Though Dani Michelle immediately comes off as charming and carefree, we can only imagine the amount of hours and level of dedication that goes into running her styling business. In our 24/7 Instagram world, clients need to be camera-ready whether they’re hitting the streets for coffee or attending a black-tie affair. With some of today’s most photographed women on her client roster, like Kourtney Kardashian, Amanda Steele, Kristin Cavallari, Erika Jayne, and Amelia Gray Hamlin, Dani’s role as an image maker is coveted.
This LA-based stylist is a jewelry lover with an impressive collection she never takes off, including sentimental items she’s received as gifts from family or purchased for herself as a reward for a job well done. Dani takes us through her favorite jewelry lineup, from Cartier rolling rings to Bulgari Serpenti and 70s Piaget. We left her West Hollywood studio hoping to take a little bit of her cool California spirit and epic style home with us. -Jenna Wise for The Stone Set
I am a celebrity fashion stylist in Los Angeles. I’m from Washington, D.C. and have lived in LA for 10 years! Right now I just finished some New York Fashion Week street style, the Grammys, some client events, and am leading into Oscar weekend.
I am wearing one of my favorite SemSem tops because I just love the dramatic drape, my go-to vintage Levi’s jeans, and Chanel kitten heels cause they’re the perfect mix between dressed up and workable.
My favorite face products would have to be Lancer and Mario Badescu. Sadly, I can’t share with you my perfume cause for the last eight years, it’s been the same secret I’ve kept. No matter how many compliments I get…it’s my secret.
Welcome to my office! We are in the heart of West Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard just blocks away from Chateau Marmont. I’m drinking my newly favorite almond mocha latte!
As for jewelry, I’m the type of girl that has three massive jewelry boxes at home, but wears the same thing every day. From about 14 years old to 28, I was always switching out bangles, rings, and earrings. At this point I’m down to a few favorite sentimental pieces that I sleep and shower with, and never take off!
On my pinky is a gold initials ring my dad gave me for my birthday. A Cartier Trinity rolling ring that is my mother’s, along with all the rings on my ring finger I acquired from her as well, some dating back to her college years.
My Bulgari Serpenti snake I got from my mom and stepdad for my birthday. My Maor ring is the first piece of fine diamond jewelry I ever bought myself, as it signified a successful 2018. My engagement ring, my mom designed and made with my fiancé, so its extra special. The team gave me the newest Cartier rolling ring as a gift after a special project together.
As for my wrist, the Gucci watch is vintage from Treasures of NY, and the gold Piaget watch is a 1970s collector’s piece from my grandma, along with the bracelet. What separates these pieces from all my others is that they’re sentimental gifts from those closest to me.
What jewelry designers and fashion talent are you drawn to?
My favorite jewelers are Stacey Singer, Anita Ko, Cartier, and my ultimate is the Bulgari Serpenti collection. For clothing I love Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Alexander Vauthier, and Vera Wang.
What’s it like being a stylist in 2019? What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Being a stylist now means your career is just as integrated in your social presence as your actual styling work. Where once it was displaying work on your website, now it’s a constant upkeep on Instagram of work and behind-the-scenes stories on our prep. As well, the social network works in such an advantageous way to connect to all types of artists, talent, and designers instantly around the world.
The best advice I have ever received was that your reputation is priceless, and something that can’t be bought. I know that it is important to treat everyone with respect and appreciation, and never to take anyone else’s work for granted.
What’s your ideal weekend?
My ideal weekend is waking up early, having a yummy breakfast with my boyfriend, and having a whole day to ourselves! Ian loves to go on adventures where he can ride his dirt bike…but for me, an ideal weekend is half of one day with dear friends having fun, and the rest, alone time!
What’s something about you that may surprise people?
I am very superstitious.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
One of the craziest things I’ve done was in 2006 when I flew to Ibiza with a girlfriend. Once we landed, the hotel we booked just didn’t exist so we spent two days there with nowhere to stay. I know one night we slept on the dock, cuddled together on a bench…the other night, maybe we didn’t sleep? Young and wild problems, ha.
Give the world some advice.
It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.
Photography by Emerald Carroll for The Stone Set