I was thrilled when my Antwerp Necklace was featured on the fashion show at the time, Gossip Girl. Blake Lively wore one of my all time-favorite designs on set, and the paparazzi photo that was leaked to the press ended up on the pages of InStyle magazine. Later in the season, Leighton Meester wore my St. Petersburg Necklace on the show.
The W Hotels had been carrying my line for just a season when they invited me to design an exclusive collection for their Global Glam project. The capsule collection, which was carried in hotel boutique locations worldwide, was inspired by Old Hollywood glamour. The red, silver, and black color palette lent itself perfectly to the deco elements highlighted in my designs.
Suzanna Dai started getting a lot of exposure among celebrities, the likes of which I could have never imagined. Alicia Keys, Elizabeth Hurley, Rachel Ray, Serena Williams, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Sarah Michele Gellar were all photographed wearing my designs, and they were once again worn by Blake Lively on Gossip Girl!
I didn’t think it was possible for things to get better. Then, I woke up to an email from my PR agent telling me that Michelle Obama – yes, that Michelle Obama – had worn my earrings to a dinner at the White House the previous evening!!! Given Michelle’s role in supporting American designers, I felt like it was the best validation of my designs I could have.
Stay tuned for more stops along the ten-year journey of Suzanna Dai in the coming weeks!