To say actress Debbie Sherman is having a moment, would be an understatement. With three films set to release (The Vault which launched September 1, 2017, and Day of the Dead which released this past January , and The Forgiven which will be in theaters on March 9th), there is very little that the bubbly blonde, and mother of two can’t handle. However, with a looming season of press appearances on the horizon, Debbie decided to branch out from styling herself for the red carpet, and call on a pro. With a trip to NYC on the books, she sought out the help of one of her favorite digital influencers, NYC-based fashion blogger Jordan Landes-Brenman (@HauteHouseFlower) to help her get some red-carpet styling tips that she could take back to Southern California with her, and apply to her future red carpet moments.
The two met at NYC-based SoHo concept store & showroom, Dreams On Air for a styling strategy session for Debbie’s upcoming appearances. A Q&A with the two reveals best practices, celebrity, styling secrets, as well as tips and tricks that can translate well beyond the red carpet, to apply to everyday life.
With Debbie in NYC for just a short amount of time, I knew we needed a one-stop-shop. My first choice was PR showroom, Dreams On Air. As digital influencer and style consultant, I love that I can always depend on the wide selection of brands from Dreams On Air. The showroom’s range of emerging, as well as established designers, ensures that I can always find a gorgeous head-to-toe outfit for myself, or for a client/shoot that I’m styling. Dreams On Air has everything from hats, to accessories, to jewelry, gowns, even outerwear. I can always count on Dreams On Air’s showroom for an expertly curated selection of pieces that will be amazing for literally any occasion.
Walking into the first level showroom was just as the name of the shop suggest: a dream. The space was bright and crisp and full of a wide array of eye candy. I was immediately met by Jordan as she greeted me warmly and whisked me away to the lower level. I was extremely impressed by the fabulous selection of new and emerging designer duds and the creativity and wow factor of all of the accessories. Everyone there was dressed fabulously and effortlessly all at once and I immediately knew this was the showroom for me.
I’ve actually known Debbie for years, so styling her was a natural progression, and a dream come true. While she’s always had a great sense of style, I was surprised and quite impressed to hear that she had been styling herself for the red carpet this whole time! Press appearances and red carpet events can be quite challenging to dress for, they require a lot of planning and specific styling know-how that often comes only from years of experience. In order to set herself up for success, one of the first things I asked Debbie, was what difficulties she had been running into when styling herself.
I think I have the same difficulties as any woman: we all want to look stylish, flawless and like we didn’t try too hard. Well, news flash, no one is perfect and once I got that through my head I was able to branch out into new and fun styles and not think too much about what I was wearing and why. Still, looking for an outfit that looks chic, I feel comfortable in and will photograph well on the red carpet was no easy task. I decided I could use some tips from an expert, so naturally I called Jordan. There was no other choice for me; she is the best. Just take a look at her Instagram account and you will be in fashion heaven. The girl screams style from head to toe.
JLB: I wanted to give Debbie the tools to be able to have go-to silhouettes for the different types of press appearances she had coming up. We classified them into three different categories; Charity Galas/Formal Red Carpet Events, Film Premieres, and Daytime Events/On-Air Appearances. Every type of event has a very specific dress code, so having a sort of “dress code formula” can be incredibly helpful.
For a Charity Gala/Formal Red Carpet Event:
Dress Code Formula: Bold Colored Gown with a modern twist. Pair with minimal jewelry and shoes.
Debbie was a stunner in this chic, statement orange dress that I chose from Jacqueline Then. I just loved the silhouette – a long sleeved gown with a high slit, and a short but dramatic train. The pop of hot pink lining underneath was the cherry on top! Paired with delicate pearl drop earrings by Soledad Lowe, it’s the type of outfit that will get her endless compliments, and work for nearly any charity gala or red carpet event she has coming up. It’s perfectly event appropriate, yet conservative and modern all at the same time. Shoes should be barely there to leave the attention on the woman in the fabulous dress – footwear should be nude and strappy.
This was my favorite look! I would never think to wear a formal dress in orange, but man oh man, this dress was everything. I loved the long sleeves and the modest neckline. These choices by the designer made the sky high slit classy and sexy all at once. What I adored most about this gown was how I felt in it, like I could conquer the world.
For A Red Carpet Film Premiere:
Dress Code Formula: Flirty Cocktail Dress
Film premieres can be a bit more playful, so I chose this elegant gold party dress by Narciss. It just seemed like a dress Debbie could have fun in. It was a step away from her usual style of more form-fitting cocktail dresses, but highlighted her petite frame perfectly. I’m a big fan of anything you can twirl in, and this was no exception! The metallic gold shade of the dress meant that we could keep jewelry and shoes minimal to let the dress do the talking.
Gold! I mean do I need to say more. This fun and fashion forward dress hit all the marks. It was classy, playful and comfortable. Jordan suggested I pull my hair up for this look and she hit the nail on the head. With my hair in a neat side bun, this look transformed my look into a classic, yet relevant statement.
For A Daytime Event or On-Air Press Appearance:
Dress Code Formula: Conservative form-fitting sheath dress with modern accessories.
This red printed houndstooth dress by Hathairat just called out to me for Debbie, and is actually one of my favorites of the three outfits we chose. On Debbie, it gives major Veronica Lake vibes, and the flower at the nipped in waist shows off her figure perfectly. While the dress is a bit more conservative than Debbie’s normal style, the statement shoe by Femmes Sans Peur took the look from buttoned-up, to bombshell. I loved this look for a daytime event, or on-air press appearance.
This look was something I normally wouldn’t choose and so enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something new. The colors blended perfectly and I felt so chic in this throwback style frock. The flower bloom on the hip gave this classy piece a bit of flair and character. It is perfect for my next daytime event. Jordan really drove home the styling of this piece by pairing it with the coolest heels.
Debbie is an absolute dream to style. Her enthusiasm about fashion and occasion dressing is contagious, and I love how open she is to trying new things! She was a great sport and tried on everything I picked out for her. She, along with my incredible photographer, Scott White (@bloggerphotographer) made it so easy to bring my creative vision for this shoot to life.
Jordan is now and forever my go to girl for style advice and all things fashion. She has an eye for fashion and pulling looks together in a way that’s fresh and classic all at once. I am so looking forward to our next styling session and can’t wait to wear my looks to my upcoming events!
Photography: Scott White // Instagram: @Blogger
PhotographerWardrobe Styling/Creative Direction: Jordan Landes-Brenman // Instagram: @HauteHouseFlower
Written By: Jordan Landes-Brenman of HauteHouseFlower.com // @HauteHouseFlower
Location: Dreams On Air PR Showroom, www.DreamsOnAir.com // @dreamsonairnyc
- – Orange gown is from Jacqueline Then, $1850 available at Dreams on Air
- – Shoes are from Femmes Sans Peur, $595, http://www.femmessanspeur.com/shop-aurora/aurora-black
- – Red dress is from Hathairat, $850
- – Gold dress is from Narciss, $690, available at Dreams on Air
- – Earrings are from Soledad Lowe, $590 available at Dreams on Air