Every day I feel so incredibly lucky to be surrounded by the amazing women who are tied to Goldyn – whether they be our customers, employees, friends, family, designers or partners. That’s why, for Goldyn’s Spring Project, we wanted to do something a little different. Instead of using the usual tall, skinny models to showcase the latest Goldyn arrivals, we thought we’d turn the lens onto the women who really inspire us. They’re the reason why we do what we do, after all…. I AM is a celebration all of the distinctive, extraordinary women around us who embrace their true self and their individual style. Each week this Spring we will be rolling out a different profile, featuring some of our favorite women dressed in items from Goldyn’s Spring collections that our subjects picked out for themselves.
To kick off our I AM series, we talked to the wonderful, wild and beautiful Mary Ann Hogan. Mary Ann is a hairstylist and makeup artist who I’ve had the pleasure of working with backstage at runway shows in the past. The first time I saw her, I was immediately taken by her presence, and of course her striking coif of red hair. I think one of the most amazing things about Mary Ann, however, is the fact that this incredible personality doesn’t just end at her exterior appearance; once you get to know her just a tiny bit more, you realize it really glows from within. Below are Mary Ann’s answers to a few questions I had for her in an attempt to find out more. I hope you find her as inspiring as I do!
Goldyn: What do you do for a living?
Mary Ann: I do makeup, hair and styling mostly for commercials and corporate films with the occasional ESPN event or feature film thrown in.
Goldyn: How does that influence your style?
Mary Ann: The best thing about it is I figure I can do whatever I feel like with my clothes, hair and makeup! I like to surprise myself with slight or major changes to my style! If it feels indigenous to who I am and I like it, it stays. On the other hand I wear the same jewelry and basic uniform every day. For a few years I wore large men’s pants rolled up with suspenders and a high necked t-shirt every day. In the summer it was men’s shorts and short sleeved t-shirts and in winter it was long sleeves and pants. Mostly black. Now I’m enjoying wearing oversized dresses with big pockets and either boots or sandals almost always with my crystal pendants on a tiny carabiner I found at REI. I’ve even sewn in some tiny holes in the neck of the dresses so the carabiner can hang from the neck like a dangly brooch slash no-chain necklace.
Goldyn: How would you define your style in a nutshell?
Mary Ann: Classic-style that’s having a psychedelic experience!
Goldyn: What’s your favorite decade and why?
Mary Ann: This one! Now! Because any nostalgia for bygone years immediately runs up against the sexism, racism, genderism that the past was filled with. There’s shockingly terrible amounts of it in today’s world but at least people are becoming aware of it and working to change things. ‘There’s no change without conflict’ is a favorite saying of mine. We’re having more conflict about it these days but we’re setting the conditions for change. Possibilities abound!
Goldyn: Was there a favorite piece from your wardrobe in the past that you wish you still had?
Mary Ann: In the sixties my mother made me whatever I wanted to wear. I got to choose the material and patterns-and there were mad amounts of patterns back then! Basically I got to design my own wardrobe in junior high and high school. I also was co-owner of a vintage store in Boulder in 1972 called Hot Stuff. I saved some of my favorites from those days. I love to see some of these very items in my grown daughters’ closets. One jacket in particular my daughter who lives in London wears for special events. It’s still making a splash across the pond! Specifically, there was a beautiful sleek, oversized men’s duster in a sharkskin bronze and light brown that I sold in a yard sale in 1988 for 5 dollars. I miss it to this day.
Goldyn: If you could be anyone at any time, who would your fantasy self be (famous or just made up!) and what would she be doing?
Mary Ann: I’d be the older woman version of Lena Dunham – exploring older womanhood in writing, directing and acting! I also love the stage so I’d be a stage actor on Broadway or the West End in London playing roles that break apart, expand and reveal what and who women are. So far the surface of *that* truth has barely begun to be scratched!
Goldyn: What do you love about your space?
Mary Ann: I love the total vibe of my house. It was built in 1886 only ten years after Colorado became a state! Though a humble small space it must have been home to many happy people. I feel it every moment I’m home. I moved back from Manhattan to buy this small space so I could rent it out (I knew I couldn’t afford to buy anything in NYC!) planning to move back to Manhattan after a few months. 8 1/2 years later I’m still in love with this sweet space and I’m still here. Lots of nights I do *dream* I have moved back to NYC. I still mull that possibility in waking life but this happy space in Baker has fully won my heart for now.
Goldyn: Any words for girls growing up today about style and being who they are?
Mary Ann: Girls today are so much smarter than I was at their age! My biggest revelation that I wish I had had decades ago, was only a few years ago when I realized how I’d been dressing my entire life to please men – as much or more than even pleasing myself! I was shocked and a little horrified! I was brought up in the fifties and sixties and for some reason I was still styling myself in that limited way. As I delved deeper into that fascinating realization I began to see, in my mind’s eye, two versions of myself: one was how I’d been – fashionable but always highly considering what men would like. The other was a cloudy murky image of what I *might* like because I’d never considered what would purely, decadently, please me! *That* version took some thought and it’s been slowly evolving over the past several years as I give myself more and more permission to play and have fun with my look. Little by little I find that the more I please myself the more fun I have. The more fun I have the more fun people seem to have around me. It’s like that old saying that the most important thing if you’re hosting a party is to be comfortable and have fun yourself – then the party takes care of itself. So, basically, every day when I wake up and leave the house I’m already having fun and am comfortable in my style- then everyone I meet all day is part of my party!