If Royal Teeth's rain-abbreviated Jazz Fest set left you craving more of vocalist Nora Patterson's style, you'll want to pick up CUE next week: The issue features Patterson on the cover and interviewed by Jeff Roedel, coinciding with Royal Teeth's announcement that their first full-length album, Glow (Dangerbird Records), will be released August 13. I could happily devote four pages to Pattersons's rock-star-meets-Southern-belle aesthetic, but we only had a quarter of that. So here are some photos and outtakes from the interview.
Jeff Roedel: Does being in a band affect your style? By that I mean, does what your band mates wear have any bearing on your wardrobe?
Nora Patterson: I’ll usually decide what I’m wearing, then [singer] Gary [Larsen] will base his clothes off mine for some consistency. All the guys are stylish by themselves, so they basically wear what they want—but with my approval first (laughing).
Oxford American stylist columnist and man-about-town L. Kasimu Harris is a judge at Sippin' In Seersucker, a libation-heavy benefit for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art that fetes the storied, quintessentially Southern fabric. Harris is uniquely suited to judge not only because of his discerning eye, but also because of his long relationship with seersucker. "The fabric (has been) professionally beneficial to me," Harris says. Here, he discusses his feelings about seersucker, tips for contestants seeking to win the seersucker fashion contest, and the fabric's serendipitous weave throughout his writing life.
You once wrote a column for Oxford American about your experiences wearing seersucker. You have a very long, intense history with the fabric. Would you discuss your feelings about it?
The first time I went to the thrift store with my mom, the summer after high school, I was kicking and screaming, but I left with three seersucker suits. ... In 2010, when I met Marc Smirnoff, founding editor of the Oxford American, he had on a seersucker blazer, and that was our entryway into conversation.
I love that I can recall exactly what I wore on several life milestones because of the seersucker. More importantly, wearing seersucker right after high school helped shape my style.
Last week, a Missouri senator proposed banning seersucker suits for people over age 8 on the grounds that they "look ridiculous." What's your reaction to that?
By just about anyone's estimation, Marcus Stewart has arrived in the fashion world. A celebrity stylist and reality TV star, the New Orleans native got his start working at Hemline. Here, he shares his story, along with styling tips, and the reasons why he wouldn't have had a fashion career if he'd lived anywhere else.
You're featured on the Bravo reality show Dukes of Melrose. What is the show about?
It's about the legendary consignment boutique Decades, which dresses all the big Hollywood stars in vintage looks for their red carpet events. The show follows my two bosses, Christos (Garkinos) and Cameron (Silver), who couldn't be more opposite. I'm the East Coast buyer, and I'm often showcased as being in the middle.
In addition to being a buyer, you're a trunk show coordinator for Decades, and you do image consulting. What tips do you have for women who want to incorporate vintage items into their wardrobe but aren't sure where to start?
Make sure you go shopping when you have time to try on things. If you're in a rush, you won't see what's in front of you. Always try on clothing with heels, because they totally change the situation. Heels do wonders for women. If you want to do vintage, you have to know your own body type: If you're an apple shape, find your waistline and cinch it in. An hourglass can wear more form-fitting things. A tall and skinny banana type can wear trapeze and sheath dresses, but you also want to draw attention to your waist. If you don't know your body, vintage is hard because you can't see what you need and nothing will seem like it fits. If you know your body shape, you know what to gravitate toward and you know what can be fixed with a tailor. Your tailor is your best friend. Have a vision beyond the clothing rack: envision a garment smaller here or let out here. Clothing is moldable art.
CUE editor Missy Wilkinson was on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to talk spring fashion with Laura Buchtel. You can find a copy of CUE in this week's Gambit.
Unless you've been hiding out under a clearance pile of bedazzled Uggs, you've no doubt heard the latest fashion news to rock New Orleans: a 32,000-square-foot H&M will open in the French Quarter's old Hard Rock Cafe building. While the overwhelming response from local fashionistas is a breathless "FINALLY!!!", H&M came under fire from NPR last week for being a purveyor of "fast fashion" — cheap clothing manufactured under less-than-ideal conditions that's worn a few times and discarded. Here, H&M spokesperson Nicole Christie shares some information about the Swedish chain's plans for New Orleans and its initiatives toward sustainability.
First, it's really exciting to hear that people want us to come to their city. For us, it's all about the factors being in place to open the best store possible. The best location is our priority. We'd rather wait than open a store in a less-than-ideal location. Second is our customer base. Market conditions have to be ideal for us to open there. We know there's a strong customer base in New Orleans, because there's been such a demand and the retail conditions are quite strong.
Missy Wilkinson was on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News yesterday to show off some of the spring shoes featured in this month's issue of CUE (inside this week's Gambit).
(Bonus morning-news video: "Eric Paulsen Challenged to Dance-Off By Aquarium Penguin.")
CUE editor Missy Wilkinson and three models appeared yesterday on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News to talk about spring fashion trends that will flatter any body type.
When Flashdance opened in 1983, it inspired a generation to cut up their oversized sweatshirts and don leg warmers. Thirty years later, the look is iconic (see Sexy Flashdance Costume; see also American Apparel ads), and the movie that was first envisioned as a stage production by its writer is touring the nation as a musical. It plays at Mahalia Jackson Theater Feb. 26 through March 3. Here, Tony Award-nominated costume designer Paul Tazewell talks about '80s fashion and how he updated the Flashdance look without stripping it of its Spandexed essence.
Flashdance The Musical takes place in 1983, but the costumes seem very modern. How did you update the costume design while staying true to the period?
It was important to reflect the early 1980s, but (director) Sergio (Trujillo) didn't want to be beholden to styling that was, to our modern eye, less than sexy and elegant. It starts to become a spoof of 1980s fashion when you put shoulder pads and big hair in front of the audience. It was not about trying to modernize the clothing, it was making choices that would keep you in the world of the 1980s.
CUE editor Missy Wilkinson appeared today on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News to talk fashion — educated fashion — with Laura Buchtel. The fashion spread they discussed is in the new issue of CUE, which is tucked inside today's edition of Gambit.
Seventeen members of Off the Field Players' Wives Association, a charitable organization for spouses of active and retired NFL players, took to the runway today at the 12th Annual Off The Field Fashion Gala. Featuring a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue and hosted by the Sheraton Hotel, the event raised money for charities and highlighted the NFL's unsung heroes.
"We're used to rooting for our teams on the field, so it's nice to see the ladies behind the men," said host Dawn Neufeld, a cast member of VH1's Football Wives. "All the money goes back to raising funds for the New Orleans Family Justice Center and the 34 Ways Foundation."
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