Helena Christensen and Camilla Staerk Present the Do's and Don'ts of Traveling in Style
Staerk Christensen, the lifestyle line from the designer Camilla Staerk and the model/photographer Helena Christensen, was a long time coming. In fact, the seeds were planted some 20 years ago, when Christensen had just launched Nylon magazine, and was doing a story on Staerk’s debut fashion collection. The two, who both grew up in Denmark, clicked instantly on a creative level. “We both share an affinity for dark romance and Scandinavian design,” says Staerk. Since then, they have worked on a myriad array of design projects together, including a dance collection for Anthropologie, a jewelry line for Skagen, and a prefab home for Revolution Precrafted. Their latest offering—a travel wardrobe of sultry swimsuits, ornate sandals, oversized sunglasses, and multi-functional scarves, all inspired by swallows in flight—is their first project since making their partnership official last year. They celebrated its launch by hosting a tropical weekend getaway with an intimate group of friends—Carolyn Murphy, Maye Musk, Brooke Shields, Malin Akerman, and Adrien Brody, among them—to Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Puerto Rico, where the collection is currently sold, in addition to Staerk Christensen’s website. “It’s very exclusive,” says Christensen with a wink. And up next for the pair? A line of furniture and soft home goods, and they just premiered a series of six short films created with the help of friends such as Sean Penn, Salman Rushdie, and Oh Land, as well. “We just wanted to do them creatively, for the heck of it,” says Christensen. Here, their vacation tips and style notes. Favorite holiday destination: Staerk: Dorado Beach, obviously. And La Colombe d’Or. I’ve never stayed there, but I’ve gone for lunch and it’s a dream. Christensen: I’d say the same two places. And Harbour Island. I’ve been going since I was 20 for fashion shoots. I stay at the Ocean View Club or The Landing.