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Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter at stylehaüs’ fall fashion preview Thursday, featuring the runway debut of MAXFOWLES, Johnson says she draws on current trends when designing her Dancing With the Stars costumes.
“I get inspiration from what’s current at the moment or what’s been on the runway,” she says. “I’ll go in sometimes with pages ripped out from magazines, or I’ll have a book at home of different looks that I like.” But when it comes to the red carpet, “anything goes.”
Johnson is one of the few contestants on this season’s All Stars contest to be paired with her original partner Joey Fatone. The duo came in second place during season four, but hopes to take home the coveted mirror ball trophy this time around.
“We have such a great friendship, we’ve been friends the whole time, so it’s gonna be a different dynamic cause we know each other so well,” she says. “I’m definitely going to push him a bit harder.”
Johnson also teases that Fatone may be pushing her to new limits, as well.
“I think he’s wanting to do a bit of hip-hop. I don’t know about that, I’m not very good at hip-hop. So we’ll see, he might be pushing me,” she jokes.
Johnson was on hand at Hollywood’s SkyBar to support stylehaüs CEO Marina Monroe, of whom she is a client. The exclusive, members-only boutique, located on Melrose and inside Mondrian Hotel, charges $1,000 per year for their full styling services. “We’re not just trying to be exclusive, we’re trying to help people shop smarter,” says Monroe.
“It’s a different way to shop,” she adds. “You have someone that’s just like, ‘come hang out at stylehaüs, have a drink, let me tell you what’s coming out next season and let me tell you what I think you need, because I’ve seen your closet.’ It’s like having a friend you can trust that’s going to tell you if you look good or not.”
Plus, they’ll open up shop anytime, day or night, for members.
The event served as a fashion show for designers Max and Parisa Fowles (pictured below), with models strutting around the SkyBar pool in designs from their autumn-winter 2012 collection.
“It’s a combination of leathers, cashmeres, we’ve got some silk — it’s an elegant, feminine, but edgy look,” says Max. “It has a very European look to it. It’s the type of thing you can wear out in the day and you can wear it into the evening.”
See more photos from the event below.
Photo Credit: Colin Young-Wolff
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