Sassy Interview: Glamour’s Fashion Editors Tracey Lomrantz and Laurel Pantin Launch OpenSky.com Collections!
Hey there SP readers! Today I bring you a killer interview with Glamour‘s fashion editors Tracey Lomrantz, Contributing Style Editor, and Laurel Pantin, Associate Shopping & Market Editor, about their first collections with OpenSky.com launching today! Each week Tracey and Laurel will show you how to rev up your look with just a few key accessories from both well-known and up and coming designers, only on OpenSky. What I love most is that nothing costs more than $100!
Read the interview with Tracey and Laurel to see and learn more about their OpenSky collections, their take on fall trends and a dose of style advice to top it all of. Enjoy!
The Sassy Peach: What can you tell us about your Neon & Neutral and Neo-Western collections?
Tracey: Neon has been everywhere this summer, but the idea of pairing it with neutrals is a chic progression of the trend for fall. It also takes the intimidation factor out of the equation and tones down whoa-bright colors to seem much more sophisticated. With our debut collection for Open Sky, we culled together really chic items that let you test out the trend without a major commitment–accessories are the easiest, most affordable way to do it.
Laurel: My launch collection is western inspired—as a native Texan, this is something I never thought I would get behind. But in its new incarnation, the western look is cool, tomboyish, but super sexy in a tough-girl way. It’s also not a look that’s terribly obvious, which I love. There’s something vaguely French about it in the sense that it’s effortless and cool—something that a really independent, strong-minded tough girl would wear.
The Sassy Peach: What are some of your favorite trends for fall?
Tracey: I’m loving the evolution of neon with neutrals this season, obviously! I also think every woman needs to own at least one item in oxblood–I’m partial to the double-breasted coat from Alexander Wang–and am obsessed with printed pumps.
Laurel: I’m really excited to wear monochrome outfits. I love the idea of wearing the same color from head to toe, especially white, burgundy, and green. I’m also really into leather accents. I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect pair of leather leggings.
TSP: What’s the easiest way for anyone to make an outfit instantly fab?
L: My advice is to have one (or one hundred) go-to accessory that makes you feel super confident whenever you wear it. It could be a pair of shoes, a statement necklace, a pair of sunglasses, or anything, but something about it should feel special to you and wearing it should make you feel like you’ll stand out of the pack.
TSP: How would you describe your personal style?
T: My personal style is a really eclectic mix of feminine and masculine. I’ve been known to shop in the boys’ department for things like tailored blazers and classic boat shoes, but I’m also the biggest hot pink fan you’ll ever meet. With all due respect to Coco Chanel, I don’t believe there’s such a thing as too many accessories–I live for costume jewelry, and I like to wear as much of it as once as I can–and I always like to throw on one thing that makes my outfit look not-too-perfect.
TSP: How does your own style influence the Neo-Western collection?
L: Given that I am so practical and such a tomboy, as I picked my items I would ask myself ‘How many ways could I wear this? Is it going to be comfortable? Would I actually wear it?’ I tried not to pick too many things based solely on my personal style and what I’d most want to wear, because instead I wanted to have a collection of items that anyone could wear, but that I also love. I have my personal favorites from each collection, but I didn’t want to use this opportunity to try and push my personal style on everyone else. I think that’s the tough thing about being an editor—using your taste to pick items you think are beautiful, but that might not actually work on you.
TSP: Do you have advice for looking trendy without overdoing it?
L: My best advice is to look to the runways, magazines, blogs, or your favorite celebrities for inspiration towards a general look or feel for an outfit, but never try to recreate it exactly. The best thing about personal style is that it’s personal! Let your own tastes shine through. But I think the most important thing is to be comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing. If you feel self-conscious or not like yourself, other people will notice. Don’t push yourself beyond what you’re comfortable with, or tone down your style just because other people think it’s crazy, because either way you’ll look like you’re trying too hard.
Also, be sure to check back with OpenSky each week. Tracey and Laurel will alternate weeks, sharing a new 4-piece collection with shoppers that will illustrate a specific trend or style that they deem buzz worthy!