Its the year of the snake for Bulgari, the Italian jeweler, who opened their archival vault releasing bedazzled serpent time pieces. On 57th street in NYC, a massive glittering reptile clings to the facade in celebration. What a sight! Owning one of these pets will set you back a few years of your kid’s college tuition; they are one of a kind pieces. But they sell simpler serpents for those with more practical sensibilities. In my estimation the those will set you back a little less than $10,000.
How great is it to have a handbag designer make a bag with your New York slogan? That is exactly what RAFE’ did for me a several other stylish women in the media world. And what a thrill to be called a “muse” !! My saying is ” In New York we say YES and figure it out later”. The one of a kind bags are being auctioned off for charity @charitybuzz.com so go on and bid on one for Breast cancer cure.
The project is just beyond thrilling for me! Take a look at the video to see the launch party where the bags were revealed. It was a blast!
What’s this! ? For spring Prada is showing ink-blot floral prints on fur bags. At Celine in Paris, models walked the runway in mini-mouse pumps in mink. Kids are wearing fur lined moccasins slippers, “as if” they were actual shoes so why not take the idea to its style apex; a mink shoe. But would you really wear them on dirty NY streets? Up the subway stairs ? I can see the pleasure in petting your clutch at a cocktail party .
As unorthodox as it seems, fashion pushes our buttons and when it does you can be sure, you’ll soon be wearing that thing you thought was ridiculous. Give it some time.
Linked-in is crawling with stylists. There are so many that I have come to accept a definition change. It is true that the jobs that I am hired to do as a “stylist” or “fashion editor” are very different than the strictly photo shoot related styling jobs I was hired for in the past. I thought it would be interesting to hear some rules that used to govern my understanding of the profession. Stylists and stylist assistants are the hardest working jobs on a crew but they are a passionate and creative group. The payoff of seeing your work in print is worth all the shopping, hauling, and begging. Here are some of my rules for being a stylist, most still apply.
#1- Learn how to pack a box. I would tell prospective assistants this at the outset to separate the workers from the posers. Merchandise comes in and must go back from whence it came and clients depend on stylists to do this.
#2- Get used to early call times and late finishes. Whether you are on location or setting up at a studio before a big day it will be an early call. It could be as early as a 5am for sunrise shot and if it is summer and you are shooting in Europe it could go as late as 10pm when the photographer will grab the last gasp of sunset.
#3 –Putting looks together as your heart desires is the cherry on top. Most of the time clients are paying you to get into the head of their customer /reader and you have to style for that women or man. You’re not a blogger, you are a stylist.
#4. Have lots of options. You may be styling one page ad but the client wants to see 3 great looks. And if they don’t like those you better have 5 or 6 more options to show. Clients have no idea how you have to run around hauling clothes from here to there. They want to see you are worth the day rate. They want to be dazzled so have lots of choices.
#5- Get used to standing a lot. In the hot sun on a beach, on the rocky coast of a lake or at a studio, you have to stand there even if the photographer is torturing the model with click after click. You have to be there to fix a wrinkle or make sure the earring shows–all day-long.
#6 – Get clothes by any means necessary. Maybe you are styling a celebrity and all of the Gucci collection is in Europe at sales. Or Vogue has the look you want. Or you are styling a spring campaign with a small budget and spring is not in stores yet; the rental place has nothing. You will have to get clothing by “BBS”. That is beg borrow or steal. Not actual stealing but maybe taking from editorial shoot and bringing it to the advertising client. There is never a perfect time to secure the items you need.
#7- There is no such thing as an easy photo shoot. Photographers and agents will try to tell you this but for sure that is the kiss of death. There are meetings in which clients want to see the actual clothing, or they want to see photos of all the clothing– difficult. Maybe the client didn’t want to book you, the art director won that fight so daggers are thrown with their eyes. Not easy to win that one over. There can be up to 5 people you have to please, from to the agency, to the photographer, to the people at the brand: you’ll be the scapegoat for those battles. Or you have a tiny motor home in which 5 trunks of clothing and accessories need to find a home. Styling a photo shoot is rarely easy but always worth it.
At magazines, fashion editors have “run thru’s”. These meetings show the fruits of 2 or 3 weeks of “calling in” samples before the page is photographed. It is the time where you back up your idea with actual stuff. Until you confirm that the items will be for sale at a retailer you don’t know if the trend is a viable. Lots of ideas never make it to the retailer. Along with having a mix of brands on page, a fashion editor is aware of the price. The acceptable price range varies at each magazine and price is considered during a run thru. Readers write angry e-mails if an piece is too expensive and no one wants to upset readers these days.
Mood boards are made in preparation of the request. Timing is crucial because PR wants to send items to as many media outlets as they can for optimum coverage. So after you get it it may go to Lucky or Vogue. If only it is as easy as it was for “COLOR POP” (working title) for T+L’s Nov issue. There was so much that brands sent more than the request. Handbags,sandals, bikinis, jewelry hats and more poured in the office and turned it into a candy shop. And everyone from Rafe NYC, DKNY, Rebecca Minkoff to Jason Wu had something.
Editors in Chief are have the final word on all content in a magazine and that is the reason for the run thru. If I only I had more pages I would have shot several of these scenarios. One of these is the winner and ran in our November issue, the others, well they have a life here on my blog. What can you see yourself wearing on a beach at your favorite resort?
I can talk about hair and hair products all day. I try anything to get my curly tresses looking good. Actually, I bet no one would think I spend so much time on my hair. It never looks that good– but still I keep up the fight against the frizz. I buy gels, conditioners, masks, silicone, curling irons, sprays and disfusers to name a few. I buy French-hair pins; to gently pull my hair away from my face. I squirrel hair-bands, bobby pins and clips in every pocket in my bag so I will never be without something for sudden humidity. I run to the bathroom in work and wet my hair to reactivate product and smooth out the curls. I often walk out of the ladies room with wet hair to strange looks . I go for blow drys and if the weather is nice and it lasts, I love my hair. But if there is the smallest hint of humidity in the air– it doesn’t get worse.
On a rainy day I wrap a long scarf around my head and then around the neck to keep the humidity at bay. I look like I am from another part of the world but I have no choice.
I have yet to win the war with my hair. I hate its messy look, making people think I am un-kept, unorganized, not together, not sleek , not chic! I am sure this is the reason I never worked for Vogue. Unruly heads of hair are unwanted in that office, Grace Cottington’s red mane not withstanding.
So I keep up the good fight every day. I try washing it in the morning or try washing it at night, more leave-in conditioner, less … twirl the hair when wet, scrunch with head upside down..leave in olive oil treatment, on and on and on.
Here are 3 pretty good hair fixes. Give them a try.
In between hair color appointments and have to go to Spain? Root Touch Back will cover your roots to the desired shade and get you through until you return.
Out all day and want to look pulled together for dinner? Make your pony-tail be-jeweled with Black Ties hair bands.They double as a bracelet so wear them on your wrist all the time.
No time for hair washing, then use Batise dry shampoo. Takes away oils and refreshes hair on the go.
Did you ever get to your hotel room and realize everything you packed feels very San Francisco and you are feeling the New York edge? You don’t need a full makeover just a small style bump up to keep you in step with your new surroundings.
That is the idea behind The Stylist Collection at The James Hotel
NYC. They asked me to come up with a “fashion mini bar”for the guests in the suites.
Its called “The Stylist Collection”. Make a statement with a jumbo chain-link necklace from Kara Ross. Or forget your water-wear and want to go poolside? Animal print drawstring and sun-hat from Echo Design is there to buy for a reasonable price. Other items include a chunky stretch bracelet and geometric dangle earring from Trina Turk. A textured cotton wrap from Christopher Fischer does the trick for a chilly New York night. For the guys, a waxed cotton i-pad case from Ernest Alexander, funky socks from Paul Smith and a classic striped banded Timex.
I chose designers who live in NY and have shops around the Soho area. Everything fits right in with the naturalistic, organic lux feel of The James. Stay in one of the suites and check it out. Or you can book me for a private shopping tour thru the hotel. http://www.jameshotels.com/New-York-Hotel.aspx?name=The-James-New-York&page=Stylist-Collection