Becoming A Fashion Stylist – Degrees, Electives And Skills

For those who have never fancied a 9-5 desk job and have instead preferred to work on something more creative, there are several options to choose from. There is a fashion stylist for one. This job role has an artistic bend and hence, is one that’s unlikely to become monotonous. Additionally, it is also quite rewarding in terms of pay.

What does a fashion stylist actually do?

We always wonder how celebrities are dressed to the tee. Their look rarely offers scope for criticism. While they do have a sense of fashion, there is always a fashion stylist working behind perfecting their look. A fashion stylist is one who works on improving outward appearances of individuals and objects. They are the ones crafting the fabulous looks we all emulate as the latest fashion trends.

There are different branches within this field. The first type of fashion stylist is a wardrobe stylist. The chief duty of this professional is to dress up individuals, including celebrities, high profile persons and performers for important social events such as press conferences, award nights and red carpet events. Wardrobe stylists also work in the entertainment industry dressing up actors for movies and television serials. There are art directors or fashion editors responsible for styling looks for advertising campaigns, magazine photo-shoots and look-books. Image consultants are also regarded as a type of fashion stylist. They work with common individuals and socialites to give them an image makeover.

Degrees and Training

There is no specific elective that will make you eligible for the job. Some background in fashion and design will help you work your way into the industry. An individual desiring to become a fashion stylist should have a Bachelor’s Degree in fashion styling, fashion design, costume design or marketing and merchandise.

The degrees and electives you might need to take also depend upon the area in which you intend to seek employment. If it is in marketing and merchandise, knowledge of business is a must. Selected fashion design degrees integrate some units of business management within the design course itself, dispensing with the need for a separate business course. It covers marketing, operations and administration.

A portfolio is a display of your talent. Hence, having one is important when you go looking for a job. Most often you will have to pay to get a portfolio done. You can create a portfolio free of cost by assisting a celebrity stylist on a project.

Other Skill Requirements

Training is one aspect of landing a job as a fashion stylist. However, there is a requirement for other skills and abilities that will help you grow and succeed in this career. The first is a good fashion sense. You should have good knowledge of clothing and fashion styles, fashion trends and elements of design. You should be able to match dresses for different figures and body proportions. Not only this, an aspiring fashion stylist should be able to co-ordinate clothing, hairstyle, makeup and accessories to create a complete look. It is also necessary to be creative and innovative. You should be imaginative to know what combination works the best. At the same time, you should be confident enough to showcase and market your work to others.

The ability to market oneself and products is essential in this field. You should be communicative and social in order to get clients for your business. Having a good referral network is very crucial.

The last and most important aspect about becoming a fashion stylist is asking how much do you get paid. Unlike other professionals, stylists do not charge by the hour. They have fixed day and half-day rates. The per-day rate can range between $200 and $800. The amount you can command is influenced by factors such as training, experience, popularity and the market. Celebrity fashion stylists earn a whopping $6000 per day. You can start by working as an assistant to a seasoned stylist and then go on to set up independent practice.

Chic and Attractive London Spring Street Style Fashion

There is no doubt that the high and mighty fashion at London Fashion Week’s spring fashion 2013 has spilled over into the streets of the city. Indeed, London street style has all the girls walking the streets, sidewalks, and side streets with the dresses that everyone finds to be stylish and fashionable. Ladies seem to be keeping up with the street style trend as they wear simple yet beautiful attires. With the LFW over, it definitely serves as a springboard to entice classic dressers to come up and wear their versions of London street styles.

Here are some of the London Street styles during the London Fashion Week Spring/Summer of 2013 that will look great in spring of next year:

Bold Prints, Studs, Metals

Streets during the fashion week were littered with women – fashion editors and bloggers, designers, and gawkers – who were brave enough to wade through London streets wearing maxi bold prints. There are straps, series of chain belts, and huge zippers that dominated many women’s mix-matched dress ensemble. There were also a lot of precious stones and minerals that were in play such as gold and gold plated accessories, and studs in Balenciaga bags, among many others. Others on the street were happy to display their color block dressed with transparent thick-plastic shoulder bags securely tucked in their arms.

Polka Dots

With the London Fashion week filled with shows that flaunted patterned and printed designs, one of the most sought after will definitely be polka dots this coming season. Polka dots will be a dominating pattern to be found on street style dresses next year. The dots will be presented in various sizes and colors, in any attempt to prevent the lady wearer from becoming fashion wallpaper. In fact, with multi-sized, multi-colored, polka-dotted blouse or skirt, any woman is sure to be head turner.

Peplum

Peplum is one design that can be seen just about everywhere and the wearer will look great on it. Women will definitely have a great time walking down the streets and inner streets of London donning stylish pencil skirts with peplum. This apparel goes well even with just a simple blouse and a pair of high heels.

Put simply, when it comes to street style London fashion 2013, nobody will present it better than the average London girl on the streets. She is the chicest and meanest when it comes to street style. And with all of the spring street fashion that’s available, this gives everyone the chance to wear and strut them around along the streets and sidewalks come spring time.

These are the best roundup of spring street style fashion that women can refer to especially if they are having a “fashion sense block” at any day. With spring time just a few months away, all should look forward to the layering and vintage or classic dress styles that street style lovers will surely love the use and wear.

Fashion Editors Take Notice – Authentic American Indian Jewelry Should Be the New “It” Jewelry

Coming from Santa Fe, New Mexico and working in the American Indian art business, I’ve grown quite accustomed to seeing the coolest, edgiest, and most beautiful American Indian jewelry being worn on a daily basis. Flip through the latest issue of Vogue, Elle, or InStyle, though, and I dare you to find a model wearing a piece of true natural turquoise. To me, this is quite the fashion travesty, for good Native American jewelry worn the right way can make all the fashion difference in the world. Here are some reasons why quality Authentic American Indian jewelry should be the new “It” jewelry:

  • Most authentic American Indian jewelry is hand-made rather than mass produced. What could be better than wearing a piece of fantastic jewelry that no one else has!
  • If you’re wearing authentic American Indian jewelry you’re supporting true artists and an art form that has withstood the test of time while constantly evolving into new innovations as well.
  • Natural American turquoise (the subject of an article to come) is truly rare. Some of the turquoise mines are no longer even producing that type of turquoise. If you’re able to acquire a jewelry piece with natural turquoise, you’ve got a piece with a stone that’s in quite limited supply.
  • Antique or vintage American Indian jewelry pieces, like turquoise stones, are obviously limited in supply, so again, you won’t have to worry about showing up at the Academy Awards wearing the same Leekya Deyuse fetish necklace as your on and off-screen rival.
  • Don’t like silver or turquoise? No problem, a lot of Native artists are taking their jewelry to new and incredible gold heights. Check out Maria Samora’s work – she was the poster artist for the 2009 Santa Fe Indian Market.
  • You want a jeweler’s name to love, a Harry Winston of the Native jewelry world perhaps? Don’t worry. There are true “stars” in the American Indian jewelry world, artists who have a cult-like following among collectors because of their innovative designs and expert craftsmanship.
  • In our eco-conscious world, what could be more green than buying a NATIVE American made piece that’s hand-fashioned out of natural materials?

I hope this little piece at least nudges you to do a little search of American Indian jewelry on your own. You’ll be amazed at how wonderful it is. Who knows, maybe next time I’m traveling outside of Santa Fe, I’ll see a really great pair of Mike Bird Romero earrings on someone, or maybe, just maybe I’ll open up that issue of Vogue and see a model wearing a Charles Loloma pendant with her Marchesa gown.