Southern Style Series: Franki Durbin
For those of you who don't know, Susan Posnick Cosmetics is based in Dallas -- home to ranch-running cowboys, grill-smoked barbecue, and believe it or not, impeccable southern style. For the next few posts, we'll reflect on our roots and feature some Dallas fashion bloggers to give us the lowdown on all things southern and fabulous.
Our spotlight today is on Franki Durbin, a definite triple threat in Dallas, she's a luxury lifestyle blogger, stylist, and designer of Demitasse, which specializes in chic nurseries.
How would you describe southern style or specifically, Dallas style?
As a recent transplant to the Dallas area, I can see the sartorial landscape with fresh eyes. Let me tell you with certainty that Dallas girls LOVE fashion and live as though it is their personal responsibility to look and feel fabulous every day of he week. This is definitely a "fab dress and even more fab heels" city. Whether it be a restaurant opening or a simple night out with the girls, you should expect to see Jimmy Choos, Louboutins, DVF dresses and the perfect clutch (most likely a Chanel) on every female at the fete.
This is not to say that the old perception of Dallas is true. We are a city of blondes with bouncy hair, but you won't see overly hair sprayed do's of the past. Modern hair is healthy, bouncy and shiny with movement. Girls with gorgeous tresses (and a pose to match) are consistently those scene in the "who, what, when, where" photos of local style magazines. Do note that many a Dallas socialite has her hairstylist on speed dial. Yes, hair is all a part of the "package" when it comes to local style.
Color is also important when it comes to fashion. We are a city that readily embraces a wild Pucci print, a bright pink YSL platform shoe and a handbag worthy applause. Because of this, DVF is a go-to brand as are popular labels Trina Turk, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Milly and others. But don't underestimate our appreciation for lesser known labels and up and coming designers. Dallas is a city that loves it's own talent and celebrates its local design celebs (there are many) just as much as they rush to Neimans to attend trunk shows and VIP events that showcase today's most famous designers.
In short: Dallas loves fashion and never turns down an opportunity to dress for the occasion.
What do you think distinguishes it from other areas in the US?
It's feminine. Unabashedly, unapologetically feminine. Southern women - specifically Dallas women - want to look like women. They take terrific care of themselves and don't think twice about a man opening doors for her. It's expected. From thick lashes to perfect pedicures, it's been refreshing to see a city full of friends who embrace their inner "girly" girl just like you.
Any looks for summer?
It's hot in Texas. Even more so in the city. For summer days here in Dallas it's all about the maxi dress, pretty shoes, oversized sunglasses and noteworthy earrings. We love our jewelry and are not afraid to rock out the gold and the baubles. Accessories really are a girl's best friend.
Hair is in an easy (but chic) up-do or worn in long, loose waves. It's a great look that works for most body types and - although undeniably comfortable - is pulled together. It's a versatile look that will take you from shopping to pool party yet looks good enough to assure you a premier table at one of the city's many posh outdoor patios for early evening sips and nibbles. This is the perfect summer look for day.