Welcome to Tracie Tells All, a forum that allows me to share my sentiments on various topics. From behind the scenes at Lux Style & Design to what’s going on in my everyday life, I want to give you a glimpse into my life.
As you may know, Lux Style & Design was founded last year after I went through a major career transition and needed a wardrobe change for my new role. Working in the fashion world is extremely rewarding because I’m constantly learning about talented designers and stylists in the Houston area while familiarizing myself with new trends and consumer buying habits.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: although I currently work in fashion, I never pictured myself getting into this business. Crazy, right? Funny enough, fashion has always been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember.
My mother has always been the most stylish person I’ve known. She was a figurehead in Houston, so she was constantly attending events and networking with members of the community. She exuded a certain confidence with everything she wore, and I always admired the fact that she never let the clothes wear her. I also have cousins who are stylists, and they’ve built successful brands in various cities.
Let’s fast forward to my college days. I went to Hampton University, a historically black college (also known as an HBCU) located in Hampton, Virginia. Not only are HBCUs known for producing successful black graduates, they’re widely known for setting the bar when it comes to debuting fashion trends. You could compare walking around campus to a fashion show; everyone was dressed to the nines and always showcased their unique style. Homecoming could almost rival New York Fashion Week!
Enter Shiona: my college BFF who I met during our freshman year. We were inseparable; you wouldn’t see one of us without the other nearby. She had a killer sense of style and expressed her desire to work in the fashion industry one day. Shiona’s tenacity and perseverance led her to work for major fashion houses and publications. Most recently, she’s been credited for styling the Formation music video for Beyoncé. Yeah, THE Beyoncé.
I guess you can say my journey with fashion came full circle! I’ve always been around fashion in some way, shape or form, and I’m thankful for those who’ve influenced me along the way. The lesson that came from this was to never close off your options because you never know what God has in store for you.