Today I take a step off the stage and into the backstage to share with you the first of a series of visual stories about chic people in my life, my everyday icons, people that inspire me, people that breathe style, live fashion, and wander around with that certain je ne sais quoi.

The first in this cool bunch is Katica Bacheva, a walking stylishness from Skopje, Macedonia whose fashion allure is all about leather, sequins, studs, and fierce, dramatic accessories that she combines with an ease and pulls off with an absolute charm. Her rock-chic ensemble today is comprised of all leather, all ZARA pieces, bejeweled with jade-green and blue crystal earrings, amplified by the most photogenic red Guess bag, and classicized with the ultimate pair of sunglasses, the Ray-Ban Wayfarer. Absolutely stunning, right?