Alex Cain is fabulous in every sense of the word. She’s fun, talented, stylish, creative, hardworking, and pretty much does it all. From her love of art and design to her immaculate taste in all things fashionable, Alex is a big stylish ball of passion and energy all in one. After meeting her at one of her favorite spots in town, the delicious Napolese, I knew immediately that this woman makes quite an impression and leaves a trail of exuberance, refined style (with a flair of rock n roll), and talents in her wake.
Born in Indianapolis, Cain lives in Carmel, not far from the Indiana Design Center where she works. Quite a fitting environment for someone with an abundance of creativity and passion for the arts. Cain has a background in real estate brokerage, owning her own firm for several years until she aligned her talents with the best luxury brand real estate firm in the city, Encore Sotheby’s International Real Estate. From the time she was little, Cain loved architecture and design, so it only seemed fitting that she would find herself working (and thriving) at one of the top real estate agencies in Indianapolis. Not only did her love of architecture grow, but her love of interior design, art, and fashion grew as well. Cain is what we like to call a jack of all artistic trades. And what to do when you love it all? When you have talent, excellent taste and you want to share your passions with the world? Cain doesn’t want to just write about these things, she wants to involve her readers and be a one stop shop for all their creative needs and interests. Pretty amazing right? From ideas on creating a capsule wardrobe to finding immaculate investment pieces to closet organization and even an Indy Guide to style, Cain really does cover it all. So if you are in the market for a wardrobe revamp, or just want to find your daily inspiration, Cain’s feed will be the place to find it.
Tell me about yourself. I was born in Indianapolis. I live in Carmel and have two beautiful girls. I love everything fashion, art, and design. I also blog for the Indiana Design Center on design trends, news and new featured products or artists found in the building. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, taking long walks and long baths, and I practice yoga.
When did you first take an interest in fashion? I was probably around nine or 10 years old. I would spend hours making clothes for my Barbie’s. I would croquet coats, muffs, hats, skirts… you name it! As a child of the ’70s, Barbie was one of my first fashion icons.
What or who inspires your style? Often, it’s my mood. And not in the way you might think. If I’m feeling a little down, I tend to dress up and put more effort into my look. It elevates the way I feel throughout my day and can inevitably lift me out of a funk.
Define fashion. Fashion is an art; a unique form of creative expression that is dynamic, often repeated, and continually reinvented.
What advice would you give to someone who is trying to advance their personal style? 1.) There is no need to over-complicate. Simplicity is often just as brilliant. 2.) Trends come and go. Keep a great core of basics and sprinkle in the trendier looks. I want people to feel inspired and hopefully pick up a few tips along the way. Most of all, I want them to feel confident and willing to incorporate new looks into their everyday style and use fashion as a way to non-verbally express their personality.
What do you think is the biggest mistake people make in building their wardrobe? They don’t establish a core group of neutral pieces to build on, and they don’t always dress appropriately for their body. Wearing the proper size is often the cause of not looking our best in our clothes. I also see many men and women hesitant to go outside their comfort zone and try something new.
Describe your thoughts on the fashion scene here in Indy. What do you like and what do you think could be better? I feel there is a lack of choices and a lack of fashion-centric minded individuals in our community. There are some great local boutiques, but they are limited in number. Also, I would love to see Indy pull off some local fashion shows. Overall, I’d like to see a more fashion-forward community emerge and create a way to draw more creative “makers” here and develop Indianapolis into more of a hub for designers, fashion photographers, models, etc.
What is the one wardrobe essential you can’t live without? Great shoes!
Best fashion moment? When I rocked a Nicole Miller strapless mini dress with Jimmy Choo studded cage high heel sandals and a feather in my hair at a popular annual outdoor event. It just worked. Ton of compliments and lots of stares from both men AND women that night!
Biggest fashion disaster? I feel like the 1990’s was one long string of fashion disasters for me – everything form corduroy shorts worn with tights to full length Laura Ashley floral jumpers – oh my!
Favorite local boutique? Beauty + Grace, Carmel
Last but not least, if you could wear any designer for a fashion editorial in any magazine who and what would it be? A Valentino dress in Vogue magazine.
Images by Christopher Whonsetler.