Wells Fargo presents Locale San Diego’s Top FashionFLUENCERS 2013 – Winners Chosen!
Thanks to your submissions, the final fashionfluencers have been chosen. Selma Alameri, Ruth Melero, Britt & Gretchen Hackmann, Mahjuba Levine, and Summer Albertsen will be the 5 stylistas you have voted into the pages of the next issue of Locale Magazine San Diego! Each will be interviewed and photographed for a feature in the next issue.
Read below about the winners as well as the runners up.
Season 17 Bachelor contestant Selma Alameri is a San Diego native of 25 years. Selma is the Founder and CEO of Brio Ventures, a real estate company in her hometown of San Diego. She is an avid fitness enthusiast and firm supporter in healthy living. She was noticed on the show for her love of fashion and impeccable sense of style. Her drive for chic trends has been lifelong, and her favorite pastime is playing dress up. The fashionista is admittedly a shoe addict, which has been her inspiration to her incredible wardrobe. Her passion for style definitely hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Summer Albertsen an ambitious blonde with and entrepreneurial spirit holds a degree in Psychology & a love affair with Fashion. Pursuing her dream of being involved in the industry, Summer, a self proclaimed “professional” at playing dress up, combined her interest in people with her styling history. Summer co-owns Blended Industries with boyfriend Jesse Kovacs (Winemaker & Former Bachelor/ Bachelor Pad contestant), which is the only legal clothing boutique and wine bar in the country. “We wanted to create a place for men to enjoy the shopping experience with their wives/ girlfriends.” “Sit a man in a comfy seat, turn the sports game on and hand him a glass of wine, he will sit for hours.” “It’s genius as far as I’m concerned.” Says Albertsen.
“Fashion is self expression. It’s a beautiful thing to portray who you are with what you wear. The sky is the limit. I don’t believe there is any right or wrong way to dress. I stand by 2 ideals. Always dress up, as you never know who you might meet.
Have fun with fashion, give people something to talk about! ”
She continues to style high profile individuals and celebrity clients. Keep an eye out for her current local clients Selma Alameri on ABC “Bachelor” and Brande Roderick on NBC “Celebrity Apprentice All Stars”.
The Native Fox, a.k.a Jennifer Grace, is the epitome of cool, laid-back California style with an extra kick of glam. The San Diego native has a totally unique way of mixing varieties of brands and styles, making her one of the most unique gals in the blogosphere. She’s an all-American free-spirit who has a style so wild and mysterious, you can’t help but want to know her. www.thenativefox.blogspot.com
Nacole Gray is the founder and online editor of her acclaimed style blog, RichSkinnyPretty.com (don’t let the name fool you, it’s about everyday women and everyday style). She was at the forefront of blogging four years ago and since has been selected by Teen Vogue to attend the Teen Vogue Blogger Lounge at WWDMAGIC and selected by HUDSON Jeans for their official blogger campaign 2011 as well as Rip Curl for their global blogger campaign 2013. She also produced the SD Polo Club Opening Day Fashion Show in Rancho Santa Fe presented by Riviera magazine. Currently, in addition to RSP, Gray is a style expert for eHow.com developing and hosting a style web series sharing her fashion tips and expertise with international viewers. In addition to styling look books in Los Angeles and styling private clients, Gray is also a style expert for the online shopping site, Enlightened.org, which enables shoppers to donate to their favorite causes. She has also been a recurring guest speaker at FIDM and a style panelist for Wealth TV.
Nacole has been featured on Teen Vogue TV, in 944 magazine, Style United, Disarray Magazine, College Fashionista, KPBS Culture Lust, I-Ella, Style Bistro, Kara Ross NY and Discover SD. She has also had published trend and shopping columns featured in 944 magazine and on DiscoverSD.com. Gray also produced and styled the editorial for the SD Polo Club 2010 campaign.
Before graduating from a top tier university with both department and university honors with a degree in Communication, Nacole spent her last quarter abroad living in Paris. Beyond Fashion Week, beyond the haute couture, beyond Faubourg Saint-Honore, it was the street style that inspired her most. A born and raised, Cardiff by the Sea native, Gray is continuously inspired by her small beach-town roots. Her love for both Paris and San Diego translates into her everyday style.
Keep up with Nacole on Twitter @RSP_Style and Instagram @NacoleGray
Mahjuba is a fashion expert and bonafied personal stylist based in San Diego. She has experience in many aspects of styling with work featured in publications such as Vogue, Riviera Magazine, and San Diego Magazine. From runway to reality, she educates clients on how to look their best in every aspect of their life. In 2002, Mahjuba started Closet Therapy to do just that. Her passion is to work with “real” men and woman, helping them to build their confidence through wardrobe and style. As a professional stylist, Mahjuba is one of the selected few Personal Stylists at the premier South Coast Plaza Mall. Recently, Mahjuba was personally handpicked by Stacy London (of TLC’s, “What not to wear”) to be part of her team at Style for Hire. Mahjuba has become San Diego’s top personal stylist, personal shopper and fashion consultant.
Melero’s passion for fashion grew while she was living in Paris and inspired her to get into the business. She sells mainly up and coming emerging designers and selects only the best from San Diego’s local designers for her store Melero Boutique & Gallery. Melero said 90 percent of the merchandise in her store is imported from countries in Europe, including France, Italy and Greece. Melero Boutique & Gallery celebrated its grand opening earlier this month inside the newly renovated Flower Hill Promenade. The first boutique opened three years ago in Little Italy on 1918 India Street.
Britt Hackmann & Gretchen Hackmann
Nubry.com is a fashion blog that showcases how to wear the latest trends – by power couple and sister duo, Britt and Gretchen Hackmann. The Nubry Girls host cool events in San Diego, showcase the most stylish places, inspire women to live their lives through style, and of course always dress for the occasion! Stay up to date and keep in touch with Britt and gretchen on Instagram and Facebook.
Since the early 80s, Jeffrey Parish has been a rebel against the “rules of fashion.”
“Fashion and/or Trend puts us in a box and tells us what’s hip. Not my style,” Parish said. “You won’t find trendy in my store.”
Jeffrey has been involved in San Diego’s fashion scene since his days managing “Gamma Gamma” on Fifth Ave., in Hillcrest, to his involvement in “The Art of Fashion” at the Timken Museum of Art. He and 15 other local fashion designers created designs inspired by the great works of art housed there. He has shown his designs at great venues like M.O.P.A (Museum of Photographic Arts) to raise monies for The Jenna Druck Foundation for women, and most recently, was invited to create a collection to show at Neiman Marcus for Fashion’s Night out.
At 49, his main focus now and for the past eight years is his eclectic boutique “Junc Life & Style.” His unusual style and creative genius is an island of its own. He himself calls it “controlled schizophrenia,” and his ability to break the rules and pair things that most of us would never consider, fuels the creative in all of us.
“My interest in so many creative arenas makes it difficult for me to settle on one style.”
This shows in his personal style as well. You may see Jeffrey one day in what he calls his “San Diego uniform,” which consists of cargo shorts, a tee shirt and flip flops, running errands in his business mind. And the next day, he’s in his favorite linen, Japanese inspired pants and a Deep V Tee. Jeffrey is in a constant state of re-invention both in his personal style and in his business. Watch for what’s next, it’s sure to inspire, intrigue or even raise an eyebrow or two, but that’s how he likes it.
“Life is too short not to experiment with our persona… I intend to do it until my end of days,” Jeffrey stated.