Grace, Style and Beauty are all words that come to mind when you see April Ann “Styles”. Her mesmerizing looks and beautiful soul align with her work ethic, because this hottie is a BOSS!
From the time she was born, fashion was ingrained into the fabric of who April is. So, it’s no surprise that she started a clothing line at the young age of 19. Her first business, April Ann Designs, has evolved into styling over the last 3 years.
FM- April, thanks (so much) for taking time to talk with me. You’re such a beauty!
AAS- Thank you. It’s such an honor.
FM- I first saw you at the 40/40 Slay Awards, and honey let me tell you, you looked gorgeous. I knew then that, I wanted to learn more about your fashion and styling firm. What inspired you to start your business?
AAS – I was raised under a sewing table, of an extremely talented seamstress whom I am privileged to call my mother…I was surrounded by all things in a “Seamstress World”. My mothers work ethic and vision inspired me to start my first business.
April, wearing Houston Designer Jessica Lombana “Vixen” Dress
FM – Needless to say, fashion runs through your veins. What exactly would you say, inspires your fashion?
AAS – My “passion for fashion” (ugh, I loathe that cliche’ rhyme, hehe) constantly changes direction in fashion. I have recently changed directions, changing my focus towards a new business. Joining forces with a childhood friend, we have launched a Camo line named Mad Harp Camo Inc which is inspired by bringing awareness towards Veterans who suffer from PTSD.
My inspiration for my personal style/fashion, as of right now, is in transition. I’m a new mother of the coolest 7yr old little girl which my husband and I adopted this past April. I’m once again starting over in my wardrobe. She’s reprimanded my style saying “Mommy, is that appropriate to wear?” Oh boy. Yep, so now I’m on a mission to find my way through this new Mommyhood. For this fall, I’ll be living in (over the knee) boots, oversized tops with shorts. I love feeling sexy and comfortable but want to always “Keep it classy AND fun”.
FM – Kudos to you on your new addition to the family. 7 year olds are fun, and boy do they keep you on your toes! Thanks for that Fall fashion tip! I’m taking notes! So, outside of the (over the knee) boots and oversized tops with shorts, what other Fall Trends do you anticipate going big?
AAS – Crushed velvet materials….I just bought the cutest crushed velvet romper from Urban Outfitters, I’m obsessed with it. So don’t be surprised if you see me wearing it multiple times. Haha! I want to live in it.
FM – You are a trendsetter. How would someone get in touch with you to have you come in and style them?
AAS – Due to multiple businesses as of right now, people can contact me through 2 emails. Aprilanndesigns@hotmail.com Aprilann@aprilannstyles.com and soon another email for Mad Harp Camo Inc.
FM – What would you say, sets you apart from other stylists?
AAS – I grew up knowing you’ve got to work, nothing is handed to you. I wasn’t raised with a “silver spoon” … But I grew up Rich with Love. I follow that “Rich with Love” feeling in anything I do with my work. If I feel a moment of “this work feels morally bankrupt”, I don’t want anything to do with it. Im not here to be famous and impress people. I’m here to give back to art, give to my family and show my daughter how to be a boss but one with a giving heart. There’s a misconception sometimes that if you’re in the fashion industry, you’re superficial and materialistic. But for me, it’s all about the Art, Soul and Heart.
FM – Wow! I absolutely LOVE that! Your husband and daughter are both very blessed to have you. It was truly a pleasure to learn more about April Ann “Styles”. Thank you for sharing your time and fashion expertise with me.
Fun Facts About April
- My first ever design/sew project was when I was about 7 yrs old. I made a vest for a lizard I caught outside(using left over scraps of material in my mothers sewing room)
- I love any and all purse designs by Fendi. It’s the one item I’ll splurge on.I feel like they set the tone for what other purse designers will create.
Aprils Motto – “Be yourself and you will always be in fashion” Guess where I received that bit of wisdom…years ago from a fortune cookie through Chinese takeout. It was true back then and continues to be true…I’m living it.
Photographer: Tony Aria
Leather Clutch by Houston Handbag Designer: JulieBeth Handbags