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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


Fête Set: Fashion’s Night Out at Galleria

Posted in Fête Set by SMUstyle on September 11, 2011

The main event of Fashion’s Night Out didn’t disappoint.  The longest runway in North America, produced by Jan Strimple, was the place to be at Thursday night’s FNO extravaganza.  Well, actually, you could be at lots of places in the Galleria and still experience the runway show.  Some of the models looked a little out of breath after sashaying this quarter mile runway in the latest fall clothing, shoes, and accessories.  It was exciting to be a part of this fabulous celebration of fashion and charity benefits, as well – according to Rachel Zoe, 40% of proceeds from the official FNO collection go to the New York City AIDS fund.

Angela Hudson, Nordstrom Women's Shoe Manager (left); Alex Small; Kathy O'Connor, Nordstrom Petite's Manager; Kristin Congas, BP Manager

Alex Small and Karl Marshall

Official FNO Merchandise

Nordstrom FNO Display

Fall Runway Look


Collegiate Plaid

Nordstrom was my favorite FNO destination.  Personal stylists and makeup experts gave Dallas stylistas glam makeovers.  Customers were greeted by Nordstrom department managers who announced $500 gift card winners every 30 minutes.  Fierce fashionistas were striking their best supermodel poses all night long at the Nordstrom red carpet photo area.  Live models posed in the Nordstrom window displays.

Nordstrom live model window display

My favorite look of the night

Chic and fashion forward look

Twins on the runway

Other participating Galleria stores included Saks Fifth Avenue, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, and Brahmin, featuring giveaways, discounts, and after-hours shopping.  Local Dallas celebrities were scattered throughout the city.  I ran into Karl Marshall, Dallas fashion show producer, during the runway show.  The Galleria Dallas did a phenomenal job hosting Fashion’s Night Out.  One more reason to look forward to FNO 2012!

Alex Small

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