Describe your personal style and what are your 3 favourite things in your wardrobe?
I would say I was classic with a subversive twist. It is amazing what can be done with a twin-set and pearls. Naming favourite items in my wardrobe is particularly hard as each item has its own story and sentimental value. I still have my very first pair of Manolo’s and Louboutin’s that I ever bought. If you take care of your clothes - they take care of you.
If you could style anyone who would it be and why?
MaryAnn Singleton. She is a wide eyed girl in the big wide disco extravaganza of late 1970’s San Francisco. There is so much that could be done.
Have you always had a love for fashion and what did it mean to you growing up?
I always loved fashion. I started sewing my own clothes at 10. I adored being a Californian Mall rat crossed with a vintage/charity shop junky. I knew just which places to go to find great Betsy Johnson or Chanel accessories, at a fraction of cost. For me it is always about the hunt for something that no one else has.
How did you get into Styling and why did you choose this as a career path?
I always said this career chooses you. It certainly did for me. I studied Psychology at University and it could be argued it was perfect training for all the characters and forces of nature I would meet later. However really, I had been dressing family and friends since I was very young and had a strong flare for fashion. When I was growing up, very few people knew what a stylist was - let alone that it was a career.
What are the highlights of your job?
No day has every been the same. You spend so much time meeting truly inspirationally creative people who push you constantly and also open your mind up to what the world might be.
It is always a wonderful dance between you, the photographer, model and hair & make up artists. When it is going well it is magical - on the other hand when it is not, the experience can be truly hideous.
What’s been your biggest challenge to date?
I had less than 4 hours to find a XXXXXL (5xl) Ambulance Drivers outfit for a David LaChapelle shoot. Thank god I knew LA like the back of my hand and knew where most of the movie costume warehouses were. Otherwise I suspect I would have been fired before I touched back down in London.
Who is your typical client?
From private celebrities international publications to my old high school girlfriends. There is no typical client or job. Although I always promise the same thing. I will tell them as I see it. If something doesn’t suit - I won’t hold back. My job is often to tell the unvarnished truth.
What do you think the benefits are of having a personal stylist?
An unbiased opinion and an expert to do the leg work for you, however stylists aren’t miracle workers, you have to give - if you want get the best back. A stylist can only be as good as the brief given. This is both true commercially as well as privately. You have to let them know what you like, dislike and how far to push you out of your comfort zone. It takes time to get to know you and your wardrobe.