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Trendsetter: Dani Reeves


Dani Reeves

Dani Reeves

The fashion model on style, seasonal trends and great selfies


Born in Hamburg, Iowa, Dani Reeves kickstarted her modeling career after she won the 2007 Miss Iowa USA competition. Today she lives in Las Vegas, but her modeling gigs take her everywhere from L.A. to Milan.

How would you describe your personal style?

Incredibly eclectic and diverse while maintaining a very glamorous element to each look.

What is your style motto?

Tom Ford couldn’t have said it better: “Dressing well is a form of good manners.”

Your best advice for tackling spring 2015’s trends?

You must be able to relate to the trend in order to pull it off. If you’re not comfortable and do not feel 100 percent about yourself when you walk out of the door, it’s not for you. If you’re still looking to integrate that season’s trend into your own personal style, but don’t want to take on the pressure of buying something, try incorporating it through hair styles, scarves, jewelry and belts. Accessories are a girl’s best friend (besides diamonds, of course ... and shoes and makeup ... and well, anyways …) and can transform any outfit!

What spring trends are you looking forward to wearing?

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This season a lot of designers traveled back in time to the late ’60s-early ’70s. This was one of my favorite periods when it comes to fashion inspirations. This spring, the designers did a great job bringing back exciting trends such as skinny scarves and A-line skirts. Of course, fringe was on every runway this season. There is something sexy and magical about the movement of fringe. I also really love the accessories I saw this season. My favorite was mismatching earrings. Whether in different colors or in lengths, the beauty is in the irregularity.

If you could swap wardrobes with anyone, who would it be?

I really love the fashion consultant and editor-at-large for Vogue Japan, Anna Dello Russo’s closet. Reportedly having more than 4,000 pairs of shoes, this woman is my hero! I mostly admire that she is not afraid of anything when it comes to style.

What are your tips for the perfect selfie?  I laugh at the quotes that talk about selfies. Like, “For every selfie, there are about 30 that didn’t make the cut.” Ha! So true! For the girl who has a flawless selfie on her first try, I either applaud you or think you’re some kind of alien. For the rest of us who sit in front of our phones snapping one horrible photo after another trying every angle, every pout and eye-squint, I totally can relate! The one thing I know to be true when taking any photo is lighting is paramount to a great photo!


Central Park West

Five Things I Can’t Live Without


1. Bond No. 9 NYC Central Park West,  perfume, $200-$295, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show


Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx firming night moisturizer

Five Things I Can’t Live Without


2. Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx firming night moisturizer, $125, Sephora in the Forum Shops, Miracle Mile, Town Square and Downtown Summerlin


Free People limited edition Gianna’s Valentine dress

Five Things I Can’t Live Without


3. Free People limited edition Gianna’s Valentine dress, $600, Free People Fashion Show and


LANVIN pave crystal LOVE necklace

Five Things I Can’t Live Without


4. LANVIN pave crystal LOVE necklace, $1,345, Neiman Marcus in the Fashion Show Mall


Gucci Leila studded platform sandal

Five Things I Can’t Live Without


5. Gucci Leila studded platform sandal, $696, Neiman Marcus Fashion Show

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