Vogue - Newport Preservation by Nicholas Mele

Life is a party. Dress for it.
— Audrey Hepburn
Click on the picture above to read the full article

Click on the picture above to read the full article

I’m always thrilled to contribute to Vogue’s party coverage, especially when it comes to events in Newport. There is a classic elegance to the parties there, especially when they are hosted at one of the town’s historic mansions on Bellevue Avenue. As someone who grew up coming to Newport every summer, I am in the unique position to both be an observer and a participant in these grand events. I think it allows me to have an insider’s viewpoint that not many others can achieve and it certainly helps me put my subjects at ease. Another side effect (and I’ll let you guys decide if its positive or negative) is I am often included in my own coverage. Luckily, I know how to dress the part.

Town & Country, Entertaining by Nicholas Mele

Newport is a town that refuses to forget its history
— Me ;)

I teamed up with the fabulous Bettie Pardee of Private Newport again; this time to write a story for Town & Country.  Even better, the story was about me.  My favorite subject.  Kidding.  Kind of....  Anyway, much like with @A.Social.Life, my family and I put ourselves center stage to show off our lives, celebrate our history and talk about how we like to entertain.  Click here to read the full story.


Private Newport by Nicholas Mele

Life is a theater, unfortunately everyone doesn’t know how to act
— My grandmother, Oatsie Charles
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Bettie Pardee is the author of Private Newport and Living Newport, a garden furniture designer, national lecturer, and entertaining expert.  She's also a pretty cool lady and a good friend so I was so pleased when she asked me to write a blog post for her about my photos and how they relate to my love for Newport.  I won't repost the whole thing here, just go check it out on her site:

Private Newport

Town & Country, Diana Damrau by Nicholas Mele

Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive.
— Moliere

I did a photo shoot with famed Opera star Diana Damrau for the the clothing store Escada and Town & Country online.  It was a lot fun and I thought I'd share.  Check out the full story here:

Body Frock UK by Nicholas Mele

You can get anything you want, if you’re dressed for it.
— Edith Head

Body Frock Home Page

BTS at the shoot on the north end of Palm Beach

In December, I did a shoot for UK based clothing company Body Frock.  They came to Palm Beach and we focused on the company's new line of wedding and bridesmaid dresses.  They wanted a real natural, somewhat moody feel to the photos and I tried to give the whole shoot a bit of a 35mm film look (even though I shot on digital).  Check out more of the shots here: Body Frock Website

Glamourpuss Fall 2014 by Nicholas Mele

I love fashion, beauty, glamour. It’s the mark of civilization.
— David LaChapelle

Check out Glamourpuss' Fall and Winter collections for 2014, shot by moi (that means me), up now on their website,  I love their stuff and, as always, its a pleasure to work with them.  

Model: Zuza Buchwald   Hair and Makeup: Ali Lomazzo

Model: Zuza Buchwald   Hair and Makeup: Ali Lomazzo

New York Social Diary by Nicholas Mele

Never speak disrespectful of Society, Algernon. Only people who can’t get into it do that.
— Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

For the second year in a row, Sam Bolton and I have done a story for David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary showcasing some of Newport, Rhode Island's local elite (I hate that word).  Check it out: