Dressed to Kill
As James Bond turns 50, KEYE-TV anchor Hunter Ellis takes his dramatic and sharp style to the holiday season.
Photographs by Shannon McIntyre; Art Direction: Victoria Millner; Stylist: Ashley Hargrove; Text: Erica Todd; Makeup: Lauren Lumsden; Hair: Alli Claunch, Jessica James and Johna Simon; Assistants: Fenny Kuo, Jennifer Day, Katie Borges; Shot on location at the Commodore Perry Estate; Special thanks to Paula Biehler, Jay Siegel and Rhoda Brimberry.
Hunter Ellis, KEYE-TV
With a career spanning a decade as a Naval aviator and another decade in television, Hunter Ellis makes a great Bond. The former Survivor participant’s diverse background exemplifies his adventurous and confident nature. Through his travels, he has piloted military jets, dived on pirate shipwrecks and even had the chance to drive a Formula 1 car. Ellis’ accomplishments are reflected in his own personal style. “I can be more of a rugged, outdoorsy guy, but I clean up well,” Ellis says.
Michael Kors leather jacket, $895; and Diesel T-shirt, $55, available at Neiman Marcus, 11600 Century Oaks Terrace, 512.834.0010. Gun courtesy of Jay Siegal, centraltexaschltraining.com.
Ted Baker silk lapel tux, $895; Topman shirt, $40; and Topman tie, $16, available at Nordstrom, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., 512.697.2600. Jaguar XJ-L, courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover Austin. Gun courtesy of Jay Siegal, centraltexaschltraining.com.
Jade Mingus is passionate about sharing stories but mentions that oftentimes, “people care about what you’re wearing.” Her onscreen style reflects her description of Austin as “vibrant.” The reporter from Missouri says she tends to “kick it up a little” for work, wearing solid colors, fitted dresses and crazy shoes and earrings. Offscreen, her style is more casual and, in her spare time, she enjoys relaxing activities, attending shows, concerts or movies and trying new restaurants in Austin.
On Hunter: Tux and shoes, available at Al’s Formal Wear, 2828 Guadalupe St., 512.472.1697.
On Jade: David Meister gown, $730; Jimmy Choo shoes, $695; CUSP earrings, $48; and CUSP Cuff, $55, available at Neiman Marcus, 11600 Century Oaks Terrace, 512.834.0010.
While Melissa Mahadeo enjoys the opportunity to dress glam, casual attire is much more her style. She loves reporting but insists that dressing up for the job was not something that came easily to her, despite the polished image she portrays onscreen. “I grew up with brothers,” Mahadeo explains, “so I’m naturally a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of girl.” The Florida native feels right at home in Austin, as the assortment of great food and music caters perfectly to her comfortable lifestyle.
On Melissa: Gucci gold heels, $595, Gucci. Alice Rabbit bullet necklace, alicerabbit.com/crystal-bullets. Urban Expressions clutch, $50; and Amanda Uprichard dress, $198, available at Y&I Clothing Boutique, 1113 S. Congress Ave., 512.462.0775. Pave bracelet, $118, available at J Crew, 11501 Century Oaks Terrace, suite 137, 512.873.8659. Cuff bracelets, $9.99, available at H&M, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace.
On hunter: Suit jacket, $228; pants, $98; vest $98, all available at Express, 11010 Domain Drive, 512.832.8837. Topman dress shirt, $40; and bowtie, $16, available at Nordstrom, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., 512.697.2600. Calibrate shoes, $125, available at Nordstrom.
On Jade: Wrap dress, $98; and bow belt, $39.90, available at Express, 11010 Domain Drive, 512.832.8837. House of Harlow Sunburst earrings, $49; and Chameleon necklace, $69; and bracelet, $44, available at Y&I Clothing Boutique. Pour La Victoire pumps, $285, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 9722 Great Hills Trail, 512.231.3700. Chair from Loot Vintage Rentals, lootvintagerentals.com.