Today's Fashion Friend Friday is Cricket Burns. Cricket is a highly respected New York City based fashion editor, and stylist with over 30 years in the industry. She recently established the website Crickets Crush. CricketsCrush.com is a high end E-commerce site selling all genres of furnishings and home decor in addition to the works of artisans which Cricket believes reflect the taste level and design interests of her clients. Recently added, by demand of her clients, is a "Fashion" platform including faux jewelry, fine estate jewelry and unusual handbags. Crickets searches for the highly sought after and unusual, only those unique pieces that she is "Crushing" on.
This is the story of a fashion-obsessed stylist turned home decor fanatic:
After 30 years as a creative director, styling cover shoots for magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, Seventeen, Avenue, Quest, and Scene, Cricket Burns' passion shifted focus from Haute Couture to Interiors. She found herself detouring from Bergdorfs to the D&D building, spending hours entranced by wall coverings and fabric options rather than bias-cut skirts and statement baubles.
As a result, she packed up her prada prop kit for a utilitarian canvas bag, cancelled market appointments at Chanel and Dior for walk-ins at Waterworks and trips to Paris for Maison Objet rather than Pret a Porter. Hence, the birth of CricketsCrush.com. Also as a direct result of her clients' requests, Cricket is also "The Jusher". They longed for their homes to have that certain "Wow factor" that Cricket is known for in both her fashion and interior taste and interpretation. Following an in home consultation, Cricket will return with her Crush-mobile brimming with treasures she personally curates for each installation. In a matter of hours, she will work her magic and style on your living space whipping it into a chic frenzy! Your home will transform form "This is nice" to "This is drop dead gorgeous" right before your eyes and who doesn't want that?
I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Cricket for NS LIFESYTLES and get some of her expert advice for my readers. Enjoy and don't forget to visit Cricket's Crush.
Carnegie Hill, NYC
Years in Fashion Industry?
Favorite Stylist Trick?
For me the best trick for when you don't know know what to wear is to keep is sleek, simple and elegant and add a statement necklace or stacks of bangles or major earrings (only one of these options please!). Great fitting jeans with a crisp white shirt and an insanely chic choker will turn heads as well as a simple monotone shift dress with an armful of colorful bangles.
Five Items every girls needs in their wardrobe?
1. lots of statement baubles
2. simple / chic black or chocolate brown dress
3. pencil skirt / fit cashmere t-shirt
4. an investment bag for day
5. a fabulous minaudière for night
Most treasured item in your closet?
My mother's vintage needlepoint Chanel bag.
Describe your own personal style.
When I got married, my wedding was featured in Vows in the NYT and my best friend described my style as Princess Grace meets Lucille Ball. I am an unexpected combo of elegance and wackiness!
Favorite City and Why?
Right now, Istanbul. I have found so many treasures in their mile-long Souk.
Biggest Mistake women make when shopping or getting dressed?
Impulse buying for a specific event. You have it in your closet, just reimagine what you have. I love shopping my closet and I always find something fabulous that I forgot about and reinvent it!
If you could choose a celebrity closet to shop in, who’s would it be and why?
What items do you feel worth splurging on and saving on?
Splurge; your watch, coat and day bag. Save(wait for sales); fun jewelry, designer shoes, cashmere.
If you could choose to give anyone a makeover who would it be and why?
Rachael Ray. I happen to have this on in the background every morning at work. She is so pretty, but she is styled all wrong for her body type. It pains me.
Who or what inspires you on a daily basis?
My two beautiful daughters, Manzi and India. I want to show them that if you can imagine it, you can do it! All you need is passion and perseverance.
Whats your favorite store and why?
I'd like to be more creative, but I have to say Bergdorf Goodman. It has been my grandmother's, my mother's and now my go-to fashion and home decor mecca. From my prom dresses, wedding gown, wedding registry, to my baby layettes and decorating my first apartment and every one since, BG has never let me down the in the chic department...for big occasions as well as everyday needs.
What your favorite restaurant and why?
The Columbus Club in NYC - a stunning little-known Townhouse off of 5th Avenue that serves the most authentically delicious Italian food in a city that is saturated with Italian restaurants that just don't get it (note: it's a members only club)
What is your go to item in your closet?
Right now in the freezing cold, my multi color fox fur jacket. Sounds nutty, I know, but it actually works perfectly over everything...It's a head turner!
What is your favorite piece in your home?
My favorite piece in my home is a super graphic photograph of Mick Jagger taken by Annie Lennox's former husband/photographer, Dave Stewart. It is the first thing you see when you enter at the end of long hallway above an antique mirrored vanity table adorned with a white porcelain buddha (see photo below). Some of my constant and most passionate crushes include;The Rolling Stones, Buddhas, pug dogs, skulls, anything Andy Warhol, vintage Chanel,and Larry VRBA jewelry.
What is on your wish list?
There are many; like a Manhattan townhouse, a live-in masseuse, a month long trip to India -- but back in reality, I would have to say the Cartier "Juste Un Clou" bent nail bracelet in the biggest size and rose gold. Divine!
Cricket, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me. I cannot wait to get my first purchase from your gorgeous site.
To contact Cricket call her at 646 270 6065 to book your jushing consultation today.