Celebrity stylist and fashion consultant
Past and present: Emily Blunt, Hilary Duff, Felicity Jones, Emilia Clarke,
Vanessa Hudgens, Andrea Riseborough, Angie Harmon, Michelle
Dockery, Michelle Monaghan, Katherine McPhee, Rooney Mara, Cat
Deeley, Poppy Delevigne, Cheryl Cole, Laura Whitmore, Ariel Winter, Carla Gugino,
What was your very 1 st job?
My very first job was at Arden B., a higher end retailer at the time owned by Wet Seal. I
got this job when I was in my last year of high school. This job helped me to realize how
much my style influenced the way other people dressed and the decisions they made
about what they wore. I was officially the “trend setter” and style influencer.
How did you get started in the industry?
It took a lot of work to actually get where I am today. I started out working as an intern in
a PR showroom in Beverly Hills. At the showroom, I styled photo shoots for product
placement and familiarized myself with other PR agencies. I also made friends with
stylists interested in our designers. My next job was with a celebrity stylist. I started out
as an intern, but quickly became her first assistant. This is what catapulted my career. I
was in charge of basically everything including dressing celebrities, choosing their
outfits, and building relationships with designers. From there, when her load became too
heavy, she made two of her clients mine and the rest is history.
Whose a girl boss that you really admire and why?
That is an incredibly tough question. There are so many women out there right now that I
truly admire. However, hands down, I admire Coco Chanel. Any woman in my eyes that
has the ability to overcome their hardships and be successful is a girl boss. Despite her
struggles, she was able to create a brand that is currently one of the most coveted and
respected labels in the world. She revolutionized the way women wore clothing, which
embodied their essence and spirit and was clever enough to capitalize on the changes
happening in her time. Her designs embrace the sophistication of a woman without
being overly complicated.
What’s your go to outfit when you want to look like a boss?
I don’t necessarily have a go-to outfit but I think shoes are very important; they say a lot
about a woman. So when I mean business, I always wear a Christian Louboutin So Kate
pump. The pointy toe makes it a classic style, the heel height is just enough sexy but not
too much, and its closed toe which is important for obvious reasons.
What do you LOVE about your job?
As silly as it sounds, the clothing is what I love most about my job because designing
beautiful clothing is a fine art. So much goes into creating a luxury product, and its just
that simple fact that makes designer clothing fascinating. If you think about it, a designer
is inspired by something and by creating an article of clothing, he or she is able to tell a
story. There is a certain amount of dedication, creativity and pride to make things people
will love and hold onto for a lifetime. The second favorite part of my job is making that
garment come to life; whether it is in front of a camera, on a film set, or on a red carpet.
With all the options out there, how do you choose what outfit would be best for an event?
This is probably the easiest part of my job even though a ton of thought goes into it. You
have to really think about your client when choosing outfits regardless of the event. The
event obviously matters because you don’t want them to be too overdressed or
underdressed. With that being said, being aware of what makes your client comfortable,
their likes and dislikes, and what image they are trying to portray are of the utmost
importance. The most important events are award shows and a lot of what they wear
has to do with if they are nominated. The one thing I will say is that I always try to push
my clients in a direction they have never taken before, but always keeping in mind what
is most appropriate for the affair.
What new trends are you excited about?
Even though it has been trending since last season, over the knee boots are probably
something I can never get enough of. I think this season they have taken on a new form
and have become over the thigh boots which is so exciting. My second favorite trend has
to be fishnet everything; from tights to accents on blouses to full overlay dresses.
Can you give any advice or tips to individuals who are trying to enter your field?
The one piece of advice I will give is to have a vision of exactly you want to achieve. In
this day and age, its really difficult to call yourself a stylist because so many non-stylists
have embraced it as one of their career titles. If you’re vision is clear and you are
adamant about what you want to achieve, with hard work and determination, you will get
there. When starting out, take as many non-paid within reason jobs to build a portfolio;
this will help you and others to better see your creative direction.
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