When I first started styling I didn’t understand the locals obsession with small boutiques and independent designers. It was all about Dolce, Cavailli, Burberry, Gucci. The cut, the cloth, the glitz. After a few years Costume National, Yoji Yamamoto, Junya watanabe, Issey Miyake. The Japanese ruled Fashion avant garde for a long time. Then came Vivienne Westwood (Platform ballet shoes and corsets), anything Mc Queen (the MET
show was gorgeous), Rick Owens Leather Jackets , and Viktor and Rolf. The crazier the better. You have to own it though, or you can look like a crazy bag lady talking to herself rather than on her unseen handsfree phone device. For the past two years I’ve worked frequently with young up and coming stars, developing young magazines, and consequently working with young designers and going into Independent boutiques like Trunk on Jay street in Dumbo next door to Susan Lazar’s Egg ( organic handmade baby clothes). I fell in love with Gary Graham, Ivan Grundahl, Jose Duran just to name a few. There are so many amazing young designers doing great things. Like Pratt graduate Timothy Kuzmeski. For graduation his silk taffeta gown is as long as an SUV. Or Malgorzata Dudek whose dresses resemble delicate jellyfish.