My love affair with fashion started at the age of 15. Although I never went to school for fashion, I’ve always had this gift of being able to understand future fashion trends and forecasts. At an early age, I developed the habit of playing in my closet and developing characters and story lines through the wardrobe. I became obsessed with what the celebrities wore on the red carpet. I found the glamour to be very addictive.
When it comes to my personal style, I can honestly say, “I’m still that little girl playing in my closet.” My style is very eccentric. It’s playful, fun, colorful, innovative, flamboyant, and very unpredictable. I don’t believe in following rules when it pertains to fashion or my style for that matter. I find creative freedom in being able to create my own trends and wear whatever I feel like wearing on that specific day. It all depends on my mood at that moment in time.
I love playing with color and texture when it comes to my wardrobe. As my style has developed, I’ve found that color makes me happy; it has the ability to change my energy and mood. On another note, I would say my style is innovative due to the fact that I love pushing the boundaries. I always style from the concept of “think outside the box.” There’s absolutely no limit to what you can create.
I’m an independent fashion stylist based out of Los Angeles. My area of expertise is celebrity, editorial/print, television, high fashion, Avant-garde, couture, and red carpet. My styling work has been featured in editorials for 944 magazine, Tight Rope Magazine, Smooth Magazine, and MNM Couture. In addition, I’ve styled for one of the most prestigious awards in the beauty industry; the North American Hair awards.
My proudest moment to date as a wardrobe stylist has been seeing my name in the credits for my work with the television series HBO Entourage. I’ve been blessed to work with some amazing industry professionals; however my collaboration with Celebrity Designers Michael Costello and Mondo Guerra still makes me smile to this day. Two of my favorite designers from the television show Project Runway who I rooted for from my living room. Being backstage with them and having the opportunity to style their runway show was beyond inspiring.
At the current moment, I’m working on accomplishing two major goals that I have every intention of fulfilling. One of them being getting agency representation as a wardrobe stylist and the other is making that transition from Fashion Stylist to Fashion Designer. I’m very excited about the future. My goal is to continue to challenge myself by pushing the boundaries, produce strong work that will inspire the world, and constantly evolve as an artist. The best is yet to come.
Inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere from the smallest act of kindness to photographs in magazines. Inspired by a fashion post by my lovely friend Oscar, I wanted to do my own interpretation through photos shot by Photographer Samantha Peck. We found the perfect location which were surrounded by breathtaking pecan orchards and the WIND helped create flowy scarfs movement throughout the photoshoot. This inspired me to call this series “Scarf Movement.”
Photographer: Samantha Peck
Model: Tiesha Harrison
Scarfs: Purchased at Goodwill and Ross Stores
Describe Your Style: My style is very ECLECTIC! I believe in truly embracing the beauty of art, in which I call fashion. By this, I focus on creating these amazing concepts that truly tell a story. Allowing the audience to really feel the amount of passion and work that everyone involved feels in order to bring about an amazing image. For the past 3 years I’ve had the opportunity to learn and work with some amazing people and I can’t wait to see what the future will hold! Like I tell many people remember “live to love, live to inspire, live to drive towards not just a dream, but your reality!!!
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I’ve been styling since graduating from University, so two years now. I absolutely love what I do, but
its so competitive you have to be determined and patient! What I love to do is
style feminine, edgy shoots. Something different is always fun but my favourite shoots are the
more simple shoots where the clothing/accessories can do all the talking!
I style a lot of editorials and designers look books but my most
recent project is starting a new print magazine, Exalt.
I would have to say that developing signature style is my trademark. Rather than helping people focus on what is in, current and on trend I take that a step further and help individuals and companies break free from the idea of rules to create a look that is uniquely their own. I am inspired by people like YSL, Kate Moss, Tamara Mellon, and Blake Lively. These fashion icons do not follow trends, they create them.
I started my fashion career in boutique sales working for Jimmy Choo and then eventually Salvatore Ferragamo, however I felt like I wasn’t really pushing myself. I visited my brother and his girlfriend in September 2011 during New York Fashion Week and caught one glimpse of the tents at Lincoln Center and I was hooked. The second I got to an internet connection I got on the the MBFW Website and applied to volunteer.
Three seasons in I have had the fortune of moving up to a Venue Captain for shows in the main theater including Rebecca Minkoff, Monique Lhullier, and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Given that I am new to this industry I have really made an effort to branching out and trying my hand different areas of the industry including styling photo-shoots, collaborating with designers to conduct fittings, dressing models, and actual show production.
Currently I work independently as a Fashion Stylist, you can see my published work in Zephyr Magazine, Fashion Faces Magazine, and Eloise Magazine. To see my portfolio please visit my Facebook Page Chic and Disheveled. As I said before Kate Moss is a huge fashion icon personally, but I am not alone. The world adores her. One of the things that inspires me most is that she never looks perfect. There is always something slightly askew or…disheveled about her. Whether it be she is in a perfectly polished look with her hair a-mess, or she is decked out in grunge but her make-up is flawless. There is always an element that make it her, and that is what fashion is all about. Taking it and making it your own!
For more tips on how to develop your own signature style please check out my blog, Chic and Disheveled at http://chicanddisheveled.blogspot.com/
Additional Bio info:
• Style Operations team member for Phoenix Fashion Week
• Dresser for The Agency Arizona
Images included are from my most recent shoot for Zephyr Magazine March 2013
FB: Chic and Disheveled
Describe Your “STYLUSH” Style?
I feel like my biggest accessory is my 3 quarter sleeve tattoo. Looking back at when I got it I was way over the top funky with a crazy Rod Stewart hair style with platinum blonde locks. Obviously I was trying a little too hard. These days I dress edgy but still keep it professional. I’ve toned down a tad but only to draw the type of clientele that I want as well as be approachable for my many entrepreneurship’s. I pair a lot of my looks with skirts and biker boots or vintage t’s with Maxi’s. I don’t really have a set style, I just wear what I like and feel comfortable in. My accomplishments in the the fashion field has really varied. I continue my education in the hairdressing industry on a monthly basis, as I feel like your hair is one of your biggest fashion accesory it says alot about a women. My work has been published in Magazines such as 944, LifeStyles, So Scottsdale,Dark beauty, Dwell, seen on the runway at Scottsdale Fashion Week, Phoenix Fashion Week, Scottsdale Wedding walk , along with numerous downtown first Friday art events. My work have also been seen on TLC, NBC, FOX 10,Channel 3 TV.
My personal style is a compilation of Afrocentric culture, Current trends, Vintage finds, and bright colors i like to describe my style as ——> Black Grandma technicolor rainbow. Fashion to me, is a way to express yourself, it’s MY form of art, and the form of art that speaks to the masses, there will always be clothing, someone will always need something to wear, so why not dress it up? I feel as if clothing is a universal language, it’s one of the only things that keeps the human race connected. I believe that everyone deserves the chance to express themselves, in any way they choose.
My accomplishments thus far—-> Have included but are not limited too, the starting of http://www.varaayanna.com, a fashion lifestyle website, And the start of my new magazine www. Thriftqueened.com, a world conscious fair trade fashion company geared towards making up-cycled, re-vamped, fair trade, and being yourself——> the new couture. We focus on one of a kind up-cycled couture pieces for all shapes and sizes, along with Eco-friendly ready to wear NEW fair trade fashion, and accessories made from 100% organic and fabrics and products. We also donate to various charities and underprivileged areas.
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A graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London, I had always had big aspirations.
My first job was for BHS/Arcadia as a Buying Associate. Here I learnt that determination and perserverance would set me in good stead for the success I craved.
Following this buying stint, I went on to work for a men’s luxury fashion agency as a Sales and Marketing Coordinator. I put my best foot forward and created flourishing social networks for the brands that were under my wing. Picking up a flair for styling along the way, I created my website to make my finite dreams a reality.
I offer freelance fashion styling, for brands and for individuals.
I won Best Stylist at Tellus Fashion in May 2012. http://www.tellusfashion.com/magazine/stylist-competition-winner-samantha-ria
Now a Fashion Insider for LookLab.com, you can view my profile here: http://www.looklab.com/samantharia
I am Stylist to Olympic Gymnast, and Strictly Come Dancing Champion, Louis Smith, and also work alongside many other celebrities in the sporting and music world. Biggest accomplishment would be styling and creatively directing the production of Louis’ 2013 calendar.
And you can keep up with my favourite trends on my blog, which now has 200,000 monthly visits:http://samantharia.com/stylistics_anonymous/