Chic Spotlight: AmyMoG, Personal Fashion Consultant

Chic Spotlight: AmyMoG, Personal Fashion Consultant

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  070411SPOTLIGHT.jpgAmyMoG, Personal Fashion Consultant


Cincy Chic: When did you first develop a passion for fashion and what drew you to it?
Amy Gilliland, personal fashion consultant:
I think I have always loved and obsessed about fashion and glamour. I love watching what rock stars and actors are wearing and how they are wearing their hair.


Cincy Chic: How would you characterize your personal style?
Funky fresh, classy meets rock star.


Cincy Chic: What are some of the different styles of people who you’ve consulted for in the past?
I have helped people with styles from very conservative to very edgy and all different styles in between. Most of what I do is bring out their inner style that they always had but were afraid to let out.


Cincy Chic: What’s your favorite new trend in the fashion world?
Wow that is a very tough question. I think some of my top picks would be all of the new flat heeled boots. I love that flat rocker style boots are being giving new life again. I love pairing them with dresses, skirts and skinny jeans.


Cincy Chic: What’s the biggest mistake that you see people making in terms of what they wear?
I would say not dressing for their body types. Dressing your body correctly will make you look 10 pounds lighter and often 10 years younger.


Cincy Chic: What’s your favorite article of clothing that you own?
Oh my gosh: shoes. I love shoes! I buy the shoes, then buy an outfit to go with them.


Cincy Chic: How do you see the business of fashion consulting evolving in the future?
070411spotlight3.jpgGilliland: I think on a local level fashion consulting will continue to grow. With a weak economy, people are more and more cautious with what they spend their money on. By inviting me into your closet for a closet rehab, I am able to maximize what you already have by creating new looks with your wardrobe, which can save hundreds of dollars on a new wardrobe. My rate for a closet revamp is $25 per hour, so you can see how it can save you money in the long run.


Cincy Chic: You also work with interior design. What got you into this field?
I do also work with interior design. I believe styling your digs is a direct parallel to styling yourself. I got into this field by helping friends and family, and it really took off from there.


Cincy Chic: What’s your favorite change that you’ve ever helped someone make to his or her home?
It was a lower level redesign. The client’s lower level had been damaged by rain, so the client decided to use it as an opportunity completely redesign the space. Originally, the walls and carpet were beige and the space was becoming cluttered and more like a place to store things. The goal was to pull off a swanky look. I decided to pull this off, I needed some color, so I went with a dark eggplant on the anchor walls and a creamy color, California Berber in a neutral tone, on the opposite walls. Then I pulled in lots of deep red accents with their new love seat and a beautiful vase, which all tied in with their red felt pool table. I recovered some funky chairs that they already had with black covers and rearranged some antique furniture that originally was not being utilized. All of the pieces began to create the style that I was working for. This particular client is a musician and originally had most of his instruments tucked away. I decided to pull all of that out and create space for him to practice and have impromptu jam sessions with friends and family, which totally added to the space. It is probably one of my favorite areas of the new look. The space truly took on a brand new life. The clients tell me that they are proud to have friends and family over and love to spend time in their new swanky space!


Cincy Chic: What’s the best piece of general advice that you could give about how to decorate in the home?
My best piece of advice would be before tackling a redesign or new look for a room to decide what the function of the room should be, then decide on a specific style, not a theme. Without direction on function, you will never use the room, and without a specific style, you will become overwhelmed and frustrated.