By Mickey Hightower
Celeste Austin is the beautiful face and great taste behind local accessories phenomenon, Savvy Root. Her handbags and snap scarves have become coveted pieces in the closets of some of Louisiana’s most fashionable citizens. This talented tastemaker makes her busy lifestyle of designing, producing, and brand building look effortless in chic staples that incorporate edgy flourishes.
1. How do you describe your style?
More than anything, my style is effortless out of taste and necessity. I’m all about elevating the basics and staples in my wardrobe, starting with a good foundation and striking a balance between feminine polish and edgy flair. I’m into accentuating with edgy accents, right now I’m in love with leather loafers. I have three pairs!
2. What trends do you predict for fall 2014?
I think 1960s London-inspired looks will be back in a big way. Especially looks reminiscent of Mod style like mini dresses and knee-high boots. I also think cozy will be key in the fall, huge chunky knits will be a big trend.
3. Where are you favorite places to shop?
I really shop online a lot because I get so busy working my job during the day and hand-making the bags and scarfs at night. My favorites are Revolve, Zara, and NastyGal. Even if I can’t make it to the stores, I can still window-shop and stock up on my latest favorite finds.
4. Any advice for someone wanting to start their own fashion line?
It’s really important to be able to strike a balance between your day job and pursuing your dream. You will have to make sacrifices, mostly sleep! Also, stick to what you love and be true to your aesthetic. Do your research, and find a way to incorporate what is popular into your vision, what you want to develop, and what will represent you brand.
Top – Victoria Secret $39.50
Pants -Forever 21 $9.99
Shoes – Marc Fisher $89
Bag – Savvy Root $48
Sunglasses – Krewe du Optic $225
Matthew Whitney Day has some serious style, and always manages to pull off sartorially stunning looks whether he’s dressed up for work at the Office of Cultural Development or dressed down for a casual evening. Handsome, smart, and confident in his ever evolving look, Matthew is a master of rocking colors, prints, and unconventional accessories.
1. How do you describe your style?
My style runs the gamut from geek chic to New York street kid, often an amalgamation of the two. It definitely evolves with my mood, but color and print play pretty consistent roles. The uninitiated might consider me a hipster, but I’m pretty far from it. I work in a government office, meaning I can’t wear flat-billed hats and high-top sneakers all the time, but luckily I love dressing up too. I just throw my own spin on work ensembles with something like a pair of fitted, camo-print cords with boots, suspenders, and a skinny tie. Gotta have a cute tie bar too.
2. Where do you shop?
I’m a big online shopper. Coming home to a package gives me some depraved thrill. Lots of H&M and Urban, as well as sites like JackThreads and boohoo.com. I love me a deal, but Zara and Topman have excellent pieces when I feel like spending a little extra. I swear by 6pm.cpm for shoes. In Baton Rouge, it’s usually Urban. I also like Aristocracy, Time Warp is great for niche pieces, and I’ll even find a thing or two at Forever 21.
3. What do you predict will be big in men’s fashion for fall?
I don’t know if I stalk trends closely enough to be able to predict what’s going to be big. I just know what I like. I’m a summer guy, but this past fall/winter I really fell in love with layering in cold weather. A layered look is always dashing. I will say I think the drop-crotch pants and joggers, of which I’m definitely a fan, will continue to blossom for the time being. Just throw a pea coat and big scarf with a pair, and you’ll be looking select.
4. What should every guy have in his closet?
Every guy needs at least one good, tailored suit. A plain t-shirt and jeans can look fly on any normal day, but some point every guy has to dress up. And when that day comes, you want to look suited. I’d say have some fun with something bright, but that’s not for every guy. Just make sure it fits really well. Fit makes all the difference, I promise.
Shirt – Perry Ellis $25
Shorts – H&M $30
Belt – Forever 21 $8
Shoes – PF Flyers $20
Watch – Diesel $50
Collar clips – boohoo.com $5
Fashion Chatter with Mickey:
Celeste Austin’s Savvy Root has become a breakout in the local fashion scene since it was started in November. The handbags, clutches, hipsters, and scarfs Celeste has been producing by hand in her studio are marked by a timeless sophistication and effortlessly chic sensibility that are remarkable coming from a young, self-taught designer. Like the name promises, she gets to the root of great style and she is proving herself to be another Louisiana designer to watch in fashion field steadily flourishing across the state.