Fashion

Kelly Calabrese's Rocker Street Style

When local designer, Kelly Calabrese started her own business at age 19, all it took was some good ol' self motivation, a little help from talented local Rhonda Zayas and a ton of passion for fashion.

Her line, WISKC (Who is Kelly Calabrese), reflects her own rocker chick street style and love for locality. Think: leather, grey, denim and layers upon layers of (yep, you guessed it) black.

What are you wearing right now?
(The answer and more questions after the jump ...)

At the moment I'm wearing a black vintage pencil dress, black tights, an extra long, sheer, grey cardigan by Rachel Roy, a black strong shouldered blazer by Serfontaine and black leather ankle booties by Seychelle. All about black and layers.

What is the last item of clothing you bought?
A brown vintage trench.

What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?
My old, worn in leather jacket. It smells like smoke but looks like rock n' roll. I wear it with everything.

Give us a childhood memory of you and clothes:
When I was little all I did was look through magazines and play dress up. I used to parade around the house decked out in ridiculous fashions, demanding my Mom to take photos of me.

Name five items every woman should have in her closet:
1) Black tailored jeans
2) Grey tailored jeans
3) Black cocktail dress
4) That old raggedy band t shirt
5) A leather jacket

Name an item of clothing that's best when it's vintage:
A cocktail dress

Name an item of clothing you should NEVER buy used:
Basics. Nobody likes faded basics.

What is your one piece of fashion advice for Phoenix?
Fashion is the fastest paced industry known to man. Which means it can get really expensive. You don't need money to look rich -- rich in style, that is.

Check out her line on Friday at "DECADE: Celebrating 10 years of Tiffe Fermaint" (who we interviewed today) at Brick, 455 N. 3rd St. in Phoenix. 

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