Heavy On Fashion Talks to Sylvia Russell of PUCKER'D Cosmetics

Hello, all my fashion divas and gurus! I am happy to introduce to C.E.O Sylvia Russell of PUCKER'D Cosmetic. Sylvia Russell has been working in entertainment and with celebrities for over 25 years. She was the key makeup artist for the Tampa Bay cheerleaders and worked on various celebrities, ranging from Hulk Hogan and family to foodie Adam Richman and HSN show hosts. Russell has been a beauty and lifestyle expert host for 10 years in Tampa at WFLA, Channel 8 @ The Daytime Show and Channel 10 @studio10. She has also worked for NBC Dateline, TLC Network, The Travel Channel and has been an educator in the classroom for top beauty companies, as well as owned and managed salon startups. Russell founded the business in August 2017 in St. Petersburg Florida and is a proud mother of 3.

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Heavy on Fashion Talks Monique Woodland, Creator of Club Rapunzel

 

Hello, all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so excited finally to bring you an interview with the Creator of Club Rapunzel, Monique Woodland. In this interview, Monique talks about how she started her business, the beauty and hair industry, and how her personal hair journey started it all. 

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HeavyonFashion Talks to Dionne Ellison of Vuliwear

Hello, all my fashion divas and gurus! I am back with a fabulous interview. Today,  I had the chance to talk to the creator of Vuliwear, Dionne Ellison. Vuliwear comes from the word “Vuli” means autumn, shade in Swahili.  I was capitated by the style yet simplicity of these gorgeous shades. I mean we all know the designer line but I feel that we all need a breath of fresh air in the eyewear world and Vuliwear is bringing it. 

So, with further ado, here is HeavyonFashion Talk to Dionne Ellison of Vuliwear

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Heavy on Fashion talks to Iyala Anne, Creator and designer of Ane Amour

Heavy on Fashion: Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? What's your educational background?  What do you like to do in your free time besides being an entrepreneur?

Iyala Anne: I was born and raised in New York City, where I grew up as a very creative child.  In my spare time, I enjoy attending a ballet class, practicing yoga, painting, singing and writing songs.

Heavy on Fashion: So let's talk about the Ane Amour collection. How did it start?

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Iyala Anne: I put off venturing into the designer fashion industry for quite some time, due to its’ reputation of being cut-throat and superficial. Against that notion, though, I always found myself coming back. There’s a passion for design and a vision I had for myself that I couldn’t continue to ignore.

Heavy on Fashion: What makes Ane Amour unique from other lines in the industry?

Iyala Anne: On numerous occasions, I’ve found myself ahead of the times; creating looks and garments that trend years later. I’ve had a lot of people ask me “where did you get that?” [what I was wearing], and usually it was something that I had made.

Heavy on Fashion: How would you define the style your line exemplifies?

Iyala Anne: A unique and trendsetting look, providing women with a sense of confidence and expression. They are fashion forward, out of the ordinary designs.

Heavy on Fashion: Where do you get your inspiration for the Ane Amour collection?

Iyala Anne:I get inspiration from fabrics, shapes and patterns in nature, music, and movement like dance.

Heavy on Fashion: What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, 10 years from now? 

Iyala Anne: I want to be part of the movement towards fashion that is made ethically.  I also want to be part of the industry that exemplifies artistic depth and knowledge to help convey a meaning and relatable experience behind the image or the fabric.

Heavy on Fashion: So let's talk about your journey venturing into your own business. 

Iyala Anne: I remember being quite young and sewing up designs that years later were all the rage. I always wanted to create clothing for the sheer joy of making ideas and visions into reality. In 2012, I made my first small collection at home. It was called Sewn Stories. I then took up pattern making classes, and a year later I finally said to my teacher, “I think it’s time to start my own line. You can make the patterns.” Within the next two years, I got my first collection produced in limited quality, created a logo and a website. Now almost three years later, here we are!

 

Heavy on Fashion: Name one of most impactful events that help you start your entrepreneur career? 

Iyala Anne: I think just growing up in New York and being around such a diverse population really had the greatest impact on my career. My eyes and imagination were opened to so many different ideas and aesthetics to feed off of. I’m also lucky to have a family who was always supportive of me choosing my own way.

Heavy on Fashion: What is your favorite part about being an entrepreneur?

Iyala Anne:My favorite part is the independence and the ability to make decisions that I can stand behind completely.

Heavy on Fashion: What advice would your give a future entrepreneur?

Iyala Anne:My advice would be to never give up on your vision. Find creative ways to move past obstacles rather than giving up.

Heavy on Fashion:  Finally, what does fashion mean to you?

Iyala Anne:Fashion represents artwork for the body. Fashion is a tangible expression of the innermost nuances of your personality, emotions, and moods.

Heavy on Fashion:Where can my fashion divas and gurus purchase your products?

Iyala Anne: Ane Amour’s website is http://www.aneamour.com

 

I would like to thank Iyala Anne of Ane Amour for the interview

Heavy on Fashion Talks Kimmee Masi, Owner of Confections of A Rockstar

Hello, all my foodie divas and gurus! Today, I had the chance to interview the owner of Confections of a Rockstar, Kimmee Masi. If you haven't been to Confections of A Rockstar in Asbury Park, go today! 

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Heavy on Fashion Talks to The Creators of Erimish Bracelet Bar!



Hello all my divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you my latest interview with the creators of Erimish Bracelet Bar, Misha Wilson and Ericka Hamilton. The Erimish bracelets are affordable stackable bracelets. The founders, Misha Wilson and Ericka Hamilton,  found inspiration for the fabulous collection from everyday life. With over 1000 styles currently available, each stack of Erimish bracelets is a unique reflection of  anyone's style and flair! 

So without further ado here is Heavy on Fashion Talks to The Creators of Erimish Bracelet Bar! 






Heavy on Fashion: How did Erimish come to be?


 Erimish Bracelet Bar: We started a “bracelet bar” in our retail location and it was a hit.


Heavy on Fashion: When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer?

 Erimish Bracelet Bar: 8th Grade 


Heavy on Fashion:  What is your favorite part about being a designer? What is your least favorite part about being a designer?

 Erimish Bracelet Bar:  Freedom of style




Heavy on Fashion: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever designed?

 Erimish Bracelet Bar: Bracelets





Heavy on Fashion: What do you like best about designing jewelry? What do you dislike about designing?

    Erimish Bracelet Bar:  Like: Mixing colors and textures to create a color that is new.
     Dislike: The trial and error- it’s hard to cut a bracelet apart after so much thought.





Heavy on Fashion: What advise would you give any budding designers?

Erimish Bracelet Bar: Mix styles and color together that you don’t think will work. You will be surprised.




Heavy on Fashion:  How has the outside world influence the Erimish brand?

Erimish Bracelet Bar: Colors and patterns are our biggest influence.




Heavy on Fashion: Describe the Erimish woman?

   Erimish Bracelet Bar: Late 30’s busy mom- but wants to be stylish.





Heavy on Fashion: If they had the chance to design for *anyone* who would it be.. Who do you think is the most stylish person around?


Erimish Bracelet Bar: Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, SJP



Heavy on Fashion: Where do you see Erimish in 10 years?

Erimish Bracelet Bar:  On the arms of celebrities who want some sparkle and color on their days off.





Check out Ermish at 

Until Next Time
Live, Style, Write
Malanb



Photos courtesy of Erimish Bracelet Bar


Heavy on Fashion Talks to Diane Carleton of FIGI Jeans

Photo Courtesy of FIGI Jeans 

Hello all my Fashion divas! I am so happy to bring you a exclusive interview with Diane Carleton, creative director and designer of FIGI Jeans. FIGI Jeans inspired by contemporary artists including, John Rossi. I loved the use of unconventional patterns and colors to make this jean collection not only unique but also stylish.

So without further Ado, Here is  Heavy on Fashion Talks to Diane Carleton of FIGI Jeans 




Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? What's your educational background? 
Diane Carleton: I grew up in a small town near Saratoga Springs, NY, which is on the Vermont border. I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan with a degree in Fashion Design and a B.S. in Apparel Production Management.

How did FIGI come to be? 
Diane Carleton: It was an idea born out of wanting to help a particular artist, John Rossi, continue to create art by finding another revenue source. John’s artwork which frequently incorporated parts of clothing, particularly jean panels, led to the idea of a collaboration with Art + Fashion. Since I have an extensive background in denim, I was contacted and with further dialogue we decided we would like to broaden the opportunity for more contemporary artist.

Photo Courtesy of FIGI Jeans 

When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer? 
Diane Carleton:  Since I was young I was drawn to a career in an art field. When I was very young I thought I would become an architect but around fifteen I decided it was fashion design that really appealed to me and never looked back.

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer? What is your least favorite part about being a designer? 

Diane Carleton: I’m not sure if my favorite part is choosing fabrics or sketching new designs, but it is one of these. My least part is reviewing spec (specification) packages for errors. Each season a designer creates for each design that will be made into a sample a package that tells exactly how it will be made with measurements, instructions on how to sew it, list of all materials and sketches. These are very detailed. Prior to sending them off to have samples made you must proofread which can be tedious.

Photo Courtesy of FIGI Jeans 
What was the first article of clothing you ever designed? 

Diane Carleton: When I was a young girl, I would play with my younger sister, Elaine, a game of designing evening gowns in our heads. We would say I’m wearing this and describe it in detail. The first design I actually made was a dress at F.I.T. where we had to take some pretty unattractive fabric and try to make something good out of it.



What do you like best about designing clothes?
Diane Carleton: I love to create new designs and can do it almost endlessly. What do you dislike about designing clothes? I worry about our resources and would like to make clothes that people would wear longer.


What advise would you give any budding designers? 

Diane Carleton: Be true to your aesthetics. What you have to offer is different than every other designer, so design what you think is right for your customer.

Photo Courtesy of FIGI Jeans 

How has the art world influence the FIGI brand? 
Diane Carleton: The influence is heavy as almost every piece is derived from current artwork of a contemporary artist. I start the design process by sitting in an artist studio viewing hundreds of works of art. Do you see a collaboration with any artist in the future? I do and have a few artist that I am considering for another collection.

Describe the FIGI woman? 
Diane Carleton: The FIGI woman engages in the world expressively through creative, inquisitive and compassionate avenues. She supports others in their expression through their art, as well.

If they had the chance to dress *anyone* who would it be.. who do they think is the most stylish person around?
Diane Carleton: I find this to be a different person each day. I discover the most stylish person while browsing in an art gallery or at a local café.

Photo Courtesy of FIGI Jeans 


Where do you see Figi jeans in 10 years? 
Diane Carleton: In 10 years, we imagine FIGI Jeans to be a lifestyle brand that has expanded the product line and created a revenue stream for dozens of contemporary artist. We see FIGI Jeans giving an opportunity to connect artist with patrons creating a beautiful relationship.

Finally, What does fashion mean to you? 
Diane Carleton: Fashion is an opportunity to express one’s self. I find this very joyful and hope to pay it forward.


I would like to thank Diane Carleton, creative director and designer of FIGI Jeans, for the interview.
Please be sure to check out FIGI Jeans at 
http://www.figijeans.com/
and FIGI Jeans on FB and twitter 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/figijeans
Twitter: https://twitter.com/figijeans

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