The Diamond Store were thrilled to have coffee with celebrity stylist Sarah Nash. Sarah has worked with celebrities such as Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Matt Lanter, Jessica Lowndes and many more.
1. What exactly is a fashion stylist, and how did you decide to get into this career?
A fashion stylist is someone who puts together outfits or ‘looks’ for magazines, photo-shoots, TV shows, advertising, celebrities or personal clients. I decided to become a fashion stylist as I adore fashion and figured that if I was going to be working for a large portion of my life, I may as well do something that made me want to get out of bed in the morning.
2. What is your favourite type of shoot to style?
My favourite type of shoot to style would be an editorial fashion shoot whereby I would collaborate with the photographer to come up with a theme and then source the best model, hair and make up team and then the perfect clothes, shoes and accessories that fit with the fashion story. It’s also nice doing make overs with ‘real’ people. I work with Gok Wan a lot, and seeing the difference that clothes can make to someone’s confidence and outlook on life is really heartwarming.
3. How do you pick pieces for each shoot and what gives you your inspiration?
I consider the theme of the shoot and what the brief is and then select the pieces I think are the best. All of my choices are ultimately based on my personal taste. I get inspiration from everywhere; films, magazines (I have a stack of Vogues dating back to 1997), TV shows, blogs, just walking along the street (living in East London there is always something interesting to feast my eyes upon!), other stylists work, art, galleries…inspiration is everywhere if you keep your eyes open.
4. Who/what are you most proud of to have styled under your portfolio?
I am very proud to have styled Tara Palmer-Tominson for the wedding of Kate and William. We had Tara’s dress made by one of Alexander McQueen’s team, with bespoke shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood and hat and gloves by Philip Treacey. I am also very proud to have worked for some incredible publications including the Telegraph and Red magazine.
5. When working with jewellery, is there anything which works well, along with anything which you avoid?
When choosing jewellery I am mindful of the brief and the rest of the outfit I have chosen, so on one shoot large oversized costume jewellery works, but on another it will be best to keep things simple and classic. Personally I like things to look simple so anything too matchy matchy or loads of jewellery piled on isn’t really my aesthetic.
6. Is being a fashion stylist as glam as it sounds?
Being a fashion stylist has afforded me many wonderful and happy memories and yes it can be glamorous, however most of the time I am dragging suitcases around the West End, dodging tourists or working on my hands and knees drowning in clothes. I am very grateful to be doing something I love and have chosen to do, so I remember that on the days when my back feels like it’s going to break!
7. What would you pair this beautiful pendant with?
This beautiful necklace is quite intricate so I would pair it with a gorgeous evening gown with a plunging neckline in either a vivid colour such as red or simple black.
8. What tips would you give to someone who wants to follow in your stylish footsteps?
My top tips on becoming a stylist? Do lots of work experience and always show willing eg get in early, never complain and always be positive. It takes a hell of a lot of time and luck to break into the industry so I would have a plan B incase it didn’t work out. Plus make sure you go to the gym to build up your arm and core strength for all the heavy lifting that’s involved!
We’d like to say thank you for Sarah for taking a few minutes out of her busy schedule and giving us an insight on being a celebrity stylist.
Follow Sarah’s blog http://sunshineandstripesblog.blogspot.co.uk/ or visit her website www.sarahnash.co.uk, http://www.carolhayesmanagement.co.uk/artist/sarah-nash.