October 29th, 2014

Wardrobe Stylist Lissa Murphy on How to Organize Your Closet

LIssaStyle has always been a major part of Lissa Murphy’s life, from her school years–when she developed a knack for finding vintage treasures at church and estate sales–to her time as an on-set wardrobe stylist and a personal stylist in California.

After she moved to Sarasota, Murphy opened Jane Boutique on First Street. Now Murphy’s business has evolved into Jane Styling, a personal styling and wardrobe consulting business.

In this fun Q&A, we talk about tidying up that pesky closet and what it’s like to work with a stylist.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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October 23rd, 2014

Q&A with Designer Rebecca Minkoff

RM_Headshot_Feb.-2013_by-Danielle-KosannThe-New-Potato Rebecca Minkoff, a California cool-girl, was  transplanted to NYC to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. Well, as it does for most of us, the city left its mark, and in 2001 Minkoff officially launched herself into the fashion biz with her take on the iconic “I Love New York” T-shirt. Then things really hit when she launched her signature purse–the Morning After bag.

Since then, Minkoff’s eponymous label has branched out into footwear, apparel, accessories and, of course, handbags–she’s got it all including the trend-setter and celebrity following.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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October 22nd, 2014

Fashion Icon Betsey Johnson to Appear at Mall at University Town Center

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 4.29.02 PMBetsey Johnson is one of the world’s favorite and most exuberant fashion icons. For 50 years (!) now Betsey has painted the town pink with her one-of-a-kind vision, boundless energy and ultra-creative force. She’s made up her own rules along the way while expanding her eponymous clothing line to include bedding, activewear, kids’, shoes, bags, intimates, accessories…and on…and on…

I caught up with Johnson for a quick Q&A before she somersaults into Dillard’s at The Mall at University Town Center this Saturday, October 25th, from 2–-3:30 p.m.//Click Here for the Q&A and more details…

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October 9th, 2014

Fashion Designer Nicole Miller

nicole_miller2If you’re a follower of fashion you know the name Nicole Miller. I know hers is a name that’s thrown about, but she truly is an icon in American fashion. And what you may not know–which will explain a lot when it comes to her chicly feminine, eclectic aesthetic–is that she’s part French, the daughter of a Parisian-born mother (sigh).

Wanna meet her? Nicole will be at Dillard’s at University Town Center on Thursday, October 16 from from 1-3 p.m. for the store’s Grand Opening Celebration. In honor of the opening she’ll be showing a fashion retrospective exhibit, with a preview of her fall 2014 Artelier Collection.  Pop in to say hello and find out what’s hot to update your wardrobe for the Sarasota social season from the woman herself.

But first, a fun Q&A that may serve as some talking points when you catch up with Nicole next week…//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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October 3rd, 2014

An Interview with Saks Fifth Avenue President Marigay McKee

Marigay McKee

It’s no doubt you’ve heard that Saks Fifth Avenue is on the cusp of opening a modern, 80,000-square-foot store on October 16 at the Mall at University Town Center, with general manager Joel Ellzey at the helm. But what’s interesting is that it’s the first Saks opening in more than nine years.

Marking this fashionably auspicious day will be a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. with the new president of Saks Fifth Avenue, Marigay McKee. The Londoner and former chief merchant of Harrods has been tasked with reinventing the iconic American brand, and chic changes are already afoot. I caught up with Marigay to get to know fashion’s new It Girl, who’s more than just a pretty face – she’s climbed 17,000 feet to Mount Everest’s base camp; is fluent in Italian, Spanish and French and she’s taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. J’adore her! //Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com


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September 12th, 2014

Behind the NY Fashion Week Runway: Hair Stylist Bethany Holmstrom

Kiernan Shipka & Bethany Holmstrom

Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka & Bethany Holmstrom

Just back from the Big Apple, where she started her career, Fresh Salon‘s co-owner/stylist spent the last week styling locks behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week for the second year in a row. Her cool résumé also includes styling the celebrities such as Ivanka Trump and actress Katie Aselton and working on the Biggest Loser and the Tyra Banks Show. And she is also one of just 15 Shu Uemera Haigo artists in the country. Pretty cool.

I caught up with Bethany for some insight on what happens behind the runway…Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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September 8th, 2014

The Veronicas on the Veronica Beard Brand

Veronica500a83e3The power pairing of sisters-in-law Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard has resulted in an American sportswear brand of their shared name: Veronica Beard. This modern-classic label has been on the rise since its inception in 2010–and even more so after its acceptance and mentorship with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which supports up-and-coming designers by pairing them with some the most notable names in the industry. (To give you an idea of the magnitude of this opportunity, some of the former participants were Rodarte, Rag & Bone and Alexander Wang. It’s a major opportunity, and the whole thing is broadcast as a reality show.)

Tip of the cap to the team at The Met for tuning into this polished modern brand and adding it to their highly curated collection on St. Armands Circle. Pop over to see how chic you look in VB–it’s so easily wearable. CLICK HERE for a look inside the brand with the Beard sisters themselves.

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