A conversation with

- Diamond Mahone -

Diamond’s background

I’m originally from San Antonio and grew up around fashion by way of my mother. She worked in various luxury retail stores and would model for local fashion shows. I remember going with her to fittings and castings. It was always so intriguing to be around so many different personality types. I grew to love the idea of what it took to build on a concept. In my early retail days, I learned from listening to what the client “thought” she wanted and what I as the sales person had to do to be more direct and finish the idea to completion. I believe working in retail for so many years and putting on fashion shows and directing shoots in college truly prepared me for the direction that I am going in now.

I grew to love the idea of what it took to build on a concept. In my early retail days, I learned from listening to what the client “thought” she wanted and what I as the sales person had to do to be more direct and finish the idea to completion. I believe working in retail for so many years and putting on fashion shows and directing shoots in college truly prepared me for the direction that I am going in now.

On daily dressing in 2020

In my daily life, I have always tried to dress for whatever mood I am in. Starting with an idea or reference is how I like to piece my personal look together. I also dress for comfort, which I believe is all relative. I love the idea of doing things a little unconventionally and pairing things that might not necessarily go together.

Dressing during COVID has allowed me to reevaluate how much I value certain aspects of my wardrobe. Like what REALLY matters! I respect a varied closet, but as a person who likes to edit, I realized you only wear a capsule of your wardrobe. During this time it was interesting for me to “tone” down and kind of go back to the drawing board of personal interests when it comes to fashion and dressing.

On cultivating personal style

My sense of style was developed by way of my mom and seeing her friends express themselves all so differently. I’m a true Pisces so I believe in experimenting. Whether that is in shapes and color or texture and prints, I would throw it together in hopes that it works. My style has evolved in a way that I can’t really explain. I think I always strive for a certain amount of polish or elevation in a look that makes sense for me. Whether it’s in the jewelry or a new shape that I discover works for my body type, I like for things to make sense.

On dressing for her body type

I’ve learned to understand what truly works for my shape and to be nimble in my approach to dressing for that reason. I’m smaller at the top, so I love to accentuate that area by way of anything that is high waisted and fuller at the bottom and more fitted and cropped at the top. I love to play with oversized shapes and have been focusing on smaller details like jewelry and makeup.

What she’s loving these days

I am currently loving Christopher John Rogers. You can sense his understanding of fashion history, and his use of color is my love language. I am also feeling Attico and the designers’ references to vintage shapes and design. I love emerging designers like Theophilio and Wales Bonner for the fluidity of their pieces. I will forever keep my eye tuned to Comme des Garçons and Margiela for the avant- garde. I love what Daniel Lee is doing at Bottega. My closet will always consist of fun vintage that I hold near and dear to me.

I don’t know that I’m excited about new trends per se, but I am ready to enjoy dressing up again. I believe in things having the right time and place. I want to draw into the fantasy of fashion again. My current wishlist involves adding more special jewelry pieces that I can add to my heirlooms. I have my eye on some special pieces. =

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