3 Sets Of Creative BFFs Show Off Their Spring Style

UPDATE: This story was originally published on April 18.
We pay lots of attention to cute couples on the site, but as Lena Dunham puts it, "the great complicated romance… takes place in female friendship." And we couldn't agree more. So, we're turning our eyes from X's and O's to BFFs. Yes, we caught up with some seriously creative friends who bring their unique personal style to every hang-out sesh. From models, to designers to PR moguls working overtime in both finance and literary features, these six ladies make us wonder how they have time to catch up with each other on the regular, let alone catch some Z's from time to time. Click through for three aw-inspiring friend duos — and just so you know, you can sit with us.
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Caroline Forsling, model and fashion consultant, and Molly Guy, creative director of Stone Fox Bride

How did you two meet and how did you know you had "friend chemistry?"
Molly: "I met Caroline six years ago in The Shala — our yoga studio in Union Square. She was pregnant.  I was like: 'what the EFF is that model doing in my yoga class?' I was so annoyed. I used to suffer from model-phobia. But we would always make small talk in the dressing room, and I was like 'for a model she's pretty down-to-earth.'  I kept seeing her around the neighborhood at Cafe Gitane, The Smile, etc, then when I was starting Stone Fox Bride two years ago, I asked her to be one of the lookbook models. We've been inseparable ever since!"

Caroline: "We met in yoga, then I saw her at a kirtan and was obsessed with her jacket and hat and long hair. She had this je ne sais quoi. I thought it was so cool that she was a writer and she lived in the East Village. She was totally easy, and very upfront and honest, and super hilarious! She's one of very few people I can be completely vulnerable and honest with. She motivates me to be creative, productive, honest..."

Each describe your personal style and how it differs from the other.
Molly: "I like ruffly seventies things — old vintage printed cotton dresses from India, over-sized gauze blouses, Isabel Marant flower-print jumpsuits. I am also obsessed with basic wardrobe staples like my beat-up black biker books, my leather biker jacket, vintage Levis jean jacket, and tons of ponchos, and capes, and huge sweaters – sort of a Jerry Garcia meets Jerry Hall vibe."

Caroline: "I hate ruffles, and lace, and girly things like that. I am much more into a streamlined, all-black, tomboy look — army pants, black Dieppa Restrepo boots, my Jerome Dreyfuss bag, and cashmere Acne black sweater. I am also obsessed with my skater sneakers and leather pants! In the summer I do like to wear dresses and Birkenstocks. I'm totally an old-school hippie at heart — I wear long flowery patterned vintage dresses that Molly finds for me from her strange secret sources."

On Caroline: Isabel Marant top, Daryl K leather pants, Supra high tops, Protective bracelet from Spain. On Molly: Wolford black tights, pink vintage India dress, Isabel Marant grey suede boots, friend Ali Bird's black leather jacket.
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Describe your job, what you love about it, and how you make time for your friends.
Molly: "I'm the creative director at Stone Fox Bride —  I absolutely love my nonstop, creative, insane environment of chaos and imagination. Making clothes, and working with clients, and designing, and writing is extremely fulfilling. I make sure to see my girlfriends at least once a weekend, and get in a few good phone calls during the week. I definitely don't have the time I used to – to lay around, and hang out all day – but I make sure when we get together, we always cover the bases: usually sex, money, kids, clothes, god... you know, the usual."

Caroline: "I came here when I was fifteen, and I thought I was going to stay two years. But now it's twenty years later and I'm here and still working. I'm a model. That's how I pay the bills. My yoga practice helps me show up for my job with a lot of enthusiasm. It's also kept me super grounded. I've also started working with Stone Fox Bride on designing and consulting for their private- label dress collection. I tame Molly's wild hippie aesthetic with my streamlined, all-black Swedish vibe. I am obsessed with sourcing fabrics and finding the perfect soft silks and cottons for summer dresses. I really know and understand silhouettes, since I've spent so many years modeling them. I love merging my past-life modeling experience with my design skills."

What's one piece you'd love to steal from the other person's closet?
Molly: "I want Caroline's old, white gauze peasant shirt that's super old and holey. She considers it sacred."

Caroline: "These cut-off jeans that are so beat up and faded and perfect."
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Describe a typical day/night together — where do you hang?
Molly: "Since we are both working moms, it's rare that we can have a long, sustained hang. It's usually more like a quick green juice or coffee or lunch or yoga class. Caroline lives around the corner from my office so she stops by a lot with a coffee or chocolate bar. After we put our kids to bed, we usually email each other other tons of inspiration pics of old fashion shoots and dresses we're obsessed with. This summer, we're planning a trip to Spain with our kids where we can gossip and hang and drink coffee in the sun all day long. We are obsessed with talking about our hellraising escapades in the nineties. It makes us laugh so hard! Hello, getting wasted at the Mercer in 1999 wearing slutty seven jeans and a mesh tank top! I always make Caroline tell me old stories about when she was a big, hot model, like the time she wore a reindeer sweater and basketball shoes to her casting with Stephen Miesel."

Caroline: "Molly recently organized a big dinner with all girls in Brooklyn. It was so amazing. She brought all these flowers and candles and dream catchers and we told stories all night. Also, one time last year, we went on Good Morning America — Molly was the wedding expert and I was the model. We were delirious and making fun of everyone. It was five in the morning.  Then we went to the Balthazar afterwards and pigged out."
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What's one thing you've learned from the other person?
Molly: "This guy I know once said to me 'you know that girl you're always with? I sat next to her on the bus with her kids one day and she was such a loving, patient mother, she brought tears to my eyes'. She's such a devoted, grounded mother — I've learned so much from her about the importance of putting family first. She was a godsend to me during my pregnancy and after my daughter was born. Her parenting style is really low-key, and hippie-ish, and nurturing — totally different from my neurotic, Jewish-mother tendencies!"

Caroline: "I learn so much from Molly. She's so honest and straightforward. Plus, she totally hooked me up with my therapist, and taught me how to break out of my repressed Swedish shell."
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What's the funniest thing you've ever done together/that's ever happened to you two?
Molly: "Cass Bird shot the Stone Fox Bride lookbook a few weeks back, and Caroline was one of the models. She totally dropped her repressed, Swedish-WASP vibe on set, and got naked, and was running around screaming, and flashing her boobs."
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What's the biggest challenge in maintaining real, meaningful friendships in NYC and the fashion space.
Molly: "Sometimes when I'm working on photo shoots or design projects with my friends, I have to make sure that I wear my professional hat. I have terrible boundaries, and am very relaxed and jokey all the time. I have to remind myself that when I'm at work, I have to behave like an adult, and not a 12-year-old boy."

Caroline: "I've spent my whole career around women but I've always had a hard time connecting with them. Anyone. The competition in the modeling world used to make me really insecure."

There's a stereotype of sharky females in this industry, competition, etc, that sometimes feels natural in a way. How do you avoid that with each other and in general? 
Molly : "I have found that the more honest and upfront I am with other women about the fact that I'm totally insecure and still feel like a socially maladjusted middle schooler on the first day of seventh grade, the easier it is to connect."

Caroline: "I've learned along the way that everyone is insecure — from the supermodels, the CEO's, everyone. I try to connect with people by being funny and relaxed and real."
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Arielle Patrick, Corporate Publicist and director of publicity, The American Reader, and Maggy Frances Schultz, Founder, Maggy Frances

How did you two meet and how did you know you had "friend chemistry?"
Arielle: "Maggy and I actually met quite recently through mutual friends we've known for many years from high school. We share similar interests, and have been getting to know each other better as we work together on things like this! It all started when I bought my first Maggy Frances miniskirt after running into her at the Whitney Studio Party this fall."

Maggy: "We met through a mutual childhood friend at the Frick Garden Party only last year, and were in touch after when Arielle bought some pieces from my collection. We initially became friends because of overlapping interests in fashion, the arts and philanthropy. I also think we share a similarly candid manner of speaking, but differ in that Arielle is super outgoing and bubbly, whereas I'm more reserved and quirky, which has made for amusing chats between us from the get-go."

Each describe your personal style and how it differs from the other. 
Arielle: "I'm very inconsistent, and depending on my mood, dress drastically differently. One day, I'm wearing all black - Opening Cermony. Another day, I'm going classic with a Chanel blazer and Milly knee-length dress. Maggy's style is all her own. She has her staples — all of which are echoed in her line, Maggy Frances. I dig her fusion of collegiate and 1970s hippie aesthetics."

Maggy: "Arielle's style matches her personality —she's a go-getter.  Her sensibility is always feminine and glam, but in work mode she'll be classic, tailored, and professional, while for parties she is very much a risk-taker.  My style is very, very consistent — essentially a uniform of pieces from my collection. I love classic tailoring – anything micro-mini– and vintage-looking prints. The overall effect is a little bit prep-school, a little bit retro rock and roller."

On Arielle: Banana Republic blazer, Ralph Lauren Blue Label sweater, Ferragamo belt, YSL clutch, Prada sunglasses, C.Wonder loafers. On Maggy: Maggy Frances shorts, blouse, and sweater, vintage Hermes handbag, vintage and custom rings, Tricker's English Shoemakers loafers, Chanel sunglasses.
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Describe a typical day/night together — where do you hang?
Arielle: "We enjoy attending events, like the Frick Young Fellows Ball. We also love daytime meals at old favorite, Via Quadronno, and most recently, dinners at Cole's Greenwich Village."

Maggy:"I love when Arielle comes to visit my studio to play dress-up. Otherwise, we'll have lunch at Via Quadronno, which is an old favorite amongst many upper-east-siders.  We are also both involved in organizations outside of work. So, of course, showing up for those events, too."

What's one thing you've learned from the other person?
Arielle: "I admire Maggy's entrepreneurial spirit and unwillingness to change herself for anybody. I must admit she terrified me when we first met, but that's because she's ostensibly comfortable with who she is."

Maggy: "I can only hope some of Arielle's diligence rubs off on me.  She is a powerhouse!  She is extremely driven and hardworking, and probably the most productive person I know."
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What's the funniest thing you've ever done together/that's ever happened to you two? 
Arielle: "Honestly — this shoot! Neither of us are particularly campy people, so giggling, looking at one another, and twirling around Carl Schurtz park was pretty hilarious."

Maggy: "This shoot was very funny for us, as it definitely took us both out of our element. But I think even funnier might be our recent failed attempt to solve a crime together."
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Describe your job, what you love about it, and how you make time for your friends. 
Arielle: "I work in the Corporate Communications division at public relations firm, Weber Shandwick. I'm on the financial services account team, handling business-to-business issues and reputation management communications for clients, including Goldman Sachs. 

But! I'd be nothing without my extracurricular activities! In my spare time, I'm Director of Publicity (pro bono) for The American Reader, a new journal of literature and criticism targeting Generation Y. I also direct the magazine's strategic partnerships. I'm also a part of The Committee, a new cultural programming collective which produces monthly salon discussions with influential artists at Amy Sacco's hotspot No. 8. I recently hosted an evening with Peter Davis of SCENE magazine in conversation with Isabel Wilkinson, fashion editor of The Daily Beast. I am in love with my work. It's everything. It challenges me. My friends come first, but that's mainly because they understand how busy I am and don't pester. "

Maggy: "I design and operate a small, direct-to-consumer fashion label/ecommerce site, which is both stressful and rewarding.  I love the fast pace, the creative freedom, and the strategy involved in trying to build something out of nothing.  Networking is a big part of the fashion industry and certainly what I do, so at times, work and socializing do overlap a bit.  Beyond that, my friends and my personal life are as important to me as work.  It certainly can be a challenge to find time for everything, but all anyone can do is take things as they come and use good judgment."
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What's one piece you'd love to steal from the other person's closet?
Arielle: "Her beat-up Hermés Kelly bags! They're so loved and lived in. The essence of chic."

Maggy: "Arielle has an amazing navy coat with a fur collar that I would definitely love to steal."
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What's the biggest challenge in maintaining real, meaningful friendships in NYC and the fashion space. 
Arielle: "We don't really have that problem, having grown up here. The only challenge would be the newcomers who are hard to trust!"

Maggy: "I would say that I don't struggle at all to maintain meaningful friendships. I'd say the challenge lies more in finding people who are on your wavelength."

There's a stereotype of sharky females in this industry, competition, etc, that sometimes feels natural in a way, how do you avoid that with each other and in general? 

Arielle: "The great thing is I'm not directly in the fashion industry, so we barely clash! It's a healthy dynamic, and I hope to work with Maggy in the future to collaborate on some of the committee's we're each on — The Metropolitan Museum, The Whitney, The Child Mind Institute, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Frick Collection."

Maggy: "I have definitely noticed a lot of competitiveness and politics amongst women in the fashion industry, but it's very easy to avoid by not engaging in it.  If you don't subscribe to that kind of behavior, you won't attract people who do either."
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Joy Cioci, creative director and co-owner of clothing line Joy Cioci, and Louise Donegan, fashion model and actor

How did you two meet and how did you know you had "friend chemistry?"
Joy: "We were introduced by mutual friends and we both have an undying love for the '90s flick Clueless, the rest is history."

Louise: "We met through a mutual friend who has since moved to Holland, but we still have one another! It’s all about our sense of humor."

Each describe your personal style and how it differs from the other. 
Joy: "I truly favor anything with ruffles or a romantic edge, and Louise has this amazing, English, relaxed rock and roll edge, with a dash of city chic."

Louise:"Joy's style is feminine and chic. My style is tomboy, and I only really wear monochrome. Okay, I only really wear black."

On Louise: Helmut Lang bllazer, Stanley Korshak top and skirt, Retrosuperfuture sunglasses, Omega watch, necklace from Louise's own design. On Joy: Joy Cioci jacket and skirt, Wolford top, Prada pumps, See Eyewear glasses.
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What's one piece you'd love to steal from the other person's closet?
Joy: "Her Givenchy shark-tooth necklace!"

Louise: "I love the skirt joy is wearing in these pictures, and I would steal ALL of her furs!"

Describe a typical day/night together — where do you hang?
Joy: "Manicures, when we both have time; fun dinners with friends; hanging out at Mike Dean's place; concerts, events – and, of course, movie night!"

Louise: "Los Americanos is our go-to joint! We often hang at Mike Dean's studio and talk and drink champagne and listen to great music and videos and share whatever we and other friends are working on at the time."
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What's one thing you've learned from the other person?
Joy: "What a true friend is suppose to be. Louise has always been there for me. "

Louise: "To persevere. To fearlessly embrace wearing a short, colorful cocktail dress. I learned a lot about mermaids from Joy – she has a mermaid obsession!"

Describe your job, what you love about it, and how you make time for your friends. 
Joy: "Designing a small fashion label pretty much means I wear multiple hats and I'm constantly working, I love it and can't imagine doing anything else. I’m involved in everything – from sketching to draping and fitting to full on production, sales, and brand outreach.  I get a chance to build strong relationships with my retailers, as well – from ShopBop to old friends at Barneys. I also get to scour new stores to see what retailers I am inspired by like FiveStory. We’re both so lucky that our careers align and we get to work together! Sometimes it’s the best way to spend time together."

Louise: "Being a model means I travel a lot! I enjoy meeting new people, visiting exotic places, and testing out my foreign-language skills. I have friends all over the world, it's a beautiful thing. Acting is similar in some ways, but there is so much work that goes into it, that people don't see. It's fun to create art with friends. I really enjoy collaborating. Joy and I have worked together numerous times and it’s been terrific."
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What's the funniest thing you've ever done together/that's ever happened to you two? 
Joy: "Probably the whole weekend shooting our style.com video together. Louise has the best sense of humor, so no matter what you’re doing, she makes sure your having the best time. Even on a freezing cold day, while standing outside in a mini cocktail dress on a frozen hill in the Hamptons!  She is such a trooper and made us all laugh straight through, even when we dropped her down a chimney."

Louise: "Well there was an episode that ended in me walking around the meat packing district... unable to see."
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What's the biggest challenge in maintaining real, meaningful friendships in NYC and the fashion space. 
Joy: "Timing, but your true friends get it and understand. No matter how long you don't see them, or talk as soon as you catch up, it's just like you saw each other the day before. We cherish every minute we get to have together, and I really appreciate the support from Louise!"

Louise: "There's not enough hours in the day sometimes! I want to do everything all the time with everybody. I guess it comes down to balance. New York is a terrific place to socialize. Good wine and good food and good friends are some of the finest pleasures."
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There's a stereotype of sharky females in this industry, competition, etc, that sometimes feels natural in a way, how do you avoid that with each other and in general? 
Joy: "It's so funny you say sharky! Louise and I are huge shark lovers and huge lovers of the ocean!! Honestly, I don't think we bother with all the bullshit in the industry. We just are who we are, which makes us enjoy each other even more."

Louise: "There's competition in every industry. I strive to be the best version of myself every day– to be kind and realize I am not defined by my job and nor is anyone else. Sharks are my favorite animals by the way."
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