Category: INTERVIEWS


A GLAM SLAM TALKS CITIZEN, STYLE & FASHION DESIGN COMPETITION WITH VICTORIA AZARENKA

Posted on August 21st, by HeatherZeller in BLOG, INTERVIEWS. No Comments

In time for the US Open, Citizen Watch Company designed a special timepiece for Victoria Azarenka. The tennis champ has been an ambassador for the brand since 2012. The new watch is part of the company’s Ecosphere collection, a fashion-forward line that will first debut this fall.

The Victoria Azarenka Limited Edition Ecosphere features a rose gold-tone stainless steel case with white silicone strap and white dial, as well as Citizen Eco-Drive’s light-powered technology. The watch retails for $495 and is available here. 

Vika is among the WTA stars with an off-court interest in fashion. To coincide with the introduction of the watch, she held a fashion design competition with the students at the High School of Fashion Industries in New York. Participants were asked to create an outfit to reflect her personal style and coordinate with her newest Citizen timepiece. She collaborated with the students as they developed their ideas, sketched their … Read More »



A GLAM SLAM TALKS TO BELLA ARTISTRY’S LEAH MILLER ABOUT CUSTOM SPORTS APPAREL DESIGNS

Posted on August 14th, by HeatherZeller in BLOG, INTERVIEWS. No Comments

In recent years, female fan gear has received a fashion overhaul. Feminine silhouettes and decorative details such as rhinestones have been among the apparel additions. Leah Miller, also known as “The Diamond Duchess,” was well ahead of the trend. Since 1999, she has been custom tailoring and embellishing official jerseys and wardrobes of athletes’ significant others and children with Swarovski crystals.As the wife of Jim Miller, a former NFL quarterback for 13 years and now a sportscaster and radio personality for Sirius NFL Radio, Leah was a frustrated shopper when it came to finding clothes to wear in support of her husband and his team. “I began beautifying the clothing and shoes my daughter and I would wear to games (or anywhere else we went).”

In 2003, she launched Bella Artistry, the personal outfitter to style-conscious NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB families. Through her company, Miller takes sports styles to a new … Read More »



A GLAM SLAM TALKS TO KINGS AND JAXS ABOUT UNDERWEAR DESIGN & SIGNING RUSSELL WESTBROOK

Posted on April 24th, by HeatherZeller in BLOG, INTERVIEWS. No Comments

With the NBA Playoffs in full swing, players like Russell Westbrook have been showcasing their creativity on the fashion front. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard has proven to be fearless with his off-court wardrobe. He makes strong sartorial statements from head-to-toe, and now down to his underwear choices. LA-based brand, Kings and Jaxs, tapped the NBA baller to model the company’s boxer briefs and provide input on designs. The underwear aligns with Westbrook’s personal style, as the Kings and Jaxs range features unique artwork and vibrant hues.

The relationship between athletes and underwear brands is a longstanding one. With his Kings and Jaxs fashion gig, Westbrook joins sports pros including David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Henrik Lundqvist and Michael Jordan, who have modeled in their briefs and developed signature styles.

A Glam Slam caught up with Frank Kashare, CEO of Kings and Jaxs, who spoke about … Read More »



A GLAM SLAM TALKS CITI, SOCHI & SKATING WITH OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST EVAN LYSACEK

Posted on February 24th, by HeatherZeller in BLOG, INTERVIEWS. 1 Comment

Evan Lysacek’s gold medal-winning figure skating performance was among the most memorable moments of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Though an injury kept the Olympic champ off-the-ice in Sochi, he was still a presence there, taking in the Games from a different perspective. His duties included serving as a correspondent for NBC’s “TODAY” show, tackling topics from skating to fashion.

Fans have also seen him appear in Citi’s “Every Step of the Way” campaign commercial, which aired throughout the Olympics. Since 2006, Lysacek has dedicated time to the Figure Skating in Harlem organization, helping young skaters to achieve success in the sport and beyond.

A Glam Slam caught up with Evan to talk about the Citi “Every Step of the Way” program, his experience in Sochi, figure skating results, and those famous Ralph Lauren Opening Ceremony sweaters. Check it … Read More »



A GLAM SLAM TALKS TO BRONX BOMBERS COSTUME DESIGNER DAVID C. WOOLARD

Posted on February 3rd, by HeatherZeller in BLOG, INTERVIEWS. No Comments

New York Yankees history is brought to life on stage, with the new Broadway production of “Bronx Bombers.” Fans are offered an inside look at the most storied franchise in baseball, as the show centers around Yogi Berra and his wife Carmen, through a century of the team’s trials and triumphs. “Bronx Bombers” officially opens on February 6th, at the Circle in the Square Theatre. For additional information, visit bronxbombersplay.com.

Generations of Yankee greats including Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter, are among the featured players. David C. Woolard, the show’s costume designer, aimed to make these Yankee personalities as identifiable as possible to show-goers and baseball fans. Fashion played an integral role in creating authentic and truthful characters, as no detail was left unturned, from personal style choices to different eras of pinstripes.

A Glam Slam saw a preview performance … Read More »



A GLAM SLAM TALKS TO EAGLES’ BRAD SMITH ABOUT FASHION DESIGN COMPETITION

Posted on January 13th, by HeatherZeller in BLOG, INTERVIEWS. No Comments

Brad Smith is well-known for his versatility on the gridiron but off-the-field, the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver is quickly building up his fashion credentials. His internship with Men’s Health magazine enhanced his sartorial skill set and understanding of the industry. He’s raised his fashion game as well, quickly climbing the ranks as one of the league’s most style-savvy players. To further satisfy his passion for fashion, Smith is now offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity to aspiring design talents.

He has launched a competition dubbed “Design for Brad Smith.” Emerging U.S. designers have the opportunity to create and submit a head-to-toe red carpet ensemble. The winning look will be hand-selected by Smith, together with a panel of fashion industry professionals. Brad will showcase the threads on the red carpet, at a Mercedes Benz Fashion Week event in February. The chosen designer will also have a chance to … Read More »



A GLAM SLAM TALKS NFL APPAREL, FAN FASHION FAUX PAS & BEST-DRESSED ATHLETES WITH STYLIST PHILLIP BLOCH

Posted on December 6th, by HeatherZeller in BLOG, INTERVIEWS. No Comments

The NFL has celebrated the 2013 season with a range of fashion-focused initiatives. An updated NFL Women’s Apparel Campaign shot by Patrick Demarchelier, a new series of in-stadium “Style Lounges,” and a collaboration with Marie Claire to develop “The Savvy Girl’s Guide to Football,” were all part of the style-centric lineup. In addition, the league tapped celebrity stylist, Phillip Bloch, as it’s first Creative Fashion Director.

Bloch has been an integral player this season, in helping to fuse football fandom with style. He was also the force behind the “Back to Football” fashion presentation in September. The event, in collaboration with Vogue magazine, paired new team apparel with fashions from top designers, styled 33 different ways.

With the NY/NJ Super Bowl fast approaching, Bloch joined Junk Food Clothing to count down to kick-off in style. Last night, the company held an “NFL Tailgate” event together with Bloomingdales, at the retailer’s … Read More »



A GLAM SLAM TALKS WOMEN’S SURFING, SUCCESS & STYLE WITH CARISSA MOORE

Posted on November 25th, by HeatherZeller in BLOG, INTERVIEWS. No Comments

At just 21 years old, Carissa Moore claimed her second ASP World Title. The Hawaii native has cemented herself among surfing’s best, and she still has a bright career ahead of her. Her landmark achievements have helped women’s surfing to progress and she continues to push the boundaries within the sport. Moore hopes her continued efforts will serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement to others.

Adding to her impressive list of accomplishments, Carissa was also recognized by Glamour magazine for her sensational skill set, her success, and her efforts to help raise the profile of female surfing. She was recently honored at the publication’s “Women of the Year 2013” awards as “The Game Changer.”

Outside of the water, Moore is hitting the gym with her personal trainer, working with sponsors like Target and Hurley, and celebrating with her new lab terrier puppy, a reward for her … Read More »



A GLAM SLAM TALKS TO JASMIN GHAFFARIAN OF THE NORTH FACE ABOUT DESIGNING U.S. FREESKIING UNIFORMS

Posted on October 30th, by HeatherZeller in BLOG, INTERVIEWS. No Comments

The Winter Olympics in Sochi are still months away, but the process of developing team fashions began long ago. The Games will mark the debut of freeskiing athletes, as the sport has joined the Olympic program for the first time. It’s also a first for The North Face, since the brand was tapped to design the U.S. Freeskiing competition uniforms.

In partnership with the athletes, The North Face established a specific style guide for the uniforms developed for all three freeskiing disciplines: halfpipe, slopestyle and skicross. The designs are meant to enhance each athlete’s performance, merging technical aspects with a standout style. In addition to the patriotic red, white and blue hues, the uniforms leave no detail unturned. Several unique touches were woven into the apparel, and the customization of the uniforms helps to bring the “Rebel Americana” theme to life.

The gear was … Read More »



A GLAM SLAM TALKS FOOTBALL CHAINS WITH FORMER NFL KICKERS OWEN POCHMAN & GLENN PAKULAK

Posted on September 30th, by HeatherZeller in BLOG, INTERVIEWS. No Comments

Fashion has become an integral part of football, both on and off-the-field, and for players and fans alike. Current and former NFL stars have made moves in the fashion world, dabbling in apparel and accessory design. Across the league, players make a conscious effort to maintain their style A-game. After years spent kicking in the NFL, Owen Pochman and Glenn Pakulak hung up their jerseys and made the transition to jewelry design.

It’s a unique post-NFL venture for the former players. Their company, Football Chains, was born out of a mutual interest in design and a creative concept in repurposing footballs. Pochman and Pakulak combined to play for 16 of the 32 NFL teams. In the process, they built up a large collection of game used balls. They have now turned those pigskins into vintage style necklaces that offer wearers a deeper … Read More »



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