Style is something that moves us all. Far from superficial, the clothes and shoes we choose to wear reflect our values, how we view ourselves, and even what we hope to accomplish. Steve Madden knows this well. That’s why the label recently tapped a standout squad of Complex’s women staffers to style themselves using its fall collection and to answer the question: “What moves you?”
Read on to find out what Complex’s fabulous five had to say, how they dressed themselves, and what Steve Madden has in store this season. Then take a moment to think about what moves you too.
Alana Yzola, On-Air Anchor and Editorial Producer
Steve Madden Cypress Black | $149.95
Forget walking the walk, talking the talk is Yzola’s go-to move. “What moves me is social change through conversation,” she emphasized. “In a world that’s increasingly polarized, having open-minded and honest conversations can catapult us forward.”
Alysha Pamphile, Integrated Producer
Being as up-front as possible is Pamphile’s MO. “Transparently sharing my experiences to help young Black women is important to me,” she said. “I want to teach them that the journey you thought you were supposed to take doesn’t mean it’s the one you need to have to grow and glow. Seeing Black women heal is what moves me most.”
Brianna Lopes, Senior Media Planner
Steve Madden Tanzee Bone | $149.95
Lopes grew up in a small town and according to her, this childhood pushed her to strive to, “Set an example for the younger generation.” She went on to add, “I’m also always inspired to work hard to make my family and my younger self proud.”
Cathy Rong, Senior Executive Assistant, Office of the CEO
Helping is Rong’s passion and it drives her in many different ways. “I’m the co-chair of Complex’s Asian Employee Resource Group,” she mentioned. “I’m passionate about civil rights, public education, and advocating for mental health within the Asian community.”
Jade Elliott, Senior Producer
Steve Madden Malvina White Leather | $109.95
You won’t find anyone more confident in who she is than Elliott. “Being a Black lesbian, I stand for multiple movements attached to my identity and background,” she revealed. “I stand for Black Lives Matter, women’s equality, and also LGBT issues. I’m very passionate about all three movements because they’re all a part of who I am.”
Photography Assistance by Garren Pryce, Production by James Bender and Kathy Steele, Wardrobe by Jannique Heard, Wardrobe Assistance by Paris Warren, Hair by Gabrielisa Garcia, Makeup by Veronica Gaona, and Makeup Assistance by Hannah Mercado.