Style Mavens is back after a little fashion week hiatus. In order to start it off again with a BANG, I am going to feature not one, but several of my all time fashion icons. About a year ago, in the need for a new "do", I happened upon the beyond fabulous Michael Angelo's Wonderland Beauty Parlor and instantly fell in love. Of course, Michael and his stylists are crazy talented, but this is not what I am going to talk about this time around...I will save that story for another day. Instead, I want to talk about the people who work there and how they are each in their own way a constant source of fashion inspiration...this place is literally an untapped hotbed of true individual style that editors and stylists should be aware of.
I am going to start off with my girl, Annastasia. Her fashion sense rocks my world. One day she is the ultimate pin-up girl throwback, the next she is western chic... She is the updo queen and can do 1950's sublime or 1960s Go-Go at the drop of a hat. She also knows how to use makeup to create a mood, so when she is working it, she is WORKING IT!!! The photo featured here is such a great example of her chameleon-like nature....old school geisha girl meets city chic. Now if you think the way I am describing her sounds costumy, I promise it is not. She certainly knows how to play with the fashions of eras-past, but she brings a modern, hip girl vibe every single time. I love this girl!!!
Next is my boy, Mitchell. He is the ultimate vintage master. Like Annastasia, he surprises me every time and has even taught me a thing or two about menswear. He has the best boot collection...military, riding boots, punkish styles. He doesn't necessarily reference a time period when he dresses; he has more of a innate ability to put several different ideas together to create the most chic creations. He also knows how to make his hair a major part of his look and is constantly changing the color and style...platinum, red, whatever color it is, it always looks perfect on him. Finally, he also has a fab hat collection and the picture I chose is all about the hat and all about his attitude. I love this guy!!!!
I also want to talk about Lizzie. She only did my hair once, so I don't know her as well, but whenever I am there I am always interested in what she is wearing. She definitely has a little bit of that throwback thing going on, which you can see in this fantastic photo of her, but she also has this disco, Flashdance, ballet dancer thing going on. It isn't contrived...it is subtle. Her overall look is sort of sultry. Oh and she wears these to die, crystal embellished, high-heeled Mary Janes that I just covet. She too is the ultimate vintage girl and puts my vintage ways to shame.
Finally, I just adore Amanda. She works at the front desk and is the sweetest person in the world. She is a vintage fanatic and knows how to work vintage accessories like no other. She also always has the perfect makeup. She perhaps has the most polished style of the bunch, but this only means different, not better. She sort of has that girl next store thing going on. I love the photo I chose...not many people can pull off that hairpiece and look so chic.
The rest of the crew is equally as fab, but I only can write so much, so sorry guys if I didn't feature you his time...and Michael my dear friend, you get your very own feature very soon!!!
The key point I want to leave you with is something I preach all of the time...have fun with fashion, play with fashion, search for style references from the past that move you and that you can make your own. Don't get stuck in a one-look rut!!! Take a cue from these super stylish fashion chameleons and bring some good old-fashioned joie de vivre back to getting dressed. Every day is a new day!!!! And...if you want to experience the Wonderland stylistas for yourself, you will also get the best haircut/color in NYC!!!