Smokin' Hot

Kristy Eckert

It was a toasty 90 degrees outside when we hosted our fall fashion shoot in late July. And, by our staff's expert estimation, it was roughly 265 degrees inside the old Downtown factory where we spent the day. But wow-did the effort (plus a few fans) make for some pretty fabulous pictures. (And really, considering the fact there were several men in the same building doing actual labor, we can't exactly complain.) Hope you enjoy.

–Kristy Eckert


We knew any shoes we used in this venue would not be re-sellable because of rough floor conditions, so borrowing as usual was not an option. DSW kindly agreed to allow us to choose shoes for the shoot-and then donate them to Dress for Success. To them-from us and the women who will benefit from their generosity-we offer our sincere thanks.


Thank you to Chris Sherman and Brick Investment Corp. for graciously hosting us in their space. The building dates to 1910. It started as a home for D.A Ebinger Sanitary Manufacturing Co. and later became an Eickholt glass factory. Now, Brick Investment is transforming the more than 100,000 square feet into artist studios. Twenty studios will be available this fall, with additional spaces planned for the future. For more, contact

Elizabeth Bean Smith, owner of Wardrobe Therapy, says her fall fashion inspiration is simple: "Lots of layers."

Kat Sasfy, who created Dannielle's several hairstyles, suggests staying trendy this fall by trying 70s-inspired hair. "The 70s," she said, "were very flouncy." She gave Dannielle fake bangs for one look.

Judith Martin, who amplified Dannielle's look with her makeup skills, suggests trying a bold lip or smoky eye (with purples or blues, not charcoal) this fall.

Dannielle van der Walt, 22, is a model and bartender. She was born in South Africa (her mother is English and her father is Zimbabwian), grew up in Athens, Ohio, and now lives in Columbus.