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World of Style: Meghan Looney

World of Style: Meghan Looney

by Melissa Magsaysay

The Dallas Native Discusses Her Life of Art, Fashion and Philanthropy

February in New York promises two things: fashion week and frigid weather. This past February proved no different than expected, save for a few bright spots when the clouds parted and ushered in sunshine and relatively high temperatures.

One of those unseasonably warm mornings saw Meghan Looney, Dallas-native and former public relations director of Forty Five Ten, strolling into the south entrance of Central Park wearing a monochromatic floral look from Adam Lippes. The brightly blooming print punctuated the otherwise barren park with a preview of flowers that will scatter through the park come spring and made Looney, who was in town to attend the annual amfAR Gala, light up with confidence and her signature megawatt smile.

“My style is minimal and classic with dashes of color or pattern mixed in. I’ll embellish a look with a bold coat or playful accessories.”

“You rarely used to see me in anything other than black or white,” says Looney about her newfound love of color and print. “but now with so many new beautiful options I’ve expanded my color wheel more than I ever thought I would. I can honestly say I’m loving it.”

Along with the Adam Lippes look, Looney has embraced color from designers like Mara Hoffman, Mary Katrantzou, Marchesa and Monique Lhuillier who made the beautiful butterfly print dress she wore to this year’s amfAR Gala - a charity she and her family have supported for over two decades.

“Philanthropy was ingrained in us from a very early age.” Says Looney. “The notion that one should do what they can to leave this world a better place than you found it is one we strongly believe in.” Looney’s family created the TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art event 21 years ago. The annual fundraiser is a contemporary art auction held at her parents home in Dallas and benefits both amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. TWO x TWO has raised over $84 Million dollars in its two decade long history.

“My parents passionately believe in the power of art and its ability to enrich people’s lives.” Says Looney. “When you marry that with the lifesaving work that amfAR does for AIDS research you have an incredibly compelling event. For my parents, it’s become a legacy I can only hope to come close to living up to in my own way.”

Growing up, she was immersed in the art world. Looney’s love of art has informed her work in marketing and fashion consulting as well as her own well curated collection.

As with most stylish women, Looney’s home is highly reflective of her fashion sense. Modern, with clean lines and a few whimsical pops of color.

“There is a lot of grey with purple chairs in the living room and a yellow buffet in the dining room.” She adds. “When I started buying furniture for my home it was important to me that there were pieces that exuded comfort. I wanted a space that felt lived in where people would love to spend time relaxing with friends and family. There is nothing I love more than entertaining so my home had to reflect that.”

She has filled her home with gorgeous art, which she rotates to reflect her evolving style.

“I’m constantly moving and refining.” Says Looney. “I’ve also realized that if you have the ability to move and change your art you should. Finding something new to put on the wall or taking it from somewhere else in the house gives the room a new feel and perspective.”

In addition to her work in fashion, Looney has picked up modeling - again. She modeled as a child and when she got the call from her former agent to get back into it, she gave it a go and has seen great success over the past year.

“At the start of 2018 I challenged myself to say yes to the questions I would normally say “no way” to and to try more things that normally make me uncomfortable.” Looney says about getting back into modeling. “A year into modeling I have loved discovering that part of myself again that can be a bit carefree, re-discovering the self-confidence I had as a child. I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”

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