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Fashionistas Two

January 24th, 2013

Teen Vogue University | Interview with Scholarship Awardee Madison Hunnicutt

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Madison Hunnicutt, a student at Wade University and an aspiring force in the fashion industry, received a scholarship from THE FASHIONISTAS to attend Teen Vogue University in the ultimate capital of style, New York City.  During this three day event, she enjoyed learning from the top industry insiders such as Phillip Lim and Nicole Richie.  Madison was kind enough to share the highlights of her experience with us!

What is Teen Vogue University (for our readers who aren’t aware):

Teen Vogue Fashion University is a 3 day event held in New York City for style obsessed students from around the world to gather and experience a weekend of private events and special guest speakers in order to further their knowledge and love for fashion.

Who was your favorite speaker at TVU and why?

My favorite speaker at TVFU was Phillip Lim. I signed up for his session before his latest collection had launched, without really knowing anything about him and was just needing to fill a time slot. He has such a groundbreaking aesthetic with his designs, and being in his presence I felt surrounded by his contagious energy. I truly believe that he is becoming “the Marc Jacobs of our fashion generation”, completely changing our style perspective.

Did you receive any good advice? If so, what?

I received so much advice over the 3 days, but I really took a lot from Nicole Richie’s. She is a branding extraordinaire and really stressed the importance of honing in on who you are, and portraying that accurately and consistently with everything you touch.

Favorite designer/ brand of the moment?

Lately I have been all about stalking the latest Spring 2013 collections, gathering inspiration and wishing I wasn’t a broke college student. But no designs are more fabulous right now than Miu Miu. And their dress for Kerry Washington at the Golden Globes was by far my favorite of the night!

How has your experience with TVU benefitted your career aspirations in the fashion industry?

TVFU really just solidified what my future fashion goals are. I met so many stylish young people who want the same things in life that I do. The experience also really inspired me with my fashion blog, and I was able to connect with other aspiring and supportive bloggers. I made a lot of great contacts that may come in handy one day.

Favorite part about exploring NYC?

Exploring the city was so surreal for me! It was my first time going, and I was there all by myself, which really allowed me the freedom to explore. The shopping is simply on another level. A great moment for me was seeing Madison Avenue, which is my namesake (via the 80′s Tom Hanks movie, Splash). But I am truly and art enthusiast, and spent most of my time in museums. Seeing my favorite painting, Starry Night, brought tears to my eyes and is something I will never forget. Thank you so much to The Fashionistas and Heidi Dillon for making all this possible for me. I am eternally grateful, and will never be able to accurately express my gratitude.


Week in Chic

January 21st, 2013

First Class | First Lady Style

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First class chic for the First Lady is a must, especially on inauguration day. Not since Jackie O has there been as much hype and focus on the First Lady’s wardrobe and Michelle Obama handles it with grace. Her Jason Wu gown was such a success for the 2008 inauguration, we can’t wait to see her selection this year.  One thing we do know is that her looks will defiantly be from US designers, but will she continue with her long time favorites (Jason Wu, Tracy Reese, Laura Smalls, Naeem Khan, and so forth) or surprise us all. Well… today’s the day we find out! Here’s to channeling the First Lady’s effortless style and political savvy this week!

Megan McQuery


Week in Chic

January 14th, 2013

Pantone Spring 2013

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The winter weather has us dreaming of sunny days and brunch on the patio. The elusive ‘patio season’ is so short lived here in Dallas, we want to be ready for it when it arrives. This week we are taking our inspiration from Pantone and their color for 2013 Emerald Green. Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Spring 2013 includes their color for 2013, Emerald, and nine other gorgeous brights and neutrals to inspire you all season long. So feast your eyes on this color candy let your imagination go (and maybe mix in a little on-line shopping for good measure).

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By Megan McQuery


Frugal Fashionistas

January 11th, 2013

Prabal Gurung for Target

After the much hyped Neiman’s/Target collab fell flat this holiday season we have been wondering if designer collaborations are on the way out. Often the cheaper versions of designers garments lack the essence of their true brand. Items that are gorgeous and rich in high-end material appear almost cheesy in a lower cost fabric. Eventually you end up with a watered down version of a great brand at higher than average price (for Target) that often misses the mark.

Happily this doesn’t appear to be the case with the Prabal Gurung’s collaboration for Target, launching February 10th. The pieces include his trade mark florals, colorful prints, and sporty-feminine edge with mesh paneling. The pieces include more wearable version of his runway looks including a range of collared blouses, pleated skirts, crisp blazers, ruffly dresses, and vibrant shorts. Only time will tell how those prints will translate into a lower cost fabric, but we will defiantly be there on February 10th to check it out in person.

To view the complete collection visit here.

 By Megan McQuery


Fashionable Fine Print

January 8th, 2013

On Review | Audrey: The 60s and Giveaway

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 Every fashionista knows the iconic scene of Audrey Hepburn standing outside of Tiffany & Co. in a sleek black dress, sunglasses, and pearls in the 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The image is part of the fashion lexicon and has inspired the LBD for the past 4 decades. The 1960s was a tremulous time with radical changes in fashion and Audrey’s sophisticated style was a beacon of class with an edge of trendsetting transformation. Curator and photographic preservationist David Wills’ book Audrey: The 60s is a collection of spectacular museum quality photographs by the likes of Richard Avedon, Bert Stern, Cecil Beaton, Douglas Kirkland, William Klein, among others.

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The collection includes images from all 8 Hepburn’s 1960s film and creates a striking argument for the importance of Hepburn’s relationship with Givenchy in her formation as a style icon.  Photos are accompanied by quotes from friends and colleagues, but some of the best quotes come from Audrey herself.

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Enough can’t be said for the print quality of Audrey: The 60s . The images can only be described as rich, creamy, and silky. The glamor that is Hepburn is emphasized by the care taken in restoration and print.

Every fashionista’s coffee table needs this book, but only one luck reader will get a copy for FREE! 

Audrey: The 60s Giveaway!

How to enter: leave a comment below about your favorite Audrey Hepburn look or movie.  One reader will be selected at random on January 15th.

Be sure to check back to see if you won!

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 By Megan McQuery

Thank you for all of your great comments! I am happy to announce that Bonnie McGowan has won a copy of Audry: The 60s!

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Week in Chic

January 7th, 2013

Into the Woods

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The return of Downton Abbey has set our hearts aflutter. The fashion influence of the show can not be denied. Just look at Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2012 collection, his looks are ready for a hunting party or a romp with Matthew in the woods. We’re still not sure how much we like Lady Sybil’s scandalous ex-chauffeur husband, Tom Branson, but we think he is pretty dapper in his suit (who needs a morning jacket or tails!) We wouldn’t mind taking our fashion cues from him this week.

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By Megan McQuery


Week in Chic

December 31st, 2012

Winter Glamour

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Champagne bubbles and count-downs are on the agenda for this week. We are looking to ring in the New Year with vintage glamor mixed with a hint of rock. No one every said lady-like = demure.

Happy 2013!


By Megan McQuery


Fashionistas Two, On Schedule

December 12th, 2012

From Hitting The Books To Walking The Runway

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THE FASHIONISTAS  are thrilled to be the beneficiaries of Spring Getaway | Runway for a Cause, a Greenhill student production, on January 19th.

The show will feature Greenhill School models strutting the runway in the perfect spring getaway looks carefully curated by producers Maddie Crick and Virginia Dollins from: The Impeccable Pig, Piermarini Boutique, Tootsies, The Gypsy Wagon, Melanie Gayle – A Women’s Specialty Boutique, Cotton Island, Marylo ,Rich Hippie, Vineyard Vines, & The Shak.


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Co-producers Virginia Dollins & Maddie Crick

We sat down with Maddie and Virginia to talk fashion, inspiration, and what it takes to produce a fashion event:

Age and grade?

M: Both of us are 16 years old and in 11th grade

What is your dream job?

M: My dream job is to be a buyer for Neiman Marcus or a Fashion Editor for Vogue

V: I’m still figuring that out! I would love to work in international business (finance or marketing)

What led you to doing the runway show?

M: I modeled in a student run fashion show freshman year and was inspired to make one of my own.

V: Maddie introduced me to the idea and I was immediately interested in planning it with her!

Greatest lesson learned from last year’s runway show?

M: A great lesson I learned last year was that running a fashion show is so much more complicated than it seems. There are so many different components, but if you stay organized and have fun, it will be great!

V: I learned to not underestimate myself and the goals that I want to accomplish. When planning the show last year, we had a lot of doubts. However, we soon realized that more people were willing to help us than we expected.

What are you hoping will be different this year?

M: I hope that we are able to have more people come to the show this year and that it will be just like a professional fashion show.

V: I hope that there will be a better flow to the show and a more professional vibe.

What advice do you have for others interested in runway production?

M: The advice I would give to others interested in runway production is to start planning early and stay organized. Don’t be afraid to talk to stores and add personality into the show.

V: My advice would be to keep trying even when your goals seem far-fetched. If you are willing to work hard and stay on track of your goals, you will have a better chance of being successful.

What designer inspires you?

M: My favorite designer is Alice and Olivia. I love Alice and Olivia because Stacey Bendet always takes a simple dress and turns it into a masterpiece by her amazing attention to detail. I love the sparkles she adds to so many of her looks. Her dresses always steal the show.

V: My favorite designer is Marc Jacobs because I love how his designs are fun, fresh, and wearable.

Favorite places to shop?

M: My favorite places to shop are Neiman Marcus, Free People, and JCrew.

V: I love to shop at small boutiques, many of which are featured in the show. I also shop at Nordstrom.

Favorite blogs to read?

M: My favorite two fashion blogs to read at the moment are Dallas Tidbits and 5 inch and Up. I love the timeless style they both bring to their blogs.

V: My favorite blog is Peace Love Shea.

For more event information and tickets please visit


Dallas Day and Night, On Schedule

November 27th, 2012

Dangerously Stunning | Geoffrey Henning Review

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129 Leslie is an empty white box, a pristine white canvas longing to be filled with color and imagination.  The Fashionistas Runway Series | presents Geoffrey Henning succeeded in transforming this white-walled box into a sartorial utopia where style reigns supreme.  Henning, showed both holiday and resort collections.  He perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the holiday season through his use of lace overlays, waist-defining belted bows, and layers of luscious merlot-hued silk organza.

Henning’s resort collection radiates bright, bold pinks, oranges and aquas.  His genius lies in integrating trends such as peplum tops, color blocking, and maxi hems with classic, soft silhouettes.   Exquisite details such as draped opera sleeves and keyhole backed dresses speak to Henning’s gift for attention to detail.  As slinky one-shouldered dresses made their way down the runway while “The World Is Not Enough” vibrated from the speakers, it was undeniably apparent that Henning’s aesthetic can transform even the most ordinary girl into a vivacious Bond vixen.

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We are thrilled to be able to support the careers of emerging designers, like Geoffrey Henning, through our Runway Series. We are especially grateful for our host, Don Gaiser, the host committee and wonderful sponsor who made the Runway Series a success.

Host Committee: Regina Bruce, Heidi Dillon, Janet Fresquez, Shona C. Gilbert, Gina Ginsburg, Susan Pielsticker, & Maggie Sova

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Sponsors: Presented by Boardwalk Auto Group, McKool Smith, Veev, Neuro, Dallas Modern Luxury, Toni&Guy, Sociologie Wines

Special Thanks: Jan Strimple Productions, Annabelle New York, Bova Diamonds, Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, SHONA

Images by Quoc Cong – XO Photography

By Coco Limberakis


On Schedule

October 28th, 2012

THE FASHIONISTAS Runway Series | presenting Geoffrey Henning

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THE FASHIONISTAS are thrilled to announce their fall Runway Series designer, Geoffrey Henning. Henning’s designs are the embodiment of style, proportion, and empowerment; bringing together classic femininity with bold design. THE FASHIONISTAS Runway Series | presenting Geoffrey Henning, presented by Boardwalk Auto Group, will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 129 Leslie. The Runway Series provides a platform for emerging designers to develop and present their unique perspectives in art and fashion.

You are invited to enjoy Henning’s Holiday Collection. The runway will be filled with duchess satin, organza and crepe silk in soft pastels that channel the style and femininity of the 1950s French couture houses. In contrast, Henning’s Resort Collection will move into the freedom from constriction and evoke the soft femininity of the seventies… where color and soft draping defined the era. Bold color and patterns will align to create a graphic illusion to the viewer.

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:00pm Doors Open, 8:00pm Runway Show

Where: 129 Leslie, Dallas, Texas 75207

Host Committee Chair: Don Gaiser

Host Committee: Heidi Dillon, Janet Fresquez, Shona C. Gilbert, Gina Ginsburg, Susan Pielsticker, Maggie Sova

Sponsors: Modern Luxury, Boardwalk Auto Group, McKool Smith, Neuro, VeeV, Sociologie Wines, Toni & Guy, Sensotherapy


Become a sponsor of Call 214.801.7889 for details.