Katie Baron's book, Stylists: The New Fashion Visionaries examines what truly separates the supremely talented Stylist from the sub-par wannabe. In it, she features some of my all time favorite fashion powerhouses, including Patti Wilson (see above pic) and Marie-Amelie Suave. NY Mag's review of the book (thanks Kesh!) sparked an internal dialogue about my chosen career path...
I concluded that I am most comfortable in that zone of being truly creative and pushed to make, see and do things differently. To push beyond the bounds of what is expected, to see beyond the traditional way of seeing a garment, to form a new realization- a new life of sorts. This is essentially why I do what I do. Despite the constraints (be it time, budgetary, seasonal, etc.), the pressure and stress to produce (cause it's definitely not as glamorous as it seems!) is the fuel really feeds my spirit and I crave the energy that goes into the process- especially, when it turns out right and I'm able to walk away creatively fulfilled, proud to have been a part of the shaping of a character or story; eager to press forward to the next project...
Over the last 11 years, my professional focus has shifted from music videos to fashion editorials, to commercials and now, costume design. Along the way, I've had so many wonderful experiences that continue to shape my vision as an artist and on a personal level with how I choose to express myself on a day-to-day basis. In the article Katie slams the "Rachel Zoe approach" as the commercial/non-creative way of styling but I beg to differ. The empire that Rachel Zoe has built for herself by becoming a real 'celebrity stylist’ has shown us all that it's okay to seek compensation for our skills and endless hours of searching for just the right piece for our clients, even if that means pulling it directly off the rack or the runway. As I see it, her method is a tried and true way to make real money in this industry.
However, after recently getting back into styling for editorials, I believe that in order to maintain longevity and to feel creatively fulfilled, while literally staying fed, that it's all about balancing and making the best of both worlds... and right now, as I prep for the NBA All-Star Game Half-Time Show, my eyes are shut wide open!
Viva les Stylists!