Getting Dressed with Mindy Kaling’s Costume Designer, Salvador Perez

By  November 24, 2014

Comedy isn’t the only colorful aspect of Mindy Kaling’s eponymous sitcom. The half-hour slot has attained just as much regard for Kaling’s on-screen wardrobe as it has her hilarious punchlines. That is all thanks to costume designer Salvador Perez. 

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Perez juggles 15-plus costume changes for Kaling per episode with work on Pitch Perfect 2, and his presidential duties for the Costume Designers Guild. He tops that off with designer collaborations at the likes of BaubleBar, and most recently, Baby-G. In between his packed agenda, Perez let Glam in to his creative world. We spoke with him about building Kaling’s signature on-screen look, his first professional gig, and what every woman should know about accessorizing.

Glam: If you could pick a style icon for Kaling’s character on the show, who would it be, and why?

Perez: When I first met with Mindy to discuss the show, she told me she wanted to make a statement like Carrie Bradshaw did on Sex and the City. She made bold fashion choices and was fearless about what and how she wore clothes. In that sense, Carrie is our style muse and can be seen in the dynamic fashion choices Mindy makes each episode.

Glam: What is your favorite Mindy Project outfit and how did it come together?

Perez: I have a new favorite outfit every episode! I love what we get to do on this show and am especially proud of the custom design work we get to make for Mindy. Her Christmas dress is a real standout piece this season so stay tuned for that!


Glam: What was it like your first time on set as a costume designer?

Perez: My first real design job was for the feature film Soul Food [in 1997]. I had a large cast so there were lots of costume changes, and on a small budget. The nicest compliment from that set was that Vanessa Williams requested her entire wardrobe because she loved it so much. Years later we did another film together and she was still wearing one of the custom leather jackets I had made.

Glam: You’ve teamed with BaubleBar before and now, Baby-G. How do you approach creating something new with accessories brands, as opposed to with clothing?

Perez: It has to be organic. I work with brands that I want to use or that my characters would wear. My collaborations have been a match made in heaven in that sense. I love the Baby-G watches and I use them all the time on my characters for that extra pop of color and functionality. If I am going to promote a brand, I have to believe in them.

 Glam: What is the best advice you can offer about accessories?

Perez: Have some fun! Accessories are meant to make you stand out from everyone else. Two people can be in the same dress, but it’s how they each accessorize it that makes the look unique.

Glam: You’re known for your use of color. What advice do you have for someone who is afraid to brighten things up?

Perez: I always say that clothing is not a tattoo; it’s not permanent, so why not take some chances? Be adventurous, experiment with color, have some fun—trust me, you’ll get lots of compliments on your colorful choices because you’ll stand out from the crowd.

Glam: What is something that any Mindy Project viewer can take away from Mindy’s sense of style?

Perez: Clothes can be so much fun, mixing up a print or a pop of color can completely change the style of an outfit. The clothes Mindy wears are basic—a blouse, a skirt, etc.—but it’s the color and prints that really make the statement. I encourage viewers to have fun with their styles and incorporate colors and prints whenever they can, just like Mindy!


Last Minute Looks: Styled in Twenty

By  November 24, 2014


1. Sweater // 2. Fedora// 3. Bag// 4. Dress// 5. Bootie// 6. Necklace// 7. Mascara// 8. Loafers// 9. Lip Balm// 10. Jumpsuit

Even when time is tight, you still deserve to step out the door with a look that’s just right. We’ve rounded up ten stylish pieces that every Glam girl should have in her wardrobe and makeup bag for when she’s getting ready in a rush. A casual sweater dress and a comfy jumpsuit are our two foundational outfits for “ready in twenty” fashion. Neither piece really requires further attention as they tackle top-to-bottom dressing all at once. A go-with-anything, slouchy sweater can be thrown over either on cold days.

To round up your look, take advantage of the chic styling power of the trendy, wide-brim fedora on days when you don’t have time to do your hair. A statement necklace adds instant glamour to any look, a structured tote is cool and convenient, and easy-to-wear-and-pair loafers and booties are two of our “go-with-anything” fashion favorites. Two minutes left? A swipe of mascara and a subtle pop of color on your pout are two quick and easy beauty busts for a last minute, pulled-together look.

Now, no more excuses to ever sacrifice style for the sake of time. Get buying, busy lady!

Theory Gets Into The Accessories Game

By  November 24, 2014

TheoryAccessories3Typically known for sophisticated separates, Theory is adding another category to its desirable repertoire of sleek contemporary wear: accessories. The brand, whose creative design is now overseen by original designer Lisa Kulson, will launch a full collection of bags and shoe styles for spring. The bags have a “discreet” style and are consistent with the brand’s aesthetic with few adornments save for an embossed “Theory” or stitching detail in the shape of a T. As for the footwear, Theory worked with CFDA Fashion Fund Winner Paul Andrew to make two key styles for spring: a flat crisscross sandal and a block-heel sandal. Price points “align with the designer niche,” with bags ranging from $295 to $745 and shoes $495 to $595. Styles will shelves starting January 15, with five more shoe styles and one additional bag to come for pre-fall.TheoryAccessories2

Pharrell Williams and Cara Delevingne Star in Chanel Short Film

By  November 24, 2014

ChanelFilmJust in time for Chanel’s Metiers d’art show in Salzburg comes Karl Lagerfeld’s accompanying short film called “Reincarnation,” which stars none other than Pharrell Williams and Cara Delevingne.

The film reenacts an episode of Gabrielle Chanel’s life, when she vacationed at an Austrian resort in 1954 and became enamored by the jacket worn by the hotel’s elevator operator. That jacket went on to become the unmistakable and iconic “Chanel jacket.” In the film, paintings of Empress Elisabeth of Austria and one of Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, come to life in a dream—played by Williams and Delevingne. Williams composed an original song (“CC The World”), which he and Delevingne sing (yes, she sings) as they float gracefully through the hotel lobby.

The short film runs about seven minutes total, and will make its official debut on December 1 (one day before the Paris-Salzburg fashion show). Why a short film, might you ask? To Lagerfeld, who has made these movies to accompany Chanel’s Metiers d’art shows since 2008, said, “It’s a modern way to communicate. I like to do very short movies. I have no time and no patience to do a feature film. After two days, I want to do something else.” Watch the teaser below for a quick glimpse of “Reincarnation.”

Editor’s Pick: Chamilia Love You to Death Skull Earrings

By  November 24, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.


Skulls aren’t reserved for cemeteries and horror movies, at least to me anyway. Even after I moved past my goth side in high school, I still have a soft spot for the spooky, collecting skull printed pieces and jewelry to add a little edge to my ensembles.

I initially spotted these sterling silver studs just after Halloween and immediately fell for the heart shaped eye sockets and nose as well as the Swarovski crystal encrusted mouth. How can they seem sinister when they look this sweet? While the earrings look huge in my snapshot, they’re actually quite tiny, which makes them easier to blend into my everyday wardrobe regardless if I’m wearing all black or flirtier fare. Needless to say, I love these little guys to death. – Valis Vicenty

Love You to Death Skull Earrings, $40

Style Snaps: November 21, 2014

By  November 21, 2014


Every day, we bring you celebrity sightings and stylings as seen everywhere from the streets to the red carpet. Whether they’re dolled up or dressed down, we can’t resist the need to know who wore what.

Hollywood’s next big name is a familiar one: Greer Grammer, daughter of Kelsey Grammer, will serve as this year’s Miss Golden Globe. That means that come January 11, the young actress will be presenting award winners with the golden statues and hanging out with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Grammer currently stars in MTV’s Awkward and acted alongside Leighton Meester, Adam Brody and Gabourey Sidibe in the film Life Partners, which received praise from critics at the Tribeca Film Festival. All things considered, this is one girl to keep an eye on in the coming months.




Style Scoop: Rihanna Might Collaborate With Puma, COS Is Opening Really Soon, Alexander McQueen To Open Store In Paris

By  November 21, 2014

StyleScoopNov21Is Rihanna on to yet another collaboration? The Daily News reports that the singer is close to signing a contract with Puma, bringing her right into the on-trend athleisure sector. She would be designing sneakers and some clothing—and surely sporting it all. [The Cut]

COS is set to open its first New York store in SoHo on December 5. H&M’s higher-end sister label will hit the city just in time for holiday shopping. If you or those you love are into the minimalism aesthetic and love anything structured or dusty-hued, you must check it out. Head to 129 Spring Street to see what SoHo’s buzziest new retailer has to offer. [Glam Inbox]

Alexander McQueen will open its first standalone store in Paris next summer at 372 Rue Saint-Honoré. Creative director Sarah Burton worked with David Collins Studio to come up with the store’s design and concept. It will carry the label’s runway, commercial and accessories collections, along with designs that run across seasons like its skull scarves. [Women’s Wear Daily]

New York’s Fifth Avenue is officially the most expensive place to lease retail space in the world. According to a report, rents on the street rose 13.3% to a record $3,500 a square foot a year in the last year. The value of space on Fifth Avenue surpasses those of other countries’ most expensive shopping streets, including Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay, Paris’ Champs-Elysées and London’s New Bond Street. [Bloomberg]

Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the designers behind Rodarte, collaborated with The Rug Company on a collection of rugs in the interest of exploring art forms other than fashion. The collection features four designs: The Trellis design showcases an ivy motif that brings to mind fairytale fantasies, the Cobalt rug is inspired by 1970’s Northern California interiors, the Marble rug channels the theme of deconstruction, and the Ember rug interprets the landscape of America’s Death Valley. [Glam Inbox]

Sale Scoop: Barbara Bui, Bulgari, Charlotte Ronson & French Connection

By  November 21, 2014

SaleScoopNov21You see all the drama unfold on Twitter and Instagram as the chaos of a sample sale commences, but we’re giving you a preview of which sales are on tap for this week. We’ll tell you everything you need to know before it all begins so that you can prepare accordingly, get there on time, and leave with bags of designer scores.

DESIGNER: Barbara Bui

WHEN: November 20-November 22, 10a.m.-7p.m. daily

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street (between W. Houston and Prince Streets)

What You Need to Know: Ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags and accessories are up to 85% off.



WHEN: November 22-November 25, 9a.m.-6:30p.m. daily

WHERE: 317 West 33rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

What You Need to Know: Credit cards only!


DESIGNER: Charlotte Ronson

WHEN: November 20-December 19, 10a.m.-7p.m.

WHERE: Showroom Seven Sample Sale, 263 11th Avenue (between 27th & 28th Streets), 3rd Floor

What You Need to Know: Get tops, dresses, coats/jackets, bottoms and shoes for $50 or less!


DESIGNER: French Connection

WHEN: November 24-November 25, 10a.m.-5p.m. daily

WHERE: 512 7th Avenue (between 37th & 38th Streets), 25th Floor

What You Need to Know: Find women’s and men’s apparel and accessories for up to 90% off.

Editor’s Pick: Ekineyo Fleece Crop Top and Peplum Skirt Set

By  November 21, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

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Here’s a scarlet letter I’m not afraid to brandish.

When I moved to New York City almost five years ago, I swore off my basics wardrobe. The one comprising an apparel company that shall remain nameless; my go-to for college parties and wild, strobe-lit affairs. It was time to step it up, so that even when I went for simple, it would still come across as streamlined and put-together.

Enter Ekineyo.

I first fell in love with the Brooklyn-based brand’s Babe Dress—a long-sleeved body-con with a single sheer panel along the lower hem. It was cool, clean, and above all, didn’t require the self-conscious pull-down that many women endure when their freakum dress (annoyingly!) rides up. It was a time when Ekineyo consisted primarily of nylon/spandex creations in fun prints and bold hues. A few years later, its offerings have expanded and, in a sense, grown up with me.

For a night out, I now opt for Ekineyo’s fleece coordinating set. Currently in black and red color ways, the two-piece set is forgiving (thanks peplum!), and cozy enough to dress up a cold fall evening on the town. Plus, the co-ordinate aspect is a plus: wear both together or mix-and-match for a combination of different approaches. Either way, you’ll feel sexy and sleek without crossing a thin, co-ed line.

Ekineyo Fleece Crop Top and Peplum Skirt $116.

Zappos Pops Up In Vegas

By  November 21, 2014

ZapposPopupZappos is following in the footsteps of e-tailers-turned-retailers like Warby Parker and Nasty Gal and setting up shop just in time for the holidays. The 20,000-square-foot 24-7 pop-up shop in downtown Las Vegas is merchandised with 16 different areas offering everything from couture to athletic wear. Basically, it’s real life Zappos.com.

The technology-driven pop-up is a sort of experiment for the online retailer. According to Steve Hill, vice president of merchandising at Zappos, the sales made at this shop “will inform future stores we decide to open.” Though there’s a finite amount of stock at the shop, with so much backup inventory online, Zappos anticipates that “no one will ever feel disappointed if [they] don’t have the size or color they want because they’ll get it the next day.”

Shopping aside, Zappos aims to make the store even more of a jovial holiday shopping experience. The parking lot has been transformed into a winter wonderland and the store’s café will serve hot chocolate and snacks, making it a perfect place to bring the kids. Oh, and there’s a bar that will serve alcoholic beverages for when all of the above merriment gets a little much.