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New Work Alert / Spring Fashion

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dress: Alexander McQueen

Photographer: Edwin Tse

Stylist: Liz Teich / Anchor Artists

Lifestyle Editor: Courtney Hollands

Hair: Elizabeth Morache / Anchor Artists

Makeup: Lauren Genatossio / Anchor Artists

Stylist Assistant: Brenda Behling

Models: Erica, Major model & Nicole, Wilhelmina model

Location: Roger Williams Botanical Garden

Check out the rest of the story here and below are some of my favorite things that didn’t make it into the story…

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1 – Some of the colorful and fun patterned wardrobe not used, including Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Tory Burch, and DVF
2 – Lela Rose dress and Marni bag on left and Peter Pilotto dress, Proenza Schouler bag and Christian Louboutin shoes on right

3 – Christian Louboutin heels

4 – Nocturne for Intermix necklace

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1 – R Style top, Emerson skirt and Proenza Schouler belt

2 – The full shot of the gorgeous silk Chris Benz dress and Louboutin shoes

3 – Emerson dress (worn backwards) and E. Kammeyer custom head piece

4 – Lyra Lovestar earrings and Amanda Uprichard dress from Crush Boutique

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1 – Alexander McQueen shoes

2 – DVF bag (along with lifestyle editor Courtney Hollands)

3 – Proenza Schouler bag

4 – Manolo Blahnik shoes

xoliz


My Toughest Client (A.K.A. Me)

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Blazer: Theory (similar) / Top: Lush / Pants: Theyskins Theory (similar) / Necklaces:  Vanessa Mooney (similar), Jewelry by Beth Lauren, vintage / Rings: Sonya Renee, vintage / Bracelet: etc…

Photo: Ehren Joseph

Makeup: Maria Scali

Styling: Me.

I find that my hardest jobs to work on are when I’m working for myself. It’s always a challenge to remove yourself from a project when it’s about you.

When I had my portrait taken for some upcoming projects by the talented photographer, Ehren Joseph, I figured I would keep it classic and simple in my go-to look of lots of black—but of course showing my love for accessories.

Go figure, when I styled myself, I was so focused on my “modeling” in front of the camera that I found Ehren actually handing me a lint roller at times!

How would you style yourself?

xoliz


Red Carpet Stylist Picks

It was great to see that glamour was back on the red carpet at the Oscars. While there were many stunners, there were quite a few that looked like there could have been some wardrobe malfunctions with all of the strapless gowns that appeared. A handful managed to get it right.

Most notable were a few stars that actually weren’t the stars of the show. George Clooney’s arm candy, Jamie Foxx’s daughter, the actress that should have been nominated for Les Mis and even Queen Latifah seemed to steal the show this year.

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Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé dress and Harry Winston jewelry
Photo By Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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Halle Berry in Versace
Photo By Steve Granitz/WireImage

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Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture dress and Harry Winston jewelry
Photo By Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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Amy Adams in Oscar De La Renta dress and Moa jewelry
Photo By Kevin Mazur/WireImage

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Stacey Keibler in Naeem Khan dress and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry (with George Clooney)
Photo By Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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Badgley Mischka Couture gown and Judith Leiber clutch
Photo By Jeff Vespa/WireImage

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Corinne Bishop (with Jamie Foxx)
Photo By Steve Granitz/WireImage

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Samantha Barks in ValentinoPhoto By Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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#FlashbackFriday Oscar Favorites

It’s almost every girl’s dream to feel like a princess, even just for a day. That’s why we really all watch the Oscars—to live vicariously through Hollywood princes and princesses.

It’s my dream to dress women so they can have that moment, and while I haven’t had the fortune of dressing for the Academy Awards, dressing women in elegant gowns is one of my favorite parts of the job.

Most of us aren’t an award-winning actress that have designers fighting over dressing us, so I’ve chosen my favorite looks from recent Oscars and included my stylist picks so you can get those looks for MUCH less:

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Michelle Williams in 2006 wearing Vera Wang

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Hillary Swank in 2005 wearing Guy Laroche

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Gwyneth Paltrow in 2007 wearing Zac Posen

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Angelina Jolie in 2009 wearing Ellie Saab dress and Kyle Richards earrings

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When I Grow Up I Want To Be Vera Wang.

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I’m pretty sure it wasn’t just that I forgot to wear my Warby Parker glasses, but that Vera Wang looked much more youthful and energetic than her 63 years.

I wanted to get a better look after I attended her speaking at the 92Y “Fashion Icons” talks with Fern Mallis, but she jetted to her second home in L.A. in preparation for the Oscars before I even got to the reception afterwards. I suppose this image of her wearing her own designs, Balenciaga shorts, possibly Danskin leggings and some killer Louboutin boots shows you how easily you could forget that the woman has been working hard in this business for 40 years–as my friend Carla had to remind me when I complained about how much further I should be in my career.

Vera casually name dropped her friends in this business from Calvin (as in Klein),  Michael (as in Kors) and Donna (as in Karan), and even newer generations of influencers comprised of her clientele like the Clinton family and Alicia Keys.

It took some time before she made friends like these, but did not quite have the typical rags to riches story. She came from a prominent family in China, with a famous general as a grandfather, that managed to succeed upon immigration with degrees at M.I.T.  and Harvard. She proclaimed that she’s the “dummy” of the family after her brother scored a perfect score on the S.A.T.s and she had a failed career as a figure skater due to injury. Though Vera Wang is no dummy.

While studying for a masters degree in “mainly Italian and art history,” she worked at YSL’s store dressing windows and helping customers, one of which was the editor of Vogue at the time, who saw something in her and offered her a job for after she graduated.

She jumped on the opportunity and at age 23 began her career in fashion at Vogue (prior to designing at Ralph Lauren, opening her own boutique and launching her famous line). When she showed up with a crazy white YSL dress, heels and red nails on her first day on the job–because that’s what she imagined a fashion assistant would wear at Vogue–the editor demanded she went home and changed, including taking the red nail color off. Sure enough, Vera got her start hauling wardrobe, unpacking, packing and other less than glamorous tasks.

Her humble beginnings in fashion were a familiar story to mine, though I didn’t get plucked from a salesgirl position to work at Vogue. If 40 years in this business looks like that, then I won’t be complaining.

xoliz


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