06 Mar Empowering Style. The Celebrity Wishmaker Simonetta Lein Meets Coach And Brand Expert Isabella Civilez-Wu.
Can you imagine if neuroscience could enter in your everyday life and impact your days and your style? I found a woman that does all that, she is part of my tribe and I give her tons of credit for having the courage to be a fellow Millennial innovator. Her name is Isabella Civilez-Wu, and I am very exited to show you how we can impact the world together with her, in style.
Who are you and what is the name of your business?
My name is Isabella Clivilez-Wu. I am the founder and Chief Image Strategist of the New York based firm, Wu & Clivilez Executive Coaching, LLC. I am a NeuroLeadership accredited executive coach and a Fashion Institute of Technology alum, specializing in Personal Branding, Image Consulting, and Menswear. I also regularly contribute to Forbes and Huffington Post.
What is your brand about?
My company’s motto is ‘Elite branding solutions. Inspiring change.” Wu & Clivilez Executive Image Coaching, LLC is a forward-thinking, visionary professional and personal branding firm. I pair contemporary neuroscience with image consulting principles to create an innovative methodology with remarkable results.
We offer surprisingly bold concepts to experienced leaders and enterprising millennials through techniques in semiotics (body language) and enclothed cognition (the way your clothes affect you).
**I am so in love with this concept. Body language is everything to me and I cannot stress it enough: fashion can make you feel so great and effect your perception of yourself, and the way others can grasp the real you.
What is your mission?
We inspire Fortune 500 executives, public figures, university faculty, and graduate students to be the best versions of themselves through ‘brain-based’ coaching and cutting-edge techniques to enhance their thought patterns, communication, behavior, and appearance. Together, we craft a professional brand and personal anthem reflecting their core values and aspirations.
Our image begins within, therefore, as a coach, I initially focus on enhancing my clients’ thought patterns to facilitate improved performance. Then, as an image consultant, I use my expertise to enhance their exterior to mirror their newly improved interior selves. If necessary I’ll even collaborate with a local dietitian and personal trainer to aid in their transformation. Together we remix, re-imagine, and redefine their brand. I partner with my clients to instill confidence to complement their competence.
I love witnessing my clients have moments of insight and facilitating their transformation into the person they are meant to be. It is an honor to guide a person to fulfill their purpose in life.
Are you a Millennial? What do you think about Millennials?
Yes, depending on what chart you reference. I’m straddling the borderline between Millennials and Gen X. I feel a lot like that cute little gecko in the Geico commercials standing on the border of Virginia and Tennessee, he calls it ‘Virginesee’.
We have boundless potential to display empathy and improve the quality of life for society and especially those less fortunate living in third-world countries. No generation prior has had access to such innovative technology (including medical advancements), entrepreneurial opportunities for women and minorities, or the worldwide connectivity.
If you are here it means that you love fashion. Why?
I love fashion, but more importantly, I love style. Actress Lauren Hutton famously said, “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year. Style is what you pick out of that fashion… It’s what you make of it once you’ve learned what to accept and ignore based on what best suits you.” I agree with her wholeheartedly.
Fashion is ephemeral art, here today and gone tomorrow, yet a valid medium for expressing ourselves. Fashion is living, breathing art that débuts on the catwalk as a fantastical concept which is then simplified for contemporary consumption.
Society often downplays fashion as trivial or vain, because it’s short-lived. However, fashion is a multi-billion dollar industry. With our style we nonverbally advertise our core values, aspirations, affiliations, and sometimes our sexual orientation. Whether intentional or not, the way we adorn ourselves speaks volumes.
This is me “Empowering Style” collection for Isabella: classy, bold and elegant and where I can show you how printed fabrics can be used as a statement.
** I love the pattern, particular fabrics are a very nice accessory to have.
**A jacket like this is a statement, we have a problem though…I want this jacket so badly!
**This outfit is perfect from head to toe, nice in every detail, very elegant yet modern. A perfect pret-a-porter for your office day, with again a statement jacket. Her constant smile defenteley empowers, in style. Love it!
What cannot miss from your wardrobe?
I cannot function without a great handbag. According to my mom ’pocketbook’ was one of my first words as a baby, can you imagine? I’m less concerned about designer names and more concerned with quality. I don’t like designers’ names plastered all over my bags. I don’t mind a tasteful logo, but I refuse to be a walking billboard. I don’t have a plethora of handbags, however, the ones I own are well made.
**Recentely I gave a lesson at the University of Fashion in Philadelphia, and I have been asked what is my personal approach to fashion: although I own simple pieces that I can wear eveyday easily been aware that after some months of use they will be ruined, I tend to buy good pieces of fashion. I privilege quality upon quantity and I can absolutely state that good pieces matched together in different ways can create different outfits, while you will always leave an impact wherever you go. Fashion is absolutely a form of art, so I would suggest to have plain pieces like jeans, one color shirts, some simple skirts and add vibration with powerful fabrics, jackets, accessories, shoes and hanbags. It is that particular and well done piece that will make your new boss remember about you, or whoever you want to impact. Also remember that colors are emotions: it is beautiful when you go somewhere and people stop you to say something positive about your outfit, while they do that they usally have a smile on their faces.
Your favorite pair of shoes and why?
Hmmm… It depends on the season. In the winter and late fall, I love my BCBG black leather stiletto ribbed booties and in the summer and early fall I prefer my Via Spiga laser-cut black leather studded sandals with a chunky 4” dark wood heel. I’m petite; I love heels that are very feminine or have a rockstar edge and high heels give me a boost. I always fall in love with new shoes in the spring in summer. There’s such a variety of vibrant colors and floral patterns. Red is my favorite color, but I adore turquoise and aqua, and I’ll be strutting in lemon pumps to the office this spring. My wardrobe spans the entire color wheel and my shoes reflect that.
**Spring colors! Here we go! The print of the jacket is so vintage and yet contemporary, and I love the coordinated shoes. A Seventies look to be certenly remembered.
What is your style, and what you cannot stand in people, inside and out?
There are seven universal style of men and women and mine is definitely a unique hybrid. I love pairing elegant, dramatic, and romantic styles. Essentially, I like to carry a theme, whether it’s a color or motif, and I like the juxtaposition of structured well-tailored garments with fluid ones. My mood and the occasion dictate the outfit of the day.
Willfully uninformed and xenophobic people annoy me. We will never expand our horizons if we only associate with people that think, look, speak, and act like us. We must know about current events, and be aware of the privileges we often take for granted, that people in other societies are still fighting for. Once we realize we have more commonalities with our neighbors (whether next door or overseas) than dissimilarities we can display empathy, sympathy, and humility. Then we will rise together instead struggling apart.
What is your fashion mantra?
Customize and accessorize. Learn the rules, and then you’ll know when and how to break them. Never lose yourself in someone else’s vision of perfection. I find intolerance and ignorance are major turnoffs. Tolerance is not synonymous with acceptance; however, it means that I respect your right to have a different religious, political, or world view.
What is that magic word that speaks about you?
Compassionate Innovation, because it comes in many forms and can occur at both the macro and micro levels. I love brainstorming, generating new solutions to old problems. I love hearing, ‘it’s never been done before’, because that is a sign we should at the very least attempt to make the impossible possible. I also believe that true success benefits others. Innovation for the sake of innovation is irrelevant or detrimental unless you are improving peoples’ lives.
What is a wish that you would commit to grant this year to someone paying it forward?
I’d love to inspire women who were victims of domestic violence to reinvent themselves as confident survivors, worthy of love and respect. Being a victim feels powerless, being a survivor is empowering. I want to help facilitate that transformation.
**Women for women is my way. Thank you so much Isabella for introducing a new concept of using fashion in a very empowering and practical way, and for giving us a new and stimulating idea of how much science can impact an uplift our lives, empowering in style.
As always, make your wishes come true.
From Philadelphia, The Celebrity Wishmaker Simonetta Lein