People with Style

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Edith Head once said “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it,” and 11 exquisitely dressed Oklahomans greatly prove that point.

From bank owners to interior designers to anesthesiologists, people in our state personalize and personify what it means to be stylish. They fully understand that the clothes you wear define who you are, whether it be custom-tailored suits, ballgowns, ripped jeans or cowboy boots.

Gentner Drummond

Bank Owner, Rancher, Attorney and Serial Entrepreneur
Tulsa

How/when did you get interested in fashion?
When I met Wendy.

How does dressing well affect your day-to-day life?
As a young fighter pilot, I was instructed that my personal appearance affected my professional performance. This holds true in business and law, instilling confidence in my colleagues, customers and clients.

What is the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
Mixing cowboy boots with a suit, once. (Wendy says that’s a fashion no-no.)

Whose closet would you love to raid?
[OSU-Tulsa Vice President of Student Affairs and 2017 Red Ribbon Gala co-chair] Raj Basu’s.

Where do you like to shop?
Suitsupply Cut to the Bone Bespoke – Suitsupply SOHO, New York.

A trend I’m hating right now is…
Pants hemmed above the ankle.

I own too many…
Sport coats.

Wendy Drummond

Attorney, Business Owner and CEO
Tulsa

How would you describe your style?
An eclectic cross of Jackie Onassis, Beyonce and Reba McEntire.

How/when did you get interested in fashion?
I first became acutely aware of fashion trends while living in Italy as an exchange student in 1985-86.

What is the biggest fashion “moment” you’ve ever had?
Arriving at our wedding horseback wearing my Max Mara dress with my favorite cowboy boots.

Whose closet would you love to raid?
Michelle Obama’s. (We are similar in height!)

Who’s your favorite fashion designer?
Carolina Herrera.

Where do you like to shop?
Abersons.

A trend I’m hating right now is…
Dyed gray hair on young women (every strand of my gray is natural).

I own too many…
Pairs of cowboy boots.


 

Tranae Young

Brand Development at ConsumerAffairs
Tulsa

How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as being versatile and mood dependent. Sometime I take the less is more approach, and other times I mix and match patterns and fabrics as much as my heart desires!

What is the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
Bright eyeshadows with bright clothing. Talk about overboard! Thank goodness there isn’t a lot of photo evidence from that trend.

What is the biggest fashion “moment” you’ve ever had?
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami. South Beach in itself is enchanting, but the show brought so many different elements of styles!

Whose closet would you love to raid?
Julia Kuczyńska is a polish fashion blogger. The girl’s got style!

A trend I’m loving right now is…
Platform sneakers! Love the added element of wearing platform sneakers with a T-shirt dress.

I own too many…
Skater skirts. I bought into the trend, and now I am left with so many skirts. Fingers crossed they will make a comeback.

On the weekends, you can find me wearing…
With winter approaching – knee-high boots, high-waisted jeans and my oversized sweater collection.


 

Amy Rappaport

Interior Designer
OKC

How/when did you get interested in fashion?
My grandmother sparked many interest in my life and fashion was always a huge part of her life.

How does your style reflect your personality?
One can get a feel of my personality through my accessories: it’s usually a statement belt, handbag or shoes. I never leave home without a cocktail ring.

Who is your favorite designer?
Tom Ford.

A trend I am loving right now is…
Velvet and rose gold.

A trend I’m hating right now is…
Over accessorizing.

Where do you like to shop?
Locally, I shop at 200 Park for Her. The rest is out of town.


 

Hunter Houston

Brand Development at ConsumerAffairs
Tulsa

How/when did you get interested in fashion?
My mom is the person that made me appreciate style and fashion. She is an interior designer/event coordinator/party planner and has always been impeccably dressed. She raised me to always look presentable and taught me to give some thought to how I looked before I left the house. I don’t think I fully appreciated the importance of looking presentable and actually developed my own personal style until my senior year of college, though. It finally developed into an actual passion of mine about three years ago.

What is the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
I was really into sweater vests for a while. Thankfully, though, that was only a brief time of my life.

What is the biggest fashion “moment” you’ve ever had?
My biggest fashion “moment” is probably when I started my blog. It was something people had been telling me to do for a while, so it was exciting to actually see it come to fruition. Now that it’s to a place where it gets consistent traffic, and I get featured on various social media fashion pages, it makes me think that it could be something significant.

Who’s your favorite fashion designer?
I really like what Frank Muytjens has done with the menswear at J.Crew. He has managed to keep the classic vibe that J.Crew is known for but has added a new, fresh flavor to their aesthetic.

Where do you like to shop?
J.Crew, Zara, Gilt, ASOS, Nordstrom and H&M.

A trend I’m hating right now is…
I’m not a big fan of the extra long T-shirts that look like night gowns. I think they look sloppy.

If I could live in a different fashion era, it would be…
England in the 1920s. I love how the men were always dressed up in three-piece suits and that everyone got dressed up for dinner and parties. It was such a classy era.


 

Rodney Daniels Jr.

Fashion Blogger/Influencer
OKC

How would you describe your style?
I’m multidimensional, breaking down barriers that some may view as rules. If my confidence feels comfortable then I’m rocking it, plain and simple!

How does dressing well affect your day-to-day life?
I believe that without confidence, style means nothing! I also believe that limits don’t exist in fashion. I dress approachably and show others that I’m happy regardless of the brand I may or may not be wearing.

What is the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
Why didn’t anyone tell me about tailor-fitted clothing decades ago? I have no idea why baggy clothes were appealing to me. Thankfully I don’t have many pictures of this time.

A trend I’m loving right now is…
Ripped jeans are definitely a style I’m admiring right now.

If I could live in a different fashion era, it would be…
The ’90s. They were all about owning your own style without caring about what people think.


 

Jacob C. Carman

Anesthesiologist for Anesthesia Medical Professionals Inc.
OKC

How would you describe your style?
Ever evolving. Brand name pieces are far less significant these days. It’s mostly casual and outdoorsy for the moment, but I do clean up well for the right social occasions.

How does your style reflect your personality?
I’m a type B psychometric: laid back and relaxed. I do not get irritated or angry easily. A casual style complements my temperament.

What is the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
Getting sucked into the short lived Affliction, True Religion and Ed Hardy craze.

Whose closet would you love to raid?
David Beckham’s.

If I could live in a different fashion era, it would be…
1800s American West.

Som Carman

Commercial Real Estate Agent at Emerson’s Commercial Real Estate
OKC

How would you describe your style?
It’s undefined. I just wear things I like, whether it’s preppy, trendy, classic or boho.

What is the item or items in your closet you couldn’t live without?
My UGG boots. They’re uglier than sin but they are so comfortable!

What is the biggest fashion “moment” you’ve ever had?
My wedding day. To this day my wedding dress is the most expensive and important piece of clothing I’ve ever owned.

A trend I’m loving right now is…
Velvet. Especially velvet shoes.

If I could live in a different fashion era, it would be…
Louis XIV-era France.


 

Barrett Stubblefield

Entrepreneur, Health Care Services
Tulsa

How/when did you get interested in fashion?
My uncle was in the fashion business when I was very young, and he always kept me well dressed.  After he passed away, I relied on GQ for trend and style input.

What is the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
Probably in the 1980s: parachute pants with zippers or MC Hammer pants … just kidding. Not having clothing tailored to fit me.

Where’s your favorite place to shop?
Travers Mahan Apparel in Tulsa is where I go for most of my attire, such as Samuelsohn, Robert Talbott, and Rodd & Gunn.

A trend I’m hating right now is…
I never have been into “skinny” apparel – it’s unforgiving and unflattering. The 2016 “dad bod” is in, so again tailored fit is best solution.

I own too many…
Unmatched socks.

On the weekends, you can find me wearing…
As a father of two children I dress comfortably on the weekends: jeans and T-shirt with flip flops or active sports wear.


 

Grant Mathiews

Owner and Interior Designer at Grant Design
OKC

How would you describe your style?
Very eclectic! I don’t like looking like everyone else, I never have. I definitely have multiple sides to me. I love sporting a fine, tailored suit with custom shoes, and I also like hanging out down at my folks’ place back home in my Wranglers and boots!

How does dressing well affect your day-to-day life?
That’s easy! My confidence goes through the roof. I dress for myself and reap the benefits of what it does for me. I don’t dress to impress others. I’m a pretty confident guy in the first place, so my dressing well enhances my day-to-day experience.

What is the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
Chambray on denim with a woven leather belt and Cole Haans. I was in a fraternity … I conformed for like three minutes!

What’s your favorite place to shop?
I would have to say 80 percent of my clothes are custom made at Q Clothier on Classen Curve here in OKC. My two favorite places to shop for off-the-rack fashion are Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York.

A trend I’m hating right now is...
I don’t hate anything in this world, but I have a strong, strong, strong dislike for wearing Under Armor 24/7. No.

If I could live in a different fashion era, it would be…
Oh, without question the late ’70s! High-end fashion for men is iconic from that era, and while you won’t see me modeling bell bottoms anytime soon, the ’70s represent a time when quality in fashion was at its best.


 

Jill Donovan

Owner/Designer at Rustic Cuff
Tulsa

 

How/when did you get interested in fashion?
Growing up I always wanted to wear name-brand clothes, but my mom would not spend the money. I would go to Kmart and buy IZOD socks, cut the crocodile off and glue it onto my generic shirt.

How would you describe your style?
Somewhere between Princess Di and Sporty Spice.

Want to know more about Rustic Cuff and how it came to be so popular? We spoke with Jill herself, click below to see what she has to say!

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What is the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?
One morning a few years ago I was getting dressed in the dark and threw on a T-shirt and skirt. When I got to the office I discovered I was wearing a Spanx slip.

What is the biggest fashion “moment” you’ve ever had?
Until being featured in the People With Style issue of Oklahoma Magazine, the best moment was Oprah wearing a Rustic Cuff on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine in March 2014.

If I could live in a different fashion era, it would be…
Adam and Eve. I love the simple and understated look of a fig leaf.

On the weekends, you can find me wearing…
A concert T-shirt, ripped jean shorts and a pair of UGG wedges.

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