My title is shipping manager, but I wear a lot of hats. I check factory production, what’s being made, count dresses in, get production sheets, etc… I have a lot to do with production. I hear that tape gun going and that’s the sound of money to me.
2. Talking of hats… You modeled in your past life. Tell us more and about how that translates into your job.
[Modeling] fell into my lap. I was walking on the street in East Village and this girl, a casting scout, asked, “Can I take your picture?” I did a few shoots for her and then soon after I got a modeling contract.
It carries over into my personality and confidence. I was exposed to several designers which made me hip on fashion.
3. And music?
I’m a multitalented musician. I play almost every instrument. Music is mathematical. I’m real organized because music is real organized. I remember PO numbers the same way I remember riffs.
4. Desert island music?
Rock, man! Rock in general. If I had only one album with me it would have to be the Melvins (Stonerwitch). They influenced me more than any one else.
5. What is your favorite fashion accessory?
I don’t wear accessories. I like my backpack and my sneakers and tattoos. My tattoos are my favorite accessory.
Just where did the maxi dress come from? Some of us over here at AU think of togas and stolas, long drapey clothing from antiquity. Others insist that the inspiration for the maxi comes from the long elaborate robes women wore in the Middle Ages with tight corsets to boot, or of the floral bohemian gowns of the 1970s. A little research tells us the maxi dress made its earliest appearance in 1968 in the form of a lace gown designed by Oscar de la Renta for the Elizabeth Arden Salon.
The jury is out as to when the maxi-dress entered sartorial history, but whatever its origins are, we haven’t been able to get enough of the maxi dress since it made its comeback in 2008. We’ve featured it in its many forms: as a halter, in our Jessie and Michelle dress silhouettes. You name it!
This month, we’ll be offering two updates on the Maxi: the Joan Maxi in Navajo Print, now available exclusively through Cusp by Neiman Marcus (http://bit.ly/qbYTZV), and the Ruffle Maxi, a sweet strapless dress with a ruffle top hem and a waist-tie in the feather print, which will be up for sale very soon.
Now the question is: How do you wear your maxi dress?