Marcia Mixes the Classics With Trends
Little black dress. Chanel. Beautiful brooches. Audrey Hepburn. These are a few of classic fashionista Marcia Marchman's favorite things. But make no mistake about it: the gorgeous blonde keeps up with the times. She enjoys mixing in trendy pieces with her basics. It's no wonder the well-known interior designer in Atlanta is known for lush designs with a traditional Southern feel. Not only that, she's working with her daughter Meagan McBrayer on Buckhead's first mobile fashion truck business. Get the scoop on Marcia's impeccable style below. Then, watch her on the series premiere of Big Rich Atlanta when it airs next Wednesday, January 23, at 8/7c on Style!
How would you describe your personal style?
I mainly go for classic pieces. I still like Coco Chanel. I usually mix up my classic look with whatever is trendy. I like my great basics, like my pants, good shoes, blazers and scarves. I like trendy, embellished skirts that are different, even for work. I like unique things like that. For the summer, I like easy dresses I can throw on with some great accessories to help make it look different. I'm more of a fall clothes person though because I like layers. I sell houses that are layered. Layers makes things interesting.
What is your earliest memory of fashion?
My grandmother was a real fashion diva in her day. My mother kept a lot of her really cool pieces, like fur, gloves and great costume jewelry they used to have way before they even did costume jewelry. Her husband was a jeweler, so she had some really unique pieces. This was in the late 1920s. I still have some of that. My mom always had great basic clothes that she would style up with accessories. I always thought that was great. My mom had a huge trunk that she kept all the stuff in. I liked dress-up clothes. I still like it! I love costumes! I have clothes for certain trips that I would never wear except for special times.
What about makeup? When did you get into that?
My earliest memory of makeup was with my mom. We were at a department store and she won a contest for $200 worth of makeup, and back then, that was a lot of makeup. I had never seen that much makeup, and I remember going home and her laying it all out in our bathroom. She tried on a bunch of different things; she tried them on me. She was playing with the makeup.
What has been you most memorable splurge?
It would have to be my first Louis Vuitton bag, which I purchased when I was in college. It was the classic little duffle. It was a memorable splurgre because I had saved up a lot to get it.
Who do you consider to be your biggest style icon?
Of course, I like Audrey Hepburn. Right now, I love Charlize Theron. She's either superglamorous or she looks fabulous and her makeup is natural. Her style is not too constructed. She's just a beautiful woman, whether she's dressed up or casual.
Do you collect anything in terms of fashion?
I've always loved pins. Luckily, I kept some from a long time ago—some from my grandmother, my mother and ones I've gotten over the years. I like mixing good jewelry with the costume jewelry. I go to Scott Antique Markets a lot and find cool things there. They have a lot of vintage pieces, but now they're making a lot of new pieces that look vintage. I like using them in a different way, like putting them on a hat, purse, belt, scarf or on the shoulder of a dress. I've even worn them on my boots before.
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