J Alexander, extravagant ex-mannequin and fashion consultant, teaches her to parade on a daily basis
“Write this in capital letters. A woman who tells us her age is a woman who will tell us everything we want to know. “Who says so is J Alexander or Miss J, as she is known in the fashion world.
He is a charismatic figure and increasingly mediatic thanks to his presence as an element of the jury in the reality show America’s Next Top Model, has worked as a model for Jean Paul Gaultier, lived in Tokyo and currently resides in Paris, where he is a consultant Of fashion, responsible for castings and teaches the mannequins to parade gracefully in the passerelle, displaying with pride their high heels.
It is also the face of Compeed Style SOS, a collection that incorporates from special insoles to the heel and to the sole of the foot to protectors for the little finger. He has no potatoes on his tongue and is endowed with a particular sense of humor. We tried to know what he likes and dislikes and we ask him for advice to walk … with confidence.
Do you prefer to work as a mannequin or as a fashion consultant?
I’d rather stay at home, rich, and not work. Well, actually … I’d rather stay at home, rich, and go shopping. Seriously, I’d rather be a fashion consultant and help the new mannequins parade and get ready for photo shoots. It’s exciting to watch their excitement when they do well on their first parade.
Why is it that women have an almost affective relationship with shoes?
Perhaps a good pair of shoes are, for some, an aspirational symbol and can inspire them to be more glamorous. A good pair of shoes helps us through good and bad times and, in the fashion world, can open us doors to the hottest clubs or grill us a good table in a restaurant. A good pair of shoes and jeans can take us far!
Why is it the idea that women will buy shoes when they feel depressed?
I think this is just a pretext to buy more shoes!
What should we take into account when buying a pair of shoes?
Get a pair of shoes that you can walk with. The latest shout of fashion does not suit all people. If you’re not used to high heels, start by choosing medium-heeled shoes with which you feel comfortable.
Does any woman look stylish in high heels?
Most women look stylish when wearing high heels but having a stylish attitude also helps …
And is it possible to be elegant in shallow shoes?
Well, women tend to ride like truckers when they wear shorts or tennis shoes. Unless it is a dancer, the low shoes allow us to walk without our thinking of elegance.
See on the following page: How to use high heels gracefully
What can you say about a woman looking at the shoes that she wears?
My answer would be insulting to so many women so I’d rather not say …
What tips do we get to jump high heels gracefully?
Make sure your shoes are comfortable and, if they are not, wear Compeed Style SOS insoles and protectors so you never feel any pain!
Can a wrong pair of shoes destroy a woman’s image?
Yes! Yes! Yes! Ever. Ever. Ever.
Excluding shoes, what is your favorite piece of clothing?
Clean underwear. Do you know why? In case you get run over, go to the hospital and have to undress!
What is the piece of clothing that all women should have?
A basic black dress. The same dress can change from day to night.
What are the mistakes women make when they buy clothes?
Buy clothes that are too small to think they will wear when they are thinner. Then they do not lose weight and can not wear their clothes because they do not fit them!
If they have a prominent stomach never, never, never buy saggy waist pants or short t-shirts. Seeing the floss coming out of the pants is awful, too. Remember that what is fashionable does not suit everyone and every type of body!
And what are the most common mistakes among men?
Buy facts that set you wrong and choose the wrong shoes. If they buy an inexpensive suit they should have it arranged so it fits.
What nationality do you think you dress more elegantly? And less?
In the right circles of fashion we can find elegance anywhere in the world … and little elegance as well. Some people have it and some do not.
Personally, I do not think elegance is achieved through wealth. One can be poor and elegant and rich and a horror!
Finally, can you choose two women who consider symbols of elegance, high shoes or stilettos?
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