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Fashion Insider: Carson’s Chic List

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on April 26, 2011

Fashion-savvy SMU junior and Co-Founder of one of our favorite blogs, Dallas Stylistas, Carson Eisenhart, is back to dish on his top 5 things (you need be in the know about) this spring!

(1) I’ve long been in love with and looked up to Alexander McQueen and his death hit me especially hard. My parents gave me a beautiful McQueen black and white silk-chiffon scarf this spring and it has quickly become my favorite accessory. Not only is it my personal memorial to the designer but its an iconic accessory that has been around for many years and is especially timely with the polished punk look for spring! You can purchase your own for $295 at (best color selection I’ve found online!)

(2) Amanda Sterett is an incredible jewelry designer from our own backyard! She’s a Dallas-based designer who cut her teeth at Ralph Lauren for six years before the call to create and design was strong enough to pull her away from the corporate world and thank god she listened! You can purchase Amanda Sterett Jewelry at

(3) As a Blogger I spend a lot (a looot) of time online keeping up with the constantly evolving street style trends, latest looks, fashion and media news stories, etc. I come across new blogs every day but few have caught my attention the way fashion and design blog, Lace & Tea has!

(4) Everyone knows Christian Louboutin makes the most beautiful heels and pumps known to (wo)man but did you know he also makes original and unique flats and sandals? If you haven’t found the perfect pair of sandals for summer I highly recommend the Louboutin Nuria Sandal! Leopard print is just as hot now as it was this past fall and who doesn’t adore a gladiator silhouette? Pick up a pair at for $525.00

(5) Last week I met with the amazing Dr. Camille Kraeplin, director of the Fashion Media Minor, and I’m here to tell you if you’re not already signed up for classes for the minor or haven’t reached out to Professor Kraeplin you’re making the mistake of your collegiate life! I’m just dying to begin Fashion History & Culture this fall! Writing papers… on fashion?! Perfection! Contact Professor Kraeplin at


Art Smart: DMA presents Coco Chanel lecture

Posted in Art Smart by SMUstyle on April 26, 2011

The Dallas Museum of Art hosts weekly Thursday night lectures, but this week’s topic of discussion particularly caught our eye — Coco Chanel.

Rhonda Garelick, Professor of English at the University of Nebraska and a well-known scholar and writer on performance, literature, fashion, and cultural politics, will explore Coco Chanel’s influence on fashion as well as in literary and artistic circles in Paris.

Why Coco you may ask? Well, five rooms of Chanel’s Mediterranean Villa La Pausa were re-created at the Dallas Museum of Art to house the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern European art.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free for DMA members.

Fête Set: Jay Godfrey On-Campus Trunk Show

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on April 25, 2011

SMU Senior Lindsay Perper is hosting a trunk show for NYC-based designer Jay Godfrey this Wednesday at SMU.

Just in time for graduation, wedding season and warmer weather, Perper will be hauling in tons of the designer’s signature feminine flirty dresses. Browsing Jay Godfrey’s Spring 2011 collection could not be more convenient as Lindsay, in association with the SMU Retail Club and Dallas Stylistas, is setting up shop right in Hughes-Trigg Student Center — in promenade AB downstairs next to the ballroom, to be exact!

The clothes will be significantly marked down in comparison to regular retail price, so stop by the trunk show in between classes on Wednesday anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and check it out!

This Just In: SMUStyle Campus Editor

Posted in About by SMUstyle on April 18, 2011

SMUStyle Campus Editor, Meg Jones

A couple months ago, we began a search for the perfect SMUStyle Campus Editor. Our goal? Find someone to work with SMUStyle’s stellar team of bloggers, wrangle and increase our daily content and act as the face of SMUStyle on campus and beyond. Dozens of interviews later — we can’t say enough of the wildly talented pool of people we met with — we found the one.

Meet: Meg Jones. This SMU junior is a journalism and advertising major and plans to start the fashion media minor in the fall. Meg has spent three summers interning with the features editor at Vanity Fair, has contributed to The Daily Campus, The Daily Mustang, and The Daily Update. Aside from her editorial experience, Meg is well-traveled (she studied abroad in Paris this fall), well-read (her fave tomes include Jane Austen’s Emma and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald) and has a great sartorial eye (she credits her classic style to the casual ease of icon Kate Moss and the timeless elegance of Chanel). On a day off, keep an eye out for Meg shopping Highland Park Village or indulging in a bubbly brunch with friends. Also keep an eye out for Meg on campus, as she’s always on the lookout for new bloggers, stories and fashionable inspiration. Congrats, Meg!

Sarah Bray and Christina Geyer, SMUStyle Co-Founders

PS: Want to blog for SMUStyle in the Fall? Drop us a line at

Fashion Insider: Jason Wu’s jaunt in Dallas

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on April 18, 2011

Designer Jason Wu’s Fall 2011 Collection was on public display for the first time since it premiered on the runway this past Thursday at Dallas’s downtown Neiman Marcus.

Jason Wu described the woman he designs for as someone who appreciates detail and quality and is looking to build her wardrobe with pieces that are sophisticated and timeless.

Wu is more interested in being elegant and timeless than being trendy, though he has certainly started a trend or two.

How does Wu keep making classic modern and fresh season after season? He says it is a delicate balance and he looks for the right colors to make his classic silhouettes current. This season Wu’s palette choice was black, white and nude.

He also keeps things fresh by reinventing traditional materials in new and interesting ways. This season it was all about lace.

Wu was inspired Richard Polidori’s photos of the restoration of Versailles over 25 years and carried the theme of embellishment and renovation throughout the collection.

Wu said he was able to give lace “new meaning by taking it apart.” The reengineered lace pops up on everything from wool coats, skirts, sweaters, and dresses to black veil-like headpieces.

Wu’s advice for those with aspiring fashion careers is to never stop learning. The industry is constantly changing, which is what makes it so exciting, says Wu. “Go with the flow, stay receptive to learning new things, and keep inspiration fresh,” he said. Also important is taking time to learn the business side of things.

As a young business owner, Wu has worn many hats and said he had to learn every aspect of the business from the ground up, from merchandising to public relations.

For gorgeous photos and updates on everything Wu, check out

Lisa Collins

Fête Set: LD Tuttle Trunk Show at V.O.D.

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on April 18, 2011

Downtown Victory Park shop V.O.D. is hosting a trunk show this Wednesday for hipster shoe-line LD Tuttle. The name behind the collection of urban cool booties and industrial chic combat boots, Tiffany Tuttle, will be in-store to chat with customers all day Wednesday. Take a break from all of the end-of-semester chaos of term papers and exam preparation to sip on some drinks, snack on some bites and shop the fall 2011 footwear collection.

Sarah Bray

Fashion Insider: Bag Snob’s Tina Craig

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on April 14, 2011

Yesterday, I formally met Tina Craig of the notorious blog, Bag Snob, after reading her fabulous blog and following her hilarious twitter account for many months.

Ms. Craig hosted a fun and super chic event at the at the Highland Park Diane von Furstenberg store with fellow fashion blogger and SMU junior Krystal Schlegel. A percentage of attendees’ purchases went towards the North Texas Food Bank. Given the opportunity to meet this self-proclaimed handbag enthusiast, I asked her some questions about her 6 years in the blogging business.

How did you get started in blogging?

In 2005, I just had gotten married and had a baby and he was about 6 months old and I was shopping all the time. I couldn’t really find any clothes because I had just had a baby, so all I would buy is bags. Since I was like 5 years old, I have always loved bags. I used to be an MTV VJ in Asia and LA and moved to Dallas. My business partner, Kelly Cook met while students at USC because we love bags. We have been buying each other bags ever since. She was in the fashion industry in New York and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. So while I was buying bags, I kept sending some to Kelly. Kelly’s husband is a software engineer and he set up the blog for us, so that we could have our own conversation about bags. He bought came up with Bag Snob because “we’re such snobs about bags”.

Six years ago, no one was blogging about couture bags. While I was living in New York and doing the charity circuit, I would be meeting with a designer, such as Michael Kors, and I would tell them that I am blogging now and ask for an interview. They didn’t really know what that was, but they didn’t want to say no because you’re such a good client. I was kind of pen pals with a writer in England and she ended up writing an article about us in British Vogue. That’s how the blog really got started.

Since founding Bag Snob in 2005, how has blogging and fashion media changed?

It has completely changed! Before we were kind of considered renegades and PR people didn’t really know what to do with us. Now, it’s complete 180, where they are courting us. Back then, even my husband would say don’t tell people you’re a blogger, but now everyone is a blogger. There is always room for a fresh voice.

What is the essential bag for a young woman?

I would do anything to Phillip Lim, which some are large enough to fit to a MAC or IPad, or Derek Lam. Because those designers are good brands, but still young and edgy.

3.1 Phillip Lim Seymour Tote

What is your favorite bag for spring? 

 The Proenza Schouler PS11 — I love it in Kelley green and crocodile.

Proenza SchoulerPS11

What is your advice for students who want to blog or get into the fashion industry?

Work hard, be dedicated, and be passionate about it. If you don’t love it, don’t blog about it because it will show through in your writing. If it doesn’t make you crazy like teenage love don’t blog about it.

It was such a pleasure to meet this blogging trailblazer, Tina Craig! You can keep updated on all her bag lusts daily at If handbags aren’t your fashion fetish, check out Beauty Snob, Couture Snob, Tot Snob, Jewel Snob, and Shoe Snob-I guess what Ms. Craig is really trying to say is somewhere there is a snob in all of us!

 Grace Davis

Art Smart: SMU graduate students spins as DJ Zoo

Posted in Art Smart by SMUstyle on April 12, 2011

Photo cred// Richard Braxton

A rather dapper DJ spinned at this past weekend’s SMU Retail Club Fashion Show at Meadows Museum, who is this well-dressed Dallas music-maker? SMUstyle’s Darby Radcliff caught up with Justin Smith aka DJ Zoo and gives us the deets behind this SMU grad student’s beats.

SMUstyle: Tell us about yourself?

DJ Zoo: I was born in Australia, and then lived in different places in Europe, then I moved to Austin, Texas when I was six years old. I went to UT Austin for undergrad and studied corporate communications and business.

SMUstyle: You’re at SMU now for grad school, what are you studying?

DJ Zoo: I am getting my MBA in Finance.

SMUstyle: So, how did you get into deejaying?

DJ Zoo: I got into deejaying when I was at UT Austin working as a barback at a bar on 6th street. Everynight I worked at the bar, I would help set up the dj equipment and began to play around on the equipment and found a true passion for it.

SMUstyle: Your Dj name is DJ Zoo, how did you come up with this?

DJ Zoo: In college I modeled and my friends called me Zoolander, so I got the name from that movie.

SMUstyle: What inspires you to deejay and what are your musical inspirations?

DJ Zoo: I get inspired to dj because I enjoy giving my audience a cultural experiences at my venues when I play eso-teric music, which is non-mainstream music. I also like to play Indie, nu disco, and Euro house music to give Texas music that they normally don’t hear.

SMUstyle: Who is your favorite artist(s)?

DJ Zoo: My favorite artist is Cut-Copy and my favorite dj is a dj duo called The Twelves, who are producers of off the wall type music.

SMUstyle: What has been your favorite DJ gig in your career?

DJ Zoo: My favorite dj gig was at The Drake in Houston, TX in 2007 when I played for 1500 people in a ballroom. It was the biggest crowd I have ever played for and it was a special moment in my career.

DJ Zoo’s Weekly Spin Sched

Thursday: Teddy’s Room

Friday: Hotel ZaZa

Saturday: Sfuzzi

Sunday: ZaZa brunch/pool

Sunday: Sfuzzi

Fête Set: Author Julie Subotky Book Signing

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on April 5, 2011

Julie Subotky, the Founder and CEO of New York based-business Consider It Done, will be at Barnes and Noble Lincoln Park in Dallas to sign her recently penned book by the same name.

Consider It Done offers readers step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish “life’s trickiest tasks”, including everything from getting your passport the next day to getting out of a horrible date. Subotky’s company, Consider It Done, offers clients assistance in all areas of their lives, from organization to personal shopping. The book gives hope to any sort-of pickle through Subotky’s learned personal experience with her business and her client’s crazy requests. A great read for any student stunned with the idea of trying to get everything done. Come to Barnes and Noble (7700 West Northwest Highway) at 12pm to chat with Julie Subotky and maybe receive a little advice for your current debacle!

Grace Davis

Fashion on Film: Bill Cunningham New York to open at Dallas Angelika

Posted in Fashion on Film by SMUstyle on April 3, 2011

Whether you like fashion or not, I highly recommend you take the time to see Bill Cunningham New York, a documentary on New York Times Fashion and Social Photographer Bill Cunningham.  I had the opportunity to see the inspiring film a year ago during a single Dallas screening at The Dallas International Film Festival and  to this day I am still raving about it! The film is absolutely charming and takes you inside the day-to-day life of the adorable 80+ year-old Cunningham.

If you like fashion or photography or film or simply just appreciate amazing individuals then take time to check-out the flick.

The documentary opens at the Dallas Angelika Friday, April 8.

Sarah Bray

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