Five Timeless Fashion Statements from Modern Hollywood Films

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One of the universal truths of fashion is that we can always find great looks in Hollywood. To some extent this is because we tend to look to celebrities and A-listers who populate the most noteworthy movies for fashion inspiration. It’s also thanks in part to the fact that films naturally put fashion in the perfect place, pairing actors with ideal outfits and just the right settings. The result is that, quite often at least, a given outfit in a film looks better than anything we might see even on a runway, magazine cover, or blog page.Considering this, Fashion Reverie wanted to take a fun look back on fashion from five popular films in the past decade. These looks have been perfect for the actors wearing them and the situations they were presented in, and they’ll be among the lasting fashion imagery of modern Hollywood.

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Emma Stone —“La La Land”

Emma Stone’s yellow dress in 2017’s “La La Land” seemed to become an iconic piece of Hollywood fashion overnight. It’s what she wore in some of the film’s most beloved scenes—such as the City of Stars song and dance. The dress was instantly memorable, and particularly with the way certain scenes were filmed; that yellow dress really popped off of the screen. Supposedly the dress was actually based on a real red carpet look of Stone’s, and in that sense it’s sort of the epitome of celebrity fashion on screen. Any girl without a particular aversion to yellow would love to have this dress on hand for a warm spring or summer night. 

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Sarah Jessica Parker — “Sex and The City”If you ever watched “Sex and The City,” you probably picked up more than a few fashion tips along the way; fashion and style was an essential part of the show. The same was true of the movie, and while there were a lot of great looks in it, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Gucci rose dress stole the show. It was literally an off-white dress that was about 70% covered in beautiful, detailed rose graphics. And though not everyone could have pulled it off, it was a wonderful combination of bold elegance, and lightheartedness–incidentally not a bad description of the show’s and film’s style overall.

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Anne Hathaway — “The Devil Wears Prada”If there’s a defining fashion film from mainstream cinema in the 21st century, it has to be “The Devil Wears Prada.” This movie simultaneously delved into the business side of the fashion industry and demonstrated a virtual runway’s worth of incredible looks and outfits. Singling out one look from Anne Hathaway in this movie is sort of a shame; she and other castmates looked wonderful and glamorous throughout much of the film. However, Hathaway’s black dresses (there are a few) make particularly lovely statements. (The Prada gown she wore to The Met Gala in the film was divine.) They black dresses are simple at a glance, but Anne Hathaway is putting on a clinic on how and when to pull off this classic look.

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Jessica Chastain – “Molly’s Game”“Molly’s Game” isn’t quite as noteworthy as the other films in this roundup, but it may be in time, because it has a chance to be recognized as one of the last and best casino Hollywood movies. This is a 2017 film about back-room celebrity poker games in an era in which the word “casino” increasingly refers to lineups of digital games available at websites from Canada and the UK, or jingling slot apps for free play on mobile phones. These kinds of casino games can’t make for much of a movie (which is why this could be a dying genre), but the subject matter of “Molly’s Game” absolutely did. Accordingly, Chastain’s character demonstrates the stylish side of high-end poker culture, in numerous scenes and with numerous looks. Her black-and-nude dress in a scene in which she’s hosting a high-roller game, though, cuts a particularly striking image.

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Constance Wu – “Crazy Rich Asians”Most of the actresses listed above were known for their style, or for great fashion style in past movies, before the aforementioned films came out. Constance Wu was a little bit more of an unknown to major audiences before starring in “Crazy Rich Asians.” However, Constance Wu  became an overnight sensation when “Crazy Rich Asians” started dominating the box office. It’s an exquisitely styled film in every sense, and there are more than a few great outfits throughout its runtime. The sheer, pale-blue Marchesa gown Wu wears to the massive wedding at the center of the film, however, is a marvel. It’s not the sort of look one might seek to replicate in everyday life, but it should be an inspiration the next time you need a standout look for a formal event!


Spring 2020 Bridal Sketches Preview

Fashion Reverie prides itself on providing its viewers with inside information that they sometimes cannot find anywhere else. With New York International Bridal Week being only a few days away, Fashion Reverie’s staff has curated some select bridal sketches from the upcoming spring 2020 season.

From the accompanying sketches, viewers will observe that the 2020 bridal season promises to be a fantastic season. Enjoy!!

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THEIA is one of the bridal brands that Fashion Reverie anticipates every season. Creative Director Don O’Neill every season creates bridal collections that are both innovative and consumer friendly. For the spring 2020 season, Don O’Neill continues his penchant for light, ethereal bridal gowns. And in a nod to the brand’s namesake, THEIA the goddess of light, the spring 2020 collection is similarly ethereal, utilizing a Grecian design aesthetic with hints of floral vines and laurel motifs.

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Francesca Miranda has set a standard for beautiful bridal gowns that speak to that bride who is looking for glorious expression of majesty. For the spring 2020 season, the bridal brand embraces whimsical romance with a touch of springtime elements expressed in vine embellishments with dipping décolletage and off-shoulder design elements.

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An all-time favorite of Fashion Reverie, Ines di Santo for the spring 2020 season looked to fantasy and a fairy-tale world for her inspiration. “Our bride spends time in a shimmering lunar garden filled with celestial wonder. She dances through branches with fluorescent blossoms,” explained di Santo. Let celestial beauty reign!!

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Those industry professionals who did not enjoy the privilege of attending Justin Alexander Signature fall 2019 bridal show last October missed a glorious bridal collection. This season Justin Alexander Signature spring 2020 collection promises to be just as exciting. The collection draws inspiration from the “transformative nature of spring,” explains Justin Alexander.

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If there are adjectives that could describe Mira Zwillinger, the words sublime sophistication and definitive charm fit the bill. And that just a few adjectives. If you have ever attended a Mira Zwillinger bridal show, you immediately understand that Mira Zwillinger is pushing the proverbial envelope without hitting consumers over the head with her design aesthetic.For spring 2020, the design duo at Mira Zwillinger was inspired by the power of wish making. “… Our wish was to incorporate technology outside the fashion world to create something new and innovative,” details Mira.

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Naeem Khan is credited for reinventing the modern bridal gown. Every season Naeem Khan includes sequined jumpsuits, sweat suits, and even an occasional athleisure wear garment. And the genius in Khan’s bridal collection is that though many of the bridal garments could double as eveningwear, they work equally well as bridal wear with Naeem Khan’s special touch. This sketch from Khan’s spring 2020 collection reveals that there will be more than white gowns in the collection, probably some pastels, and there will romance galore with a dose of Khan’s version of va va voom.

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New to Fashion Reverie this bridal season is MORILEE by Madeline Gardner. The reference of desert beauty carries over from the fall 2019 bridal collection to this spring 2020 collection. “Through the wind and sand, the silhouette of simple, structured shapes will capture the natural spirit of the bohemian bride.”


New York International Bridal Week Spring 2020 Pre-coverage

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With New York International Bridal Week being less than a week away, bridal designers are gearing up to present their latest collections for bridal press and invited guests. Unlike New York Fashion Week (NYFW), Bridal Week is still an ordered event, and has not been kidnapped by social media influencers and sundry crashers who only view Fashion Week as a way to build their social media audience. Bridal Week is still industry. Thank God for that!!True to form, some of New York International Bridal Week fashion staples will again show their collections, and that includes the always innovative and entertaining Ines Di Santo, THEIA, Mira Zwillinger, Reem Acra, Gracy Accad, Francesca Miranda, MORILEE, BERTA, and others. Thanks to Rachel Leonard of The Bridal Council for all her great week in bringing New York International Bridal Week front and center, and using that platform as a vehicle to keep media informed of what is going on in the bridal market all year long. 

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Fashion Reverie will be front and center bringing our viewers fantastic coverage of spring 2020 bridal season. And we will bring coverage, as we always do, of bridal designers and brands that you may not of heard of before. Stay tuned!!—William S. Gooch

Meghan Markle Turns her Pregnancy into a Fashion Statement

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Meghan Markle is one of the most watched women in the world. She made history by being the first woman of color in modern history to marry into Great Britain’s royal family. She has beauty, grace, she’s the Duchess of Sussex, and perhaps, a situation that carries more weight, she’s currently with child. Meghan Markle went from a role on USA Network’s “Suits” to a woman who is constantly in the press. And when her pregnancy was announced, it was the news item heard around the world.Many were entranced with the idea of the royal family adding to their potential line of succession. Although it is unlikely that Harry will ever be King of England, the fascination with any addition to the royal family’s lineage is as entrenched in British society as fish and chips. As the world anticipates for her delivery date, all eyes are on something in the intermittent time: The Duchess’ fashion choices.

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While Markle’s fashion choices have been under public scrutiny ever since she began dating Prince Harry, her fashion choices came under more scrutiny during her wedding and when she began making appearances as an official member of the royal family. Her ability to cause an item to sellout instantly with one photograph is unparalleled; a feat only rivaled by the Duchess of Windsor Kate Middleton. With a growing baby bump in tow, women around the world were watching Meghan Markle to see how she would do baby bump style.Meghan Markle could be expected to get away with sweatpants once she outgrew her tailored dresses. (After all, she is from across The Big Pond.) Being a commoner and an American aside; a level of high fashion is an expectation from Meghan, and she has managed to do what few women could do, make pregnancy fashionable.

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In a recent appearance last month for Commonwealth Day Service, the Duchess of Sussex arrived at Westminster Abbey in a printed Victoria Beckham dress, a cream coat, and a pillbox hat reminiscent of First Lady Jackie Kennedy. The dress was a nod to her honoring British designers.Meghan has also been cautious as to not bring constant attention to the fact she is with child. Coats have become a bigger part of her wardrobe. On the same Commonwealth Day last month, she was photographed attending Canada House in a matching coat and dress from Erdem. Coats have long been used by women to downplay their pregnancy, and in some cases conceal a pronounced baby bump. With her due date slowly approaching, coats have become more important than ever to the Duchess’ wardrobe.

One of the most shocking things about the Duchess’ pregnancy style though has been her choice of footwear, as he is still in her signature pumps and doesn’t appear to be putting them down anytime soon. Her footwear choices have included pumps from Aquazurra to Manolo Blahnik.

Crafting the image of a pregnant royal isn’t new to the modern royal family, however. They have successfully accomplished this with Duchess of Windsor Kate Middleton during her pregnancies with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Through it all, Kate never lost her near impeccable sense of style, grace, poise and glamour.

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Meghan Markle has managed to send a message to the world that pregnancy doesn’t mean you have to give up fashion for nine months of your life. Pregnancy could be an opportunity to explore maternity chic. Meghan Markle is helping to write the glamour page on maternity style, and as usual, her fashion cues are catching like wildfire.

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Fashion Tea with Kristopher: March 2019

Spring has finally arrived!! The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the fashion tea is flowing. Between Paris Fashion Week wrapping up, Karl Lagerfeld’s final collection for Chanel, and the opening of Hudson Yards in New York, it’s been quite an exciting time for fashion this past month.

Ginger Tea

Vogue has lost its online culture editor, Alessandra Codinha, to Departures, where she has been appointed Departures’ style director. Departures is ramping up its fashion footprint ever since being acquired by Meredith Corporation. Departures already has those travel ad dollars, so they are primed and set to beef their fashion coverage.

Musical tea

A music company with ties to the classical music world has their eyes now set on the fashion industry. Their press events, which were once a playground for classical musicians, has turned into another Manhattan fashionista and socialite scene. Fashion Reverie is taking bets on when they are going to take out an ad in Town & Country to get those high spenders to lay out the ducats.

Lemon tea

A former top magazine editor finds herself at home with a respectable financial compensation and a new role in broadcast journalism. Expect her to lend her fashionable touch to many a morning network TV show.

Sizzling, hot tea

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli might be going down in this college admissions scandal involving him and his wife, actress Lori Loughlin. He and Lori Loughlin allegedly bribed a college admissions counselor to help them get their daughter into University of Southern California. (By the way, Giannulli is also a staunch Republican.)

Giannulli gave $2700 to Marco Rubio’s senate campaign and $5000 to the Romney victory fund in 2012. Between this scandal and his conservative political leaning, the fashion industry may not welcome Giannulli welcome back or sing his praises, even if he gets off.

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R. Riveter; More than your Typical Handbag Line

Having a great narrative is an essential element to bringing value in a very saturated fashion market. Whether the narrative illuminates the brand’s US-based manufacturing or inspiration from season to season, without a strong, detailed narrative brands cannot differentiate themselves from other similar brands.

R. Riveter, not only has a great product, that serve modern women’s needs, the brand also has an innovative, decentralized business model to that helps support military spouses. In this Month of the Women, R. Riveter giving make to this country and the fashion industry by providing a utilitarian product that can also provide mobile income for women.

Lisa Bradley, one of the co-founders of R. Riveter graciously spoke with Fashion Reverie about her company and how facilitating a flexible income model to military spouses brings her great joy. 

FR: From your site, I learned that you started this handbag company because you and a friend, Cameron Cruse, both military wives, were having difficulty finding employment. Could talk a bit more about that?

Lisa Bradley: Military families move on average two out of every five years, so, it hard for the spouses of a military person to find steady work. Employers understand that you are probably going to move once they conclude that you are a military spouse, making employers less opt to hire, not wanting to invest in a military spouse.

With that fact in mind, Cameron and myself launched a unique handbag line with a business model that supports military spouses. Just like the Ford assembly line, back in the day, military spouse can assist with the manufacturing of our handbags while working from home. The military spouse assembles pieces of the handbags from home and the parts are put together in our factory in North Carolina.

This homegrown assembly line is a throwback to World War II’s Rosie the Riveter who did so much for this country during the war. So, for Women’s History Month we are launching our 2019 spring handbags with an empowering message that goes out to the modern-day woman.

FR: Where is your factory in North Carolina?

Lisa Bradley: Our factory and retail store is in Southern Pines, NC, which is a major stop on the PGA tour. Our retail store is right on Broad Street and it is a great place for the wives and mates of professional golfers to stop and purchase our handbags.

FR: Did you or your business partner have any experience with fashion or handbag design before you started your business?

Lisa Bradley: No, we did not have any fashion design experience or experience in handbag manufacturing. It was new to us and we are still figuring a lot of things out. I believe our lack of experience is a testament to the fact you still create something from nothing in America and if you have the determination, you can grow your brand.

FR: Could you talk about how you came up with the name of your company? 

Lisa Bradley: We named the company after Rosie the Riveter. She was such an icon for American women. We wanted our company to represent modern women, and though Rosie the Riveter is an icon from World War II, she still embodies the spirit of modern women.

As modern women, we have so many things coming at us. From social media telling us who we should be to mass media, everyone is telling women that should take on more responsibilities, as well as their own career goals. We wanted to create a product and business that allows women to be able to create an income from their home while they put the care of their family first.

FR: How did you get your brand name out in the market and grow your company? 

Lisa Bradley: It has been a process. We have really grown the company one handbag at a time. We started the company out of my attic and we initially financed the company with our credit cards. We did a Kickstarter in 2014 that pushed our brand out there.

Our biggest move was appearing on “Shark Tank” in 2016. We did get an investment from Mark Cuban, one of the judges on “Shark Tank.” That investment really helped our company grow. Being on “Shark Tank” really gave us a national platform and gave a big boost to our brand.

FR: How did the appearance of “Shark Tank” happen? 

Lisa Bradley: “Shark Tank” wasn’t something we haven’t considered doing, but it happened, and it seemed like a good opportunity for the company. We spent several months prepping for our appearance of the show.

Once we appeared on the show it was a great experience. The “Shark Tank” team was wonderful and 100% behind us. It is very difficult manufacturing in the US, and the “Shark Tank” team really wanted to support brands where the manufacturing base is in the US. And we were that company. So, that helped us a lot.

FR: Because of the cost of labor in the US, how are you able to maintain a manufacturing base in the US?

Lisa Bradley: We have created a process where if a military spouse in looking for flexible work hours or mobile income, we provide an opportunity that works for all parties involved. Spouses can work any hour of the day, and our customers know that we are providing an opportunity for military spouses to have flexible work and a mobile income. Our customers understand the a third of the cost of the product goes back to the military spouse that helped make our product.

FR: How would a military spouse reach out to you and find employment?

Lisa Bradley: On our website their a link to becoming a member, which is an employee, and there is link about becoming a riveter which details our remote work process. If you have a little bit of sewing experience and the right home tools this is a great opportunity for flexible, mobile income.

FR: Could you describe the brand and its design aesthetic?

Lisa Bradley: Our handbags are classic and very utilitarian. We design our handbags to meet the woman where she is today, whether that is the boardroom or a playground with her children. We feel that a woman shouldn’t have to change out her accessories to accommodate her life. Our handbags are made with canvas and leather so that they are very durable.

FR: Let’s talk about your spring 2019 collection. What was the inspiration behind this collection?

Lisa Bradley: Our spring line launches in mid-March and we are introducing our first custom floral. Our florals are very important to our brand because our florals represent blooms and blooming. As a military spouse you are always moving and having to bloom where ever you are. That process of setting down new roots inspires the blooms in our prints.

FR: You have included a lot of small bags in a spring 2019 collection, which are on trend, could you speak to that?

Lisa Bradley: Our small bags can be worn cross body or on your hip. They are very much in trend now. We also realized that people are traveling and Riveter_01ore active in the springtime, so consumers need a more utilitarian bag that fits with their active life.

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Lisa Bradley: Our price points range from handbags priced in the $20 to $250. Our bags are made of the highest quality leather and canvas.

FR: Where can your bags be purchased?

Lisa Bradley: We sell predominantly on our website, and our flagship retail store in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

What’s next for the brand? 

Lisa Bradley: We are always releasing new styles and adding vendors to our marketplace. Our marketplace is a place on our website where we bring attention to other military brands or brands that support the military.

For Women’s History Month we challenge everyone to think of the women in your life that inspire you and to celebrate her by thanking her and possibly purchasing something from our site.

For more information on R. Riverter’s spring handbag line go to

—William S. Gooch

For Fashion Stylist Tracy Shapoff Taking Risks Pays Off in a Big Way

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A career in fashion is a risky venture. Unlike more traditional 9 to 5 jobs, most jobs in fashion don’t have set hours and often you go from gig to gig. If stability and job security is what you are looking for, then fashion may not be for you. Well, not at first!!Risk-taking is a natural state of being for Tracy Shapoff. After achieving as a fashion designer and trend forecaster, Tracy took a huge leap in career trajectory, moving from New York City to Los Angeles in pursuit new career as a fashion stylist. And all the risk-taking and hard work is starting to pay off. And her current appearance on this season of “The Bachelor” is sure to make her rising star shine even brighter.

Tracy Shapoff knows what wants and she’s is willing to do what it takes to get there. Not frightened by the risks and adversities of a creative career, Tracy meets challenges head on with tenacity and perseverance.

Tracy Shapoff sat down with Fashion Reverie and graciously spoke about her life, her passion and her bravery.

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Fashion Reverie: How did you first become interested in fashion?Tracy Shapoff: My grandmother was an incredible designer and seamstress. I learned how to sew from her and there are lots of creative people in my family. I very quickly realized that I had a strong passion for fashion.

FR: How would you describe your personal style? 

Tracy Shapoff: I would say my personal style is clean eclectic. I am kind all over the place. I love being trend forward and taking risks; but that all depends on my personality on a given day. Sometimes, I might wear very clean, crisp clothing that is monochromatic in scope. Other days, I could dress down, and other days I could be really trend. It just depends on what mood I am in. I am also a big theme dresser.

FR: So, you went to Kent State and majored in fashion, why Kent State, and what was that experience like?

Tracy Shapoff: I looked and considered some fashion schools in New York City—FIT and Parsons. However, my grandparents live in Cleveland and my mother had worked for a woman whose daughter attended Kent State. I knew that Kent was an amazing school. And at that time Kent was ranked in the top five when it came to fashion schools.

I wanted to have a complete college experience and I fell in love with Kent State at my first visit to the campus. I knew I would eventually move to NYC to work in fashion.

Kent State is very much a part of a college town, lots of partying, of course. I immersed myself in college life and activities. I joined a sorority while I was at Kent. I was able to study abroad in Florence, Italy because Kent has a campus in Florence. I had so many amazing experiences at Kent State.

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FR: How did the job at Sam Edelman come about?Tracy Shapoff: Prior to working at Sam Edelman, I had done trend forecasting for Kohls in New York City. My first job in NYC was designing for a private licensing company which didn’t pay well. Later, I got the opportunity at Kohls to do trend forecasting. I was there for three years.

I found the opportunity at Sam Edelman online. When I went in for the job interview the job was in retail, which I wasn’t interested in. The interview went so well that I was offered a trial job designing for Sam Edelman.

After only being there a few days, I realized Sam Edelman didn’t really have a fashion design department. I presented a proposal to the company about me creating a design/trend department. They bought the idea, and I ended up being at Sam Edelman for three years.

FR: You switched careers and became a wardrobe stylist. How did that all come about?  

Tracy Shapoff: While working at Sam Edelman I got to go on lots of editorial and magazine shoots that were using the footwear in editorials. I found out how much I loved styling from those opportunities. I knew that I had reached a ceiling at Sam Edelman, and it was time to move on.

I went out to Los Angeles for about a month to figure out if I would like to live there and to see if I could launch my styling career in LA. I researched a bunch of stylists that I loved and reached out to them about working with them as a styling assistant. I got a lot of positive feedback and started my new career from there.

FR: How did you sustain yourself in fashion as you are pursuing this new career in LA?

Tracy Shapoff: I have always been able to fall back on bartending to sustain myself between jobs or to supplement my income. I work a lot of hours between styling fashion jobs and bartending, when I need to. Sometimes, there is a long layover between styling jobs, so I have always been able to supplement my income with other work. Recently, I have had a lot of styling work, so I haven’t had to look outside of fashion for more income. 

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FR: How did you navigate this big career move?Tracy Shapoff: When I first moved to LA I thought I wanted to be a wardrobe stylist in film and television. Once I got to LA, I didn’t have the contacts to land styling work in film and television. So, I reached out to celebrity stylists for assisting work and quickly got work as a styling assistant for celebrities and over time I have acquired my own clients.

I am in a place in my career where I am still building as a fashion stylist, so I take on jobs that pay well and some that don’t pay so well. I am very fortunate to have a great relationship with showrooms and fashion PR firms where I can pull clothes from some of the best designers and brands in Los Angeles.

FR: What shows have you work on as a wardrobe stylist, and which celebrities have you dressed?

Tracy Shapoff: I have worked mainly on reality television as a wardrobe stylist with such shows as MTV’s “Undressed”—which was a dating show—“The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Champions,” and “Baker’s America.” I have dressed Channing Tatum, Gillian Jacobs, Octavia Spencer, Constance Wu, Toni Trucks, Claire Holt, Elizabeth Banks, and Jermaine Fowler, just to name a few.

FR: What has been your best experience as a stylist?

Tracy Shapoff: My best experience was working on the 2018 Golden Globes and getting to dress Dany Garcia whose company, The Garcia Companies produced the “Baywatch,” “Jumangi,” and “Rampage” movies. I was also to witness the Golden Globes red carpet up close and personal. 

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FR: How did “The Bachelor” come about?Tracy Shapoff: I was randomly looking at information on reality television shows and I noticed that “The Bachelor” had an online application for contestants. And I thought, “why not, give this a shot.” I didn’t think anything would come it. I got a call to come in for casting and the rest is history.

FR: Now you have worked mostly behind the scenes, but on “The Bachelor” you are in front of the camera. How was that different? What was that experience like?

Tracy Shapoff: I didn’t think I would like being in front of the camera, but I have to say, I had so much fun on the show. I really enjoyed staying in the house in Los Angeles for the first four episodes. Then I went with Colton to Singapore, and after that I was eliminated.

FR: What was Colton Underwood like, what was your experience of him? 

Tracy Shapoff: He is a sincere and genuine person. I was very comfortable around him from the first time I met him. I wasn’t sure what to expect from him, but I had watched him on his season of “Bachelorette.” He went beyond my expectations. We talked a lot with each other, which you don’t get to see on the show because most of it is edited out. We had a lot of fun together. 

FR: Did Colton pull your heart strings.

Tracy Shapoff: Yes, he did pull a couple of strings.

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FR: What were your expectations of being on” The Bachelor,” and did the show come up to your expectations? Tracy Shapoff: I wasn’t sure what to expect because you could get sent home from the first episode or you could become engaged. I was completely open to whatever happened. I am very ready to be in a long-term, stable relationship. 

Honestly, I had only watched one season of “The Bachelor” and when watching the show, you think that the premise of the show is kind of crazy; however, once you are there is a very different experience. You are spending so much time with each other—which mostly gets edited out—that you really get to know the other person and that is your main motivation. Remember, there is next to no outside stimulation because you are in a cloistered environment and what is actually a few weeks feels like a much longer time span.

FR: Did you get what you wanted or expected?

Tracy Shapoff: I am not sure what I was expecting. That said; I learned things about myself that I did not realize I needed to know. The show opened me up to areas about relationships that I didn’t know I was closed off to. Of course, I would have loved to end up with Colton, but it didn’t happen. But I think “The Bachelor” got me one stop closer to meeting the right guy because I know now what I want and don’t want.

FR: Did being on “The Bachelor” ignite something in you that made you want to be in front of the camera more?

Tracy Shapoff: Not necessarily. I did like being on camera; however, I am very committed to my styling career. I would be open to hosting a fashion television show or being on a show about fashion and style or doing fashion commentary.

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FR: What’s next for you? Tracy Shapoff: Well, “Women Tell All” already premiered. The finale of “The Bachelor” airs on Monday and Tuesday. I would be open to do another “The Bachelor.” Other than that, continuing to work hard as a stylist. I would love to collaborate with a fashion brand, helping to build that brand.

—William S. Gooch

What’s Happening with “Project Runway” Alumni?

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“Project Runway” is returning home to where it all started. The fashion competition reality television series is being rebooted on its original home network, Bravo, with a new cast of judges that includes Christian Siriano, media personality and former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth, Supermodel Karlie Gloss, and fashion designer Brandon Maxwell. Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia will continue as a judge on the show.As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Bravo acquired “Project Runway” again through an agreement with Bravo Media LLC and Lantern Entertainment LLC, whose bid to acquire the assets of The Weinstein Co. was approved by Delaware bankruptcy court on May 8. From 2004 until the present season, a plethora of contestants have appeared on the sixteen seasons of the show. While some found fashion design success, others have moved on to other things.

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Christian Siriano

Siriano is easily the greatest success story of all Project Runway contestants. The Season 4 winner has gone on to become a red-carpet favorite at awards show from the Golden Globes to the Academy Awards. His roster of star-studded clients has included Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, Angela Bassett, Billy Porter, Leslie Jones, Alicia Silverstone, Kathy Bates, and Meg Ryan. The designer’s runway show is one of the most coveted seats at New York Fashion Week: The Shows, and his front row is known to feature his A-list Hollywood clientele. His fashion star will continue to burn bright.

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Leanne Marshall

The Season 5 winner of “Project Runway” had a tough act to follow with Season 4 Christian Siriano’s win and market saturation, but she’s managed to make a name for herself as both a ready-to-wear and bridal designer. She’s the founder of her own eponymous label that has shown consistently at New York Fashion Week, with her bridal collection currently carried in over 18 boutiques internationally.

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Alexandra Vidal

Vidal came to “Project Runway” Season 1, well known for her swimwear and Miami causal wear aesthetic, but oh, how she has evolved from that. The designer is now best known for her cocktail dresses and evening wear, which has been worn by Naomi Watts, Joan Small, Faith Hill, and Coco Rocha. The collection is currently carried at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.

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Carol Hanna Whitfield

The Season six “Project Runway” contestant now has a studio in the heart of the garment district where she sells wedding gowns, wedding accessories, and dresses with a modern twist. Her pieces are also available on her Etsy shop. Dubbed “The People’s Designer” on her season, Carol Hanna Whitfield is a favorite in the bridal market.

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Austin Scarlett

The flamboyant fashionista is one of the most memorable and biggest fan-favorite in “Project Runway” history. Audiences couldn’t get enough of him, and he returned to “Project Runway” for “Project Runway: All Stars,” and his own series with Santino Rice, “On the Road with “Austin & Santino.” His bridal collections are sold at Neiman Marcus and other retail stores globally.

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Chloe Dao

Chloe Dao was the dark horse on “Project Runway” Season 2, where she was up against fan favorite Santino Rice and Daniel Vosovic. Since her “Project Runway” days, she has a very popular boutique in Houston, Texas, finding a local following in the city.

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Jay McCarroll

Jay McCarroll was the winner of the first season of “Project Runway but became even more famous for notorious turning down the $100,000 cash prize due to all the stipulations attached to the prize money. Since “Project Runway” Season 1, he was the protagonist of the 2009 documentary, “Eleven Minutes,” which chronicled his first runway show at New York Fashion Week. In 2010 he appeared on “Celebrity Fit Club.” McCarroll has had a clothing line on QVC and is currently an adjunct fashion professor at Philadelphia University.

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Santino Rice

Santino Rice came to the spotlight on Season 2 of “Project Runway,” and was a fan favorite making it all the way to the top three to show at New York Fashion Week “Project Runway” show. He ultimately lost to Chloe Dao, but his charisma and reality star personality helped him eventually land his own television show on Lifetime with fellow Project Runway alumni Austin Scarlett. He was also a judge for seasons 1–6 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” He is now involved in Los Angeles–based restaurant Wild Living Foods where he is the Remedy Bar Captain. Organic plant-based casual food is his new calling.

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Mondo Guerra

Mondo Guerra was a runner-up on season 8 of “Project Runway” and later became the winner of the first season of “Project Runway: All Stars.” After announcing his HIV positive status on the show, Guerra became deeply involved in HIV education and awareness and was the spokesperson for two national HIV campaigns. On season 10 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” contestant Blair St. Clair wore a gown designed by Guerra which set the fashion blogs ablaze. He’s still designing women’s clothing and accessories under his Mondo Guerra label.

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Michael Costello

Costello is also one of the more successful “Project Runway” alumnae with a list of celebrity clients that include Jennifer Lopez, Bebe Rexha, Beyoncé, and Alyssa Milano. The designer, who appeared on season 8 where he finished fourth and on the first season of “Project Runway: All Stars” where he was runner-up, Costello has not only dressed A-list actresses, but has also collaborated with Lou Eyrich to design gowns for Lady Gaga when she appeared on American Horror story. This styling effort resulted in a Primetime Emmy Award win for Outstanding Costume for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie.

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Emilio Sosa

Following his runner-up status on “Project Runway” Season 7, Emilio Sosa has designed costumes for “Porgy and Bess” (2012), “Motown the Musical” (2013), and most recently, “On Your Feet: the Emilio and Gloria Estefan Story” (2015). For the Off-Broadway production of “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” (2012).a Sosa won a Lucille Lortel Award, awards which recognize excellence in New York Off-Broadway theatre.

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Fashion Reverie Celebrates Seven Years

I know it’s hard to believe but Fashion Reverie celebrate seven years. Launched on March 2012 by our Editor-in-chief William S. Gooch III, Fashion Reverie celebrates, illuminates and gives and introspective voice to all things fashion.

In these past seven years, Fashion Reverie has tackled some timely fashion subjects. From the demise of garment manufacturing in the US to Victoria’s Secret’s fall from grace to New York Fashion Week troubles to the lack of diversity in fashion, Fashion Reverie has been front and center giving a detailed analysis on critical issues that affect the fashion industry and consumers.

Fashion Reverie would be nothing without our esteemed staff. A special shout out goes to Executive Fashion Editor Carl Ayers, Editor-at-Large Karyn Collins, Celebrity Style Editor Tijana Ibrahimovic, Beauty Editor Janine Silver, Associate Editor Kristopher Fraser, West Coast Correspondent Courtney Wilkins, Fashion Photographer Ken Jones, and Assistant to the Editors Stephanie Green. We also acknowledge other staff that have moved on to other opportunities—Cory Orlando, Coco Mitchell, Rick Karolic, Cameron Grey, Ernest Green, Geraldine Laiz, Nole Marin, Jeanine Kim, and others. 

We would also like to thank all the fashion PR firms that have been so generous to Fashion Reverie, with a special acknowledgement to the Bromley Group, Seventh House PR, Factory PR, Agentry PR, Purple PR, HL Group, D’Orazio and Associates, Atelier PR, Coded PR, Think PR, Michelle Tabnick Communications, Supreme Publicity, and many others. Thank you for keeping the doors of access open.


2019 promises to be a year of great change at Fashion Reverie and we have some very exciting initiatives and projects in the works. Stay tuned and continue to celebrate with us!! You will never be disappointed.


Misty Copeland’s Third Collaboration with Under Armour

If you have ever seen Misty Copeland dance, you are not only impressed with her technical brilliance and purity, but also the beauty and elegance of her movement quality. Very few ballerinas have been as regal as Misty Copeland in “Swan Lake,” and the accuracy and pyrotechnical aplomb of her Kitri in the ‘Vision Scene’ of “Don Quixote” renders the majesty of style in the tradition of Grand Imperial ballet.

If you are not familiar with Misty Copeland’s artistry and skill in classical and neo-classical ballet repertoire, performed on the great stages of world, then perhaps, you are familiar with her campaigns for Under Armour. In this third Under Armour campaign, Misty and Under Armour have developed the third iteration of the Misty Copeland Signature Collection,” for the many other uncontainable women out there—those who wear many hats, who stand out in a room and who make their presence known.”

As detailed in Under Armour’s press release, the new line features a bold color palette, fresh cuts and flattering designs for an effortlessly stylish look. Like her previous two product launches, this collection is designed with versatility in mind, giving athletes gear to train in that also flawlessly transitions to the next part of their day. Each piece from the collection was designed with a 360-degree approach to dressing. In this spring 2019 collection, Misty Copeland wanted the pieces to be fierce and powerful, but also feminine with elegant embroidery, soft tailoring and contour wrapping.

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“My favorite thing about this line in particular is the mixing of shapes—the high-waisted leggings and these amazing inserts—that I feel make you look lean and long, but also combine different bits of structure that add a more street-style flare,” explained Copeland. “It’s extremely important for me as a ballerina, if I dance in these clothes in rehearsal, if I’m being partnered, I can’t have anything that gets in the way.”The collection includes crop tops, sweaters, legging sets, embroidered tanks, tees, joggers, and skirts that range in price from $40 to $140 USD. The collection—13 pieces—will be available for purchase at select Macy’s, and at Under Armour Brand Houses.


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