in full gear!), guests mixed and mingled as they enjoyed what InStyle.com’s Senior Fashion Editor, Violet Gaynor calls ”the calm before the storm,” while sipping InStyle-inspired cocktails compliments of D’ussé cognac and Marquis Vodka. “Everything with InStyle is very much about enjoying fashion, looking good, and feeling good about yourself,” says Style Director Melissa Rubini. “It shouldn’t be that makes you feel stressed, it should make you feel happy.” To get your very one VIP pass to last night’s event, take a look through our gallery! 

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—Josephine Cusumano, with reporting by Andrea Cheng