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Super Stylin': Fab Chats with Two Very Cool VH1 Stylists!

Jul 24 2007 - 4:00am

VH1 fashion stylists Alana Kelen and Esther Pak have the career any fashionista would kill for: they get to dress famous TV personalities, reality stars, actors, actresses and models on one of the coolest channels. Talk about a dream job!

The duo has worked on such shows as: "The Real World Chicago Reunion," "VH1 & IFilm's Web Junk 20," "VH1 Best Week Ever," "30 Days" "Bands Reunited," "Vh1 All Access: Behind the Red Carpet," "I Love the '80s," and more.

I was lucky enough to chat with Esther and Alana, and I loved their advice about what every girl needs in their purse at all times. You also definitely want to hear what they have to say about upcoming Fall trends [1] and the one item in their closet they can't live without!

To see some more photos and to read their interviews,

Alana Kelen
(pictured right)

FAB: If your house was burning down and you only had time to save one clothing item, what would it be and why?
AK: A black Hermes purse that my mother recently gave me. It was a present from her aunt when she was younger, and it has great sentimental value; but is also such a gorgeous, fantastic piece that is classic and will never go out of style.

FAB: What should every girl have in their purse in case of a fashion emergency?
AK: Safety pins - they can attach a button, repair a ripped seam, reattach a strap, fix a hem, and even help get finicky food out of your teeth. It's a great item to have in your purse at all times.

FAB: What Fall ‘07 trend are you absolutely looking forward to?
AK: I love that tights are staying alive - in all colors, especially grey. I think they are an amazing additional accessory for any ensemble, and they also make it possible to wear your favorite Spring or even Summer dresses into the Fall by adding an extra layer.

FAB: As a stylist, do you feel the pressure of always dressing uniquely?
AK: I don't really feel pressure to look unique. I just try to stay true to what I am comfortable in and what is appropriate for what we do. I am always running around, schlepping bags, so comfortable shoes are a must. I love flats! I think it is important to stay classic, yet current; not go too trendy, with myself, and everyone I dress. You never want to look back on a photo five years from now and say, "What was I thinking?"

FAB: Who are your style icons and what do you admire so much about them?
AK: Audrey Hepburn did some many amazing things for fashion. She became the first actress synonymous with designer labels, wearing them on and off the camera. Her style was classy, elegant, always lovely and feminine with a touch of adorable tomboy. Her inspiration is still used today in the fashion world. More currently, I think Reese Witherspoon has always looked incredible, and is so age appropriate. Her recent "new look" wearing Oliver Theyskens for Nina Ricci is gorgeous, fresh and flattering for red carpet events. Her look off camera is clean, classic, easy yet beautiful. Funny, reading over my answer Reese could be considered a modern day Audrey Hepburn!

Esther Pak
(pictured left)

FAB: If your house was burning down and you only had time to save one clothing item, what would it be and why?
EP: This is a very hard question because I’d grab everything I could possibly grab. I really don’t think I can think of a single clothing item, maybe my four pairs of jeans that I just treated myself to. Actually, it would most likely be a ring that my father gave my mother after they were married. It’s sapphire on a gold band. It looks like a cocktail ring. I get a moment of happiness remembering the ring on her finger as I would hold her delicate hands and looking up at her, hoping that it would fit me one day. Now it fits my pudgy fingers perfectly!

FAB: What should every girl have in their purse in case of a fashion emergency?
EP: Top stick. Strong double-sided tape that you can use to keep a shirt in place, or fix a hem on a pant leg that comes undone. Safety pins are great as well!

FAB: What Fall ‘07 trend are you absolutely looking forward to?
EP: I am looking forward to the bold colors. They accent the sleek black, browns, greys that we favor for the Winter!

FAB: As a stylist, do you feel the pressure of always dressing uniquely?
EP: Sometimes I do feel a little pressure. I can tell when some of my non-wardrobe co-workers eye my attire of the day. They either compliment that they like it or I catch them checking me out head to toe. I have to admit I run a little late leaving the house because I’m staring at my closet thinking I have nothing to wear. I just make sure I feel comfortable head to toe, cover up my belly area when I’m having one of those frumpy days or wearing shoes that don’t bother my feet all day. We run around all day so I never wear heels - flats. Vans are a favorite of mine and sometimes a good pair of flip-flops that are appropriate for the office. I like to follow what’s hip and in now, but I also go with what fits my body, my comfort, me. That’s what everyone should do.

FAB: Who are your style icons and what do you admire so much about them?
EP: There are so many women that I believe are icons: Audrey Hepburn, Ali McGraw, Natalie Wood, Jackie Kennedy, and Katherine Hepburn. I admire that each one had their own distinct style that from then and until now we are still replicating in some way. They always looked so comfortable in their skin and carried themselves so well. The silhouettes and colors that Audrey wore were so beautiful. Ali was boho-chic and effortless. Natalie was the movie star-classy and subtly sassy. Jackie Kennedy was the epitome of classic, royal beauty both inside and out. Katherine Hepburn is so sharp and so sleek with her pants and those suits. She perfected it for woman!

I think currently, with Hollywood being such a part of fashion there are three ladies that follow my style icons and make it their own: Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron and Lucy Lui. These ladies seem to follow their own beat and comforts. They look flawless and incorporate the beautiful ideas of the past into the present. I admire them for always being an individual on the red carpet and off.

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