Gabrielle Teare is London’s own Celebrity Fashion Stylist and International Fashion Writer. She Provides a Luxury Style Service, a London based Personal Shopping Service as well as: Fashion Advice on What to Wear and Mens Styling. As a fashion trends based columnist, The Chicago Fashion Trends Examiner makes it a point to scower the web and follow the hottest and most innovative stylists. Gabrielle’s blog and site is one that is followed closely by this examiner!
Her innate style, creative innovation and simply fabulous personality is seen through her work and writing! When she agreed to answer questions for you dear reader, your very own CFE was enthralled!
She has the insider view and is on the forefront of NOT JUST the retail industry, but the fashion runways as well! Her blog always pushes the envelope in terms of content and covers fashion and beauty on all fronts. From reviews on product to how to find a sample sale, her blog is always informative and helpful! Be sure to check Gabrielle out at: www.gabrielleteare.com!
If you are ever in Chelsea, London do be sure to give her services a try! She is known for acting as a style consultant for Disney “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and has even been featured on CNN!
To learn more about Gabrielle and upcoming trends from London based stylist, read on!
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, your company & where it is located and what you do?
I am located in Chelsea, London in the heart of the fashion zone. I style upmarket men and women. I also go to all the fashion shows and write about them Internationally. This gives me a unique take as most stylists do not also follow trends so closely, and most writers are not also stylists!
2. What made you pursue your career in the fashion industry?
I was an Interior Designer and have always loved fashion. I started shopping for people when I left University I used to visit Milan and Paris to buy art and kitchens etc. I always had fantastic clothes and my friends wanted them. So I used to buy for them and bring them home with me. It was a natural progression to be a stylist, as I already was a Personal Shopper. I trained intensively and now also train other stylists!
3. As a stylist, you definitely have an insiders view of the upcoming fashion trends, can you give our readers some examples of trends that you think will work in anyone’s closet for the spring/summer season?
Nautical is great. A red and white /black and white jumper with embellishments is a Balmain/Givenchy copy and looks amazing with white or black cotton jeans or Capri pants.
Platforms are everywhere, as are shoe boots with open toes. Update your shoes you update your wardrobe.
The Burberry Prorsum trench in soft pastel pinks and white is a winner and there are many inexpensive takes on this.
Wow dresses have glitter, sequins, gold and crystals. Be careful not to look cheap, a little bling is better than a lot.
I love the Celine miniskirt and bags. Easy clean elegance.
Avoid baggy trousers, harem pants. Big girls look bigger, small girls look bigger as well. Unflattering unless 6 foot!
4. Are there any color palettes that you definitely feel have presented them seamlessly along the lines for this season?
Colour is everywhere in the shops at last, after 80% black! Patterns are huge as well.Look for oversized digital prints in fabulous colours. I love turquoise and white for spring. Raspberry and all the pinks are around everywhere as well. There is a lot of khaki and beige as the stores copy the Balmain military looks in buttoned jackets with shoulder pads.
5. Can you offer any styling tips that our readers can keep in mind when putting together a professional outfit/casual look/night out with the girls look?
Professional outfits should be feminine. Trouser and skirt suits should show your shape. Cut is everything. Men spend a lot more on their work wardrobe than women, then we get passed over for promotion. Buy less buy classy. Buy beautiful white shirts, spend money, keep them for 10 years. In winter sweater dresses work. Shift dresses work all year round and do not have to be black.
For Parisian chic buy navy and white.
Casual is very different in Europe to the States. We are less casual! I love Emporio Armani, for me he is the King of smart casual. Buy clothes that fit. Seriously, most women buy clothes too big for them. Spend money on great jackets, aim to keep them- this is about style not fashion. Buy cheaper pieces each season on trend in the High Street, this is fashion, throw away at end of the season. If a style does not suit you don’t buy it, only buy things you love.
The sexiest mid range dress is Herve Leger copies, Moschino also has an amazing black dress which is backless. For elegance one shouldered dresses look amazing in red with a ruffle. This is a Lanvin look, that looks amazing and is everywhere on the High Street.
If you are going to wear jeans, black cotton looks nicer than denim, more classy, same price. Wear just two colours for effortless style. High heels with jeans or shoe boots elongate the legs and slim.
6. Can you give our readers an idea of 5 staple items that every woman should have in her closet?
Fabulous white shirt
Little Black Dress
I would be amazed if any woman had only 5 things in her closet!!
7. Do you have any style icons that you relate to or garner inspiration from, if so, whom and what draws you to them?
The editor of Vogue Japan, Italian Anna Della Rosso is fantastically stylish, Google to see pics or look on my blog.
Celebrities often look too casual. Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz look great, sloppy track suits, Ugg boots don’t do it for me.
I also can’t relate to the size zero thing. I love women with curves who show them to perfection.
Models are 6` or more aged 15 and naturally thin. They grow up and then out. I can count on my left hand clients who fit this profile.
Stylish women do not follow fashion, they buy things they love when they see them and buy things that suit them. I loved Olivia Palermo and Liv Tyler at London fashion week both exuded style and glamour.
8. Many people feel fashion and music go hand in hand, are there any music icons that you feel are making an impact on the fashion industry and if so, why?
Lady Gaga- not sure what impact!! Corsets probably, underwear as outerwear, she is one to watch.
9. Can you give our readers any tips on organizing their closets, what are 3 key points to keep in mind?
Throw out things you no longer wear, that don’t suit you, that are worn out, or that are unfashionable.
Keep key pieces. If you buy style instead of fashion your clothes should last many years.
Try to be objective. Why do you have 8 pinstriped suits but no dresses etc? This is what I do, when I do a wardrobe audit. Many women have masses of one thing but nothing of something else.
10. Do you have any suggestions or words of wisdom you can offer our readers about starting a career in the fashion industry?
You have to have an eye, if you don’t, forget it. Fashion is a business, it is about money primarily. People fail as stylists because they cannot dress people other than as themselves, the art is to dress them in their own style not yours.
11. Where can our readers find more about you and your services? (website, blog?)
My blog has International authors ranging from Net-a Porter trend researchers, to NYC Fashion Editors. Also Teen Fashion, Italian fashion and London fashion. Many of us are stylists and all attend or style at the fashion weeks in Milan, Paris, London and New York.
It is now the highest ranked blog for a stylist in the world, so come take a look!!
We look at the styles but also what to wear to suit your body.
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