This week I caught up with wardrobe stylist, design consultant, and fashion educator, Sally Lyndley, for a little Q&A. I have been a fan of her work for a while, as an avid reader of LOVE and of course Vogue magazine in which she contributes her killer styling skills among other amazing publications and fashion endeavors. Sally is on Nashville Fashion Week's "Look Sharp" portion of the Industry Panel tomorrow afternoon...Get Excited!
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Q.What sparked your interest in being a part of this year's Nashville Fashion Week?
A One of my colleagues in NYC brought NFW to my attention. I have a couple of friends who are living there and love it. So I was interested in coming to Nashville and checking out the fashion scene. My mom is from a small town outside of Memphis. So I grew up traveling to Tennessee every summer. I LOVE the south and try to visit every time I can find an excuse. In 2007, I came to Nashville to shoot Carrie Underwood for Vogue and fell in love with the cool city. Excited to have an opportunity to come back and explore a bit more.
Q. I read in your bio that you are from Dallas, TX, I think a lot of people have the idea that southern style is not up to par with the rest of the fashion world. What is your take on Southern style?
A. I have met plenty of ladies from Dallas and other south cities who buy couture and def know all about the best brands in fashion. I think style and fashion are global conversations and that were you live doesn't affect your style really. That being said, growing up in Dallas, I loved the ladies I would see at Neiman Marcus wearing Chanel and Armani suits with perfect hair and makeup. I think the sense of "Lady" is still alive in the south and I love that. I also love the vintage and thrift shopping in the south. Isabel Marant has been inspired by cowgirls for her Paris runway. Southern style is influential, not a set back!
Q.What made you want to become a stylist? How did you get your start?
A.When I was modeling at 16, I first became aware of the stylist role. And quickly get obsessed. I quit modeling at 17 because I hated not having an opinion as a model in the final image. At 17 years old, I became a stylist for the Dallas Morning News. I have been doing it ever since, over 12 years now,
Q.What is the most challenging aspect of being a stylist?
A. Dealing with clients who don't listen to my assessment and strategy guidance. I find it strange when someone is paying me a ton of money but won't take my coaching.
Q. Who are some of your favorite designers to pull from?
A. Alaia, Comme Des Garcons, Louis Vuitton, Celine
Q. What are some of your favorite shopping destinations?
A. Dover Street Market in London, Opening Ceremony in NYC, Garland Road Thrift in Dallas Tx.
Q. What has been your favorite job or project you have worked on thus far?
A. Too many awesome jobs to pick one. Working with Victoria Beckham was awesome. I live for her. And Drew Barrymore for the last Katie Grand issue of POP Magazine was pretty amazing too. Also working on Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort collections tops the list.
Q. If you could style anyone living or dead, who would it be?
A.Joan of Arc, I love dressing strong women. And I love a strong character.
Q. Who is your ultimate style icon?
A. I have never had just one. MIA is def an icon for me and so is Phoebe Philo. But I also love Agyness Deyn and Karen Elson. Margot Tenenbaum, Jane Birkin, Debbie Harry, Miss Piggy, Chloe Sevigny. Seriously, it's all over the place. But I think that's what makes my style different. I like juxtaposition and characters.
Q. Any future projects you want to plug or share with our readers?
A. My Look TV Fashion Rants are being filmed for another season right now. And I am Creative Director for a really fun fashion audio brand called Chic Buds. www.chicbuds.com Then I am working on a special new TV project for late 2013. Super excited.
for a look at Sally's work check out www.sallylyndley.com