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Long-time fans of the vowel powerhouse, the fashion mogul, the mother of three, and the author know that Jessica Simpson has always been an open book. It is therefore not surprising that ÖPen bookSimpson's recently published memoirs have been very well received by everyone who gets tired early in the morning. Simpson was everywhere for years – on the radio, on the MTV reality show newlywedsAnd with the Jessica Simpson Collection in department stores across the country – then suddenly she wasn't, Simpson stepped out of the spotlight for a few years. During this time, she not only expanded her fashion empire, but also looked after her family and took time for serious reflections on her past, which she openly records in her memoirs.
To celebrate, Simpson went on a five-city tour to celebrate Open bookThis is also the beginning of a new chapter. Think of it as the second, third, or even fourth act of the 39-year-old multi-talent. In addition to the knowledge she has gained, she has collected an impressive wardrobe and is taking parts of it with her on the trip, not only to give fans an insight into her life, but also in her well-curated wardrobe.
Thanks to the close collaboration with her friend and longtime stylist Nicole Chavez, Simpsons Open book Tour outfits (or #OpenBookLooks as they were tagged) have won awards on social media, with fans highlighting their pinpoint outfits and A + execution of timeless staples and current trends. We caught up with Chavez before Simpson's recent stay in Dallas to get the inspiration for this variety of outfits. Read our questions and answers below and then buy a few of the pieces that Simpson has worn recently.
You have been working with Jessica for a long time! When did you first meet? Do you remember the first event you styled it for?
We met through her sister Ashlee in the mid-2000s and then found out that we had a lot of mutual friends. We were friends at first, so I don't remember what our first event was, but sometimes she called me here and there for small jobs. There were a lot of things we would do on the side, as well as a few personal purchases.
I remember the show Fashion star styling with her and all these looks. I also styled your whole wedding! I think there were 16 or 18 bridesmaids and all groomsmen, all children and grandparents – I styled over 40 people for the wedding. It was such a fun experience because Jess and I had to do it together.
Well, press tours are a natural advance because we've been doing this kind of work together for ages. I like to work on many looks for a specific thing, like the wedding. I come from television and film, so it's like you're committed to a special project.
When Jessica's career evolved from the sensation of pop singing to fashion empress, mother of three and now a celebrated author, what were the biggest changes to her style? Is there anything special that has stayed the same since day one?
Jessica's style is really her own and that's why she has such a successful empire. She has always been very good at knowing what she likes to wear, what looks good on her and what she feels good about. It has an iconic look like oversized sunglasses, bags, and high heels – these parts have always been a thread throughout our process of working together.
As a stylist, it is really fun to work with someone who is so open, loves fashion and is always ready for anything. As a friend, I am so proud of her and this book, so I wanted this tour to be chic, strong and powerful, but also feminine and faithful to who she is as an artist, mother and all these things. Jessica definitely had a vision for the tour in the sense that she wanted her to be more sophisticated, more demanding, and stronger, with very tailored suits.
Jessica is currently pulling so many great trends like animal print, matching sets and overalls. Are there certain trends that you think are particularly suitable for your petite stature? Are there any trends you avoid because they don't match your personal style or 5-inch frame?
Jessica has an hourglass figure and is also quite petite, so I try to create and extend her silhouette as much as possible. It feels most comfortable on really high platforms that help increase height. For the tour I found the bell bottoms and jeans that they belong to – they work well because they lengthen their legs and are super flattering. We also do a lot of strong shoulders paired with a narrowed waist for a super tailored look. I especially like the monochrome looks she's been wearing lately because they're super elongated. And I always love to see a blonde black from head to toe.
Personally, I am 5: 2. “Are there certain brands that you think are tailored for smaller women? Are there any styling tips to make someone look taller? Or do you recommend getting to know a good tailor on site?
As a stylist who works with anyone who is small, cropping is so important that everything fits as it should. Everyone should invest in a good tailor – find a nice place to take your things with you – even the smallest little nips and tucks make a big difference.
What is really cool about this special tour is that when we started the process at the beginning of the new year, we went through her closet first. She has an incredible archive cabinet full of amazing jewels that she has collected over the years. We pulled out some amazing pieces and built the looks around them. A lot of what you see are special pieces for them that were gifts or have personal meaning, which is a nice connection to their memories.
I think it's great that so many of these outfits mix new and old pieces and are committed to more sustainable fashion practice. We didn't have to buy more than 40 new looks for the tour, but deliberately chose to use what Jessica already had in her closet and update it. We used some pieces by Alexander Vauthier from her closet that have a super strong shoulder, are tailored, very feminine, very strong.
I think people should buy their closets all the time! Choose pieces you love, such as statement pieces and accessories, and you can always build the basics around them. For example, the Giambattista Valli jacket has been in her closet for a long time, and we easily added a turtleneck sweater and styled it with an updated flap instead of wide-leg pants. If you change the silhouettes for the basics, everything will be updated, This is a great example of a classic but very Jessica look. It was fun going through a really great piece and redesigning it. This is also a great example of what I love about statement pieces: if you invest in your wardrobe, there are pieces that never go out of style.
I really like the sustainability of this press tour. It's really cool to re-wear and use your clothes, especially if you have a great eye, a fantastic wardrobe and the clothes fit you perfectly.
She and Jessica seem to have a lot of fun creating outfits for the tour that not only look great but are also very social media friendly, with cheeky allusions to Jessica's origins. Why did you choose to pay tribute to the legendary Elle Woods look from 2001 today, almost 20 years later? Were you more inspired by the figure and its development or by this incredible Saks Potts coat?
This outfit was completely organic – we had no vision for one Naturally blond Tribute, but it's fun that it worked out that way. The coat is her personal coat, and we jumped off and went back to monochromatic history. Jessica can do everything – this look is so much fun and has so much personality. It is so true who Jessica's mind is and how much she loves fashion. I hug that she was open to something so bold.
The matrix-like trench coat is newer, but we've designed it with some really solid basics so it feels timeless and really fresh and modern. This coat will likely stay in your closet for a long time – it's super portable.
What other recognizable characters might be on your vision board for Jessica's book tour style? How do you get inspired, updated, and translated by something from an earlier era so that it feels right and fresh for 2020?
As a friend, I knew the book was coming, so I knew intuitively that this was the next phase in her life. She is now an author, which is another role Jessica plays. In this sense, I imagined her as an editor, with a very structured and powerful wardrobe. It was my own idea of how I saw her, and when I pulled clothes out of her closet and also went shopping, these were the pieces that I kept concentrating on.
In my eyes, Jessica has always been a kind of jeans girl. From the flat flares of the 00s through Daisy Dukes to today's tailored and loose fitting jeans, she always looks good in jeans. Do you and she have denim brands? How do you feel about bringing back low rise styles from 20 years ago? What is great everyday jeans that you think are timeless?
We recently found the most awesome pair of Mother Denim Torches Jessica just wore in the Gucci blazer. They are fantastic, really dark, dark black, so they almost read like pants. They flicker and are a little oversized, which we like to combine with a large platform shoe. They also have a black button, which is so simple but makes a big difference. Finding black jeans with black buttons is like a unicorn for a stylist to discover.
We are also big fans of Vintage Levi's. It takes a little time to find the perfect couple, but if you do, it is so good and they are timeless and worth the investment. I also like the khaiteline and how its denim feels – it's thick and strong and has great workmanship.
As for bringing back the low-rise style, this is a tough trend for most body types. Like me, many of my customers are mothers who are over 40 years old, so the flat style does not make us feel "reserved". I am still a fan of the mid to high rise denim style. A higher rise also lengthens curvy and dainty figures.
When it comes to style, Jessica obviously has her own perspective as a fashion entrepreneur. Is there ever a moment when she really cares about something but you don't, or vice versa? Are there brands or designers that you 100% agree with?
In my career I was really blessed that all the women I have worked with are very trusting and open to my guidance. When I say I love a piece, Jessica will always try it on. It usually depends on whether the fit is wrong or too many changes are required. Then it is cut out. But she will always try it on for me and we will either laugh well or find something else that is amazing.
It is worth taking the time to try on pieces, as this will bring the look to life. I can also tell from the client's body language whether he feels good about it. If you're not sure, I say take it off because it's not worth it to me. I am concerned with how their customers feel in their clothes because it shows trust.
Jessica is very down to earth, but loves to dress, which is a fun combination and allows me to do a wide range of different things. She loves Gucci, that's a big brand that we always look at, but I'm never connected to the same designers because things change a lot from season to season. I always go with a vision – I will see it, shop and pull it. I don't really care about labels when I shop because I am looking for certain silhouettes and things that I know are flattering to a particular customer. One brand we discovered for this tour is Safiyaa. We found it on Net-a-Porter and it is really fantastic. This line has amazing workmanship and strong silhouettes that corresponded to our vision. In addition, everything we put on Jessica fit like a glove – it was a fun surprise – so we got these pants in every color.
Are we talking about accessories: so long micro bags, hi huge sunglasses? It looks like Jessica has always been into oversized sunglasses and has never been part of the retro trend of the 90s. Are you looking for a pair of glasses for each outfit? Does Jessica have her own collection of sunglasses that you take turns? What about the oversized Gucci glasses that seem to work with everything?
Oversized accessories are two very iconic things for Jess, she just loves big sunglasses and a big bag – anything above that feels a little more glamorous.
The micro styles are not always flattering – just like a mini bag – what will you put in there? We made a few smaller bags on this tour, such as the old Louis Vuitton The view that she's over 10 years old she will also be carrying the first Fendi bag she ever got when the tour ends in Nashville.
We didn't buy any new glasses for this tour – even the pink ones were hers! The fashion archive this woman owns is crazy – she really loves and appreciates fashion.
What about shoes I know that Jessica can rock high heels – do you and Jessica have favorites from their shoe line of the same name in the mix?
She definitely carries a lot of Jessica Simpson collection platforms on this tour – she loves her and they really feel good. She's on her feet at every event, so comfort is key for her. At the Macy's event in New York City, Jessica had these really beautiful silver and gold platforms that had a fun disco vibe.
After all, Jessica's newest look only exudes confidence, femininity and strength. Given that she has been behind the scenes for a minute and much of what she says in her memoirs is very personal and insightful, what are some conscious style choices you make to speak about this latest chapter in her life ?
It really comes down to working with a very tailored silhouette, tickling at the waist, lengthening the legs and wearing solid color outfits. I think Jessica is such a fan of animal motifs, leopards, tigers and snakes. I know that they are trendy, but for me they are neutral, but also very powerful, feminine and sexy. They all play with what we're doing.
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