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Collectista

 

Collectista

As we have discussed time and again, I love collecting beautiful fashion but don’t always have time for taking full inventory checks all over the map. Hence, stylists and shoppers have become indispensable for my lifestyle. Once an exclusive luxury, personal stylists are becoming accessible to anyone who aspires to maximize her wardrobe. Cut to: Gratus, Beverly Hills. Fashion mavens Meredith Kaplan and Christine Moon opened this contemporary and designer fashion boutique on the Canon Courtyard in September. While they carry some of my favorite designers — Marni, DSquared, Band of Outsiders and Duru Olowu — the true genius behind Gratus is their styling services. How often do we buy a season’s worth of expensive clothing only to find we wore the same three items over and over? As a Gratus customer, for two complimentary hours and $150 per hour thereafter, their stylists will visit your closet and maximize your entire wardrobe from Gratus, to Chanel, to H&M and Zara. For the same hourly fee, their stylists will service anyone and shop anywhere to create the perfect collection for your lifestyle.

Gratus stylists Kimberly Senzaki and Kristin Fernandez recently styled my closet. No embellishment, they created at least 20 new outfits in an hour without any new purchases! The best part of the service is they utilize personal styling apps to archive all the looks they create for you. Hang with me in the fitting room for the full download with Kimberly and Kristin.

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KRISTIN
WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS?

My process of styling stems from daily inspirations. I am a visual person who takes everything in and creates from moments whether it’s music, conversations, walking down the street, blogs, magazines or dinner with friends. It is important to get to know the client and figure out their needs, wants, and daily activities. From there, we create and document looks so they feel inspired. One of the most important parts of styling within someone’s closet is making sure they can see everything. Some clients wear the same five items over and over again because their closet is filled with too many pieces that are no longer be worn. Having a second set of eyes always helps to clean out a closet and create new looks with items you already own.

WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?
Shoes. Shoes. Shoes. One can never have too many! My shoes are my art collection.

WHAT IS YOUR THEME SONG?
Rolling Stones “Start Me Up”. Anything Rolling Stones makes me groove. Jay-Z comes close in second.

ARE YOU AN INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT?
Both.

WHO IS THE PERSON WHO INSPIRES YOU MOST?
My mom for giving me confidence. My girlfriends for supporting me and making me think outside the box.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PHILANTHROPIC CAUSE?
The ASPCA. I am an animal lover and am grateful for organizations like these which rescue animals from abuse and help pass laws to protect them.

KIMBERLY
WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS?
Whenever I start working with a new client, I always ask questions. “What is your day to night life like?” “Do you have any events or vacations coming up?” It is imperative to know somebody’s lifestyle before going into a styling session. After acquiring all of the information I need, I’ll go access the client’s closet — and that’s when the magic happens. Clients are always amazed at how much they actually own and how much is not utilized. I always style clients in the clothes they already own, then create wish lists with pieces I feel are missing. Whether you are picking up at car pool or a studio executive going to the office, it’s important to always leave the house looking and feeling great.

WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?
Living in Los Angeles it seems a bit strange that I collect outerwear. I love being able to throw on a piece to finish and pull together an outfit. I have an obsession with leather moto jackets. I love oversized menswear-inspired coats. I can’t seem to get enough.

WHAT IS YOUR THEME SONG?
I would say my theme song is “Kool Thing” by Sonic Youth. It has been one of my favorite songs of my youth and now.

ARE YOU AN INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT?
Am I allowed to say I’m a little bit of both? When I meet somebody for the first time or if I walk into room full of strangers I am definitely more reserved. Not shy by any means, just a tuned-down version of myself. When I’m around my friends, my Gratus partners, my boyfriend, or my family it’s a non- stop guttural laugh fest. So, I guess it just depends on the situation I’m put in.

WHO IS THE PERSON WHO INSPIRES YOU MOST?
The person that inspires me the most is my mother. The strongest, most caring, loving human on earth. Not only has she raised me to be a strong independent woman, she has the most exquisite taste. She was married in a purple Issey Miyake dress. Need I say more???!!! She has taught me everything I know about about fashion and style.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PHILANTHROPIC CAUSE?
My philanthropic cause is an amazing non-profit called Inner-City Arts. It is based in Downtown Los Angeles. Their unique approach to arts education brings elementary, middle and high school students, educators, families and the community to Inner-City Arts’ award-winning campus — an oasis of creativity and learning in one of the nation’s poorest neighborhoods — to work with professional teaching artists in well-equipped studios and performance spaces. As a child I will never forget the immeasurable happiness I felt during art class or a museum field trip. It is important as a community to contribute to help continue arts education for these amazing children.

Xx Lottie Dottie

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