“I think it is that old adage that everything comes back again and the fact that boho-chic has become a style,” celebrity stylist Eric Himel tells Us Weekly of the popularity of overalls.
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Cateyes have been big for the past few seasons, and topping off your ensemble with a pair is an easy way to look young and chic. “Add a little gold embellishment and — voila — instant, old-school Hollywood,” says celebrity stylist Eric Himel. Cateye frames, like the Nanette Lapore CFDA (exclusive for Sunglass Hut, $130, sunglasshut.com), soften your face, while the turned-up corners help you look more feminine.
It’s officially the season to wear white, so as we all reach in our closets and pull out those white jeans and tops, it’s time to reassess the rules of how to wear it sucessfully. After all, white can look absolutely fab, but if you do it wrong, the look can definitely backfire. Stylist Eric Himel shares his eight rules for wearing white.
Eric Himel, a fashion stylist who offers a service called the “Closet Purge,” recommends E-Z Do clear canvas storage bags for keeping wool sweaters safe in spring and summer. The boxes can be stored under your bed, in the hall closet, or wherever you have the space.
What do Giuliana Rancic, Windy City Live hosts (Valerie and Ryan) and actress Ali Larter all have in common? They’ve all been styled by fashion stylist, Eric Himel. From the red carpet to inside your closet, Eric Himel has been everywhere your clothes have, and beyond and this weekend, we sat down with Eric to talk fashion, celebrities, and men’s underwear.
Studying at Parson’s School of Design led you to where you are today, a notable stylist here in Chicago. What was it like studying under Tim Gunn?
It was amazing. When he first was on “Project Runway” I definitely wasn’t surprised that he was one of the ones that made it. One of the reasons I didn’t stay in fashion and design in New York was because everyone was very jaded and bitter and he just wasn’t ever like that. He’s exactly like you see him on TV … He always stayed true to himself. I think it’s really hard giving critiques and he was always really, really diplomatic about it.
You appear regularly on ABC’s Windy City Live as a fashion expert. What was it like styling Ryan Chiaverini?
One hundred and eighty degrees! When I first met him, he was in the big shoulder suits that sports people wear and his shirts were very “Jersey Shore”. [Laughs] When I got him in clothes that fit him and things that were a little younger, he got it and that is what I’m talking about. That is what I love, when people have a moment.
What local events have been memorable for you fashion-wise?
The Tinsley Mortimer party. She wrote a book and there was a party and it was funny because all of the girls that showed up you could tell they were like, ‘What’s my best New York, bitch, Gossip Girl, Tinsley Mortimer outfit.’ And it’s just funny.
About six years ago, Eric Himel found himself lost in a sea of pseudo-stylists on the West Coast. So, Himel did something different—he moved to the decidely less fashion-obsessed Chicago.
But if anyone can put the chic in Chicago, it’s Himel. Today, besides styling private clients and conducting his signature “Closet Purge” service, Himel is a fashion contributor for Windy City LIVE!, and works with Giuliana and Bill Rancic (he’s also set to appear on a few episodes of their show this season). And on April 15, Himel will be the style expert at Bright Pink’s Fab-Fest in Chicago, an annual fundraising event for prevention and early detection of breast cancer.
Here, Himel talks his expert subject—style—and spills on some of his favorite places to shop in the city.
The current fashion contributor for Windy City LIVE! gives us his top trends for this spring season.
1. Gladiator sandals: These take the old gladiator sandal craze to new heights, literally; the boot version exudes toughness and power.
2. Tribal looks: Get back to your roots with tribal motifs and wild patterns. The look’s complimentary jewelry is a great alternative to more serious precious gems.
3. Abstract prints: Be expressive without the trappings of patterns such as polka dots, plaids, and stripes.
4. Ladylike silhouettes: Springtime’s light fabrics, pretty heels and feminine silhouettes are a welcome change from the über-sexiness monopolizing the last few seasons.
5. Floral patterns: Although florals aren’t uncommon for spring, this time around they are big and color-saturated–even bolder when worn head to toe.
Ahhh leaves changing, apple picking and the return of the leather jacket – we love the change in weather, but let’s face it – constantly updating your wardrobe can get a tad pricey. To save us the heartbreak of moving all of our summer items into storage this fall, we asked Chicago stylist Eric Himel his picks for what summer pieces we can keep and wear long into the winter months.
White Pants: Instead of floral tees, pair white pants with rich brown boots and a sumptuous cardigan.
Shorts: Lengthen the life of your shorts with a chic tweed jacket and the “it-shoe” for fall (heeled loafers).
Sandals: You can rock your sandals all throughout winter with a good pair of tights – we love the color blocking contrast of the green tights with the blue dress!
If you’re like us, you have about 1,000 weddings between now and then end of the year. If you are lucky enough to choose your own garb, the shopping experience can can be time-consuming, expensive and almost make you wish you were wearing a seafoam green taffeta bridesmaid dress.
Never fear, to help you out with your wardrobe distress, we have brought in expert Chicago stylist Eric Himel to help alleviate some stress. The stylist, who dresses Chicago’s premiere clientele, celebrities and is the man behind many a fashion shoots, gave us his picks on what to wear no matter the nuptials setting. Whether it’s a formal function or a casual destination, we’ve got you covered from head to toe.