I love a challenge. Even one that exists in my head ... that call to style someone for multiple events — especially if it involves Alexander McQueen. While I would not typically dress a client in one designer from head-to-toe, it's not a challenge unless you can take 100% Alexander McQueen and pull together looks that are effortlessly elegant, smart and polished, yet at the same time, believable.
By day, this look would carry you through a meeting or two (layer underneath or add a jacket, if needed), press conference, photo shoot and an impromptu interview. I love the garnet wide-neck A-line dress with these black and ivory lizard platform pumps. A structured hangbag is perfect for the day's events, as is the minimal, yet striking, jewelry. We'll turn up the volume for evening so you can hop from event to after party with ease in this fun gray silk square dress and these titanic ballerina pumps. Modern jewelry, along with this awesome dogtooth knuckle-duster clutch, adds a bit of attitude! A day to be remembered, for sure.

You got the sneak peak at Jimmy Choo for H&M last month. Now, just weeks before it hits the store, check out more of the line sure to excite the masses.

Speaking of the masses, it’s a good thing that H&M is only launching the collection in 200 stores. I can already see the lines and feel the chaos. As much as I’m excited about its offering, I am not one to put myself in crazy situations like that. However, if you plan to be one of the millions to brave H&M on the 14th this month, choose your items wisely. In order to avoid looking like everyone else on the streets, skip the clothing and go for the accessories only. Pick one pair of shoes (not four), one belt and one piece of jewelry. This way, you can utilize these inexpensive pieces to accent your personal style. Who doesn’t want a little Jimmy Choo?

Personal Stylist, Editor, Product Tester

Catherine Horgan

Professional Image Consultant ... and Shoe + Skin Care Addict. As a personal stylist, Catherine works with both male and female clients, locally and nationally, to help them identify and express their style, in addition to creating a fulfilling wardrobe. She frequently travels to meet with fashion and beauty designers, in addition to holding events on how to achieve a head-to-toe look for each season. As a fashion and beauty editor, Catherine keeps those who want to be ‘in the know’ on top of the latest and greatest finds. She tests products on a daily basis and is known in the industry for her meticulous attention to detail. Catherine is a contributing fashion editor for Haute Mimi International. She attends Fashion Week in NYC twice a year, and conducts various style workshops throughout the year. Appearing on The Cooper Lawrence Show for Fashion Friday last November 2008, Catherine kept the phones ringing off the hook! She is one to connect with, as she is listed in the Top 100 to follow in Charlotte, NC on Twitter. Catherine is a member of the Association of Image Consultants International.

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