If there’s one fashion queen that stands out in our crew, it’s Elshane. Mama to her lookalike daughter, Sunday, Elshane is a Beverly Hills-based fashion stylist known for her love of bold colors, patterns, and eclectic pairings (check out her insta feed for some serious color inspiration!). Her career as a stylist first started when she interned at Cosmopolitan, and then she landed every fashionista’s PR dream job at Diane Von Furstenberg upon graduating college. Later, she decided to leave it all behind in pursuit of love. Despite her sudden decision, she soon ended up on track to become one of the most sought-after celebrity style experts, styling stars like Carly Rae Jepsen and becoming E!’s Key Wardrobe Stylist. Here, the fashion stylist talks about her wild ride to the top of the couture world, what she’s coveting for Fall 2017, and what wardrobe staples she plans on sharing with her daughter one day down the road. Read on…
If you believe it, you can be it. I picked up my knowledge along the way.
How did you get your start in fashion? Tell us everything.
Well, if we go all the way back…It all started with heymama co-founder, Amri Kibbler. In college, I interned for her in the fashion and accessories closet of Cosmopolitan!
When I graduated college, I landed a highly coveted job as the Public Relations and Communications Assistant at Diane von Furstenberg HQ in NYC. It was a whirlwind of glamour, hard work, long hours, unforgettable star-studded events, and fashion weeks — and successful mentorships. Year by year at DVF, I climbed the corporate PR ladder and eventually, five years later, landed the job as Diane’s first ever In-House Stylist, responsible for maintaining DVF’s brand image through styling their fashion shows, web and lookbook shoots, video content, advertising campaigns, as well as managing and styling their VIP clients and directing style seminars for their flagship stores on a global scale.
Then, in a blink of an eye, I quit and moved to Los Angeles for love.
Wow! We love it! We also love that you toured with Justin Bieber! What was that like?
I started styling Carly Rae Jepsen practically the day her hit single “Call Me Maybe” hit the radio. Before we knew it, we were launched on a trajectory of “The Beatles” – like international fame. For nearly a year, she toured as the opening act for Justin Bieber on his Believe tour. The outfit changes, the backup dancers, the band, the press…it was incredibly thrilling. I am so thankful for that year of my life. Looking back, I could have never done that with a baby at home. I can’t wait to tell my daughter all about it one day…
What is the most challenging thing about your job?
I’m in an industry where you’re only as good as your last job. It really keeps you on your toes.
Can you name a pivotal moment in your career that really pushed you to where you are now?
I think on any given day, I’d give a different answer. But truthfully, there’s one moment that changed the entire motion of my career.
I left everything behind in NYC and moved to LA for love, carrying only my knowledge of my past corporate fashion PR life and my one year-young fashion blog Elshane’s World (launched in 2010). I landed in LA and within two months of arriving, Giuliana Rancic of E! Entertainment reached out to me (she had been following my blog) and asked me to be her Key Wardrobe Stylist for E! News, Fashion Police, and Giuliana and Bill show.
I got the phone call and thought to myself, OMG, but I’m not a stylist?! I had never done anything like this. But, I had been on the other end of this kind of work for five years at DVF. I convinced myself that day, “I am a stylist” and accepted the job. The next day I went into work as a fashion stylist…and haven’t looked back since.
The point of the story is, if you believe it, you can be it. I picked up my knowledge along the way.
You are known for your bad-a$$ eclectic style and love of bold patterns. What’s your idea of a dressed-down look?
I’m most comfortable in my skin when I’m adorned in multiple prints, layers of gold jewelry, and shoes that likely aren’t found in the closets of most. You’ll rarely find me in blue jeans. It’s all or nothing with me. I’m either decked in my world of color, or in workout clothes grabbing a coffee after Barre or Pilates.
If you could only buy 3 things this Fall, what would they be?
- A velvet designer accessory (something that will be timeless that I can pass onto my little lady), like a velvet Gucci bag, or velvet Chanel boots.
- A red statement coat.
- Something silver and shimmery. I’m eyeing those silver YSL slouchy boots…
Speaking of style…In honor of NYFW, can you tell us who is killing it style-wise? Who should we be pinning to our style board this season?
I’m loving the following street style looks from these NYFW influencers:
photo by Olivia Culpo
photo by Lee Oliveira for NYTimesFashion
photo by Getty Images
photo by Jay Lim
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Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert
photo by @streetper
Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert
photo by Lee Oliveira
photo by Getty Images
You and your daughter Sunday have the most stinkin’ adorable style! What are some of your favorite mommy-and-me pieces we need to get right now?
I dress my daughter like I dress myself — mainly in separates. I can express my style more while mixing separates rather than throwing on a dress…That’s just too easy. For Sunday, I love printed drop crotch pants (Zara, Munster Kids, Ice Cream Castles) paired with a printed tee, printed shoes (Freshly Picked, Mini Melissa, Target), and a printed jacket. Wow. Sounds like a lot of prints. But it really works! LOL.
If you were only able to save one fashion item to pass down to Sunday, what would it be?
My collection of designer handbags! Let’s just hope she likes color!