Melinda Tarbell, Fashion Stylist On The 2010 GRAMMY Style Studio: Part 2
For my next turn, I looked to jewelry. I am in love with this jewelry line by Samantha Wills, each piece more colorful and intricate than the next! Samantha is an Australian-born designer with a line that includes bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings. Everything about her was delightful and effortlessly chic. Samantha specifically shared with me her incredible couture neck pieces, which are all hand-crafted and take hours to complete. What I love even more about Samantha's jewelry is that it is inspired by the beauty she finds in everyday life: a rock on the ground, the teacup she might have used that day, and even the door knob. With that inspiration in mind, she uses her tremendous skill and talent to create memorable accessories. As a stylist, I am often asked about my personal style. I feel my answer is always changing. As I work, love, interact, and connect with new experiences, my personal style grows, evolves and changes.
Keeping with the accessory theme, I next had a chance to check out Pennyroyal Silver, designed by self-proclaimed music industry dropout, Tim Foster. Tim has designed a cool line of unisex sterling silver pendants. These limited edition bobbles are perfect for layering or tossing on with a simple T-shirt for a casual look. Pennyroyal is setting themselves apart with their Signature Collection. Music artists such as Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert and soon-to-be-released Jewel, create a sketch which is then made into a limited-run pendant with their signature on the back. The proceeds from the sales of the pendant then go to a charity of the artists' choice.
Who does not love a chic belt? Melamed, a fabulous belt line, is the brainchild of a sister duo who love our two favorite subjects this week — music and fashion. I love Melamed because there is truly a belt for every look. With pieces ranging from show-stopping to everyday wear, it was apparent why this brand is loved by so many music artists. Melamed is a big hit with Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas — see the Skull 'N' Chain and Fringe belt worn in the "I Gotta Feeling" video. Taboo also rocks the Melamed belt onstage using his custom-made Utility belt for his microphone pack while performing. Young Hollywood has also taken notice with Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez rockin' the studded belts to punch-up their looks. Another fun fact — Melamed has recently ventured into custom guitar strap design for ZZ Top, Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift!
What better way to follow-up belts than with denim? MEK Denim had a strong presence at the Style Studio showcasing spring denim styles. MEK designs are inspired by travel; each style represents an urban city throughout the world. MEK takes the attitude and style of that city and incorporates it into the style of the jean. You’ll know a MEK jean by the pocket detail marked with the signature M as well as the raw stitching along the seams at the hip. MEK has been spotted on celebs such as Carrie Underwood, Nick Lachey and Josh Turner. I'm excited to put my new pair of MEK denim to the fit test!
So, now let's talk men's fashion! My favorite men's line of the day was Moods Of Norway! This dynamic design team aims to combine their Norwegian heritage with international fashion trends. Moods of Norway, nominee for the Rising Star Award from FGI, are the biggest fashion brand in Norway and they are currently taking the U.S. by storm. You can check them out if you are in L.A. at the Robertson Blvd. location. The line has various looks to reflect the moods of their customer. You can be snappy-casual in the street line with mainly T-shirts and hoodies. If you're feeling a bit dressier but still plan on keeping a low profile, you can rock the casual line of darker suits. But the icing on the cake is the energetic patterns in the cocktail menswear line. It is over-the-top, indulgent and just plain fun!
Other menswear players included PINK, who are shaking things up a bit and going for a younger crowd. I think they are heading on the right track introducing plaids, slim fits and super slim fits to the traditional dress shirts. However, they are still keeping true to the luxury component of their brand by allowing customized collars and cuffs to a wider array of shirt options. Keep an eye out for PINK to launch their line of full suiting in fall 2010.
Ben Sherman was also having a busy day pulling looks for longtime client and Best New Artist nominees Silversun Pickups. Lead singer Brian Aubert was checking out a three-piece tux in charcoal gray with a baby blue pinstripe. Pairing the three-piece tux with a gray military style shirt and possibly playing it up with military boots — a great twist on the red carpet. The Jonas Brothers' stylist popped in to pick up a camel fedora, so we will have to keep our eyes peeled Sunday to see if these gentlemen arrive in Ben Sherman.
Finally, I swung by the hair and makeup section to see what was new. I Spoke with celebrity makeup artist David Hawthorne of Make Up Forever, who gave me the inside scoop of makeup trends to watch out for on Sunday. As always, the smokey eye is going to be present, but with a twist — color! He said we can expect subtle greens and blues with concentrated color. Lips are tending to be more matte this season, which is great because matte lips always seem to last longer!
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