Tuesday, January 27, 2009

An interview with fashion consultant Michele Roberts

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 11:25 AM

This week in our series of interviews with local stylists in Charlotte, check out a Q&A with Michele Roberts, fashion consultant and owner of Tuunique Fashions & Designs.

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Creative Loafing: So tell us a little bit about your background.

Michele Roberts: Well, three years ago I was working part time in retail, at S&K Men's. I liked working there because I got to dress men, measure them and put together outfits they felt comfortable in. People started giving me compliments about my styling, telling me I should do this for a living. They would tell me, if you see something out shopping for me, pick it up for me.

I went to school for communications but I've always been interested in fashion. This past summer, I started [Tuunique Fashions]. I do fashion consulting, personal shopping, give fashion tips for professional people and for people trying to do up their look for events. Some need assessment of what's in their closet. I consult for women and men; after all, men are always looking for a woman's opinion anyway. My clients range from the young professionals to those going back to their 50th year reunions.

If a person contacts you for fashion consultation, what exactly do you do?

First, I get to know the client: what they do, what they like and dislike about their wardrobe. I determine their needs, what they're looking to do. A lot of times I bring photos, visual props, to help a person develop their style. After going through their closet, I itemize a list of things they should add. Either I can shop for them, or we can go together.

So what's going to be hot for spring?

Color and accessories. It's going to be a fun year with colors: white, purple and blues are huge. It's also the year of accessories. Hair pieces, bangles for your wrist, wide belts to contrast your outfit. Accessories are good now because of the economy. Oftentimes you have to cut back, and accessories are really good to have for flexibility where you can change up your outfit.

And where do you go to put your own look together?

I'm a big fan of Macy's. I also like Ann Taylor for the way their clothes are cut. There's also this little boutique in Southpark, Our Place. They have a lot of different, unique things. I wear stuff that some people might find is too much.

To contact Michele for her fashion consulting services, you can email her at michele@tuuniquefashionanddesigns.com, call her at 704-426-9790, or check out her Web site.

** For previous interviews with local stylists, click here.

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