FASHIONABLE CONFESSIONS: Jason Wu, Fashion Designer

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Who would believe it's nearly a decade since we saw Michelle Obama in the stunning one-shoulder Jason Wu dress at the 2009 inaugural ball. It was a career-defining moment that forever changed his life. Wu would go onto dress many other influential women like The Duchess of Sussex, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Diane Kruger, and Kerry Washington. Along with designing his eponymous label, Wu also served as Artistic Director of German fashion house Hugo Boss for five years, as well as creating limited edition collections with Target and Eloquii. Last year saw him enter the world of beauty with his first fragrance, and plans to launch his second scent in 2019.

While in town to be honored with the Presidents’ Circle Honors Award from Chicago History Museum’s Costume Council, I had the privilege of interviewing Wu for Splash magazine (which you can read here) but I also threw in some Fashion Junkie questions.

LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
Hereditary

YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?
Crazy Rich Asians

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FAVORITE VACATION DESTINTATION?
Taiwan, where I’m from

LAST TIME YOU WERE LATE?
Today for this interview

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE ANYONE HAS GIVEN YOU?
From my mom, always be a student

LAST SONG YOU DOWNLOADED?
Shallow from A Star is Born

YOUR STYLE ICON?
Diane Kruger

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LAST CONCERT?
Maroon 5

WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Sky diving, it’s both horrifying and exciting

YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE?
Dirty vodka martini

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LAST TIME YOU WERE STAR STUCK?
When I saw Oprah

LAST TIME YOU DANCED?
Last week

YOUR PRIZED POSSESSION?
1930s sewing machine that my dad gave me

ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITH OUT?
My phone

Read my full interview with Jason Wu for Splash Magazine.

FASHION CONFESSIONS: Brian Atwood, Shoe Designer

Brian Atwood shoe designer interview with fashion junkie

Brian Atwood, made his name designing exquisite heels worn by many stars like Kate Hudson, Taylor Swift, and Lady GaGa to name a few. A former fashion model, he began his design career in the 90's working for the legendary Gianni Versace. As the first American designer hired by the Italian fashion house, he quickly rose to the position of Head Designer of Accessories. In 2001 he launched his namesake shoe label specializing in glamorous sky-high heels, which soon became a fixture on the red carpet. I chatted to Atwood at the Chicago History Museum where he was being honored at their spring fundraiser luncheon in support of the Costume Council, the sold-out event raised over $30,000.

WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?
Shoes, of course! I’ve collected around 1500 shoes from every shoe designer you can image.

WHO ARE YOU STYLE ICONS?
Besides my mom, classics like Lauren Hutton

 Brian Atwood and Dusty Stemer, Brian’s mother and event co-chair

Brian Atwood with his mom Dusty Stemer, event co-chair

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Life of the party

LAST TIME YOU DANCED?
Last week at a karaoke party

FAVORITE VACATION HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
Anywhere in Greece

LAST TIME YOU WERE LATE?
Today

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
T
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LAST FILM YOU SAW?
My girl Melissa McCarthy’s new film Life of the Party

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
I’m currently reading The Power of Now

BEST SHOE ADVICE?
If you don’t know what shoe to wear with an outfit my advice is select something simple, stay away from anything too trendy. So often I see a woman in a great outfit but with terrible shoes.

THE LAST TIME YOU WERE STARSTRUCK?
At the Oscars, everyone was there from Nicole Kidman to Madonna.

BIGGEST FASHION FAUX PAS?
A corduroy flared suit

Brian Atwood with this brother Zak Stemer

Brian Atwood with his brother Zak Stemer

LAST TIME SOMEONE MADE YOU LAUGH?
Last night on the phone with my brother Zak (Stemer).

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR ICONIC MANIAC SHOE?
Maniacs were inspired by the movie Flash Dance, I remember I was at Kate Hudson’s Halloween party. Brad Goreski was dressed as Jennifer Beals and said: “You should do a red pump called a Maniac.” And I said, “You know, that’s a good idea!”

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Maniac Shoe

LAST CONCERT YOU WENT TO?
JLo in Dubai

YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE?
Tequila on the rocks with a lime

WHAT’S ON THE LIST DO LIST WHILE YOU ARE HERE IN CHICAGO?
The Wieners Circle with my brother.

Brian Atwood In-conversation with Susanna Homan, editor and chief of Chicago magazine

In-conversation with Susanna Homan, editor and chief of Chicago magazine

Event photos by Mila Samokhina

FASHION CONFESSIONS: Angela Missoni, Missoni's Creative Director

Angela Missoni's fashion confessions

This year sees the 20th anniversary of Angela Missoni as creative director of the Italian fashion house, Missoni. Started in the 50s by her parents, Missoni's colorful zigzag knits have become as iconic as Chanel's camellia. Angela has grown the family business into an empire with the expansion of 25 sub-lines, (M by Missoni and Missoni Home) plus several successful collaborations (Converse, Havaianas and of course Target). As she celebrates her anniversary at the helm, I caught up with her at Neiman Marcus- a fitting location as Missoni has been sold at the department store since the early 70s, longer than any other brand! Angela reveals to me her fashion confessions.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
I’m a very lucky person; I have an amazing job. It may be more than what you think because I’m not only a designer I own the company. So my job is 360 degrees. And I’m a natural fixer and a problem solver, right, so I love to solve problems.

But on the creative side, it's the moment when the collection comes together when you have defined the look, and put on the show and see it all come together, that’s the most exciting.

CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Robert Redford

FAVORITE FILM?
I love fantasy, so I have to say the Fellini movies.

LAST TIME YOU DANCED?
Last week I had a party in LA for my 20th Anniversary.

WHAT’S YOUR DRINK OF CHOICE?
Negroni Sbagliato also known as The Wrong Negroni.

FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
I love the seaside, but I love a place that can surprise me. I’m very curious person, so I to see and I need to discover, so I like to go to discover new places.

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
School of Awake by Kidada Jones

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE ANYONE HAS EVER GIVEN YOU?
In fashion, always wear something you feel comfortable because no matter the dress if you don’t you are always adjusting yourself and that is the most unsexy and unflattering thing to do.

And in life, it’s something no young person would listen, there are so many things which are irrelevant, and it’s not worth the stress. So my advice would be don’t sweat the small stuff.

FASHION CONFESSIONS: Betsey Johnson, Fashion Designer

Betsy Johnson at Macy's on State Street

You might know Betsey Johnson for her crazy hair or legendary cartwheels she does after her runway shows. However this 73 has been in the fashion industry for over 50 years and has seen it all and done it all. During her recent visit to Macy’s, State Street store, I sat down with briefly Johnson to talk about her extraordinary life.

WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?
I don’t shop! I’m addicted to going out by myself, sitting, relaxing, looking around. I realized I love to people watch.

AFTER LIVING IN NY FOR OVER 50 YEARS YOUR NOW IN CALIFORNIA, HOW’S THAT BEEN?
Ten months ago I became bicoastal. Oh, my god, I can’t believe it’s been that long, I feel like it’s been two weeks! Malibu is just beautiful. My daughter, her husband and their two kids were out there and asked me to come. However if they ever said move to LA, I would never go. I know LA well, and I just didn’t want another version of NY. And you can create craziness if you want to when you are there.

Isla two-piece platform sandals, $79.99, by Betsey Johnson available at Macy's

WHO’S YOUR STYLE ICON?
I look to music industry I love everyone from Madonna to Pharrell. Gwen Stefani is looking great and a young Keith Richards.

LAST TIME YOU WERE STARSTRUCK?
I won the lifetime achievement award last year from Council of Fashion Design of America and Pharrell won style icon. I and especially my family were excited to me Pharrell. I love watching The Voice.

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Pharrell and Betsey Johnson

WHO HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO MEET BUT NEVER HAVE?
Daniel Craig. Remember him in Casino Royal when he comes out of the water? I also love his wife, Rachel Weisz.

WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Nothing…I’d like to live longer!

WHO’S YOUR CELEB CRUSH GROWING UP?
Elvis

Betsy Johnson at Macy's on State Street with Fashion Junkie Jessica Moazami

FASHIONABLE CONFESSIONS: Georgia May Jagger, Model

When your dad is Mick Jagger and your mom is Jerry Hall would you be anything but cool? As their youngest daughter, she has clearly inherited her mom’s model good looks and her dad’s Rock'n'Roll coolness. However don’t be fooled, Georgia May Jagger might have shot to fame because of her parents but she’s carved out her own place in the fashion world. At 23, this fashionable Londoner has already reached supermodel status by gracing the covers of most major publications including Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Pop, Harper’s Bazaar and i-D. As a fashion week regular she's walked for Alexander Wang, Louis Vuitton, Isabel Marant, Marc Jacobs and Giles. She’s also fronted major campaigns from Mulberry and Miu Miu to H&M and Rimmel. Known for her rock-inspired-sex-kitten look she's often spotted hanging out or working with her model besties Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse –see the April cover of British Vogue. It doesn't stop there with her diversifying into designing (Hudson jeans) plus curating a 'Minnie Style' exhibition for September's London Fashion week. I posed some questions to the recently named Global Brand Ambassador for Sunglass Hut and found out more about her musical and fashion tastes.

Georgia May Jagger on the cover of British Vogue Feb 2014 issue

WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?
Sunglasses are like shoes, it’s a guilty pleasure accessory that you can never have too many of!

DO YOU HAVE A FAV PAIR?
My favorite sunglasses would be Ray-Ban Clubmasters. They can be casual when paired with jean shorts and a t-shirt or glam with a cocktail dress. I’m really into the mirrored lenses that are more rock &roll and their foldable options, which are great to travel with.

Georgia May Jagger's favorite pair of sunglasses the Ray-Ban Clubmasters from Sunglass Hut

Ray-Ban Clubmasters, $299, Sunglass Hut

LAST SONG YOU DOWNLOADED?
I can’t recall the last song but I listen to a lot of old music most of the time such as Jimmy Hendrix, Prince and James Brown.

WHO’S YOUR STYLE ICON?
My mum is my style icon and my sister Lizzy always inspires me too!

Georgia May Jagger's mother and style icon Jerry Hall

 Mother and style icon Jerry Hall 

WHAT’S THE MOST PRIZED POSSESSION IN YOUR CLOSET?
A vintage leopard Thierry Mugler dress from my mum.

WHICH DESIGNERS DO YOU WORSHIP?
I really like Isabel Marant, Thierry Mugler and Alexander McQueen.

One Georgia May Jagger's favorite designer Alexander McQueen

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WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST FASHION FAUX PAS?
I tend to not like anything overly girly and sparkly. A piece here and there works but not a full on outfit.

TELL US ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?
If I wasn’t a model, I would be a photographer. If I wasn’t a photographer, I wanted to be a veterinarian.

Shot in the Bahamas Georgia May Jagger in Sunglass Hut #ElectrigySummer campaign

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
The boys from N’Sync!

AND LASTLY YOU SHOT THE SUNGLASS HUT #ELECTRIFYSUMMER CAMPAIGN IN THE BAHAMAS WHAT’S YOU FAV THING ABOUT THE SUMMER?
Summer is all about having fun and relaxing with my family and friends. I love to go to music festivals during the summer time and spend time in London. I also love to go to the beach!

FASHION CONFESSIONS: LOUISE ROE, TV Host and Fashion Journalist

You might have seen her doing red carpet interviews for ‘Access Hollywood’ or maybe it was hosting NBC’s competition show, ‘Fashion Star’ or it could’ve been on MTVs ‘The City’ or ‘Plain Jane’. This British born LA transport, Louise Roe, has certainly made a name for herself stateside. Along with her numerous TV work she also contributes to style magazines (People StyleWatch and Luxdeco Interiors magazine) and has a style blog, Front Roe, which she’s just turned into her first book by the same name. I caught up with Louise at Westfield Old Orchard’s Fash Bash to discuss London, LA and of course fashion.

TV host and fashion journalist, Louise Roe, dishes LA, London and Fashion at the Westfiield Old Orchasrd Fash Bash

WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?
Shoes, I’m a shoe girl and it’s funny because I was always just into heels, I mean I’m 5’9” I didn’t’ care if they made me 6’4” but now I love flats as well. I’m just addicted to shoes I’ve got a problem!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN LA?
The weather hands down. It gets a bad rap as a city but I’ve met some of the kindest most motivated, interesting people there as well. You know there are great people who live there, as well as not so wonderful.

WHAT’S WAS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN LONDON?
You’ve lived there so you know that it’s so like NY in a very different sense. There is an energy and soul to that city that you can not replace or copy anywhere. It’s like alive and I think that’s to do with the history and culture and also the people.

WHAT DO YOU MISS ABOUT LONDON?
The British sense of humor, it’s so awesome. I miss that sense of humor being in LA.

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Joey McIntyre from New Kids on The Block

WHO’S THE NICEST STAR ON THE RED CARPET?
That’s a great question. Most people actually. Heidi Klum is a pleasure to speak to. George Clooney is so polite and so clever. Michael Douglas remembered my name after I’d only interviewed him once! I think the bigger the star the more manners, in my experience. They are like the real deal.

THE CELEBRITY YOUR ALWAYS MOST EXCITED TO SEE ON THE RED CARPET?
The ones that take the risks like Diane Kruger. It’s not necessarily like the biggest star, it’s the one who always does something interesting. That being said when you see J Lo in real life. She is jaw droppingly flawless and stunning so she’s always amazing to see in the flesh.

WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO INTERVIEW THAT YOU HAVEN’T YET?
I get really excited about the people behind the scenes like the designers and to be really honest most of them I have interviewed but if I could bring him back, Yves Saint Laurent would be amazing. I’ve been lucky enough to interview Giorgio Armani, Karl Largerfeld and Valentino. Those people actually intrigue me and inspire me even more than the talent in front of the camera.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LONDON AND LA FASHION?
The weather actually changes things because you’re looking for brighter colors and lighter weight maxi dresses or cute little cut off shorts, it’s very casual there [LA]. So I often wonder if London would be like that if it had the weather and it probably would change it but there’s definitely a more grungy vibe in London. You know chipped nail varnish, a biker jacket and flat boots, the girls are a lot more edgy but for me I’m not really that girl, I prefer the LA vibe.

ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?
I got bitten on the foot by a shark in the Maldives.

LAST TIME YOU WERE DRUNK?
Probably with my friend Greg at the weekend, we went to a party with friends visiting from London, it was lots of fun.

TV host and fashion journalist, Louise Roe, interviewed by Jessica Moazami aka Fashion Junkie  at the Westfiield Old Orchasrd Fash Bash for fashion blog

Louise Roe’s book, Front Roe, is now available on Amazon.

Louise Roe's book Front Roe available on Amazon

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FASHION CONFESSIONS: Christian Siriano, Fashion Designer

Fashion Junkie, Jessica Moazami interviews fashion designer Christian Siriano

One of the most talented winners of Project Runway, Christian Siriano, has been busy growing his empire these last six years. Launching his clothing line in 2008, then in 2012 opening his first store in Manhattan and now debuting his first fragrance, Silhouette. I had the pleasure of chatting to Siriano about this exciting time in his life.

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FRAGRANCE AND WHY YOU DECIDED TO LAUNCH IT?
I love the idea of a brand having a signature fragrance. That’s why we named it Silhouette you know it was the idea that we could always celebrate a women’s Silhouette, you know any age, any size, can wear this fragrance. So that was the kind of feeling.

Christian Siriano new fragrance silhouette

WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR FALL/WINTER COLLECTION?
The collection, in stores now was inspired by Lisa Fonssagrives, she was married to Irving Penn and another photographer Fernand Fonssagrives. She was the muse of the season. And I wanted to capture her in the late 1950s, early 60s in Paris. So it’s kind of like the vision of her lifestyle but captured from their photographs, so that was the idea.

Fashion Junkie, Jessica Moazami interviews fashion designer Christian Siriano

WOULD YOU SAY WINNING PROJECT RUNWAY HAS HELPED OR HURT YOUR CAREER?
It’s always the good and the bad. Some things are great, and some things aren’t so great. Eight years ago I was on the show, and it was a lot of work but now to be honest we have a great store in NY, and we sell to retailers around the world. We’re running a pretty big business now, so it’s kind of great. So I think it all worked out but it doesn’t work out like that for everybody. You know it’s a tough, tough business you got to really work at it.

YOU’VE DRESSED SO MANY CELEBRITIES FOR THE RED CARPET INCLUDING SJP, LADY GAGA AND VICTORIA BECKHAM WHO'S STILL ON YOUR WISH LIST?
I’m a big fan of Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore…I love older iconic actress that have been in great films and dress amazing on the [red] carpet.

AND LASTLY WHAT’S YOU FASHION ADDICTION?
I like cool bags and shoes that are kind of special.

Silhouette is available at ChristianSirianoFragrances.com

Photographs by Kristyna Archer and photographs of the parfum by Kirsten Miccoli.