NMdaily is your editorial guide to the stylish world of Neiman Marcus, an American icon. Meet the people behind the content.
Jean Scheidnes edits NMdaily and manages social media at Neiman Marcus. She has written about the fashion industry since 2000, when she got her master's in journalism at Columbia University. Before Neiman Marcus, she was a men's wear editor for WWD and Menswear, enjoying regular visits to Florence, Milan and Paris. She's a California girl and USC Trojan forever, although she was adopted by New York for nine years, and somehow keeps winding up in Texas.
Kate Betts is the author of the new book "Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style." She is a contributing editor at TIME magazine and also a contributor to The Daily Beast. Previously, Betts was the editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar and the fashion news director of Vogue. A graduate of Princeton University, she resides in New York City with her husband and two children.
Anais Morrel (named after her godmother Anais Nin) has been dressing up since kindergarten in the Scottish Highlands. She moved to Paris to study at the Sorbonne CELSA school of communications and went on to get her master’s at Central St. Martins College in London. She worked for "60 Minutes" in Paris before becoming a contributor to WGSN and Stylus in London. After 16 years in Europe, she’s currently based in Dallas with her two children and two pugs.
Katie Hintz-Zambrano is a San Francisco-based writer who has covered everything from food and fashion to health and beauty for Style.com, Vogue.com, Elle.com, StyleList.com, The Cut, Details, i-D, Nylon, Marie Claire, and many more.
Ken Downing is fashion director and senior vice president of Neiman Marcus stores. He oversees women’s and men’s trends, managing a team of fashion editors in the company’s New York office, and directing 200 merchants in Dallas on what is fashionable and what to buy for each season. He represents Neiman Marcus in the media and at major fashion events, and is the definitive tastemaker, stylist, and arbiter of fashion for Neiman Marcus. He resides in Dallas and is a connoisseur of 20th century contemporary furniture and art.
A former executive editor of Wallpaper* magazine, Corbett has written for Elle, Cosmopolitan and the New York Times. She lives in New York City and on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Emily Godbold came to Neiman Marcus fresh from college. After gaining experience in stores, then advancing toward merchandising, she landed at her current post as a senior stylist for CUSP by Neiman Marcus. Her ability to embrace and celebrate the fun side of fashion, her retail experience and love of travel make her the ideal advisor for the CUSP girl.
Prior to joining Neiman Marcus as vice president of corporate PR, Australian-born Gabrielle de Papp worked in Paris as PR director for Akris. Previously she was the fashion editor at Boston magazine, a contributor to Australian magazines, and a business journalist for News Ltd. She now lives in Dallas with her family.
A former art director at Neiman Marcus, Joyce Cheng loves all things creative. She always tries to have fun while she works, and never misses a chance to get a little extra out of her day. She started out in New York and moved to Dallas to join Neiman Marcus in 2006.
Hadley Freeman is a staff writer and columnist for the UK newspaper, The Guardian. She is based in New York. Her work has also appeared in Vogue (US and UK) and her most recent book was "The Meaning of Sunglasses," published by Viking.
Beauty junkie Karla Sugar edits KarlaSugar.net, bringing the experience of visiting the makeup counter online with the latest beauty news, plus color-accurate cosmetics swatches (to help you make your purchase decisions). A Texas native, Karla graduated from Rice University, and worked in advertising before transitioning to digital and social media. She is now based in Dallas.
A native of Los Angeles, Dianne Molina was trained as a journalist at the University of Southern California and quickly moved into digital media. Currently, Dianne works in editorial at Twitter and formerly wrote for Yahoo. She went to grammar school a block away from Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. By the time she was 13, Dianne had eaten her weight in popovers and fallen madly in love with fashion. She launched her own fashion blog, DaFashionista.com, in 2008.
Yale Breslin is a fashion and cultural writer from Toronto and currently resides in New York City. He was previously the digital director of V Magazine and VMAN Magazine, and has contributed to international publications such as Paper Magazine, StyleCaster, Geil, The Last Magazine, Racked, Wonderland, Man About Town, and Hero Magazine. He writes about emerging trends and tastemakers all over the globe. He is also the founder and creative director of The Malcolm.
As the person who develops the cocktails and wine selections for Neiman Marcus restaurants, "wine guy" Frank Zack gets to drink for a living—and in some swell places, no less. He studied at the Culinary Institute of America and Florida International University, and worked his way up through the restaurants of several NM locations before settling down in Dallas. He's the company's manager of food service and new business development.
Sarah Bray is the social media coordinator at Neiman Marcus. She has contributed to multiple publications covering everything from film festivals to fashion week. Previously, she has penned social columns for PaperCity Magazine and has interned in New York at Vogue and The New York Times. A true Texan, Sarah was born in Houston, graduated with a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University and now resides in Dallas.
Kristen Spaulding is the social media associate editor for Neiman Marcus. She began writing about fashion in 2006, after graduating from Pepperdine University with a degree in journalism. Her subjects have included Matthew Williamson, Angela Missoni, Harold Koda and Victoire de Castellane. In 2009 she became the associate editor at Malibu magazine. Although she is a California girl, she is beginning to feel right at home in Dallas, where she currently resides with her husband.
The owner of Dorothy Goldeen Art Advisory, Dorothy Goldeen has specialized in advising private collectors and institutions in acquiring modern and contemporary art since 1996. She sources fine art internationally from Dubai to Beijing and throughout the U.S., from art fairs, auction houses, galleries and artists’ studios. Previously Dorothy owned art galleries in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has mounted more than 200 exhibitions of contemporary art and established working relationships with hundreds of artists, collectors and art-world professionals. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and currently resides in Santa Monica.
Stephanie Casey has been in creative media since 1994. Working through film school at NYU, she took on video editing positions at commercial production facilities, Bill Moyers documentaries and an HBO film. Post-graduation Stephanie headed to Hollywood where credits were gathered on movies such as The Wedding Planner, Freaky Friday and Lady in The Water. Next up was a couple years in Portland, Oregon as a touring musical artist under the moniker "Fall of Snow." Upon returning to her hometown Dallas, she found herself helping a friend costume a theater production and the fashion bug bit! Naturally, Neiman Marcus was the place to cultivate this newfound interest.
Tokyo resident Kelly Wetherille is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in a variety of publications around the world. She is a regular contributor to Women's Wear Daily and its associated magazines and supplements. A graduate of Smith College, Wetherille has lived in Tokyo for nine years, where she previously served as editor-in-chief of two local magazines. She currently reports on the city's exciting and dynamic fashion scene.
Nicolette Lamont is the senior media manager at Neiman Marcus. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Nicolette first cut her teeth in news at the Today show, where she prepped Katie Couric to interview Queen Rania of Jordan and worked with Bruce Springsteen on a summer benefit concert in New Jersey. She lived internationally while growing up, and in a host of other U.S. cities, but landed in Dallas where she married a Texan — and is now here to stay. Nicolette and her husband Miles have a beloved corgi named Punch.
Author of the blog "by Allison" and personal stylist, Allison Anderson puts her passion for fashion to good use. You will find her advising women on simple ways to stay chic, dressing clients for special events, shopping Neiman Marcus for inspiration or trying to navigate twitter. Life has come full circle for Allison. She left design school for a degree in marketing, tried her hand at buying, took a brief break for motherhood and now finds herself happily immersed in fashion. Hailing from Ohio, Allison now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.
Better known by his nom de blog, Mister Mort, Mordechai Rubinstein has worked in the fashion industry as a global trend-spotter, Men's Vogue editor, design consultant, shopkeeper, Jack Spade publicist, and shoe shine boy.
As executive fashion and beauty editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Avril Graham is one of the industry’s most popular and sought-after trend watchers and style analysts. Avril frequently appears on TV as an analyst and commentator, offering her insider knowledge to millions viewers of shows including NBC’s Today show.
As a Chicago-based writer and street style photographer who founded The MidWasteland, Monica Dimperio has been documenting Chicago street style since 2007. Through the NM@SXSW contest, Monica won the opportunity to cover SXSW Music and its style branch, StyleX, for NMdaily in 2012.
Los Angeles-based writer Valli Herman is a veteran journalist who has covered international fashion, beauty and spas for The Los Angeles Times and The Dallas Morning News. A cultural omnivore, Herman also writes about interior design, travel and hotels, and food and wine.
Co-author of the fashion blog "Luella & June", Alison Gross began working in the buying offices of Neiman Marcus in 2010. Previously she worked in the jewelry industry with designer Elizabeth Showers and also tried her hand at PR in Los Angeles. Alison admits to loving University of Texas football, all board games and dreams about vacations in Palm Springs. She lives in Dallas with her papillon pup, Ziggy, and golden retriever, Bear.
Austin-based Lindsay Rogers founded Belle Belle Social Media as a consulting business in 2009. Over time, it evolved into a source of product reviews and discussions of fashion and beauty, reflecting her passion for these subjects. Lindsay previously worked in finance in San Francisco.
Michelle Padgett is an editorial copywriter at Neiman Marcus. A Dallas native, she started in 2007 after graduating from the University of Dallas where she studied classical literature and journalism. She has written for print, online, and social media projects. And while the topics she’s covered have ranged from T.S. Eliot to the Tokyo cocktail scene, fashion has always been her favorite.
As fashion director for women’s accessories of Neiman Marcus Group, AnaMaria provides trend direction to the company’s Designer Handbags, Fashion Accessories, Women’s Shoes, Designer and Precious Jewelry divisions. Previously she was the accessories director of Harper's Bazaar for six years. She is based in New York.
Carlyn Mumm is the public relations coordinator at Neiman Marcus in Scottsdale. A lifestyle PR pro and former editor at the luxury publication Desert Living, she's come full circle with her role at NM. A Denver native and graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in marketing and media, Carlyn is a true believer in the power of red lipstick.
As men’s fashion director of Neiman Marcus Group, Matthew provides trend direction to the company’s men’s wear buyers, spanning men’s wear markets including Designer, Sportswear, Tailored Clothing, Contemporary, Furnishings, Men’s Accessories and Men’s Shoes. He lives in New York with his wife and son.
With grandparents on both sides in the apparel industry, native Dallasite Tracy Achor Hayes was a clotheshorse from an early age. Prior to joining joining Neiman Marcus as Editorial Director in December 2012, she was founder and editor in chief of FD Luxe, a monthly fashion and design magazine published by The Dallas Morning News.
DFW native Amy Boulware Walker has devoted her entire career to date to Neiman Marcus, where she is currently the director of online marketing.
Ellen Groves is a freelance journalist and editor based in Paris. She has written for publications including Vogue Russia, Man About Town, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Women's Wear Daily, where she spent four years on staff covering fashion and beauty news in its Paris bureau. She also works on editorial communications for international brands.
Kelly Carter began her career at Neiman Marcus as a copywriter after graduating from Southern Methodist University. In 2009, she was promoted to Director of Editorial and Copy Production for The Neiman Marcus Group, overseeing print, media and online copy for Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, CUSP and Last Call. After 18 years of wordsmithing, she now peppers full-time motherhood with the occasional freelance gig. Her love of fashion translates to her favorite sports, riding and running: she credits her gold lamé shorts with a faster-than-expected finish at San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers race and is saving her pennies for an Hermés dressage coat.
Whitney Mayfield is the site manager for jewelry at Neiman Marcus. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology before heading to Dallas to work in the men's buying office. She loves fashion, food, and interior design. A lifelong traveler she dreams of where her next vacation adventure will take place.
New York-based Kelly Framel is the face and creator of the four year-old brand, The Glamourai, a chic online magazine that focuses on fashion, personal style, décor, and beauty. Before starting The Glamourai (rhymes with samurai), she designed embroidery for fashion houses like Givenchy and Oscar de la Renta and evening wear for Naeem Khan. Kelly has collaborated with Kelly Wearstler, Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Dior, among others. She lives in Brooklyn with her two dogs, Bunny and Chicken.
Colby Jordan, currently a student at NYU, has interned for Phillip Lim and Chanel, guest blogged for Teen Vogue, and runs MinnieMuse, a blog that covers the worlds of fashion and art. She frequents fashion weeks in New York and Paris.
Malta-born Melanie Galea documents the personal style of the movers and shakers within the fashion industry on her blog, TheStreetMuse.it