Friday, December 9, 2011

Member Spotlight: houseofhauteness

Today's spotlight is on houseofhauteness who has been a Polyvore member for two years now. Always up for a fun challenge, you'll see her participating in the majority of contests on the site. In fact, she most recently won our Duran Duran challenge judged by Naomi Campbell! Here are some of her sets:

Orange Chic

haute mess

Show Naomi Campbell Your Rock Chic Style Inspired by Duran Duran's "Girl Panic!"

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Leanne Johnson and I am 32 years old. Currently, I am employed full-time as a television producer/programming manager where I create and oversee television programming content. I also serve as the in-house graphic artist and, at times, I assist with some of the marketing functions. Through my employer, I've worked on numerous ad campaigns for area events and philanthropies. I love taking a concept, building on it and watching it come into fruition. I've been fortunate to have wonderful bosses who've allowed me to utilize my own creative discretion which in turn has helped me gain confidence as a designer while developing my own sense of style. I think that's why I instantly fell in love with Polyvore. The site has helped me fine-tune my creativity skills while drawing inspiration from the countless number of talented people who are a part of the Polyvore community.

What's the story behind your Polyvore profile name?

It's a play on the french term, haute couture. I just love the way it rolls off the tongue, so I wanted to create a username that somehow had that terminology in it.

What are your personal aspirations?

My personal goals are pretty simple. As cliche as it may sound, I just want to live a life that is both happy and fulfilling. Above all else, I want to be a good role model for my son. If I can raise him to be a loving, positive member of society, then I've done my job.

How has Polyvore affected your life?

I'm a total right-side-of-the-brain type thinker. I'm always involved with something that allows me to express myself creatively. For me, Polyvore was just a, I'm going to meet one of my favorite bands, Duran Duran, which would've never would've happened had it not been for Polyvore!

Describe your personal sense of style.

My personal sense of style is constantly evolving. When I was younger, I was much more experimental with fashion. Since then, I've toned it down a bit. I look to people like Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston for inspiration. Their look is timeless and sophisticated, like one of my favorite fashion icons, Audrey Hepburn.

What are some of your favorite brands?

I have my list of lust-worthy faves like Chanel, McQueen, Hervé Léger, Lanvin, etc. But, the practical side of me tends to lean towards brands like Alice + Olivia, Black Halo, Haute Hippie, Winter Kate, Phillip Lim, and Alexander Wang. I like to splurge on key pieces that I'll mix with my thrift store finds. I generally try to steer clear of fashion that is too trendy or out there and only buy what I know won't go out of style next season.

Got any requests for the Polyvore team?

I wish I could create sets using an iPad. Otherwise, it's just perfect!

You recently won our Show Naomi Campbell Your Rock Chic Style Inspired by Duran Duran's "Girl Panic!" contest. What made you decide to enter?

Honestly, there were so many elements to this competition that appealed to me. Of course there's a nostalgia factor. I grew up listening to Duran Duran. They were one of the biggest bands of the 80's. Plus I think my mother had a thing for Simon LeBon back then, so I was well aware of who they were even as a small child. I still remember watching their lavish music videos which were always shot at some exotic location with a host of beautiful women. They were so theatrical and, at the time, quite innovative. I was excited to hear that they were putting out a new album.

Plus, the fact that Naomi Campbell selected the winning entry is something that I still can't seem to get over! And to own pieces of jewelry that were worn by the super models in Girl Panic is a word, awesome! I guess you could say it's the proverbial cherry on top of an already magnificent sundae!

You get to meet Duran Duran! How excited are you?

At first I couldn't believe it! I think because I wanted to win so badly, the prospect of it actually happening seemed so far fetched that when I initially found out, it didn't fully register. Even after I had given it some time to sink in, I had to keep checking back to make sure I read the e-mail correctly. In fact, there are even times now that I have to pinch myself just to make sure that I'm not dreaming!

Any idea what you might wear when you meet the band?

Maybe, baby?


Ciera said...

So happy to see this! I absolutely love houseofhautness' sets! She has such a lovely personality and I'm so glad that she's getting the recognition she deserves. <3

Anonymous said...

wonderful! i love your work!

BullyGrrl said...

I am thrilled to see you featured here! You deserve all your wins so much, you are such a talent powerhouse! Your job sounds so cool, and you are balancing a lot in your life! Kudos to you, and to Polyvore for featuring you here!!!

Anonymous said...

awesome sweetie. love the interview congrats!!! ~tabithasue

Anonymous said...

congrats! your sets are amazing!

Julieta said...

You're wonderful my dear!!!! congrats on winning the Duran Duran contest, you really deserved it, it is also great that we got to know more about you here, you're so talented and a great poly-friend!
Julieta (julietav)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that Polyvore spotlighted such a talented individual! It's nice to learn more about you and finally put a face to the name! -Tess

sophisty said...

Now that I've met you, it's such a treat to read your interview! We never really got a chance to talk, so it's great to learn more about all the fun things you do IRL.