Haute Mess began as the personal fashion and lifestyle blog of its founder Madalyn LaMastro when it launched in early 2015. Since then, the blog–which was once only a creative outlet and means of sharing work with friends and family–has evolved into a professional project that explores the effects of new media and social media on the fashion industry.
The title Haute Mess reflects LaMastro’s unique sense of style, which combines elements from high fashion designers, as well as vintage, thrifted and secondhand pieces. Additionally, LaMastro loves adding pieces to her wardrobe from both underground and up-and-coming street style brands in order to avoid looking too polished or too mainstream.
Some of her major style influences are fashion designers Anine Bing, Jeanne Damas (of Rouje), Valentina Muntoni (of Rat & Boa) and Alexandra Spencer (of Réalisation Par); supermodels Gisele Bündchen, Elsa Hosk and Erin Wasson; bloggers Katrina Brodsky (aka Keller Rose) and Christie Tyler (aka @nycbambi); It girls Devon Lee Carlson, Alexa Chung and Camille Rowe; as well as other fashion industry professionals like Olivia Palermo and Amy Soderlind.
The 24-year-old creative was born and raised near Princeton, New Jersey. In 2016 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in journalism from West Virginia University. Currently, she is working towards a Master of Science in journalism at WVU and is expected to graduate in 2018. She also completed a minor in Spanish language, literature and linguistics.
Throughout her undergraduate studies, LaMastro wrote for both ARSENIC Magazine and Her Campus WVU, where she covered topics such as fashion, beauty, health & fitness, art, culture and traveling. LaMastro additionally served as a social media manager for Her Campus WVU. As a graduate student, LaMastro also works full-time in a public relations position for Eye Design New York, Manhattan’s premier semi-permanent makeup studio.
When she is not studying or working, LaMastro loves reading, exercising (especially boxing, cycling, hiking and golf) and drawing, as well as cooking and trying new foods. Enjoy, and feel free to get in touch!
Brand partnerships & affiliations:
- Maple Holistics
- The Newsette
- Pop & Suki
- Red Earth Beauty
- Vanilla Swim
*All images on Haute Mess are property of its owner unless otherwise stated.