"As Joane Rivers once said, style is like herpes, you either have it or you don't. As a creative mind, my creativity cuts across events, fashion and design industry."
"Shallow waters are noisy; deep waters are silent." This is something my mother taught me growing up.
Chantle's style is the epitome of unique. It oozes such a thoughtful creativity that cannot be replicated. We were blown away by her designs when we found her on Instagram a few weeks back, and we asked her to tell us about her journey on Model Citizen App. She is incredibly down-to-earth and has opened up to us about what it took to get to where she is now. Her interview is both informative and funny. Please check it out and let us know what you think!
At what age did you start becoming fascinated with fashion?
My love for fashion started as far back as a kid. My mother ran a small tailoring business, even though I wasn't influenced by that, it helped to feed my creativity because I had the opportunity to get cloths made to my specific design. I would go to our local market to get cheap fabrics and I always loved the finished look every time!
How did you prepare for a career in styling?
As Joane Rivers once said, style is like herpes, you either have it or you don't. As a creative mind, my creativity cuts across events, fashion and design industry. I started with venue decorations for friends and family who knew my capability and at the same time, I did a couple of interior designs, decorating homes for friends, friends of friends and family and also held jewellery parties amongst small groups where I would take loads of jewelries with me, and accessorise the outfit they came with usually for weddings and birthdays. I also held tea parties and organised a couple of jewellery exhibitions in London and abroad.
How do you stay updated on the current trends?
I used to invest heavily on fashion and interior magazines from subscription but now with the internet, I am more online which is best for current trends. Having said that I buy magazines once a while especially for long journeys on train and flights. I do have a lot of books on fashion and interior as reference too.
How important is Fashion Week for you?
Fashion week is super important for people like myself as, its a way of keeping afloat of new and unique trends, new designers new styles, new use of fabrics and unique collections.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be recognised as a designer and style actress or reality stars for big occasions so do contact me and I will gladly oblige!
What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself taking your styling career?
Well, as a wardrobe stylist, I would like to work with a pop or R and B artist. I love the idea of creating a different style every time.
Name the top three things in your styling kit that are must-haves?
Needle, thread and fabric glue.
Tell us your most unforgettable experience as a stylist?
I think that would be styling a music video last year. This sprung from the urge to style an artist. I contacted Jaye Moni and sold myself as a stylist and convinced her to let me direct the video. It was my first and an expereience I would do again but this time on a reasonable budget. You can check it our here!
Favourite all time designer?
My favourite all time designer will be Michael Costello. He knows how to make a woman look beautiful and sexy in long dresses.
Advice for the up-and-coming fashion stylists up there?
First and foremost, know what you are good at and capitalize on it. In creativity, no two people are the same. Unless you are stealing someone else's work, you will always be unique and sought after. Start with styling yourself, friends and family and keep records with social media. Its also good to collaborate and expand your network with photographers, MUA and models. Join social styling groups so you get information about who needs what, and opportunities will come to you.
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Favourite photographer? @duduimages. Because we understand each other work-wise which helps!
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