Hey Fashion People, here’s another RV Special with London based Fashion and Celebrity Stylist Angie Smith. She has worked with not only a ton of celebrities but also a bunch of magazines, online publications, red carpet events, ad campaigns, and TV shows such as ITV’s X Factor and DayBreak. Angie has styled starlets like Christine Bleakley, Kelly Brook, Abbey Clancy, Alexandra Burke, The Saturdays, Jennifer Hudson, Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe, Diana Vickers, Charlotte Church, Emma Roberts to new a few!
She was recently featured in Glamour Magazine’s Power List 2011 mostly for making Dannii Minogue’s X Factor frocks a hit with million of viewers. Angie is the new style columnist for SHE Magazine. Learn more about the styling business, her celebrity clientele and the know-how about breaking into the fashion industry!
RV: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot?
AS: A fashion shoot takes a lot of work. In an ideal world, I like to have at least a week and a half to research and call in looks however the reality is that someone will ask you on a Monday to do a 10 page story for Wednesday/Thursday. I actually like working under pressure so prefer the latter. For cover shoots, you may only get the call hours before the shoot and then only have the celebrity for 10 minutes so there isn’t any room for panicking or error, which is pretty mental but I get such a buzz.
RV: Which celebrities (male or female) do you find more challenging to work with and why?
AS: If it’s the first time working with someone there’s always a bit more pressure as a lot of the time I won’t have met them or know their exact body shape. I used to work in menswear for 5 years at FHM Magazine but I didn’t really start enjoying styling until I discovered womenswear. It feels instinctive and natural.
RV: This season we should be wearing…
AS: … what suits you.
RV: Between Red Carpet, TV and Editorials, which do you find most fun?
AS: I love dressing people for red carpet but the most fun would have to be working with Dannii on last year’s X-Factor which felt like the red carpet but with a huge audience.
RV: Boyfriend blazers, Kimonos or Leather jackets?
AS: I have all three in my wardrobe. they are great pieces that can pull pretty average casual looks together but if I had to pick one it would be a leather jacket. It’s got to be super soft leather and fit perfectly on the shoulders.
RV: Who is your Style Icon and why?
AS: I don’t really have a style icon, I love how Eva Mendes dresses and think she has the balance just right flattering her curves and rocking trends that work for her.
RV: Where is your fashion capital?
AS: It has to be Paris. French Women know how to dress!
RV: Fashion means…
AS: … Different things to different people, I’m not a follower of fashion and prefer to dress according to what suits me and encourge clients to do this same.
RV: Best place work has taken you?
AS: I’ve been really lucky and had some great trips to Sydney, Vegas, LA, Newcastle but the best has to be 2 weeks in Thailand with only 3 days of it for shoots – a very nice client indeed!
RV: Advice for anyone pursuing a career in the fashion industry?
AS: Get lots of experience! I assisted for 5 years before I did my first shoot. You also have to be prepared to work long hours and it’s really hard work. When someone asks you to do something after an 18-hour day at 3am say “of course” with a smile on your face.
There you have it Girlies. I hope you enjoyed the interview as much as I did. I’m so thrilled Angie agreed to do a feature on Ruby’s View – A genuinely nice and inspirational person! Be sure to check out her amazing blog and website. Also keep up with her on Twitter and read her style column for SHE magazine.