Sartorial Flair

Fashion Blog by Fashion Enthusiast Kristy Downer – Los Angeles, CA

Category: Editorials

Lost In Time

by kristy

It was Saturday night. My partner and I are getting ready to go dancing at a warehouse in the Arts District. I’m standing in front of my closet in jeans and a tank. MMMM, my closet doesn’t seem to support this type of outing. I proceed to try on about 15 different outfits. All the thoughts are running through my head of not feeling comfortable, not knowing what to wear to such an event, and the dreaded “I’m too old, “I hate all of my clothes”. My fun evening was not off to a good start. Frustrated, standing in a massive pile of clothes and not wanting to go out anymore, I put my jeans and tank back on…and accessorized.  We get into our Lyft, I can’t stop thinking about what the heck just happened. I’m a wardrobe stylist, dammit, this is what I am good at. Shaking off my nothing-to-wear-induced bad mood, we dance and have a good time. Looking around, I feel a bit silly. No one cares what I am wearing! There is this feeling of having to project the look of a wardrobe stylist, this pressure that I had put on myself. But, even the best chefs in the world can be found eating grilled cheese paired with a cheap beer.  Point being, we should never dress for anyone except ourselves, confidence is our best accessory, and the first look that you put on is (most likely) your best option.






I immediately fell in love with this editorial from Vogue Australia. The lighting, the style I find so beautiful. Victorian whites are always on my list of wants. I hope that you enjoy this set as much as I do.

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by kristy

Luxe – an editorial printed in Gilded Magazine. This was a super fun shoot to work on with a great team. AND there was a giant chess set.


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“New Year, New Look”

by kristy

Tight season is back, cheap and for petite glad such as myself, this is good news. It’s SO much easier to slip on tights and a dress with some boots than worry about the pant length game. However, there are only so many ways to change up this particular look. An unexpected way to spice up your wardrobe this season – Dress over pants. Yes, you heard me correctly. This 90’s inspired look was shown on the Runway for Fall/Winter 2014. It’s fun and a great way to keep some of your Summer dresses in the loop this season. So for you adventurista’s below you will find some cool ideas to try this look at home. Have fun with it! pantsskirt5 pantsskirt4 pantsskirt3 pantsskirt2 pantsskirt1 pantsskirt
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Karlie Kloss in “New Year, pilule
New Look” by Patrick Demarchelier for Glamour, January 2015

Animal Instinct

by kristy

Last month I worked on a photo shoot where I had the opportunity to hand make some pieces. The white and red ‘top’ and the jaw bone earrings. I love working with such creative people that are also willing to let me have some creative freedom. Here are the results, order I couldn’t be happier!

Wardrobe Stylist – Kristy Downer

Hair/ Makeup/Nails – Karrie Welch

Photographer – Colette Aboussouan

Model – Ruthei Hanan with Maggie Inc.

Other wardorbe pieces by Rufus Dixon and Magdalena Stokalska


Dreaming Of Another World

by kristy

Don’t put away all your summer dresses quit yet. You can still get some use out of them by layering and swapping sandals for boots or closed toe.

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In the spirt of Halloween, ailment
I wanted to share with you one of my favorite spooky fashion editorials. Published March 2011 in Vogue Italia. Happy Halloween!!!!!


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Source: Vogue Italia. Photographer Tim Walker

Cool Change : Vogue Australia

by kristy


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Vogue Australia February 2013

Leave Your Hat On – Vogue Russia

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Assistant of stylist and Japan Vogue editor Anna Dello Russo, website like this
28 year old Italian beauty Carlotta Oddi has style and flair. Check out her looks and notice that each one has a different attitude.

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sources: carolinesmode, rdujour, marlouvillanveuastyle,
Assistant of stylist and Japan Vogue editor Anna Dello Russo, healing
28 year old Italian beauty Carlotta Oddi has style and flair. Check out her looks and notice that each one has a different attitude.

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sources: carolinesmode, rdujour, marlouvillanveuastyle, polskieszaflair, tiny-garland, tumbler




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Model Natasha Poly wearing labels including Azzedine Alaia, ambulance
Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere, epidemic
Lanvin and Dolce & Gabbana
Photography by Patrick Demarchelier
Styled by Olga Dunina

California Dreamin’

by kristy

In the early 1900?s, prescription Coco Chanel took a trip to the French Rivera. There she saw the workers in the marina wearing their knit navy and white striped shirts and the inspiration for a new nautical collection was born. Although there is a much more in-depth not so appealing history to Stripes, order I would like to highlight Coco’s innovation.

No matter the season or as the years go on, you can always count on stripes to be a look of ‘In the Now’. Most have heard the tried and true rule of stripes; horizontal stripes make you appear wider while vertical stripes lengthen and can be distracting from other areas you would like to hide. I see this issue come fourth when it goes to denim with these so called “whiskers” that can make the upper thigh look wider than it is.  Luckily there are so many ways to wear this classic pattern! Layer under button ups or sweaters. Wear on pants or jackets. Mix it in with other patterns.

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Model Alessandra Ambrosio wearing the designs of Moschino, erectile
Versus, Balmain and Lanvin
Photography by Fabio Bartelt
Styled by Yasmine Sterea
Vogue Brasil

Couture Mania

by kristy

Sarah Jessica Parker is a household name (better known as Carrie Bradshaw) amongst women of all ages and known for impeccable and audacious style. But not even the Fashion Queen herself can hide from terrible wardrobe choices past.

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Flavia Lucini graces for the April issue of Glamour Brasil magazine, abortion
photographed by Isabel Garcia. Stylist – Heloisa Lacerda Soares, Make up by Max Weber.

Tank Magazine Spring 2013

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