Man-ista: Marcellas Reynolds, celebrity fashion stylist, star of E!’s “Style Star”
You’ve probably noticed him on Big Brother, The Tyra Banks Show, or the Style Network, but little did you know he’s also that guy in cognito cruising the sales at his fav department store outlets. Here, celeb stylist Marcellas Reynolds takes off his disguise — and lets Recessionista in on his best-kept fashion secrets!
Recessionista: We’ve heard the rumors: is it really true that you’ll go undercover for a good sale?
Marcellas: Girl, I will put on a hat and some shades and I will take my butt to Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off Fifth! I always find something great, like this one pair of Tom Ford aviators for $100. I am unashamed to say that I have been caught knee-deep in accessories at Loehmann’s acting like it’s a (fashionable) episode of “Hoarders!”
R: WOW, you are committed! But as a stylist to the stars, don’t you have to drop a lot of dough?
M: I don’t believe in paying full price for anything; someday, somewhere, somehow those fabulous Ted Baker shoes or that amazing Tom Ford blazer is gonna find itself on sale! And I will have it. It’s the hunt. It’s primal. And that’s what I love about a Recessionista. Shopping is fun. And it’s a sport!
R: Well if shopping is a sport, then we wanna WIN! What’s your best game plan for fall?
M: Mix high end with low end. Buy a great coral blouse from Rachel Rachel Roy at Macy’s that is marked down and use the coupons they send in the mail for even more of a discount. Pair that with a $20 tan skirt cut high in front and low in back trimmed in pink from H&M. Now you are working color-blocking — a huge trend right now. Toss on strappy Manolo Blahnik’s in coral that you got for 75% off at Nieman’s during last call, and you’ll look über chic. I know…because my sister and I just put the outfit I described together! She looked beyond amazing and did it on a budget.
R: Sold! But if you just have to splurge…
M: I splurge on skincare products and maintenance. And by “maintenance” I mean mani/pedi’s and getting my eyebrows done. After all, good skin and precisely maintained nails and brows are what separates us from the animals. Come on, no one looks good with a unibrow!