Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dressing Carrie Brownstein

It's not everyday that I get to dress someone famous. Let alone a famous person going to a red carpet premiere in New York City. So you can imagine I was pretty psyched when Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein came into Xtabay looking for something to wear to the New York premiere of her new show.  At first I was a little intimated but after hearing that this was her favorite vintage shop in Portland, my confidence started to come back. I tried to get an idea of what she wanted. Carrie is kind of a tomboy and was wearing black jeans, black hoody and kind of a plaid flannel-ish shirt. She looked very Portland- minus an awkwardly silk screened bird on her hoody. We decided to glam up her look a little bit, not over the top but just classic, timeless movie star kind of glam.
Carrie is tiny. A perfect size 2. Aren't famous people always tiny? What's up with that? Anyway....
I put her in a fabulous 1950's black silk crepe cocktail dress with deep v-neck and back. Then we searched for shoes.....luckily we just happened to have the perfect size 7 black 70's italian heels with metallic red and gold ankle straps . I didn't want to complicate the neckline of the dress so I opted that she wear just a bracelet and earrings.  I grabbed a chunky 50's Laguna crystal bracelet and v shaped gold tone rhinestone earrings. Ta-da! She looked like a million bucks. Thanks Carrie for choosing Xtabay as your personal stylist for the day---fortunately for me her regular stylist was hungover:)


  1. You must be pinching yourself — congratulations! She looks incredible.

  2. Congratulations! She looks so beautiful and elegant! =)