Behind every well-adorned star there stands a chic, trend-setting stylist that composes the modern looks we see on our favorite celebrities from their accessorized coifs to a perfectly matched pair of stiletto-heeled Louboutins. Shopping for the next style craze is just one of the many responsibilities that celebrity stylists at Swanky Image Group juggle in a typical day of work.
Over the decades, the t-shirt has cemented itself as an integral aspect of classic American style. As a versatile garment, it has become a virtual canvas for broad strokes of popular culture expression and high fashion statements alike. Bow & Arrow 78 has managed to perfect the art of intersecting the two - attracting the attention of both national retail chains and celebrities alike. By embellishing soft, quality cotton blend tees with original and imaginative graphics, the brand has firmly established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the apparel industry. Established in 2011 by founder Peter Lee, Los Angeles-based label’s design sensibility embodies its East meets West ethos. Fusing elements of Western style and Eastern flair, their unique mens and womens designs adeptly illustrate their initiative of integrating a vast array of world cultures. Bow & Arrow’s maiden voyage in apparel commenced with The Bruce Lee Collection. Through an exclusive licensing deal with the Bruce Lee Estate, Bow & Arrow introduced a line of hoodies as well as v-neck and crew neck long sleeve and short sleeve tees featuring the martial arts legend and film icon. With the objective to usher Bruce Lee into the 21st century in a fresh and dynamic way, Bow & Arrow cultivated a series of designs that frame him in contemporary pop culture settings.
There is nothing common about the uncommon designs of RyanKenny. Although it’s headed up by some of the most progressive hit men in the music industry this decade, RK is not your mainstream clothing line peddling sweat suits, waist-defying jeans and oversized hoodies. RK is a lifestyle- a classically constructed ensemble of men's button down shirts and cuff links and are ingeniously couture tailored for a superior look, feel and fit, all the while maintaining a futuristic edge. Gentlemanly dressers infused with panache, RK partners Ryan Glover (Noontime), Kenny Burns (Roc-a-Fella Music) and Derek Dudley (Artistic Management Control) are revolutionizing the fashion world much like they did in music. The collection is sophisticated simplicity meets casual cool; uptown professional meets downtown rebel- versatile pieces that flow from the country club to the nightclub. They embrace the influence Hip-hop and R&B music has had on fashion and are cognizant that it’s intrinsically embedded into the fiber of American fashion. Whether it’s the comfort in fit or the confident touch of dramatic cool, each piece austerely complements a pair of jeans or slacks radiating an air of razor-sharp sexiness. It is no wonder that the garments are currently being worn by such well known celebrities as The Rock, Jay-Z, David Arquette, Tyrese, Usher, Sean Patrick Thomas, Anthony Anderson, Delroy Lindo, Blair Underwood, Jesse Martin, Michael Ealy, Common, and, Outkast.
There’s something to be said about the beauty and simplicity of flowers. They heighten emotions, make intimate connections, are symbolic for sharing and speak to the soul as they bloom. Shakti Designs transcends that energy using mother earth’s ever-evolving offspring to handcraft their unique accessories to adorn the hair. By utilizing silk flowers ranging from Chrysanthemums, Lilies, Camellias and Gardenias to Sunflowers, Roses, Orchids and Dahlias in deliciously vibrant colors like Mango, Passion Fruit, Primrose, Indigo, Mimosa, Sangria, Plum Wine, Apricot Nectar, Navajo Turquoise and Eggplant to Indian Red, Amethyst, Cheyenne and Sienna, it’s not a surprise why these handcrafted signature designs are adorning women from across the country. Hollywood starlets and music goddesses such as Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Tyra Banks, Ashanti, Ashley Judd, Eve, Cindy Crawford, Drew Barrymore, Erykah Badu, India.Arie and Beyonce’ Knowles incorporate the growing flower-behind-the-ear trend into their red carpet appearances with panache. The Los Angeles based company prides itself on creating unparalleled and limited edition designs that can garnish an elaborate headpiece worn with a bridal gown or simply tucked behind the ear with a Bohemian headwrap.
Teshub is heralding in a new sense of formality with contemporary urban wear, creating a men’s clothing line where the unexpected is always expected and where comfort and style are always paramount. Teshub is about embracing personal style. The mens wear clothing collection is translating fashion by elevating the taste level of the hybrid young adult culture and injecting simplicity and flow. Each piece makes a statement and expresses how one feels on that day or at that moment. Adopting and epitomizing the dictum for their distinguished sportswear, “Live…Life…Fly,” Teshub is focused on becoming the premiere modern life label with the extraordinary ability to transcend time and trend, as well as redefine luxury and practicality. The tag line, as well as the company name means “determination” in Greek mythology.
Double Stitch is the brainchild of the multi talented twin designers Erika and Monika Simmons. This collection of fun and flirty hand crochet apparel has it all - one of a kind construction, a limitless use of color, plush fabrication, and silhouettes that flatter all body types and twin designers that demand as much attention as the head turning garments they produce. Double Stitch has leaped to the top of the ‘ones to watch’ list. The line consists of daring, new age concepts that include dresses, dusters, jackets, skirts, shrugs, hats, scarves, sleeves, apron tops, chokers and ponchos that transcend fads and seasons. When looking to the history of crocheting the twin designers state you can see that during the Renaissance period, both upper and lower class women crocheted several strands of thread. It was in the mid 1800’s that the popularity of crocheting excelled. World War II nearly brought this art form to a halt due to a shortage in available material. It’s popularity sprung back to life in the 1970’s when it became extremely fashionable to wear crocheted fashions.
Everything about a House of Mamasan design is unique. Each piece is a potent mix of cultures, ethnicities and textiles. Andrea Lamadora, the company's designer is a deliciously gorgeous cocktail of Filipino, Spanish, French and Chinese descent, which embodies the essence of the House of Mamasan brand. Born and raised in San Francisco, California,, Lamadora is a highly visible ambassador of fashion in the culturally diverse Bay area. Known for crafting dramatic, statement-making pieces using a rich palette of bold, bright colors, every look from her collection has a streak of global influence. Constantly inspired by her exotic roots and world travels (Bali, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cuba, the Yucatan and Hawaii.) Lamadora creates a trend setting, fashion-forward aesthetic that expresses a sexy urban attitude with ethnic flavor. The results of which can be found in her collection of discreetly sexy, quintessential Kimono tops with exaggerated sleeves and dresses made of sumptuous, fluid fabrics trimmed in silk embellishments or leather obi details. Her visually unconventional prints are not only influencing fashion throughout the west coast, but her celebrity clientele also feed off of her avant-garde glamour. From Africa to the Orient and all lands near and far, Lamadora artfully makes looks like nouveau riche, bohemian-goddess and street chic coexist in perfect harmony.
Full of colorful fabrics, reconstructed vintage couture, leather handbags, 1920’s style cocktail dresses, tailor-made hats, and trendsetting hand-crafted jewelry, Loft 1513 is the latest boutique to hit the Bay Area scene, swiftly becoming the "go-to shop for fashionistas" seeking both established and emerging designers. Located at 1513 Church St. in the chic Noe Valley district of San Francisco, the emerging boutique prides itself on offering an eclectic mix of clothing, jewelry, gifts and accessories for men, women and children alike. The shop features one-of-a-kind classic pieces from the “Best of the Best” in local independent designers to the acclaimed eco-friendly garments imported from Japan and Brazil. Loft 1513 consists of preeminent global fashion savvy minds who have come together to produce the finest in Indie Haute Couture. Although you may not see these designs on the catwalks of Milan (just yet) they are renown among the bohemian socialites of the West Coast. “It's nothing you could find at Macy's," says co-owner Jessica Summers-Miller, whose label iKohl is sold at the Loft.
Gucci, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana — these are the names that one would expect to find in fashion stylist Tameka Raymond’s new boutiques. But, set on a picturesque Roswell street that calls Old Town America to mind, the newly opened shop and sister store Estella Home, deliver the unexpected. Located across the street from one another, both stores are housed in original 19th-century homes — Estella is said to occupy the oldest home in the neighborhood — and both capture the area’s charm. The clothing boutique arm carries custom apparel, jewelry, body care products, shoes and accessories while the home store offers inside decor, furniture, rugs, paintings and candles - and was a natural extension.