Band of Outsiders
Scott Sternberg is an American fashion designer, photographer and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles,California. He is the founder, Chairman, and Creative Director of the brand Band of Outsiders. Sternberg attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri where he received a B.S. in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1997. He also studied photography. Sternberg began his career in the film business in late 1997, working as an assistant in the motion picture talent department at Creative Artists Agency, where he eventually in 1999 became an agent in the company’s New Media and Marketing Division.
In 2003, Sternberg left CAA to work with Tom Scott (co-founder and former co-CEO of Nantucket Nectars), Cary Woods (film producer), and Emily Scott (founder and former CEO of J.Crew) on a new consulting and media venture. His brief time working there, specifically with Emily Scott, piqued a long held interest in fashion, which led Sternberg to start Band of Outsiders later that year. Sternberg started Band of Outsiders in late 2003 as a line of men’s shirts and ties. It has since grown to include womenswear. The brand sells in 225 doors worldwide, including Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Colette. The line has been described as "recontextualized vintage-inspired looks with hand-sewn seams and shrunken proportions" and "look[s] toward the future by revisiting the past, wistfully but also with a mischievous, ironic wink."
CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year (Tie), 2010
CFDA Swarovski Award for New Menswear Designer of the Year, 2009
CFDA Vogue/Fashion Fund Nominee, 2008
BCBG Max Azria
As Chief Creative Officer, Lubov Azria is the creative force behind BCBGMAXAZRIA Group. Under Lubov's leadership, BCBGMAXAZRIA Group has evolved from an American contemporary label to a premiere global lifestyle brand, taking inspiration from art, music, film and travel.
Lubov was born in the Kiev, Ukraine and spent her early childhood training with the renowned Kirov Ballet. At 11, her family relocated to San Antonio, Texas and later to Los Angeles, California where her interest shifted from dancing to the visual arts. As a senior in high school she was recruited by the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) where she developed a passion for design as a means of personal, creative expression.
In 1991, Lubov joined BCBGMAXAZRIA Group as an associate designer/pattern maker. With hard work and an innovative vision, Lubov was named Creative Director just five years later in 1996. In this new role, Lubov set her sights on turning BCBG into a cohesive collection and debuted the first BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway collection at New York Fashion Week.
In 1998, BCBGMAXAZRIA Group acquired the esteemed Hervé Léger couture house. Lubov led the design team through eight years of research, modernizing the signature bandage construction technique before launching the first Hervé Léger by Max Azria collection at Fashion Week in New York in February 2008. Since the runway debut, Lubov has endeavored to innovate styles, evolving the collection beyond the signature bandage dresses and since, has introduced daywear and separates.
In 2004, Lubov and her husband, company Founder and CEO Max Azria, further expanded the company’s portfolio by creating a line of one of a kind gowns for celebrity clients under the name Max Azria Atelier.
In 2010, in recognition of her accomplishments as a designer and creative leader, Lubov was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). She and her husband have received a number of awards including the Fashion Performance Award in 1997, the Fashion Excellence Award and honorary doctorates from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2013.
Today, Lubov is responsible for developing and protecting the brands’ creative vision. Meticulous and detail-oriented, she sees each piece through from concept to production and fits every single garment. In addition, Lubov oversees marketing, visuals, merchandising and store concepts teams to ensure that customers experience each collection as she intended.
A champion for women’s empowerment, Lubov Azria has dedicated her life to making women feel beautiful and confident and inspiring women to do the things that inspire them. She will continue on that journey whilst undoubtedly staying true to the company’s mission.
The Black Tux
The Black Tux was founded in 2013 by Andrew Blackmon and Patrick Coyne, longtime friends who, out of frustration while preparing for Andrew’s wedding in 2011, decided that men need a better alternative to traditional tuxedo and suit rental offerings. They came to realize that brick and mortar menswear rental companies were expensive, inconvenient, and lacked style and quality. Andrew and Patrick vowed to find a way to offer truly high quality tuxedos and suits, and to make the process easier and more enjoyable. So they launched The Black Tux.
Patrick oversees design, production, and merchandising of the inventory (from tuxedos to shoes to bow ties) in addition to finance. He has a background in banking and graduated with an MBA from NYU Stern.
Katrina is passionate about helping women achieve everyday confidence. She founded Stitch Fix to helpwomen everywhere discover and explore their style through a truly client-focused shopping experience.
Prior to founding Stitch Fix, Katrina developed extensive experience at the intersection of fashion, retail, and technology. She managed the blogger platform at venture-backed social commerce company Polyvore and consulted with a variety of e-commerce and traditional retailers during her time at The Parthenon Group. Additionally, she has invested in and worked with dozens of entrepreneurs and start-ups at Leader Ventures.
Katrina holds a B.S. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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Reformation is a lifestyle brand that proves fast fashion, sustainability and local manufacturing can co-exist in a cool and beautiful way.
A California native, Founder & CEO Yael Aflalo first made her mark in the fashion world with the launch of her contemporary clothing brand, Ya-Ya, in 1999. In her time at Ya-Ya, Yael became discouraged by seemingly outrageous norms of the fashion industry - overprinting lookbooks, wasting yards of fabric -and appalled by the destructive impact that overseas production has on the environment. She realized it was time to break the cycle, so she set out to create a brand where "green" fashion didn't mean compromising on style.
Splitting her time between Los Angeles and New York, Yael is an innovative entrepreneur who continues to lead the revolution of sustainable fashion through Reformation.
Masters of Sex
Born in Kentucky, a Costume Designerfor film and television, Ane Crabtree made an immediate and lasting impression when she created the look for The Sopranos in the original HBO pilot. She studied fine arts a Harlaxtan College in Lincolnshire, England and fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Her emphasis on mixing creativity with singular vision has allowed her to mesh well with a wide range of directors and producers, from Mimi Leder to Graham Yost to Michael Mann. She is also known for her personal touch with actors such as Morgan Freeman, Joseph Fiennes, Antonio Banderas, Helen Hunt, Carla Guigino, Sarah Jessica Parker, Liev Schreiber, Oliver Platt, Catherine Keener, and Timothy Olyphant.
Ane is currently designing for Lila + Eve starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez and Showtime’s Masters of Sex starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan. Some of Ane’s other television work includes NBC’s Ironside, HBO’s Luck, FX’s Justified, ABC’s Pan Am and Fox’s Vanished. For her work on Pan Am, she was a Costume Designers Guild Award Nominee for “Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series”. Her most recent films include The Code (2009), the Sundance selected Please Give (2010), and the Tribeca Film Festival premiering Every Day (2010). Crabtree’s commercial work includes various spots for “Adidas”, “Sherwin Williams”, “AT&T,” “Miller Life,” and “Planters Peanuts”.
Ane currently lives in Los Angeles and works regularly on both coasts.
Jill Ohanneson, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising has worked on numerous film and television projects during her illustrious Costume Design career. She is currently the Costume Designer on ABC’s breakout hit REVENGE.
Jill's feature credits include PREMONITION with Sandra Bullock, 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS featuring Josh Hartnett, INSTINCT with Anthony Hopkins, BILL AND TEDS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE with Keannu Reeves, THE REPLACEMENTS also with Keannu Reeves and Gene Hackman, MOUSEHUNT for Gore Verbinski, and INDIAN RUNNER, THE CROSSING GUARD and THE PLEDGE for director Sean Penn.
Her television credits include the last three seasons of SIX FEET UNDER for which she was nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Costumes for a Series” (2003, 2005) and won a CDG Award for “Outstanding Costumes in a Contemporary Series” (2006). Also, the pilot and first episode of FIREFLY, the first seasons of DEXTER, LIE TO ME, SWINGTOWN, and THE EVENT. Jill also garnered two Costume Designer Guild (CDG) nominations for “Outstanding Costumes in a Contemporary Series” for the first two seasons of REVENGE and is currently designing the fourth season.
Pretty Little Liars
Mandi Line is one of the most influential and sought after costume designers today with a wide variety of credits in features and TV shows to commercials and music videos. Her work on the top rated ABC TV show PRETTY LITTLE LIARS for the past 5 seasons has made her a force in fashion with today’s millennial generation. Mandi is also currently working on Showtime’s hit show SHAMELESS.
Growing up on a tight budget, Mandi Line promised herself she’d never wear the same thing twice. During her senior year, her imaginative flair and skill with scissors and a needle made that a reality. Soon, her future in fashion was all sewn up.
After graduating from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Mandi first gained experience as an intern, quickly moving into music videos and celebrity styling, working with Hugh Grant, Jared Leto, Lucy Hale, rock groups Linkin Park and System of a Down, and many more. Her work on features such as ON THE DOLL and THE CLIQUE helped develop her individual style and hands-on approach to role and character.
Mandi and her work has been featured in US Weekly, TV Guide, The New York Times Style Section, OK Magazine, THR, Fashionista, and more.
Her dream of working on TV came true when she became Head Costume Designer on ABC’s breakout hit GREEK. She took the same role on the network’s hit teen TV show PRETTY LITTLE LIARS where her work has won award nominations for “Best Dressed Cast”, “Best Styled Video” and “Most Googled Character” for fashion on television. Huffington Post has also called PRETTY LITTLE LIARS the “Best-Dressed Show” on TV today.
In February 2014, Aéropostale launched the "PRETTY LITTLE LIARS" apparel collection in collaboration with Mandi Line. The collection got rave reviews and brought a new customer into the stores. The second collection is planned to hit stores on June 8th with 3 additional floor sets for Back to School, Transition, and Fall 2014.
Her roles as guest columnist on Celebrity Style Guide and as a style ambassador for GetThis reflect Mandi’s growing reputation as a cutting-edge designer and fashion influence. She was the first costume designer to speak at Teen Vogue Fashion University in New York, and her extraordinary work was featured in 2007 and 2012 in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Annual Outstanding Art Of Television Costume Design Exhibition.
In 2007, Mandi was a special guest host on AUSTRALIA’S TOP MODEL; last year, she hosted a nationwide tour for Macy's in-store runway shows and is now hosting their 2013 spring prom events.
Mandi also worked on the sci-fi feature film LE CONGRES starring Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti and Harvey Keitel and the comedy romance 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT LIFE starring Evan Rachel Wood. She also recently completed work on the Lifetime pilot UNREAL directed by PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Roger Kumble, and the first season of the hit MTV series FAKING IT directed by Carter Covington. Her passion for her work, her inspired styling choices and her ability to contribute creatively to character development through costume make her one of the industry’s most eclectic and exciting talents.
Mandi has a strong social media following and regularly chats with her fans and followers @tankgirlyo and on Facebook
The Mindy Project, Pitch Perfect
Salvador Perez is an accomplished and versatile costume designer, working in many genres—from feature film and television movies, to television series.
Born and raised in Central California, Perez moved to Los Angeles to attend The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, planning on a career in fashion design, but fate had another path for him. An accomplished stitcher, his talents were soon discovered by costume designers who took him away from the fashion industry. He first made costumes, then became a costume manufacturing foreman and assistant designer on films like Titanic, The Flintstones, and Barb Wire. With his vast knowledge of clothing construction and manufacturing, Perez was also sought out by the J. Peterman Catalogue to design and develop their Movie Legends Line.
As a costume designer, Perez has taken his experience and applied it to creating characters on projects as diverse as the hit TV series The Mindy Project, Castle, Moonlight, Veronica Mars, the Lifetime movie Liz and Dick, and feature films like Pitch Perfect, Think Like a Man 1 and 2, Men of Honor, Drumline, and Faster. Perez’s approach is highly detailed and considers every aspect of a character’s personality while telling the story through costume. Knowing how clothes should fit and be made, he has a unique ability to fit and tailor clothes to make actors look their best. He brings his love for his art with him to every fitting, every shopping trip, and every day on set.
Perez’s passion for costume design and the Film & Television Industry was recognized by the members of the Costume Designers Guild, who elected him President of their organization. Salvador just finished Pitch Perfect 2, coming out May 15, 2015 and is currently working on Season 3 of The Mindy Project.
An inspired visionary, Nicole Chavez began her career in the costume/wardrobe department of the Fox Network series The OC. The trend-setting show would be the launch pad for Nicole’s distinguished success as one of the Hollywood Elite’s most highly sought after stylists.
Nicole has since been the recipient of the award for ‘Star Stylist Extraordinaire’ at the Hollywood Style Awards in recognition for her exemplary work in styling, as well as also having been named one of the ‘Top 10 Superstar Stylists' by Forbes. With featured profiles in the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Angeleno respectively for her excellence in styling, Nicole continues to have her work consistently celebrated in WWD and InStyle for its innovation and beauty as well.
Nicole has styled some of the biggest names in Hollywood from Catherine Zeta-Jones to Scarlett Johansson and currently works with Rachel Bilson, Kristen Bell and Jessica Simpson and she is currently a co-designer with Rachel Bilson for ShoeMint.
Her work has further graced the covers and editorial fashion pages of InStyle, W, Seventeen and Harper’s Bazaar to name a few, and she has styled campaigns for L'Oréal, Macy’s, T-Mobile, Lux, Max Factor and Neutrogena. Nicole has also styled and hosted events for W magazine, Darphin, LOFT and Vogue, in addition to also lending her talents and expertise to styling sessions for Modelinia and Theory respectively.
Nicole has worked with photographers Ruven Afanador, Andrew Macpherson, Matthias Vriens-McGrath, Ellen von Unwerth, Cliff Watts, Matt Jones, Yu Tsai, Patrick Demarchelier and Gilles Bensimon among others. As well as directors, Liz Friedlander, Barry Sonnenfeld, Dawn Shadforth, David Cameron, Sophie Muller and Barry Levinson.
Nicole’s artistic collaborations from memorable red carpet moments to an impressive array of print, commercial and on-camera work, have garnered her industry-wide acclaim and accolades from clients and colleagues, praiseworthy of the commitment and caliber she brings to her craft.
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Sally Lyndley is a Texas born fashion stylist living in a sleepy surfer town in SoCal. She has been obsessed with the fashion industry since the tender age of 10 years old, after discovering Vogue magazine on the grocery checkout line. She left school at an early age to pursue a career in her beloved fashion world and has now had the privilege to work with some of the most powerful people in the industry such as Anna Wintour at US Vogue, Donatella Versace and legendary photographer Patrick Dermachelier. Sally has contributed to several fashion magazines over the years, such as Love Magazine, V, US Vogue, Teen Vogue, Vogue Italia, POP, British GQ and Dazed & Confused. Her celebrity styling roster includes Drew Barrymore, Victoria Beckham, David Beckham and Kristen Wiig. She loves The Muppets, Alaia and Monster Trucks. Sally is currently editing her own site for fashion and styling, www.SallyLyndley.com, and creating videos for her own YouTube channel.
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A sought-after stylist known for her exacting attention to each client’s personal aesthetic, Tara Swennen is a bold presence on Hollywood’s fashion scene. A graduate of the fashion design program at Cornell University, Swennen began her career at Barneys New York prior to assisting two of the industry’s biggest names: Andrea Lieberman and Rachel Zoe. Honing her skills on costume design and red carpet work, Swennen was inducted into the Costume Designers Guild after collaborating on NBC’s primetime show Cane.
Inspired by her international travels and her family’s legacy in the fashion business, Tara creates elegant looks that always illuminate the personal style of each celebrity and personality with whom she works. Those celebrities include Kristen Stewart, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton and Kaley Cuoco. Her work has also been featured in ad campaigns for Priceline, Pond’s, Neutrogena, Target, Walmart, Proactiv, Got Milk? and Canon, and as well as in editorials such as InStyle, Nylon, Teen Vogue, and Esquire UK.
Tara has proven to be a mainstay in Hollywood, and her devotion to and interest in all aspects of the fashion world will ensure a long career and future achievement in the industry.
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Objects Without Meaning
Objects Without Meaning resides in the present with no long-winded story to tell. Wepropose clothing as an empty vessel, a blank slate to be filled by the many experiences and emotions of daily life, merging nonchalance with a true sense of spirit. Aspiring to one humble objective — the minimal silhouette is focused on tactility and effortless grace, leaving the air clear for individuals to express their indicative nature. Our garments speak for themselves, representing nothing more than the simplicity of their materials and form — a broad and understated palette for enlightened living.
The collection was conceived in 2011 by Australian – by way of NYC and now LA – designer Alexandra Michelle in collaboration with creative director Andrew Hogge – partnering with a tight-knit handful of artists and boutique mills. All manufacturing is done within our own Los Angeles-based facility, where we are immersed in every aspect of our brand from design to production to culture.
Genetic Los Angeles
Launched in September of 2006, GENETIC LOS ANGELES immediately became recognized for the signature soft fabrics, flattering silhouettes and incredible fit. Today, GENETIC LOS ANGELES continues to set the brand apart from the competition, creating innovative collections that cater to multiple individuals, both modern and classic, while continuing to evolve cut, construction, and fabrics.
Since the beginning, Founder and Creative Director, Ali Fatourechi, has always taken a non-conventional approach to formulate his concepts, embodying an entrepreneurial spirit with a disruptive approach to understanding silhouettes, design and ultimately the women he would one day make clothes for.
With a desire to understand the true psyche of a woman, in 2005, Fatourechi embarked on a grass-roots mobileclothing tour, visiting 42 cities across America analyzing and studying his subjects. In what became an intimate journey, Fatourechi was able to encounter all different types of women, gaining an invaluable understanding of awoman’s psychology when looking at herself in the mirror. Through this tour, he used the information that he compiled to develop his subconscious muse and form the concept of GENETIC LOS ANGELES.
Today, Fatourechi continues to push the envelope in terms of product development, fabric, fit, and design, while drawing inspiration from those closest to him. He has created GENETIC LOS ANGELES for a chic, sophisticated and modern woman with an edge that embodies a strong sense of self and a healthy arrogance. Through his approach, Fatourechi has been able to create his initial core styles - cool, uncomplicated, comfortable, and perfectly fitting silhouettes rendered in the softest Italian, Japanese and Turkish fabrics. Core silhouettes include a skinny-leg,cropped cigarette, straight-leg and flare, serving as modern renderings of the classics.
Fatourechi continues to guide the direction of the brand through his personal voyage. Through this journey, he has established a global presence in major department and specialty stores.
To Fatourechi, the true definition of GENETIC LOS ANGELES is all in the word. It represents a person’s genetic composition, helping shape and define the message to believe in one’s self.
Janet Sung is the Creative Director and founder of Denim Refinery, an e-boutique and style site where customers can send in their denim to be customized with industry treatments such as waxing, distressing, or even laser printing (leopard is always a crowd favorite). Along with this service, Denim Refinery also offers a carefully curated selection of classic vintage denim that has been gently "refined," while still preserving the original aesthetic. This collection is also carried at stores around the country, like Totokaelo, The Dreslyn, Olive Austin, and Frances May. Through simple styling, Sung strives to maintain a timeless aesthetic for the brand, encouraging her customers to regard vintage as an equivalent to contemporary wear.
Nicole Najafi founded Industry Standard after an endless search for the perfect pair of jeans with a reasonable price tag. She decided to put her love of denim to good use and set out to create Industry Standard. She most recently worked at Balenciaga, where she managed their U.S. ecommerce, honing in on what an online customer wants from her shopping experience. Before joining Balenciaga, Nicole lived in Paris, where she worked at Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent. While New York has served as her schooling in the digital space, Paris served as her education in quality and craftsmanship. She is originally from Palo Alto and currently resides in New York. Follow Industry Standard on Instagram (@industrystandardny), Twitter (@isnyjeans), and/or Facebook (@industrystandardnewyork).
School of Style
In addition to serving as co-founder/COO at School of Style, a boutique fashion school for stylists, Lauren is also a highly sought-after personal stylist in Los Angeles. Her massive roster of clients includes some of Hollywood’s most successful businesswomen from companies like FOX, CBS, HBO, Warner Brothers, and Nickelodeon. Some of Lauren’s clients have also graced the red carpet at the Emmy’s, the MTV Music Video Awards, and the Golden Globes.
When Lauren isn’t working with her clients, she lends her fashion expertise to partnerships with brands like Kohl’s, eBay, Westfield Mall, Ford Motors, Marshalls, Johnson & Johnson, Target, and Rimmel London as a stylist, both on-camera and off.
Lauren has been featured in numerous publications including Marie Claire, WWD, Vogue Italia, Grazia, Lucky Magazine, OK! Magazine, and the Huffington Post.
Lauren has also been a guest speaker at Simply Stylist, presented by Marie Claire Magazine, The School of Fashion at Parsons, Woodbury University, and FIDM.
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School of Style
Luke is a stylist and Founder/CEO of School of Style, a boutique fashion school for stylists established in 2008. With regular classes held in LA and NYC, School of Style has quickly become established worldwide as the premiere fashion school exclusively for stylists. Their graduates have gone on to work with world-class stylists like Lori Goldstein, June Ambrose, Monica Rose, Johnny Wujek, and Katie Shillingford, as well as countless top fashion photographers, magazines, and celebrities.
As a 15-year industry veteran, Luke has styled music videos, commercials, tours, celebrity red carpet and television appearances, films, and print advertising. Luke has also had the opportunity to work with some of the industry’s most renowned photographers such as David LaChapelle, Matthias Vriens, Kenneth Capello and Richard Burbridge. In addition to styling for magazines like Bullett, Flaunt, and Zink, in 2011 Luke became a regular fashion contributor to London-based Fault Magazine.
He has worked with a diverse range of artists and celebrities including Kanye West, Marilyn Manson, Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, and Krysten Ritter.
In 2013 Luke was hired as an instructor of fashion styling at FIDM. He has also been a guest speaker at The School of Fashion at Parsons, Woodbury University, and The Art Center College of Design, lecturing on styling as a career.
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Maeve Reilly has quickly built a reputation in the world of fashion for being more than just a stylist. The New York native helps effortlessly transform her clients' image, and helps each one develop into a brand of their own, with a sense of style unique to each personality while including her own signature quirks. Reilly's love for accessories can be seen on almost every one of her clients, creating special and unique twists. Her love of diamond rings especially, and attention to detail is what sets her work apart from the rest and has become somewhat of a "signature."
Maeve has quickly transitioned into the world of dressing women after years of being focused on men's fashion, working with actors such as Russell Brand and Jamie Foxx.
Reilly's push into women's styling came when she started working with her super star client Janelle Monae, who had previously adapted black and white suiting as her signature look.
Janelle sparked something in Maeve that has transitioned her into working with some of the industry's most powerful musicians and actresses including Demi Lovato, Kat Graham, Rumer Willis, Laura Prepon and Claudia Lee.
Maeve specializes in red carpet, editorial, custom tour design, and advertisement styling as well as image consulting for both men and women. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Marie Claire, NYLON, Paper Magazine and Vanity Fair.
She continues to create buzz for her clientele with fashion forward and avant garde looks, garnering them numerous "Best Dressed" accolades in publications such as Vogue, NYLON, People's "style watch," Fashion Police, and The Red Carpet Fashion Awards.
Allyson Rees is an LA-based fashion journalist, trend forecaster, copywriter and blogger. She's worked as a Retail Editor with various international trend firms including WGSN, Stylus and The Intelligence Group and contributes to InStyle, LA Confidential, The Imprint and O, The Oprah Magazine. Allyson has also worked on branding and copywriting projects for Piperlime, The RealReal and Target fashion.
Her career and etiquette blog, ThePolitesse.com, was founded with fellow fashion journalist Andrea Bell and provides young women with social, digital and personal tools to navigate the real world and score their dream job. Allyson is a graduate of Emerson College.
My most memorable outfit as a child was when my Mom dressed me in a black, wool sweater with snakeskin patches and a red leather mini skirt. I don’t mean to boast but I’ve been stylish since a toddler.
And instilled in me at such a young age was the notion that style could not be brought, and the reality that personal style is a talent that not everyone has.
Since graduating from college in 2006, I’ve worked in the music industry, celebrity news and even sports entertainment but fashion has always made its way back into my life. I’ve dabbled in styling, worked as an Assistant Style Editor for magazines, and even designed, created and produced a clothing line into production. But what motivates me the most is getting dressed every morning. I love putting my outfits together and exploring boutiques and shopping centers all over town waiting for pieces to catch my eye.
After blogging for three years on Tumblr, I launched Well (Un)Known, a fashion site where I post my outfits daily, mixing well known and unknown pieces while passionately providing readers info on all the amazing brands I adore. Aside from fashion blogging, I’m also the PR Manager for Wildfox Couture, where I work to expand the brand in television, print, online and through celebrity outreach.
Since the ripe old age of 9 years old, Arielle knew she wanted to be in the Beauty Industry. It all started with her Friday night beauty rituals with her mother, where she would play with and touch every item in her makeup bag. This ritual continued until she was old enough to start buying her own makeup, and at this point, she was hooked! After graduating from The University of Georgia in 2007, she applied for her first professional job in the Beauty Industry. Starting as the Counter Manager for Smashbox Cosmetics in Nordstrom in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, she was soon recognized as the top sales performer in the region. Arielle then decided to take her talents to sunny Santa Monica, California, where she continued to work for Smashbox Cosmetics in Fred Segal. All along, she knew that she wanted to learn everything about the beauty industry, and this meant going more corporate. Starting with an Account Executive position with Booty Parlor, she transitioned to Training Executive with Dr. Perricone, then advanced to West Coast Sephora Account Executive with Bite Beauty. These experiences led her to her present position as Brand Manager at Skinn Cosmetics, where she is now in charge of Product Development and Marketing.
Cuitlahuac Gonzalez, better know as Cuit or @MrCuit around the web, is an accomplished social media strategist for global fashion conglomerate BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, LLC, where he oversees the online presence for BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger, as well as blogger relations, globally. Since 2011, he works closely with Chief Creative Officer, Lubov Azria, on the development of the online communities and execution of the creative direction through innovative social media campaigns and strategically curated content.
Prior to BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, Gonzalez founded PUBLICpr, LLC, a Los Angeles-based public relations and digital media agency specializing in media relations, event production and brand cultivation for clients in the fashion, entertainment and non-profit industries, which he sold in 2012. Prior to that, Gonzalez spent some time in London at Picnic Productions, were he worked on the production of photo shoots and media events for fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Rodarte, among others. Gonzalez started his career in communications working in-house at American Apparel handling media relations and overseeing the community relations department.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations with an emphasis in Digital Media from the University of Southern California. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he currently resides.
School of Fashion @ SCAD
Daniel Green believes the fashion industry provides tremendous opportunity for achieving large-scale personal growth and professional achievement if you have the courage to take on challenges. A former senior manager at Neiman Marcus and vice president at David’s Bridal and Frederic Fekkai and Company, Green joined the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2012 as a professor of fashion marketing and management and graduate student coordinator for luxury and fashion management. His areas of concentration include aesthetics and style, forecasting and business trends, merchandising, strategic planning, brand building and retail management. Now the chair for both programs, he provides academic leadership and support to students and faculty members.
Do good. Feel good. Look good. As Senior Women’s Footwear Category Manager for TOMS Shoes, Jennie Teubner has set out to make fashion and sustainability blend together seamlessly. To her, having one doesn’t mean you can’t have the other. And with her work at TOMS – Jennie will help further cement this idea.
Jennie harnesses years of experience working for top brands like Forever 21, Hearst, Women’s Wear Daily and 7 For All Mankind. As the Global Senior Supervising Merchandiser/Creative Direction for Forever 21, Jennie honed her abilities to manage e-commerce in a global market, while maintaining creative control over projects by developing materials and overseeing designs.
Black Halo designer Laurel Berman finds beauty in contradiction, creating clothingthat is both edgy and feminine from architecturally structured dresses to modern draping with Madame Grès roots.
Born in Spokane, Washington, now based in Los Angeles, Berman translates herunassuming allure and relaxed confidence in her collections.
Berman studied at the San Francisco Academy of Fashion and worked in many capacities for various brands within the industry. Her experience provided the foundation needed to construct and execute her vision of a brand made for all women.
Berman transformed the way women dress today with the simplicity of a single piece known as the wildly popular “Jackie O” dress.
Since its launch in 2002, Black Halo has expanded from its Los Angeles heritage, becoming an internationally renowned brand that can be found in over 1,500 stores worldwide. In 2012 the brand’s first evening wear collection, Black Halo EVE by Laurel Berman, launched and was an instant hit.
Despite such wide distribution, the business remains vertically integrated in Los Angeles’s hub of apparel manufacturing. This was a conscious decision by both Berman and her partner, Sean Pattison, who wanted to ensure each garment met the brand’s highest standard of quality.
Black Halo continues to design garments that blend flawless construction and impeccable tailoring, channeling an aesthetic that references and reinvents the meaning of modern-classic style. The result is glamour without pretense, which has made the collection a long-standing favorite among notable celebrities, including Miranda Lambert, Hayden Panettiere, Heather Graham, and Olivia Wilde.
School of Fashion @ SCAD
As dean of the School of Fashion at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Michael Fink provides strategic direction and leadership for the fashion, fashion marketing and management, luxury and fashion management, and accessory design programs. His work touches more than 1,100 students and nearly 50 staff and faculty members across the university’s locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; Hong Kong; and Lacoste, France. Fink thrives on the constant flow of energy and ideas that students bring to class each day and enjoys guiding the next generation of fashion stars. Before coming to SCAD in 2009, he served as vice president, women’s fashion director, at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, where he led international fashion branding, vision and direction for more than 60 stores.
Prior to forming MODCo in 1996, Rotman’s professional experience ranged from Sony Music to Saatchi & Saatchi and RDA International, where she was a creative director to VH1 and Broadway Video, and had the opportunity to delve into writing and directing. It was during this tenure that Rotman found her niche working in fashion, beauty and entertainment. Often called upon to develop or update brand identities for New York’s uptown set, she and her MODCo team have launched or breathed new life into many upscale brands, including Tory Burch, Carolina Herrera, Circa, Theory, Nina Ricci, Thompson Hotels and Modern Bank, among them.
According to Rotman, MODCo’s key to success is developing cross platform approaches to branding and understanding how to create sustainability for their clients. Ask their long-standing clients, however, and they will tell you that it is MODCo’s unflagging devotion to meeting their needs and a genuine love of what they do. Now, with more than 19 years experience working in the fashion, beauty and cosmetic industries and numerous awards to her credit, Rotman has a thorough understanding of the unique sensitivities and issues involved in creating and maintaining a brand’s image.
Sunny Jenkins is Vice President of Global Public Relations at BCBGMAXAZRIA Group, LLC, overseeing earned media, editorial and celebrity relations worldwide. Sunny joined BCBG from Quiksilver, Inc., where she was interim head of Public Relations for Roxy. She advised the brand on all media engagement activity and strategic integrated marketing, building cohesion between public relations and social media, e-commerce and retail marketing. Sunny also consulted Quiksilver on the future development of the PR Department within their recent global restructure. Prior to Quiksilver, Sunny was a Vice President at Nike Communications, where she opened the Los Angeles office for the New York-based agency and oversaw all West Coast activity. Prior to Nike, she was a Managing Director at HL Group, where she began her PR career in 2004. At HL Group, Sunny worked across a wide spectrum of categories including fashion, accessories, jewelry, philanthropy, multi-channel retail and spirits. Over the years, she has focused efforts on media relations, strategic brand development and event management. Before working in Public Relations, Sunny was a special projects consultant at Mercer Oliver Wyman, a division of Mercer Management Consulting. She graduated with honors from St. Lawrence University.