Hey Fashion Bombers!
Adriana here with a Breaking into Fashion post on writer, celebrity style consultant, television personality, and founder of the Dinner with Bevy enterprise…

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Beverly Smith!
As one of Fashion’s presiding Renaissance women, there are few areas of style, media, and culture Beverly Smith hasn’t touched:

Starting as a receptionist at an advertising agency, Beverly climbed the ranks with her razor sharp chic barometer, holding posts as Fashion Advertising Director and Fashion Editor at Large of Vibe Magazine, Senior Fashion Director of Rolling Stone, Contributing Editor of Latina Magazine, freelance writer for Paper Mag and Interview, and TV personality on BET, E, Oxygen, and VH1.
I sat down recently with Bevy (as we call her) at Melba’s in Harlem to get the 411 on her experiences in fashion, advice for breaking in to the field, and some of her Favorite Things!

On Breaking into the industry, Bevy says, “Study the art, craft, and business of fashion and you will go much farther than someone who just looks the part. Knowledge gives you the freedom to explore many facets of the business! We don’t need any more fly young people carrying Goyard, wearing Lanvin but can’t tell you who Madame Grès, Charles James, or Patrick Kelly are.

Bevy, whose favorite fashion memories include her first Vivienne Westwood Parisian show and Tom Ford’s after party for the Met Costume Ball (in the Gucci era), contends that the key to maintaining confidence in the cutthroat world of couture is to, “Find something beyond fashion to believe in: look to family, friends, spirituality. Don’t be afraid to be unique; in fact, celebrate what makes you different!
Bevy’s golden rule for success? “Be confident in who you are and what you bring to any situation. Also, know your worth: having worked in fashion for 20 years, I’ve built up quite a wealth of knowledge and contacts, which makes me unafraid to enter any domain.
Snaps!
Of course I had to ask this fashion maven about a few of her favorite things! She says, “I love my Gucci bandage dress from Tom Ford’s third season, and my Dior “Frankenstein” platforms that I was photographed in by the New York Times. My two best assets are my cheeks and lips, so I love blush by Nars (Orgasm and Taj Mahal). Lips must be bright and shiny so a combo of a bright M.A.C. lipstick and a Wet ‘n Wild gloss in gold does the trick!
Try a Bevy essence with the following:
Herve Leger Zip Front Reversible Bandage Dress, $1,390. Nars Blush in Orgasm, $25. Dior Couture Suede Cutout Sandals, $925. Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaSlicks Lip Gloss, $2. M·A·C Lipstick, $14.
The divine Miss Smith has spoken!
Learn more about Bevy at www.dinnerwithbevy.com!
~Adriana