Does anyone else find that a new year rarely actually brings change? One always pledges to create some, but how often does that come to fruition? Fortunately for Handled, this new year has brought us the best kind of change…
Meet (drumroll, please)…LAURA, our newest Handler! Simply the fact we’ve found the one person on Earth who has to remind themselves to wear more black (no, that’s not a typo), goes to show how funky and fresh 2018 is and is going to be. We are so, so excited that Laura has joined the Handled fam, and we can’t wait for you all to read why.
Q: How long have you been a stylist and what drew you to fashion in the first place?
A: Professionally, I’ve been a stylist for 5 years since I graduated from the London College of Fashion, but my family would tell you I’ve been a stylist since I was 3 years old, when I insisted on matching my hair bow to my dress, and then rounding out the outfit with a pair of ruffled socks.
I was drawn to fashion as a way to express my creativity. Nigel, AKA Stanley Tucci in The Devil Wears Prada sums it up in the most effortlessly eloquent way: “What they created was better than art, because you live your life in it.” Fashion is a living form of art that stylists bring to life, and I’m honoured to be a small part of that.
Q: What do you love about Handled?
A: I love that we’re giving back time to our clients while offering them an elevated styling experience. Getting dressed/being stylish/looking professional can be very stressful for both men and women, and we are doing everything possible to make their lives easier. We’re offering our clients peace of mind – and who can put a price on that.
Q: What are five wardrobe essentials every woman should have?
A well tailored wool coat, a favourite pair of jeans that make you love your figure, a leather moto jacket (whether it’s black or a bold pastel), a tote handbag, and an ankle bootie.
Q: Who is your style icon?
A: I have three. The first is my dad – his sense of fashion and natural eye for style gave me a fashion education from my childhood. Second, Blake Lively – one of the few celebrities who dresses herself. I find it hard to idolize celebrities for their sense of style or for the way they dress, all the while knowing that the credit is due to a team of fantastic stylists, but she is an outstanding exception. Third is Chloë Sevigny, my modern style inspiration. Feminine, edgy, fearless.
Q: What is one of your favourite collections of all time?
A: Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2015. I absolutely love the bold and eclectic use of colour combined with mixed prints. It’s youthful, glamorous, feminine, with a touch of bohemian – which are all ways I describe my own personal style. I have to remind myself to incorporate some black pieces into my wardrobe because I adore bold prints and colour. It’s challenging, exciting, and never, ever boring.
Q: Who is your favourite designer right now?
A: Diane Von Furstenberg. She blessed womankind with the iconic wrap dress while building a fashion empire with unwavering grace.
Q: What trend do you hate the most from 2017?
A: Designer crocs! Balenciaga and Christoper Kane rarely let me down but they have some explaining to do with this one.
Q: What trend do you love most right now?
I love when unexpected items from the past, particularly the 90’s, make a comeback and give me some serious nostalgia, i.e. narrow sunglasses and berets. I have a fun habit of identifying which decade my throwback pieces are inspired from. Another favourite are my high-rise crop flare denim/trousers from the 70’s.
Q: What is your favourite city in the world and why?
Oh, I don’t think I could possibly identify a single favourite city! London was my home while I studied fashion and where I discovered my individual style identity. Florence has an unparalleled feeling of culture, and a unique way of blending fashion and art while demanding an appreciation for both. And Terceira Island in the Azores – the one place on Earth where I felt the most content sense of freedom and self-discovery.
Q: What is your favourite movie and why?
Walk the Line. I saw it with my mom in theatres when I was 16 and fell head over heels for the unwavering love and romance between Johnny Cash and June Carter. Not to mention the wardrobe styling! I love seeing the styles of the 1950’s and 1960’s come to life on film. It was one of those cinematic experiences that was a fashion awakening for me.
I can’t not mention my runner-up/guilty pleasure favourite – Clueless. 90’s nostalgia combined with my favourite movie wardrobe of all time.
Q: You’re on a desert island – what five things would you want with you?
A: A pillow-top mattress, an endless subscription to Vogue, a french press, a cell phone, and a hairbrush.
Q: What is one outfit/piece from your past that you’ve always regretted wearing/purchasing?
A: Plain black leggings as pants (AMEN).
Q: What would advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
A: Don’t be scared of heartbreak. Have confidence and take pride in your talents. And you don’t need to conform to fashion rules; embrace individuality and follow your instincts.
Q: If you could be dressed by one person, who would it be?
A: Patricia Field.
Q: Style or comfort?
A: Stylishly comfortable.