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Nu Cool

As if my love for the NBA could get any deeper: the playoffs + these boys & their style are KILLING IT!

Smart, charming, witty and dapper - my nu cool favs are NBA on-court and off-court (read: press conference) darlings: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Plaids, stripes, Lacoste polos, Nike backpacks and specs that make me weak in the knees! It’s clear these young men know how to style their game-outside-the-game.

(Check it! Kevin Durant on Jimmy Kimmel Live: Part 1 + Part II…pick-up flag football, love for OKC & what’s up with that backpack?)

Congratulations Sarah Burton!

Strength, conviction and an unerring design vision has landed Sarah Burton, Creative Director for Alexander McQueen, on Time’s | 100 Most Influential People In The World list.

Her respect for her craft is evident in the multitude of levels of detail she puts forth, as of course, is evident in her Spring/Summer 2012 runway show. We love her for her ability to redefine everything we already loved about Alexander McQueen.

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Fashion Week Etiquette: New York F/W 13

These boys and their crew in collaboration w/Nordstrom | Men are so dope!

Grace: A Memoir

Just caught the innumerably talented Grace Coddington on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She was superb!

Never one to choose to do formal press, she’s been a bit more public due to the release of her hard-to-get-your-hands-on: Grace: A Memoir. Not since The September Issue has she been so delightfully open and available for us all to share and admire.

(Really grateful for the thoughtful gift from one of my talented colleagues at HMStyling. She knows me all to well & my love for Grace Coddington. Not only does she have impeccable taste in styling, but her wit gives us even more to love about her. Thank you Kristi.)

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Maternity Style 101

Last week HMStyling worked on a maternity shoot for a local retailer. With spring comes new moms, new babes and new clothes! Here are a few tips you may not know about styling maternity:

  • Many designers will only use actual pregnant women. If they are not big enough, many times they simple “add the prosthetic baby bump”.

  • When you add padding to bras, curves are balanced and emphasized everywhere when shooting maternity (not just the belly).
  • Wonder why you always see a pregnant woman photographed in profile? Though it seems obvious, in photos most women don’t even look pregnant if they are facing camera. To clearly differentiate, you have to shoot on a ¾ angle and usually add the “maternal mom pose” (ie: hand around/on/touching the belly to showcase what seems as the obvious (the baby bump)).

Here’s to spring and your new maternity style!

Photo Credits: The Gap.

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New York Street Style

We love art in all forms! Really dig what artist Jay Shells has done in New York City with rap quotes. Channeling his love of hip-hop and an understanding of street life and style, he’s bringing the lyrics back to the streets.

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Role Models & Inspiration: The BET Honors

Last night BET came together to celebrate this years honorees. Of these amazing human beings, two stand out as exceptional in my book. I’m always in awe of those who inspire through inspiring others.

Chaka Khan: Not only a powerful voice and presence, take a look back at her fierce body and the fashion she defined (midriffs, body suits and big hair!)! Go-big-or-go-home hair and wardrobe! On top of her talent and style, she was a pioneer in bringing hip-hop to mainstream with collaborations between R&B and hip-hop.

Lisa Leslie: 6'5 and proud of it! No shortage of love for a tall woman! Strong work ethic is a understatement and her grace and presence on and off the court shows through all she does.

Crystal Wright’s | Portfolio Building Workshop | Oct. 13-15, 2012 | New York City

Heading out today to NYC to speak on a panel at Crystal Wright’s Portfolio Building Workshop. Among the many topics covered, my portion will include working as a photo stylist on fashion for Lifestyle & Commercial photography.

It’s always exciting to work with aspiring stylists and help them understand the in’s and out’s of the industry before they jump in and of course, working with Crystal, they’re learning from the master!