Style Girl Jess James, style columnist for the Star-News, contributing writer & stylist for North Carolina Signature Magazine / Our State and Focus on the Coast Fashion Editor, has continued to seek opportunities intertwining her passion for fashion with her day job. First in Public Relations / Special Events for the nation’s largest bridal retailer, where she coordinated bridal and prom fashion shows nationwide and selected wedding gowns for Modern Bride, In Style and, most memorably, the Oprah Winfrey Show. Before moving South, as Director of Fashion & Beauty at a NY marketing agency, she connected clients with trendsetters and brand ambassadors, coordinating media tours with indie artists, styling photo shoots and developing hot lists for industry insiders.
Shortly after her move to Wilmington, while scouring the streets for trendsetters and buzz-worthy boutiques for Jane Buckingham’s NY-based trend forecasting company, she developed the idea of “Style Girl” and began her column in Star-News. In July 2006, Jess forged a partnership with Shannon Dunne and founded James + Dunne Styling, offering style consultations, event styling, wardrobe editing, personal shopping and image consulting services. Along with a monthly “Love It @ Lumina” video for Lumina Station and the wildly popular Style Swaps, Jess hosts, styles and produces highly-anticipated fashion shows and monthly style events which have become something of a cultural touchstone leaving an imprint both on and off the runway.