Style for Miles
A-list celeb stylist Jen Rade takes her fashion know-how to the next level with her own collection of sophisticated wardrobe staples
Celebrity stylist Jen Rade does it all. Responsible for the wardrobes of cool girls like Zosia Mamet and Abbie Cornish, she has also been a commentator on some of TV’s top fashion shows, had work featured in major publications-Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire to name a few-and she designs an affordable line of casual yet chic silhouettes in bold solids and prints for QVC called EDGE by Jen Rade. In advance of her next QVC appearance on Monday, June 30 at 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST, we quizzed the sartorial star on summer dressing.
What motivated you to start designing?
Even as a stylist, I’ve always been designing. I’ve designed many pieces for music videos going back to “California Love” with Dr. Dre and Tupac, and lots of pieces for Marilyn Manson. I’ve made everything from hair-wrapped horns to a 17-foot-long skirt. I’ve also collaborated closely with designers on red carpet pieces and I studied costume design. It was a natural progression into daywear.
Is your collection, EDGE by Jen Rade, a reflection of your own taste?
Definitely! My personal style is easy but always with a little edge or detail. I will never give up comfort for style. I’m obsessed with pockets so I do as much as I can with them. I have the cutest all sequin, ’60s-style dress for fall and it has pockets. It’s perfect for parties. I make things my friends and I want to wear and luckily a lot of women understand my aesthetic. Everything has to have a balance of form and function.
What inspired your latest pieces?
Everything is about ease for me. I’m always looking for cool, casual, easy to wear pieces that have a little edge or detail that makes them feel special-things you can throw on to feel polished or cool and not too precious. My inspiration is always to make women feel good about their bodies and see that great style has nothing to do with money.
What trends are you most excited for this summer?
Cute jackets; black and white, either color-blocked or in a graphic print; wide-leg trousers and tea-length skirts.
What are your top style tips for this season?
Take advantage of your tailor and find pieces in your closet that can be reinvented-turn a maxi into a mini or a sleeved shirt into a sleeveless one. Also, incorporate some pretty lace or crochet into your wardrobe. If you’re into florals this is your season; don’t be afraid to mix and match floral prints in different sizes. And wear sunblock, even on your hands!
What is one wardrobe staple everyone should have that works in every season?
A cashmere wrap. I have one I cannot live without. We are always on the go, from inside to out, traveling and in air-conditioning. A cashmere wrap should be in every woman’s closet. It can be worn with everything from jeans to dresses.