Exclusive Video: Backstage Action with Valentino Vettori at NY Fashion Week

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Valentino Vettori has quite the fashion industry resume, which includes owning the elite Scatola Sartoriale showroom, designing and joining forces with luxury designers such Vivienne Westwood, and using his sharp creative eye to maximize the potential brands in the United States. What he is most known for, though, is his 10 year span at Diesel, where he was the head honcho over trade and retail marketing. Oh, and did I mention he went on to foster the interiors of  high-end boutique Hotoveli and the IMPROVD flagship store? Talk about a man using his talents.

Journey with us backstage at New York Fashion Week as our very own, Shannon Yoachum, interviews this fascinating man of many trades. Be awe-inspired by his minimal, raw and chic (parrot inspired) collection, IMPROVD, where you will see stunningly hand weaved leather, fabrics that are distressed and mixed, and materials that are over dyed! Yes, women, he is catering to you! Let’s just call it affordable, timeless couture. Right this way…

Video by Aaron Craig with We Are Films

Exclusive Video Interview with Kellan Lutz: The Scoop on Fashion Line Abbot+Main

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Kellan Lutz is not just the hunky vampire brother of “Twilight’s” Edward, he is an actor gone designer (and he actually knows his stuff!). He is partnering with Danny Guez, founder of Dylan George who also worked with William Rast and People’s Liberation denim. With a goal to capture the “feeling” of California town Venice, the 25 piece Abbot + Main collection is full of “breathable layers,”aka super soft t-shirts and hoodies that transition well from day to night. Ladies, good news! Women’s pieces are launching in the spring. Watch on for the exclusive inside scoop with Kellan.

Abbot + Main is available at Nordstrom stores or online at

Video by Aaron Craig

Behind the Scenes of Gossip Girl: Costume Designer Eric Daman Gives Us the Scoop

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Interning in the Gossip Girl wardrobe closet was the tipping point to my career path as it opened my eyes to a vast universe of fashion that was beyond my Dallas-ite exposure. My trek to Silvercup Studios every morning gave me just enough time to excitedly dream about what the day might hold as each moment in the costume department dove me into creativity that was beyond me, even when I was executing the most simplest of assignments.

What an honor it was to walk into a passion-filled, ridiculously talented, close-knit family-like environment, where each person taught me more than a task ever could. The best part: they were being themselves in their element. They all had different stories and different backgrounds but were bonded by a common thread: each person moved past fears, uncertainty, and sacrifice to pursue their innate skills, their creative capacities. This life-lesson went beyond assisting in cast fittings, labeling designer shipments, and all-day extravaganzas in the Serena-van-der-Jeep, venturing from designer showrooms to department stores to the off-sight set truck, but rather this internship brought me to a new level of reality. Glamour was all of the sudden redefined.

After all, a work environment reflects its leadership, and costume designer, Eric Daman, truly set the tone for the behind-the-scenes magic that has translated into one of America’s greatest measure of trends, Gossip Girl. His accomplishments are not limited to styling Blair Waldorf, as he has written a book on personal style, composed a Gossip-Girl themed window for Henri Bendel, and designed a line of party dresses at Charlotte Russe, where he maintains the creative director position. For more of the inside scoop, tune in to this exclusive interview, as I sit down with the man behind the clothes…

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Video production: Aaron and Alex Craig

Video: Chace Crawford+LOLO Magazine

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Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford is quite the fan of LOLO Magazine! In fact, if you don’t read, he may come after you.


Inside Punkie’s Place: A Round Top Wonderland

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We had finally made it to the Spring show at Round Top highly anticipating our arrival at Punkie’s Place. Walking into the tent, we realized that reality had left us. Suddenly, Lauren and I entered a world of creativity, flashbacks to different eras, fun themes and vintage-painted boots. Bold colors, disco balls, fiesta fun, glitter, clothing, jewels and antiques galore. The feeling must have been similar to when Alice entered her Wonderland. Diane Conlee, owner of Punkie’s Place, had transformed the space into a junky, funky store in only one week. You may be wondering where the name Punkie came from? Well, Diane’s party poodle, Punkie, was the inspiration and the rest is history.

We could not believe our eyes. Each season, she has figured out a way to make Punkie’s Place better than the previous show. Punkie’s has become a hot spot at the Round Top shows twice a year, bringing in people from all over the country to see what Diane and the Punkie’s dealers have put together. Not to mention they are extremely fun to be around! If you haven’t been to this show, we strongly suggest trekking to Round Top, Texas to see the magic for yourself.

We may not be able to venture down the rabbit hole like Alice, but we have captured the Punkie’s Place experience in our exclusive video interview with the mastermind behind it all, Diane Conlee. Visit Punkie’s Place at the next Round Top show, September 23-October 1, 2011.

Anthro-lovers: See What’s Cooking for Fall

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Warning: you are about to be utterly charmed as you step into a backstage scope of Anthropologie’s fall creations, specifically the fabrics and prints. Since all of us “anthro” shoppers respond emotionally to the clothes, it’s best to take heed. Watch and see the magic behind the seams.

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