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I am driven to make others look and more importantly feel good about themselves. I believe that no matter your size, gender, ethnicity, or income you deserve to look and feel your best! I also see fashion as an art form, and that comes through in my editorials.
Kelli, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Fashion Stylist?
I am passionate about art and helping others. Styling gives me the opportunity to explore both of those passions. I can help others by rebuilding confidence through fashion and by working with talented up and coming designers that are looking for new opportunities.
Who is your inspiration in life Kelli? How do you keep inspired?
I stay in inspired by keeping myself around other positive and motivated people. I also do yoga, read, pray, and attend inspirational events such as art exhibits and shows. Living in NYC helps to keep me inspired.
We all make mistakes Kelli; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Fashion Stylist; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
On my very first photo shoot, I had a model arrive without proper underwear. She ended up having to wear the pants with no underwear at all, which resulted in her keeping the pants instead of me returning them. It taught me to over prepare.
Kelli, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Fashion Stylist, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
For me, comfort and lifestyle are a priority when styling a client. I always want my clients to feel good and be comfortable in what they wear and who they are.
Please tell us, Kelli, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Fashion Stylist?
I was booked for a shoot very last minute but because it was a model friend I accepted the job. She had no real concept and no staff other than a photographer, herself and the other model. She told me she and the other model wanted to be dressed in black and white only. I strategically pulled everything in my closet that was black and white and had her and the other model send me photos of all black and white clothing they owned. I was able to come up with a very simple theme very last minute. I was able to get one of my mum friends to do the hair and makeup. The shoot came out so well it ended up getting published in a small online publication.
Kelli, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
At my waitressing job, we are open on big holidays, and everyone hates it. I decided to take one for the team and work Christmas but only one other person volunteered, and my manager needed one more. I was able to convince a co-worker to work with me by making it sound exciting and throwing in the fact that as a college student she does not have family here and will end up at home alone.
Kelli, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Fashion Stylist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment was moving into my apartment on my own. I saved up thousands of dollars in 6 months by myself for deposits. As a shopaholic, it took lots of discipline not to spend any of the money I was saving. I felt so independent and free.
Kelli, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I am always creative as a Wardrobe Consultant. Whenever I put my concepts together, it's always exciting to do my mood boards and get a vision going. The difficult part is executing that vision. Finding the items I envision and pulling a dream together to be on the same page is the challenge.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Fashion Stylist?
Staying creative is usually the easy part, but hard work always beats talent. So I would say networking and actively building your portfolio is what is most important when starting out.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am always looking for new and fabulous brands.
Each photo has different credits because they are from different shoots