What’s in your Closet?

Model: Melissa Renee, Age 44, Hairstylist
Photos by: Beau Bumpas Photography 
Hair and Make-up by: Ariel Haymond

Three years ago (Fall 2011) on a shopping trip with Melissa Renee,  I picked out this lightweight Italian wool black suit from Ann Taylor.  She purchased the jacket, the pant, a matching skirt, and two tops to round out her core wardrobe.  A couple months ago, Melissa Renee and I were organizing her closet and editing out clothes that she no longer wears.  I was happy to discover that the Ann Taylor pieces maintained their quality and held their place in her wardrobe three years later.

In the photographs above, Melissa Renee is wearing the black suit from her closet.  The white dress shirt is Trina Turk and the black tie is from my closet.  Her killer platform shoes are Michael by Michael Kors.  She carries the Kate Spade tote that she brought to the shoot.

The subtle, understated elegance of Melissa Renee’s black ensemble is rocketed to a new dimension by adding the bold red felt coat by Elie Tahari Fall 2014.  Red is one of the most dynamic high-fashion colors and looks stunning used in this manner.

So…what’s in your closet?