You looked amazing today, tell me your favorite part of the day?
Thank you!! I love the whole process of getting out of my daily business attire, going into hair and make-up and being styled in couture gowns. It’s like being a Princess for the day.
It feels nice to be pampered and made to feel glamourous… Such a complete 180 from my daily routine of driving kids, attending sports, games, practices, business meetings, taking care of 3 dogs, hitting the gym, and running a busy household!
You shoot with Jessica Simpsons Dad Joe today, how long have you been shooting with Joe?
Joe and I have been friends for many years and lived very close to each other when all the kids were little – we actually used to run into each other at our favorite market almost on the daily!
We have become much closer friends since we’ve both become heavily interested and involved in Fashion. We found ourselves attending many of the same shows over the last couple of years, which has evolved into a great friendship and mutual admiration for each other. It seems we have basically been living parallel lives – both with kids who lead the world in celebrity branding and who are extremely hard working and have uber successful clothing lines. We’ve both been integral parts of raising these iconic children who have changed the face of Fashion and continue to set new precedents through out the world!
Joe is a – one of a kind – genius behind the lens. I would choose him to shoot me over anyone else in the business. His photography truly is art, and is unequaled. He is Andy Warhol 2K and is currently planning a showing of his pop art and photographs. Stay tuned for more info on that!
Tell me about your daily fashion?
My daily fashion can be anything from business chic to sweats and a t-shirt. I prefer to stick to the basics. My “go to” look is a black Chanel jacket/blazer with a white tailored Ralph Lauren blouse and black Chanel pencil skirt with ultra high heeled black Louboutin pumps. Anyone who knows me will tell you, the ONLY time you’ll see me without heels is at the gym!!
My work-out gear is always Lululemon tights with a t-back Lulu bra top and Nike cross trainers. Lulu designs are cut to perfection. They are wildy energizing and make you hit it harder!
What LA Fashion Week shows did you attend this year? What did you wear on the red carpet?
The absolute highlight of the year thus far, was the Tom Ford show in February. It was insane!! LA is finally getting the top designers back and by doing so will regain it’s credibility and continue to evolve as one of the world’s Fashion Capitols. With the help of RUNWAY Magazine and RUNWAY TV…. it’s a win, win situation!!
My favorite show during LA Fashion Week was without doubt, Walter Mendez. He is a true visionary and his shows never disappoint. I also attended Koko Blaq, House of Ccuoco, Adolfo, Fernando and Willfredo. This year, sadly was a bit fractured, with Style Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week, and Art Hearts Fashion week all happening simultaneously at different venues. I am praying for the day when everyone is re-united and show under the same tent!! That will be a dream come true and something I would gladly help facilitate!!
This year on The Red Carpet, I exclusively wore couture designs by Lisseth Corrao, an incredible Peruvian/Italian Designer. Her designs are ethereal – almost other worldly, exquisite and elegant… with just the right amount of sensuality thrown in there! She designs with a true femininity and an ability to make one look and feel like a goddess!! These are all her designs I am honored to be wearing in this issue of RUNWAY!
I hear you are teaming up with some designers on some exciting projects, what’s the scoop?
Yes, I am excited to say that I am teaming up with Lisseth, and we are forming a partnership. We share the same vision and want to create an affordable couture line to share with the world! Designs which can be worn on a Red Carpet but also to any significant event that happens in the lives of every day people… i.e. weddings, Bar Mitzvah’s, baptisms, confirmations, and celebrations of all types. Bringing a line of affordable elegance to any occasion.
Studies have shown that when you look good, you feel good! We want to help all women share their inner light with the world. Every woman should have the opportunity to feel as though she is walking a RUNWAY!!
What’s your day like as a Hollywood super mom?
Hollywood super mom sounds extremely flattering, Thank You!! Most days are far less glamourous than one might think!
I usually hit the ground running… I wake up early and get the kids breakfast and out the door to school. I generally have back-to-back meetings, errands, and try to squeeze in gym time before pick-up. Now that the 4 older children have very busy careers of their own, there are only 2 left at home.
Courtney (Scarlett) is a Senior in High School and has her heart set on TV Production and Broadcasting. Jake, the youngest of 6, is a Junior in High School and has started a very promising modeling career. Both would potentially like to try their hand at acting when the timing is right. Both have done musical theatre through out middle school and High School. Between meetings I spend lots of time driving them to castings and auditions. At this point there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, but there is a ton of quality time together when you are stuck in LA traffic! (I have often wished I could clone myself…)
What advice do you have for parents trying to get their kids in show business?
My advice to parents trying to get their kids into show business is, above all else, keep them grounded! Be there for them and with them every step of the way. Encourage them to follow their dreams without ever losing sight of what is most important, family.
They need an advocate at all times and must constantly feel loved and supported. Always be their safety net when the disappointments come…. and they will. Show business can be tough on a young impresionable child with a tender heart. Always let them know you believe in them and what is meant to be will be!
I would also strongly suggest they be enrolled in classes early on to see if they genuinely have the drive and determination it takes to endure.
Thank you RUNWAY for giving me the forum to announce this exciting new Olsen venture…. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you and I look forward to our next endeavor! STAY TUNED for the launch of “Olsen Corrao Couture.”
Thanks for coming out and we look forward to More Olsen action in up coming issues of RUNWAY.
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