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Furthering our talks with the personal shoppers from Lifetime’s Million Dollar Shoppers, JustLuxe spent some time chatting with Amy Salinger, and got a little taste of what it’s like to work for all those crazy clients. Starting with no fashion experience Salinger worked her way through the ranks with nothing but taste, class and a spunky personality. Easily a show favorite, she didn’t choose this career for the money, the fame or even the clothes (of which she has many), but rather to give each client a whole new outlook on themselves, something she knows she’s achieved when they do “the model walk.”

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Going to school at Northeastern University in Boston, Salinger opted to participate in the co-op program, where she switched between work and school in six month intervals. After trying several jobs she quickly realized a life in a cubicle was not for her, and decided to try her hand at the one thing she knew she loved—shopping. “I had no experience, no education, it was kind of a shot in the dark,” she explains, noting that she took to the internet as a way to find something, anything that would give her experience in the field. “I literally just started googling stylist jobs or opportunities. I ended up with an agent—I have no idea how, I will be honest,” she laughs. For a while she did what came naturally to her and said yes to everything. “When you’re 21 you’re like ‘whatever, I can do whatever!’ It was shopping for a living; I figured I’d be good at it.” But it turned out to be her lucky break. The agent found her a few gigs, but was soon transferred to Harpo, and took Salinger with her over to The Oprah Show.

 million dollar shoppers Amy Salinger

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After doing backstage makeovers for a few years, Salinger broke off on her own, shopping for everyone from modest to limitless budgets, and styling fashion editorials and celebrities. When Lifetime approached her to be a part of the show, she was thrilled. “I look at it more like, I like to help people, it’s not so much about, you know, being a celebrity, it’s about teaching people how to look and feel their best and I thought this was a good vehicle,” she explains. Since the “audition” process for the show was basically a meet and greet, Salinger was anxious to get started. “I am a fashion expert that goes on camera; I’ve been doing it for years. It goes kind of hand in hand with the personal shopping business because I work with real women, and men for that matter, every day. Unlike a fashion stylist that usually works with perfect, beautiful people, I work with all different types of people. I really like to help the general public as far as body shapes, body sizes what looks good,” she said.

 million dollar shoppers Amy Salinger

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But sometimes, not always, that pleasure can be short lived. With all the crazy shenanigans we’ve seen on the show, it’s hard not to imagine that her real world clients aren’t just as terrible. She assures it’s not as bad as television drama, but every now and then, she does get a client that tries her patience. “The worst type of clients that I get are the ones who are not open to change; it’s kind of like ‘why did you hire me?’” she asks. Before she even begins to shop or brainstorm, she will ask numerous questions to be sure she’s creating a look for them, not just grabbing that purple dress they saw at Neiman’s last week. “It’s part of my job to ask leading questions to understand their personality, their lifestyle, what they’re comfortable in. I could dress you up for a black tie event every day, but if you’re running around with your kids, why would we put you in that?”

 million dollar shoppers Amy Salinger

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After hours of shopping she will edit down the clothes based on what seems to interest the client, trying to find the best cuts, shapes and colors to flatter their body. “Eventually we get to a point where I’ve honed it down to exactly what it is that they’ve described that they want and then I bring that exact item and they’re like ‘I don’t like that’ so I’m like, ‘that’s what you just told me!’” she laughs. But her least favorite client is the one who either can’t decide, or doesn’t know, what they want. She’ll shop and in the week or so between purchasing the clothes and styling, the client has combed through it all and returned half the merchandise. “I always tell them: DO NOT RETURN ANYTHING before I come back, because you’re thinking, ‘what the hell is this’ and I already know 50 things I’m going to do with it,” she explains. But they don’t listen. Sometimes they’ll decide they love it, and call her later asking her to return it.“People are inside their heads too much and then they have a husband or a friend that’s like ‘I don’t get it,’ and it’s like, ‘of course you don’t, because you dress badly!” she adds jokingly.

 million dollar shoppers Amy Salinger

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Most of her clients, however, are fantastic. “By the time someone gets to hiring me they want me to tell them what to do. I’m the expert, I’m the one that knows what’s going on, they’re paying me top dollar to be the expert,” she explains. Which makes total sense; you call in a personal shopper when you need help finding a new style, not when you want to stick with the same LBD you’ve been wearing to every holiday party. But even the best clients need to be taken with a grain of salt. “It’s part shrink, part stylist. You are dealing with people’s idiosyncrasies, insecurities, issues with getting rid of things you have to be ready for anything at any moment,” she says.

million dollar shoppers Amy Salinger

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Despite the little bit of crazy, there are moments that make it all worth it. Her favorite part of styling? “I call it the model walk,” she notes. “It means I’ve put them in some fabulous outfit after this whole process has gone on—and they literally change the way they stand. They change the way they walk because they’re seeing themselves in a whole new light.” And that moment is what drives her passion; whether it’s on modest housewives or the swankiest millionaires, helping people grasp that feeling is what she loves most about her job. “It doesn’t matter what the budget is,” she explains. “It’s the end result.”

million dollar shoppers Amy Salinger

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Even the saleswomen know she has the best clients. “My girls at Bloomingdale’s the other day were like ‘How is it that all your clients are nice? You’re in here all the time with nice people.’ And I was like, ‘because I’m not going to work with pains in the asses,’” she laughs. It’s this relationship with department store staff that allows her to shop seamlessly not only for her clients, but herself as well. “On my own I’m a great vintage, flea market, consignment, designer-discount girl. I do not pay full price for things—it has to be the greatest thing ever for me to pay full price,” she explains. She mentions a fur jacket she saw once that she was tempted to get—until the one of her salesgirls told her to come back in a few days for a pre-sale. But even before the sale hit she found it at Loehmann’s—in her size. “I literally saw it from across the room and it was like the freaking clouds parted and the sun came out and I was literally talking to myself. I was like ‘Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God’ running after this coat,” she says excitedly. And she snagged the jacket at almost 60% off. “This is all that I do,” she explains. “How can I pay full price?”

million dollar shoppers Amy Salinger

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For the holidays, Salinger suggests a mix of comfort and style, not sacrificing one for the other. “Wear. Stretchy. Clothing.—no I’m just kidding!” she laughs. “I’m half-kidding. At the end of the day the worst thing in the world is having to undo your top button, and I don’t want to be reminded that I just ate too much.” But while some are planning on going all out, others might want to take a leaner approach to holiday meals. “If you want to stop yourself from eating—wear a high-waisted belt,” she suggests. Sounds like a good idea, and it might stop us from grabbing that second helping of pie. Extravagant, carb-laden meals or not, she suggests one fail-proof outfit for any body shape, no matter how much you plan on indulging. “The greatest style on any size woman during the holiday season is always some sort of tights, a high boot, some sort of jersey dress that has ruching across the front so it’s a little flattering on your stomach and a long sweater with some sort of tie.”

million dollar shoppers Amy Salinger

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And in case you’re out of ideas for gift-giving this year? Salinger and her pro-team of shoppers can revamp your closet and help style you into a whole new wardrobe. She even suggests hiring one just for the man in your life—because we know how much guys love to shop. “I have wives who I’ve worked with passing me along to their husbands who are like ‘wait, this girl will buy me all this stuff and have me looking good and I barely have to be available for it? This is amazing.’” Every client that received it as a gift loved it. She laughs, “I’ve never had a woman be like ‘well that was a crappy idea, sweetheart.’”

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Could Cotte D’Armes Be Innovating Designer Denim?

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Sometimes the world works in mysterious ways. For designer and founder of

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, Clarence Ruth, that sentiment has never been more true. From a chance encounter at a mall in Miami to New York Fashion Week, the young designer has been making a name for himself in the industry. Talking with Ruth gave us an interesting insight into his designs, his influences and how he wants the fashion world to perceive his brand.

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Karl Lagerfeld's new model muse

We’re ready to claim Ashleigh Good as one of our greatest fashion exports, with the 21-year-old model appearing in the latest campaigns for Chanel and Max Mara.

It has been a rapid rise for Good, who was discovered at an Auckland bus stop just last year and made her modelling debut at Givenchy. She has since appeared on the runway for every major fashion house, including Balenciaga, Celine, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Lanvin, Miu Miu, Valentino and Versace.

Watch Ashleigh in Chanel’s new video Women Only – spot her about two minutes in.


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Good, who was born in England but is a New Zealand resident, opened the Max Mara show in February and now appears in the elegant campaign for Fall 2013, photographed by Mario Sorrenti and styled by Carine Roitfeld. The fashion icon and ex-Vogue Paris editor is one of several who are captivated by her strong, androgynous look. Good has also become something of a muse to Karl Lagerfeld, who has chosen her to open and close several Chanel and Fendi shows, and photographed her for the latest Chanel campaign. He told FashionTV, “The new star, the new girl, is a girl called Ashleigh.

She is the new girl, she’s genius”.

Who’s that girl?

Ashleigh Good has gone from waitressing in a North Shore cafe to starring in the latest Chanel campaign. The 21-year-old model talks couture, travel and fun times with Karl Lagerfeld.

• It is always a great day when I work with Karl Lagerfeld. He has a great sense of humour, wealth of knowledge and is amazingly creative. I have a lot of fun and his whole team has become like family to me.

• My favourite labels are Chanel – the craftsmanship of the textiles and patterns are brilliant and the way Karl appeals to every type of person is clever; Fendi, because the richness of colours are really fun; Max Mara, as the cut of the patterns and materials are luxurious and minimal chic; and Dior continues to surprise and delight me with its colours.

• I have kept my own style mostly. I do, however, dress it up a bit and try new things I wouldn’t normally. The most important thing for me is to be comfortable.
Day to day, I still wear jeans and a comfortable sweater.

• My closest model friends on the show circuit are Kremi Otashliyska, Lindsey Wixson, Juliana Schurig and Sasha Luss.

• My favourite apps are Viber, Facebook, Instagram and Failblog . . . always good for a laugh.

• My most recent “big” purchase was a ticket for my boyfriend to come and visit me. My next purchases will be a new car, Eres lingerie and sunglasses.

• My favourite places when I’m not working? The Sacre-Coeur is so beautiful; the view of Paris is amazing. In New York, I hang around Soho. Shopping!

• I never wear makeup outside of work. I just keep my skin clean and fresh using Bioderma, La Roche Posay moisturiser and some Chanel lip balm. A good trick is to curl your lashes in the morning, it gives the mascara effect without actually wearing mascara.

• The best beauty tip I have learned backstage: if you do nothing else, cleanse and moisturise.

• I cope with all of the travel I do for shows, shoots and fashion weeks by trying to get as much sleep as I can, talking to my family often, eating properly. It also helps that a lot of my friends are around during fashion week. We have a good time together.

• Right now, I’m listening to Bruno Mars’ song When I Was Your Man. I love this song. Although I don’t normally like his songs, this one has got me. My sister was so jealous I met him when I first went to New York.

• One of my favourite shows at the couture shows was Chanel. I am totally in love with the jacket I wore for the opening. The venue and atmosphere was amazing. I loved walking in the Elie Saab show too – who can’t feel beautiful in one of his dresses?

• The best place I have been for work was Singapore for the Chanel show, in May. I hope I can take my Mum there one day.

– VIVA

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Stocking Stuffers for the Men in Your Life

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Its almost the holidays so theres no better way to prepare for them than by getting an early start on your shopping this season. We’re sure you have plenty of big ideas for the main gifts but don’t forget about the stocking stuffers, all those little gifts that make wrapping so much fun. To help you out with your shopping, here are a few gift ideas for the men in your life.

Exclusive | Scott Morrison on High-End Denim Gallery 3×1

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Denim lovers in the New York City area, brace yourselves. Art and

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Scott Morrison is the main man behind the project, and as he likes to put it, 3×1 is an entirely new concept in a denim brand that invites the customer to participate in the design process. Morrison, 3x1s founder, doubles as the designer of the brands entire ready to wear collections, as well as the design details used in the custom made and bespoke jeans. And the production of the jeans? Hes part of that, too. I personally oversee most of the jeans during the final inspection or if theyre being washed in our Wet x 1 finish, he assured me.

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