2 Stylists You Should Know
Often times your favorite celebrity is being praised for his or her appearance. After all, they are certainly people who, too, deserve recognition if they are excelling in their respective fields. To maximize this exposure, they are expected to show their faces and promote their brands during interviews, blacktie affairs and panels, among many other events.
The saying “it takes a village” applies perfectly when it comes to your faves glam squad, the group that consists of makeup artists (yes, for men too.), hairstylists/barbers and most importantly, stylists. Being a stylist is no small feat! Outsiders looking in probably assume these individuals simply go to department stores and boutiques to choose every trendy item in sight and dress their clients. However, this is just partly true.
In addition to differentiating between ugly and cute, stylists have to actually be familiar with fabric and the exact way each chosen item should fit. If a male client needs a tailored, wool suit, the stylist cannot solely rely on her knowledge of how an Italian cotton suit would fit. Similarly, if a female client needs denim culottes, the stylist cannot use the fit of cigarette pants as a reference.
Another key to being a great stylist is exclusivity. One of a kind designer items are not just found in a department store. With that in mind, obtaining clothing is a task in itself. To make this step as seamless as possible, a stylist has to have credibility. Meaning one should have a known and respected portfolio to borrow clothing. This happens first by crawling before walking, nurturing relationships and networking with the appropriate individuals.
In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ve listed five bomb female stylists (in no particular order) that you should definitely know.
June’s resumé dates back to the 90s when she designed the iconic, leather suit that resembled a trash bag for Missy Elliott’s “The Rain,” convinced Diddy and Mase to wear shiny suits in “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems,” and styled the cast of Belly.
Among many others, her clientele includes JayZ, Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey. In 2011, June earned “the biggest styling gig of [her] career” when she was chosen to style 17 contestant’s of Simon Cowell’s talent contest, The X Factor. June continued to mainstream her company, Modé Squad, in 2012 with her Vh1 docu series, Styled By June, where she revamped the wardrobes of celebrities who were in desperate need of change ranging from Trina to Mischa Barton. June continues to keep her loyal followers and growing clientele enthralled with her “Juniverse.”
As told to Niki McGloster of Vibe Vixen, Marni Senofonte credits her beginning as a stylist to Misa Hylton Brim. While Marni was working at Norma Somali, Misa was a pregnant stylist who frequented the store and needed help with clients such as R&B girl group, Total. Since then Marni has gone on to work with notable clients including Nas, SaltNPepa, Lauryn Hill and many more. One of her most notable, long term clients is Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter. Marni was the stylist chosen to work with both Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj for the Feeling Myself video last year. Recently, she styled Beyoncé and her dancers for the Formation music video and Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Marni is a free spirited, layering goddess who will not slow down anytime soon.
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