For any brand or designer out there still unsure of why they need to hire a fashion stylist to consult with them, read this article on Fashionista. It discusses the role of a fashion stylist and how our job is more than just styling looks. In fact, it can vary widely - from creative direction and brand consulting to designing - sometimes all in one day! -xo
This blog has been pretty quiet over the last few months, as I’ve been busy shooting fall fashion features, writing content and shooting editorials for the launch of Artifact 136 (more on that in another post) and prepping for my upcoming enrichment course at University of Denver, starting in November. I’m always surprised by just how much time it takes to pull together content for a course - teaching is a huge undertaking - but it’s also extremely rewarding.
So what’s the reason for this latest course? In recent years, Denver has been the unlikely center for a number of fashion retrospectives, courtesy of the Denver Art Museum and Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art, Curator of Fashion. From Yves Saint Laurent to Cartier, fashion lovers have been able to get - fairly - up close and personal with an array of clothing, accessories and fine jewelry that’s typically kept in maison archives. And in little over one month, Dior: From Paris To The World will be opening.
And that means, I’ve got to get my course pulled together pronto!
It also means that this space will continue to be a bit silent over the next few weeks as I prep "The Golden Age of Couture" for three classroom sessions + a special visit to see the exhibit. The class will cover the ten years from the launch of the Dior house through his death in 1957. We’ll also talk a bit about a few of Dior’s contemporaries, including Balenciaga, Givenchy, Balmain and Hardy Amies.
I'm really honored to have been asked by the University to teach a fashion class to coincide with the exhibit and I hope to do the material justice. Especially since I just found out that my course has sold out! -xo
Photo Credit: Christian Dior ‘Palmyre’ evening gown detail. Acetate and cellulose satin by Robert Perrier, embroidery of lamé thread, pearls, paillettes and rhinestones by Ginesty, Fall / Winter 1952. Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
This article is about "How To Spend It" - the luxury section of The Financial Times. This quote is too funny, yet so true:
Yet while it reinforces the rich’s sense of entitlement – their sense that the world is their playground – How to Spend It also serves to remind them that they frequently lack taste. With striking bluntness, the magazine’s name says as much. “Compared with the truly fashionable, who are often less well-off, and have acquired their edge by having to choose between products,” says a prominent British writer on class and style, “seriously rich people are often ever so slightly behind the beat.” - Andy Beckett, The Guardian
Heading out of town for a week or two this summer, but can’t decide what clothing to take with you? If you’re guilty of over-packing for vacation, then this morning’s Colorado Best segment is for you. Cherry picking your closet for a getaway doesn’t mean stashing as much as possible into your suitcase. The two essential elements to remember when packing for vacation are to keep to a tight color story and work a consistent proportion.Read More
You know the drill: It’s the beginning of the year, which means it’s time for resolutions and new beginnings. If you’re going to promise yourself any fresh beauty and fashion routines, it’s best to make them easy ones that you’ll stick to. So, here are five (fairly) simple updates to kick-start your beauty and fashion regimens for 2018:Read More
Picking out holiday gifts for your wife, sister or mother is never easy (unless, of course, she conveniently left you a list of items to choose from). So on this morning’s edition of Fox 31's Colorado’s Best, I pulled together a few of my favorite items available at some of the best boutiques in town. Skip the big box stores this season, and pick up one of these unique presents that’s sure to deliver some holiday fashion cheer.Read More
October is here, which means it’s the month in which we talk about Breast Cancer. On the one hand, it’s great to remind women the importance of being proactive with their health by getting annual mammograms and breast exams, while also honoring those women who’ve survived this horrible disease (my mother included – congratulations mom on reaching the 20-year mark!). On the other hand, the stark statistic that one in eight women will have breast cancer during their lifetime is still way too high. This morning, I was on Colorado’s Best chatting with hosts Paula Haddock and Joana Canals about how anyone can help raise money to aid further research and also assist survivors in this fight by being a conscientious consumer. Here's my roundup of products that give back a percentage of proceeds to an official breast cancer organization:Read More
I’m still in the process of checking out online the Paris Spring 2018 shows (to see my top picks for all four fashion weeks, please click here). Although I miss seeing the shows in person – it’s always helpful to see a designer’s full vision for his or her collection in context – I have to admit that I prefer showroom appointments. They’re more intimate; you can see clothing and accessory details not visible on the runway, plus you usually get an interesting backstory on the collection or even an individual piece.Read More
As someone who works heavily in print media, I love hearing publishers and editors talk about what makes magazines relevant still. This is one of the best quotes I've read recently:
"For me, the Internet is the opposite of memory; the Internet is amnesia, it’s about today and tomorrow is another day. Printed issues are about recording time, leaving a trace and making it relevant. - Olivier Zahm, WWD
North American Hair Awards video for The Beauty Underground. Directed by Evan Mann of Otherworldly Productions, hair by Charlie Price, makeup by Liz Wegrzyn and styling by me.
My introduction to NYC-based makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis’s self-named makeup line was back in mid-2015. That’s when Aillea owner Kathryn Murray showed it to me in her newly opened boutique in downtown Denver. I was over the moon about the product: I thought the packaging was gorgeous (more on that below), the pink and apricot blush tones were beautiful, and the foundation felt amazing on your face. Last year, I told Kathryn that if Kirsten ever wanted to do an event in town, I would be happy to host it for her.Read More
Vice gave me a good laugh the other morning reading Marianne Eloise's article "Why Are Perfume Adverts Always So Terrible?" So true. Most of them are really silly, and it was amusing to read an entire article - complete with comments from advertising pros - dedicated to pointing that out. For the record, my favorite perfume commercial is this one from Chanel, directed by Luc Besson (although I could just be biased, since I worked there at the time).Read More
Yet another best and worst dressed list? Why? Just because everyone seems to chime in on these annual award shows - especially folks with absolutely no sense of taste or style. Here's my lineup:Read More
Late last night, I read the sad headline from Dazed regarding a fraud stylist on the loose. Now, several designers - many of them smaller houses - have lost several thousand dollars worth of samples. The most depressing part of this story? It's nothing new. It comes around every few years, maybe because people become too trusting (a rather disheartening thought) or are too desperate to get into the pages of a major title.Read More