June 28, 2015

Anthropologie x WHIT Two Event

ast week, Anthropologie reached out to me to cover their event at Fashion Square Mall introducing Arizona native, fashion designer Whitney Pozgay and her latest exclusive Anthropology collection.  Arriving at the event, guests were welcomed with warm hellos, tasty champaign with strawberries, and delicious treats including macaroons, cake-pops, and mini cupcakes.  WHIT Two designs were on display and, I must say, the patterns and silhouettes are lovely!  The woman of the hour was rocking one of her new pieces while greeting fans, taking pictures, and answering questions.  When I was introduced, we jumped right into discussing her inspiration, fashion journey, and advice for aspiring designers!

Shelly (S):  What was your inspiration behind this collection for Anthropologie?
Whitney (W): I was looking at old 1960s Tiki culture and bar cloths.  There was a wave of these Tiki restaurants and bars that opened up in the sixties, one of which was here in the valley called Trader Vic's which my mom would take us to when we were really little before it closed.  I remember being obsessed with all the Hawaiian prints and bar cloths and the fun little things coming in the drinks. 

S:  I can definitely see the Hawaiian prints and ‘60s influences.  I love it!  What is your favorite piece and why?  
W:  This green dress here that is a little trapeze in shape.  This is one of my favorites based on an actual vintage fabric. We had it refitted in a cotton sateen. It has a cute open back with a little bar across.  I think the over-sized print is really fun and the shape is kind of a trapeze, very ‘60s shift.  It is on the shorter side so you aren’t wearing a tent.

S:  May I ask how tall are you since you are into the petite designs?
W:  Sure!  I am 5’4” and ½.  Anthropologie’s petite measurements actually start at 5’4”. In the jumpsuits and skirts, I prefer the petite. 

S:  What are your styling tips for petite women?
Photos to the right from anthropologie.com
W:  I actually think there used to be a lot of rules for petite women, like you shouldn’t wear print, you shouldn’t wear cropped things, that they should either be really short or the length to elongate you.  But I think as long as the proportions are right, you can do it.  I think the challenge is that most of  the things that are supposed to hit taller women at their ankle don’t hit petite women at their ankle.  This midi dress is nice, actually fitting on your frame where it should and having mid torsos adjusted; the hip lengths are adjusted.  This little skirt hits more ankle length and I actually think it’s quite flattering.  So it gives you a chance that even though you are petite, your ankles are still very beautiful.  For this one, this length is a little lower, which usually people shy away from with petites, but, because it’s a slimmer fit, it can be flattering and show off a sexy part of a woman’s leg regardless of what height you are.

S:  As a petite girl myself, I thank you.  haha  What did you study and where?  
W:  I originally went to University of Texas in Austin as a theater major, and I studied costume design. I was always in the creative fields but I had a hard time finding my focus. So as a college person, I was  like I’m gonna be an actress and a fashion designer and a painter. When I moved up, I was interning in fashions during the summers and fell in love with costume design. When I moved to New York, I started working as a receptionist for Kate Spade, and then at night I would take classes at Parsons and FIT to bridge the gap between costume and fashion.  A lot of the training is the same but not the practical application of sizing, spec’ing, and things like that.  

S:  If I’m correct, you are related to Kate Spade? 
W:  Yes, I am.  So, I had been interning there and I started working reception there out of school. Actually, I wasn’t planning on staying, but I fell in love with their company culture.  It was such a nice community of people that worked there when I was there.  So I stayed for awhile, then I went to go design for Steven Alan.  The good thing was that Kate was kind of colorful and print driven and a little vintagy, which I loved, but I also really loved that tomboy, downtown aesthetic which Steven had.  My aesthetic falls in the middle.  So, it was nice to kind of mess with both worlds and find where I lived in the middle.  

S:  What would be your advice for future or aspiring designers?
W:  I do think school is important.  A lot of young students who are studying fashion are excited about the idea of fashion but not necessarily the construction.  I have mentored a lot of students who don’t love their draping and patternmaking classes, because they are like when I’m a designer I will hire a seamstress.  But it’s so important to know that stuff even if you are going to have someone else do it later.  You have to know how a sleeve cap works and why something is tight; it’s really important to know.  I also think just always be sketching.  I think one of the things a lot of kids get scared about coming out of school is I’m going to get a job at a place that is not my aesthetic and I’m going to be locked in.  But all experience is good experience. As long as you're still sketching and being inspired yourself and pulling together ideas regardless of where you’re working or what your job is or what you’re learning in school or whether or not it’s your passion, always be garnering those ideas because one day you will find a home for them, and you’ll have this pool of all these things you’ve developed over the years.

S:  I’ve looked into going to Parsons as well as FIT.  Which is your favorite design school?
W:  I like both.  I did Parsons and FIT for night school, and they were both great experiences.  I think just being in the city there is so much art and fashion and dance.  It’s such a cultural mecca in New York;  you can tap into all of that while you’re learning design which is amazing.  So whether you’re doing FIT or Parsons, you will have an excellent experience.  

iPhone photo I snapped right before all the glasses quickly disappeared haha

Regan and I were photographed by azcentral.com while at the launch party and are featured on their website here

Big thank you to Regan Norton (of Regan's Camera) for joining me and photographing the event! ♡


June 21, 2015

My Style: Nature of Nevada

orthern Nevada is full of beautiful surprises from expansive vistas with magnificent sunsets to running streams sheltered by quaking aspens.  I am enjoying my Father's Day weekend adventure to visit my grandparents, appreciating not only the nature around me but also my grandmother's Native American jewelry collection.  My family has been collecting exquisite Navajo and Zuni jewelry since the 1940s.  Today, I chose to wear a silver and turquoise ring and squash blossom necklace.  I love layering necklaces so I added a shorter silver, tiered necklace. I selected the jewelry to wear with my gorgeous Bali Summer Embroidered Maxi Dress by Chicwish.  The dress has delicate grey embroidery, a deep V-shaped neckline, bell sleeves, and a high-low hemline, all adding to its beauty. Of course, I added my round sunnies, a wide-brimmed hat, and buckle strapped booties.

Now, I have to tell you some of the funny, behind-the-scene stories that occur for bloggers.  I know many of you might think that blogging is easy and done with a few quickly snapped photos.  Au contraire!  In the photo where I'm standing in a golden field with blue sagebrush behind me, we were chased off by an angry bull--we literally had to run to the truck and high tail it out of there.  The photo where I'm standing in water took about 30 tries to get just the right lighting and background, meanwhile my feet went completely numb in the ice water--I had to be helped out of the stream because I couldn't feel my feet.  Thus, I want to let you know that I care so much to bring you quality photos with a variety of settings for your viewing pleasure.  You are worth it :)  Xoxo, Shelly

Necklaces & rings are Vintage

June 17, 2015

My Style: Ravishing Retro

ose printed organza was used to make the most beautiful, retro styled dress in this little dream creation by Chicwish.  The sheer material is gorgeous with lining from the chest through the skirt, with every detail made with quality.  For the styling, I added two of my favorite accessories:  round sunglasses and black booties.  Because of the floppy-bow collar, I chose not to wear a necklace but did select some pretty rings.  Lastly, I chose a classy purse that went well with the retro feel of the dress.  Hope you like this outfit as much as I do :)  Xoxo, Shelly


June 14, 2015

My Style: White on White

s most of us know, many retail fashion trends come directly from the couture runways!  New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 showed many of us that white-on-white ensembles, crop tops, and sheer materials are all trends at the top of their game.  For this outfit, I combined all three elements.  Loving this lace crop top with a sheer back, eyelash lace trim, and zipper detailing, I styled it with white shorts that have crocheted lace trim in front.  I chose to add some warmer tones with the light brown, fringe bag and the beautiful, jeweled flat sandals (another 2015 spring trend shown on the runways by designers like Kate Spade).  Delicate jewelry added to the overall ethereal feel of the styling.  Lastly, I selected tan sunglasses instead of white, avoiding overuse of the white theme.  In northern Arizona right now, flowers are finally blooming, and I was thrilled to happen upon this lovely group of tiny white blossoms.  Let me know how you like to style white-on-white :)  Xoxo, Shelly

top | shorts | sandals | purse | rings (1, 2) | bracelets (1,2)