Whether it's the perfume she wore, the way she styled her hair or the quick flick with which she applied her mascara; a mother's beauty routine is often one of the fondest memories passed down to her children. With Mother's Day approaching, we asked our Starworks Artists to reveal some of their mother's style and beauty tricks that they still embrace today.
My mom definitely set me up for success as a hairstylist. When I was a kid, my sisters and I all danced. And in order for us all to be "ready to go" the day of a recital, my mom put me in charge of putting in the rollers. But to be efficient, we did them the night before. So, after everyone had bathed and the hair was towel dried. I rolled up a bunch of pink sponge rollers in all 3 of my sisters hair! At the time, I had NO idea that that would set the tone for my current path. I've been hairstyling since I was kid, thanks ma!
- Hairstylist John D
My mom taught me the importance of caring for my skin. She showed me how to moisturize my face when I was only a few years old, by making small dots with moisturizer then blend upwards. She made sure I never forget to do the same with my neck and hands. My mom said a woman should never reveal her true age and her neck and hands, without being taken care of, will be the two places that may spill the secret.
- Makeup artist Kristee Liu
My mother taught me to love unconditionally, to always believe in myself and treat others how you want to be treated. I can’t think of what better defines my personal style than that.
- Fashion stylist Michael Fisher
(photo courtesy of Studded Hearts)
My Mom has been insisting I wear 'a little lipstick' all of my life, probably even before the age at which it was appropriate to do so. She knows I love the feeling (not the look) of having my hair brushed, so I'll sometimes concede on that. Its also quite normal for me to wake up from a nap at her house and find that someone has put lotion and socks on my feet. So, Mom, thanks for being so lovingly creepy, you make me a better woman.
- Fashion stylist Nicole Vitagliano
What my Mom taught me was to always make the effort. Though she never wore full makeup but NEVER left the house without putting on lipstick. A little league game, grocery shopping, whatever...she had lipstick on. For me this has translated into taking an extra second before I leave to assess how I look, add some eye drops, change my shirt or throw some pommade in my hair. Always make the effort. U never know who you'll run into.
- Makeup artists Stephen Sollitto
I definitely owe my creative and visual sense to my mother. She is an amazing artist and sculpted stone for many years. I recently put together how similar styling hair is to sculpting. Her ability to see the beauty in most things, and creating shapes out of a blank canvas has always and will always be an inspiration. My mother is a true artist, through and through, i can only strive to be that as well.
- Hairstylist Mara Roszak
My mother had the most inspiring vintage style. I think it speaks for itself. (Photos featured above)
- Fashion stylist Jenny Ricker
I always sat and watched my mom get ready when she went out... her beautiful red hair, make-up and clothes were always impeccably put together. I remember asking her why she spent so much time getting ready, she answered, "If you take time for yourself it will always show." I try to remember this always...
- Hairstylist Laini Reeves
My mom has always had classic style with flair.... She loves the Burberry Scarf and Trench, the Chanel Jackets and Ballet Flats but she ALWAYS added her own touch....Shoes with faces (like the marc jacobs mouse, or the YSL lips), or wearing a fur with her hair done in corn rows.... she always had a sense of humor and was clearly always doing her OWN thing. This made her fun, it made people around her smile and of course taught me fearlessness and fun in fashion. Thanks MOM! HAppy Mothers Day!
- Fashion stylist Kris Zero
My mom is actually quite understated with her personal "style" and some would even call it plain. She always told us to treat others how we want to be treated. She also would say that it's not how a person looks or how much money they make that's important, its their heart. That to me is the most stylish and beautiful thing my mother has taught me. Xxoo
- Hairstylist John Ruggiero
Happy Mother's Day from the Starworks Artists family.
If dog is man's best friend it can be argued that the iPhone comes in close second. The tiny device can be used as a camera, personal computer, sounding board, recording device and, oh ya…a phone! For this week's Tech Tuesday we asked our Starworks Artists to name the iPhone Apps that help get them through their busy styling week.
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THE INQUIRY: Dear Starworks stylists, this Christmas I'm buying presents for a bunch of friends who have EVERYTHING! I figure since you shop for a living, you have an idea of great places to find unique gifts off-the-beaten-path. Could you share with me a few of your favorite secret spots?
- Georgia, NYC
THE EXPERT: Cameron Silver
THE CREDITS: Owner of high-end vintage boutique Decades Los Angeles. Author of Decades: A Century of Fashion.
Aside from buying something vintage at a store like Decades, might I suggest a great indie retailer like Pink Tartan (pictured above) in Toronto which not only sells their eponymous line but a wonderfully curated selection of exclusives by other brands at the chic boutique.
THE EXPERT: Kris Zero
THE CREDITS: Vogue, V, Harper's Bazaar and InStyle.
My fave website/store for clothes, small things, office supplies, cooking, toys, games is Manufactum! It's a German company... AMAZING! Best place to search for any classic. Not cheap but the best...
I like to receive vintage jewelry and would suggest a good flea market then find a great old box to present it in. (Pictured Above: A collection of jeweled trinkets at Coulter's LA home.)
THE EXPERT: Nicole Vitagliano
THE CREDITS: Christian Dior and Juicy Couture campaigns and editorials for VMAN, Dazed & Confused and Dossier.
Nothing is secret these days. For the New Yorkers, try Michele Varian on Howard Street, which is a bit under the radar. They get really awesome I.D. bracelets with cute quotes on them.
Im also really into Nifty Thrify right now. It's kind of a Gilt Group for vintage, for those of us looking for unique buys. The sales are very well curated, and their stuff is in perfect condition.
THE EXPERT: Michael Fisher
THE CREDITS: Clients Ty Burrel, Jonah Hill, Armani Exchange, Alexander Wang and Hugo Boss.
The time has finally come to take out our faux fangs, hang up our TeamEdward/TeamJacob jerseys and bid adieu to the Twilight series. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits theaters today and with it comes the end of Bella's tale of werewolves, vampires and secret societies. There's no doubt the Cullens make a stylish vampire family. And it got us to thinking about other trendsetting bloodsuckers of movies past. Below we've compiled a list of some of our favorite not-so-forgotten vampires:
Brad Pitt & Tom Cruise, "Interview with a Vampire"
Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt have never been in better form! The skin color, the lip color…if only that color worked on me. The hair is ridiculously sexy for being so long. It's perfection. Watching Interview was the only time I wondered why I live in this world and not the one with the vamps!
Kris Zero, Starworks Artists fashion stylist
Jonathan Frid, "Dark Shadows" TV Show
I was obsessed with Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows as a kid and wore my father's high collared 70's shirts and neckties to school to imitate him. Barnabas knew the effects of "power dressing" and how a tailored look with all the trimmings could invoke authority and confidence. Prada's FW12 men's collection brought this sartorial historicism back into the conversation but with a modern twist. Cutting three piece suits out of denim, astrakhan-collar topcoats worn with baroque patterned shirts and pairing them with formal neck wear and mock turtles. Plus who wouldn't want Barnabas's onyx signet ring and wolfs head walking stick! SO COOL it still makes may blood run cold.
Michael Fisher, Starworks Artists fashion stylist
Lauren Hutton, "Once Bitten"
Lauren Hutton is the quintessential downtown vampire with her spectacular and iconic Alaia hooded dress and those nails that mean business. Interestingly enough, Hutton could walk around in 2012 and still look current, fashionable and ageless…just like a vampire.
Cameron Silver, Starworks Artists fashion specialist
Catherine Deneuve, "The Hunger"
I love the styling of Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger. She's so gorgeous. I would love to see her character today in a blood red lip and maybe instead of the cat glasses and extreme cat-eye!
Jeannia Robinette, Starworks Artists makeup artists
Kiefer Sutherland and co., "Lost Boys"
The grungy cool kid fashion of Lost Boys is still seen today on runways and warehouse parties the world round. From the cross earrings to the long black trenches to the big 80's hair; the movie is so iconic and recognizable. We'd all be vampires if we could look so cool.
This week the style world has been shaken by news that, after 15 years of service, Nicolas Ghesquiere is hanging up his hat as Creative Director of Paris fashion house Balenciaga. For this week's Throwback Thursdays, we've asked the Starworks Artists fashion stylists to look back on their favorite Balenciaga moments from Ghesquiere's tenure. One things for sure…this is the chicest memory lane we've ever been down.
I loved the haute cargo pants from 2002. I always had wished Nicolas had made them for men. Teamed up with the patchwork collage blouses it was such an effortless yet chic look. Not red carpet, just real life carpet.
Cameron Silver for Starworks Artists
My jaw dropped when I saw those micro mini shorts and shiny futuristic jackets. I don't think we've ever seen someone do a silhouette quite like this. That 'girl' was exactly who I wanted to be back in gym class. The line across the chest of the jackets gave just the right amount of bondage, before the mainstream S+M craze. And, of course, who could forget the massive visor / hat moments?
The campaign that followed did not disappoint. It featured relatively unknown models, coming off seasons of Liya Kebede and Gisele in a non-descript white walled, disheveled apartment. I personally wish my friends and I looked that chic mulling around a messy apartment. Aspirational, futuristic, ahead of the curve- this is what fashion should be.
Nicole Vitagliano for Starworks Artists
Ryan Gosling, Cannes Film Festival 2011
This single handedly started the color suit trend - which we are still seeing all over the place a year and a half later - every single other menswear brand has produced that color suit and Ryan wore it first. It was daring, bold and FABULOUS! As a menswear stylist, I am thrilled to be able to consider suit options for clients in colors other than black, grey and navy. Thanks Ryan & Nicolas!
Jenny Ricker for Starworks Artists
F/W 2007 Ad Campaign
Balenciaga has always had such incredible advertising. This one was shot by David Sims. The Set/Scenery remind me of everyday life and where I live...and the light and the mood of the picture are so emotional and so raw. They say everything about the clothes so beautifully and poetically.
Kris Zero for Starworks Artists
More Iconic Moments from Balenciaga x Nicolas Ghesquiere:
S/S 2006 Ad Campaign featuring top models Lily Donaldson, Racquel Zimmerman, Gemma Ward, Caroline Trentini and Erin Wasson
Gold C-3PO inspired leggings for Spring 2007
Kate Moss opens and closes S/S 2001 runway show
F/W 2006 Ad Campaign featuring a then fresh faced model, Coco Rocha.
Kris Zero knows a thing-or-two about fast and easy packing. As a Starworks Artists fashion stylist, she's prepared to fly across the globe at a moment's notice and her day-to-day itinerary doesn't always allow for multiple suitcases. We caught up with Zero before her most recent trip to Bucharest, Romania where she's styling the Remy Holwick runway show and asked the fashion pro to share some of her packing essentials. What did we discover? Though the stylist lives in a world of glitz and glamour, when it comes to travel she's all about practicality…well, almost.
Click here for Kris Zero's styling portfolio.
Anna Dello Russo is the self proclaimed "Guardian of Fashion!" Her street-style looks are some of the most sought after and inspirational trends during fashion month. No wonder the look-for-less conglomerate, H&M, has tapped her to design an accessories collection due out later this year. And just how does the fashion guru plan to promote said collection? With a catchy pop song and equally buzzworthy music video, of course! In the video below, titled "Fashion Shower," Anna gives her Top10 lessons of fashion. Take a look…
We hear you loud and clear, Anna: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! We put our top stylists to the AdR test. How did they stand up? You be the judge.
LESSON NUMBER ONE: FASHION IS A DECLARATION OF YOUR OWN FREEDOM
GAP campaign styled by Emily Current and Meritt Elliott for Starworks Artists.
LESSON NUMBER TWO: BETWEEN STYLE AND FASHION, ABSOLUTELY FASHION
Seems Lauren Conrad made the fashionable choice in this editorial styled by Kris Zero for Starworks Artists.
LESSON NUMBER THREE: FASHION IS ALWAYS UNCOMFORTABLE; IF YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE, YOU NEVER GET THE LOOK
The pains (and dry-cleaning bills) we endure for fashion. Editorial styled by Nicole Vitagliano for Starworks Artists.
LESSON NUMBER FOUR: FASHION AT EVERY AGE!
Teen Gods. The Twenty-Something Breakout Star. The Handsome Man's Man. Jenny Ricker for Starworks Artists reminds us that fashion doesn't ask for an ID.
LESSON NUMBER FIVE: WEARING NIGHT CLOTHES IN THE DAYTIME IS UNEXPECTED
Ginnifer Goodwin striking features and strong attitude make her perfect to carry a nighttime look during the day. Styling by Penny Lovell for Starworks Artists.
LESSON NUMBER SIX: SOMEBODY WEARING YOU’RE SAME OUTFIT? WONDERFUL! YOU DID THE RIGHT CHOICE
Ok, ok, so this isn't TECHNICALLY two people. But you can see it in Dominic Cooper's eyes; he's preparing for a showdown! Styling by Michael Fisher for Starworks Artists.
LESSON NUMBER SEVEN: YOU MUST WEAR OUTFIT ONCE
Cher Coulter for Starworks Artists knows her way around a red carpet. And with the high demand (and price) of couture, you can bet these looks aren't seen anywhere else.
LESSON NUMBER EIGHT: WEAR A COAT AS A DRESS
Instead of using a women's coat, Nicole Vitagliano for Starworks Artists puts model Ruby Aldridge in a mens blazer for a look that says sexy, chic and fearless.
LESSON NUMBER NINE: IT DOESN’T MATTER THE SIZE OF YOUR BODY, FASHION FLATTER EVERYONE
These red carpet looks from Michael Fisher for Starworks Artists show us how a well-fitted tux can flatter every shape and size. It also doesn't hurt to throw in some gold accents, a la Emmy winner Ty Burrell.
LESSON NUMBER TEN: FASHIONABLE JEWELS PERSONALIZE YOUR STYLE
The jewelry really stands out in this editorial styled by Laura Jones for Starworks Artists. The subtlety of the accessories compliment the understated glamour of the photo.
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"Prometheus" star, Logan Marshall-Green, channels small-town American wanderlust in this behind-the-scenes short inspired by Carl Sandburg's "The Sins of Kalamazoo." Styling by Kris Zero for Starworks Artists.