By Mandy Holmes
Photo by Elizabeth Marie
Rocker style isn’t only about ripped jeans and grungy band tees for digital marketer Jess Fisher. The feisty fashionista with Colombian roots has a passion for dogs, power shopping through Saks Fifth Avenue, and all things rock ’n’ roll.
Working with brands and influencers on a daily basis, Fisher is well aware of fashion trends but that doesn’t mean she follows all of them.
“Working with style influencers, I need to have a deep understanding of current and upcoming trends. I’ll admit there are some things I’ll never embrace personally, like Grandpa sneakers and Balenciaga’s shoes that look like socks, but I feel it’s important to stay immersed and engaged in the direction fashion is going,” she says.
Fisher mixes wardrobe basics with luxury touches like bold metallics and spiked boots. Although her closet is stocked with plenty of black and leather options to showcase her inner rocker, she turns to Alice and Olivia for sparkly, colorful and playful designs and doesn’t shy away from a good skull print and Forever 21 accessories.
What is your must-have item when it comes to fashion? An awesome distressed leather jacket. It’s perfect for yoga pants and a pair of Common Projects sneakers or a cocktail dress.
What is your most prized possession in your closet? My vintage Metallica T-shirt collection. It’s my go-to with a pair of jeans and a blazer or a metallic midi skirt.
Do you consider yourself a trendsetter? Maybe. I liked leather and skulls before [Alexander] McQueen was a thing.
By Mandy Holmes
Photo by Mark Morgan
In his memorable ensembles and perfectly tailored suits, Zahid Arab looks like just the type of guy you’d trust to deliver the news. The Tempe native and ASU grad is not only an Emmy-winning reporter but serves as the managing editor for Arizona’s Family at channel 3TV and CBS5.
The morning fixture describes his style as trendy and functional and considers himself a trend observer, rather than a trendsetter.
“One of my favorite things to do when traveling to cities like NYC or LA is to get inspiration for what people are wearing there. I’m not interested in what the GQ model with the six-pack is wearing, I pay attention to how someone with my body type dresses to look good,” he says.
Both on the small screen and off, Arab experiments with simple designs including stripes, solid colors and the occasional funny pattern like skulls on a button-down shirt. His must-have item?
“There is nothing better than a tailored suit. It oozes confidence and makes a great first impression.” For Zahid, it’s his Timo Weiland blazer from New York.
Even if it means spending a few more bucks, Arab insists on tailoring to get the perfect fit.
“Clothing too tight or too loose is minor league,” he advises.
What are your favorite brands? I love Ted Baker for the quality and design, and Zara for the affordability and fit.
What would someone say if they looked at your closet? Do you really need five suits in different shades of blue? Why yes…it’s in my color wheel.
Share some style advice. Whenever you’re having a bad week, buy yourself something new. Whether it’s a new tie, pair of shoes or outfit, every worry in the world will fade when you’re lifted up with compliments!