“IF YOU’RE INVITED TO A PARTY AND YOU WEAR AN EVENING OUTFIT, YOU CAN WEAR A BLAZER AND YOU’RE STILL THE BOSS. THE OTHER ELEMENTS OF THIS OUTFIT ARE SUPER FEMININE, THE LACE, KITTEN HEELS AND THE SUPER MINI SHORTS, BUT WHEN YOU ADD THE BLAZER YOU BRING THE ASPECT OF TAILORING, THAT KIND OF STRENGTH – I’M NOT INTO CALLING IT MASCULINITY – AND ENHANCING IN THAT WAY.”
WHEN DID YOU GET INTO STYLING AS A CAREER?
I was working as a set designer for theatre and opera companies, and I got hired to assist with set design for an i-D shoot. That was my first fashion shoot, and when I saw what the stylist was doing, I realised that’s what I wanted to do. I then worked for an interiors magazine called Maison Française doing set design, but I started adding in models and dressing them – this was many years ago and you could do stuff like that then. I remember the magazine telling me “you’re shooting models in front of interiors and we’re not seeing the interiors so much!” But other publications started noticing my work and that’s how I started in fashion magazines. I was in Turkey when they launched Vogue and I joined as a fashion editor before I eventually became the fashion director.
THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER, YOU’VE STYLED A LOT OF PEOPLE, WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM WORKING WITH VARIOUS BODY TYPES?
I never think there’s anything to hide in body shapes, it’s always about enhancing what’s beautiful. One of the celebrities that I dressed, for example, had the most curvy, lovely body and I really wanted that to be celebrated in the shoot, so it was very ‘50s inspired. It’s all about enhancing your best features.