The Fashion Industry Now and Then, Elisa & Lily
The Fashion Industry Now and Then

On Sunday, my mom (aka StyleLikeU co-founder Elisa) and I had a heart to heart so that she could illuminate our current theme, Fashion Warriors. My mom told me more about why she related to Not Vogue's Steve Oklyn, the ski-masked subject of our first video who is questioning the current state of the industry and how it relates to the current state of our world.

My mom explains that each of our upcoming videos feature people who remind her of the kind of environment that she styled in during the 70s and 80s. They are fashion diehards -- almost every fiber of their being goes into making truly singular, creative paths in their lives:

There's stylist Shirley Kurata, who lives in a 60s pop universe with vintage Geoffrey Beene and Mad Men secretary dresses in abundance; designer Bonnie Young, whose fearless travel to tribes on all ends of the planet have opened her mind and closet to the unrivaled beauty and joy of indigenous cultures; designer Michele Eli, who thrives on a new dialogue with strangers by wearing a Commes des Garcon ensemble in the Paris subway that is so extravagant in design that she can't go to the bathroom or eat; vintage collector Ali, a truly noble savage whose infatuation with Americana classicism and all things worn-around-the-edges will makes your heart race.

These videos are all coming soon. But for now, check out my mom's real-deal Grateful Dead t-shirt (she's into all things new but, at the same time, has never left the 70s) as well the badass beauty Peaches (our dog).



Elisa & Lily's video was edited by Maximiliano Gaston Longo, featuring "Hardest of the Hard" by StoryArk.

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  • Mme Kirschbaum

    I remember Bonnie Young from the time she had the best "cushy" job on the planet, traveling the globe as "Inspiration Director" for Donna Karan. I was reporting/writing for the New York Times and others. it looks like she put the travels to good use as I've liked all you've shown here in this video. Ditto for the others who are profiled. The corporate Big Brother has killed spontaneity of the creative in fashion and other realms. I ended up a fiction writer and happily so, but I started as a little girl with a love affair with her mother's closet, which was full of Seventies print dresses, YSL style, chandelier earrings and boho headscarves. We tell stories in many ways. I can only hope the revolution is starting to spark... Too many sheep in the barn if you ask me.~ Mme Kirschbaum, aka Who Town

  • Laura

    Yes! After following the blog for years it is so gratifying to feel more of a direct presence from its creators. Also to communicate the purpose of an underlying theme makes it all the more meaningful to us the viewers. Perhaps you should do this sort of brief at the beginning of each month...?

    • Lily Mandelbaum

      That's the plan!! So glad to hear you're on board with it 🙂

  • This is so inspiring! I can't wait to see all of their closets! also, I had a dog named peaches when I was a little girl-- I didn't even notice her on the couch the first time I watched it, she's so adorable!

  • Talibah

    that was super cool! I am so loving all of your recent features!

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