By Nicole Gimpl
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
After a decade as a fashion editor for REDBOOK Magazine in New York City, Cris Pearlstein traded in her bold lips for relaxed silhouettes and headed to the Valley of the Sun.
Though she was no longer in the fashion biz, Pearlstein still had style on her mind when she launched How Do You Fashion (www.howdoyoufashion.com) last year.
“I wanted a place where women could learn style tips, gain the inside scoop on trends, and get inspired by other women all with a very ‘real life’ approach,” she explains.
Since moving to the desert, Pearlstein’s look has evolved, adapting a casual, cool style with an unexpected twist. Her closet now has less black and many more effortless pieces, mostly from her go-to store, Madewell. The stylist admires household names such as Lauren Hutton, Linda Rodin, and Sienna Miller, but notes that the majority of her outfit inspiration comes from everyday women she observes around her.
“I’m always on the lookout for little things I can adapt for myself. A woman who puts something together in an unexpected way will always inspire me,” she explains.
What trend are you scoping out for next season? I’m really loving wide-leg pants and look forward to wearing them after summer. Where does your love of fashion come from? Ever since I was a kid I always found joy in getting dressed, to me it was a fun way to express myself. My mom definitely contributed to that – she loved taking my sister and I shopping and it was my favorite way for us to spend time together. In fact, even though I usually prefer to shop by myself, I still love shopping with my mom. What is one one accessory would you not be able to live without? The diamond stud earrings my husband gave me on my wedding day – they are the only earrings I ever wear and I would feel completely naked without them.
By Elizabeth Liberatore
Photo by Mark Morgan
Rani Gharfeh, widely known as World Famous Rani “g” or simply Rani “g” by his fans, exudes his creativity through his music and clothing.
As a local DJ, Rani “g” plays at high-end, fashion-forward and sophisticated events and private parties throughout the Valley. His repertoire of clients includes the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Local First Arizona, among others.
The music master tailors his programming to each individual client and event’s unique needs. In this way, Rani “g” is also an entertainment consultant. His sets incorporate special remixes and rare edits, as well as live musicians and performers.
His style also serves as a special remix, as he experiments with his fashion (just like he does with music) to find the right harmony for each ensemble.
“I usually buy clothes that work with the variety of my events so I can mix and match,” he explains.
You’ll find him donning snapback hats and music-inspired T-shirts for casual events. For formal affairs, he prefers designer pants and dress shirts paired with a light cardigan and bow tie.
“I’m not a tuxedo or conventional suit kind of guy and try to stay comfortable when I’m DJing,” he says.
Where do you shop in the Valley? Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Undefeated Store, Adidas and Nike outlets, Zara, American Apparel, and Macy’s. I’ve also made my own T-shirts, hoodies, and other accessories at Brand X Custom T-Shirts. I try to visit local shops to find unique T-shirts, cool brands and other accessories when possible. Describe your style in three words. Simple, Comfortable and Modish. What do you love about being a DJ? I love that I’m able to spread my passion for diverse and quality music to more people and that I’m entrusted to do so. It’s very humbling a times.