Malan Breton Autumn/Winter 2011 “Kyoto Wonderland”


Designer: Malan Breton

Malan Breton Backstage

"Kyoto Wonderland"

"Malan's Muse" ~Irina Pantaeva"

“Kyoto Wonderland” Runway


Melissa and Travis: The Fashion Week Fashionista's

(Special thank you to Travis Antonio-Ruiz McQuoid, Videographer)


Come see my work from Malan’s Show on Blogging Project Runway


I took a Big Bite of the Big Apple!!

First Red Carpet Photo of Me
Me with Paulie Z, Mike Ruiz, Andrew Werner

I had such a wonderful evening last night. My friend William invited me out to go to the A-List’s, Mike Ruiz’s Birthday Celebration. What a fantastic party in an amazingly swanky new club, INDUSTRY!

I got to meet some new people who were all very sweet! Reichen Lehmkuhl, Ryan Nickulas and Mike Ruiz were all so lovely to meet! I was also kept in good company by Paulie Z, who is definitely a Gentleman.

Malan Breton came as well, and brought big smiles to my face. It is a pleasure as always to see him. I am also pleased that we FINALLY got a good photo of the two of us, YAY!

Melissa J Daniels & Malan Breton

But, the party wasn’t over quite yet. As we made our way across town to another birthday celebration, for the lovely Dame Betty Grafstein.

We walked in to her brilliantly decorated NYC apartment and to my happy surprise I saw a lot of familiar faces. Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen were there, looking amazing as usual!!

Nole Marin was also there, and he even remembered me! 🙂 We got  the chance to speak for some time, which was so nice. He is certainly a man of many talents… and I am in awe. We also got a good photo of the two of us, because as luck would have it, my camera doesn’t like to take pictures of me with others that actually turn out. But… I got lucky!


Melissa J Daniels & Nole Marin

While attending Dame Betty’s party, I spoke with a very unique and interesting Gentleman. His look was so different and intriguing, I couldn’t help by being fascinated by how he put his look together. OK, so the funny part is, the whole time I never even knew it…but I was talking with the one and only Richie Rich!! And folks, he is one über talented and wonderful guy. 🙂


Richie Rich and I


All in All, it was just another spectacularly special and memorable night!

Here’s the link to ALL of the photo’s from that evening.


Here is a short video I made of the Mike Ruiz Birthday Celebration.

It Gets Better

In the recent months there have been an alarming rate of Teen Suicides. These particular teens were taken from this world too soon, all because of “bullies”, which I think is not quite the right word to call them.  I’d say they are ignorant, intolerant, homophobic children, yes children! And where do they learn this from? Their parents of course. Parents need to be educated as well. So that their children don’t grow up with so much hatred in their hearts.

Below you will find video’s of friends or other admirable people, who are trying to make a difference by sharing their stories about being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered. This project is to educate those being bullied, harassment or worse because they are LGBT.

It Gets Better Project“.

Dan & Terry


Ronnie & Taylor

Adrianne Curry

Malan Breton

Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns

Please visit The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project

If you need to talk to someone….there are people who understand and will listen! You are not alone!!!

My Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

I am convinced I have found the path of that illusive rainbow…it leads right into NYC! look around…shiney things everywhere. Just don’t be fooled by the fools gold!!

The Malan Breton Spring 2011 Fashion Week Show

Field Reporter Rie Sadler and I were thrilled to be there!!

This year Malan’s muse was “An American in Paris.”

Malan’s Men’s Line was mostly made of Luxurious silks, beautiful spring colors. The Male models also walked carrying umbrella’s. I was waiting for it to start raining glitter…but no such luck.

Men’s Line

Malan’s Women’s Line was stunning, timeless and uniquely “Malan”!  The movement of the garments was like watching water flow slowly down a stream in a magical forest.

Women’s Line

The Chelsea Symphony’s performance was impeccable and flawless. Malan also showcased a romantic ballet duet between and models Brittany Franklin and Zachary Catazaro.

Choreographed by the charming Christopher Spaulding and Frankie J. Grande.

Brittany Franklin & Zachery Catazaro

After I got done lugging around my heavy camera equipment, I had the opportunity to sit and chat with some very special people. Ronnie Kroell, his awesomely adoreabe counterpart Taylor Proffitt and Stephanie Jones. These three are genuinely beautiful people, inside and out. They have been so kind to me, my heart is so full and happy.


Ronnie, Me & Taylor

The After Party at Avenue in NYC



What a fun time we all had. I had the pleasure of speaking with Christopher Spaulding for some time. He is as charming as he is talented. I also got to know Richard Pryor Jr. and Mr. Frankie J Grande, a little better. Both are gentlemen! RPJ is very funny, and Frankie is just a doll, with an impeccable sense of style!

Frankie J. Grande, Malan Breton and Christopher Spaulding

There was some very yummy Vodka, and everyone seemed to really enjoy tearing up the dance floor. My friend Kate and I had a blast! We mingled, and met a ton of wonderful people. One of which was a Calvin Klein model, who loved to dance, and flirt with the ladies. He was pretty bad-ass!


“I Survived Fashion Week” Party


And then…after that yet another wonderful unexpected thing happened. My friend Ronnie invited me to a party called “I Survived Fashion Week”, hosted by none other than the gracious and debonaire Nole Marin and “That Girl at the Party”, at the Logitech Loft. The atmosphere was palpable and lovely.

I arrived a little early so I could mingle a bit. I met a lot of interesting and sweet people. One model was particularly nice and friendly, I enjoyed speaking with him for a bit. My friends Ronnie, Taylor and Stephanie hadn’t shown up yet, so my nerves were a little annoying. It was a good thing there was a plethora of tasty red wine to sit and enjoy.

Not too long after, my friends arrived, and we all embarked on a fun little adventure. Mixed, mingled…talked and got to know each other better.

Taylor is just adorable, he is very sweet and soft-spoken. I have also heard he can sing…and I for one can’t wait to hear a live performance! Stephanie and I decided to take a walk to get a throw away camera, (because ME the “photographer”…forgot her memory card… DOH!). Well, that turned out to be a good thing because as Stephanie and I walked the streets of NY in our heels (she was more well versed than I), we got to know each other a lot better. She is such a wonderful woman, and I hope our friendship only grows from here. I think I could learn a lot from her.

The Fierce Four!

When we got back, the shy me that I can be at times was a bit intimidated to approach Nole Marin to formally introduce myself. Thankfully Taylor…was it you Taylor (TY), took me over and helped the shy girl out! Nole was very stylish…of course and his smile was infectious!

Me & Nole Marin
Me & Ronnie

We then left the party and I got my first taste of “Trader Joe’s”. It is a very interesting store. Mostly all healthy things, I should eat more of. I kept looking for the star crunches though. 🙂

All in all, Fashion Week was my Pot of Gold at the End the Rainbow.

Thank you to all of you, you know who you are!!!

Much Love!!!!!

Ps. Some of my photo’s can also be found at





Malan Breton Spring 2011

Is anyone else as excited as I am to see what Malan Breton has in store for us this season during Fashion Week? I KNOW you are!!! 

Last year he wowed everyone with his Bollywood Themed Runway Show….which was honestly is more like a little play.

I can’t even imagine what he’s come up with this time around. But, we shall all see on Sept 13, 2011!

Story Developing…always wanted to say that!!