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The History of Black Friday

The popular definition of the origin of  “Black Friday” is as follows: Eager shoppers would flood local shops and malls the day after Thanksgiving, and that surge in spending was enough to put retailers “in the black” for the year. Therefore, the day following Thanksgiving was dubbed “Black Friday,” and it became the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. There is however much more to the story, revealed in my interview with the Huffington Post:

My Interview on NAC Chat

Have you heard about my collaboration with the National Arts Club, called NAC Chat?

On this podcast series I interview experts in various areas of fashion including design, photography, illustration, styling and costume design.

This week on NAC Chat I am the subject of the interview, and I share how I got started in my career, how I developed my design philosophies and my most favorite things.

Photograph by Rose Callahan

Dressing to Meet the Parents

You have met the perfect someone, and it is now time to meet their parents. When dressing for this, or any important occasion it is important to remember the power of color.

In a situation like this it is important to appear friendly, open and most importantly, the perfect person for their child. While you may think classic dark colors are a perfectly neutral way to approach your outfit selection, I suggest that you steer clear of a dark neutral such as black or charcoal, as it conveys a sense of mystery, as if you may be concealing something. As for red: save your best shade for date night, as in this situation it may come off too aggressive or sexy. Instead, opt for your Energy Color. The Energy Color is the darkest color in your iris and is the one that really pops the eyes, keeping you feeling and appearing balanced, friendly and completely approachable. It is the color that is perfect to wear to meet new people in, and will convey the quintessential “I am a really nice person vibe.”

Color Cues

If you love the power and beauty of color as I do, follow me on Facebook @davidzylastyle for daily Color Cues, featuring a color of the day featured in glorious fashion paired with a mini history lesson on the hue’s origin.

How to Become a Stylist

I was recently interviewed by UpJourney on how to become a stylist. Here is my advice:

My best initial advice to someone who wants to go into styling as a career is to see everything one can: movies, television, plays, fashion shows, red carpet arrivals, etc. this is where you get your knowledge, vocabulary, and taste. Also, I suggest that you:

Learn the basics

Classes in color theory and art history are the building blocks of all good design. Knowledge of the power of using and combining colors is essential. Besides, the study of line and proportion are crucial when choosing and fitting clothes.

Do it

We learn so much by doing and can create an optimal set of skills. Go shopping with a friend, design a play or video. Working with modest resources and a limited budget teaches us how to make wiser decisions and what the most essential elements of an outfit are.

When styling an individual, take advantage by not only asking questions but also by listening to the verbal and non-verbal signals. It is a skill that will serve you well in all future.

Come up with your own theory

What do you offer as a stylist that no one else does? Replying “I have great taste” at an interview with a potential employer is not going to cut it.

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