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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

Barbie’s New Body

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We are so excited to share the news about Barbie’s new body image. We at Find Fashion believe that all girls growing up should be able to look at themselves with confidence and believe that they are just as beautiful as anyone else. Barbie is finally on board with setting young girl’s body images on a positive path with her new body shapes. For the first time in history Barbie now is available in four body types: (petite, tall, curvy, and wasp-waist original), seven skin tones, and twenty-four hairstyles including Afros and a Sapphire-blue tone. The doll also provides 180 different career options for the beauty herself. Time reports that 92 per cent of girls aged three to twelve have owned a Barbie, but that sales dropped twenty percent from 2012 to 2014.

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Evelyn Mazzocco, a mother of three girls, was brought in as head of the Barbie brand in 2014 and immediately set to work looking at the doll’s image issues. Mazzocco stated, “I wanted to remind myself every time I came to work about the reality of what is going on with the brand,” she told Time. Barbie will wear less make-up going forward, and now boasts articulated ankles so that she can wear both flats and heels. Of course a testing process was required to expose the dolls to the most important audience of all – children. “The adult leaves the room and they undress the curvy Barbie and snicker a little bit,” said Tania Missad, who runs the research team for Mattel’s girls portfolio. “For me, it’s these moments where it just really sets in how important it is we do this. Over time I would love it if a girl wouldn’t snicker and just think of it as another beautiful doll.” Of course overtime that hope will become a reality, however the process will remain slow. After generations of setting young ladies to a specific standard, creating a variety of standards now with Barbie will be a process. It is so important to set a positive images for young girls these days, with technology at the pace it is, more and more young girls are susceptible to body images issues, eating disorders, and low self-esteem at a younger age than ever before. We here at Find Fashion are proud that Barbie’s is taking the first step in the right direction to change this social problem, and for that we tip our hats to you Barbie!

Xx, B

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!

 

Pari Ehsan: Fusion of Art and Fashion

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 10.35.02 AMPari Ehsan is the woman behind Pari Dust, a blog and Instagram account. Pari conceptualizes  striking images that more than 150,000 people look for on their Instagram feed each day. Pari started off working at a design firm as an interior designer living in Los Angeles. And, recently nominated for the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Fashion Instagrammer of the Year Award.

One day after taking a picture of herself, Pari noticed the coat she was wearing matched the artwork she was standing in front of. This is where the idea for Pari Dust began. Pari searches for pieces of artwork or architectural spaces that she loves and are inspired by; then styles an outfit of high fashion clothing that compliments. In combining the two she creates beautiful minimalistic photographs, which are shot by her boyfriend, Jason, or photographer, Tyler.

The oeuvres come first. Every 
Saturday, Pari ventures out to 
hunt down her inspirations for the week. Starting in Chinatown where her apartment is, her giant closet is decorated by a collection of art. Pari then makes her way to Chelsea and ends in Upper Manhattan. When Pari comes across something that catches her eye, more often than not, instinctively she thinks of the perfect outfit to assemble. Now that Pari has become renowned, designers are always ready and willing to lend new pieces to Pari.  

Pari has expressed in several interviews that the combination of art, fashion and architecture was a natural choice for her. Combining the creative with the technical. Pari’s blog and Instagram are an avenue to share work from many artists and express her view on relationships between different art medias.

Images are from paridust.com