By Mandy Holmes / Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Professional ballroom dancing champion Jeremy Gatlin takes his sleek, debonair style from the dance studio to the streets of Scottsdale.
Growing up, Gatlin idolized Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire not only for their charismatic dance moves, but also their impeccable sense of style. Today, he takes a sophisticated approach and applies inspiration from both men when it comes to his dance-inspired wardrobe.
“The ballroom world has a certain sense of elegance and refinement and calls for a higher-end clientele, so you must always look the part,” Gatlin says. “I love to find fitted clothes that allow me to move freely while still being comfortable, stylish and edgy.”
Recently, on a trip to Rome, Gatlin revealed he was thrilled to see that men weren’t afraid to be fashion-forward. “I’m not afraid of colors or having a more European sense of clothing.
“I like dressy button-down shirts with ornate embroidery from brands like English Laundry, and I like to layer my clothing for a more three-dimensional look.”
Whether you’re talking about his dancing career or his wardrobe, Gatlin acknowledges that Walt Disney said it best, “If you can dream it, you can do it!”
What is your must-have fashion item?
I love to dress up my basic daily outfits with a vest. I have one in my closet that I wear a lot, and it’s double-layered with two different kinds of material and colors to give it more dimension.
What is your most prized possession in your closet and why?
I have several dress jackets that I love! When used the right way they can really dress up an outfit.
How do you transition from the dance studio to a night out?
I always carry a nice dress jacket in my car to wear in the evening, or my Guess leather jacket is trendy for a night out on the town.
By Mandy Holmes / Photo by Beverly Shumway
It’s not every day you meet a woman who has tiaras sprinkled throughout her house should the moment arise to pop one on. Vita Galore – the pseudonym of Allison Contris meaning “life abundance” – is a woman with humble roots, and no matter where she goes, she has an impeccable sense of style.
With a whimsical elegance and inspirational fashion sense, Galore embraces her eccentric side by combining classic couture with vivid color palettes and vintage inspirations.
Not only is Galore the face behind www.vitagaloreallure.com, she is in the process of expanding her lifestyle brand, where she shares everything from fashion to advice on leading your best life, to create a luxury clothing line that engages women’s empowerment on a global level.
When it comes to her style, Galore admits to being obsessed with the Louis VI era. She is a big fan of Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director, saying, “He inspires me to mix modern style with vintage flair.”
Though Galore is inspired by trends, she also embraces whatever her fashionable heart desires.
“When Fendi introduced their Marie Antoinette collection, I was mesmerized. It’s as if they went loco for rococo when creating functionality from an era of opulence and formality,” Galore says. “I also adore wearing glitter cosmetics and sequin jumpsuits. I’ll wear glitter even after it trends.”
What’s your favorite piece of clothing?
A custom-made silk kimono blouse created by my friend. I feel invincible every time I wear it.
How does your blog influence your style?
It gives me permission to embrace my variegated style. I create looks based on my mood and sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason.
What is your must-have fashion item?
Gucci’s faux fur Princeton leather slippers. They can be dressed up or down, are travel-friendly, and make a statement.