Our latest catalog is effortless yet sophisticated, looks that work for day, and the upcoming holiday gatherings that are about to be penciled into everyone’s calendar. LA stylist Marco Rodriguez, and his assistant Patrick Rammelkamp, are the creative duo who put this month’s looks together. We loved their use of accessories and add-ons so we decided to pick Marco’s brain for some extra tips and secrets. Let’s go shopping and take some notes.

JW: How do you come up with the overall vibe of our catalogs?
MR: Before I even look at the clothes I look at the overall color palette. For example, the one look with the Alika Velvet Blazer where you see the green socks popping out was inspired by the muted green hue in the coat, and that same family of blues and green is carried throughout the collection.

JW: We love the whole socks with sandals look that you did, tell us about that?
MR: It’s a really chic way to add a touch of glamor to denim. Some of the outfits, like the one with the Moonlight Tapered Pants and Esso Eyelet Duster looks like the model is wearing a full stocking but they actually just go to the knee—I find those work better because they don’t fall down like a sock or cling to clothing like tights.

JW: You made our denims look super chic in these pictures, what are some other tricks to glam up jeans?
MR: I think of denim as a blank canvas that you can use to layer on bold prints without them looking too overwhelming. For this collection I liked the look of denim with tonal layers like the look where the model is wearing the Tokley Hoodie over Hakaru Tunic. I also used a lot of the Johnny Was jewelry to add another touch of texture and color.


JW: What were your favorite pieces from this collection?
MR: First of all I love all the new belts; you cannot go wrong with a printed blouse, a pair of denims, boots and a great belt; it makes everything feel cool and casual but that strip of leather also keeps it elegant. The other piece I really loved was the Tessa Reversible Parka that has a slight bell shape and we even added a Johnny Was scarf to it; just looks so fresh and is a great piece for winter.


JW: What about something more glamorous?
MR: Johnny Was always does amazing velvets in the fall and I have always been a fan of velvet on velvet like the look with the Ravie Velvet Tier Duster with the Ravi Wide Leg Velvet Pant. I find that since velvet is such a rich fabric, the secret to keeping it elegant is always pick a classic shoe and to keep the hair fairly simple and classic. Keep everything else really cool so the velvet can stand out.


To see more of Marco’s picks and the rest of the collection, head on over here.