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Beauty Buzz: Iconic Designer Diane von Furstenberg Comes to Dallas for Fragrance Launch

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on October 27, 2011

Clear your calendars on Tuesday, November 1 because iconic designer Diane von Furstenberg is coming to NorthPark Center. The creator of the classic wrap dress is launching her first fragrance titled Diane. The scent is distinct and feminine. It mixes violet, patchouli and frangipani flower.

Von Furstenberg is an inspiration to all women. Her brand has become worldwide since its start in the 70’s. The scent is described as mature yet polished and the tagline of the fragrance is “Be the woman you want to be.”

To meet the designing icon stop by Sephora on Tuesday and purchase her fragrance. She will be autographing bottles at the store from 2:30 – 4:30. If you can’t make the event head to Sephora’s website to purchase the perfume.

Caroline Foster

Fashion Insider: Designer Jay Godfrey

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on October 27, 2011

Designer Jay Godfrey and SMUStyle Blogger Kelsey Charles

On Wednesday night I went to Tootsie’s Dallas and had the chance to meet acclaimed designer Jay Godfrey while viewing pieces from his Fall 2001 and Resort 2012 collections. Godfrey has been in the business for just over three years but has a strong celebrity following and has been recognized by publications such as WWD and Elle and has even appeared as a special guest on America’s Next Top Model. Along with these accomplishments Godfrey was down to earth and a pleasure to talk to.

Godfrey said that the inspiration for his two collections was different because each season is different. His biggest inspiration for the fall collection comes from Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of French Vogue. Her influence is seen through the lace and femininity of the pieces. For his holiday collection there is a lot of color blocking, which Godfrey says, is something he always identifies with.

I asked Godfrey what his best advice for SMU stylistas would be and he said that nude pumps are something every girl should have. Besides the height factor they give you they elongate your legs and can be worn with everything. In addition he said to “know your body.” If you know your body then you know what to wear to look good.

Godfrey is a designer who not only inspired me through his clothes, using bold colors and details such as sequins and cut outs, but also through his charming personality and designing passion.

The leopard print dress is one of Godfrey's favorite pieces from his fall collection


One of my favorite pieces, a unique take on the maxi with great color

Kelsey Reynolds


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Dine Dish: Katy Trail Ice House

Posted in Dine Dish by SMUstyle on October 26, 2011

It’s a beautiful weekend and you’ve got no plans, get on your bike, or put some use to those legs. Head about 2 1/2 miles down the Katy Trail and you’ll hit the Katy Trail Ice House. It will be no surprise to see the outside tables packed with people sipping on beers, enjoying their burger and cheering on their sports teams. Not only is the Ice House stocked with all types of drafts, spirits, and special house margaritas, their dining menu is almost as good. Feel like a burger along with that beer you just ordered? Don’t worry, the Ice House has got a 2x meat, 2x cheese, 2x jalapenos and 2x the chili burger called “Man vs Food” for those who feel the need for some serious chow. Their smaller bite include nachos, quesadillas, fries and many other tasty deals.

Based on the killer vibes of Ice House, I’m sure they would love to see SMU students in their best Halloween costumes this  weekend, so join the fun on Saturday to cheer on our Mustangs in the SMU vs. Tulsa game!

*Must be 21 to drink alcohol

McKenna Cottam,


Fashion Insider: Karl Marshall

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on October 26, 2011

SMUStyle Blogger Alex Small and Karl Marshall

I am looking forward to the Karl Marshall’s “Dallas in Wonderland” fashion show this Thursday.  I had a chance to catch up with the Dallas fashion show producer and style icon and he is incredibly busy, but was so kind to take some time out for us SMU Stylistas.

Karl Marshall’s style is a unique blend of Texan with European influences.  He likes to throw an “unexpected jacket over a pretty typical outfit” and loves something different in the details of the outfit. His style in two words is “expressive and unpretentious.”  When you meet him, you will see that this describes him perfectly.  According to Karl, this season “it is all about the footwear!”  New rain boots, rubber lace-ups, and boots with heels are in this season and flip flops are out.

A lot of people do not realize the work that has to be done before the models walk the runway.  Marshall has already begun working on an April 2012 fashion show, as well one for the Junior League of Arlington.  As a famous and successful fashion show producer, Karl Marshall has some valuable advice for those who want to work in the fashion industry.  He says to get far in this business, you need to stay grounded and have “an open mind and an ever-learning spirit. This business will pull you all over the place if you let it.”  He adds, “It sounds so cliché but stay true to yourself.  You hear that a lot, and that is the easy part.  The hard part is first figuring out who you are!”

Alex Small

Fête Set: LF Grand Opening Party

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on October 26, 2011

Fête Set: Lucchese Trunk Show & Polo Match

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on October 25, 2011

SMU students came out to watch the finals of the 2011 Dallas Pro Polo League on Sunday afternoon wearing polo chic attire. With a plethora of riding boots, sun hats, and blazers, the polo field was a place to see and be seen. Lucchese Boot Company hosted a trunk show at the event. The Texan company dates back to 1883 and is known for their handcrafted boots made out of the finest kind of leather and near-perfect skins. Their 1883 collection is fashionable and a true modern classic. Their featured SMU embroidered boot was a huge hit amongst students. Spectators enjoyed sips, music, and catering from Dallas’ beloved Hamburger Man.

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Meg Jones


Spotted: Rachel Sharp

Posted in Spotted by SMUstyle on October 25, 2011

Rachel Sharp, SMU freshman, looks fierce in a sparkly tunic and black skinny jeans.  She puts a unique twist on her look with hot pink shoes.

Her style: colorful and different

Style icon: Lady Gaga

Favorite store in Dallas: Dillard’s

Alex Small

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Fashion Insider: Fashion Week Dallas

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on October 25, 2011

The wait is finally over!  Move over New York, because Fashion Week Dallas is almost here!  Fashion Week Dallas is a major event for Dallas stylistas to not only celebrate fabulous American and British fashion, but to also inspire young people to get into the fashion industry.  January 16-22, 2012 will be filled with runway shows, the latest fashions, and chances to interact with fashion designers.  The man behind the event is Mahiri Takai, CEO of Mklinks Models, fashion show producer, and Fashion Editor for Dallas Weekly.  Takai says “fashion lovers will be in fashion heaven as they spend a stylish week in Dallas soaking up the latest in fashion design.”  Sounds like a fabulous time to me!  For more information, go to or contact Mahiri Takai at  See you at Fashion Week Dallas!

Alex Small

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Fête Set: Art of Knox Festival

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on October 24, 2011

Last Saturday night was filled with fashion, food, and festivities at the first Art of Knox festival.  Knox is a fun, stylish part of Dallas just minutes away from SMU, and there wasn’t a shortage of fun things to do.  Event-goers had a chance to try out tasty treats from the top restaurants in the area.  Raffle tickets to win big prizes were being sold to benefit the Friends of the Katy Trail.  Later in the evening on McKinney Ave., fashions by Terri Ives Couture were modeled in a beautiful outdoor fashion show.  The only thing that was missing from the evening was the art. I was expecting more presentations and appearances by local artists.  But overall, it was a fabulous event, and I look forward to Art of Knox 2012.

My favorite event of the evening was the fashion show by Terri Ives Couture.  I got the inside scoop from the owner and designer herself.  Terri Ives Couture sells ready-to-wear fashions, as well as custom couture fashions.  She describes her style as “fashionable but wearable.”  Her client is “a woman who loves fashion” and is usually 35 or older.  Even though most of us SMU Stylistas are still in college and Terri’s client is older, there were so many trends in the fashion show that are so relevant to everyone this season.  There was a lot of fur, which is one of Ms. Ives’ favorite fall trends.  I also loved that her designs are classic, but still have an edge.  Terri is inspired by fabrics and by watching people; she is interested in what her customers’ needs are, which we all can appreciate.

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Alex Small

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