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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Vancouver-Based Stylist and Creative Consultant Leila Bani

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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If you don’t recognize Leila Bani, chances are you will recognize her work. Leila is a Vancouver stylist and is well known for incredible editorial work.  Her work has made it into publications like, GQ, Emmy, Flare, Fashion, NUVO, Montecristo, The Editorial, Elle Canada, NYLON, ID, and Flaunt. Not only has she been featured in those publications, Leila does more than just style; she brings the clothes to life with her unique touch. As one of Vancouver’s top stylists, she continues to show the world how fashion is an art form and we were lucky enough to have her spare some time to answer some questions for us.

SNTF: We are in love with your work as a stylist, tell us what a typical day is like for you?

LB: Aww, thanks for that. The beauty of this job is that there aren’t really typical days. I could be on set for the day in studio or for a week, at some random location. I do spend a lot of time sourcing and shopping all over the place. It could be for some fresh looks to pull for an editorial or for say, a bathrobe for a dog (this was an actual request).

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SNTF: How did you get involved in being a stylist?

LB: I think it started with an unhealthily large magazine collection as a kid and it evolved from there. My first photo shoot was my school project and then I just built my portfolio baby step by step from there…. I had zero connections or idea what I was doing.

SNTF: When you are on set what are you typically doing? 

LB: Practicing creative thinking and problem solving while overseeing many moving parts and hauling stuff around. Fawning over the process and results.

SNTF: Being a stylist takes a lot of organization, how do you stay on top of clothing pulls and what clothes belong where?

LB: It does. I’m organized enough but also incredibly lucky to have an all-star team of some of the most OCD organizational types on earth!

SNTF: Where do you come up with the ideas for your editorial shoots and which shoot is your all time favourite that you’ve done so far?

LB: Inspiration really is everywhere. I love street casting and getting inspired by my surroundings. Choosing an all time favourite would be torture, but styling Coco Rocha and seeing her vault through the air like a sexy springbok in Balenciaga heels was certainly a highlight that I will never forget.

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SNTF: Tell us what a day of shooting looks like?  

LB: It’s not as exciting as you might think! It definitely has its glam perks at times, like meeting unique and beautiful people, shooting at very cool locations and of course the clothes! But there’s a lot of waiting around, tinkering, and set up/ tear down.

SNTF: What is your go-to outfit for a day of work? 

LB: Usually some type of comfort cocoon meets overgrown toddler look.

SNTF: What your most favourite and least favourite part of working as a stylist?

LB: The best part is the collaboration when everyone’s doing what they do best and it’s pure magic! I never ever tire of that feeling. My not so favourite part is the anti-climatic process of wrapping out the job, the paperwork, and the politics. Being based in Canada and feeling like I’m struggling to push some conservatives forward is always a perpetual struggle.4. Leila Bani Leon Bridges

SNTF: Where do you see yourself in five years? 

LB: I like to live spontaneously, so continuing with that and completing more collaborations.

SNTF: What are your stylist kit ‘must haves’?

LB: Topstick, loads of tape, scissors, clips n pins, my trusty “face bag” to keep makeup off clothes while changing, and Google maps!

SNTF: Lastly, Any advice for future fashion stylists?

LB: There’s so much more to it than just style, hustle is a must.

To follow along with Leila’s as a stylist, make sure to check out her website and follow her on Instagram.

Photo Credit:

Image 1 & 2 of Leila Bani, shot by Hana Pesut

Coco Rocha — Styled by Leila Bani, shot by Chris Haylett

Leon Bridges — Styled by Leila Bani, shot by Brendan Meadow

By: Marisa Horvath, @marisahorvath

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion Stylist Interview: Nadia Pizzimenti

Monday, April 4th, 2016

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For many fashion addicts, pulling clothing samples and coordinating different looks can be considered a dream career! Style Nine to Five had the opportunity to chat with talented fashion stylist Nadia Pizzimenti, whose work has been featured in both national and international print editorials and retail advertising campaigns, to give us the breakdown on what it takes to make it in the industry, the importance of a creative portfolio, and how to follow your own unique style visions.

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SNTF: Becoming a professional fashion stylist can be very competitive, as it takes a certain amount of drive to develop the right recognition and credibility. What was your initial big break into fashion styling? What background experience (through school, previous jobs or internships) helped you develop the necessary knowledge for your career?

NP: I’d say my first big break was getting the position as Key Stylist dressing the hosts for E! News Weekend. I was in my first year of styling, working on tons of creative photo shoots to build my portfolio, and [I] met a local designer who was leaving the show and asked me to replace her. It was definitely one of those right time/right place moments. I took the fashion program at Humber College in Toronto. While in school, I interned and then worked at a modeling agency as a junior agent, which gave me an excellent view of the fashion industry. I also acquired some contacts there that were useful later on when I wanted to get into styling. I then worked at a wholesale showroom, and as a visual merchandising manager at H&M. Both positions lent me valuable skills that I use today, such as managing time and people, styling techniques, and learning the ins and outs of the industry.

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SNTF: What would you say are the top three characteristics or skills a person must have in order to be an accomplished stylist?

NP: 1. Multi-tasking. 2. Networking. 3. Sense of style. However, the most important characteristic of the job is passion. Fashion styling is not as glamorous as it seems from the outside. There are a lot of long hours, free work, inconsistent schedules, schlepping clothing around…so you need to LOVE it!

SNTF: It’s often said that a key to success in the fashion industry are the people you know, or rather, the people who know you. How has the power of networking and managing lasting relationships played a part in the opportunities presented to you as a stylist?

NP: Networking is KEY in the fashion industry. When I decided to get into styling I took a part time course at Ryerson, while working full time. Every time we had a guest speaker I would go up to them at the end of class, introduce myself and tell them what I was looking to do in the industry, that’s how I met my agent. She gave me an internship, which led to assisting jobs, which led me to styling. Even now I make sure I attend as many events as I can, show support for peers, and meet and talk to people in the business. You never know where a conversation will take you.

SNTF: Your website, NADIAPIZZIMENTI.COM, showcases your impressive collection of work featured in editorials and fashion/commercial advertisements. Would you advise an aspiring stylist to build an online portfolio? How has it been beneficial to you? 

NP: Absolutely! As soon as I had enough photos to put a portfolio together I started one online. This made it easier to show photographers and clients my work. It also helps people who you may not have thought of contacting, find and contact you.

SNTF: You’ve collaborated on set with so many different brands, designers, photographers, directors; the list goes on. How do you achieve their creative visions or expectations while staying true to your own style aesthetic?

NP: It definitely depends on what kind of project I’m working on. For a more commercial based job, it’s all about the clients needs and wants. It’s more about producing an image that the client wants in a stylish way. For editorial and fashion jobs there’s a lot more room to be creative. It’s important to be honest with yourself and the client about where you want to go with the job, what works, and what doesn’t. I always like to research the concepts, leading me to find my own inspiration within theirs. Mood boards are an excellent way to visually show the client that you are taking their needs into consideration, while presenting your own. The client is (hopefully) hiring you based off of your previous work, so it’s important to balance your style with their ideas and needs.

SNTF: Lastly, for all the “styling newbies” out there, what can be expected when first entering this field? Any tips or secrets?

NP: There is a lot of competition out there and it takes a lot of hard work, patience, and time to get to where you want to go. Find people you like to work with and build creative teams. Hopefully you will end up growing and working together as time goes on. I used to think that one great job would boost me right to the top, but I soon learned that a successful career is built off a strong foundation, brick by brick.

To see more of Nadia, check out her links below!

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INSTAGRAM: @NADIAPIZZIMENTI

PERSONAL SITE: NADIAPIZZIMENTI.COM

AGENCY SITE: JUDYINC.COM/ARTISTS/NADIA-PIZZIMENTI

By: Alicia Elliot

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Fashion Jobs – An Exclusive Look into Rent frock Repeat

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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I recently spoke with Kristy Wieber, Co-founder and President of Canadian company, Rent frock Repeat. You might have seen Rent frock Repeat’s job postings, Logistics And Operations AssociateBeauty Video Blogger Intern and Stylist Intern on Style Nine to Five. The successful fashion e-commerce site is on the up and up and are expanding fast – here’s the inside scoop of what’s in store for RfR.

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ND: How would you explain Rent frock Repeat to somebody who has never shopped with you?

KW: Rent frock Repeat is an ecommerce site that allows women all across Canada to rent a designer dress at up to 90% off the retail cost. Women go online, choose a dress in the size they want, as well as back up size for free, then tell us where and when they want it delivered. We send the dress along with a prepaid return envelope & after 4 or 8 days, they put their dress in that envelope and drop it at the nearest Canada Post mailbox. We take care of dry cleaning. We also have a showroom in Toronto where women can try on the dresses during private fittings. We also offer Skype and phone consultations.

 

ND: What was the inspiration behind Rent frock Repeat?

KW: My business partner and I were invited to a wedding and were complaining that we didn’t want to buy another dress that was going to get worn once and then hang in our closet. We came across a company in the US that rented designer dresses, but they didn’t ship to Canada. We thought women across Canada deserved a service that allowed them access to a virtual designer closet.

 

ND: How do you choose what brands to carry?

KW: We certainly strive to carry established designers with a proven track record of impeccable design and quality, but we also love to find up-and-coming designers to introduce to our members as well as giving new Canadian designers a platform to share their work.

 

ND: What is it like to work at Rent frock Repeat?  

KW: Certainly fast paced, but also incredibly fun. As a start-up we all have to wear many different hats so you have to be willing to pitch in where needed, but it makes for a very strong and cohesive team. Every day is different and priorities can change very quickly, so we look to bring on people who are pro-active problem solvers with a desire to be a part of a start-up.

 

ND: How is Rent frock Repeat looking to expand?  

KW: As we grow, so do the roles in our company. We just brought on a Director of Marketing and a Business Development Representative. As the locations grow, so will the number of Stylists, Social Media Coordinators, etc.

 

 

ND: What will get Rent Frock Repeat customers excited for next season?

KW: We’re growing so fast! That means a lot of new inventory, new designers, and more selection in more sizes.  In addition, our Toronto showroom is moving into much bigger space in February, and we’re opening a showroom in Ottawa in the new year and Calgary soon after that.

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Check out Rent frock Repeat to find out how to get your hands on a designer dress and Style Nine to Five for their latest job postings.

 

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By: Nikita Due

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Fashion Career: Finding Your Perfect Fit

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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The fashion industry is a beast. There are so many different jobs available in fashion that even if you can’t sew or model, you can still find a role that reflects your talents. Below are a few ideas to get you thinking about the various careers that might be for you!

1. Designer

What it entails: These guys are the most influential people in the industry. Just think about it – if it weren’t for designers, there would be nothing for models to wear, photographers to shoot, and the rest of us to talk about and lust over. Designers can work independently, for a fashion house, or a department store. As a designer, you will be sketching and constructing collections, building samples, fitting models, and presenting your collections.

How to get it: Being a designer requires having technical skills. Getting a degree in fashion design and building experience through interning is a great way to build a foundation. Working as a design assistant is also a great way to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to be a designer. By working as a design assistant, you can also start to build a network that will help you when you take the reins and do it on your own.

2. Sales/Brand Representative 

What it entails: As a sales/brand rep, you get a firsthand look at the latest samples before they hit the stores. In this role, you are pitching products to various stores/boutiques/editors/bloggers and are following up with various clients in regards to product samples.

How to get it: Key characteristics you need to have in sales: persistence, persuasion, and good listening skills. Being up to date in fashion trends is also extremely helpful as you will be pitching products to various people in the industry.

3. Buyer

What it entails: As a buyer you’re always thinking ahead of the current trend and shopping for the next season. Buyers are responsible for, as you might guess, all the purchasing of products for a retail store. Not only are buyers responsible for all the purchasing of apparel and supplies, but they have to manage inventory levels, analyze sales records to determine how much product to buy, build relationships with suppliers, and educate the sales teams on how to promote new products.

How to get it: In most instances, companies will prefer you to have a degree in fashion design or a purchasing professional certificate. In addition to having a degree, sales experience and experience assisting in buying are important to have when landing a career in buying.

4. Stylist

What it entails: People like Rachel Zoe have put the job of stylist on the map as one of the most recognizable career choices in fashion. As a stylist, it is your job to make sure your client is looking camera ready. Stylists use their knowledge of fit, color and style to help their clients achieve their desired look.

How to get it: To land a job as a stylist you need to build a client base – so networking and having a portfolio of people you have helped are a must. In this line of work, you have the choice to do it independently or work through a company to build your foundation as a stylist.

5. Fashion Journalist

What it entails: As a fashion journalist, you share information about fashion related topics on various print and online platforms.

How to get it: The best three pieces of advice for landing a career in fashion journalism are: 1. Write constantly to build a portfolio and develop your writing skills 2. Write for everyone and anywhere 3. Position yourself as an authority in the industry by doing your research and staying current on fashion news, trends and personalities.

 

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By: Nikita Due

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion and Celebrity Stylist Amy Lu

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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Born with a knack for fashion and an incredible sense of style, Canadian fashion and celebrity stylist Amy Lu has taken the world by storm one outfit at a time.  She began her journey as a stylist 12 years ago, and has since gone on to work with major brands and celebrities including Russell Crowe, Jessica Pare and Selena Gomez just to name a few. With a new baby in her life, Amy Lu has never been busier but she was able to take the time out to answer some questions just for our style nine to five readers.

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Style Nine to Five: What made you want to become a fashion stylist?

Amy Lu: I was destined to work in fashion because I have loved clothes for as long as I can remember. Most of my childhood memories include clothing; I can visualize what I, and the people in my memories were wearing, I am a very visual person. Having said that, I dabbled in photography, marketing, and fashion design before committing to styling; I didn’t actually realize ‘fashion styling’ was a career. Once I styled my first shoot I was hooked!

 

SNTF: How long have you been in this industry?

AL: I started styling full-time in 2002, so 11 years. However I was involved in the industry before that doing internships and networking at fashion events like a madwoman!

 

SNTF: Have you experienced any difficulty while establishing yourself as a professional fashion stylist?

AL: It’s a difficult career to excel in; It’s highly competitive, very demanding and risky financially when you first start. When I got into the industry, it was a bit like the wild west because there were no talent agencies in Vancouver, you had to fend for yourself. Now things are much more established. You have to want success REALLY badly to rock in this field but as with anything in life, if you work hard enough, you will succeed!

 

SNTF: Did you attend school and/or complete an internships in this profession before becoming a stylist?

AL: I completed the Fashion Merchandising program at Blanche Macdonald which allowed me to focus on fashion for an entire year. Prior to that I took Marketing in university and various photography and design courses at Emily Carr. I interned briefly with a designer in New York and assisted a stylist on a one day shoot, after that I just went for it!

 

SNTF: What are some names that you have worked with in the past?

AL: I’ve had the opportunity to work with many celebrities and top models; Noot Seear, Lisa Winkler, Selena Gomez, Lily Cole, Dragonette, Carrie Fisher, Russell Crowe and Mad Men’s Jessica Pare.

 

SNTF: Do you have any advice for readers who may be looking to get into this profession?

AL: Work hard, breathe all things fashion, take people’s advice with a grain of salt, and just go for it!

 

To learn more about Amy Lu, visit www.judyinc.com/artists/amy-lu

By: Layan Barakat, Toronto

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A: Jennifer Rade

Monday, March 4th, 2013

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Behind every iconic look on the red carpet, on camera or an event is inspired by the creativity and dedication of a stylist. We chatted with celebrity stylist Jen Rade, whose A-list clients include Angelina Jolie, Pink and Kim Kardashian, for an exclusive Q&A about her coveted job as a stylist and even shared a few tricks of the trade:

There are so many people who aspire to become a successful stylist. What are some steps or experiences you think are essential for a career in styling?
Everyone’s past in styling is different and it is a difficult job and I want people to know that it’s not as simple as “I like clothes and I can put them together well.” I always say to become a great stylist I think that you have to love people and find something beautiful in everyone. You must be able to look at people and say, “you have beautiful eyes, beautiful shoulders,” everyone has something beautiful and as a stylist it’s your job to bring the best in people and personally as a stylist, it’s my job to make people feel better about themselves and more confident. When I say loving people, it’s about knowing whats going on in the world. Go to an art museum, read books, going to other parts of the world – it’s about being aware.

Fashion is a form of self expression, as a stylist, your job is to express themselves in the best way that they can. I’m also a union costume designer and the first thing that you learn, and what I love about costume design, is that the clothing speaks before the character says a word. Before an actor speaks a word, they enter into a scene and your clothing is already talking. its ‘talking about socioeconomic class, do you love about color,’ everything and its the same way wether your stlyisng or costume design, except in costume design is character but styling its a person. But either way its the clothing is speaking before the person does and I love that aspect of it.

What are some of the challenges of a celebrity stylist? How did you overcome these challenges?
For me, the main challenge is finding the right thing. On a very short period of time, often times we get called and for example, someone has an event on Tuesday and they tell you on a Friday. It’s about being resourceful and having great relationships. I’m respectful of designers, I return things quickly and I take very good care of things when I’m borrowing, so time is the biggest challenge. When you’re borrowing samples, a lot of brands only have one set of samples one at a time, so they might be in Milan or press and editorial are sharing one set of samples. It’s time and availability that makes it difficult.

Styling isn’t just about the clothes – every detail matters. What are other features stylists should take note of to complete any look?
I personally always think about a person’s hair colour, eye colour and skin tone because those are the things that help determine the right shade of, for example, peach. Peach would look good on one person or it can look sickly and sallow depending on your skin tone. When Michelle Williams wore that mustard yellow Vera Wang, one of my fave Oscar looks of all time, it was breathtaking because it was the absolute perfect colour on her skin. Sometimes, especially with blonde hair if it’s not the right blonde for their skin and eyes, if you just tone the blonde down, you can take ten years off your face. You have to think of the body type – what are you showing? If it’s a dip down back, then don’t make it about the leg. My motto is that everything can’t be something. You need a lot of nothings to make your something stand out. I think that every detail does matter, even to the point of taking things away and choosing.

What are 3 essential things you absolutely cannot live without when you’re styling?
I can’t live without double-stick tape, obviously I need to have pins. I can’t live without a sewing kit. I take it from every hotel I’ve been at in my life. You never know when you’re going to have to stitch something. On a day-to-day basis, I need my unsweetened iced tea. It’s my one antioxidant. I eat a lot of junk, i’m not a healthy girl, so I love to have my green tea. I also can’t be without a lint roller, absolutely, ever. And I absolutely need to have baby wipes and lanolin to wipe out stains.

What is one small thing that women can do every day so they can glow with confidence?
A smile makes a big difference. I’m working with Jergens, so I do believe every great moment, whether it’s a red carpet moment, office carpet or living room carpet, does start with having great skin. For example, Charlize Theron in her white Dior dress and short hair, if she didn’t have the right sun-kissed glow, that dress would’ve totally washed her out and she would’ve looked like a nurse. For everyday, you can take a simple body moisturizer like Jergens Natural Glow. Women are always on the go, we’re in a rush, we don’t need to add nineteen things to our beauty routine, so I like that product in particular because it moisturizes your body. Anytime you want to throw in  a bikini, short shorts or wear a little dress, I think everyone feels more confident when they have a little bit of color, especially for winter. You do it for you, so when you look in the mirror you feel like there’s a little color and everything looks a little better.

What is something that women constantly overlook when they get ready for a big party or event?
There’s a couple of things, like having the right undergarments. It’s called a foundation for a reason. I don’t think people realize what goes on underneath a red carpet gown, even a gown that looks draped on a body might have a sewn-in corset. People wonder how a celebrity wears something backless without a bra, but we just take a bra and we cut the straps and handstitch. I think women overlook the simplicity that your average drycleaner can do a simple alteration for $10 and can make things look better. It’s about having the right bra, right support, no pantylines, just the right foundation.

What’s new and different with the Jergens Natural Glow reformulated range?
There used to be an issue where people were afraid of self-tanning products because they had a self-tanning odor, but Jergens spent years in the lab developing technology so that there there is no self-tanning odor at all. It’s not being masked by overwhelming, flowery perfume stuff, it has scent but a nice, clean, pretty light scent. They’ve redesigned packing, for a sleeker, more metallic look. They also spent a lot of time developing a new odor, streak-free, easy to apply, different formulations – one for your face, body. So when you’re in a rush, like going on a vacation or you have an event in 3 days and you want to wear a mini dress, it’s easy to get that glow.

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