This past weekend we had fashion stylist and blogger, Ashlee Mello, amellostyle.com come to our store and style a feature case for our sales floor. Ashlee is a part of our fashion advisory board that we started the beginning of this year. The jewelry she picked for her feature case ranged from Victorian to modern. Many her selection were from our vintage jewelry collection. She was excited to include some of our house "JLYD" jewels paired with some of their antique counterparts.
As a part of our visit we asked Ashlee some questions about her perspective on fashion and what she is seeing in Cincinnati. Here is her interview:
What current fine jewelry fashions do you like? I really love he growing variety of rose gold options now available. It's the perfect metal to partner with all colors in your wardrobe. Plus, it's the perfect color for wearing more than one shade of the precious metal if you want to mix and match.
Are you seeing this fashion on the street of Cincinnati? Definitely! Especially with the Spring color palates of neutrals, blushes and pastels in most women's wardrobes-it's the perfect way to add a touch of femininity.
What clothing styles and accessories go with this fashion? Anything really. I personally love how the soft rose color can dainty up a strong piece of jewelry like a cuff or bold chain bracelet. The color is just so feminine and airy. Try pairing a necklace with a mint green dress or bracelets with a baby blue blouse. The color combination is so dreamy.
What is currently your favorite color(s)? I'm very much crushing on Pantone's Cab~ret (Pantone 18-2140) from their Spring color report. Since the color of the year is Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463), I've been probably having too much fun partnering the two together for an electric pink and orange color combination that screams summer! And of course, adding rose gold accessories-especially my stackable rings!
What are your favorite sources for fashions (i.e magazines/ blogs/ websites)? I'm fairly addicted to Women's Wear Daily-I read the newspaper on a regular basis at work and am constantly perusing their website. (I've even got the digital content app for my iPad.) Style.com is a HUGE go to for me, especially in my career life. I am on that website daily. I also love seeing what my fellow Cincinnati style bloggers have to say about trends and their personal spins on them. Two of my favorites are Tamia of www.thestylesample.com and Marsha + Brock of www.cincystyleedit.com. All of these ladies are beyond!
Do you have a favorite jewelry designer? This last year I've actually been on the hunt for fresh designers. One of my friends introduced me to October Anniversary. I love the eccentricity of their earlier collections. I'm also a sucker for timeless masters like Cartier.
Who is your current favorite fashion icon and what influence are they having on you? Such a tough question-there have just been and still are so many talented figures in the industry, it's hard to choose just one. However, if I have to label anyone an icon, it would probably be Cristobal Balenciaga. His career began at the House of Dior in the same time of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and their careers shaped the world of haute couture. Dior referred to him as "the master of us all" and after their time together, Balenciaga moved on to his own design house and gifted the fashion world many infamous proteges: Oscar de la Renta, Andre Courreges, Emanual Ungaro, and Hubert de Givenchy. The Balenciaga legacy has always been a well-tailored line full of color and their semi avant garde pieces are simply timeless.