25 November 2010

My Fashion Life: Lily-May, Stylist

Everyone want's to be a stylist, right? This week I'm grilling one on your behalf; meet the delightful Lily-May.

Name: Lily-May
Age: 22
Occupation: Stylist/Stylist's Assistant

What first made you want to work in the fashion industry? I'd grown up always wanting to do something creative as a career as my mum has always been very creative, always on the sewing machine. She used to make me and my sister clothes from curtains and amazing fabrics and my uncle is a wedding Dress Designer. I became obbsessed with The book 'Fresh Fruits' by Phaidon and Japanese Manga and this lead on to an obsession with Vivienne Westwood. That was when I decided I wanted to be in the fashion industry.

How did you end up in your current position? I studied at London College of Fashion where I met an amazing Stylist and friend Miss Molly. I became her assistant, working on some really exciting films,photoshoots and music videos. I then started working in Jasmine Di Milo's Boutique and then on to ASOS.com and for nearly two years it gave me a big insight into the e-commerce side of things. Now I'm doing some freelance work which is very exciting.

Describe what a typical work day is like for you: I start my day with a venti, soy, decaf, Caramel Macchiato and theres also a lot of diet coke and kimble guns involved.

What are the best parts of your job? I get to play with lots of clothes, shoes and beautiful things and I don't have to feel bad about spending money because its someone else's.

Tell us about your first fashion memory: Gate crashing London Fashion week AW07 in my first few months in London. Me and a friend managed to sweet talk one of the security guards and he let us in to every show at the BFC tent.. I felt super special.

Describe your style in 5 words or less: Sixties, girly, quite-cat-like.

Who’s your style icon? Patti Boyd (I'm Beatles obsessed.)

What’s been the highlight of your fashion career so far? Working as a stylist at the Hermes 'J'aime Mon Carre' campaign pop-up stores in London.

Do you have any advice for readers who might want to work in the same field? Take your time. I am still learning and have no intention of rushing things. I love doing my own styling work but I also still enjoy assisting - I think its important you have as much experience as you can get. I want to learn from lots of stylists before I can actually feel like ive got to where I want to be.

1 comment:

  1. Assisting someone great is totally key. I'm trying to get an assisting position right now though I do style on my own as well.



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