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The Man Repeller Opens Her Closet (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 5:03 PM

Hear, hear for parents who think for themselves and encourage their kids to do the same. Leandra’s mom comes from a tight-knit Persian community that doesn’t marry out, yet she did anyway to Leandra’s father, who’s Turkish. It isn’t easy to come from a culture of arranged marriages and break...

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Zandile Blay, Ghanaian Native, Was The First Fashion Writer In A Family Of Political Journalists

(18) Comments | Posted March 27, 2011 | 1:11 PM

"I must admit, I am kind of tacky. I am kind of like a Vegas show girl," Zandile Blay said during our interview, but it couldn't be farther from the truth. Her penetrating beauty and intelligence can pull off anything from a burgundy mohair bolero to a college sweatshirt. To...

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Stef Van Der Laan, Dutch Model, Is Inspired By Disney Characters And Her Grandmother (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(7) Comments | Posted March 19, 2011 | 8:54 AM

Stef Van Der Laan, IMG model, says that when she puts on something happy, she is happy. It's hard not to smile when you see her tutu from the H&M children's department juxtaposed against an army parka and white "cloggy" wedge sandals, or in her knee socks with a thrifted...

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Hannah Marshall, A London Designer, Brings Back Power Dressing (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(62) Comments | Posted March 12, 2011 | 7:46 AM

Hannah has a quiet strength that is conveyed in her love of all black ("black demands respect") and the powerful shapes that define her as a forceful visionary. The blazers, often with herculean shoulders, the ring (a collaboration with Hannah Martin), that could pass as a weapon, the bionic Raphael...

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Artist Olek Crochets Everything From Bicycles To Toilet Bowls (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(8) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 7:21 AM

As tough as it is, adversity can be such a gift. Olek grew up in socialist Poland and she describes it as cold, gray, industrial and full of coal mines. If you were sent anything valuable it was taken away, she recalls, and so her uncle sent her family colorful...

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What Goes Around Comes Around Co-Founder & His Girlfriend Share Love For Vintage And Each Other (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted February 19, 2011 | 10:00 AM

As a fashion stylist for more than two decades, there were a few stops along the way where any feeling that I was working melted away, even in the midst of pulling clothes and accessories. At the tippy top of that list is the What Goes Around Comes Around warehouse...

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Nary Manivong, Formerly Homeless Fashion Designer Opens Closet, Discusses Gang Past (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 7:42 AM

Having grown up in a gang in the 'hood of Columbus, Ohio wearing do-rags and XXXL tees to becoming an NYC fashion designer in a shawl collar vintage cardigan and dove gray Toms, Nary says that he really hasn't changed that much as a person -- he is as real...

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Duckie Brown Designers Question Steve McQueen's Masculinity: "He Beat Up His Wife" (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(307) Comments | Posted February 5, 2011 | 12:01 PM

"Everyone who feels out of the box moves to New York City," Daniel Silver says. But, "there isn't a love for fantasy in fashion there. Whereas, in Paris, there is a history of celebrating the artistic and creative." And so the tiresome quest to fit in among the innovative endures,...

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Andrea Linett Still Wears A Sweater From Sassy's Kurt Cobain Cover (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2011 | 9:51 AM

One of Andrea's "claims to fame" is that she styled the infamous Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love cover of Sassy magazine. It is so indicative of Andrea's committment to heartfelt connections that she chose the same sweater that Kurt wore for that shoot [see Andrea wearing it below],...

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Jeffrey Williams, Winner Of 'The Fashion Show,' Shows The Contents Of His Closet (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(24) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 1:35 PM

Jeffrey Williams, winner of Bravo's "The Fashion Show," confided in me that he has become numb to people staring at him when he walks down the street. He is so captivating and free in his self-expression, that you can't help but feel magnetized towards him. Jeffrey turns everything and anything...

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Model Mey Bun Lives In Her Flannels And Simple Tees (PHOTOS, POLL)

(22) Comments | Posted January 22, 2011 | 7:43 AM

Whether bald or wearing flannels with a bandana everyday, "less is more" is an art - Joan and Melissa Rivers, are you listening?

Mey was discovered by her modeling agency at the age of nineteen while marching in the Gay Pride Parade with a shaved head....

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Sybil Buck, Model Turned Musician, Shows Her Home In Topanga Canyon (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(10) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 7:26 AM

When I shot Lindsay Jones for SLU, despite being taken by her Guinevere locks and Mormon-meets-bohemian aesthetic, I couldn't help but be overwhelmed with curiosity over who designed the 5,000-square-foot Neverland-like loft that Lindsay lives in. It was as much an expression of her imagination as her wardrobe. The...

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Nina Stotler Is Modern And Minimal (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2011 | 1:08 PM

When I do these interviews, I have found myself just as interested, if not more so, with what informs our muses as I am with what they're wearing. For example, it's not a coincidence that Nina loves minimal color, clean silhouettes and photography with spare landscapes, and, as a result,...

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Alia Penner Wants To Paint The Entire World A Rainbow (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(11) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 7:30 AM

Perched like a parrot in the Pasadena Hills house that she barely leaves, barefoot in Madeleine and birthday cake dresses, Alia is establishing her vision of turning everything white or beige into technicolor. She cites the little boy in Frank L. Baum's Wizard of Oz series as inspiration for the...

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Fashion Junkie Jake Oliver Was A Jock In High School (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(7) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 7:20 AM

"I'm definitely cooler in my head than I think I am in real life," says Jake, but no - he is as cool as it gets. A jock in high school with a passion for fashion magazines, Jake hot-glued bandannas into the bells of his jeans and tied his grandfather's...

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Lauren Ezersky Explains Her Style: 'I Don't Bullsh*t' (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(11) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 6:56 AM

Could somebody please take a stand towards the return of connoisseurship to fashion by bringing back Lauren's "Behind the Velvet Ropes" and immediately rid us of the intolerable inanity of Joan Rivers and Guiliana Rancic on "The Fashion Police"?

It's time to raise the bar and bring back soul...

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Mitch Alfus, 'The King Of Leather,' Shares His Closet (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2010 | 11:07 PM

As I was revisiting Mitch's interview, I found myself melting over the story of his days in college, working to win over "the most beautiful girl in the world." With the money that he made selling African beads on campus, Mitch rented a gold lame jumpsuit and red leather three...

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Hat Designer Not Afraid To Mix Retro Frames With An African Cap (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted December 26, 2010 | 3:15 AM

In true Gemini form, Christopher is as serious as he is lighthearted, always needing to stand out from the crowd visually, but tastefully. On the one hand, he is calm, collected and classic, in his gold, silk Brooks Brothers suspenders, high-waisted khakis and spectacles. On the other hand, he is...

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Natalie Kates, Director Of Q Models, Says That Style Is Her Prozac (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(5) Comments | Posted December 24, 2010 | 3:45 AM

Natalie says that style is her Prozac and that nuances speak volumes on an individual's behalf. The distinction of her giant gold cuff with spikes and gems, a necklace with molded silver lips and hanging agate stones or a YSL three-piece smoking suit also gives me the best kind of...

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StyleLikeU And The One-Dress Project Join Forces Against Child Marriage (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 2:37 PM

StyleLikeU presents a new fashion editorial celebrating the One Dress Project. ODP is a charity that benefits international humanitarian organizations working to prevent the sale of young women across the globe into marriage slavery, a fate that befalls an estimated 60 million girls. SLU worked closely...

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