March 31, 2015
When it comes to styling something that involves adding a flare of diva, I'm always thinking, WWDRD (What Would Diana Ross Do) - as I will be putting a shoot together that needs to have a diva flair, my inspiration board has images of this fabulous woman in it. There is something very easy as well as dynamic about her looks which translate well years after these images were taken. This iconic beauty and her looks are the perfect way to ensure that your vision is on point with where the project is headed.
March 30, 2015
Throughout my career I have had a number of moments that were defining whether it was the opportunity to work on an amazing project, seeing my work within a range of mediums and being able to meet the people who make the amazing creations that I love. Over the weekend, Carlos Falchi, a leather craftsman who is known for his handbags that have spanned limited edition, couture as well as mass, passed away. Hearing of his passing really affected me as I remember my first meeting with him in 2007 to see his line on a one on one interview for a site that I managed and of course the many times I heard him speak about his bags, fabrications, celebrities and the fact that they were made in his factory/showroom here in NYC.
His passion for what he did and his use of leathers was astounding. To see a career that spanned so many years and how he was able to have a number of labels that were distinct and yet unified by his belief in quality was astounding. His exotic skinned handbags graced a number of arms and if you ever heard of how he talked about his leathers, obtaining them and designing them - you could listen to those stories for hours. He would always remind me that although he started making bags at 9, sold all of them to his aunts and that he was still in awe that he did this for a living really drove home how humble and thankful of a person that he was.
Anytime he spoke, he served as a mentor talking about the business from loving and knowing your craft to understanding the need to continue to diversify. I remember when I was on HSN selling a shoe line that I collaborated with and seeing him prepping for his show and how he took the time to throw positivity my way. Ever the teacher and leader, he was someone I admired. His commitment to embracing designers that were coming up and to assist in an array of groups was also fundamental to preserving designers, the craft and even continuing to make pieces in NYC.
Although he has passed on, I am assured that Carlos Falchi's legacy will be his commitment to presenting a product that met his standards and those who have coveted the brand. The torch will continue on wherever you see his handbags in a range of distributions, placements and beyond. As a Fashion Stylist, Accessory Expert and enthusiast, I was pleased to be able to chat with him and to watch the movement of his work.
March 29, 2015
As a fashion stylist who has done a number of projects within menswear, I love finding the perfect accessories to complete my shoots and to style my celebs/personalities. Fall '15 accessories are definitely on my long list of must haves as I am obsessed with the tones as well as their versatility. For my guys or those shopping for them, I highly suggest the above four items.
| Luggage; Bally | Knit Cap; Oliver Spencer | Sneakers; Bally | Leather Toiletry Bag; Berluti |
March 28, 2015
It's never been outside of the trend when it comes to the 70s. It's an iconic period in time that continues to find its way into a number of seasons. With Coachella coming up in a few days, it's very easy to implement elements of this period of time within your dress as well as this upcoming Fall/Winter which showcased this theme throughout a range of shows during NYFW. One of my favorite icons of this era is none other than Cher. For an upcoming shoot, I will channel a bit of Cher from this photo throughout the styling of my Coachella inspired shoot.
March 27, 2015
Next week, I am styling a Coachella themed shoot. As usual, I am getting my ideas together on what I am going to pull. It's always great to jot ideas down for these things and as I am a visual person, pictures say it best. Turbans, lariat and more will be pulled for this shoot. It's another great Accessory2 project for menswear and womenswear.