Kim Naci Explains the Sunglass Mystique

Kim Naci gets framed!

Kim Naci gets framed!

IMG_8073On a recent Thursday night, my friend, stylist Kim Naci, and the editors of Marie Claire Magazine, hosted a sunglass shopping party at Solstice Sunglasses, as they unveiled their latest collection. Favorites like Marc Jacobs, Boss, Fendi, and Kate Spade, were the stars. Yet Kim believes that sunglasses are much more than a fashionable and stylish accessory; they are essential if we wish to reveal the person on the inside. Says Kim: “It’s the accessory that protects and provokes all at once! Sunglasses allow us to play a character while observing the world behind the safety of a dark lens. Feeling glamorous or just concealing a set of peepers that had too many martinis last night? Go bold with a pair of Dior Envol. Feeling frisky? Slip on a pair of Givenchy Cat Eyes. Reveal nothing yet speak volumes.

 

 

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How A Dress Goes From Runway to Red Carpet

Celebrity Stylist, Anita : via PopSugar

Celebrity Stylist, Anita Patrickson : courtesy Popsugar/Maya Albanese for Chevrolet Malibu

From the point where a designer comes up with the idea for a dress to the place where you see it on the red carpet is a huge journey, with so many steps.” ~ Celebrity stylist, Anita Patrickson

Here is a fun behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of Los Angeles celebrity stylist, Anita Patricksonvia Popsugar. “You’re creating a story for a snapshot moment,” says Patrickson, who herself, has her own story. Born on a farm in South Africa, the world of fashion styling was far from the one she knew. But she she grew up a stylist in the making, dreaming up outfits and fashion scenarios as a child. Patrickson eventually came to the United States via London. Not knowing anyone, she applied for a stylist assistant position in LA via Craig’s List – and the rest is history.

The first step of the journey to select the perfect outfit, begins with New York Fashion Week. That is where a celebrity stylist can review the designer collections, and make selections for her clients, before any one else even sets eyes on them. Patrickson views each celebrity body type individually, which is why she inspires such trust from her clients; celebrities like Hillary Duff, Chrissy Teigan, and Julianne Hough.

Once the celebrity decides on a look, alterations are done immediately to get the outfit “red carpet ready.”  On that big day, the celebrity walks the red carpet, the cameras flash, the look is revealed, and that is it. Afterward, the outfit is never seen again on the red carpet.

I often wonder what it is really like to be a celebrity stylist. I see now that many elements go into creating that one glimpse on the red carpet. Oh, but what a glimpse it is!

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Oscar Zoe!

Rachel Zoe, courtesy The Zoe Report

Rachel Zoe, courtesy The Zoe Report

My hope for the Oscars’ Red Carpet is that people bring it, that they’re not scared, that they take chances, they do something adventurous and not predictable, and just have a lot of fun.” ~ Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe speaks and I listen. Zoe, editor in chief of The Zoe Report, is speaking out about her predictions for the Oscars’ Red Carpet. The Oscars air this Sunday and Zoe is ever the fashion force. She calls out designer names Giambattista Valli, Armani Prive, Givenchy, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, and Dior.

Dressing major a-listers for Awards Season on her original show, The Rachel Zoe Project, was the first time I saw Rachel Zoe. At the time she was a well-known celebrity stylist from Los Angeles, and the show captured her day-to-day life; it was the first time I saw the inner-workings of a fashion stylist and I was hooked. And now years later, Zoe is the editor in chief of The Zoe Report, returning to her roots on The Red Carpet!

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Souk and The Heart of Styling

Optimized-Black Prada Bag-1Optimized-Vincecamutopump-1Souk is a force of nature. Stylist extraordinaire, this Chicago-native is hitting her stride in a big way: styling clients and working on many projects, including producing fashion shows to raise funds for non-profits and working on a book. She works and speaks from the heart in all of her work.  I met Souk a few months ago when she first appeared on TFIO; we caught up again to talk about the art of styling, or in Souk’s case, the heart of styling …

MKG: How long have you been styling? Was it a natural evolution for you?

SOUK: Technically, almost 8 years. But I have to say that I’ve been styling my whole life. My friends always asked me to shop and pick out outfits for them. Just this past weekend (at a dinner party), a good friend of mine was remembering how I styled her over 15 years ago and she felt lucky because she didn’t have to pay! At that time I was in the insurance industry and even before then, I knew I was meant to be in fashion. This friend couldn’t believe that a dress that I saw off the rack, that she didn’t think was cute, turned out to look so beautiful on her. Then another friend said,’I know, Souk, you picked out a dress for me online that I had never would have picked out for myself – and I fell in love with it!’ Hearing these recollections validated I was meant to be a stylist.

MKG: What have you learned about the effect of the right clothes on a woman?

SOUK: It is amazing – once you find the right clothes! When you put the right clothes on a woman and she feels great both physically and emotionally, that is the most important thing. How you feel about yourself on the inside will always be connected with how you look on the outside. People feel that energy about you. Continue reading

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Rachel Zoe Returns to TV

Photo credit: WENN

Photo credit: WENN

I first heard the name Rachel Zoe in 2008 when I watched a reality show on Bravo TV called The Rachel Zoe Project. I had never been inside the world of fashion and celebrity styling and I was hooked. Ms. Zoe was exquisitely talented and in her own words, I went ‘bananas’ for her. Today, Rachel Zoe, still a fashion guru, has expanded her business world as a distinguished stylist, editor and designer, and is the mother of two young sons. Now, after a two year hiatus it seems fitting that Rachel Zoe will be returning to television this fall. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Ms. Zoe will host a half-hour talk show on Lifetime called “Fashionably Late With Rachel Zoe.” The show, scheduled to air on September 24 will be set in Ms. Zoe’s Melrose Avenue headquarters. I am thrilled to see her on television again! You’re so maj, Rachel Zoe! xx.

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Souk, The Savvy Stylist!

Souk, wearing a sweater designed by her friend, and Nanette Lepore skirt

Souk   –  Photo Credit: Alyssa Palazzolo

In the heart of Chicago lives a 5’2″ dynamo named Souk. Don’t let her size fool you; Souk is not only a seasoned stylist (with her own personal lifestyle blog, Savvy Souk), and fashion show producer, but is also a source of tremendous inspiration to everyone she meets. With her nurturing and supportive spirit, you would never know that Souk lost her own mother when she was only five years old. Souk and I talked fashion and the importance of empowerment and mentorship …

MKG: In your blog you say, “You don’t have to be a model size to look fashionable.” At 5’2″ what is it that you would like petite women to know about dressing and their clothing choices.

SOUK:  Embrace your body! Find cuts, designs and designers that best flatter. I would love to fit into Theory, but it’s for tall skinny women! Do some research. Try on different brands that best FIT you!

MKG: Where do you like to shop?

SOUKI gravitate towards Nanette Lepore and Nicole Millermy go-to brands; they never cease to amaze me with their collections. You can also find them in the department stores. Continue reading

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Kim Naci’s LUSTY Adventure!

Kim Naci

Kim Naci

Meeting fashion therapist and stylist Kim Naci changed my life. She gave me (someone who has always loved what clothes can do for my sense of self) more confidence and understanding that I am worth the time and the effort to dress my best. Until I met Kim and had her clear out my closet and my mental cobwebs, I wasn’t treating myself the best that I could. It was her skill yes, but it was much more than that; it was Kim’s huge heart, warmth, and wit. I just wanted to hug her all the time! So last fall, when Kim told me that she was working on a secret television assignment, I knew it would be special. And it was. Kim has been working as the lead stylist on the TLC series with fashion expert, Stacy London: Love, Lust, or Run! (The show airs Friday nights at 9/8C). Yes, tune in tonight to see this heartwarming fashion ‘make-under’ experience. But in the meantime, here is Kim to tell us about the show from a bird’s-eye view …

MKG: How long have you known Stacy London?

KIM: Stacy and I met over 4 years ago during the launch of her {now defunct} agency Style For Hire. I was tapped by Stacy to execute a training workshop for the incoming stylists.

MKG: The moment you were told you would be the lead stylist of Stacy London’s new show, Love, Lust, or Run – what went through your mind?

KIM: Great question! Until then, my experience had been styling private clients and magazines, both digital and print. This was going to be my first foray into television which had been long-time goal. And what better way than to join my friend and colleague, Stacy London? Continue reading

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Stacy London is Back on TLC!

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Stacy London returns to TLC — Photo: Stephanie Diani/Discovery

Does the world see you as you see yourself?” ~ Stacy London, Love, Lust, or Run!

I have missed seeing Stacy London on TLC. In 2013, Stacy’s show, What Not To Wear, ended its 10-year run. But tonight Stacy London is back on TLC with the series premiere, Love, Lust, or Run! The new series is still fashion-focused but it will be more of a fashion make under! Viewers will be introduced to women in need of a dress down of their over-the-top looks as Stacy asks them to strip everything away to reveal their true selves. I sense inspiration will follow these transformations.

And there is more good news! My friend and fashion stylist, Kim Naci, is working on the show, as the lead stylist behind the scenes. This is too good to be true.

Tune in tonight at 9pm to watch Stacy London and Kim Naci work their magic!

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Rivka says, “I see every woman as a star!”

Rivka with her husband, Sam

Rivka with her husband, Sam

What I do is not about clothes.” ~ Rivka

Rivka Grubb has been blessed with really good eyes; eyes that see things that help women feel and be their best selves. Not simply a fashion stylist or a fashion consultant, Rivka is more like the vehicle that strips away the black coal, to reveal the “diamond” that is the woman underneath. Rivka told me that it all began when she was a young child growing up in Israel with a doll make-over! Here is Rivka

I was born in Israel and grew up there, until I moved to The United States when I was 13. My father was a furrier; my mother was a Paris-trained dress-maker and designer. They both worked from home. My father worked with fur pelts and my mother worked with people who had the money for custom dresses; she designed dresses for these women. From the time I could crawl around the floor, I was surrounded by pieces of fur, silk, brocade, ribbons, and buttons. As a young child, I had a doll. Not a fancy Barbie Doll, but a plain, Ruth Doll. With Ruth, I began to play with the fabrics in my house: I gave her a fur stole, a new dress, and accessories. My mother says that when I was four years old, and I brought her the new version of Ruth, I looked at her and asked, ‘Doesn’t this look better?’ And I have been doing this ever since! I guess you could say that it is in my DNA. It’s in me. I have both the knowledge and the God-given talent to see things and know how to translate them for others …

What women need to know is that they are attractive just as they are. They have more inner beauty than they realize and it is possible to go from good to better, to shine through beyond. When I work with a woman for the first time, I ask her to look in the mirror and start with what she likes about herself. Women are so disapproving of themselves and it is essential to identify with the good things, first. Only then, can she accomplish a higher level of confidence … Continue reading

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Doing a DoubleTake of Kelly Killoren Bensimon!

Kelly Killoren Bensimon with Marci Kessler, Owner of DoubleTake Consignment Boutiques

Kelly Killoren Bensimon with Marci Kessler, CEO, DoubleTake Consignment Boutique

Kelly's new book, perfume and candle

Kelly brought her new book and candles, “Baiser Rose,” for purchase

Celebrity stylist, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, came to DoubleTake Consignment Boutique in Short Hills, NJ, last night, to style fall fashions and share tips with customers. It was an evening of smiles, fashion fun, flare, and information. I, of course, remember Kelly from earlier seasons of The Real Housewives of New York, but meeting her in person at DoubleTake Consignment Boutique, a favorite fashion spot of mine, was a treasure treat and a match made in heaven. Ms. Bensimon stunned in a floral outfit and high heels (something she says she is never without!), but what became clear from the start was her warmth and her sincere interest in styling. As a stylist, she was confident and fearless, telling me it’s important to “have fun with fashion” and that “life is too short” to make fashion more than it is. Kelly gave me more fall fashion insights:

On fashion trends for fall, Kelly says: “florals, winter white, argyle, and A-line skirts are big. I like layering because it makes wearing clothes more fun. Henley’s are cool for kids, worn with chunky sweaters, plaid shirts, jeans and boots.” Continue reading

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