Promise Smith, Media Curator
She looks to mystics for style inspiration, but we think Promise Smith might just be one herself. The cofounder of the talent-packed, notoriously epic parties is best known for connecting people, inspiring designers, and bringing just the right kind of underground magic to whatever she's doing. Be it collaborating with Brian Wood and Ashley Sky Walker on a clothing line or popping up in videos and styling shoots, Mrs. Black Angels NYC is always casting some kind of spell.
My constant source of style inspiration:
“History, travel, Peruvian shamans, Masai herdsmen — good style can be anywhere at any moment.”
My favorite summertime accessory:
“You always need a pair of sunglasses! I’ve got somewhere between 15 and 20 (I can't even keep track). I buy a new pair wherever I go. Whatever ‘Pick me! Pick me!’ Whatever they are, they have to be genuinely me — an extension of my face.”
My first big-ticket style purchase:
“I have vintage Hermès and Christian Dior that I got really cheap by chance, but then I have all these T-shirts made by local designers that I've paid hundreds of dollars for. I just had to have them, and I love supporting local design!”
My favorite up-and-coming designers:
“Telfar by Telfar, Three Floor, RHLS, Amber Ibarreche, and Rebel Socialite.”
My most surprising, out-of-left-field fashion find:
“A World War II battle helmet.”
My three favorite places to shop:
“The Indian market off Bowery in New York, the Paris flea markets, and the street vendors in Soho during the summer.”
I could never, ever part with:
“My army Brian Wood jacket. It has my portrait on it!”
Styled by Laura Pritchard, Hair by Bethany Brill, Makeup by Tiffany Patton, Animated by Ammiel Mendoza
Look 1: Miu Miu Sunglasses, $395, available at Sunglass Hut; Lolli by Reincarnation silk romper; Steve Madden brogues; Vintage hat; Kelly Knight necklace; Rings, talent's own.
Look 2: Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses, $195 available at Sunglass Hut; Tibi tank top, $145, available at Tibi Soho 212-226-5852; Vintage embroidered vest; Vintage multicolor graphic pant; Pamela Love Maia Breastplate, $750, available at Pamela Love; Pamela Love Vine Cuff, $665, available at Pamela Love; Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers, $55, available at Converse; rings, talent's own.
Photographed by Geordy Pearson