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No.21

This stylist to the stars deserves an entire page dedicated to her work. Since moving on from FHM Angie Smith has styled advertising campaigns for house hold named fashion brands, worked with every reputable magazine under the sun and styled so many celebrities it’s hard to keep count.

How would you describe your style? 

Classic in the winter, a bit of a hippy chick in summer, partial to a big ring and even bigger watch, jewellery must be gold at all times.

What does a normal working day for you consist of? 

My days are hectic and I always feel like I’m chasing my tail, I usually start at 6.30am and finish at 9/10pm. Normally if I’m not shooting or filming I’m prepping, or taking someone shopping, or sorting a wardrobe or fitting. When I get home I always try and update my blog (www.angiesmithstyle.com). It’s hard to switch off when it’s something you love doing. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world that I have a job where I’m constantly excited about new work that comes in and I rarely have a bad day. I recently employed a full-time assistant which has been a Godsend, so this year I’ll be able to take some time off and see the shows at London Fashion Week!

What fashion blogs would you recommend?

www.angiesmithstyle.com (of course), www.fashiongonerouge.com  and www.fashionsmostwanted.blogspot.com 

Fashion tip for the season?

Invest in the classics. There are so many about at the moment and they will last you forever. If you only buy three pieces make them a Lux silk white shirt, a great pair of black trousers and a camel coat. If you’re on a budget, Zara is the shop for you. If you have curves this is your season, embrace and flaunt them in figure-hugging Mad Men-inspired frocks and fabulous pointy heels. If you’re not gifted with a tiny waistline get yourself a Waspie! Update your look for A/W10 with a red lip and khaki nail and treat yourself to a midweek blow dry.

Who would play you in a movie?

Drew Barrymore

What’s your party trick?

I don’t really have one but make a mean Pina Colada.

Who/What has been your greatest fashion influence?

I am constantly influenced by people I style. Daisy Lowe was the first girl I styled, before that it was mostly menswear work at FHM. Daisy had such a great energy and the shoot was so fun it taught me to really enjoy dressing people with character, and that fashion didn’t just have to be trend led. I think that’s why I’ve ended up styling mostly female celebrities.

If you owned a boutique, what would it be called?

Miss Smith

What would it stock?

It would be split into two sections: the first would be beautiful classic pieces including Celine, Giambattista Valli, Hermès, Valentino, Antonio Berardi, Chloe, MaxMara, Joseph, Michael Kors , Roland Mouret  and Martin Grant. The other half would be a bit more random with Carven, Lover, Shakuhachi, Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang, Acne, Rag & Bone  , Richard Nicoll  , Twenty8Twelve. It would also have a champagne/mini cheeseburger bar with stacks of magazines and a massage station!

Who’s your favourite designer and what do you love about them?

Valentino, for the timeless super-sophisticated elegance. On a more realistic note, my favourite label right now is Carven, a Parisian brand stocked in Harvey Nichols and Browns. The A/W10 collection has classic pieces with a fun twist. I also love their simple colours: white, camel, black and grey. If you buy one piece, make it their white silk collar.

To clog or not to clog?

I love how clogs look especially with a long skinny skirt but I’m a practical gal. I once tried some on in a shop and did a little pretend ‘wobble test’ whilst holding onto a rail – I still nearly feel over. They also don’t make a particularly nice noise when walking up stairs or escalators.

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?

Californian

Favourite quote: 

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

In a nutshell your philosophy is:

Be nice to everyone and breathe.

No.20

After 4 years as Fashion Assistant at Elle Magazine, doing the shopping pages as well as styling celebrities, Natasha Wray turned her attentions to becoming a freelance stylist in her own right. Since then she has been published in magazines as well as working with musicians and designers.

How would you describe your style?

It changes but denim and flat shoes are my wardrobe staples.

What does a normal working day for you consist of?

They vary. If I’m prepping for a shoot, it involves appointments, emails, organising clothes, editing looks. Shoot days are either in a studio or on location. Other days I am researching ideas, doing my accounts, or avoiding them and getting out and about to meet prs and photographers to come up with ideas for shoots.

What fashion blogs would you recommend?

Showmeyourwardrobe, garancedore, thesatorialist, nataliehartleywears, vagabondiana, jak

Fashion tip for the season?

For AW get a pair of loafers and a cape.

Who would play you in a movie?

I see no reason for there to ever be a film made about me.

What’s your party trick?

Embarrassing myself by thinking I can dance like Salt n Pepa, not so much a trick, as an enevitable part of the night when I’ve clearly had too much to drink.

Who/What has been your greatest fashion influence?

My dad, Vogue, Madonna and working at Elle.

If you owned a boutique, what would it be called?

Clothes you want to buy and really good coffee.

What would it stock?

Clothes people would want to buy and really good coffee.

Who’s your favourite designer and what do you love about them?

I’m not very loyal with fashion, I prefer to see what a designer does each season. I always seem to love anything Phoebe Philo does though, seems to be just right every time.

To clog or not to clog?

Clog.

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?

French, but that would be weird if I were English.

Favourite quote:

I honestly don’t have one.

  

In a nutshell your philosophy is:

Be nice to people.

No.19

Amanda Start is the editor of Forty Not Out, a blog that reflects everything she loves. The newly launched new look website also coincides with the launch of The Online Stylist – Amanda’s new business venture.

How would you describe your style?

I aim for classic/understated with a bit of an edge but do confess to sporting the occasional interpretation of “Harassed Mother” some days!

 

What does a normal working day for you consist of?

After dropping my daughter at school it’s straight back home to writing the blog, scouring the internet for material, reading a whole load of great blogs and drooling over gorgeous fashion for inspiration. Hopefully, a new part of this routine will include finding beautiful pieces for clients as part of my new venture, The Online Stylist that has just launched on the blog. The working day generally spills over into a working evening most of the time – it’s hard to tear yourself away when you do something you love so much.   
 

What other fashion blogs would you recommend?

There really are some fantastic blogs out there – the variety of content never fails to amaze me. You’ll always find me over at Fashion Foie GrasCoco’s Tea PartyTrying To Look Fab In Your FortiesRed Carpet Fashion Awards and Wendy B. Plus a whole host of other lifestyle blogs that often include fashion such as Lou, Boo’s And ShoesThe Bottom of the Ironing Basket and Dustjacket Attic .
 

Fashion tip for the season?

Definitely shearling for winter – did you see those shearling collar jackets and biker boots from the Autum/Winter 2010 Burberry collection? So gorgeous. And definitely more wedge shoe boots in black, preferably with an open-toe – they’ve been used on practically every shoot I’ve seen for forthcoming looks from High Street lines.
 

Who would play you in a movie?

I guess it would have to be Elizabeth Shue as I’ve been told I look like her. Go for authenticity I say!
 

What’s your party trick?

Walking far better in heels as the champagne intake increases.
 

Who/What has been your greatest fashion influence?

It’s difficult to name just one thing or person – I’m quite eclectic by nature. Whilst I love the whole Sex And the City phenomenon for celebrating the fabulous fashion factor of the older woman, I wouldn’t try to copy Carrie Bradshaw’s style – it’s too unique and should remain that way. I adore Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly for their elegance, Jennifer Aniston for her California golden girl look and Olivia Palermo’s manhattan chic.
 

If you owned a boutique, what would it be called?

Well I feel that I now own a virtual boutique with The Online Stylist but if I owned a real one it would have to be called Hello Lover! And if someone hasn’t already opened one – why not?

What would it stock?

Shoes, beautiful shoes! Manolo’s, Louboutins, Jimmy Choo, Guiseppe Zanotti, Brian Attwood and loads more. And champagne and cupcakes to enhance the shoe experience!
 

Who’s your favourite designer and what do you love about them?

I would have to say Michel Kors right now because he does Manhattan Luxe so well and it’s the one look I always gravitate towards. 

To clog or not to clog?

Yes I would clog – especially the Chanel ones. But you may have to carry me around or let me stay sitting down.
 

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?

New Yorker of course.
 

Favourite quote:

Coco Chanel “I don’t do fashion – I am fashion”. It’s on my blog. And almost anything Chandler from Friends ever said!

In a nutshell your philosophy is:

All good things come to those who wait. 

No. 18

Holly Chaves is one cool kid. Not only is she a blogger (with quite a cult following) she also dabbles in modeling and presenting as well as styling the uber cool ITV/Channel 4 crowd. Bit of a package deal and one to definitely look out for!

  

How would you describe your style?

Always changing. Often tailored. Sometimes androgynous. Big rings. Big shoes.

 

What does a normal working day for you consist of?

l wake up. I walk the dog. I answer emails. I’ll have a meeting with a client or appointment with press office or something, if not I’m out and about taking pictures for my blog. I’ll have lunch somewhere nice and probably over indulgent. I’ll do some writing. I’m a slow writer.

The rest of the week I assist the wonderful Fred Butler. Everyday is a different task at the studio, it’s so exciting. It’s such a great environment to work in.

Some days I’m on shoot. I drink a lot of tea on shoot.

I’m working a new mega exciting project at the moment. It’s gonna be HUGE.

 

What fashion blogs would you recommend?

Mine www.chavezchavezchavez.blogspot.com

Fashion gone rouge

Fred’s blog www.fredbutlerstyle.blogspot.com

Ribbed Magazine supplement

 

Fashion tip for the season?

For now…Colour blocking, Leather and Legs.

For A/W…Velvet, Textures and Camel.

Camel is the new black.

 

Who would play you in a movie?

Rosie Huntingdon Whitley – That would be nice!

 

What’s your party trick?

I know some rude jokes.

 

Who/What has been your greatest fashion influence?

My mum has been one of greatest fashion influences from a young age. She is responsible for my obsession with ginger hair!

Being in London everyday is such great inspiration. I honestly believe we have one of the best street style cultures in the world.

 

If you owned a boutique, what would it be called?

CHAVEZ.

  

What would it stock?

Little treasures I would come across whilst travelling the world, new rad designers and gourmet toasties.

 

Who’s your favourite designer and what do you love about them?

At the moment I love Phobe Philo at Celine. I loved her work at Chloe too. I love ACNE. I love Chloe this season too. I love Holly Fulton, she’s gonna me MASSIVE.

 

To clog or not to clog?

Why wouldn’t you clog?

 

If you could have any accent other than your own, what would it be?

Russian.

 

Favourite quote:

“Without Elvis none of us could have made it.” 

 

In a nutshell your philosophy is:

Earl Grey tea.


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