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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


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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Fashion Insider: SMUStyle Talks to Thakoon

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on October 24, 2011

SMUStyle Blogger Alex Small and Thakoon Panichgul (Photo Credit / Bo Joplin)

Acclaimed fashion designer Thakoon Panichgul visited Dallas on Friday for a trunk show extravaganza.  Dallas stylistas and fans gathered at chic Dallas boutique Forty Five Ten to celebrate Thakoon’s spring 2012 collection.  Ten percent of sales from his collection will go to TwoxTwo for AIDS and Art, which benefits AIDS research and the Dallas Museum of Art.  I love it when fashionistas give back!

You might remember Thakoon from the 2009 documentary The September Issue and from the runways at New York Fashion Week each season.  He was a recipient of the Vogue/CFDA Fund in 2006 and worked closely with Anna Wintour to launch his career in fashion.  Since then, his designs have been worn and admired by celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Demi Moore.

I asked Thakoon if he could describe his style in two words.  He said, “No…  No and no.”  I always like to know who and what successful fashion designers look to for inspiration.  For Thakoon, a style icon is someone he “looks to for style.” Interestingly, his biggest inspiration is “freedom.”

Alex Small

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Spotted: Morgan Siewert

Posted in Spotted by SMUstyle on October 6, 2011



SMU Freshman Morgan Siewert sports her FNO t-shirt on campus

Alex Small

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Fête Set: Levi’s Mirror Mirror Event

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on October 5, 2011

The Levi’s Mirror, Mirror Campus Tour stopped by SMU on Wednesday.  During the event, two colleges are “mirrored” to compete for a $10,000 grant, supporting women’s academics, arts, or athletics.  The school with the most jean fittings will win, and SMU competed against Texas A&M.  Besides the complimentary Curve ID jean fitting, goodies, and hair and makeup, beating the Aggies for the grant would be so fabulous!  Students were fitted by Levi’s fit experts and had the opportunity to pose for a picture in their custom-fit jeans.  The Curve ID collection has four fits to guarantee the best fit for you.  I tried on the dark-wash Bold Curve Skinny; it’s chic, flattering, and always in style.  I know a lot of Mustang girls had a blast at the event.  So we will see which stylish school will win the grant, Pony Up!

Alex Small

Fashion on Film: Fashion TV on Bravo

Posted in Fashion on Film by SMUstyle on October 5, 2011

From the styling shenanigans on The Rachel Zoe Project to the decadent wardrobes of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Bravo is the channel for fashion entertainment.  Two new shows, Mad Fashion and Fashion Hunters will be premiering this October on Bravo.

Project Runway alum Chris March is back again in Mad Fashion, a profile of Chris and his eccentric, one-of-a-kind designs for high-profile celebrity clients.  Just like Project Runway, he pushes the limits and creates fashion fantasies.

Fashion Hunters follows fashionistas raid the closets of New York’s elite looking for designer treasures for their upscale resale store Second Time Round in New York.

Watch Mad Fashion at 10/9c and Fashion Hunters at 10:30/9:30c on Tuesday October 4 on Bravo.  Make it a night of fashion and watch The Rachel Zoe Project at 9/8c.  I know I will be glued to the TV Tuesday night.

Alex Small

Shop Savvy: Bootglams

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on September 26, 2011

While at the L’Oréal Paris Collier Strong-Ulta event in Arlington, I met a fabulous fashionista, Erica Johnson.  She designs for Bootglams in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  They create unique and sophisticated accessories to revive your “oldie but goodie” shoes.  After meeting Erica, I perused the website,, and found that Bootglams come in a variety of colors and materials, from crystals to feathers.   I love the concept, and the Bootglams looked fabulous on Erica, and the models at the event.  Definitely a new trend for SMU Stylistas to check out!

Erica Johnson and SMUStyle blogger Alex Small


Models in Bootglams

Alex Small

Fashion Insider: Collier Strong

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on September 26, 2011

SMUStyle blogger Alex Small and Collier Strong

We all know L’Oréal Paris is the force in bringing Project Runway fashions to life.  L’Oréal Paris Consulting Makeup Artist, Collier Strong, visited Ulta in Arlington Sunday for the unveiling of the L’Oréal Paris and Project Runway exclusive cosmetics collection called “Colors Take Flight.”  You’ve seen Collier behind the scenes on Project Runway, working with the designers to complete their runway looks.  At Ulta on Sunday, he worked his makeup magic on his fans and shared his expert makeup tips.  I got the opportunity to meet Collier and chat with him.  He was extraordinarily kind and engaging.

Mr. Strong was so busy that I only had a few moments to ask him questions, but he took his time and put a lot of thought into his answers.  I love it when someone as successful and famous as Collier takes the time to be gracious to his fans.  I asked him who his style icon is.  He responded, “I have so many.”  He loves his friend Diane Keaton’s quirky style.  And Elizabeth Taylor is another style icon of his because of her fashionable beauty in the 1950’s.  His favorite part about working on Project Runway is that it is so fast-paced.  You have to be creative and “think quickly in very small amounts of time,” just like the designers that are competing.  When I asked him who his favorite Project Runway designer is, he said, “They’re all my children.  I can’t pick!”  Good answer!

The “Colors Take Flight” collection is inspired by colors of exotic birds, which are translated into luxurious eye shadow, lipcolour, blush, and nail polish.  Each eye shadow quad represents a different bird: Charming Cockatoo, Watchful Owl, Audacious Amazon, and Sultry Raven.  So clever!  My favorite look is the Watchful Owl, which includes metallic brown and gold eyes with red lips and pink blush.  Classic and glamorous.  You can purchase the collection at Ulta and at other retailers.  But remember, it is limited-edition, so make sure to buy it now!

"Colors Take Flight" Collection Display

Didn’t make it to meet Collier like I did?  It’s not too late!  Go to L’Oréal’s website and Collier will walk you through finding the best makeup look for you!  And remember what L’Oréal Paris always says… You’re worth it.  I know I am.

Alex Small

Spotted: Lauren Murphy

Posted in Spotted by SMUstyle on September 22, 2011
This stylista’s classic look caught my eye.  SMU freshman Lauren Murphy looks fabulous in pearls and ruffles!

Her style: classic and fun

Style icon: Jackie Kennedy

Favorite store in Dallas: Nordstrom

Alex Small

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