ROCK SOLID

ROCK SOLID

Dallasite Carla Rockmore is a social media superstar, to put it mildly. Her must-follow platform is all about creating from your closet and her no nonsense approach has made her a true media darling. Here, our style chronicler Lance Avery Morgan catches up with her about a few of her favorite things.

I think social media has the power to… Make people feel less alone, lift their spirits, and spark a creative interest they may not have explored.

 

Three qualities that got me where I am today are…Hard work, a little talent, and being open-minded to pivoting.

 

My style icon isIf you put Iris Apfel, Franca Sozzani, and Marissa Berenson in a blender.

 

My personal style signifier is…An eclectic mix that’s ever-changing. I refuse to box myself into one style signifier because I would find that stifling.


The classic movie actress style I most identify with is…
Katharine Hepburn. Not for her style so much, as her individuality and independence.   

 

The classic designer I wish was still designing today is…It’s a tie between Romeo Gigli and John Galliano for Dior. Both had a romantic, Medieval feel to their work.

 

Favorite accessory I am loving for fall is…A sequin blazer.

 

Last thing I binge/marathon watched was…Anatomy of a Scandal.

Book that left a lasting impression on me isOne Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

First CD/album I bought was…Pink Floyd’s The Wall… and it was an eight-track.

If I could live in a foreign city, it would be…London.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold dry hands is…A red lipstick.

A celebrity I would prank phone call and what I would ask them is…Sarah Paulson. I would ask her if she wanted to go vintage shopping.

In my fridge you will always find…Kimchi and feta cheese.

On my tombstone, it will say…She Sat Well In Her Skin.

I find that on social media my world has changed into…a real-life full color extravaganza of what is constantly going on in my head. It’s slightly odd to watch myself.

 

In my fridge, you will always find…Kimchi and feta cheese.

If I could compete in an Olympic sport, it would be…Cross-country skiing.

How I made my first dollar was…Working retail at a children’s snowsuit store.

The best career advice I’ve received is…Throw your education, your hobbies, and a void in the community into a blender. That’s your sweet spot. That’s your convergence of joy and success

What everyone/woman should try in her lifetime is…Combat boots with a ballet pink tulle skirt.

DESIGNING WOMAN

DESIGNING WOMAN

Brittany Allen’s bright and happy designs are as colorful as she is. Her time as a fan favorite on Bravo’s hit, Project Runway, helped pave the path to her design success. Here, she catches up with our Lance Avery Morgan to share her essence with the world. 

What I love most about designing is…the freedom of expression. I love channeling my energy and emotions into a design. It allows me an outlet for what I am passionate about while creating garments that make people feel incredible in their own skin.

 

My style icon is…Kacey Musgraves. She is timeless, yet so chic all the time.

 

My personal style signifiers are… bright colors and prints. I always want to wear something that is a statement.

 

Best career advice I’ve received is…to put your blinders on while doing your thing. It’s like the horses at the Kentucky Derby. Stop looking at what other designers are doing. Whatever they have going on means it’s already being done. Do something different and contribute your personal design aesthetic to the industry.

 

Three qualities that got me where I am today are…I am a very motivated Type A person, extremely ambitious, and a risk-taker.

 

How I made my first dollar was…I worked retail at a small boutique in Arkansas, which taught me so much about customer service.

 

Last show I binge/marathon watched wasStranger Things. It’s my favorite show ever.

 

First CD I bought happened to be…Britney Spears’ debut album. I haven’t missed one since.

 

What everyone/woman should try in her lifetime is…to go on a trip and travel by herself at least once because it is exhilarating. You get to do all the things you want to do and see what you want to see.

 

One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know would be… I have formal vocal training. I used to sing through college. I thought it was what I wanted to do, but it didn’t fulfill anything for me.

 

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dry hands is…dry texturizing spray. My hair is fine, so I need something to help me style it.

 

I want to make it a greener world by…I like to think we are making a greener world every single day in my studio. We are made-to-order. We aren’t working with manufacturers and sitting on a bunch of inventory like other brands, “hoping it will eventually sell.” That is how fast fashion started, and these brands are why our earth is polluted with so much unused apparel. This industry must change.

GLAMOUR GIRL

GLAMOUR GIRL

Houston native-turned Los Angeleno-turned Austinite Kelly Frye is taking the world by storm. Her personal style, complemented with a mane of stunning red hair, has this actor creating a stir while starring in her latest series, Disney’s Secrets of Sulphur Springs. Our Lance Avery Morgan caught up with Frye to learn more about her secrets to success.

My favorite iPhone wake-up song is…Ludovico Einaudi’s Nuvole Bianche. It’s what I like to start my day with, and it was playing when I walked down the aisle at our recent Rothko Chapel wedding. Such a moving song.

Best career advice I’ve received is…shy doesn’t work. Expect the very best out of the situation you’re walking into, and smile. Always pay it forward.

Three qualities that got me where I am today are…joy, a positive outlook, and resilience.

I made my first dollar by…appearing in a Titleist commercial with Sergio Garcia in Houston when I was 16. I earned my SAG card on that job, and it was my first taste of Hollywood and a professional set.

Last thing I binge/marathon watched…Inventing Anna–whoa.

Book that left a lasting impression on me…the book I constantly recommend to people is Patti Smith’s Just Kids. Her writing is absolutely beautiful, and the storytelling about New York in the 80s transported me there with her.

First album I bought was…Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dry hands is…Koh Gen Do aqua foundation– the best in the game. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted moisturizer for no-makeup days. And you will never see me without fresh sugar rose lip balm.

My style icon is…Audrey Hepburn. Her style is timeless and classic. Present-day, I love what Zendaya has been putting out there. Her style is fun, classic, and bold.

My personal style signifier is…my hair. The red hair got me teased as a child, but it’s my super-power as an adult. For clothing, I love statement shoes and handbags with skinny jeans and a tied-up silk button-down. That’s my go-to day-to-day look.

In my fridge, you will always find…emergency champagne for celebrations. I love anticipating happy moments to celebrate.

If I could compete in an Olympic sport, it would be…figure skating. I was a figure skater growing up, and I would love to have achieved that level. Some of my favorite childhood memories were at the ice rink.

My perfect day would end…watching the sunset over a beautiful vista having sundowners, as they call them, in England with my (British) husband, art advisor Nick Campbell.

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THE SERENDIPITY OF STYLE

THE SERENDIPITY OF STYLE

Dallasite Rhonda Sargent Chambers, the founder of  RSC Show Productions, is well known to be one of the most stylish women in Texas. This Texan shares some of the favorite secrets to her success, as well as sage tips of insight, with our Lance Avery Morgan. 

The best career advice I’ve received is…No one is your competition.

Three qualities that got me where I am today are…Kindness, calmness, and attention to detail.

Change I’d like to see in my industry…Collaborations that are win-win.

How I made my first dollar…as a professional Kim Dawson model.

Last thing I binge/marathon watchedSupernatural on Netflix.

Book that left a lasting impression on meMeditation by Marcus Aurelius.

First album I boughtDreamboat Annie by Heart in 1975.

What every woman should try in her lifetime is…Windsurfing.

One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know is… Raising chickens. In high school, I raised Texas State Fair prize-winning roosters and chickens in FFA and 4H.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dry hands is…Darphin Paris facial cream.

Movie actress’ style I most identify with is…Tilda Swinton.

 

An unforgettable place I’ve traveled is…Taormina, Sicily, but I never tire of going to Rome, either.

 

An artist whose work I would collect is… Mark Herron, a Dallasite. His portraits are beautiful, intriguing, and mysterious.  

My favorite room is…My mom and dad’s kitchen.

In my fridge, you will always find…Avocados. 

On my tombstone, it will sayRhonda Took Me Under Her Wing.

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RENAISSANCE WOMAN

RENAISSANCE WOMAN

South Texan-turned-Dallasite Joyce Goss is leading by example. As the executive director of The Goss-Michael Foundation, the Pleasanton native understands the world of philanthropy and art. She’s chaired a zillion galas and is known for her chic style. Here, her longtime pal, Lance Avery Morgan gets up-close and personal with this busy wife, mother, and patron to learn about a few of her favorite things.

Portrait photography by Maxine Heifman

 

The best career advice I’ve received is…Treat everyone with respect.

 

How I made my first dollar…I grew up on a farm in South Texas. One of my first summer jobs included hoeing weeds and moving irrigation pipe. I got a great tan as a bonus.

 

Last thing I binge/marathon watched…Was Schitt’s Creek. It’s beyond hilarious.

 

Book that left a lasting impression on me…To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

 

First album I bought…With Love, Bobby by Bobby Sherman.

 

My favorite scent I wear is…Frédéric Malle’s Portrait of a Lady.

 

What everyone should try in her lifetime is…Volunteering. It’s one of the best ways to make an impact on the world.

 

One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know is…Baton twirling. I was a majorette in high school, and I still have my baton. Every once in awhile, when I am feeling bored or a bit nostalgic, I will bring out my baton and twirl. It’s quite a sight.

 

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dry hands is…YSL’s Touche Éclat highlighter.

 

A celebrity I would prank phone call and what I would ask them is…I would call George Clooney and ask, May I speak with Amal?.

 

My style icon is…Katharine Hepburn. Her style was bold and powerful. She could be glamorous in both high fashion and pantsuits.

 

When it comes to one must-have clothing, one that item I always have to have is…A blazer. Throwing on a blazer makes me feel chic and pulled together. It boosts my confidence when I walk out the door.

 

My perfect day would end by…Having an amazing dinner with my family, followed by a cocktail, and watching the sunset while listening to some fabulous music.

 

 

 

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AS RIGHT AS REIGN

AS RIGHT AS REIGN

The reigning Miss Texas 2019, Chandler Foreman, is everyone’s cool girl ideal. The fact that she represents the Lone Star State is even better. Here, she catches up with her former Miss Texas Judge Lance Avery Morgan so that we can learn more about this dynamic young lady.

My style icons are… Zendaya, Beyonce, Janelle Monae (sometimes), and Yara Shahidi.

I love being Miss Texas America because…This crown helps me fulfill my purpose of inspiring our future leaders. Encouraging youth is what I love, and having the opportunity to impact or enlighten someone is my ultimate joy.

My perfect day would begin by…Waking up on a yacht, having a traditional breakfast (with grits), and a small yogurt parfait, with Moonchild playing in the background.

I made my first dollar by…Losing a tooth and that was paid in quarters, and after that my very first

job was working at La Madeleine.

The last thing I binge/marathon watched wasGood Girls.

A book that left a lasting impression on me had to be…Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Mentality. I recite at least four of his quotes daily. His passing and legacy have heavily impacted my motives.

On my bucket list to do soon is…Travel internationally for the first time. I’ve always wanted to visit Rome, the romantic city, because I’m obsessed with its amazing architecture and history.

What woman should try in her lifetime is to…Be a titleholder. The average girl never considers competing because they imagine a beauty queen and believe there are specific beauty standards. However, it goes beyond physical appearance, and is more about your heart and ambitions. The personal benefits and professional development gained through competing can directly affect your future success.

Something nice I did for myself recently, because, hey, why not is…Yoga. After I experienced a tragedy, I became stagnant. I woke up one morning and decided, “I want peace and do not like being in this mental space.” Twenty minutes later, it’s Namaste.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dead hands is…Any moisturizer.

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