Black & White


 By Caroline Edmondson

BCBGMAXAZRIA Shop Manager Valerie Carlucci is a pro when it comes to fashion. Valerie describes her personal style as chic and tends to gravitate towards darker colors, especially black (hence our inspiration for her shoot!). She compares her style to that of Jackie Kennedy saying, “We have a very similar style: simple and sleek with a darker color palette. She holds a classy and conservative look, which I have always found admirable. I prefer more of a tailored look while at work, and edgy while out,” she says. As an avid Yankees baseball fan (she’s a New Jersey native), Valerie says the oldest piece in her closet is a Majestic New York Yankees letterman jacket from the 90s. “I love this jacket because aside from being a fan, it is a great accessory for a sporty and vintage look. It’s totally original and looks cute with high-waisted shorts and white sneakers,” she tells us. When it comes to shopping, Valerie prefers to shop in person because she says the most important factor when purchasing clothes is the quality and feel of the material. Shopping in her home state of New Jersey is her favorite, considering it is the mall capitol of the U.S. “There are just so many places to shop,” she says. “Whether I’m in a mall, a stand-alone shop, or even the boardwalk, I am always finding something unique and completely original. The best part is no sales tax on clothing in the state of New Jersey,” Valerie shares. With her favorite season for fashion being fall, Valerie says her must-have accessories are black knee-high boots and big earrings to complete any look.