IN FAVOR OF THE ANTI-FASHION ICON
Growing up in Nashville, Tennessee a city that always felt light years far from New York, although technically it's just 759 miles I spent practically every free moment on TheFashionSpot. I mainly read the site's relentless online forums, which had their prime time in the early 2000s. Thousands of fans would diligently track every design street style picture, celebrity outfit and bit of market gossip, which I lived for as a teen. But although red carpet pictures and "peacocking" Fashion Week shots of rich "It" women were terrific for dreamy inspiration, I would get lost for hours memorizing the gamers behind the scenes.
While the specific memory is undoubtedly a little hazy, the former Teen Vogue stylist's timeless trousers and no-makeup look from her short season two cameos made an impression, even a year later on. She was the creative mastermind behind the publication's glossy photo shoots, Howell's actual style was refreshingly down-to-earth (even while on an MTV truth program).
I'm not talking about using a fundamental white T-shirt and pants every day, either although some essential stylists can pull it off. Stylists' task requirements consist of everything from steaming t-shirts to pulling designer products to physically dressing celebrities, and they've got to look the part for all of it.
Simply take Ada Kokosar, whose minimalist aesthetic (the good news is!) persuaded me years ago that I didn't always have to buy an entirely new neon wardrobe for my first New York Fashion Week. The Slovenian-Italian stylist and expert prefers jumpsuits, midi-dresses and extra-large duster coats in a color combination of mostly neutrals which she couple with sneakers, boots and chunky brogues. As somebody whose personal dream wardrobe is more Acne than Herve Leger, Kokosar is evidence that one does not need to squeeze into bandage dresses in order to be "hot" or "cool.".
Another proud member of this tomboyish school of dressing is Veronika Heilbrunner of Hey Woman. Sure, you can find her in a dress at expensive events, but generally this German stylist is wearing tennis shoes whether she pairs them with Levi's 501 jeans or a dress depends on the event. Then there's Kate Brien, a California-based stylist who shares outfits with her hubby and has the special skill making something as fundamental as a white tee and mommy denims look fascinating. Her @viewfromthetopp Instagram flaunts the bottom half of her look, which generally consists of denim and flats. However, that casual simplicity does not stop her 80K fans from returning (not to point out, securing brand name partnerships with sellers like Gap).
On the star stylist front, I like how Kate Young dresses Selena Gomez, Michelle Williams and Dakota Johnson in formal Mugler and Marni for looks, but keeps her own clothing low-key professional with an edgy twist. Women like Marina Munoz presented the value of a trademark piece, like a great hat; Alicia Vikander's stylist VictoriSekrier'sunbrushhair motivated me to put down the comb; and Stevie Dance, the Australian stylist and fashion director of Pop publication, revealed me how high-waistjean shorts can (often) be work-appropriate. Everything come down to having imagination, confidence and a closet you feel comfy in.
Since stylists work with clothes all day long, it's truly not surprising that they go for pared-down pieces IRL. As these women prove, simply because you may not have on the highest heels, the most current "It" bag or the brightest-colored dress in the space does not make you any less stylish.