Celebrity Stylist Melissa Laskin On the Cutting Edge of Abstract Luxury Fashion - Page 3
For Melissa Laskin, creating the paintings is literally painstaking. Not entirely recovered from the accident, she admits: “I work, not at an easel, but flat on the dining room table. When I was a stylist I was used to 14 hours days, all standing up, but I paint flat because my arms and back get tired from holding my paint brush up”. And the work is hard: for each painting there are at least 15 layers to them and I’m mixing metallic and fluorescent paints with my acrylics with techniques that are different from anything else out there. Not just black, white or grey…colors! They are an all over print, very hip and cool and I am currently a one woman show…supervising everything from taking my canvas to printing and production.”
Attention to detail is Melissa’s personality. As a neophyte, for her first entertainment job, she tailored wardrobe for GQ magazine covers that were completely finished, inside-and-out, not realizing that it was only the outside that mattered for a photo shoot. “I still like to make things perfect,” she says, “Inside-and-out.”
Her early career as a Celebrity Stylist, she now sees as a starting point. She acknowledges: “I’ve done a huge amount of work, a multitude of high end product commercials and advertising, as well as more than 40 magazine covers and editorial spots. I have a great portfolio in these areas. I’ve been in the business of fashion for many, many years.”
And Melissa Laskin is remaining in the business of fashion, thanks to elvislaskin, and her idea to upgrade and advance that truly American icon, the T-shirt.
In this case, the T-shirt as a genuine piece of art brought to life on Melissa Laskin’s dining room table.