What are some of the challenges in keeping up with fashion trends for styling?
I don’t know if I would call them challenges, I love researching and looking at overseas runways, going through magazines it’s so much fun for me. I receive look books from all the designers and they are my favourite emails – just checking out what designers are releasing for next season is critical for me!
What are some of the more noteworthy shoots you have styled?
There’s too many to name but I do love all the Strand Arcade campaigns that I have styled because of the creative freedom that I had as well as working with an amazing team – so easy and fun!
Inspired by the artisans of India, the Strand Arcade decided to shoot there. We had to break up the shoot within three days as it was 47C every day and sometimes hotter so we had our challenges. The Strand has some amazing designers to work with like Alex Perry, Akira, Manning Cartell and corner shop etcetera, etcetera.
The team working on it was perfection: Julie Provis on hair and make up, fashion photographer James Pipino, model Nicole Polard and art director Caroline Poiner. The locations were epic – so beautiful and so much history behind it!
Who have you styled recently? Who was your favourite to work with?
Recently I had the opportunity to style a lot of celebrities for TV Week. Everyone was so lovely I don’t think I have ever come across any celebs that where nasty or challenging, I do have to say though that Hamish and Andy where so funny!
I worked on a project with a good friend of mine Samuel Koh, and some other special people called WDCA (We Don’t Care About). It was a charity based project and we did a beautiful shoot at the Windsor Hotel with fashion photographer James Pipino and makeup artist Julie Provis and we produced a beautiful story – it’s still one of my faves! Such a great team and organisation to work with, so rewarding!
Why did you pursue a styling career?
I have always had an addiction to magazines from very young, I literally woke up one day and said I want to be a stylist and that made it happen! If I want something, I get it and that’s how it’s always been – no excuses, nothing, just do it!
How did you get into styling?
Getting into styling is not an easy process. I had no formal fashion or styling education but I knew I had an eye for it. So I started contacting fashion photographers asking them if they would do a test with me – and like that I started to build my connections and my folio. As soon as you have a good selection of editorials and tests you put together your folio and show clients. You never ever stop working on your book that is key. You are only as good as your last shoot so it just has to keep getting better!
Where would you like to see yourself in five years?
I love where I am at the moment, but I know I have to expand and move forward – progress is key. I would say that in 5 years I want Vass Arvanitis to be a brand or company.
Who would you love to work with?
There are so many people I would love to work with for so many different reasons but Ava Duvernay would be on the top of that list. I would love to work with her fashion short films. I love “The Door: Women’s Tales #5’ – amazing.
Which designers do you adore and why?
I adore Chanel; I don’t even think I have to explain why Chanel is so brilliant and every season it never disappoints! Love, love, love Chanel! But Mui Mui and Prada also make that list!
What is your styling tip for our readers this season?
A styling tip this season is keep you colour palette light and add a splash of colour in winter. When everyone is dressed in drab colours, you will sure be a stand out! Hats, beanies, scarves and bags will add an x-factor to your look!
I love the cape at the moment and so many Australian designers have done some great ones. I just got The Carla Zampatti one and loving it!
What’s your personal favourite outfit that you own?
I just bought a pair of leather pants and my Carla Zampatti cape and I want to wear them every day!