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Michelle Salem For Inspiration

There’s a thrill we get from discovering anything “new” or “fresh” relating to fashion. I’m not saying the things I find are so under the radar no one knows about them yet, but if they’re new to me, I feel inspired, and the first thing I want to do is tell all of you about it!  While some of you may already know of Michelle Salem, brand manager of Opening Ceremony, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I learned of her stylish existence and immediately felt cheated that no one had told me about her before.

One very aspiring scroll through her Instagram account left us with no other choice than to do a story dedicated to her creative and commutative sense of fashion, so of course we want to share.  As you can imagine, working for a company like Opening Ceremony opens your eyes and mind to a side of the fashion industry that’s particularly unique, exposing you to the discovery and freshness feeling of some of the newest brands, trends, and more. Michelle displays her breadth of knowledge quite well via personal style and the collaborations and launches she chooses to support on her own social accounts. Following Michelle will not only be gifting yourself with cool outfit ideas, but it will also keep you in the know on some of the coolest up-and-coming designers to watch, styles to try, and of course the items you should be shopping at Opening Ceremony.

We wanted to share a recent interview in the fashion world from our friends over at WWW Fashion. Who had the pleasure of getting to ask Michelle a few questions about her career, personal style, new brands, and more. From her creative go-to outfit formula to tips on how to develop your own personal style, it’s no secret that after hearing this interview with Michelle had us over-the-moon excited, a feeling most of you will likely share.

“One of my favorite collaborations! These are from the Opening Ceremony x Vans glitter drop, and they sold out within minutes. My best friend pictured felt very lucky that day.”

We hope you enjoy Michelle’s words of wisdom as much as we did.

You’re the brand manager at Opening Ceremony. Explain your job to someone who might not know anything about fashion.

“I wear a lot of hats at Opening Ceremony (which may be why my title sounds a little broad), but for the most part, I like to think of my role as three-pronged. Firstly I manage all of our events, then I lead on press/VIP communications, and I also chime on the creative for editorial shoots and content. One of the things I appreciate about being brand manager is that my tasks vary from day to day. My job is never boring!”

What is the most challenging part of your job? The most rewarding?

“The most challenging part is not being able to do everything we’d love to do. We get approached with so many opportunities, but it’s the team’s job to filter through what’s actually possible based on our calendar. There are only 12 months in a year! The most rewarding is personally bringing a new brand or artist into our family and watching them grow. I’ve been able to watch some DJs, photographers, and brands grow from something that started with something as simple as a DM. For example in January, a cartoon artist I really liked reached out to me on Instagram; she hadn’t ever worked with a fashion brand before. This month, we launched collaborative Valentine’s Day cards and embroidery options together. I always feel like a proud mom with projects like these.”

How did you initially get your start in the industry?

“I always knew I wanted to work in fashion, but I kind of let it fall into place. I went to business school for marketing, and during that time I interned for a PR firm, worked retail, and did the door at parties. The combination of it all meant I gained real experience at a really young age; it was sometimes a pain to work through the night after a long school week, but the connections I made paid off. When I graduated, I approached our VP of marketing at the time and explained what exactly I wanted to do and what I had to offer, and he agreed to let me help him. It was a risky move, but he took me under his wing, and I grew from there.”

Are there any new brands you’re excited about this year?

“That’s so tough because there are so many, so I’m going to speak selfishly here and stick to my current wish list. I’m excited for what Daisy has in store for this year; they’re amazing people, and I love every single piece they make. I’m also loving Poms for sunglasses. I just got a pair from its new season and could not have started wearing them any faster (couldn’t even wait til the snow melted). I think they have big things coming! I’ve also had my eye on Solarium Swim and definitely plan to get a suit before it’s warmer out; the tricky part will be choosing just one.”

Has working at Opening Ceremony changed or affected your style at all? If so, how?

“For sure—being surrounded by beautiful clothes all day definitely has an effect on you! Besides being pushed to look my best every day, I’ve also really developed an appreciation for new brands. OC is all about discovery, so while I still love Dior, it’s always exciting to pick up some pieces from a fresh brand in its first or second season.”

Speaking of style, can you describe your personal style to us?

“A cross between Charlotte York and Fran Drescher in The Nanny. Fran was a little more risk-taking, and I love that. She had Dior slips, sequin maxi dresses, vinyl Courrèges two-piece sets, heart-shaped wristlets, you name it. I feel like we could’ve shared wardrobes in another life.”

What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts to follow for fashion inspiration?

“Nothing inspires me than the ’90s supermodels and the shows and editorials that featured them. That said, some of my favorite accounts to follow are @naomicampbellonline, @thatbagisfake, and @virgomood.”

What’s one piece of advice you can give to our readers on really owning and developing their personal style?

“Avoid fast fashion and challenge yourself! Try finding small brands that make pieces you love, and if that’s out of your price range, go thrifting! I grew up in Miami, and on the weekends in high school, my mom would drive me to all of my favorite thrift stores—Goodwill, Savers, I did it all. I think the hunt and challenge made me pay more attention to details like fabrics, labels, fits. Not hating on high-street brands at all, but the joy of discovering the perfect piece for yourself after hours of searching will make you realize what you really love. This will also help you not fall for trends so easily. Did you really like that piece, or did you just buy it because it was $17.99 at H&M? You’re welcome!”

Do you have a go-to outfit formula?

“On a day to day, I don’t like to spend too much time getting ready, so a two-piece set is my go-to for looking like I put thought into my outfit (when really, it took me about two minutes to decide). I also have pieces that help me feel put together no matter what. For me, it’s about a pair vintage Guess jeans that fit like a glove, the right shoe, and a great bag.”

What’s one thing you’ve bought recently that you’re still freaking out over?

“The perfect vintage Versace dress! It’s mini, tweed, and about as close as I’ll ever get to looking like Claudia Schiffer during the Gianni era.”

Which spring 2018 trends are you looking forward to wearing most?

“I think the cowboy trend is something we’re going to see a lot more of in spring 2018, and I’m all for it. I have a pair of red boots with Western harness detailing that are crying to be worn. Also, bring on the pastels. I love wearing bright happy colors to pick up my mood, especially when it’s still 20 degrees out. Of course, the monogram trend isn’t going anywhere either, and luckily I’ve been collecting monogrammed pieces for years now (my bank account is thanking me for once!).”

We hope you enjoyed this interview as much as we did.

What are your thoughts on Michelle? Let us know in the comments below!

Xx, B

Seven Winter Coat Trends to Try Under $300

It’s obvious that autumn is finally here, even though this So Cal weather might not project the crisp fall atmosphere. The autumn reveals one important element for the stylish, … layers! We took a look at the most popular jacket trends from the Fall 2015 runways, like graphic coats & fur -trimmed leather to create some budget-friendly options that give you the designer look. Of course, after looking stylish for the season, you will also have some extra money to spend on those dreamy fall boots you love.

HITCHOCK HERIONE

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Zara cape, $189,

SHEAR GENIUS

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Mango coat, $120, mango.com

THE CAT’S MEOW

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Topshop coat, $170, topshop.com

BIKER BABE

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Joe Fresh Jacket, $129, joefresh.com

DONE AND DUSTED

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The Fifth New Moon Coat, $142, pixiemarket.com

GRAPHIC IMPACT

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H&M Coat, $89, hm.com

MAD FOR PLAID

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Gap Coat, $158, gap.com

 

 

 

 

Artsy Fashion

Is this the hottest look in Brazil?

It combines art and style in a way that’s reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s POP ART and the trend is only going to get bigger. Legendary Sao Paolo fashion consultant and journalist Paula Martins reports.

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Fashion and art come together in a tight bond to create a trend that has taken over the streets and runways of the Brazilian fashion universe.

Season by season, fashion movements hardly ever happen in an isolated way. Music, art and any manifestation of daily life come as inspiration for stylists who gather from these sources to create their collections. It was in the late 1960’s, with Andy Warhol’s POP ART that this had its timely start.

The massification of art allowed for the participation of fashion, making a success of this partnership that has been appearing in both national and international fashion weeks, and which now has become relevant to an ever-growing market in Brazil.

The question is: how to adapt all this information and create clothes that inspire desire and will become trends here? That’s where every brand’s talent must understand and know – without any doubt – who their customer is, to choose which artistic characteristics will work for them.

Nowadays, the term “ARTSY” synthesizes well this partnership of art and fashion. Differently from previous approaches, now art presents itself in a literal, unrestricted, inhibited way. Prints and colors possess urban characteristics and contemporary shapes, not only in conceptual fashion, but also in casual looks for daily life.

The Brazilian cultural scene is considered fruitful in this new market. The costumes from each region and state enable brands to take advantage of local talents, showing the world Brazilian daily life through clothes.

The return to our origins, going after specific characteristics – such as the handiwork of the “rendeiras”, lace makers from the city of Fortaleza, in the State of Ceará, or such as the street art of São Paulo’s graffiti artists – solidifies the identity of Brazilian fashion, rousing the interest of national brands in their own country. Imagine this scene propagated throughout 26 states, in which each has its own talents, creating artistic material unrestrictedly, just by exercising their creativity.

Simultaneously we also have the Brazilian market recognising these works and desiring to consume national art through clothes. Men and women have grasped the need of not only following international trends, but of having in their own image an identity which can be recognized as personal and untransferable.

All that aligned to a contemporary outlook that could even be exported to other countries. Production chains like weaving and manufacturing benefit from this new era and see in a positive light this union of fashion and art in Brazil.

Sweet Sweet Summertime

We create some perfect summer outfits for our perfect fashionistas.

Perfect Summer Outfits

 

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We came up with some perfect summertime outfits for you this year!

It is important to embrace style categories that can be cohesive with everyones favorite class “CASUAL.” Each outfit details a particular category of style in the fashion industry as follows: formal, edgy, street, and corporate. It is not everyday that we get to incorporate the word casual into “Business Attire” or “Edgy” but why not? What holds us fashionista’s back from becoming inspired to create a mix of our own interpretation of these categories. We do not always need to follow the rules of fashion, we can make our own. This is what being a creative is all about in our industry, so mix it up sometimes!

Through accents of bright colors, with a base of monotones & neutrals these outfits are perfect for any summer occasion. Whether you are attending a business lunch at the rooftop of the Ace Hotel in the strong summer heat, or on your way to style a photoshoot in Downtown Los Angeles; these are some perfect combinations of staying cool & maintaining your young professional look.

Street Casual Look by Creative Fashion Blogger, Julie Sariñana embraces a non-traditional take on denim overalls combined with a rough light-denim-washed cut off to provide a perfect balance of light and dark monotone denim. She uses accents of velvet red sandals to pop & and grab your attention. These characteristics play perfectly with her neutral clutch and jewelry accessories to give a subtle emphasize a subtle flow of colors.

Corporate Causal is an amazing option for a busy business fashionista in the hear. This cobalt suit from Via Delle Perle is one of our favorites! It’s a suit and it’s a suit with shorts. So far, thats three out of three! Lately here at Find Fashion we have developed a soft spot for something I like to call midi shorts. Midi shorts are definitely longer than Coachella-style barely there mini shorts but not quite as long as Culottes. Basically a happy medium and a perfect option for pretty much any occasion, especially in the heat. Having realized the full potential of midi shorts, I suddenly felt a void since none yet found their way into my closet! To fill the void, the scoured the web in hopes of finding a perfect pair, but instead found a perfect suit!

Formal Casual worn by Annabelle Fleur is a flawless combination of class and casual. This look seamlessly brings together a simple classic plaid mid top with a beautiful bright pink knee high skirt. Not only does this look have the perfect balance of bright & neutral colors, it also has a lovely balance of symmetric circular waves and crisp square shapes. To top it off, Fleur finishes the look with gold accents in her accessories such as: clutch, jewelry, and heels. This outfit can be worn to a classy business dinner, or to a casual brunch date.

Edgy Casual is one of my absolutely favorites. This outfit is edgy in all of the right places, such as the rockin’ neon yellow mid cut blazer with rolled sleeves! What a great way to embrace summer with yellow accents, and how difficult can it be to come up with a way to wear this bright of yellow? Not a problem with this style! The look is finished with a pastel loose cut blue top, and wool gray mini skirt. Who would have thought all of those items would look so good together? Straight angles and square shapes give this look the perfect edge and ranges of length to make everything flow cohesively. To finish this look flawless are the Adidas Original Superstar Foundation Leather sneakers that bring the casual to edge. We want to wear this outfit every day of the week!

Which of our summer looks is your favorite? What are some of your favorite summertime styles & trends?

Leave us a comment below with your interpretation of the perfect summertime outfits!

 

Favorite Fall Trends: A Mid-Season Look

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Robe Coats & Sweaters

Inspired by the classic house robe, the robe coat is usually mid length, ties around the waist, and has an oversized slouchy silhouette. Designers such as Chloe, Richard Chai, and Altuzarra included robe outerwear in their Fall 2014 collections ranging anywhere from thick knits to soft suedes. This ultra comfortable and cozy piece is perfect for layering in the colder months of fall and winter.

60’s Style (Mod)

            The 60’s era is making a major comeback this fall. Anything from mini skirts, knee high boots, high necklines, and big hair, this mod trend is everywhere. Mui Mui, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci all incorporated the 60’s in their Fall 2014 collections with fun patterns, bright colors, and of course the classic mini A-line dress. This silhouette is perfect over leggings or tights, paired with a mid length coat and a bright lip color.

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Fair Isle Print/Pattern

            This popular print is the ultimate fall and winter must have. Seen on chunky sweaters, leggings, hats, scarves and everything in between; Fair Isle happily reminds us of the holidays. Included in designer collections such as Tommy Hilfiger, Rag & Bone, and Burberry, we are left day-dreaming of ski resorts, and log cabins.

Oversized Turtlenecks

            The last time turtlenecks were this popular was back in the 90’s and boy have they made a comeback. Especially popular in thick chunky sweaters; oversized turtlenecks eliminate the need for scarves or even sometimes outerwear in general. They add texture, warmth, and sophistication to a classic fall look, so be sure to check out Helmut Lang, Joie, and Phillip Lim for some of our favorites.

Sneakers

            The sneakers trend has to be the biggest trend this fall. Extremely popular with fashion bloggers, and high-end designers, the sneaker blends comfort and style in a perfectly chic way. Anything from bright statement sneaks to sleek neutrals with metal hardware; the sneaker trend has realism making a major comeback. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Chanel and Edun are just a few of the major designers having some fun with this 2014 trend.

Have fun with your fall fashion!

Jen 🙂