Monthly Archives: November 2013

Bucktooth Beauty

By Schuyler Mack

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 10.32.51 AMRecently the gap tooth has been appearing as a hard-hitting style. Although I’ve never really seen the appeal in being able to see a girl’s tonsils through her front teeth, I have lately had a revelation.

Think about it: Would girls like Laura Stone or Anna Paquin really hold half of their attraction without the sultry smile? There’s something alluring about a beautiful girl with heinous teeth. It almost makes the look sexy.

The look has even been popping up on the runway and making its appearance on the street. Popular designers like Jimmy Choo and Markus Lupfer are incorporating the bucktooth trend in their recent designs, using these gap-toothed model muses for inspiration.

Markus Lupfer sweater via ML & Jimmy Choo clutch via net-a-porter

Markus Lupfer sweater via ML & Jimmy Choo clutch via net-a-porter

On that note would I look better if I were bucked…reverse braces? Calling it first as the new hot trend.


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Dear Santa

By Sarah Bicknell

The other day, my mother asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year. Hesitantly, I responded, “Oh, I’m sure whatever you get me will be perfect. I’ll be more than happy with whatever you pick out.”  WRONG! Actually, there’s a long list of extravagant gifts that I wish I could have — but actually asking for one (or more!) seemed a bit over-the-top.  If price were no object, however, these items would definitely be on my  ”most extravagant” Christmas list this year.  So Santa, if you’re reading, you can find these — and other fabulous gift ideas — in Neiman Marcus’ Red Christmas Book.

1. Baylee Large Shoulder Bag - $2,050

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2. Cartier Love Bracelet - $6,350

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3. Christian Louboutin Knee Boot - $1,595

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4. Adrian Landau Fur Vest - $1,495

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Mother Knows Best

By Allie Zoranski

Mom jeans have always been considered a “don’t,” but now the infamous cut has become a “do.” They just go by new name: high waisted.

The high-waisted cut was first introduced in pant form in the 1940s, when women needed practical clothing for work during the war effort. High-waisted pants became more fashionable and feminine in the ’50s when celebrities like Audrey Hepburn began to wear cropped and tailored versions. The trend had different variations through the decades but went away briefly in the ’90s and early 2000s when low-rise cuts were popular.


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Today, there are high-waisted shorts, jeans and skirts to choose from. They cinch in the waist, creating a flattering hourglass figure. High-waisted bottoms work best with a shirt tucked in to show off the waist or with crop tops, if you want to try that trend without baring too much skin.

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So next time when someone asks where you got the idea to wear high-waisted bottoms, just say: “from momma.”

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The Purple Lip

By Alexis Wulf

It used to be that the only way to make a statement with lipstick was the Old Hollywood classic red lip. But thanks to the oxblood craze starting in 2012, people are now delving into darker lipstick territory. Cue the purple lipstick trend.


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That’s right – purple lips. Celebs everywhere are sporting this trend. Lorde and Rihanna are fans of the deep, smokey violet, while Selena Gomez showcases a raspberry purple. For those not ready to fully commit to the plum or blue-purple colors, try Cara Delevingne’s pinky-lavender!


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Purple lips are perfect paired with a think cat eye for a glamorous-meets-mysterious night out look. Or throw on some sunglasses and purple lipstick on an otherwise makeup-free face for a chic, pulled together look in less than a minute!

So how does one achieve celeb-perfection purple lips? Check out these favorites: Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Embrace, available at for $7.49, YSL Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 1 Violet Edition, available at for $34, or Lipstick Queen in Hello Sailor, available at for $25.


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Back to the Bayou

By Alexa Malevitis

I recently had the pleasure of meeting jewelry designer Ashley Porter, founder of Porter Lyons. Porter Lyons, launched about a year ago in New Orleans, features jewelry inspired by the culture and indigenous materials of southeast Louisiana and the bayou. Every piece in Porter’s collection has a regional tie.  She frequently uses agate, the state mineral, and alligator, specifically the alligator’s horned back.

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Jewelry designer Ashley Porter

Drawn to the organic nature and beauty of the ridges, Porter uses molds as well as the actual alligator backbones to make cuffs, earrings, rings and necklaces. Also in Porter’s first collection: Agate pendants, chain-linked bracelets and genuine Louisiana alligator belts. What sets Porter Lyons apart, besides the unique pieces, is the brand’s dedication to preserving culture. The brand is committed to preserving and protecting a sustainable Louisiana coast by donating 5 percent of all profits to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

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Each piece is unique and unlike any other you will find in your jewelry box. Since Porter uses bones and minerals, each item is different but equally beautiful. You can shop the collection on their website or at ShopSeptember, a boutique in Snider Plaza that features some of the line. I couldn’t leave without purchasing this beauty, and I already have this piece on my Christmas list.

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Floppy and Fashionable

By Bailey Wilson

Fall is finally here, meaning its time to break out those cold-weather clothes. Most body heat is lost through the head, but staying warm while looking good is easier than ever with the latest trend—the floppy wool hat.

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These hats can be found at retailers such as Free People, Rag and Bone and Forever 21, for prices ranging from around $8 up to $175.

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Hats have always offered many benefits, from keeping the sun off your face to keeping you head toasty warm in the winter. Of course there’s always been the go-to beanie when it’s cold outside.  But the trendiest way to stay warm this fall is with this season’s fashion accessory — the floppy wool hat.

The floppy hat can be found in a variety of colors, althought the popular shades tend to be neutrals like black, brown, grey or tan. The hats are also available with different styles of stitching and trim to fit everyone’s preferences.

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Leather Trending

By Brooke Williamson



Red leather, yellow leather. Leather is everywhere this fall. It is the “trend” of the season, and that might be an understatement considering we are seeing leather skirts, leather dresses, boots, leather shirts and jackets.

Tina Turk came out with this leather fit and flare skirt, in both black and red. Pair it with a fitted shirt, booties or boots with textured tights for the completed look.

Is this a trend to invest in? Absolutely. It’s a timeless look that can be worn several ways. Available at


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Girlfriends Don’t Let Girlfriends Wear Oversized, Greasy Jerseys

Brooke Williamson

Women sports fans are everywhere these days: They have the bases loaded, they’re calling for an all-out blitz, and they’re setting up for the pick and roll.

Women now make up over 45 percent of the NFL fan base, MLB fan base and the NBA fan base. And with their growing numbers, along come the clothing manufacturers.

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Photo: Junk Food NFL from the Kristin Cavalry fashion show in NYC during fashion week.

Game day clothing companies across the country are seeing more first downs and go ahead runs when marketing to women. It’s big business, according to Stephanie Godfry of Remedy, a wholesale sports clothing company in Dallas.

Godfrey said their company did extremely well with the NFL women’s apparel they sell. The clothing that sells is also different then the men’s lines. Rather than logo-covered T-shirts, the women’s lines focus more on fashion forward trendy pieces.

Women “enjoy the fashion aspect of it,” Godfrey said. “I think there are a lot more women into sports than in the past.”

It’s unclear why the female fan base is increasing, but sports officials point to a number of reasons: New sports networks added to the TV Guide every year, a surplus of sports marketing jobs, and the communication line between teams and their fans is expanding through social media mediums.

Men, this is good news for you. Women like sports. Or they at least like wearing the clothes. And here is a little secret about women, they only wear what they like.

When it comes to women, fashion and sports, Jana Mathena, owner of Gameday Cloth in Dallas has this to say, “They get to have fashion and show spirit. The (woman) fan base is a huge market, women are why we opened.”

Take a gander at these numbers that lay the increasing coexistence of women and sports fans:

  • Over the last five year’s women’s sports apparel has seen a 148% increase within the Collegiate Licensing Company.
  • It is estimated that women will spend upwards of one billion dollars on NFL merchandise.
  • Major League Baseball reported a 21 percent increase in women’s merchandise online last year.
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Not to mention, recently during the famed New York Fashion Week designer Kristin Cavaleri introduced her new line “Junk Food Vintage NFL.” Before that, Cowboys’ Charlotte Jones-Anderson teamed up with design firm Peace Love World to introduce a new clothing line called “I am Game.” Also noting that the AT&T stadium in Dallas, Texas features a Victoria Secret “Pink” store selling women’s cowboys clothing and now a new boutique.

Professional teams and collegiate teams alike are marketing and focusing on women. They realize that women are not only going to games but are also call themselves loyal fans.

“They enjoy the fashion aspect of it,” Godfrey said. “I think there are a lot more women into sports than the past.”

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Breaking Into the Fashion Industry

By Samantha Peltier

It was her first official styling job ever and she already knew it was going to be a headache. Other than the obvious nerves she was feeling, Leah Fraizer was worried because her client had brought her very opinionated mother to the appointment.

Frazier tried to keep her cool and was rewarded when the client finally put her trust in Fraizer.  The resultl: Both women were pleased when the client’s husband noticed her new look.

“To this day, my client will tell me how much having a second opinion helped her change her outlook on her appearance, self-esteem and how she carried herself,” Fraizer said.

Breaking into the fashion industry is notoriously difficult, and the same goes for becoming a stylist.

I talked to local stylists Leah Fraizer and Elaine Stolz to try and understand what it takes to become a professional. What did I learn?  First, passion has to be a stylist’s driving force to make it big, but networking and recieving great referrals are priceless in building a career as well.

Fraizer, owner of Diamond Icon Image and Styling Consultants, has worked in the business for four years now. Before becoming a stylist, Fraizer was a licensed attorney working full-time at a law firm.

She says she remembers waking up one day, as if from a dream, knowing that she had to pursue a career as a stylist.

“I’ve always had a love for clothes and shopping along with always being ‘that girl’ who was best dressed at work or wherever I was, so it was easy for me to transition into styling other people,” Fraizer said.


Amber LaFrance modeling in Apricot Lane for a photoshoot Leah Fraizer styled

Fraizer started to pursue her dream without knowing exactly how to make it become a reality. She decided that her best bet would be to take classes on personal shopping and styling from Gillian Armour Fashion Image Institute, which taught her how to build her business.

After taking a few courses, Fraizer started spending countless hours networking and testing her business on friends and family. During this time she was still working as a lawyer.

“I literally would work at my law firm full-time during the day, go change in the bathroom as soon as my day was over, and head to a cocktail fashion event to network and gain clients. I was doing this three to four times a week,” Fraizer said.

Fraizer also wrote her fashion opinions on a multi-use blogger site called, which helped her gain credibility with designers, retailers and major PR firms. From there, her portfolio grew and referrals started coming in.

Dallas businessman Jim Wortham believes that these referrals can make or break a stylist’s career. Wortham hired his first stylist at the recommendation of his best friends’ wives after his divorce was finalized.

“I began exploring, looking for a stylist at that time because I felt like I did not have a clue about what to wear on first dates,” Wortham said.

The stylist that he eventually hired helped him purchase fantastic clothes, but at a price. The final cost of all of the clothes was way over his budget, and the whole process was exhausting.

“I remeber being physically drained after shopping. I seriously would have rather run a marathon,” Wortham said.

His first expereince with a stylist may not have been ideal, but this did not detour Wortham from hiring a personal stylist again.

He eventually hired Elaine Stoltz, owner of Stoltz Image Consulting and Stoltz Image Institute in Fort Worth. Wortham soon saw why Stoltz came highly recommended.

“Elaine asks her clients the right questions and accurately determines their specific needs. Therefore, there is no wasted time while shopping,” Wortham said.

The questions Stoltz asks are a part of her style analysis in which she takes the client’s measurements from head to toe and shows them what style of clothing looks best on his or her body type.


Men’s Fall 2013 Editorial with Dallas-based musician Larry Gee styled by Leah Fraizer

Stoltz goes so in-depth with the process that she will even advise her clients on what type of hair styles and eye glasses would look best on their individual face shape.

As one of 10 people in the world certified at the Association of Image Consultants International as an Image Master, Stoltz has a lot to teach her students at the Stoltz Image Institute.

She holds training classes six times a years and teaches students how to do color analysis, style analysis and wardrobing, which includes closet organization and shopping, and how to run a styling business.

One of the reasons why Stoltz works so hard at her job is to help clients like Wortham.

“Everyday people benefit from the services of an image consultant,” Stoltz said.

As a personal stylist, Leah Frazier helps people ranging from high-powered lawyers to stay-at-home moms to CEOs.

And like Stoltz, Frazier gets to know her clients goals before she starts working with them. Whether they are looking for a new job, or have recently lost weight, changes Fraizer’s approach to styling their new wardrobe.

“Really getting to know your client personally and intimately helps you to style them based on not only how you feel would make them look and feel their best,” she said, “but also based on an assessment of what styles they would be most comfortable in based on their personality.”


A Clarks Shoes Promo Ad in Fall 2013 that Leah Fraizer styled

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Feel the Fashion

By Alexa Malevitis

In 1969 Woodstock introduced to America the music festival, opening a new world where music was not just audio stimulation, an evening’s entertainment or a pastime — but a lifestyle.

Rock journalist Jack Paytress of Q, the popular British music magazine, said in a recent article, “The elders might have sniffed at the sexual, and potentially revolutionary, undertones inherent in the new music, but here at last was a genuinely popular culture, endorsed by the masses and met by a seemingly non-stop flow of hard-up heroes armed simply with attitude and a guitar.”

In the late 1960s – before the days of corporate sponsored booths, blatant advertising and celebrity sightings – music festivals were nothing more than a small, growing phenomenon, cultivated by the people for whom music wasn’t just another excuse to get a little crazy, but was pretty much everything. There was a tangible spirit of freedom back then; a carefree, rebellious attitude influenced by the cultural climate of the times. Music festivals became a 1960’s cultural phenomenon, a movement to express the vision of love, peace and freedom inspired by the lyrics and beliefs of the musicians themselves.  The ‘60s youth culture and the music that reflected it went hand in hand.

Today, music festivals are unique in the cultures they attract and the fashion that follows. Each genre of music, whether it be electric dance music or country rock, has it’s own festival that attracts its own “genre” of festivalgoers. Now at music festivals, you can be creatively expressive not only with the music you listen to, but also with the clothes you wear.

Instead of one Woodstock, music fans today can choose from among the top-tier national festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza or Austin City Limits, or attend one of the hundreds of smaller festivals that occur throughout the whole year. Huge stages, and artists from every conceivable genre now invade venues from tranquil country fields to peaceful city parks. And following each genre of artist are fans dressed in the appropriate attire.  Each event is a fashion blogger’s paradise, with an endless array of personal street style.  As much as it is a music festival, it is also a fashion show, a place to see and be seen.

The Fashion World Takes Note

Music festivals have become established venues for the world of fashion, attracting the top fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar as well as fashion bloggers and photographers galore. Girls wear their best outfits in hopes of appearing on’s list “Best Looks of Coachella,” every fashion plate’s favorite music fest.


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The Los Angeles Times recently stated, “In recent years, the festival has achieved another notoriety: as a world-class fashion parade where, to paraphrase the old Guns N’ Roses lyric, the grass is green, the girls are pretty, and laid-back street-ware choices can define the women who wear them at least as much as their musical predilections.”

From Lollapalooza to Coachella: Festival Styles

Music festivals are now unique in that every one has its own distinct style. The festival’s location, the generational diversity of the fans, and the type of music – from electronic dance to progressive country rock to hip hop and rap – all influence the styles to be seen. Pitchfork, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Coachella are just a few of the top music festivals where the fashion is one of a kind. Each brings a different vibe, with urban swag or laid-back country chill. Two of the top festivals of the summer season are Coachella and Lollapalooza.  Both bring the season’s top trends and never disappoint with fashion.


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With a flower child California vibe, Coachella is one of the top, and most talked about, music festivals of the spring-summer season. Drawing celebrities, fashion bloggers and the top artists of the year, Coachella is a highly anticipated event. Vogue never misses the chance to cover the latest trends and snap high-end celebrities adorned with flower headbands and bright kimono tops.  Festivalgoers can be seen wearing short-as-you-dare cut-offs, gladiator sandals, teeny-weeny bikinis and midriff-baring tops. The hot desert weather calls for light, airy and flowy pieces. Other popular looks include big, floppy hats and oversized deco frame sunglasses to shade you from the blazing sun as well as studded leather ankle boots and a trusty cross body bag to hold your festival essentials. Coachella has created a fashion trend of its own. Many girls now use the term “Coachella chic” to describe their own personal style.


Head east and we are now in the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago. Running parallel between Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue, the Fifth Avenue of Chicago, sits Grant Park the site of another famous music festival, Lollapalooza. Since Lollapalooza is situated in the middle of a large city, the fashion trends look a little different, too. What would be logical choices for the fields of California are not necessarily appropriate for the cement jungle and urban parks of the city. As blazing temperatures seem to be standard for music festivals across the U.S., fashionistas still sport their jean cut-offs and crop tops. But now, the cut-offs are high waisted and the crop tops are splashed with neon colors or tribal or vintage prints. Combat boots and Doc Martens help protect against both the mud and dancing feet, while girls accessorize with gold rings and chain-link necklaces.

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Every festival has its own vibe, but the spin you put on a festival look will be your own.  Festivals give fashionistas the chance to take the top trends and add something individual and unique to suit the occasion, says Zoe Mattioli, an SMU junior, blogger and avid festivalgoer.  “Music festivals bring out the top street style, where people can take the latest fashions and add a little rocker crazy to spice them up.”

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