I first met international Fashion Consultant, Style blogger and accessories designer, Maryanne Alabi, March last year, in a meeting for fashion stylists for an upcoming fashion week.
When she stood up to speak, she caught my attention as I am not someone who you can easily impress.
Over the months, we kept in contact and eventually worked together on a project in November.
I was very impressed with her level of professionalism and passion towards work and I admit, I think that’s probably where my star-crush started. I will always admire a person who has impeccable taste in fashion.
I asked Maryanne to answer breed’s 9 questions and here are her answers! Trust me, she’s one to watch! This girl is going to rule the fashion world – possibly with me by her side. Lol.
At what age did you start becoming fascinated with fashion?
I started playing with fashion as early as 10 years old, and from my teenage days, I was so fascinated with fashion magazines, even though I didn’t understand the articles. I felt so much joy flipping through each fashion page, and digesting the images I saw, and went on to restyle what people would wear to the West Indies Carnival, lol. Those were blissful moments just remembering them.
How did you prepare for a career in styling?
Long before I graduated from college, I was in several dance groups and one of my designations was to design and come up with costume ideas for every event we had. I built on that, knowing what kind of colors, cuts and styles would be the best add-up to tell our story while we danced. After graduating, I started reading style books and anything fashion and style I could lay my hands on, studying each of them like I had an exam I was preparing for. I looked for names like Tim Gunn, Mr. Jay Manuel, I love their work, and read Tim Gunn’s book (A Guide to quality taste and style). I would go online to read on style, I started building a library that had style books from the best of the best in the fashion industry, books from June Ambrose, Racheal Zoe, Kimora lee Simmons just to mention a few – these books and other things helped guide me through my early style days before I started working with Sound City Blast as a fashion stylist and then as a style contributor in 234 Next’s “Elan” then went on to being the wardrobe consultant for Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) Seasons 3 and 4. And the rest they say is beautiful history…lol.
How do you stay updated on current trends?
I always look out for the trend forecast from Vogue, and basically fashion shows all around the world, following each collection as a guide. Street style fashion week is also a good guide, as this is where you get to see what you expect from the present and forthcoming seasons and loads of amazing ways to style them.
How important are fashion weeks to you?
Fashion week is super important to me. It’s an opportunity to see tons of collections and new creations from each designer, as well as to give me an idea on what to expect for the coming season.
What is your dream job?
I am living my dream job. I love it!!!
What are your plans for the future?
The plan is to be part of the style story that changes the world to a better place.
Where do you see yourself taking your styling career?
My sky has no limits!!!
Name the top three things in your styling career that are must-haves?
Pins, Cello tapes, Needle and thread.
Advice for upcoming fashion stylists?
Study! Study!! Study!!! Fashion changes every single second. You always have to be ready to learn new things. If you can’t go to fashion or style school, go online and read all about it. There is endless knowledge and information on how to be a stylist, there are more than five different types of stylists. If you don’t read, you cannot know.
You always have to stay humble and have a teachable spirit, irrespective of what position you find yourself in at all times, humility is the key to greatness.
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Written by Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
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