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FASHION * SHAY TODD JEWELRY * UCCLE’ DESIGN MODEL * CHRYSTAL TACKET / NOUS PHOTOGRAPHER * MIKE VENSEL STYLIST * KAT TURNER HAIR * JANE FANTOZZI MAKEUP * VERONICA CHANEL

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Shay Todd * Fashion Interview by Kat Turner

KT: Where are you from? ST: I am originally from Hawaii. KT: How did that have an influence on your line? ST: The line is swimwear and resort wear oriented. It’s a lifestyle I know very well, I grew up in a swimsuit. KT: When did you start designing swimwear? ST: I’ve been designing for about six years now and it’s always something I had in the back of my head, for many years and toyed with the idea and I just said I am going to give it a shot, I am going to put it on paper and try to construct them and it was really well received and it took of from there. KT: How has living in Los Angeles changed your perception of swimwear? ST: Many of my friends in Hawaii consider my suits to be little larger in terms of coverage where as girls in Los Angeles say, “You make really tiny suits.” So it has had an influence on the coverage and the style and being a little more fashion oriented vs. tropical influence. KT: Where did the inspiration for your current line come from? ST: This particular collection came from really neat group of people that I met during a vacation in Careyes, this little hideaway resort town in the middle of Mexico in the middle of the jungle and it brings together a group people from all around the world and they bring together a culmination of fashion from their travels which is very bohemian chick and ethereal. KT: Do you have a signature look that you carry from collection to collection? ST: I don’t do prints too often, I like to keep it a really clean lined group of classic swimsuits and I play on the fine line between sexy and classical and definitely embellishment.

KT: What sort of woman wears Shay Todd? ST: Someone who is not afraid of taking risks, who isn’t afraid to have fun with fashion, someone who it’s not afraid to be noticed. KT: What is one fashion item that you cant live without? ST: A good basic white tank top. KT: What is a fashion pet peeve that you have? ST: When somebody doesn’t know their body, even if there is a trend going on not every girl could wear each trend, follow what works best for your body. KT: What do you enjoy the most about designing? ST: Being able to keep one of everything. KT: What do you like least about designing? ST: As sad as it sounds the business side of it, having to sell it, I really do it because I love it. KT: What advice could you give to an aspiring designer? ST: Start small, start with a basic idea and grow from there, go for it, don’t be afraid to go for it. KT: You are going to be stranded on a deserted island and you can only take five things with you what would they be? ST: My I pod, the latest Vogue, my Shiseido SPF 30 sunscreen, a Shay Todd bikini and a good attitude. For more visit: shaytodd.com

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