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Fashion Insider: SMUStyle talks with Dallas style icon Jan Strimple

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on September 8, 2011

Photo Credit / G.J. McCarthy, Dallas Morning News

Jan Strimple: Dallas Fashion Icon

Fashion’s Night Out is finally here!  One of the most exciting events is the quarter-mile runway shows at the Galleria Dallas produced by Jan Strimple, premier Dallas fashion event producer.  She is world-renowned, having worked with Bob Mackie, Carolina Herrera, Rodarte, and Project Runway designers Daniel Vosovic and Shirin Askari.

Like all good SMU freshmen, I was diligently doing my homework when I got a phone call from Ms. Strimple herself!  She has a million things to do before the models walk the longest runway in North America tonight, so it was so kind of her to talk to an SMU Stylista like myself.

Jan Strimple got involved with FNO this year after being contacted by the Galleria Dallas marketing team.  This is the first year the Galleria is doing such a large-scale production for FNO, and a quarter-mile runway event is a fabulous way to celebrate this fashionable event in a big way.  And with the experience and expertise of Jan Strimple, this is no doubt the place to be on Fashion’s Night Out.  Unsurprisingly, Ms. Strimple is familiar with super-long runway productions.  She produced a block-long runway show on Chicago’s Oak Street where the entire street was staged for a runway presentation.

Jan Strimple is a serious force in the Dallas fashion world.  She gave me some pieces of advice to share with the SMUStyle readers.  When I asked her to tell me one thing anyone who wants to work in the fashion industry should know, she eagerly responded, “I actually have three things.”  She stressed that “you must have stamina, or this is not the industry for you.”  In addition, she has seen people fail because they love shopping and don’t understand the path to the glamorous results is a lot of hard work and creative work.  She says that people who are successful in the fashion industry know the history of the industry and where it is now, but more importantly, they understand where it is going, the “projected future.”  And those who are truly successful are a part of this projected future in the fashion industry.

According to Ms. Strimple, SMU Stylistas should get ready for fall with collegiate plaid!  Jan suggests mixing two “violently opposing” plaids to create a fun fall look.  Add leopard boots and other animal prints to make your plaid look “exotic and unexpected.”

I was so impressed with Ms. Strimple’s confident answers.  It’s evident that she is someone who is skilled and enthusiastic about what she does.  Her fashion icon is the unique fashionista Daphne Guinness.  When I asked her to describe her style in two words, she said without hesitation, “That’s easy: Avant-Garde.”  I love it!

At Fashion’s Night Out tonight, see runway shows at the Galleria Dallas at 6:00 and 7:00.  Or, stop by Highland Park Village at 7:00 and 9:00 for more runway excitement produced by Jan Strimple.

Alex Small

You’re Invited! Fashion’s Night Out Dallas 2011

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on September 3, 2011



Spotted: FNO shirts on campus

Posted in Spotted by SMUstyle on September 13, 2010

SMU Junior Natalie Boerder sporting her Fashion’s Night Out 2010 tee to class today! She loved this year’s design so much she even snagged two!

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Fête Set: Dallas Film Society screens The Devil Wears Prada

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on September 8, 2010

The Dallas Film Society is screening the The Devil Wears Prada at AMC NorthPark 15, 7 pm Friday.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA tells the story of a young naïve woman, played by Anne Hathaway, who scores a job in New York City as an assistant to one of the biggest fashion magazine editor’s, played by Meryl Streep, who is notoriously ruthless and cynical.

Seats will be reserved for DFS members, but arrive early to sign up! The DFS Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the membership program!

Anyone may sign up for DFS membership on-site and enjoy the special screening!

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