Marcellas Reynolds: Featured Artist

Marcellas Reynolds: Celebrity Stylist, TV Host, Innovative Artist

Tell us a little about yourself, what age did you start to fall in love with fashion?

I am wardrobe stylist and TV presenter Marcellas Reynolds. I live in LA, but travel to New York & Chicago constantly. I was born & raised in Chicago. Fashion was always a part of my life. My mother was an extremely creative & very well dressed woman. My grandmother, the doyenne of our family, believed everyone should be properly dressed at all times. She wore hats, gloves & fur, and shopped at the best stores.

 

How did you get your start as a stylist?

My career as a stylist really began when I started in retail at 15. I was the only male salesperson in a high-end women’s boutique. I had an impressive clientele and really worked with my customers to create their dream wardrobes. I worked in retail for years & loved it. Every part of it. Sales, merchandising, display. All of it.

What steps did you take?

In 1995 while working at a restaurant in Chicago I was discovered by a very prominent model agent. She started the careers of Cindy Crawford, Shakara Ledard, the Riker Brothers & Colin Egglesfield. I wasn’t the tallest or hottest guy but I had a look & a great personality. I worked well for years & was known for my personal style. It was just a natural progression that I’d begin fashion styling. My 1st gig was for British Vogue. A pal who was an editor didn’t have a stylist (she thought she could do it herself) and asked me. I said yes & so it began. It was a cover try and 6 pages inside. As I was still modeling and in order to really learn the technical side of styling, I assisted a very prominent stylist. That’s how I learned to steam, pin, tuck, sew! The real brass tacks of styling. I learned the good and bad tricks of being a stylist. The lessons were invaluable.

How do you keep up with trends?

I am a voracious reader of magazines. Italian Vogue, Vogue, W, POP, Bazaar, Elle, Surface, Wallpaper, i-D. Everything. I also watch movies from every decade & genre. I spend hours at art museums. I don’t believe in trends necessarily. I believe in beauty. Function. Style. Class. Sophistication. Those things supersede trends. They create them.

 

Do you attend fashion weeks?

I used to walk in shows as a model. Some of my favorite moments happened backstage at the shows. I opened Ralph, closed Tommy & Nautica. Those moments were brilliant. I’ve attended shows but now with my work as a TV host I’m usually working and can’t attend. Honestly the spectacle of who is attending & who gets front row bores me. It should be about the clothes and the models.

Can you tell us what it is like on set working with photographers? Is there a lot of communication involved during the shoot? How do you prep?

The relationship between stylist and photographer is sacrosanct. When you have a great team that vibes well there is nothing better. It sets the tone for excellence. When the photographer & stylist are in accord it makes it easy for the model to do her job in comfort and feeling supported. It’s the key to great photos. The best photographers use the stylist as another set of eyes. Sometimes we (stylist) see things that the photographer misses.

What is your dream job?

I have my dream job. A few years ago I had to decide what would make me happy. I was constantly chasing a TV career which left my stylist career suffering. I finally decided to go back to what I love. Fashion. Being on sets. Working with models. But I hated styling editorial. There is A LOT of prep work & begging that goes into that. I also hated styling celebrities. I’m bored with the culture of celebrity. I had bad experiences working with celebrities. It’s very competitive. Fashion houses only want to deal with A List stars. Most annoying, celebrities don’t want to pay the stylist or for anything. It’s not worth it. Where is the glamor? I’m now a catalog fashion stylist. I’m signed by Ford Artists. I work with companies like Macy’s, Target, Kohl’s, Bonton, and Meijer. I do the occasional celebrity styling gig. Shoot the occasional editorial for magazines like LadyGUNN, Angeleno & Reflex Homme, and style ad campaigns for stores like Garmany. I’m also brand spokesman for Joyus.com & Midnight Velvet. I work constantly, and for clients I respect, only with companies that give back to the community, and only with people who are respectful of my talent and time.

What does the future hold for you? What’s next?

What’s next for me? More TV. I recently worked for E! again & loved it. I’m pitching my own crime show & a few fashion shows. I have a major book coming. I’m working on a project with publisher Sterling Lord Literistic that is really taking shape. I’m thinking about designing a fashion line. But first look for me collaborating with several brands as a way to get my feet wet as a designer!

To follow his latest work, visit marcellasreynolds.com

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Design Row: Featured Brand

Tricia, Nicole and Natalie: Founders of Design Row

What is Design Row?

Design Row is a new e-commerce shopping and social media experience. We share the looks we love on social, tell you about the latest trends on our blog, and give you the goods you need on our website.

 

How did Design Row get its start?

After attending a conference in Palm Springs three colleagues and friends, a design entrepreneur, a creative director and a PR director, did some shopping to “unwind.” A little light bulb went off as the three realized that by combining a high fashion aesthetic with insight into the interior and luxury industries, we could create something fresh, powerful and exciting. A cohesive, curated all-inclusive way to shop for everything to fill your home, your purse and your heart.

What was the inspiration?

The inspiration had a lot to do with the convergence we have been seeing between the worlds of interior and fashion. We believe that by once you know your aesthetic you can extend it to furniture, home décor, fashion accessories, and even ethics. Ethics and the importance of giving back are near and dear to the Design Row heart. Our “Karma” section is a place for us to showcase the products and manufacturers who are doing good works by giving back to charitable causes. We’re grateful for all we have, and are passionate about turning our gratitude into action.

What are you favorite pieces that you sell right now?

Aesthetically, our love of all things blush and rose gold. That makes the Rosey Cheeks chair and the One Night Stand table 2 of our favorite décor pieces. While the Psychedelic Solution / Live FAST Rose Lucite / Gradient are some amazing sunglasses. And of course our love of the fashion industry makes the “Besties” phone case a must have! Our commitment to give-back brands makes us especially love Falling Whistles. These simple, but striking necklaces call attention to the need for social change in Congo.

How do does Design Row incorporate fashion with interiors?

We apply the same critical eye to everything on our site as we do to what we wear. The playful, fun part of choosing you wardrobe can be expanded on and brought into the home. Thus, we make sure our products are beautiful, whimsical and of the highest quality. We have the “LBD” items you can’t live without, as well as the splurge items (think Louboutins but in the form of stools).

 

What is next for Design Row?

A girl can’t give away all her secrets… But you can trust that we will keep our finger on the pulse of the trends, so you can always count on fresh new products being added to the site. Our blog will be where we share our insider tips on all things style, so stay tuned!

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Love Your Melon: Featured Brand

Love Your Melon Adds Warmth to a Cold Disease

Cancer is a lot of things. While there are a plethora of words you could use to describe it, it’s not about the words. It’s about the actions. If I were to explain to someone who had no idea what it was, I would say cancer is like a bomb. It acts explosively- it is damaging, and it is deadly. Above all, really, it is devastating. It forces a kind of pain that expands beyond physical. It hurts more than those directly hit, coming out of nowhere, and with no target in particular. Loved ones, friends, co-workers, children. It has no target. While it may be many things, cancer is not biased.

So how do we shine a little light on this devastating illness? Aside from miraculously discovering a cure, how can we get cancer’s patients to escape reality? Just for a moment at least- just long enough for a smile to form alongside tired eyes and cheeks that used to be rosy.

Let’s add a little warmth to something that is so cold.

That’s what Zach and Brian of the University of St. Thomas said anyway. In an effort to lift the spirits of those spending countless nights in a cold hospital bed, enduring rounds of treatment while they choke back tears of mixed emotions, the duo came up with an idea. “Let’s make hats,” they said “and let’s get one for every child in America battling cancer.” Through their buy one give one program, they were able to reserve 45,000 hats to children across the United States battling cancer. Now, 50% of every product sold through this company is donated to research funds.

The products are recognizable by the trademark “Love Your Melon” patch on the front (and of course the adorable knitted design that also comes in several colors). All customers should know they are showing their melon a little warm love while showing a child with cancer some warmth and love too.

Learn more or support the cause on the website.

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