San Diego’s Celebrity Stylist – Lizz Russell

| December 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Aubree Lynn

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~Arthur Ashe

This celebrity designer’s favorite quote has played out all through her life, and as a very modest designer, Lizz Russell states, “It was a natural gift from God that I was born with.” For over twenty years now the Lizz Russell Collection has been creating designs for women all over the U.S. and countless celebrities alike. The first time her style hit the spotlight was in the 1990s with Miami Vice’s Olivia Brown, and then Tisha Campbell in 1999 when she wore a Lizz Russell dress to a premier and received rave reviews in the Enquirer and Star.

Lizz Russell says her mother was inspiration for her latest collection.

She continues to dress celebrities such as, Tangie Miller and Jackée Harry, and they support and sometimes even guest star in her fashion shows.

Though this of is all true, Russell remains extremely modest and tells me, “You don’t need to state any celebrity I designed for…” So I leave it with her to go on. She explains, “…This kind of success definitely does not happen overnight. It took a lot of hard work, persistence and dedication, and there is still much more work to be done. Learn the business side of your profession. Learn as much as you can about what it is you want to pursue. Develop a business plan, and know business etiquette. It is all very important.”

Russell has such a kind spirit, and is a human testament because she is a survivor. GBS, also known as Guillan Barre Syndrome, and Bells Palsy, simultaneously attacked her body, but she was able to overcome this obstacle and become an advocate speaker for GBS. She has received numerous awards and accolades, including Civic Leadership Award, for her contributions to the Entertainment Industry. In 2008, she won the Philanthropic Award from MMPA (Multicultural Motion Picture Association).

In addition to great style and success, Russell is currently a supporter of charities such as: Liaison for GBS/CIDP Foundation International, Susan G. Komen Foundation, KIS Foundation (sickle cell anemia), and Honey Shine Alonzo Mourning Charity.
This season her collection is inspired by an old picture she found of her mother from the 1940s. Russell admired the style, grace and fashion-sense her mother had at such a young age, and it has provoked her to create a classic collection for this holiday season. The colors of this collection that have caught the eye of the designer are Bright Chartreuse, Olympian Blue, Ultra Marine Green, and Classic Midnight Blue. This collection was shown at The Westgate Hotel on November 30, 2012 featuring a former NBA player as an escort for the models that were dazzling in her featured collection.

See The Lizz Russell Collection at Look at her site and you will agree with me that her pants suits are to die for! Enjoy her clothing live at her next show scheduled for May 24th, 2013 at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego.

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