Rebecca Vanyo

Welcome Rebecca Vanyo to Dora Maar, a stylish individual with an innate eye for the finer things in life. She expresses her passion for fashion, fitness and philanthropy in her very own blog, www.thesophisticatenyc.com, sharing her opinions on specific designer collections, events, lifestyle trends and the like.
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What does the word "Muse" mean to you?

A Muse’s energy inspires someone to create or think differently about style and influences someone to push their own fashion boundaries.

Formerly a fashion model, how has your immersive background in the industry informed your approach to dress today?

I modeled in my late teens and through my early twenties. Back then, I did not like when clothing didn't fit properly. Since then, I've been a stickler for craftmanship and well-constructed clothing. That is why I especially appreciate the artistry and quality of designs by Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. They're both so skilled at cutting for a woman’s body and accentuating the curves.

Who is your all-time favorite designer?

I would choose Schiaparelli because my motto for everything in life is “Nothing Ordinary,” which is how I dress and what the brand represents. If I don’t feel a thrill when I try on a garment, then it's not for me. Schiaparrelli continues to exhilarate me.

Can you tell us a little more about your blog’s tagline: “Style is a Simple Way of Saying Complimented”?

It's a quote from Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau, a French writer and artist. How we present ourselves to the world tells people so much about our identity. Fashion is my mode of self-expression, and, in the words of Daphne Guinness, armor in a constantly changing world.