Today, I have exciting news for all of our loyal, fashion-hungry readers: A little over a year ago InTheirCloset.com started as a small project of mine. A hobby where I would write about all of my fashion finds. I still remember checking the blog’s stats religiously every 20 minutes hooraying whenever I saw a visitor that was not myself come to the blog. Time flew by and managing InTheirCloset has grown into a full-time job for me. Posting frequency declined while my stress levels went up, so I decided to do what had to be done: build a team to keep up with the demand for upscale fashion on a budget price.
Vahni is the first writer to join the team. Eloquent and armed with impeccable style I am sure she will be an excellent contributor to this blog. Vahni first contacted me a few weeks ago to do an interview with her about InTheirCloset and I had a blast answering all of her questions. I then trialed her fashion and writing skills and she held her ground with flying colours.
Vahni, please tell our readers a few things about yourself. Where do you come from? What are you doing for a living? What’s your favorite food & color? :)
V: I am a first-generation Greek American currently living overseas, but the southern U.S. will always be home. I’m a little bit of every woman…the tomboy, the athlete, the domestic goddess, the executive, and the feminist. I’m a professional writer, but I should have been a professional shopper, because I am exceptionally good at it.
V: My favorite food. How to pick just one? Hmm. Probably a seared, rare filet mignon with butter from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Or salmon and avocado sushi. Does a drink count as food? Mine would. Because it’s a dirty Bombay Sapphire martini with three massive, bleu-cheese-stuffed Spanish olives. Yum.
V: My favorite—or default—color is black. Every year I say I’m not buying more and I do. I also love bright coral and fuchsia. But I’m having a grey moment.
How did you get involved with fashion?
V: Somewhere in my late teens I began to really pay attention to fashion. But I’m a creative. So fashion is just another expression of creativity, of individuality. And I get bored easily, so fashion is an entertainment. It changes constantly.
What’s your personal style? Any favorite designers?
V: My personal style is sophisticated and edgy. I’m not afraid to push the envelope, but I like to do it in a classy way. I’m all about the high-low mix. I also like to mix classics or conservative pieces with something unexpected…a little subversion. Like a simple black pencil skirt with a silk blouse cinched by a massive, bondage-like black patent belt. Or a sweet sweater and knee-length skirt with thigh-high boots that disappear under the skirt hem.
V: A few of my favorite designers are Tom Ford (Gucci and YSL were never better with him at the helm, though I really do like Frida Giannini), Christopher Bailey (Burberry Prorsum), Etro, Sass & Bide, Willow, and Alexander McQueen. Oh, and I was crazy for Olivier Theyskens’ fall 2005 collection for Rochas.
How long have you been following InTheirCloset.com already and how come you wanted to write for us?
V: I’ve been following InTheirCloset for about six months now, and continue to be impressed by the cleanliness of the site and the great information it provides. I wanted to write for ITC because it is a fantastic resource for those who love luxury labels but can’t really afford them. ITC does all the research when it comes to high-end clothing/accessories, or what celebrities wear—you get names, links, prices (and sometimes even coupon codes) for the exact item or something similar. It’s the budget fashionista’s little black book. I think it is one of the best examples of the value of blogging on the Internet today.
If I was a fashion-item, I’d be…
V: A pair of black Louboutin Pigalle 120 patent pumps.
I would never wear…
V: BIRKENSTOCKS! Or harem pants.
I can’t leave the house without…
V: My gigantic handbag and all its contents…my BlackBerry and iPod Touch, Juicy Couture sunnies, five-to-eight lip products, MAC powder, credit cards, a pen, a knife, and a nail file.
Best Spring 2010 collection?
V: Gucci. There wasn’t a single piece, including shoes and accessories, that I wouldn’t wear. In fact if I could only order from one house for the whole season, that would be it.
Your mantra for 2010?
V: I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…
Thank you, Vahni, for taking the time to answer these questions and WELCOME TO THE TEAM!