Color. Style. Empowerment.“Every person has the right to feel empowered and look fantastic.”
Emmy® Award-winning Stylist and Best-Selling Author David Zyla empowers thousands to discover their authentic style and show the world who they really are.
David Zyla has long advocated that there exists no one color or item of clothing that flatters everyone and makes them feel their absolute, confident best. He believes that every human being possesses an individual palette of flattering colors and a style that is uniquely their own. By honoring and wearing these colors, found in our eyes, hair and skin, we not only illuminate ourselves, but we build the confidence needed to attract love, enhance our power, restore our energy, make a lasting impression and show the world who we really are. Much more than just fashion, David’s platform is about embracing the most authentic, very best versions of ourselves, using color as the foundation.
A sought-after guest speaker and lecturer on the transformative power of color and its application to wardrobe, home and lifestyle, he is known for his engaging, educational and fun presentations that include spot-on (and always non-judgmental) “style reads” to attendees based on their individual coloring. Audiences respond enthusiastically to his inspirational tone, humorous cajoles, and encouragement with tips and suggestions for them on how to “always be the best versions of themselves!” Recent speaking engagements include events for Barron’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, The National Arts Club, The Cosmopolitan Club, Clarins, Dress for Success, Lord and Taylor, DKNY, Bloomingdales and Macy’s.
David Zyla’s unique platform on style makes him a frequently quoted authority on fashion and color in the media. He has been featured in a variety of broadcast media including The View, The Nate Berkus Show, Martha Stewart Living Radio, The Jane Pauley Show, Playboy Radio and CNN Style. He has been profiled in People and The New Yorker, and his work has been featured in publications including Life & Style, USA Today, Traditional Home, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Wear Daily, Brides Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Reuters, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times.
His book The Color of Style was published by Dutton on February 4, 2010, and was followed by the paperback Color Your Style published by Plume on January 25, 2011.
Starting in 2001, Zyla held the position of head costume designer for General Hospital, Port Charles, and most recently All My Children for which he received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design Emmy Award. For twenty years, Zyla has also designed shows for Broadway and regional theatre productions, as well as commercials and film. He has collaborated with some of the most recognizable faces of contemporary culture including Hillary Clinton, Tom Hanks. Carol Burnett, Neil Patrick Harris, Susan Lucci and Kelsey Grammar among many others.
David Zyla’s background began in fashion design. At age 22, Zyla started his own Seventh Avenue label. The cutting-edge designs of the international Zyla evening wear label were featured at New York’s Fashion Week and sold at the nation’s chicest stores, including Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel. Zyla was then courted to bring his reputation as an edgy designer with strong ties to the global fashion community to ABC, spearheading the producers’ efforts to reinvigorate the visual quality of daytime television.
David attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and often serves as a teacher and guest lecturer at major design institutions, museums, and schools, including New York University, Hofstra University, LIM College, Otterbein College and UC Davis.
Color Your Style in Your City: US Travel Schedule Expanded!
Looking to Color Your Style?
The travel schedule has once again been expanded!
Additional dates have been added to Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, Tucson, Columbus, Los Angeles, Rochester and Boston!
David is based in New York City but frequently travels. Here is the current schedule of upcoming cities where he will be offering private Color Your Style consultations/color palettes for men and women as well as palette updates, shopping and styling sessions.
July 28-29 Philadelphia, PA
July 30-August 1 Cleveland, OH
August 7-9 Boston, MA
September 13-15 Chicago, IL
September 16-18 Rochester, NY
October 11-14 San Francisco, CA
October 16-17 Tucson, AZ
October 18-21 Los Angeles, CA
October 22-23 Columbus, OH
October/November 2015 London, UK
About a session: An initial private two hour consultation includes a custom color palette, as well as in-depth information on fabrics, patterns, silhouette, historical periods, hair, make-up, etc…This is “the plan” that will be used for all future shopping.
For rates and to book an appointment, please contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a city that you would like David to visit, please submit it.
Tis the Season for Tying the Knot!
It seems that this summer is the time that every engaged couple I know decided to set their wedding date, and as a result the questions have poured in. Fortunately, the ones on tying bow ties, folding pocket handkerchieves and boutonniere scale have all been answered by my eHow videos.
Here however are the answers to some of the other questions I have received:
How do I even start to figure out the right dress?
A dress based on the snow, optic or ivory based off of the “white” of your eye is stunning, but a bridal dress does not need to be limited to it. Take a look in your closet for the clues of not only the colors, but the necklines, silhouettes and fabrics that you feel best in. For a soft look, look at the colors you wear in the warmest weather, or your “pastels”. Remember that your big day is one that you should feel the most beautiful version of yourself, and perhaps that means going for a Grecian gown or 60s shift in soft coral or dusty periwinkle!
How do I add color to my bouquet and which color might be best?
Just like an accessory that you wear such as an earring or purse, a bouquet becomes a vital component of a bride’s head-to-toe look. Therefore, add a color in the bouquet that is one of your best. A good rule of thumb is to use your Romantic Color, so look to your makeup bag as inspiration for your flowers and go for colors that match your favorite blush or lipstick!
Can I add color to my bridal jewelry?
Just like a black dress is more dynamic worn with jewelry in colors other than black, a wedding dress in your best shade of white is made fresh and vibrant when you pop a color against it, and it is best accomplished with jewelry. Reach for clear faceted stones that catch the light, and take a color cue from your Energy Color or the dominant tone in your eye. The results will insure that your eyes pop and sparkle in each and every photo of the wedding album!
My Best Jewelry Color Combinations at Closer!
Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Lucci, Julianne Moore, Helen Mirren, Vanessa Williams and Deborah Messing dazzle in color!
A Colorful Throwback Thursday!
In case you missed it, one of my favorite interviews where I help the absolutely charming Brianna Baxter of Clevver Style discover her True Colors !
Me, Pippa and London
I am in a British mood.
Following the London theme, where I will be working at the end of this month, I would like to share my insight on one of the UK’s most stylish women.
Check out my exclusive feature with Stephanie Nolasco of Fox New Magazine!