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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A day in the life of a fashion stylist

I thought I'd share my experience of working behind the scenes as a stylist at New Zealand's biggest event in the fashion calendar - NZ Fashion Week (NZFW).  Over the course of the week, I spent three days backstage right among the hustle and bustle of event producers, designers, makeup artists, hairdressers and volunteers, who all play a key part in creating such a large scale and professional event.

To give you a little taster here is a day snapshot of what I got up too/a day in the life of a fashion stylist:

Thursday early morning, I collect garments from one of the labels showing later that afternoon.   It's pouring with rain but I make it across town. The garments were boxed up luckily and I had several boxes of different shoes.   I drop the items off at the Viaduct Events Centre - homebase of Fashion Week, then make a mad dash in a cab to catch the 9.30am runway show for Knufferman.  A glass of bubbles and a few sweet canapes later I rush back to base.

I was thrown straight into the backstage area of the second runway space 'The Tent'.   Here, I grab a model run sheet and make sure all the models know their place in line.  I look over the models to ensure there is nothing funny going on with their outfits, a shoe undone, or a loose thread, no bunching, no underwear under fitted dresses.   It's loud and the models are talking over each other you can feel the anxiety or is that excitement?!  Probably both!   Twenty minutes later, the show is over.

I spend time speaking with key people, getting an understanding of how the shows are put together, I tidy, I help where needed.

Early afternoon I prepare for one of the evening shows racking up the garments, working out the running order and fitting the models.   This took a lot longer than first anticipated as the models were slightly different sizes and we needed to make the garments suit the various body shapes as best possible.   Steaming and ironing the pieces, working out the accessories, and creating individual running orders per model to ensure everyone knew what they would be wearing and when.  When the time comes, racks are rolled into place, models dressed and the show commences.  One vital job is to ensure those models heading out twice on the runway get my help in changing into their next outfit - it's rush, rush, rush but they are pros, they know the drill.

After a day on my feet it's time for home to get ready to do it all again the next day.

Personal Stylist, New Zealand Fashion Week

Friday, August 26, 2016

NZ Fashion Week 2016 Backstage

I'm excited to be working backstage at NZ Fashion Week 2016 ensuring the models are ready for their shows.   I have met some very interesting people so far and have really got the feel for how much effort and organisation goes into each and every runway show.   With two more days to go I will share further insights into how backstage styling works!  Talk soon!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Kourtney Kardashian for Manuka Doctor New Zealand

A new marketing campaign for New Zealand brand, Manuka Doctor has the famous celeb, Kourtney Kardashian as their brand ambassador.   Manuka Doctor skincare is a well known New Zealand brand which utilises the North Island's Manuka honey and bee venom.  A pretty big deal to have a Kardashian as a brand promoter - I think they have chosen well - the most natural beauty of the Dash klan!

Skincare, Manuka Doctor, Kourtney Kardashian, New Zealand

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Styling for Television on NZs Family Feud

I'm excited to be working as the Assistant Stylist for the new game show Family Feud on TV3.   We are a few weeks into it and I am loving meeting all the contestants and helping them look their best for their TV debut!  It's great to be working with some very cool people in the big wide world of television!   Good luck to all who get through!   As host Dai Henwood says, 'get your feud on!'.  See more on Facebook.

NZ game show, Dai Henwood, TB3, Mediaworks,

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A wee feature in the North Shore Times

I was stoked to be interviewed for the North Shore Times back in January!  It slipped my mind to post it, so here it is! 

Newspaper, interview, Stacey Gillies, Personal Stylist Auckland, fashion writer

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

ZARA coming to Auckland, Sylvia Park

Finally we have ZARA coming to our shores, set for late 2016.   This also coincides with the opening of H&M and will really shake up the local retailers, which is only a good thing for the Kiwi shopper.

ZARA NZ will be priced similar to what it is globally with it's full range being available (women's, mens, kids).  Fingers crossed the ranges they offer us will be just like the UK.  As for Top Shop in Queen St,  I personally feel it's quite dismal. The selection is fairly bland - nothing Glassons doesn't already do and the prices aren't affordable (like they are when you are based in the UK for example).  So, I'm looking forward to seeing what ZARA brings.  I'm happy to pay a little more but the pieces need to be unique.   Love these combos below!

Image: Zara

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mark Tuckey for Cotton On Home

I've been meaning to write this post for a while now so here it is finally.  

If you know your Australian designers, then you would have heard of Mark Tuckey and his beautiful timber furniture which is very popular in Australia.   Mark uses sustainable and recycled timber to create quality pieces with a negligible footprint.   He has teamed up with iconic Australian brand Cotton On to create a stylish line of homewares which are contemporary yet affordable with a focus on good clean design. 

New Zealanders can find these items in select Cotton On stores such as the mega store in Albany.

homewares, interiors, cushions, mark tuckey, cotton on

homewares, interiors, storage baskets, mark tuckey, cotton on

Images: Cotton On