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THE ESSENSE OF STYLE | GLAMOURIST INTERVIEW

Recently, I was interviewed by a dear friend and longtime client, Maria Favata, of the Glamourist. We chatted about style, fashion, and jewelry. Maria and I are both obsessed with  fashion, and she is the owner of an enviable collection of vintage gowns and cocktail dresses. It was a blast to talk with her and I’m looking for future collabs to come!
XO Sasha

Originally published in the Glamourist.

I recently interviewed our new Contributing Editor, Sasha Maksutenko.  Sasha has incredible, chic taste and is a very talented stylist.  She is the owner of Sasha Maks Vintage and Styled by Sasha Maks, both based in San Francisco, CA.
Sasha Maksutenko of Sasha Maks Vintage and Styled by Sasha Maks

Sasha and I covered a wide range of topics from fall / winter trends to how to develop your own personal style.

Glamourist:  Sasha, what was on your shopping list for winter?

Sasha:  I got a pair of Lugmainline OTK boots I’ve been eyeing for awhile from Stuart Weitzman. They keep me warm, and lend an edge to more feminine pieces and make everything look sleek and chic. I loved the poncho trend from 2014 Fall runways–Burberry’s where my favorites.  Last time I wore one, I was around 9 years old. It was a hand knit  by my mom, I loved it! I found a vintage wool/angora blend from Turkey from the 80s., that I’m wearing over a short camel coat and over tunic dresses. Now, I’m on the hunt for vintage oversized sweaters, a shearling jacket and a robe coat.

Glamourist:  I love vintage, too. But why do you gravitate towards vintage?

Sasha:  Most of everything you see on the runway or in stores—it’s all been done before. I find that vintage from the 60s and 70s, these are my go-to fashion eras, fits me really well and I love the colors and fabrics. I also like the fact that no one else will have it. I’ve been buying vintage for so many years—it’s part of who I am. I was buying vintage clothes before I started buying vintage jewelry and launched my e-boutique. Also, it’s just really fun to find things at vintage stores and fleas markets, it’s like a treasure hunt. You never know what you will find and have to keep an open mind.

Glamourist:  In terms of accessories, what are you liking right now?

Sasha:  Belts for sure. They are really prominent right now. Belts are a really nice piece to incorporate into your wardrobe: skinny, medium, wide. All different types of styles. Vintage chain belts, anything with embellishment – you can make those new again.  I recently found a rare, drop-dead Kenneth Jay Lane rhinestone belt from the 60s, it’s very ornate but the colors are understated.

Sasha Maks Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane rhinstone belt

Kenneth Jay Lane rhinestone belt from the 60s

 

And a statement bag. I just snagged one on sale, a gigantic patent leather tote from Maje in a gorgeous oxblood.

Glamourist:  What’s a new trend that you are dying to try?

Sasha:  I was intrigued by the single earring trend that was all over the Fall 2014 runways:  Celine, Isabel Marant, and Louis Vuitton. Now, I’m inspired by the mismatched earring trend on the Spring 2015 catwalks. I think this one will be easier to pull off, and fun to play with!

Glamourist:  Sasha—what’s the trick to wearing vintage in a modern way?

Sasha:  I really think it comes down to how you put it together, which is the essence of style—that magic.

I would also stick to classic silhouettes like an a-line, a sheath, a maxi dress. Focus on good quality fabrics and flattering colors. And make sure whatever you are wearing fits properly—which is the key to looking good in general.

Glamourist:  Sasha—I love the way you layer your vintage jewelry. You never look overdone—what’s your secret?

Sasha:  You should balance your jewelry with your outfit and, I might add, hair and make-up. If you wear a really ornate piece of jewelry, don’t do a lot of layering. If you wear a statement shoe, maybe wear more subtle jewelry. That said, it’s always fun to experiment, sometimes an over-the-top look can really work. It pays to play–inevitably you will discover a combination that shouldn’t make sense, but does when all the disparate elements come together. I think that’s how true individual style can be achieved. You have to willing to take a risk and feel confident pulling it off.

Maria Favata styled by Styled by Sasha Maks

Yours truly in a modern tuxedo look by Styled by Sasha Maks

 

Glamourist: What are the three key pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe?

Sasha:  Definitely a good blazer. I always tell my clients to buy a blazer that you can wear for a lot of different occasions. Over a cocktail dress or with boyfriend jeans. Maybe a little over-sized, masculine. Look for simple lines, good quality fabric.

Another piece: a good bag. Good quality leather, minimal hardware, strong lines. For me, I tend to gravitate toward a larger bag for day, a tote or a satchel, since I tend to carry a scarf or a pair of heels if I’m going out later.

Then I would say a statement piece of jewelry, like an over-size pendant or a wide cuff or a knuckle duster. I would get a statement piece for that particular woman’s personality: cool rock chick, classic,  etc. That could become your signature piece.

Sasha Maks Vintage Lanvin Pendant Necklace

Lanvin Modernist Necklace 1970s

 

Glamourist:  What are one or two things that people could do that would make an quick improvement to their look?

Sasha: Find a good tailor and to make sure your clothes fit properly. This will make you look 100% better. And this relates to the previous answer. Find a signature piece whether accessory or clothing and make it yours.

Glamourist: What would you say to people who say that they don’t know their style?

Sasha:  It’s really about educating yourself. There are so many resources out there. Get some fashion magazine subscriptions, follow street style blogs. I would start a Pinterest board and pin images that you like. Also, find a muse—someone whose style you admire and can emulate. It will soon become obvious that you have opinions and preferences and once you have the basics down, you can start on creating your own unique look.

Glamourist:  Who is your muse?

Sasha:  Caroline De Maigret.  She’s a model in Paris and a music producer. She adds masculine touches to her style, which I love. Sexy as hell in a men’s shirt and masculine blazer. She never looks over-done. She’s beautiful and just looks liker herself: sexy, fun, and laid-back.

Glamourist: What’s your favorite part of the styling process?

Sasha:  I really enjoy the purge. Getting rid of what doesn’t work, what isn’t flattering, etc. I love the editing process and getting down to the bare minimum, having an essential, but smaller selection.  Followed by a marathon shopping session to add what’s missing!

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HOLIDAY ARTIST TRUNK SHOW | Saturday, December 20th

Holiday Trunk Show
Join Sasha Maks Vintage, Saturday, December 20th from 10-3:30 pm for an Outdoor Trunk sale featuring local artist, crafts, fashion, jewelry, and a few other great gift ideas. There will be some chill out spaces, music and a food truck. All this loveliness will all take place in the newly opened Annie Street Plaza, (bet. New Montgomery & 3rd St. and Market & Mission). Enjoy 20% of on all jewelry by Sasha Maks Vintage.
See the Facebook invitation here.

Happy Holidays!
XO Sasha

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BIJOUX MENAGERIE: THE HOLIDAY JEWELRY WARDROBE

Satement jewelry

 

Nothing gives me more joy then finding that spectacular piece of vintage costume jewelry for my e-boutique. This year I made a major score when I found  a Kenneth Jay Lane filigree rhinestone belt set with subtle, smoky, and aurora borealis stones. It’s a rare find and is more then a piece of jewelry it’s an object be admired and treasured. Another fantastic find was of a more bohemian vibe–an artisanal faux baroque multi-strand stunner with sterling charms and clear glass cabochons inlaid with shell. What I like about both pieces is that the opulence is tempered by a subtle color palette.
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Sasha Maks Vintage x Lullabella Holiday Soirée

Sasha Maks Vintage x LullaBela Holiday Soiree

Join Sasha Maks Vintage and Lullabella for a Holiday Soirée!
‘Tis the season for serious glamour and finding the most covetable gifts.
RSVP: www.tistheseasonholidaysoiree.eventbrite.comShop vintage swoon-worthy bijou and must-have classic and on-trend handbags.
Kick off the holidays with a toast with us!Enjoy special holiday discounts
-20% off all jewelry
-$50 bags (*from reg. prices of $160-$390)Tuesday, December, 16th
6:00-9:00 pm
Bateau Hair Salon
2 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94521www.sashamaksvintage.com
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SCARLETT SMITH: ‘WINDGED FOLDS’

wingedfoldsThere are certain elements of fashion design that make them stand out, in the case of Scarlett Smith–the purity of line, the clarity of execution, the luxury of integrity are those indisputable characteristics.

I met Amanda Scarlett-Smith at a fashion event for an emerging San Francisco designer, she mentioned she was a fashion designer as well, and we planned to keep in touch. Serendipitously, we ran into each other several months later on the street. Amanda told me about her Spring/Summer 2015 collection based on the Japanese art of wrapping, and that she was a designer in residence at the Fashion Incubator San Francisco (FiSF). I was extremely intrigued by the concept. I have been been keenly aware of Japanese design and esthetic concepts since studying interior design. We planned for a visit to FiSF.

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LA DOLCE VITA SHOWCASE: L’ART & LA MODE

La Dolce Vita Showcase Invitation

Join us for an evening of local fashion, jewelry, art, and photography.
Friday, October 17h, 6:30-9:30pm
Drake SF
508 4th St,
San Francisco, CA94107

We’re doing it again this month!

Come support your local artists:

FASHION
Inspirare
Live Love Moda
D’clic
Calmthreads

JEWELRY
Sasha Maks Vintage
Amaressi

FINE ART
Jinhee

PHOTOGRAPHY
Sanjeev Sharma

HENNA ART
Mehndi by Mina

LIVE BODY ART
Jessica Yurash Body Art

Local Art & Fashion Exhibit | Music | Photobooth | Full bar | 200+ Party People | No cover | 21+ only

RSVP: here

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SASHA MAKS VINTAGE INVITES YOU TO TRAP x ART

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Bring in the noise and bring in the funk to celebrate art in a dynamic showcase featuring local, San Francisco artists of all kinds in a communal, progressive space.

Update you fall jewelry wardrobe with the latest Sasha Maks Vintage stand-out bijouterie and spend the evening exploring artist chaos and finding beauty in all shapes and forms.

Friday, September 26th 10pm-2am
111 Minna Gallery
San Francisco, CA 94105

Tickets $15-$20: www.trapxzart.com
Use Promo code: VINTAGE to receive a $5 discount

Visit www.trapxart.com for a list of featured artists  and bios.

With special tribute to the one and only illimatic Nasir
Enjoy music by DJ Criddy

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A RADIANT SUMMER.. Hosted by MRC BOUTIQUE

Sasha Maks Vintage A Radiant Summer Trunk Show

With the fabulous fashion bloggerita Vanessa, of Shopping, Saving & Sequins.

Sasha Maks Vintage A Radiant Summer Trunk Show

Fave cupcakes from Mission Minis.

Sasha Maks Vintage A Radiant Summer Trunk Show

With Ashley Carroll of MRC Boutique.

Sasha Maks Vintage A Radiant Summer Trunk Show

Esther rocking a fierce Napier Dragon Necklace.

Sasha Maks Vintage A Radiant Summer Trunk Show

Christy, master stylist at Spoke & Weal, creating a summer braid.

Sasha Maks Vintage A Radiant Summer Trunk Show Sasha Maks Vintage A Radiant Summer Trunk ShowSasha Maks Vintage A Radiant Summer Trunk ShowSasha Maks Vintage A Radiant Summer Trunk ShowIMG_2734Sasha Maks Vintage A Radiant Summer Trunk ShowSasha Maks Vintage A Radiant Summer Trunk ShowOn Wednesday, July 30th, My Roommate’s Closet MRC Boutique in the the Marina, hosted, A Radiant Summer trunk show, with special guest, Bay Area fashion blogger Vanessa, of Shopping, Saving & Sequins Guests nibbled on Mini Mission cupcakes while sipping California whites, shopped one-off vintage statement pieces, designer fashion at a discount, and enjoyed goody bags by Ziesche Modern Apothecary of Beauty Company + Salon. SPOKE & WEAL stylists where on hand to offer cool summer braid styles.

See Shopping, Saving and Sequins, post and a fun video of the event here!
xoxo Sasha

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SUMMER LBD: MRC BOUTIQUE + SASHA MAKS VINTAGE

IMG_3322IMG_3324IMG_3326IMG_3331IMG_3333Dress: Milly, c/o MRC Boutique (similar here and  here) / Shoes: DVF (similar here and  here) / Bag, Miel (similar here and  here ) / Necklace, Lanvin / Ring, contact info@sashamksvintage.com

Nothing beats an LBD’s style mileage! The little black dress is versatile, effortless, and can be styled in a myriad of ways. When I’m on the look out for cocktail dresses and really anything on trend and designer at a discount all year round, I head to Cow Hollow’s to MRC Boutique. I was immediately smitten with the sporty vibe of the mesh cap sleeves and side panels of this Milly dress. Here, I’ve paired it with classic leopard print pumps for texture and color, and an oversized,  geometric, vintage Lanvin necklace that’s perfectly in tune with the edgier vibe of the dress.

If you’re looking for designer fashion at a discount, there’s no better place to find them then at MRC Boutique! Currently on offer are brands like NSF, Chie Mihara, Haute Hippie and many more. And this upcoming Wednesday, July 30th, from 5-9pm you can shop their expertly curated selection along with vintage statement jewelry from your truly. We are donating a portion of proceeds to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Come out to shop, get your tresses styled by top stylists from Spoke & Weal and meet Bay Area fashion blogger, Vanessa, of Shopping, Saving and Sequins. Be sure to come early to get a goody bag from Ziesche Modern Apothecary! RSVP here.
We can’t wait to see you for a Radiant Summer!

How do you style your little black dress?
xx Sasha

Photographed by Keily’s Fashion Picks

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Treasure Chest: Fantasy Baubles

Sasha Maks Vintage About Vintage Jewelry

Pierre Cardin Bracelet and Swoboda Necklace

See my article about my infatuation with vintage jewelry, its history, and creators on INSPIRARE here.

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