Q&A with Alicia from SKIF and Tracy Mallon

We’re very excited to host two trunk shows this Wednesday & Thursday, September 10th & 11th with SKIF and Tracy Mallon! We were lucky to hear from Alicia, who will be representing SKIF this week (and has 15 years of experience with the brand), and Tracy Mallon herself, who makes beautiful and classic jewelry. Read below to learn more about these amazing designer lines!

Here’s what Alicia told us about her work with SKIF.

What has been your inspiration this season?
Life – everything about it – observing the outdoors, paying attention to detail, observing people. We miss so much in the busyness of living. SKIF is all about living in the now because each piece is individually created at the same time the artist makes. Each new style and collection is created very much based on the here & now of the creator (i.e. Nina and the team) and her current observations and reflections on life.

What is your favorite piece from your collection and why?
Oh wow, that is a hard question. Every piece of SKIF is such an individual work of art and because I have so many in my collection, I think I am up to 50 now, they all have a place in my heart and each represents a story. Out of the newest styles, I would have to say the H. Cardy is a favorite, just because I live at the beach and this is the kind of sweater that you just want to throw on and do whatever. It’s so free and very asymmetric and funky, like me!

How do you view your personal style?

My personal style is very eclectic – I definitely have never been “wed” to name brand couture and/or labels. I have always been a wearer of oversize funky stuff even in 1983 when I was a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill. I never really did the Izod, preppy stuff that was typical of the time. I like to mix SKIF, which is very artsy, free flowing, with some of my more clean and simple traditional lines that I also represent. Comfort is an absolute must – no seriousness or tucking in of anything!

Do you have recommendations on styling items from your collection?
SKIF doesn’t have a whole lot of “hanger” appeal, so you must try it on, even if you don’t particularly care for a certain style. It is definitely a layering line but can mix easily with other items you already have in your wardrobe – you don’t have to wear head to toe SKIF. Whatever look you are going for, you can do it with this line.

If you could provide one piece of fashion advice, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to experiment and you never know until you try, and try it on! So many women don’t think they can “pull off” a certain look. The reality is you can pull it off if you have the confidence to rock it. It’s all about attitude!

 

Here’s what Tracy Mallon told us about her collection.

What has been your inspiration this season (colors/images/places)?
My inspiration this season is contrast. I have been working a lot with shiny & oxidized sterling silver. Basically black silver next to bright silver with a pop of color.

What is your favorite piece from your collection and why?
I have a couple of pieces where I used a shiny/oxidized sterling silver striped chain with a cobalt colored pyrite & hematite stones. The cobalt color really stands out next to the contrast of the striped metal but is still subtle enough to enhance and outfit and not take over.

How do you view your personal style?
I’ve always preferred designs that are classy yet edgy, at the same time subtle yet confident.

Do you have recommendations on styling items from your collection?
The pieces from my collection can make an outfit. The long necklaces can be worn with any neckline. They will also work with a classic simple tonal everyday top and change your look at the same time, keeping your comfort. A lot of the pieces can be worn from day to night or even layered.

If you could provide one piece of fashion advice, what would it be?
To be yourself. Find pieces that make you feel good and yourself with ease and comfort.

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