Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Guest Blog: Celebrity Stylist - Mariel Haenn

We're really excited to have celebrity image consultant Mariel Haenn guest blog with us! Mariel's worked with some of the most popular celebrities on Polyvore like Rihanna, Ashlee Simpson and Rachel McAdams. As a stylist, Mariel has an impeccable eye for style and is sharing some of her favorite Rihanna-inspired looks created by the Polyvore community with us.

I thought I’d start off with a little bit about myself! I started my career in the entertainment world at MTV as an image consultant and stylist for talent such as Carson Daly, Ashlee Simpson, and Mandy Moore. After leaving MTV to pursue a freelance career, I teamed up with Rob Zangardi and currently work with a wide array of clients including Rihanna, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Ciara, Keri Hilson, Kerry Washington, Rachel McAdams, Brittany Snow, and Eliza Dushku among others. I love New York but I’m currently based out on the west coast in LA!

In addition to working with celebrity clients on red carpet appearances, I also work on editorial fashion spreads, music videos and television shows. I also continue to consult on image creation of new artists, design jewelry and clothing pieces, and consult on my clients' fashion projects. This fall I’m also working with MasterCard and Saks Fifth Avenue for the Fall 2009 Want It! list.

I’ve picked out a few of my favorite Rihanna sets found on Polyvore. Check them out below!

What I like about this look:

I love the classic menswear appeal for a red carpet event. Typically most women think gown or cocktail dress for such occasions, but for those who are more fashion forward and like to think outside the box and push the envelope, a menswear inspired look could be your answer to staying ahead of the curve.

The strong shoulder is one of the key trends this season and I’ve seen the strong shoulder prominent in many price points and designers from subtle to bold looks, there’s something for everyone!

What I like about this look:

I loooooove the lacquered lip! It is simply the easiest way to dress up any outfit! It’s affordable and convenient. Consider it instant glamour in a tube!! This chic black dress is perfect for most occasions also. It’s easy to dress it up with a pair of great heels, a sleek clutch and a powerful lip.

What I like about this look:

The rocker boot is an absolute must have for everyone! I love this trend because it comes in various styles and anyone can pull this off. The rocker boot can be an ankle boot with studs, a flat boot with zippers or even over the knee high heels! It works for both casual and dressy events.


Anonymous said...

Wow, so cool! I think it's really cool how she explained why she picked those sets. It's nice to see inside the head of a successful stylist!!

{lurvlurvlurv} said...

i so wish to be a celeb stylist. <3<3

TheStrawberryFields said...

Thanks Mariel for coming by and sharing your thoughts on style trends,it would be great to hear more from you.
You have a job most girls crave for,well done in accomplishing an amazing career.

Tamia said...

Beautiful sets! We chatted with Mariel and posted the interview over at She was extremely nice and of course, her outfit was amazing.