by Simona Kogan
Recently, I was inspired by a fashion article in The Jerusalem Post column “Holy Fashion”, by an Israeli fashion photographer Ella Manor. In it, Manor posed with Israeli celebs and fashion heavyweights for stylish selfies.The article was a trendy study in visuals that got me thinking: there are some major fashion personalities in Israel. These bloggers, stylists, personal shoppers, icons, celebs, and style lovers, are known in the industry –and are able to come up with fashion photos at the drop of a hat. With just a click of an Instagram button, without the aid of professional photographers at their beck and call, these fashionistas and fashionistos create visual fashion moments that stick with us long after clothes have been changed.
We’re not just talking about those chic “outfit of the day” posts that go on their blogs. We’re talking about spur-of-the-moment style snaps that translate into veritable style selfies.
Here are some of my favorites, they represent varied personalities in the Israeli fashion industry.
Korin Avraham, Fashion Blogger
Perhaps this girl should be called the queen of the fashion selfie, because I’ve never seen a better personal picture taken by someone who is not a proclaimed fashion photographer. The fashion blogger, who started her blog Ya Salam in September 2011, has exploded onto the Israeli fashion scene through her own perseverance.
She has since appeared in countless Israeli fashion magazines, showcasing various layers of her enviable fashion closet and hopping into the front row of many a fashion show. She’s also a Dreed*Tea contributor and a lawyer on the side!
While it’s true that many of her pictures are taken by others, some of her best pictures have been of herself and her incredible sense of style.
One of my favorite Ya-Salam selfies. Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/yasalamfashionblog
Shahar Rabanne, Stylist
Shahar Rabanne jumped full force onto the Israeli fashion scene as a stylist, and perhaps being one of blogger Korin Avraham’s close, personal BFFs has its perks – since his selfies are just as good as hers. The owner behind Style Your Life, who is currently vacationing, has posed in many selfies with his shades – those sunglasses being from Erroca and Prada, of course.
Nastya Lisansky, Instagram Model
“I look sloppy, haven’t cut my hair in years and am too lazy to do a manicure,” says Nastia Lisansky, the stylish Israeli mom who gained a following on Instagram after posting pics of herself in fashionable pieces. “I just throw something on – and that’s my talent, it looks good. The biggest trend in fashion…is the effortless look,” she told Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Lisansky is the perfect example of the “selfie” generation, gaining popularity just by being herself, and posting stylish Instagram snaps so her followers can copy the look. Now, instead of buying her clothes, Israeli designers send her their threads so she can take photos of herself wearing them. “No one is forcing you to look at it. People look at my pictures because they follow me and like my personal style,” she says.
Lior Shalev, Fashion Blogger
Lior Shalev’s explosion on to the Israeli style scene comes with an interesting story that proves persistence can get you where you want to go. First, you must remember that this style star is just 19 years old. Second, she burst onto the scene without going through PR people. She simply got noticed by talking to the right people and dressing in a way that proved she was a fashionista.
“Everything depends on how you present yourself,” she told GoStyle in an interview.
Looks like this lovely lady is presenting herself pretty well by the likes of her superb and stylish selfies.
Roza Siyansky, Fashion Writer, Stylist
High fashion has a name in Israel and that name is Roza Sinaysky. The TelAvivian.com blogger, who is also a fashion contributor for Buro 24/7 and Elle Russia is a journalist, stylist, photographer, and fashion assistant who knows the meaning of the word fashion adventure. She captures her own for all of us to see through her luxury selfies. This one, in particular, tickles my fancy – it’s Roza in Prada white at Helga Design in Kikar HaMedina, the high fashion area of Tel Aviv.
Yoav Meir, Fashion Designer
Fashion designer and Israeli E! channel star Yoav Meir is the king of colorful print shirts and looking trendy with accessories, so it’s not a surprise that his selfies are top-notch. When he’s not making pieces in beautiful colors and prints, he’s wearing them himself at every fashion show.
See Yoav in the photo above right, in yellow sunnies and a jungle print tee to understand what I mean.
Yulia Plotkin, Actress, Model
Actress and model Yulia Plotkin is known for her gorgeous features and massive curls and she doesn’t hesitate to show them off in many a selfie. Her beautiful blue eyes and killer fashion sense doesn’t hurt either. She’s seen here snapping herself in a graphic dress from Numero13TLV, Tel Aviv’s first concept store.
Yarden Harel, Tv Presenter
This model, actress, reporter and tv presenter has worked for some of the best shows in Israel including “Tzinor Laila” and “Dancing with the Stars.” But she is undoubtedly best known for her keen fashion sense and this makes her a wise choice to be host of the fashion television show on the Israeli HOT television network called “Style Hot Bidur” or literally Style Entertainment on HOT. She, of course, always looks the part – dressing in Israeli brands like Sugar Daddy and Shani Zimmerman. And her selfies help the cause.
There’s no possible way I could have included all the talented fashion personalities of Israel – so I’ll probably have to do a second style selfie post some time soon. In the meantime, what do you think of these Israeli fashion icons and their stylish selfies?