It’s not Just About Your Beautiful Voice!
By Bridgette Cooper
There I stood in my walk in closet full of clothes with “nothing to wear” for my meeting with my new manager. Yes, there was the classic stand-by …black fitted pencil skirt with jacket to match and a necklace. It was perfect, so perfect, I realized I resorted to that same suit for auditions, and meet and greets over lunch all of the time. So begins my quest to add some pizzazz to my wardrobe…..but where to start? All I could think about was my friend Dan Williams, who now sings at the Metropolitan Opera house in New York, whispering to me before an audition “It’s not just about your beautiful voice!”
Enter stage right, professional stylist to the stars and high profile Washingtonians, Amy McNish. Her company IMAGE CONSULTING & DESIGNS BY AMY, LLC, specializes in color management. Her immediate quick fix, for everyone, is to add color. A scarf, a blouse, a colorful broach, anything that will add some “pop” to a boring conservative color such as black, brown, or navy. She suggests going to a professional and getting a color analysis. Fuller figures should shy away from bold patterns and prints, instead stick with solids with bright colors. Slender to medium figures can add a bold print top or bottom teamed with a solid top or bottom. Men should consider adding a splash of color to a traditional suit for auditions with a bright tie and matching pocket square or maybe a bright shirt teamed with a classic conservative suit.
I also asked about shoes. There has always been a great debate regarding styles of shoes acceptable for auditions. Men REJOICE! Those of you who like a pointed toe can wear them with a suit with a tailored leg, as long as it IS in a functional conservative color…no two tone shoes. As for the ladies, let’s just go there…..platform heals for an audition? Amy suggests leaving the platform heals for a day out shopping or the bedroom. She suggests a classic heal, such as the spring 2010 9west pump in black. It updates any wardrobe and can be worn with almost anything! Open toe, or to not open toe? That is the question. Open toe heals sometimes looks best paired with jeans or a classic summer dress. The new trend is to wear an open toed shoe with bright colored tights. Now that we are on the subject of tights…..Ladies, NOT for an audition! Stick witha sheer black or what is also known as everyday sheer (does not run as quickly). Berkshire makes a great pair.
Now that all of my questions about updating my wardrobe regarding clothes, it was time for me to go through my closet and figure out what to do regarding my hundreds of purses I have collected since the beginning of my professional singing career. Enter stage left, JULIO IRVING, of JULIO NYC. This global designer with his luxury collection of exotic skin accessories is quickly “gaining global recognition as a designer to watch”. I asked Julio a few questions regarding styles of purses, man bags, and colors of note for spring and summer 2010.
Art and design has always been a part of Julio’s life. He began designing purses when his sister could not find one she really liked. Designing purses became and expressive outlet for him. Both Julio and Amy agree that the popular color trends in totes, purses and clothing for the spring and summer would be bright orange, yellow, ultra white, lime green and turquoise. According to Julio, “size does matter when choosing a purse…a woman should pick a purse which serves many functions other than chic and trendy. Material and quality of craftsmanship goes a long way”. He also adds that gone are the days when your purse AND shoes have to match. When choosing a purse or tote, there are four components to keep in mind…..elegance, chic, functions and high quality! I asked Julio about man purses. He responded, “Man purses? Why not? Men with kilts were popular years ago. It’s the PERSONALITY that counts when men get in-touch with their feminine side with man purse and can pull it off to look very masculine”
Well, my meetings with Julio and Amy were successful. Now that my wardrobe has been re-vamped, I remind you, as my friend Dan reminded me before every audition…..It’s not just about your beautiful voice! (funny thing, Amy said the same thing….hmmmmm).
Bridgette Cooper – Mezzo Soprano
Opera singer, radio personality, actress, recording artist and music educator, Bridgette Cooper is the recipient of several national and international awards for her vocal artistry. Her debut CD Heavenly Grass: Great American Art Songs brought her critical acclaim as well a guest artist on Fox 45 Morning Show. Visit Bridgette at www.jazzyoperagirl.com
JULIO IRVING – JULIO IRVING NYC
With an eye for elegant colors, classic, bold and independent shapes and textures, JULIO IRVING designs are glamorous, modern and always unique. Sketched in the JULIO IRVING NYC studio, JULIO IRVING formed in New York and sourced from the best tannery of genuine exotic skins worldwide, the designer’s attention to detail in every clutch, bag and tote is clearly visible. Julio Irving launched his Julio NYC line in the fall of 2006. To contact Julio NYC, visit www.julionyc.net or email: email@example.com
Amy McNish – CEO of Image Consulting & Designs by Amy, “The goal of my Consulting Firm (Image Consulting & Designs by Amy, LLC) is to show onlookers the ability to add some color to one’s wardrobe. By adding color adds spice to one’s life!” On Saturday, August 7th, 2010, Amy McNish CEO of Image Consulting & Designs by Amy, Image Consulting firm will premiere The 2nd Annual Green & Gorgeous Fashion Show Featuring an Evening of Pink Sensation. This Fashion Show is a Charity Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness; all proceeds will benefit private Breast Cancer organizations in the Metro area. A ‘Fashion Fundraiser’ what could be better! To contact Amy McNish of Image Consulting & Designs by Amy, LLC, visit www.imageconsulting-designsbyamy.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org