Elizabeth Zepp

Glimpsed At Red Maple

April 26, 2009|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to The Baltimore Sun

It's not hard to guess that one of Elizabeth Zepp's fashion icons is the '60s supermodel Twiggy. "I love showing long, thin legs with a heel and a short dress, but not tight. I like fake eyelashes," says the 34-year-old human resources director for Agora Publishing.

In fact, the Roland Park resident resembled her icon in the outfit she was wearing as co-chair of a fashion show at Red Maple to raise money for the Roberto Clemente Santa Ana Health Clinic in Nicaragua.

For Zepp, it's all about having fun with the clothes she has, and not being afraid to step outside the box and into a pair of her mandatory high-heel stilettos. "I'm definitely into taking risks. When you're shopping, if you like something, try it on. And if you don't like it, put it back. But narrow it down from there."

The look: : Scarlet acetate empire-waist Karta mini dress with rhinestone embellishment. Black tights. Black suede over-the-knee Manolo Blahnik pointy-toe stiletto boots. Red crocodile textured Seril clutch. Kenneth Jay Lane Koi bracelet.

Where it came from: : The dress came from Neiman Marcus, and the tights came from Nordstrom. She ordered the boots online from saksfifthavenue.com She found both the handbag and her bracelet at Star Won on Cathedral Street.

She has a multiple fashion personality: : "I view my style as kind of like Sybil; it depends on my mood. I like taking risks with fashion. I like very unique pieces. And I like ultra-feminine clothes, or clothes that make me feel feminine. I love lots of dresses. But, I think a great pair of boot-cut and skinny jeans are a necessity. I don't think femininity means you just wear dresses. For me, it's anything you can wear with a great stiletto. I have staples in my closet, but I also like the unique pieces that a lot of other people are nervous to wear or steer away from."

Her fashion is her art: : "I view it as a sense of creativity. For me, I don't know if it's because I have an art background or that I've been playing dress-up since I was 2, but I have fun with fashion. I view it as such a positive fun thing and never get stressed about it. Never. I take my friends shopping and show that if you go with the right attitude - if you have the confidence - you can handle fashion and have more fun with it."

She's always on the prowl for a prize: : "I end up going shopping a lot. I might pull over if I see a great vintage shop. ... I always try everything on that piques my interest and then go from there. I never go shopping with a certain item in mind, just with the possibility of being inspired. I love taking trips to New York and making a whole adventure out of it - the experience and culture of it."

She gets creative at work:: "Actually, people are surprised at some of the outfits in which I do come to work. Because I feel that as long as it's appropriate, you can get away with anything. I've worn a Zac Posen cocktail dress with a cute pair of pink heels to work. And some people think it's crazy. But I think they like it. I don't think they feel comfortable doing it themselves. But, I think it's cute. And if I like something, I'm going to wear it."

She goes weak in the knees over high heels: : "A very high stiletto heel. A pointy toe unless it's a classic shoe like a Roger Vivier. I think I have over 80 heels and one pair of flats. No matter how casual I get, I don't feel comfortable in flats. ... For me, I always look for a high heel and I always try to get my friends to wear high heels. I just think it helps your confidence, makes you look taller, helps your posture. And I think it makes you feel good about yourself."

Her idea of fashion sins: : "One of my pet peeves is walking billboards. The people who buy designers just to say they have the designer, that they feel validated in some way. I don't view that as fashion, more as an advertisement.

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