Spotlight Interview – Anna-Marie Trzebinski

Anna-Marie Trzebinski is a fashion stylist who is currently based in London. Anna-Marie, having completed a degree in Fashion Textile Design in 2009, has spent the last few years working successfully as a fashion stylist, organising various fashion productions and in fashion PR. Despite Anna-Marie’s incredibly hectic schedule, working on a variety of creative projects, we were delighted when she took the time to complete an interview with Urbanity Chic.  Read the entire interview below where Anna-Marie discusses, amongst other things, how she initially became interested in fashion, what she’s recently been working on and what she does to relax when not working.

 

Photographer Charlotte May, Styling Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Makeup & Hair Rachel Nightingill, Model Rose @ Lenis

Photographer Charlotte May, Styling Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Makeup & Hair Rachel Nightingill, Model Rose @ Lenis

Photographer Charlotte May, Styling Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Makeup & Hair Rachel Nightingill, Model Laura @ Oxygen

Photographer Charlotte May, Styling Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Makeup & Hair Rachel Nightingill, Model Laura @ Oxygen

 

Q: How did you get into fashion?

I knew from a young age I wanted to be in fashion and people always made a judgment on my fashion whether good or bad as it stood out. After finding out about the fantastic degree at the University of Brighton with an experience year and business studies built in I went full on for my career. I trained in printed textiles and designed in New York which I loved, however it was there I really fell in love with styling. After graduating I started freelance styling and built my contacts and knowledge from there.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

A whirlwind! I went from part time styling and working full time in corporate events and production to a full time stylist with a studio. This time last year I was working on National Roadshows to bring in money and small-scale shoots for my fashion. This year I did full production for an On Schedule London Fashion Week Runway for fabulous designer Haizhen Wang and an International Designer Showcase event with bloody Gray held at Somerset House. I also made my solo production and styling debut holding an event just after SS13 LFW last year in October which was a great success.

 

Q. What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry?

I love colour, being creative and individualistic. I love fabric and felt I had a keen eye to pick out pieces that others couldn’t in the shops.

 

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

All over the place! There is no box and it is best to think outside it. My travels, favourite designers, creative editorials, theatre and exhibitions all greatly influence me.

 

Court On Camera Michelle with Anna-Marie at Launch party for Serge De Nimes. Photography Mobi

Court On Camera Michelle with Anna-Marie at Launch party for Serge De Nimes. Photography Mobi

Halloween Catwalk Show Makeup Artist Kristy with Anna-Marie. Photography Serguei Cherkassov

Halloween Catwalk Show Makeup Artist Kristy with Anna-Marie. Photography Serguei Cherkassov

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

From a young age I idolized Zandra Rhodes and Vivienne Westwood for their outrageousness to be different with no bounds in colour, media and pattern. I was also a massive fan of Alexander McQueen and continue to like the brand with designer Sarah Burton. Further afield I love Betsey Johnson and DVF!

 

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

I like the works of Tim Walker who has a real imaginative child at heart. The props, composition, theming and setting of his photographs are wonderful. I also like the fact he is very vocal in directing when shooting which I think is essential to get the best shot and connect with the models or subject involved.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

I would love to work with many people, ultimately my relationships with my creatives and designers are most important to me. A great vibe on set and a team that is willing to go the extra mile to get that shot is what I look for. I work with a lot of emerging designers that are amazingly talented and hope to continue working with them on their journey. I will always work with emerging designers, as I believe they are key to understanding the future of fashion and helping them grow on their journey. I also feel like this allows me to give back to the industry. Big names I would love to work with Nick Knight & ELLE.

 

Q Who are your ‘Ones To Watch?’

Ones to support & watch that I love are Haizhen Wang, James Hock, Jane Bowler & Barbara Allan -- all individual in their own right at cutting edge fashion.

 

That's Boat & Anna-Marie Trzebinski. Photographer William Ferchichi

That’s Boat & Anna-Marie Trzebinski. Photographer William Ferchichi

Designer Haizhen Wang & Anna-Marie at Will I AM party

Designer Haizhen Wang & Anna-Marie at Will I AM party

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

It is what I have fun with, it is what I live in but I try not to take it too seriously. I do a job I love that I have worked hard for. The world of fashion often crosses with my personal life as no hour is off limits but I make sure I have other interests and social groups to keep me well balanced. This also helps with inspirations.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

Eclectic, a chameleon – sometimes I am outrageous and other times I am casual and understated. My style is not perfect and it’s not meant to be, it’s just me. I would say a favourite is a boho rock chic – think casual locks, long skirts and leather. I love my vintage pieces.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am from and based in Brentwood, Essex but I commute to London every day. I have a studio at London Bridge where I prep for shoots and manage admin. I am currently working with Bloody Gray on production for the new season press days.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Catwalk Production, Press & backstage management for Haizhen Wang with Bloody Gray. It was very exciting and a great success. My event last year was also a great success and launched my name into the industry. It was a real challenge that was very demanding but the results in attendance, styling, production and post media was very rewarding, which made me very proud.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

This time next year I hope to have produced further runway shows, travelled internationally for styling and hold a fashion job at a top monthly editorial. I have high hopes and dreams and I don’t know the specific journey but I believe I will get there and achieve them.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

I love a good film whether at home, at the cinema or at a pop up rooftop or drive through. I love the drama, the costumes and the emotion in a film. I also like to stay fit with dance, running and Pilates.

 

Photographer Ioana Vrabie, Styling by Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Art Director Ioana & Anna-Marie, Hair & Makeup Luka Watabe, Photographers Assistant Maria Laleva, Model Isabella @ Model Union

Photographer Ioana Vrabie, Styling by Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Art Director Ioana & Anna-Marie, Hair & Makeup Luka Watabe, Photographers Assistant Maria Laleva, Model Isabella @ Model Union

Photographer Ioana Vrabie, Styling by Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Art Director Ioana & Anna-Marie, Hair & Makeup Luka Watabe, Photographers Assistant Maria Laleva, Model Isabella @ Model Union

Photographer Ioana Vrabie, Styling by Anna-Marie Trzebinski, Art Director Ioana & Anna-Marie, Hair & Makeup Luka Watabe, Photographers Assistant Maria Laleva, Model Isabella @ Model Union

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

My ideal vacation would be a combination of beach, adventure and culture – I think Thailand is great for this although I do like to try new places. I would love to visit Egypt and India.

 

Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?

I love up beat songs – especially first thing in the morning. Right now I am loving New York City indie rock band Fun. I also love Two Door Cinema Club, Haim, Everything Everything, Rhye & Tom Odell. All time favourites Daft Punk & Justice.

 

Q: Do you have interesting hobbies?

I love to sing and dance. I love to attend many festivals and become a real music and camping head getting involved with everything I can. I also like to write lyrics.

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for people wanting to work in the fashion industry what would it be?

If you want to do it, do it, no matter the sacrifice. I’m a believer of if you really go for it you will be successful. Follow the success and don’t get confused by others around you, stay focused. My friends and family have been very supportive of my career situations and choices and I would not be doing what I am today without them.

 

Q: How can you see your work in fashion developing into the future?

I aim to develop my styling on an international level and want to become an editor of a top monthly fashion magazine.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

It sounds cheesy but life. You only get one and I think you should aim high and give it your all. Ultimately fashion makes me happy.

 

Anna-Marie at Launch Party Serge De Nimes. Photography Mobi

Anna-Marie at Launch Party Serge De Nimes. Photography Mobi

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Social Media is a real key to helping you along the road to success. Make it personal, committed and have fun with it.

 

Editor’s Note: Anna-Marie Trzebinski has a great sense of style that is suited to a variety of situations. Her dramatic signature look is individual, yet has a distinct commercial edge. Over the coming months, we’re really looking forward to sharing with you on Urbanity Chic our future collaborations with Anna-Marie.

  

If you’d like to get in touch with Anna-Marie Trzebinski just follow the links below:

Twitter link: @AMTrzebinski

Facebook link: http://facebook.com/AMTrzebinski – Fashion Stylist Anna-Marie Trzebinski

MySpace link: http://myspace.com/amtstyling

Web page link: www.amtstyling.com

Spotlight Interview – Fashion Stylist Krissie Cao

Krissie Cao is a freelance fashion stylist and creative artist from Melbourne, Australia. When we first checked out work we thought that her creative flair to create complementary outfits and ensembles was incredible and wanted to know more. We were delighted when she agreed to complete a full in-depth interview with Urbanity Chic. Read on to discover, amongst other things, which fashion designers Krissie is inspired by, what she does to relax when not working and what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist

 

Q: What are you currently working on? 


I recently finished a very beautiful shoot that is quite artsy and fantasy based over the Easter Sunday. Currently, I am working on two major shoots with a team of highly talented creatives. The first shoot will be based on a very strong concept with lots of mind-blowing gowns and garments, hair, makeup, extravagant headpieces and a story to go with it as well. The second one will be all about bringing back Hollywood glamour, luxury and richness. I’m excited about both working on these shoots and sharing our finished products.

 


Q: How have the last 12 months been for you? 


Incredible. I feel very blessed to have a supportive partner, family, and friends within the industry who continue to inspire me. The past 12 moths have been about growth both as a person and stylist.

 


Q: What does fashion mean to you? 


To me, fashion is about expressing one’s sense of self, individuality, what one is most comfortable with. Very much like music for example… One may like a certain genre of music and not others because within it, they feel happy, confident, and beautiful. All of those good things.

 


Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to? 


It is hard to choose a favorite, but if I must, I am in love with Chanel classic designs (cliché I know), and also YSL, Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood not just because they are the bigger names within the fashion industry, but simply because I love that they are able to express their emotions and arts through their designs, and are not afraid to take risks in being fashion forward and creating trends rather than just following the trends.

 


Q: What was the first thing you ever designed? 



Although I am a fashion stylist, I have designed headpieces, a couple of dresses and even underwear sets. My favorite piece of headpiece I designed was made of black feather and metal pieces. I really liked it, but sadly my cat mistook it for her toy and so…. headpiece no more.


 


Q: Where do you get your inspiration? 


I find inspirations everywhere… from fashion designers, icons, to music, flowers, books, nature, imagery. I often catch the train to the City everyday and I love this time where my mind can just drift off and take in everything around me which otherwise taken for granted or not even noticed if I was to drive in. Simple things like seeing an old dress with pretty lace would trigger me to think of how it could be styled differently to my liking on somebody…


 


Q: Who inspires you? 


Creative people inspire me. It is so wonderful to get into a conversation with somebody, you know those moments when you meet someone and realize that you both are on the same wavelength when it comes to all things fashion-sy and creative. The next thing you know, you’d both be chatting at a hundred miles an hour with your loudest voices, almost screaming at one another, hands gesturing wildly about even…. Those are the people who inspire me, creative people who are passionate about their art.

  


Q: How would you define the style your work exemplifies? 


Depending on the project I am working on and the restrictions I can work within. But in general, I’d say that my work is usually about telling a story and conveying certain emotions to the audience.





Q: How would you define your personal style? 


I would have been the worst example of a Fashion Stylist if stereo typical was to go by. I have been making more of an effort when it comes to my own personal style of late, but previously, I’d be a typical jeans and t-shirt or plain dresses type of girl. I have not been very brave when it comes to colors or prints for my own wardrobe.

Lately though, I have been experimenting with a lot more colors, prints, cuts and I can tell you that I am loving it. There is something very liberating about wearing a bright bold prints blazer with jeans having been a Black on Black girl for quiet some time.

 

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist

 


 

Q: Where are you based? 


I am based in Melbourne, Australia.

 


Q: What’s it like being where you’re from? 


Blessed. I love, and am in love with Melbourne and Australia in general. I love that getting off the train would means a walk through the subway then up to a famous little Cafes filled stretch call DeGraves which is very Parisian, where I’d have my coffee before arriving at the office. I could be any where I want to be in Melbourne, Rome means a short stroll down Lygon Street where Italian men dressed in impeccable suits and matching mustaches would bow and invite you into their various diners promising nothing but the best Italian cuisines, or the back alley ways in China Town where you can get Asian dishes fit for a Chinese Emperor, the choices are endless.

Melbournians are very much my kind of people and Melbourne is certainly my kind of place. Although Europe and America are on my must-visit places within the next couple of years.

 


Q: How would you define your city’s fashion? 


Melbourne is a very multicultural city, because of this; our fashion is also influenced by all the different backgrounds inhibiting our city. It has been said that Melbournians dress to show off their figures rather than the clothes itself, and that we are more conservatively dressed as opposed to our Sydneysiders. Our fashion is also very much influenced by our weather, and Melbourne has one of the most unpredictable weather in the whole country, we may end up having four seasons in a day, so expect to see lots of layers and colors.

 


Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date? 


I am so grateful that I get to work with every one whom I have come across in this industry, from makeup artists, photographers, designers, models to assistants and behind the scene team members, so it is very hard to differentiate. However, my three most favorite photographers to date are Lam Tran of www.vampita.com,  Vlad Savin www.vladsavinphotography.com and David Yeow of www.davidyeow.com. These guys are some of the most talented photographers and nicest people I have worked with in the industry. And also for the fact that each of the shoots I have done with these three amazing creatives have been about telling a captivating story through pictures. I like that a lot.

 


Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months? 


I hope to continue growing as a better fashion stylist and as a better person. I am also working on an online store aimed at youth contemporary fashion stocking some designer brands as well as local designers, the new online store promises to bring one right back to youthful summer days, friends and laughter with pretty dresses, tops, blouses, accessories, those kinds of girlie things. The store will be called ‘Que Toi’ which sounds like French, but in fact, it means ‘My Land’ in my mother tongue language.

 

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist

 

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist

Q: What do you do to relax? 


Very spiritual and responsible adult things… Like online shopping and Draw Somethin’ on my iPhone, or playing Animal Match.

But on another note, I used to practice Aikido Yoshinkan religiously and have even been given the opportunity to write for Blitz Martial Arts magazine. Nowadays, due to my work and personal commitments, I’d sometimes go to Yoga class or write. I enjoy writing.

 


Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why? 


My favorite holiday would be anywhere warm and tropical and with my favorite boy in the whole World, my partner Nick, who has supported me through everything.

 


Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment? 


I’m listening to Mezzanine by Massive Attack right now.

 


Q: Do you have interesting hobbies? 


I really love learning about history now that I am no longer in school. History was never my thing, I usually either failed or got really bad grades for this subject, where as I’d get a straight A in Maths or English or other things… so now I am playing catch up and scanning YouTube channels every couple of days or when I get some spare time, and the information I learn from it just continues to amaze me everyday.  So guess, YouTube surfing is a hobby of mine.. and it is sort of interesting, no?

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about? 


Being a Fashion Stylist is not as glamorous as it looks. Sometimes, you may be working from dusk ’til dawn, in very cold weather, standing in freezing water to make sure that the model looks just right. Sometimes, your work may be well received by some, and not by others. It is hard work, and it can be lonely work, especially when no one knows that you may have driven one side of town to the next just to pick up just one outfit for the shoot, etc. But these, mean nothing when the final images come out and you, yourself, feel that euphoria, that sense of accomplishment knowing that you have done this despite the hard work you have gone through to make it happen. That, is gold and what keeps me doing what I do. Simply and purely because I love it.

As a Fashion Stylist, I think it is important to remind myself that my role is there to bring out the model/s’ most striking features even more through choice of outfits and accessories, which also incorporate colors, tones, patterns, cuts whist remaining within the theme and shoot’s restrictions. All egos need to be left at the door of a shoot. For me, everyone on a photo shoot brings a different element and viewpoint to the table, and the results are best produced when these can be collaboratively expressed in the shoot somehow.

 

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist





Q: Where can we find out more about your work? 


You can visit my styling website www.krissiecao.com or my Facebook styling page at Krissie Cao [Fashion Stylist]

 


Q: What motivates you to do what you do? 


The final images are always what motivate me and drive me further. I already have the next two and a half months solidly booked and I am looking forward to sharing more of our work soon.

 

Editor’s Note: Krissie Cao has an incredible appreciation of composition both in fashion and art in general to bring together items of clothing to create an appealing look.

 

If you’d like to check out more of Krissie Cao’s amazing portfolio, or get in touch, just follow the links below:

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Krissie-Cao-Fashion-Stylist/311176848897353

Web page link: www.krissiecao.com

Video embeds: http://vimeo.com/29438571

 

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist

Krissie Cao -- Fashion Stylist

 

Spotlight Interview – Washington Roberts

Washington Roberts is an upcoming fashion designer from Brooklyn, New York. Although Washington is currently working diligently on a few high-profile fashion projects we were really happy when he took the time to complete an interview with Urbanity Chic so that we could share some of his experiences and portfolio with you. Read on to find out about what style Washington would consider his work exemplifies, what he does to relax when not working and what its like living in Brooklyn.

 

Washington Roberts -- Trix Dress

Washington Roberts -- Convinus Coat

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

My Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection and Fashion For Famine, which is not-for-profit organization.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

Last 12 months were great, a lot of great things happened and there were a lot of disappointment as well, but took them as positive because I learned from my mistakes.

 

Q: What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is a way of life to me.

 

Washington Roberts -- Portrait

Washington Roberts -- Moat Dress

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

Azzedine Alaia, Ricardo Tisci, Chado Ralph Rucci, Tom Ford.

 

Q: What was the first thing you ever designed?

 A Blazer for myself

 

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

Anything can inspire me, from nature to movies.

 

Q: Who inspires you?

My Grandmother and my Grandfather.

 

Washington Roberts -- Baltic Dress

Washington Roberts -- Moat Dress

 

 

Q: How would you define the style your work exemplifies?

My collection is refined, modern for a progressive woman who appreciates the ability to transition from day to night with ease prepared for any and every situation.

  

Q: What are your favorite colours and materials to work with and why?

 I love working with silks because of its hand feel and how it drapes on a woman’s body.  I love luxury fabrics.

Favorite colours are WR Blue signature turquoise blue, Red, and Cerulean Blue. I’m also developing a love affair with black, which is really weird.

 

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My personal style is very clean, refined and modern with a lot of colours. It funny how these are the same words used to describe my womenswear collection.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I’m based in Brooklyn New York.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Being born and raised Nigeria made the person that I am today wouldn’t trade it for the world. It a cultural diverse society, People isn’t afraid to express them. There are lots of colourful and beautiful residential architectural houses…etc. With the rate of growth of the Nigerian fashion industry in few years it will become one of the fashion capital of the world.

 

Washington Roberts -- Omaticaya Dress

Washington Roberts -- Omaticaya Dress

 

Q: How would you define your city’s fashion?

It very diverse, I couldn’t define it if I wanted to. There are some many people from different cultural background with different point of view that is why I love Brooklyn.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

For me being to make my dream a reality and every thing else is a plus.

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

Increase the visibility of the brand, placement in more boutiques nationwide.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Relax, is something I don’t know how to do. I’m constantly working.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I can’t even tell you the last time I was on a vacation, but I will like to visit Mauritius. It looks so peace full and I want to learn more about their culture. A lot don’t know Mauritius is an African country.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

I’m a music lover especially old school music in genre, to name a few artist that I listen to Aretha Franklin, Kem, Fela, Anita Baker, Billie Holiday, and Lenny Kravits…etc I’m also love listening to Fashion Indie Mix Tapes.

 

Washington Roberts -- Rhyolite Blazer & Gabro Pants

Washington Roberts -- Lycan Pant

 

 

Q: Do you have interesting hobbies?

Interesting hobbies…well I love playing Football/Soccer and basketball when I have the time. I also love cooking, that’s probably cause I love to eat….lol!

 

Q: Where can we find out more about or purchase your work?

You can find out more about me on my site. You can also shop on my site and MYASHO.COM. Currently waiting on confirmation of orders from two boutiques in the Metropolitan area for spring, don’t want to mention the boutiques until the garments are in stores.

 

Q: What motivates you to do what you do?

My passion for fashion and my love for the craft of making clothes. Wanting to represent possibilities.

 

Washington Roberts -- Tyranny Gown

Washington Roberts -- Navi Blazer, Neytitri Top & Pandora Pant

 

 

Editor’s Note: Washington Roberts just has that enviable knack of choosing ensembles that just work; creating a sense of style whatever the occasion. We’re sure his work will continue to gain critical plaudits over the coming months and years.

 

If you’d like to see more of Washington Roberts portfolio or get in touch, just follow the links below:

 

twitter link: http://twitter.com/Washingtonrbrts

facebook link: http://Facebook.com/WashingtonRobertsCollection

web page link: http://www.WashingtonRoberts.com

tumblr: http://www.washingtonroberts.tumblr.com

Spotlight Interview – Tre Ford

Tre Ford is a fashion stylist from New York. His work has graced famous publications such as Elle, Zink and Boulevard. When we checked out Tre’s latest fashion feature in Harpers Bazaar we were really keen to interview him so that we could share some of his experiences and thoughts with you. Read the full interview below to find out what materials he most likes working with, which modern day fashion icons he is inspired by and what he does to relax when not working.

 

Tre Ford styles for Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam (December 2011)

Tre Ford styles for Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam (December 2011) 

 

Q. What are you currently working on?

I’m in the process of shooting a television pilot for an upcoming style and entertainment show.

 

Q. How has the last 12 months been for you?

Like a never ending roller coaster to say the least…. 😉

 

Q. What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is a word that encompasses so much depth and passion in my life.

 

Q. Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look to?

I love the Designer duo Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2, “DIOR”, “COMME DES GARCONS”, and “GUCCI”.  P.S. “Daphne Guinness” always “CAUSES MY DEATH”.

 

Tre Ford styles for Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam (December 2011)

Tre Ford styles for Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam (December 2011)

 

Q. Where do you get your inspiration?

The planet as a whole is my biggest inspiration.

 

Q.  Who inspires you?

Anyone and everyone who has ever fought to get something that others didn’t deem a possibility.

 

Q. How would you define the style your work exemplifies? 

“GLAMOROUS” “POWERFUL” “SIGNATURE” “UNDENIABLY ME”

 

Q. What are you favorite colors and materials to work with and why?

I love to work with “PINKS” “WHITES” “FUCHSIAS” and “BLACKS” I love chiffon and leather…. because all of these shows how soft and commanding a woman can look and feel.

 

Q. How you define your personal style? 

“INCREDIBLY CLEVER”

 

Q. Where are you based?

New York City.

 

Tre Ford styles for Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam (December 2011)

Tre Ford styles for Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam (December 2011)

 

Q. What’s it like being where you’re from?

Hmmmmmm…… Extraordinarily competitive in a good way because, it brings out the beast in the overall strength of your image and it creates an amazing ambiance that will inevitably become the driving force in determining how incredible you will become. Which is an amazing advantage.

 

Q. How would you define your city’s fashion?

“Mysteriously beautiful”

 

Q. What’s been the highlight of your career to date? 

Styling a fashion editorial for “HARPER’S BAZAAR VIETNAM”.

 

Tre Ford styles for Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam (December 2011)

Tre Ford -- Fashion Stylist

 

Q. What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

A flourishing career that takes me all over the world.

 

Q. What do you to relax?

Listen to music….. and watch fashion videos.

 

Q.Where would your favorite holiday vacation be and why?

Paris, simply because it’s one of my biggest inspirations.

 

Tre Ford -- Fashion Stylist

Tre Ford -- Fashion Stylist

 

Q. What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

Wale- The Power, Vanity 6- Make Up, and M.I.A- Steppin Up’. Just to name a few.

 

Q. Do you have interesting hobbies?

Well, I love to make up fashion inspired raps……

 

Q. What motivates you to do what you do?

My Mother.

 

Tre Ford -- Fashion Stylist -- Shoot for Hollywood Weekly Magazine

 

Editor’s Note: Tre Ford has an enviable talent to make incredible fashion statements whilst still maintaining sophistication and glamour. His flair for creativity is shown in each of his creations.

“Fashion Stylists create the look that will build the brand that will influence the masses.” -Tre Ford.

 

If you’d like to contact Tre Ford just follow the links below:

twitter: www.twitter.com/tre_ford 

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/treford1 

linkedinhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/treford 

 

Many thanks to:
Photography: Rony Shram
Model: Mackenzie Hamilton

 

Spotlight Interview – Julissa Martich

Julissa Martich is a fashion stylist, video producer and writer. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Julissa currently divides her time between Paris, Amsterdam, New York and Florida. When we first checked out Julissa’s incredible fashion blog ‘She by JMartich’ (http://www.shebyjmartich.com/) we were really impressed and wanted to share her incredible talents with you. Delving deeper we learnt that alongside her fashion blog Julissa is also an incredibly talented creative director having just released a short fashion film, ‘Femme Fatale’. Despite Julissa’s incredibly hectic schedule, we were delighted when she agreed to complete an in-depth feature interview so we could share everything with you. Read on to discover what inspired Julissa to start a fashion magazine, how she would define her own personal style and what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.

 

Julissa Martich

Julissa Martich

 

Q: How did you get into fashion?

Ever since I was little I knew I wanted to be part of this. I’ve worked in almost every single aspect of the industry, my early works in fashion took humble beginnings in the retail industry and soon expanded to the aspect of Fashion Styling and Art Direction, but one thing many people don’t know is that I actually graduated with a degree in International Business and Diplomacy, I’ve worked for United Nations in Paris (UNESCO) and also for the Embassy of The Dominican Republic in France.

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

The last 12 months of my life have been full of surprises, changes (good and bad) most of them very good and blessings, I’m busier than ever doing what I love  which is create, I feel more in control of  who I am and what I want to show in my work.

 

Q. What inspired you to start your fashion magazine?

I used to work for a newspaper doing the fashion section of it, but I didn’t have the freedom to show or cover the stories I was really interested in, so I decided to come out with  my own  fashion site (www.shebyjmartich.com) about 2 years ago to use it as an outlet to showcase what I love about fashion. I really find interesting what happens behind the cameras and see the creative team in action.

 

She by JMartich

Julissa Martich and Josie Maran

 

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

 Music is a great source of inspiration for me, most of the times when I’m creating a concept for a project is by listening to music, and then a designer or a model comes to my head so on.  I am also inspired by films,and photographs.

 

Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?

My muse or fashion icon is a woman with aspirations and is secure of who she is. As for fashion designers I really like what Iris van Herpen is doing, I think is very unique and Avant Garde, I also love the simplicity of Rachel Roy’s line and the way she mixes prints, patters and colors, another two talented designers I really love are Ngoc-Phung Dang from France, her brand “Rainbow People Paris” is sophisticated and easy to wear and Evon Tan from Malaysia, her label “ Amoire” is  so chic and sexy.

  

Q: Who is your favourite photographer?

This is a very difficult question for me because I have many, but I can mention at least 3 of them: Mario Testino, because everything he photographs turns out to be magical, I die for Sølve Sundsbø’s work, he has a special technique of playing with lighting that I haven’t seen in any other and Deborah Anderson because she knows how to capture sensuality in a very tasteful way.

 

Q: Is there anybody you would like to work with?

I would love to work with Photographers Sølve Sundsbø and Nick Knight, also with Art Director Nicola Formichetti, there’s so much to learn from all of them.

 

Julissa Martich

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Q: What does fashion mean to you?

To be honest for me fashion is just a word, in my opinion style is more important because is an extention of who we are, therefore we should only wear what makes us feel good.

  

Q: How would you define your personal style?

My personal style is very simple when comes to clothes, I tent to be more creative when I’m on set styling someone else. My closet is full of blazers, white blouses, cocktail dresses and jeans, where I go over the top is with accessories, I think they are the key item to make any outfit stand out.

  

Q: Which magazines do you read? What makes a good magazine?

Some of my favorite fashion magazines are: Numéro, and Vogue Japan. For me what makes a good magazine is a combination of a different things: Relevant information that makes a difference for the readers, originality, I’m a visual person so consistent layout/font-style/graphic style that is pleasing to the eyes is very important and of course a good cover.

 

Q: Where are you based?

At the moment I’m between the US (NYC and Florida) and Europe (Amsterdam and France) but I’m originally from The Dominican Republic.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

Just being able to work in what I really love is an amazing feeling, so there’s nothing in specific that I can highlight.

 

Julissa Martich

She by JMartich

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve over the next 12 months?

I’m working on a beautiful project called “She Is a Princess Foundation”. This is a foundation that will provide free education to little girls of low income in my country The Dominican Republic, hopefully becomes a reality this year. I’m also working on expanding internationally my styling company “Fleur de Lys Fashion Group”

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Whenever I get time to relax I just put some music, open a bottle of wine and jump in my bed.

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I’m from the Caribbean so anywhere with Ocean, Sand and Sun makes me happy.

 

Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

Too many!!!  I have almost every song of Sade, Lauryn Hill, Adele, Telepopmusik, John Legend, Moloko, Massive Attack and the list goes on and on, I can’t live without music.

 

Julissa Martich

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

I would like to tell everybody that with passion, dedication, and being true to one’s self anything is attainable in life.

 

Editor’s Note: Julissa Martich is someone who is passionate about everything she does in life. When combined with her intrinsic talent to create visually and emotionally appealing pieces of work, we’re sure that Julissa will continue to create incredible pieces of work and enjoy creative success in the coming months and years.

 

If you’d like to contact or learn more about Julissa Martich just follow the links below:

 

twitter link: http://twitter.com/#!/shebyjmartich

facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/She-By-JMartich/146616545355875

fashion magazine link: http://www.shebyjmartich.com

personal website link: http://www.julissamartich.com

vimeo channel: http://vimeo.com/shebyjmartich

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