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Our readers would love to get to know you more Kimberly. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I'm an Australian who has lived in 6 countries in the last 15 years (Netherlands, UK, Hungary, Qatar, Indonesia & now the Philippines) Formerly Editor in chief of VOX magazine Qatar. Freelance fashion & beauty editor. Have now started two fashion companies: Sitara Vintage & Wild Fur.
Kimberly , what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Creative Director?
Always been passionate about fashion. In 1986 mum brought me a stone washed, bat sleeve denim jacket for Christmas & wrapped it & put it under the Christmas tree. I unwrapped it secretly that night & started wearing it. Thus my lifelong obsession with fashion started!
Who is your inspiration in life Kimberly? How do you keep inspired?
With the advent of social media, I think I am more inspired by "everyday" people. I joined Facebook when I lived in Budapest in 2007 & previous to that it was mainly magazines that would keep you inspired.
We all make mistakes Kimberly; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Creative Director; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Working as a Fashion editor in Qatar had its challenges about fashion shoots & the Islamic culture. There were always interesting debates about what could & couldn't be shown & heated debates on censorship!
Kimberly ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Creative Director, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
It's all about balance & creating the right team around you & utilising the key strengths of the team members. For example, I'm terrible at budgeting, so I need an amazing finance person with great attention to detail!
Please tell us, Kimberly , about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Creative Director?
I think a strategy is an important tool every day in your prioritizing. You have to decide, strategically, what to tackle first that is going to give the most payback
Kimberly, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I'm a very visual person, so the way I do this is through pictures. I present two ideas as two different pictures (it could be an editorial fashion shoot picture or an idea)
Kimberly, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Creative Director. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
It's so many years of working towards creating the @sitaravintage fashion brand. It took a long time to source the right fabric (from Pakistan) & find the right tailors (in the Philippines) and to see the work featured in its first magazine editorial this month was wonderful.
Kimberly, 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 find it hard NOT to be creative! It's the times where I have to do the "other" bits (admin, finance, etc.) that I find the hardest
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Creative Director?
Follow your passion. I know it's a total cliche, but it's true
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Always happy to collaborate. I'm in manila, Philippines