Step Inside DJ-Slash-Designer Mia Moretti's NYC Digs

Our friends at The Coveteur love playing to our voyeuristic side, and each week, the OG closet invaders will let us peek into the designer-laden digs of their — and our! — favorite tastemakers. Just one warning: The lust-worthy displays may cause an undying impulse to hang your jewels on your kitchen sink’s faucet. Now, let the swooning begin!
Upon entering Mia Moretti’s home, we were floored by her approach to design: angular striped brown/white walls, oversized wicker swings, suede sofas and quirky vignettes. “To me, decorating is about creating stories,” the DJ-turned-recent designer told us. “The same way I tell a story when I'm DJing, I like to tell a story within areas in my house. I'm very much about a vignette, which is probably why we got along so well.”
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Moretti greeted us all fresh-faced with tiny flowers woven into her hair. “My friend just did it for me,” she confessed. While we got busy digging through Moretti’s quirky closet collection filled with some of the most offbeat things we’ve seen in a while, the flower child got to work on arranging a variety of fresh bouquets throughout her home. “They make everything look better!” she said, as she began to arrange them by color, while strategically placing them around her space.
While perusing Moretti’s prized possessions, we noticed a theme: a one-of-a-kind collection of Nicole Miller archive pieces — and no, we’re not talking about those jewel-toned, ruched, body-con dresses you may (or may not have) worn to your prom. It’s no secret we’re suckers for anything and everything 90s (see: Clueless , 90 Things We Miss About The 90s, etc.), but Moretti’s collection of vintage treasures brought back a certain nostalgia that makes our job worthwhile.
After showering us with Dunkin’ Donuts — see Jane Larkworthy? The key to The Coveteur’s heart really is through our stomachs — Moretti showed us her latest project: a capsule collection with Pencey, filled with brightly-colored, Beverly Hilton-esque wallpaper prints (you know, like the one we saw at Nicky Hilton and Philip Crangi’s place). Fast-forward a few, and Moretti’s friends, Cleo Wade and (violin-playing band member) Caitlin Moe came by to get in on the action, which quickly turned into a full-on album cover-like shoot. The more the merrier, right?
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"I always just dress to feel good. I think fashion should be fun. I'm more inclined to follow icons like Yoko Ono, just because she is so multi-dimensional and is never scared to follow an idea, no matter how crazy." Dresses, left to right: Versus, Versace, Versus; Red Clutch: Edie Parker; Black Shoes: Proenza Schouler; Black and White Skirt: Nicole Miller; Boots: Diane von Furstenberg; Pants: Vintage.
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"I don't really shop anywhere in particular. I collect as I go, opposed to seeking things out. But in terms of my taste, to me decorating is about creating stories. The same way I tell a story when I'm DJing, I like to tell a story within areas in my house. I'm very much about a vignette, which is probably why we got along so well. The blue vase is from Fishs Eddy on 5th ave and 19th. That's a good place to stock up on filler pieces if you are missing something in a collection; they really do have one of everything there!"
Shoes: Céline; Jewelry: Various Designers.
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"So many stories! Lots of it is from my mom, my grandmom, friends, flea markets, bargain bins, anywhere really! Fabulous Fanny's is a great place to go hunting for vintage jewelry and of course the best collection of vintage sunglasses in N.Y.C."
All: Various Designers.
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All: Various Designers.
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"I love flowers. They make everything look better! I really like to arrange them by color, which is another trick I learned from Mary. Sometimes I buy big mixed bouquets that are pretty cheesy looking in the shop, but if you separate it all you end up with a great assortment. It's nice to cut some really short and just put them in a little glass my your bed."
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Top: Mia Moretti x Pencey; Dress: Diane von Furstenberg; Shoes: Rochas.
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"My favorite picture of my dad and me and a painting I bought at the Antique Mart in Buenos Aires. I could have bought the entire mart if it would have fit in my luggage home. Definitely the best shopping in the world (in my opinion)."
Shoes: United Nude.
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This Dolce & Gabbana grungy-type wedding dress — “If I designed my wedding dress, it would look exactly like this; I wear it when I'm feeling matrimonial,” Moretti told us — that took us way back to something very reminiscent of Cruel Intentions-meets-The Craft.
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These are all from fashion week. I was hunting down my animal instincts.
Shoes, left to right: Alice + Olivia, Jimmy Choo, Jimmy Choo; Clutch: Diane von Furstenberg.
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"Prabal Gurung gave me these heels as a 'Thank You' after I DJed one of his afterparties. He is the sweetest man in N.Y.C., and I'm so happy for how successful he's become."
Floral Shoes: Prabal Gurung x Target; Black Shoes: Prabal Gurung x Nicholas Kirkwood; Clutches: Diane von Furstenberg.
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Shoes: Various Designers.
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"There is a lady I buy a ton of vintage bags from that has a shop in Jersey, and a great booth at the N.Y. Vintage Fair. She told me this bag was made during the war and was a popular style at the time, because women would order the pieces in the mail and make them themselves. After she told me that I had to buy it! I call the boots my Penny Lane boots."
Top: Vintage; Red Clutch: Tod's; Red Star Clutch: Edie Parker; Yellow Clutch: Diane von Furstenberg; Pink Clutch: Diane von Furstenberg; Bakelite Clutch: Vintage; Aqua Shoes, Rochas; Boots: Jimmy Choo.
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"I'm currently reading Colum McCann's This Side of Brightness. I loved his latest book, Let The Great World Spin, and have been catching up on all his previous novels since. My favorite so far is Zoli. Highly recommend!
Shoes: Fendi.
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Top: Mia Moretti x Pencey; Dress: Diane von Furstenberg; Shoes: Rochas.
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"I've always loved music. I grew up being surrounded by music, my dad and my brother would play the guitar at the dinner table almost every night. These are my favorite memories, and probably why I'm a DJ today. Playing music for other people lets me keep those memories alive!

"I never have a go-to outfit for DJing because every day is different. Lucky for me, I DJ a lot of runway shows, presentations and launch parties for designers, so I get a lot of donations!"

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