New Work Alert / Fall Fashion Report

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Produced by: Lydia Santangelo

Photographs by: Bob Packert

Wardrobe Stylist: Liz Teich of Anchor Artists

Shot at: Blantyre, Lenox

Hot air balloon provided by: Worthington Ballooning & Berkshire Balloon Excursions

Hair Stylist: Michelle Lee, Salon Eva Michelle

Makeup Artist: Susan Donoghue, Ennis Inc.

Assistant Stylist: Olivia Linville of Anchor Artists

Assistant Producer: Mary Elizabeth Loncich of TESstylist

Photographer’s First Assistant: Buck Squibb

Wardrobe Interns: Constance Smith, Shenai Williams, Kayla Buchs, all of Anchor Artists

Production Intern: Julia Fachetti of TESstylist

Assistant Hair Stylist: Jennifer Ng of Salon Eva Michelle

Models: Carolan Fleer of Click Models, Michelle McHugh of Dynasty Models

I’m so excited to announce that probably my most favorite editorial I ever had the opportunity to work on was finally released online (out on stands this week).

Nevermind the fashion for a second, but can we talk about that hot air balloon—which I got to fly in and then was relieved to be on the ground after the operator announced to “bend our knees and brace for impact”?

Can we also talk about the gorgeous estate that we shot in, where my butler (!!) delivered us Fed Ex slips on a silver platter?

How I had a beautiful cottage just to myself, my assistant and about 6 racks of clothing for a couple of days?

I also have to mention that estate kindly provided all of our meals in the VIP wine cellar. The production assistant and I joked how we should break into singing “Day-O” from the famous scene in “Beetle Juice,” as we all sat around the large dining table among candelabras and giant crystal goblets filled with water.

It’s jobs like these that make me so grateful to have unique experiences while I’m working.

Now back to why you’re here. The fashion! This one for Improper was also one of the largest editorials I’ve styled with about 20 different looks and over 40 different designers/showrooms/shops that I worked with. The fall fashion issue is always the biggest issue of any magazine, so I was prepared with more wardrobe and accessories than you can imagine—and many more looks styled as well. Can you tell we had fun with the mid-century trend that was all over the runways for fall? From the nipped waists, full skirts, and menswear inspired fabrics, I don’t know about you, but this makes me ready for fall!

See what else ended up making the cut here.


#FridayFavorites / Fashionable Things That Aren’t Fashion

New York Fashion Week is just weeks away, so before you get sick of me taking strictly fashion for a while, I thought I’d give y’all a break and talk about some of my favorite fashionable things this week that are not…wait for it…fashion. Enjoy these #FridayFavorites and let me know what you think of them.

 

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Ball jar and like a good Brooklynite, I’m celebrating. The company released a vintage style blue edition of these all purpose jars. I just picked up a pack and am using them to carry my iced coffee in the morning and even store nuts and dried fruit. You can get them here from K-Mart for just $10 for a pack of 6… and join me for the next “Secret Cool Things In Brooklyn” meeting. Just kidding. My friend Lindsay swears I attend those.

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Speaking of all things cool, I hereby declare the indie song of the summer “Psychic City” by Yacht. This song will make you forget about “Blurred Lines” and that Daft Punk made a comeback this season. I guarantee we will see models strutting down the runway to the Portland-based electro-pop duo,  Yacht at New York Fashion Week coming up. Even Marc Maron just interviewed the founder of this group on his podcast, WTF this week. If you haven’t been listening to these beats yet, I apologize that you will have a bubble pop sound in your head for weeks, but you won’t regret it.

 

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Okay, well I guess this is kind of fashion-y, but I’m excited to share with you that Fohr Card has featured me as one of the select blogs to follow and get inspired by during Fashion Week s/s 2014! For those of you that aren’t familiar with Fohr Card, it’s basically a resume of stats that companies can look up to see a blog’s followers and influence. It’s a powerful tool that’s now being prevalently used in the industry and I’m pretty honored to be in the spotlight on there among some major sites at the moment.

View my Fohr Card here and sign up if you have a blog yourself and if you’re a company in fashion, let me know if you would like to work together!

How To Store Jewelry

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 jewelry by etc…, Beth Lauren, Nixon, Kate Spade, K+P vintage jewelry

Dear Andi:
You have so much awesome jewelry. I just moved and am looking for tips on how to keep my jewelry organized. Right now it’s such a jumble that I end up wearing the same things because I can’t be bothered to dig. Any tips?

@academenos, California

 

ANSWER:
Ah, the story of my life! So many fun things to wear and for some reason, I end up wearing the same few pieces over and over. I find the best way to keep my jewelry organized while giving more than a few pieces the love is to actually see what you have.

Normally I’m all about concealing your clutter, but in this case, jewelry is so beautiful, why not display those fun costume pieces you have? When it’s all in front of you, you’re more inclined to grab it on your way out the door. I display my baubles and bangles on heavy rotation a few different ways.

First, I find it so important to have a place to throw my jewelry at the end of the day when I’m too tired to put it away properly. I keep a few antique dishes on a tray out on my dresser that makes it easy to take off at the end of the day, without losing track of it.

 

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I’m also a big fan of unique jewelry displays for hanging necklaces and keeping them from a tangled mess in a drawer or jewelry box. This one I purchased for $20 at a Free People store that was having a flash sale of their season’s displays. You can sign up on your local Free People’s mailing list to find out when they’re switching out their displays. If you have your eye on one this season, you can let the salesperson know to email you about that specific piece.

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Another cheap and easy way to store necklaces is with hanging some ornate hooks on a wall. I recently moved, so I haven’t figured out where I want to put mine yet, but Anthropologie has quite a few great ones to choose from right now that look beautiful hanging next to a mirror or ones with many hooks that can look good on their one (as pictured).

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For the rest of your costume jewelry, try one of these handy organizers from The Container Store. I use them on shoots to keep bracelets and necklaces from getting jumbled, but you can hang this in your closet so it’s in easy reach when you’re getting dressed. Now with all of your jewelry in plain sight, you’re going to realize you too have so much good stuff to work with.

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Send your fashion conundrums to dearandistyle@gmail.com — I may feature your question on an upcoming post!

#BehindTheScenes

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I realized that I shared this short film that I styled the wardrobe for last Friday, but I totally forgot to include these gorgeous behind the scenes that Jonathan Rodriguez captured throughout the evening of our shoot.

It almost ended up looking like China in the ’60′s—minus all of the fancy film equipment.

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Check out the short film by Florian Innerkofler, “Doyers Street,” here and let me know what your favorite look was!

The Country and The City Mouse

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I fled the city this past weekend for my sister’s house in the country and as much as I’m a city girl at heart, it was a nice escape. I even fed chickens and collected eggs (not in these heels of course!). The best part was the crisp fresh air that reminded me that fall is around the corner.

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Speaking of fall, I finally broke down and got the bag I’ve been coveting for months now for the coming season. It helped that I recently sold a ton of pieces from my closet on the Poshmark app (follow me there @DearAndi).

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top: Madewell | shorts: BDG Urban Outfitters | shoes: Lela Rose for Payless | bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim | bracelets: Kate Spade, etc… and BaubleBar (similar)

STYLIST TIP: The best investment pieces in your wardrobe are the ones you can wear all year round. There’s no sense in splurging on a bag in a color that’s only for fall. If you’re looking for a new bag or shoes that you’re going to get the most out of, opt for a neutral color. A bright color like red (even orange, yellow, green, blue or purple) can act as a neutral as well, which can be worn with just about anything and all seasons. Though, this fall trust me that red is the new black!

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