Renessta Olds: Life of a Celebrity Stylist

Renessta Olds

Renessta Olds

Renessta Olds, fashion editor and celebrity stylist, has a remarkable story. The fact that she has been a personal shopper for 18 years and a stylist for seven of those years, is only part of it. Because this woman is also in the process of obtaining her Master’s Degree and has visions for herself and her future. Renessta grew up in Brooklyn with strong southern ties. In fact, that is where her love of fashion and her story began …

Renessta: I always loved fashion. I grew up in the 80s, in the South, and in church; my grandfather was a minister and my uncles were preachers. At that time, southern women who went to church were very lady-like. They always came to church wearing a dress, with a hat and pearls, and a quality handbag. These were the first women who made an impression on me, and I loved it. In addition, my mother would sew; she would make my sister and me matching outfits from McCall’s patterns and fabrics that she purchased at Woolworth’s. Continue reading

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New York Fashion Week Will “Salute the Runway”

Photo courtesy of Salute the Runway

Photo courtesy of Salute the Runway

About the power of clothes: New York Fashion Week is getting patriotic. On September 3rd, to kick off New York Fashion Week, fifteen military service women, both veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, will participate in a fashion show, during an event titled Salute the Runway. They will be wearing variations of the little black dress, ranging in sizes from 2-12, and designed by DKNY, Calvin Klein, Carmen Marc Valvo, Norisol Ferrari, and Mara Hoffman.

Similar fashion shows, sponsored by Little Black Dress Wines and Fatigues to Fabulous, have been taking place at military bases throughout the U.S., aiming to raise awareness of the difficulties military servicewomen face as they transition back to civilian life. Retired Army captain, Leslie Nicole Smith, who will also be walking in the show, says:  “We are able to raise awareness of the issues surrounding women veteran reintegration, acknowledge their heroic service, and highlight the versatility of the little black dress and how this wardrobe staple can help women veterans’ transition from military service.”

Ah, the power of clothes!

 

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