This week’s spotlight is our very own style goddess Joanne Vo.
A wardrobe stylist based in LA, Joanne’s style became one of our favorite fashion fixes. Her approach to fashion is refreshingly unique and fun and it shows in her work. She has freelanced for a few years now and has built up a great clientele including: Daphne Joy, Ashley Holliday, Angell Conwell, Johnathan Mangum, Donna Vo and styled for fashion brands including Made By Maniac, Betsey Johnson and Ashlee Brooks. She has also worked in a few big name trade shows and runway shows like WWD Magic.
Originally from Northern Cali she moved out here 5 years ago to pursue a degree in business entrepreneurship. Recently she decided to set aside her promising styling career and focus all her energy on the launch of her new online boutique,ShopDandJ.com. We are excited to see what’s in store for the talented J.Vo!
Check out her work and exclusive interview below also be on the look out for Joanne Vo:
We love your style! What would best describe your fashion sense in three words?
3 words: street, contemporary & chic. I dubbed this style as “urban chic.” I like to embrace the finesse and appeal of a lady but I also like to have a street and edgy influence to a look.
What current project are you working on?
Right now, I am in the process of launching my online boutique with my sister, Donna Vo. Our online boutique is called Shop D&J, we cater to the independent ladies, the dope and the jaded, those who rock that urban chic style. We plan to launch by Fall 2012.
Name a few of your favorite clothing brands.
I’m not really a brand person because I like to shop all brands- I mean if it’s cute, it’s cute. All brands have their own unique niche so it’s good to keep an eye out for a spectrum of different brands. It keeps your style and wardrobe fresh.
Who would consider is your fashion muse or someone you look up to for inspiration?
My ultimate style muse would be have to be Aaliyah, she is timeless and her style is effortless. If we are talking about current times, I would say that Rihanna can do no wrong in my book. She’s fearless and is forever changing. She’s really in tune with her fashion sense. I also dig Cassie’s steez as well. I definitely look to them for inspiration. These ladies are always on point and really authentic with expressing themselves through their style. It’s important to never duplicate or copy someone else’s style, having a true fashion sense has to come from you. I believe everybody has their own unique style, they just have to take the time to explore it – which is why I love my job. I like to push individuals to step outside their comfort zone. That’s where you can truly discover yourself and figure out what you like and don’t like.
As a stylist we know you have some great tips. What would you recommend?
Invest in basics and essentials. Simple items such as white tank tops and tees, black wife beaters, are easy to throw on and style with whatever pieces you have in your closet. Accessories (hoop earrings are my vice) are also a great way to add an edge to an outfit.
What’s a trend this Fall that you will embrace the most and what is one that you wish would never come back?
This Fall, I am in love with the ombre trend. This trend has no bounds and has transcended into beauty, hair, and now the fashion industry. Ombre is a play of color gradient and is becoming the fashion trend of Fall 2012. Ombre is an easy-to-rock trend and the options for this trend is endless. Adding a few pieces to your closet will be a great way to add fun and color for your Fall wardrobe.
Trend I hate and wish that would never come back? Leggings! They are unflattering on most body type. Save these for the gym or yoga classes ladies! And if you must wear it, try to put in a little more effort and make sure that you aren’t wearing ones that are faded in color and invest in ones that are made of great material (not just that thin cotton fabric).