Some people know how to put together an outfit and other's really know how to rock it out. Lauren Solomon is the David Blaine of styling. She's sexy and makes all kinds of fashion magic happen around her. Her most recent project was styling our favorite New York housewife, Jill Zarin for season three of the Bravo network sensation. Good-bye Roberto Cavalli track suit, helloooooo Chanel tweed.
What's best about Lauren? She knows how to find a great deal. Donna Karan for 95% off? She's done it. Ferre for over 96% off? She has it. And she's not afraid to shop for the cheap stuff like, H&M and Zara. I think we found a soul mate. Read on and tell us what you think.
Your most prized deal?
I have a few stand out deals. I found an amazing snakeskin knee-length fitted jacket from Donna Karan Collection that retailed for $6,000, which I bought for $300. It is sophisticated, yet edgy and can be worn to an interview or a night out. Most recently, at a sample sale, I found an Ferre jacket that retailed for $12,000 and I got it for for $500. The jacket's beading is the most insane thing you’ve ever seen-- it weighs around 10lbs. Fab!
Biggest regret that you didn't purchase?
I have one big purchase regret in my life. A few years ago, before I started earning money, I found a vintage Chanel bag. It was made of hard plastic and was small and square like an old music cassette. It was-- by far --one of the most unique pieces that I have ever seen. I was drooling over it for days. By time time I decided to go back and buy the bag, it was gone. I still think about it all the time. I will never make that mistake again. (Ha!) If you love an item and it is one of a kind you should get it.
For Spring your are looking for a great deal on what item?
Everything! I always look for great deals. I can spend hours sifting through racks to find fabulous stuff for great prices. You just need to have a good eye. (Editorial note: and patience). I have personally created a balanced wardrobe of basics that I slightly update seasonally. I update my wardrobe by changing the accessories. One-of-a-kind vintage pieces are a great way to add a fresh look to your existing wardrobe. I also love to go to the garment district and buy trimmings to really personalize a garment.
What's your number one shopping tip?
Have fun! If you don’t feel good in a garment you won’t look good. It’s all about your attitude, confidence and energy. Fashion should visually express who you are as an individual. Another great tip is to mix and match expensive pieces with inexpensive pieces. Anyone can wear an entire outfit from H&M or Zara with a Chanel cuff and look like a million bucks. Some of my secret shopping haunts include, the vintage garages in Chelsea and the young designers market in SoHo. If you look closely you can basically find that same merchandise that's being sold at Bendels but for a quarter of the price.
What's your biggest weakness?
I love most anything fashion-- shoes, bags, costume jewelry...hats!
Is there an item for which a shopper should never mind paying full price?
Cosmetics. There’s nothing like buying a fresh Nars bronzer or a new scent. Sometimes, I try to practice restraint and leave an item for a few hours and really think about it. If it's still on my mind hours later I will go back and get it. Most of the time, I forget about the item within a few minutes. I wish that were the case with my Chanel cassette purse. (Ugh!)