Dawn Mellon wears many hats – both literally and figuratively. On her new blog, she just wrote an article singing the praises of a beautiful chapeau. Mellon is a fashion stylist with personal, commercial and editorial styling experience. Her personal clients range from homemakers and corporate executives, to local and national celebrities (she’s worked with the likes of Emmitt and Pat Smith, Amy Vanderoef and fashion designer Michael Faircloth). Her experience ranges from working one-on-one with her personal clients to develop a look and image to suit their lifestyles to working with designers, photographers, models, and media outlets to create looks and images for editorial pieces, advertising campaigns, look books, fashion shows, etc. Dawn was recently named to DFW Style Daily‘s Best Dressed List for her own unique sense of style and sophistication. She shared this distinction with 12 others throughout the Dallas community, including nationally-known Fashion Designer Khanh Nguyen of Nha Khanh.
Mellon is a cancer-survivor with a heart bigger than Texas who devotes much of her time to fiercely championing research and treatment causes for a cure. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Society will honor her at their upcoming Saint Valentines Luncheon and Fashion Show with the 2014 Heart of Gold Award. She also works closely with The Prom Closet, which provides dresses, shoes, and jewelry to girls who, for economic reasons, wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to go to their Prom. A few years ago, Mellon asked us if we would consider donating items after their consignment period expired, to The Prom Closet and we said ‘yes’ without hesitation. We now work together every year, and, collectively, bring so much happiness to so many young girls.
We chatted up Dawn Mellon via email to get inside the mind of this “Savvy Stylist”:
CC: How do you utilize consignment stores?
DM: I have been taking my clothes, shoes, handbags and jewelry to Clothes Circuit for quite some time – perhaps 8 years or so. It is a great way to recoup some of the investment I’ve made in my wardrobe. Plus, I’ve purchased some great pieces, as well.
CC: What is it that you like specifically about shopping resale? The thrill of the hunt? Being cost conscious?
DM: I’m all about ‘the thrill of the hunt!’ I may go through three racks of clothes and find nothing, and then, ta-da, there it is: the diamond, the golden ticket, the piece that not only makes my heart skip a beat, but keeps me coming back time and time again!
CC: Tell me about a great find you acquired or an amazing deal you’ve gotten by shopping consignment?
DM: I have found some GREAT pieces at Clothes Circuit, including my most recent purchase: a beautiful Louis Vuitton handbag. But, my favorite ‘treasure’ is a Jean Paul-Gaultier skirt and top I purchased for under $100.
CC: Do you incorporate resale into your work with clients or is it just a personal passion?
DM: As a fashion stylist, I’ve also opened my client’s eyes to the benefits of consigning their clothes, which, otherwise, would likely have been donated.
You can learn more about Dawn Mellon and her services at http://dawnthesavvystylist.com.