The Fashion Statement: What Do You Do, Roopal Patel?
As Fashion Editor at Neiman Marcus, Roopal Patel has one of the coolest jobs on the planet. I asked the fashion insider about the biggest fashion mistake people make and what she thinks are the hottest upcoming trends.
Q. What does a fashion editor for a major departments store do?
A. I scout up and coming talent and designers for the store, provide trend direction for the season and help translate that vision into our merchandise assortments with our buyers. It is important for the store to have one consistent message.
Q. What are the most popular trends for resort and spring 2010?
A. Not to give away the highly-coveted list that Senior VP/Fashion Director Ken Downing issues at the beginning of every season but ...blue is the color for both resort and spring. Neiman Marcus is embracing all shades of blue for every category. Tribal fusion was on every runway this season. Look to Givenchy for some of the must-have tribal print wedges and platforms of the season. The nude shoe is the new neutral of the season. The Fendi platform sandal [pictured above] is a must on our list.
Q. What is the most unusual fashion item you've seen in your career?
A. I am always amazed at how high the heel heights are at runway shows and how they get higher with every season. The models make it look so easy. The shoes at Alexander McQueen spring 2010 were over the top!
Q. Has Neiman Marcus changed in response to the economic climate? If so, how?
A. For the holidays, we have our "Little Gems" shop that features presents and gifts for under $100. There are also great [inexpensive] items in many of our designer collections. I found a silver stud pyramid ring from Stephen Webster for $275 and a great David Yurman silver infinity ring at $275.
Q. What is your favorite item in The Christmas Book?
A. I cannot help but to smile when I see the customized cupcake car. It's so original and unique. I also cannot wait to get my hands on the sequined leggings from La Rok and the John Hardy cuff bracelet for evening holiday sparkle.
Q. What is the one thing that makes a look?
A. The right accessory. The perfect handbag or shoes can change your look in seconds.
Q. What is the one common fashion mistake people make?
A. The only mistake one can make is not having fun with your wardrobe. Enjoy and translate the trends that work best for you.