One-on-One with Lo’renzo Hill White

We have been thinking hard here at Broke Livin. We are dying to know who the most stylish people are and how they are impacting the fashion community in their own unique way. It didn’t matter to us what walks of life they were coming from. We wanted to know the IT fashion trailblazers.  Mr. Lo’renzo Hill White is on top of our list. There is no doubt about his style and influence in an ever changing whirlwind we call The Fashion Industry.

Not to sound like a total stalker but I have been absolutely admiring your sense of style. You have been part of the fashion industry for quite some time–Now we simply have to ask you. What are your secrets Lo’renzo? How do you stay stylish, jet-setting from Paris, New York to L.A?  Is there a budget friendly way to be a trendsetter? All of our readers would like to know this exact same question as well.  But first things first! We need to get to know you!


HOW DID YOU BECOME A STYLIST?

I started out as a sales person in a designer boutique specializing in Japanese and European fashion.  The owner was a brilliant woman with impeccable taste… housing the more interesting pieces from the likes of John Galliano, Prada, Marni, Comme des Garcons, Lanvin, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen.  In order to sell apparel with price tags that usually started at $1200 or more (usually more), I found that I had to give my clients something different than what they were getting at luxury department stores or expecting (which is usually a head to toe look of what they saw on the runway or in the designer’s look book) and start putting pieces together as I envisioned them for that person… which can be a quite slippery slope if your client doesn’t like what you see for them.  However, I became quite good at it… and became quite the sales person.  I had no idea at that time what a stylist was actually… but my customers did.  Clients started calling me on my cell phone asking me if I can visit them at their homes and help them with their wardrobes and I’d always say yes.  By the end of the year, I was on the speed dial of some of the San Franciso Bay Area’s most fashionable and influential women (and then men.)  Needless to say, my styling career was born!


WHO INFLUENCED ME THE MOST:

My biggest influence is Shala Monroque.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CURRENT STYLE?

I’ve always had a love for military inspired clothing.  The “Lo’renzo Hill-White look” usually consists of a structured jacket, tee shirt, and tailored trousers or dark denim.  I’ve had this look for years.  Sometimes I “venture” and do a more avant garde look by mixing pieces from Ann Demeulemeester and Rad Hourani… but mostly I stick to my classic look.

WHO IS ON YOUR DESIGNER MUST WATCH LIST OF 2011? WHY?

One to watch… or should I say ones to watch in 2011 in my opinion would be Prabal Gurung and Bibhu Mohapatra.  Prabal because he is clearly in tune with the modern woman.  Everything he’s put out thus far has been remarkable, innovative, and fresh… and Bibhu… because I am just a sucker for any designer who keeps the “well-heeled” woman in mind for his collections.

MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK IS COMING UP.  WHO ARE SOME OF THE DESIGNERS YOU ARE MOST EXCITED TO SEE?

I am super excited to see Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Costello Taliapietra, Rodarte, and of course the staples like Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, and Diane Von Furstenberg.


WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST AND MOST AFFORDABLE ACCESSORIES FOR MEN THIS YEAR?

Calvin Klein’s commuter briefcase bag is pretty awesome.  It’s good for the people that like to tote their lap tops with them.  I have one of these babies… I believe I paid about $60 bucks for mine. My personal favorites this year are mostly all by LITTER.  I love love love the boot chains, which go for $135 (I’m obsessed with mine),  the “bullet & arrow” cuff links are pretty cool too.  They are $125.

WHERE WOULD YOU SHOP IF YOU HAD VERY LIMITED BUDGET AND NEEDED AN OUTFIT FOR A NIGHT OUT?

For men, I’d for sure hit up Reiss for a nice jacket that won’t break the bank, H&M for a thrifty underpinning, and Levis for a good pair of slim fit denim.  I don’t skimp when it comes to shoes unfortunately.  So if you don’t have a good pair of shoes find a pair of Converse to get you by.  I do strongly suggest finding something old in your closet to mix with what you may find for the evening.

YOUNG MEN/FIRST JOBS FASHION ADVICE!

Remember that the fit means everything.  Go to stores like Banana Republic for your “starter suit.”  Choose one in grey, one in black, and one in navy.  Stock up on at least three or four white button up shirts.  They tend to be fairly priced at Banana, H&M, and Zara. Purchase two classic leather belts with a sleek buckle in both black and brown.  Zara has a huge selection of ties most of the time and the price point is quite reasonable.  Stock up on crew and v-neck sweaters in different colors.  You can find them in abundance at H&M.  While you’re there, try on a few pairs of flat front trousers.  If they fit, get them! As for shoes, I’d recommend you buy a pair in black and the other in brown.  Stick with a classic “oxford” style shoe.  Leave the pointy novelty shoes alone.  You can normally find a decent pair of shoes like this at Aldo to get you buy for the first few months.  However, I strongly suggest putting a bit of cash aside each paycheck until you’ve saved enough for your first pair of Ferragamo or Ballys purchased at “last call.”  Oh, and buy as many pairs of dress socks as you can.

WHAT ESSENTIAL LOOKS SHOULD MEN LOOK OUT FOR SPRING 2011?

Men should try to keep it classic.  When the flowers start to bloom and the birds start to sing, that is your invitation to trade your winter colors for pastels and even for the bold and bright.  Do remember, if you decide to wear shorts, make sure they fit you just as your trousers would and be sure that they are a couple of inches above the knee.  Beware of overdoing the New England prep look if you are not from, or have ever been to New England or the Hamptons.  That look is a lifestyle and not contrived.  I don’t care what the runways tell you.


ANY LAST WORDS?

For men on a shoe string budget, remember that good grooming and confidence goes a long long way.  Some of the men that have stuck out the most in my head have just been guys walking down the street in fitted yet relaxed white tee shirt and Levis.

(The End)

There you have it ladies & gentlemen. We can’t wait to see more of Lo’renzo’s work on Red Carpets and Fashion Magazines.  Always stay true to yourself. Hope all of you have an amazing Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend.

Bisous,

Ahlam

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