Thursday, October 14, 2010

Style Maven Series: Janie Bryant

Janie Bryant is the brilliant costume designer and stylist behind the AMC TV hit series "Mad Men". Her road to becoming a style maven started in her hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee where she was born Katherine Jane Bryant. Her love for fashion design was visable at an early age and nurtured at Georgia State University where she studied art and then at the American College of the Applied Arts where she continued to build upon her love of fashion design. Following graduation she moved to Paris and then to New York, where she worked along side fashion designer John Scher. A move to the west coast was next for her and ironically a project sent her back to NYC to work on a television series "Big Apple". The creator of "Big Apple" collaborated with Janie again with his HBO series "Deadwood" She took home an Emmy award in 2005 for her work on the series.

She is the winner of several Costume designers guild awards for outstanding design for a period/fantasy TV series (2008/2009) as well as a multiple Emmy nominee for "Mad Men", which is just approaching the end of it's 4th successful season.



She is a creative force not only in costumes for television but she also has recently designed and launched a line of clothing, accessories and nail polish on QVC.

Her collection is called MOD made it's debut September 29, 2010 with 20 pieces of outerwear, sweaters, pants, and skirts, and about 10-15 pieces of costume jewelry, priced from $26 to $138. The 50s and 60s-esque line features faux-fur jackets, capelets, and hats, reversible satin swing coats, brocade boleros, pencil skirts, skinny pants and colorful crystal pendants and pins. not to mention bags, faux fur trimmed sweaters and vests.

Janie talks about her QVC Line:

She teamed up with Nailtini to create 4 colors of polish for fall all inspired by the fabrics used in her reto-glam "Mad Men" creations. You can snag this luxe polish for $14 @, Duane Reade & CVS.

Started your Christmas shopping yet? top of my list for my winter reads is Bryant's new book: "The Fashion File" YES ~ she is also an author!!! The book is about inspiring women to find their own style. BUY IT

Janie has certainly inspired me on all creative levels, how about you?? I had a chance to ask Janie my Style Maven questions:

LISAG: Can you describe your personal Style aesthetic AND attitude about fashion?

JANIE: my personal style is rooted in the classics with little hints of
rock-n-roll and romanticism.I love to play with vintage pieces and be influenced by different decades. I love fashion. I love to experiment with clothing and play dress-up a lot to get new ideas and be inspired

LISAG: What are the key components / pieces in your closet?

JANIE: *a great leather jacket, a few leather jackets actually, different colors
*my favorite knee high boots
*my favorite Valentino patent leather beige pumps
*skinny jeans
*black leggings
*a big bag for working
*lots of accessories

LISAG: How do you feel about Vintage Clothing and Accessories?

JANIE: I love vintage clothing and accessories! I'm always inspired and learn
from the details of vintage. The way garments were constructed, the usage of colors, prints, design, etc. and with accessories too.

LISAG: What are your favorite Vintage pieces (Clothing and/or Accessories)? Do you only wear designer vintage?

JANIE: favorite vintage pieces: *silk printed 1960's jumpsuit with matching
lace trimmed jacket
*fur muff collection from all different decades
*1970's pave diamond drop earrings *1980's seafoam green cocktail dress with back bustle.
*1950's hand painted handbag

Sometimes I wear designer vintage but I'm attracted to great design and beauty and that doesn't necessarily mean designer to me. You can find amazing vintage pieces made by house wives. It's more about the piece that catches my eye rather than the designer.

LISAG: What are you wearing this fall/winter? Tell our readers the key elements for your Fall/Winter wardrobe.

JANIE: Janie Bryant MOD faux fur capelet in snow lynx, black platform booties
+ heel, heels, and heels, pleated black leather mini skirt, black leggings with zippers and Janie Bryant MOD champagne faux fur car coat.

Have a look at some of Janies own Style Maven moments ... (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE)

With Christina Hendricks

With January Jones



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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Style Maven Series: Eileen Davidson

Many of us know and love Eileen for her long standing role on The Young and the Restless as chemist and cosmetic business power player Ashley Abbott. We get our daily dose of this Genoa city style maven on CBS, well at least I do. I have watched her daily trials and tribulations since I was in high school. I love how my 65yr old father calls Y&R "his story" and no one can interrupt or talk when "his story" is on! Ashley and the Genoa city crew are serious business around my parents home and also now in mine (DVR Status). Y&R is seen in many countries including France the birthplace of fashion. Did you know that in France Young and the Restless is called “Les feux de l’amour” (The Fires of Love).

Ashley & Jack (Y&R CLIP)

Eileen is not only a brilliant actor, playing many other roles other than Ashley over her career but she is also a mother (1 son and 2 step-sons),

wife and AUTHOR. She is the author of 3 successful novels; Death in Daytime, Dial Emmy for Murder and her most recent release Diva Las Vegas. She recently tweeted that her 4th book will be entitled: "Swingin' in the Rain" she's currently working on it.

Any multi-tasking, hard working, creative mother inspires me. She is a Style Maven who is not only beautiful but hard working, creative, intelligent and she loves her vintage clothes! a girl after my own heart. We can all only aspire to look as bright, fit and flawless when we are 50+ and FABULOUS! BRAVO Eileen, you are an inspiration to us ALL.

I have an opportunity to do a twitterview (an interview VIA twitter) with Eileen:

LISAG: Can you describe your personal Style aesthetic and attitude about fashion?

EILEEN: My personal style is all over the place. I love classic and contemporary, feminine and menswear.I dress according to my mood.

LISAG: What are the key components / pieces in your closet?

EILEEN: Wrap dresses. I love them & have many. Casual.. dressy I wear them with boots, flats and heels, to the beach or a premiere.

LISAG: How do you feel about Vintage Clothing and Accessories?

EILEEN: LOVE LOVE LOVE VINTAGE! I've been wearing vintage clothes since I was a teen & have gorgeous dresses, blouses, hats & shoes.

LISAG: What are your favorite Vintage pieces (Clothing and/or Accessories)? Do you only wear designer vintage?

EILEEN: I wear any vintage that's beautiful and/or interesting.Last June in London I got a fabulous 60's cocktail dress.TO DIE FOR!

LISAG: What are you wearing this fall? Tell our readers the key elements for your Fall/Winter wardrobe.

EILEEN: This fall I'm all about sweaters and sweater dresses. Thigh high boots, tights and booties. Some menswear thrown in for fun.

She also said, "I'm not that Facebook or Twitter savvy. I hope this does the trick for you!"

I say, you don't need to be FB or twitter savvy honey when you are STYLE SAVVY!






VINTAGE MILITARY LONG WOOL VEST (styled w high boots for fall 2010)