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Mellisa Rein's Love of Sequins, Vintage, and (Nothing Less Than) Four-Inch Heels


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The public relations fiend and owner of her own firm, The Brand Consortium, was director of PR for the fashionable event, and has handled the gamut of clients in the local beauty, fashion, nightlife, and lifestyle scenes. 

Of course, for every client there's another event. And for every event, Rein has something in her closet. 

The style hound shares a few of her secrets today ... 

What are you wearing? 
Today, I am wearing a gray cashmere Vince sweater, J Brand skinny jeans and Prada slouch suede booties 

What's the last item of clothing you purchased? 
Scored some major vintage last weekend - Italian leather driving gloves, Oscar De La Renta scarf and an orange polka dot Jack Mulqueen dress at a special secret vintage shop. You might have heard of it. It's called Goodwill. 

Where do you usually shop? 
On vacation! Otherwise, Barney's New York, BCBG, tiny secret vintage stores, and online 

What do you usually like to accessorize with? 
My signature accessory is a pair of killer shoes. Nothing less than 4 inches. Ever. 

Where would you love to have a shopping spree? 
Colette in Paris, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Paris Flea Market, Christian Louboutin, Antique Sugar or Vintage by Misty, anywhere ... really! I am definitely an equal opportunity shopper. 

What item of clothing do you most covet at the moment?  
I kind of have a uniform for daily dress which consists of either J Brand skinny jeans or 7 FAMK bell bottoms and a silk top or a cashmere sweater or cardigan, so I am always on the lookout for new iterations of those pieces. I love sequins, vintage fur (never, ever new), super aggressive shoes, Grecian dresses, and leather leggings so it is hard for me to pass those items up if I come across something amazing. 

Who are some of your style icons and influences? 
Carine Roitfeld, Olivia Palermo, Jerry Hall, Rachel Zoe, Ashley Olsen 

Give us a childhood memory of you and clothes... 
I haven't always been fashionable! When I was about 8 or 9 I used to have a pair of red Umbro shorts and a purple tee shirt that I would try to wear to school (together) almost every day. My parents were baffled by this, as I had plenty of other (normal) clothes, but I absolutely LOVED this (horrible) outfit. My dad eventually had to cut the shorts and shirt up with a scissor and throw them away so I couldn't wear them anymore. People don't believe me when I tell this story, but it's true. There are photos. And they were displayed at my wedding. 

Name five items every woman should have in her closet... 
1. A classic well-kept handbag (If you own one handbag your entire life, invest in a medium or large Chanel 2.55. You won't regret it.) 
2. A nice menswear-inspired watch, 
3. A pair of crazy, super hot stilettos, 
4. One really beautiful coat, 
5. One pair of perfect fitting jeans 

What's your one piece of fashion advice for Phoenix? 
Find a really good tailor and a really good dry cleaner. If you like to shop vintage or designer sales, these two key contacts can help get a lot of mileage out of your existing wardrobe and anything new you buy.

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