We sorted through the lineup of "professors," a short list of the nation's top designers, stylists, and executives, and although they clearly have plenty of good advice to share, we turned the tables and grilled five of them with the classic job interview questions we've all stumbled through — plus, what they'd wear to impress their potential bosses. So, do they get the gig? Read on, and tell us if you'd hire these pros in the comments!
In honor of this week's release of It, Alexa Chung's prettily pink book of photographs, doodles, and tips on topics ranging from the proper approach to getting dressed in the morning to her favorite book and film characters, we quizzed the DJ-cum-girl-about-town about that certain je ne sais quoi factor in all manners of things. Herewith, her thoughts on . . .
The It vacation spot:
"Maybe Disneyland? That'd be cool [because] you can wear ears around and go on the runaway train."
We're taking you inside Erin Wasson's dressing room on the set of Styled to Rock, where we sat down with the model-turned-host to chat all about her new show, working with Rihanna, and her personal style. Make sure to check out Styled to Rock when it premieres on Bravo tonight, Oct. 25.
If the reputation of the storied Melrose Avenue Decades boutique wasn't proof enough that co-owner Cameron Silver knows of what he speaks, then perhaps his personal closet is: "I have over 350 pairs [of shoes] and many are one-of-a-kind or given to me by their creators." So when Nine West sought a collaboration, they certainly turned to the right man. An '80s-inspired capsule of tough punk accessories materialized, and when it launched earlier this month at LA's The Sayers Club, the designs were just as cool as could be expected from the pair.
We spoke to the visionary behind the collection to get his expert advice on vintage shopping and gleaning the most from your shoes. Read on to find out what he had to say!
Would you bite if someone told you that rather than examine the lines on your palm or a stack of tarot cards, they could glean a whole lot about your personality from peeking into your closet? We let out a resounding "yes" when we heard the premise coming out of off-price designer retailer TJ Maxx's recent study. Clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner and celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez teamed up to identify six specific types of closets and what they say about you as a shopper, a dresser, and, if you're inferring like we're inferring, a person.
Before we get in any deeper, take the retailer's online quiz to pinpoint your particular wardrobe MO, and then read below to understand what your organizational style (good or not) says about you, plus shopping tips from Chavez.
Jet-set darling Olivia Palermo is currently ranked No. 2 in POPSUGAR Fashion's Fashion Week Street Style Bracket — but to hear her tell it, this well-heeled young woman is just trying to wear what works best for her. In an interview at a party celebrating Stuart Weitzman's 5050 boot this week, Palermo told us about everything from how she gets ready every day to her favorite thing about Fall in New York City. Read on for more of our interview with Palermo.
When you're a DJ with a hand in the beauty biz, there's a high probability good style is just going to come natural to you. Such is the case with Hannah Bronfman, who dipped a pedicured toe into the buzzy app industry with the release of iPhone app Beautified this Summer (allowing on-the-go types to book blowouts and facials at the click of a finger — literally). We caught up with her at the release party for 7 For All Mankind's latest collaboration with Malhia Kent, the French textile mill that churns out tweed for Chanel, to talk fashion and tech.
When it comes to denim, what's her weapon of choice?
Like most of the world, we've had a bit of a crush on Eva Mendes for awhile now, so when it was announced that she was partnering with New York & Co. to develop a subbrand and appear in the store's campaigns, we secretly prayed it'd mean an opportunity to talk to the star about her personal fashion dictums and the pieces she loves most. Ask and ye shall receive.
POPSUGAR: Is there an article of clothing you've lost or given away that you wished you still had?
Eva Mendes: I wish I could find my prom dress — I designed it myself. I basically copied the red dress that Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman, but I made it into a mini. So funny. The girls [in this picture] are my BFFs and we went by D.E.S.K. for Debbie, Eva, Shawn, and Kharla.
POPSUGAR: What about something from your mother's closet you wish you'd held onto?
You can add style ambassador to Zanna Roberts Rassi's already-impressive list of accolades. The Marie Claire fashion editor, Today show and E! News contributor, and stylist is now Boden's new style consultant — a natural fit for Zanna, who has the outfit instincts that have made her a street-style favorite at Fashion Week. So, naturally, when we joined Zanna to celebrate her new gig for Boden, the conversation turned to the tents and just how she manages to find the wow factor in every ensemble.
POPSUGAR: Tell me about your role with a classic brand like Boden — you're known for such a great aesthetic, and obviously have a way with mixing the trends.
Zanna Roberts Rassi: Boden I've known for so many years in England, I didn't realize it had such a huge presence here in the US. Now working with the team and really getting to know the collection, it's so much fun. The way you're talking about street style, this is the perfect collection to do that with. All about separates, all about mixing and matching. From the plaid pants to the striped sweaters worn with them. I had so much fun.
PS: What are your must-have pieces from the Fall collection?
ZRR: The shoes. The fair isle sweaters. It's got that quirkiness to it and that effortless that I really like — how I want to dress all the time. The cashmeres are adorable . . . The plaid pants.
To see Zanna mix and match Boden's Fall pieces — plus, shop them for yourself! — and get her advice (some practical stuff here, people!) on getting dressed for Fashion Week, keep reading.
If logging onto Garance Doré's visual diary isn't enough, prepare to curl up with the fashion photographer's street-style shots in book form. Yes, the Parisian blogger will release her first still-untitled work under Random House's Spiegel & Grau.
The book will include an assortment of the sort of things we've come to expect from Garance — snapshots, illustrations, and musings, all of which come in handy for anyone wanting to emulate the effortless French style that the photographer captures so beautifully on film.
We caught up with the Parisian-chic photographer at the Brooklyn shoot for Maison Jules's holiday campaign to get her take on how to achieve that certain je ne sais quoi. "I think one of the secrets is to be yourself," she told us. "Always break it a little bit — not too perfect, not too matchy-matchy. A little pair of boots will make a dress look more feminine sometimes than pairing it with heels. It’s about finding that balance."
Another tip: "Have a look that is your signature and then you can find easy combinations with dresses, sweaters and cardigans."