Monday, 16 February 2015

Interview with Alexis Knox - Stylist

so i am VERY excited to share this with you all!! i was lucky enough to grab the INCREDIBLY busy Alexis Knox for an interview about her amazing career so far. Alexis is a top stylist, and has worked with publications such as Notion, styled the one + only Miley Cyrus, and also is an absolute machine on the decks - having recently come back from Paris DJing for the Katy Perry party with Claire's Accessories. Oh, and did I mention she's the first ever 'selfie stylist', teaching us how to perfect our selfies - let's face it, we all love a good selfie. enjoy!

What made you decide that fashion was a career you wanted to pursue?
I've never had a big interest in fashion as such, I've always seen my interest as an interest in style, I care for all aesthetic, coming from a fine art background. Getting dressed and picking my outfits was my favourite thing and so styling was a natural evolution of that. I loved using my fine art background for art direction in my editorial styling and my love for meeting new people and communicating worked well in my styling with artists.

Did further education help you with this path?
Yes having a degree in illustration have me a real "picture making"eye. It also forced you to work to a dead line and break your back to complete a project!

Did you intern? If so, did you find it helped?
Interning totally helped me and is 100% necessary. It's not only teaches you the trade but teaches you the etiquette of the business.

When did you decide to choose fashion styling?
I feel it chose me to be honest, people would presume I was a stylist from how I would dress and conduct myself! When I first moved to london I was interning in television as well as fashion, and because fashion has a lot more freedom and no set path of career progression it moved really quickly.

What excites you about styling celebrities?
I just love meeting fellow artists and creatives. Celebrity or not it's a wonderful thing to have access to collaborate with such great talents. And then being able to communicate that work to a greater audience is a dream.

If you can, talk us through how you would style a celebrity for a big event:
It's always a process of communication and collaboration. Often and artist has in mind the type of thing they want to wear, ie a dress,long or short, a two piece etc.
Me and y team then source multiple options and present them to the talent in a fitting with a seamstress preset as pick our top three favourites.

Have there ever been any real star-struck moments for you?
When notion magazine the magazine I creative direct was on the coffee table of Eddie Monsoon in absolutely Fabulous I nearly cried to my mum!

What do you feel has been your biggest achievement so far?
I feel when my work communicates to people outside of london and outside of the fashion community that's the list rewarding thing. When someone's mum or dad or a stranger in another country comes up to you and says they love something you did or has been inspired by it, I find that rewarding.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a fashion stylist?
Make sure it's a million percent you biggest dream and ambition. It's no half hearted career move. It's physically hard andan emotional ride but it's a fabulous one!

What's the biggest misconception people have about your career?
That it's easy! That it's always glamourous. That it doesn't cost anything to do it. The outgoings on being a stylist are huge and no one ever appreciated the cost of the career.

Does your own personal style influence how you style others?
It influences who asks to work with me. As a stylist you can. Choose to be a walking billboard and I've had styling jobs from my personal Instagram alone, they like the way I dress and want a bit of it. However I don't choose to or wish to make anyone a mini me, my styling work on my website and in the course of my career is extremely varied, but often the work most on brand to me is the work that gets shared the most.

Who would be your dream client?
Madonna and Britney. Madonna was the queen of reinvention and I would love to work with her on a reinvention. Britney is a pop legend. So that for me is huge! 

And lastly, what's the best career advice you've ever received?
Think big.

Until next time xo 

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