It was pretty crazy this week with the two looks for a "Now and Then" theme, but we pulled it off! As you may know, I listen to the songs the #Idols will perform beforehand. Though the "Then" songs this week were by Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, etc., I wanted to keep the singers' looks fresh and modern. Loved the fashion? You're in the right place!
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First up is Miss Hollie. We didn't have much time for shopping this week, so I brought her these two options. I love modifying looks by accessorizing correctly, and for Hollie I took and made a classic silhouette edgy for "Rolling in the Deep" by giving a twist with the sheerness of the pant fabric, the amount of skin exposed on the top, necklace, and shoes. Because Hollie is petite, I modified her high collar neckline on her pink dress for her "Then" performance so she could look taller. And I have to say how much I #LOVE her pink Barbie shoes!
(Left, Now) To sing Adele's "Rolling In The Deep," I styled Hollie in a blue glittery LeiLuna Collectiontop that began as a dress, an ANGLbandeau, and Alice + Oliviapants. Jewelry included earrings by Prb Studios, Private Collection, necklace by Nineteen Twenty Nine, rings from Supreme Jewelry, and bracelets by Tiffany Chou.
(Right, Then) For her performance of "Son of a Preacher Man," Hollie donned a pink ensemble including a Shakuhachidress (with a few adjustments), Aldoshoes, and Prb Studios, Private Collection necklace.
I will miss dressing Colton this week. He wanted to go all out this past week with his performance of "Bad Romance." I wanted to make sure we didn't go too crazy with the styling and keep his streamline, tailored style with all of our decisions. I made his red pants darker with some black shoe polish. We found his Jaded by Knight boots at an awesome bargain from Wasteland. For "September" I wanted to make sure we reeled back to the Colton that all his fans really know and love. He wanted to take a risk this week, have fun, and rock 'n' roll!
(Left, Now) To rock out to "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga, Colton wore an Rochambeautop, Greg Laurenjacket (again this week!), and Robin's Jeanpants with Kizmit customizations. His shoes were by Jaded by Knight, and the look was topped off with Luv Ajrings.
(Right, Then) To sing "September" by Earth Wind & Fire, I styled Colton in a Hotel top, Unconditionalvest, Kill Citypants, and Hudsonshoes.
We all forget little tricks we do on a regular basis. When I was dressing Skylar for the results night last week a light switched on for her upcoming week's performance: belting a shawl or vest. For her "Born This Way" outfit, I pulled that trick out of my hat to accentuate the smallest part of Skylar, her waist, and have the draped looked without any worries. I really #LOVE Skylar in dresses and the one she wore this week for her "Then" performance was #HOT! I threw black accents onto her nude cowgirl boots to tie in the colors of the dress by tearing off some left-off fabric to give it a rock 'n' roll fringy look, and added a Neon Dirt bracelet to give it some sparkle!
(Left, Now) To sing Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," I styled Skylar in an H&Mtop, an Unconditionalvest, and Robin's Jeanpants. Accessories were an ANGLbelt, Nine Westshoes, and rings by Junk Gypsy Co. and London Manori.
(Right, Then) To sing Marvin Gaye's "Heard It Through The Grapevine," this girl with major #spunk wore an Ani Leedress and Corral Bootsboots with major personality! Jewelry included Neon Dirtearrings and a London Manoribracelet.
Side note: Loved when Steven Tyler said to Skylar "You're like a wild horse that refuses to be tamed."
I think all of you readers are beginning to catch on that I #LOVE to customize; it's the only way to get exactly what I want as well as give each #IDOL their signature look. I took an H&M jacket and added all the black to Joshua's jacket. It toned down the orange that gave it a deeper, richer red tone. Little touches of bling go a long way for every man, and I placed a stud on Joshua's pocket square pocket for a little pick-me-up. I wanted to switch up Joshua's look for his "Then" song to show that he can do more than just a blazer look. With a beautiful fit, he looked fabulous in his leather vest and black jeans.
(Left, Now) To sing Fantasia's "I Believe," I styled Joshua ("Sweet cutie," as @JLo called him) in Paul Smithsocks and shirt topped with an H&Mjacket with Kizmit customizations. He also wore Zarapants, Aldoshoes, a watch by Christian Tse, and his own rings.
(Right, Then) To sing Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," Joshua wore a Zaratop and pants. We shed a jacket for this performance and went with a Noah Kingeryvest! He also wore Aldoshoes, socks by Paul Smith, and a London Manoribracelet.
Less is more, I always say... and with Phillip, that is the golden ticket to his style. Every week Phillip is trying out new styles and brands. Now that he's gotten comfortable with the blazer look, this week I will be experimenting on fit. He #LOVES Frye boots, and wore a nice black pair this week. Look out next week for a more fitted look on Phillip Phillips!
(Left, Now) To put his own spin on Usher's ballad "U Got It Bad," I dressed Phillip down in a James Persetop and Lucky Brandpants. He wore shoes by The Frye Company and a bracelet by M. Cohen Designs.
(Right, Then) For "In The Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett, Phil wore a Gaptop, John Varvatosblazer, Lucky Brandpants, and The Frye Companyshoes.
I wanted Jessica to be on trend and trend-setting with her white jumpsuit and Navajo/tribal jewelry pieces for her "Now" performance. White is such a great canvas to play on with bright colors. Jessica has such a funky cool vibe to her, and styling her every week is a ton of #FUN. That said, for "Try A Little Tenderness" I didn't want her anything BUT modern in paying tribute to a great classic. I gave her modern with an extreme shoulder leather crop jacket and accessories and classic with the playful fringe and pants. The colors and the cut of each piece of the look made it youthful and fun!
(Left, Now) To sing Alicia Keys' "Fallin'," Jessica wore a statement-making, and much-talked about, jumpsuit by Alice + Olivia, a pink American Apparelunitard underneath, and bold teal Bebeshoes and earrings. Other jewelry included a Deepa Gurnaninecklace, Charriolbracelet, and Erica Courtneyrings.
(Right, Then) To sing "Otis Redding's soulful "Try A Little Tenderness," I styled Jessica in a Zara tank top, Skingraftjacket, and Alice + Oliviapants. Accessories included Rachel Royshoes, an Expressbelt, and rings by Tiffany Chou and Supreme Jewelry.
Speaking of less is more, this is the case with Elise. I didn't layer as many accessories on her because we went with the statement piece jewelry concept. With the wind machine and the extra chiffon for "No One," she didn't need a lot to make her look fabulous! For "Let's Get it On" I had Elise try on a dress, but I couldn't imagine her in a fitted dress for this song. So I cut the bottom part of the dress and kept the top because I loved all the construction lines on it. I took a top with the bell sleeves and flipped it back to turn it into a shrug. Elise was really feeling the dark blue so I added the bell to her pants with that color and trim on her hips to slim down her curves just a little, because I love her curves!
(Left, Now) To sing Alicia Keys' "No One," I styled Elise in an orange Leon Max dress and Pelle Modashoes. The jewelry was piled on! Erica Courtneyearrings, necklace, and rings, and bracelets by Prb Studios, Private Collection and de Leon.
(Right, Then) To sing Marvin Gaye's sexy "Let's Get It On," this rocker with soul wore a Bebetop with sweetheart neckline and Kizmit customizations, Zarapants with Kizmit customizations, and her own Bakersshoes. Jewelry included Erica Courtneynecklace and rings and Christian Tseearrings.