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South Pasadena’s Alison Brie of AMC’s ‘mad men’ and NBC’s new fall series ‘community’ shows off some of fall’s hottest fashions and shares her style secrets
By Carl Kozlowski

Pasadena Weekly, August 20, 2009

How would you describe your sense of style?
I think it’s pretty classic. I’ve definitely seen a personal change in my style as I’ve become more in the public eye. And because of “Mad Men.” The style of the show has influenced designers like Michael Kors. They’re doing a ’60s-inspired look. Growing up, I was a very laid-back California, sandals- and-flip-flops girl. In South Pas Middle School, I’d walk barefoot around town. I’ve always had a sense of personal style that’s whimsical and borders on costume-like. I just didn’t care what people thought about me; I’d wear whatever I wanted. I’d wear pants with a big skirt and go thrift store shopping with friends. I always liked vintage clothes, and now it’s about finding something cool and integrating it into the rest of your wardrobe.

Now I have a more classic style — more outfits and sexy little dresses. But when I shop now, especially with the economy, it’s not about buying tons of stuff, but about wearing some interesting things, going back to your old clothes and reimagining an old piece from three years ago.

Where do you like to shop for vintage?
The great place in Pasadena is Clothes Heaven on Union. It’s not all vintage, but they have beautiful clothes. You can spend days there. In LA, the fashion district downtown.

Who are your favorite designers?
I love David Meister. He knows how to showcase a woman’s good attributes and hide unsightly ones. I like Michael Kors. Ina Soltani does cool stuff. And Max Azria, I love Max — he’s an adorable, darling man. His stuff is fun and affordable and he also has things for when you want to dress up. Lela Rose is very wearable and Tracy Reese is very good as well.