Stylist, Photographer from Leicester, United Kingdom
Q: Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?
Born and bred in Lestah! The home of Kasabian and those famous crisps.
Q: What have you studied, and what are you doing now?
I studied BA hons Fashion communication and promotion at Nottingham Trent University - it was a great time
and I loved how creative and free my course was. I miss that quite a lot now I'm in the 'working world'. I now work as an International fashion researcher it sounds very fabulous and it can an be quite glam but it's also a lot of hard work and you need a lot of confidence & guts - travelling abroad alone has been the most exciting and most daunting thing I've ever done, especially when you know there's a job that needs to be done things don't always run so smoothly! It's exhilarating and fun and of course a great way to see the world! I've managed to go to Paris, Madrid & London during s/s season hopefully a/w will bring me some exotic delights!
Q: How would you describe your personal style in 3-5 words?
tomboy.grunge. bohemian. glam.
Q: Where do you shop? Luxury or high street? New or vintage? Boutiques? Online?
Online because I'm addicted to the internet and high street because it's my job to know shops inside out only the strongest willed girls and boys would end the day without a penny spent.
I went to uni in Nottingham which has a few great vintage shops - when I was there I wore a bit of vintage stuff.
Now and again I'll spend a lot on something I really love - I spent a fair bit on a pair of Dr. Marten sandals that haven't yet left my feet. I have to fall in love with something for it to be worth my investment!
Q: If you had $300 for a shopping spree, how many items would you buy?
Is that about �150? As many as possible. My mum's hairdresser once said 'give an Italian woman
�100 and she'll buy one nice luxury item , give an English woman �100 and she'll buy
as much as she can with her money and forget where it went a week later' - so true but that's what I love
about quick fixes- you feel fab for a day and then you can change your style again a week later
and who cares if it only cost you a fiver? These things often make fab dressing-up box items.
Q: Do you prefer street style fashion or runway fashion?
It depends on my mood - I get amazed by runway fashion but inspired by street style.
Q: What do you splurge on? Skimp on?
Splurge on life skimp on sleep.
Q: When and how did you become interested in fashion, and where do you find your inspiration?
I kind of fell upon fashion whilst discovering my interest for graphics/image/photography.
I was inspired by nature and the power photography can have over people. Alexander
McQueen was the first fashion designer I understood. I always thought fashion was a bit
pretentious before I understood it properly.
Q: Who are your favorite style icon(s)?
I don't have a specific style icon. I see people everyday in the street who I can't stop staring
at for what try are wearing. I love unexpected ensembles and people who push
the boundaries of 'acceptable' fashion. I suppose Vivienne Westwood would be up there -
she's not just a style icon but an icon in life - what a woman.
Q: Do you have any fashion rules when putting an outfit together?
People always say it and I always think it's one of the hardest to follow
but be true to your own style. You know what feels 'you' and that is probably
because you feel good in it. Whether it's fashion worthy or not, you can create your
own style when you do you. A few 'fashionable' accessories can dress things up and give an outfit
a bit more oomph if your not quite feeling it. It's amazing what a hat or some OTT jewellery can do.
Q: What is your dream job?
Fashion photographer - I'm working at it...I love photography but I've never been technically taught. I've been told I have the eye I just need to work on my technical details etc.etc. It's something I am trying to teach myself in my own time but sometimes it can be hard whilst working full time, working independent jobs on the side and maintaining a social life.
I'm lucky to have a good camera I can practice with that my Dad gave me - the opportunity to get into a studio and practice more fashion focused photography is something I'm looking to do soon!
Q: Who are your favourite designers?
Alexander Mcqueen for the darkness and the mysteriousness he brought to fashion.
I am constantly re-posting Prada looks on my instagram at the minute - I loved their S/S '15 campaign particularly their menswear collection. Menswear as a whole is very exciting at the minute - I loved the hats Burberry used in their s/s 15' runway shows. The cross-over in gender when it comes to fashion is interesting, I was in London recently and was inspired by a concept collection 'a-gender' which explored the idea of just one gender in fashion, there was some really unique pieces.
Issey Miyake for his exploration and innovation in fashion.
I am constantly looking up new designers who have done things a little differently - graduate fashion week is a great way to open your mind to new ways of looking at fashion. One of my best friends just debuted her collection there last week after spending some time on placement with DKNY in New York - she specialised in knit after studying Fashion Textiles at Nottingham Trent. Her show was really exciting and energising - it's great to see how people evolve as designers and develop their own style. As a fashion promotion student it's a good excuse to think about how you could develop a brand based on their aesthetic. Encapsulating everything a designer is about whilst promoting/communicating their message and product to an audience.
Q: Do you follow fashion trends? Which ones?
Yes, I think anyone who is interested in fashion follows trends whether it is intentionally or not. I keep up to date through reading fashion magazines such as; Dazed, Love & Vogue. I'm always interested to see what people are wearing at red carpet events and other high profile parties.
Q: What would you never wear?
Q: What are your other interests? How do you spend your spare time?
I love discovering new places so I spend a lot of my spare time researching where I can go next. I try to visit somewhere new every month whether it be somewhere close by or a short holiday to another country. I try to stay fit by running and walking as much as possible which tends to keep me busy during my spare time. I've currently got a few festivals coming up including Glastonbury. I work at the festivals which is a great way to earn whilst having a lot of fun.
For me - music is everything. I can't explain how well music and fashion go hand-in-hand for me. It's almost as if I see an outfit and before I've even processed what he/she is wearing I've decided on their runway backing track. If I had to choose between the two I'd be mortified.
Q: In which city / place on Earth do you feel at home and would like to live?
I always feel at home when I'm with the right people. I travel a lot with work so sometimes you can arrive in a city and for some reason feel a lot more comfortable and at home in a certain place than somewhere else. I loved Madrid - the people there were very friendly and the city is so easy to get around. Nottingham often feels like home to me. I feel very relaxed when I arrive there and it still excites me to go back and visit friends every now and again.
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