Street Legal: Five Brooklyn Style Stars in Their Natural Environment

Photo by Austin McAllister
Photo by Austin McAllister

Khalilah BeaversWith a client roster that boasts Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, and Brandon Bass, Khalilah Beavers’ (née: Williams-Webb) sartorial influence extends far beyond her Bed-Stuy boutique, Shirley + Alice, where she sells high-end vintage garments. Now that she’s added “mom” to her title, however, the stylist is focusing her attention closer to home.

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I’m a woman of many hats these days! Wife, mommy, wardrobe and image consultant, and boutique owner.

What led you to a career in fashion?
I worked in retail for many years before I moved to New York. I knew I wanted a career in fashion, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do until one of my really close friends told me she was moving to New York to attend fashion school. I started researching careers and moved the next year. Initially, I wanted a career in fashion merchandising, but when I started to come in contact with stylists and learn more about the career, I quickly decided to pursue it.

Favorite article of clothing:
A pair of Levi’s cutoffs and a pair of Rag & Bone sweatpants. I love easy, effortless, and interchangeable clothes.

Best fashion advice she’s ever received:
Less is more. My mentor would say it when I would put on every piece of jewelry I owned at once! My outlook has changed. Jewelry is supposed to complement your look, not be your look. Pick a piece as a focal point and let it ride.

Favorite neighborhood:
Fort Greene. It’s the neighborhood in Brooklyn I gravitated towards when I moved to New York.

On what she expects to see in Brooklyn this fall:
For women you may see more of a girly-grungy mix, circle skirts with boots and Ts, finishing that great balance of androgyny. For men, mixing those vintage pieces with modern wear and bringing back the throwback brands like Coogi and Clarks.

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