Kylie Mascara Helps Make Liberty Ave Your Catwalk, Part 1
Kylie Mascara is one of those self-made women you love to love. She’s smart, stylish, confident… and nice as hell. Not only is she invested in making Pittsburgh a more fashionable city, she's leading the charge. Since I last interviewed her in August, she's been named a 2016 Icon of Pittsburgh by Maniac Magazine, and her business as a stylist and image consultant has grown exponentially.
We reconnect Monday mid-morning, and although it’s January in Pittsburgh, we’re ooh-ing and ahh-ing about what we’ll be wearing - and how we’ll be smelling! – three months from now.
Part one of a three-part Style Series focusing on women’s fashion, menswear, and beauty products, here are Kylie’s Hits and Misses from the Spring 2017 fashion shows so you can make Liberty Ave your catwalk.
“Ohh, they can be so versatile! With a big bow, they look so romantic and preppy. But,” she warns, “get the right fit!” Kylie is an expert at transitioning college students and millennials into a more professional wardrobe, while staying true to their individual style. “Pair it with a pencil skirt or high-waisted pants for an easy look that’s also professional...I was totally the victim of inappropriate work attire,” she laughs. As I think about some of my early-career outfit choices, I actually cringe.
“I’m not a huge fan of sheer metallics,” she says, and I think immediately of that Calvin Harris music video for This Is What You Came For where Rihanna saunters around in that over-sized, sheer, silver uni. Maybe it works on her, but this misses the rest of us as far as street style goes.
But an out-of-this-world look that you can't miss? Iris van Herpen. Kylie was gushing as she told me about van Herpen's couture designs that take you to another galaxy. In fact, those same fashions are coming to the Carnegie Museum of Art for an exhibit called "Transforming Fashion" beginning February 4th, as well as an additional celebration for Third Thursday on February 16th. And guys, this isn't the first time Kylie has called out a trend way ahead of the curb. Click here for more info on the exhibit.
"Too juvenile! If we were in Miami…. but Pittsburgh?" While Kylie admitted she could probably get behind a pair of iconic rose-colored glasses, she'd have to hard pass on the rest of the colors.
"You need a white dress in your closet," she exclaims; she knows where I'm going. "They're so fresh, and gone are the days of the white rules." Kylie sites white washed denim, high heels, and an oversized sweater as a key outfit for an easy transition into Spring. "Or, maybe some platforms and a white dress... I have a split fashion personality! There are no rules."
At this point, we were both on a fashion-high. I've been obsessed with this trend since I tried on an amazing embroidered leather jacket at a boutique in the Mt. Lebanon Galleria. To my dismay it was $170, so I passed.
"Embroidery is actually a main style pick on my style guide!" she geeks. While I ask for more details, it turns out that her seasonal style guide is an exclusive list of personalized picks, specific to her clients. Sound amazing and expensive? Guess what: her first consultation is free, and she makes it a point to work with any budget.
“Historically," she goes on to say, "embroidery was a symbol and wealth and social status. It’s not cheap! Invest in something you LOVE and that will fit into your 365 day wardrobe,” a concept Kylie lives by.
Want an extra tip? “Invest in a plain leather jacket. You’ll thank yourself.”
Check Kylie's website www.KylieMascara.com to schedule your free consultation and see what all the hype is about!
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Kelly Zelnira is a writer, illustrator, and web designer based in Pittsburgh. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.