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The Better Show & SnobSwap (I’m On TV!)

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Eliza // Jessica // Jessica // Liz

(all in wardrobe styled by me, available on SnobSwap)

If you don’t already belong to the luxury designer online marketplace, SnobSwap, you’re going to want to now. The founders of the site asked me to style and model in their recent appearance on the Better Show and I was thrilled to. Working with gorgeous pieces from brands like Marni, Bottega Veneta, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, just to name a few, and all at affordable prices, made my job easy!

On top of that, my models were these gorgeous bloggers that looked great in everything I put them in. It was honestly the easiest fittings I’ve ever had to style in my entire career as a stylist.

Each look was modeled after a celebrity’s style (I was Lauren Conrad), so it was fun to recreate the outfits you may have seen them in the magazines wearing, with the trends for this spring.

Everything you see here can be purchased on the site (except for what I styled the lovely ladies of SnobSwap in and of course the host, Rebecca, and Kelly Osbourne).

Check out some of the behind the scenes pictures below and watch the Better Show on Tuesday (check your local listings. If you’re a local, it will be on at 6am on WLNY and nationally, 12pm on the Hallmark Channel) for our segment!

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Your Shopping List for Peter Pilotto x Target (You’re Welcome!)

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Another one of Target‘s brilliant collaborations with a major designer of the moment is coming our way again smack dab in the middle of New York Fashion Week  on February 9th and this may be one of their best yet.

 

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For those of you who don’t have a clue who Peter Pilotto is, you will soon, just like you got to know some of the past collaborators like Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Phillip Lim. The London-based duo is known for their modern bold prints, so this collection will definitely be one of the more recognizable ones.

Because of that, the trick to success with shopping these affordable collaborations without everyone stopping you to ask if you got that at Target, is to stick with less recognizable pieces from the collection and check the fabrics/materials for quality. Of course you can’t do this while shopping online, but for prices like $24.99, who cares?

Below are my picks for the collection to save you the agony while getting to Target or Netaporter.com at 6am on 2/9.

 

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sunglasses $16.99

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bikini top $24.99

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crop top $24.99

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skirt $34.99

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sweatshirt $29.99

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slip-on shoe $29.99


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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