This Is Tiffany
Vanessa Traina is one of the fashion industry’s most respected stylists. She has worked closely with designers Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra since they started their labels and helms the beautifully curated lifestyle store, The Line. However, Traina’s affinity for high fashion began long before she left her native San Francisco. Her mother, iconic novelist Danielle Steel, raised her amidst the rarefied worlds of haute couture and fine jewelry; and her father, the late philanthropist and vintner John Traina, had one of the world’s largest collections of Fabergé cigarette cases. Traina, who moved to New York after graduating from California’s Pepperdine University in 2007, still smiles when she thinks of her childhood spent on the family’s vineyard in Napa Valley. The top floor of the family home was a walk-in closet that contained her parents’ matching his-and-hers black tie ensembles and evening coats.
Apart from accompanying her to fashion shows and fittings in Paris, many of Traina’s fondest fashion memories of her mother revolve around Steel’s right wrist, which has been draped in layers upon layers of bracelets for the past three decades. “We called it her fruit salad when we were little,” Traina remembers, “because it was such a big mix of exotic and colorful things.” Steel’s arm has become a constant decorative work-in-progress, a way for her to express herself in fine jewelry—and, as Traina would discover later in life, leave a lasting mark on her children.