Closet case: DJ Kiss

The celebrity DJ turned her guest room into a spacious boudoir, filled with designer threads, sky-high heels and makeup for days.

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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    When JaKissa Taylor-Semple---better known as DJ Kiss (kissthedeejay.com)---moved in to the bi-level Crown Heights pad she shares with her husband, DJ M.O.S. (iamdjmos.com), in 2008, the pair would often host friends and family in their spare bedroom. But just a year later, Taylor-Semple transformed the space into a girly sanctuary, where she could get ready for the many corporate, fashion and private events she spins. "We have guests stay with us a few times a year; I get dressed every day," she reasons. "Plus, there are some nice hotels down the street!" The newlyweds, who together host weekly party Baby I'ma Star at Gold Bar (389 Broome St between Centre Market Pl and Mulberry Sts; 212-274-1568, goldbarnewyork.com; Wed 11pm), are both clotheshorses, necessitating separate, spacious closets. "He has more clothes than me," swears Taylor-Semple, who describes a similar setup for her husband in the master bedroom next door. "He still gives me the side eye every time he walks in here, though."

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Metal shelving units from Home Depot (locations throughout the city; visit homedepot.com) display an edited selection of garments, shoes and bags (off-season apparel is stored in two built-in closets on the other side of the room). "Clothes make me happy, so I like to walk in and see them, do my makeup and think about what I want to wear," explains Taylor-Semple.

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    In addition to functioning as an oversize walk-in closet, the room also houses Taylor-Semple's vanity from now-closed chain the Bombay Company, which is flanked by a gold chair from Bed Bath & Beyond (locations throughout the city; visit bedbathandbeyond.com). "It's beat up to hell right now," laments Taylor-Semple of the well-worn piece. "Whenever I'm in a hotel, which is fairly often, I'm lost because I can't just sit down and get comfortable." Ironically, the DJ watches TV---Judge Judy during the day and Law & Order at night---through the mirror's reflection rather than jam to tunes while she gets ready. "Once I started deejaying, I began to listen to music leisurely less," explains Taylor-Semple. "I listen to it much more with an ear, so I kind of zone out and watch mind-numbing television instead."

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    "I pretty much only wear MAC [makeup]," admits Taylor-Semple. "The pigments are great for my skin tone." She keeps products organized in stackable bins from the Container Store (725 Lexington Ave at 58th St, 212-366-4200 * 629 Sixth Ave at 19th St, 212-366-4200 * containerstore.com) for easy visibility. Taylor-Semple is also a brand loyalist when it comes to perfume: She sticks with Tocca (605 Hudson St between W 12th and Bethune Sts; 212-255-3801, tocca.com) fragrances, such as the bottles of Bianca and Florence pictured here. "I never meet anyone else who wears them, and they are so unique," she notes.

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    Taylor-Semple hangs statement necklaces and earrings on thumbtacks pinned to a corkboard to keep them tangle-free. "You can also see what you've got in a hurry," she points out. The DIY project rests on a wheeled metal shelving unit from Bed Bath & Beyond, used to store empty jewelry boxes from high-end labels such as Herms, Tiffany & Co., Chanel and Salvatore Ferragamo. "I should just toss them," she admits. "I'm never going to use them again. I'm like a Lanvin hoarder!"

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    A linen valet box from the Container Store holds various bracelets and rings, including a YSL cuff that's among Taylor-Semple's favorite pieces. "Once you polish it, it's so shiny and really chic," she enthuses.

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    "I'm fortunate that I get to do something that allows me to be myself," says Taylor-Semple, noting that her style doesn't change much once she gets behind the booth. However, the one area that she needs to be mindful of when getting dressed for work is her jewelry. "I like cocktail rings, but a lot of times when I'm deejaying, they will hit the needles, so I have to be very careful," she points out. This oversize House of Harlow ring, for example, is strictly off-limits during business hours.

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    This chunky chain-link bracelet is from a Fenton/Fallon (danalorenz.com) sample sale. Taylor-Semple counts the contemporary jewelry line as one of her favorites, along with local label Noir (noirjewelry.com).

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    "I tend to forgo comfort for style because a lot of times, people can still see your feet [behind the DJ booth]," admits Taylor-Semple. It explains her vast collection of teetering stilettos, including these Charlotte Olympia (charlotteolympia.com) heels, which Taylor-Semple swears aren't painful "because the platform is so obnoxious."

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    These Brian Atwood (brianatwood.com) Maniac pumps are another pair that contribute to Taylor-Semple's sore feet. "He makes these in every single solitary color, but I love the metallic sheen of this one," she enthuses.

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    Taylor-Semple supposes she was on a metallic kick when she purchased these Alexander Wang (103 Grand St between Greene and Mercer Sts; 212-977-9683, alexanderwang.com) strappy sandals. "It's a cape!" she exclaims of the overhanging flap detail. "From the front, it's a regular shoe, and then in the back, you're like, What is this?"

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    "I kind of got obsessed with this color over the summer," says Taylor-Semple, referring to her acid-yellow Rag & Bone (locations throughout the city; visit rag-bone.com) cropped jeans. She has the same pair in fire-engine red and a similar blue style from J Brand (jbrandjeans.com). "I'll throw on a pair of knee-high boots and have a pop of color during the drab winter."

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    You'd never know by looking at it that this vest is faux leather. "I dropped in to Forever 21 (locations throughout the city; visit forever21.com) to pick up some tank tops and found this while I was there," says Taylor-Semple. "I had been looking for a leather vest for a while and couldn't believe I found the perfect one there!"

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    "I'm a total mini person, but this season, I'm really loving the pencil skirt," enthuses Taylor-Semple. "It's still sexy but in a ladylike way." This particular style is by Diane von Furstenberg (874 Washington St at 14th St, 646-486-4800 * 135 Wooster St between W Houston and Prince Sts, 212-542-5754 * dvf.com).

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    When Taylor-Semple dons these snakeskin-print Rag & Bone jeans, she makes them the centerpiece of her outfit. "I wear it with a white tank, a blazer, a pair of sky-high stilettos and a great, chunky necklace," she explains.

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    It's not unusual for Taylor-Semple to buy favorite items in multiples---however, it's not always done consciously. "I'll keep going back to something and then I'll go home and be like, Damn it, that's why it's so familiar!" she says with a laugh. Pieces she constantly gravitates toward are Equipment (equipmentfr.com) blouses, which she stocks up on at Intermix. "I'm on a self-imposed moratorium," she jokes. "Every time I think I'm done, they come out with a different print or color. They are so easy to wear during the day, and then you can dress them up for night."

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    This Foley + Corinna petal jacket was purchased on sale from Shopbop (shopbop.com). "There were only mediums left, so I have to get it taken in," laments Taylor-Semple, who favors G+G Cleaners (46 Grand St between Sixth Ave and Thompson St, 212-966-9813) for affordable alterations. "I wore it once in Paris when it was chilly, but it was a little bigger than I would have liked. You can't wear it when it's cold because it's not a real coat; it's just a fun piece."

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    Taylor-Semple scooped up this flamboyant fringed dress at the Versace for H&M launch party a week before the collection hit stores. "It's so fun and interesting," she says. "It's like a little hula skirt."

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    In 2010, Taylor-Semple was named one of Us Weekly's 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers, and she wore this Cut25 sequined dress to walk the red carpet at the celebratory event. "My hubby was my best accessory," she recalls. "He was dressed in all black and looked really fly."

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    "I love my sparkles," gushes Taylor-Semple, who has no shortage of blingy garments to complement her nightlife-driven career. This particular dress is from French Connection (435 West Broadway at Prince St, 212-219-1197 * 700 Broadway at 25th St, 212-473-4486 * usa.frenchconnection.com).

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    Yet another sequined piece, this festive frock is from Topshop (478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-966-9555, topshop.com). "It's borderline Ice Capades, but I tone it down with black tights and boots," says Taylor-Semple. "I try to make it less Kiss on ice."

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    "I am trying to put a little more thought into my outerwear because sometimes that's all people see," notes Taylor-Semple. She picked up this Club Monaco (locations throughout the city; visit clubmonaco.com) trench because "it has a flare at the bottom that's almost like a dress or a skirt."

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    This embroidered Alice by Temperley (temperleylondon.com) dress from Net-a-Porter (net-a-porter.com) originally came with a pink slip. "I wore this to another Us Weekly party this year, so I'm repurposing it," explains Taylor-Semple. "I'm trying to find another slip dress that can go underneath this---probably just in black because this dress is so amazing it doesn't really need another color."

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    Taylor-Semple holds up a Stella McCartney (112 Greene St between Prince and Spring Sts; 212-255-1556, stellamccartney.com) fern-print blouse that she originally coveted in dress form. "Then I realized I could do much more with the shirt," she reasons. "I thought, If I get the dress, I'll only use it once in a while. With this, I can wear it with different colors, I can belt it---it's much more versatile."

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    "I love and collect belts," declares Taylor-Semple, who continually reaches for this wide, elastic Gucci style from Shopbop. "I wear this one way too much, but it cinches your waist. I got my money's worth from that belt."

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    This graphic Proenza Schouler (proenzaschouler.com) skirt was another piece that was available in multiple styles. "They did [this pattern] in a dress and a longer skirt, but for me, a mini works just fine," says Taylor-Semple.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    "I've gotten some great stuff on Net-a-Porter when it has sales," says the avid online shopper. "I'll eye something on the site and will it to go on sale." This Herv Lger (herveleger.com) printed bandage dress is one of the fruits of her diligent labor.

  • Photograph: NItzan Krimsky

    Taylor-Semple calls these glittery Christian Louboutin heels her "Wizard of Oz pumps." She purchased them at Saks Fifth Avenue in Los Angeles a few years ago.

  • Photograph: NItzan Krimsky

    These suede Christian Louboutin pumps are also from Saks Fifth Avenue in Los Angeles. "I call these my Smurfettes because they're blue and furry," she jokes. "They're really fun to wear and super comfortable."

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

When JaKissa Taylor-Semple---better known as DJ Kiss (kissthedeejay.com)---moved in to the bi-level Crown Heights pad she shares with her husband, DJ M.O.S. (iamdjmos.com), in 2008, the pair would often host friends and family in their spare bedroom. But just a year later, Taylor-Semple transformed the space into a girly sanctuary, where she could get ready for the many corporate, fashion and private events she spins. "We have guests stay with us a few times a year; I get dressed every day," she reasons. "Plus, there are some nice hotels down the street!" The newlyweds, who together host weekly party Baby I'ma Star at Gold Bar (389 Broome St between Centre Market Pl and Mulberry Sts; 212-274-1568, goldbarnewyork.com; Wed 11pm), are both clotheshorses, necessitating separate, spacious closets. "He has more clothes than me," swears Taylor-Semple, who describes a similar setup for her husband in the master bedroom next door. "He still gives me the side eye every time he walks in here, though."

Her favorite NYC stores

Intermix locations throughout the city; visit intermixonline.com
"This is my kryptonite," jokes Taylor-Semple, who has been shopping at this trendy chain's Soho location for years. "It's great for everyday clothes that you can live in but still look put together."

J.Crew locations throughout the city; visit jcrew.com
"At some point in a woman's life, you should be able to throw on a couple of things from your closet and look pulled together without looking like you tried too hard," says Taylor-Semple, who cites this preppy chain as a go-to spot for well-priced basics.

H&M locations throughout the city; visit hm.com
This Swedish chain is another spot Taylor-Semple hits for polished basics. "You're not walking down a runway, but you still look nice," she explains.

Barneys New York 660 Madison Ave at 61st St (212-826-8900, barneys.com)
Taylor-Semple favors this upscale department store for its edgy inventory. "This is for your showstopper—your piece that will make you really stand out," she notes.

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I worked with dj kiss years ago and she had horrible mannerisms and extremely conceited, it was a gentleman's club called the gold club. I hope she's changed, lol