[Originally posted on January 2009]
Kristina-Cecile is a young stylist from Paris: she has just styled Alice Dellal and is working on a magazine named Lurve and a hipster tourist guide named T.V. Let’s find out more!
Could you please explain in few lines your work?
I’m using my imagination, creativity and art sensibilities to make people and objects look damn good. I choose clothes, accessories and furnitureís consult photographer, hair dresser and make up artist to put together the photo shootís theme. Sometimes, I’m allowed to cast the models.
How do you find working in Paris? Why did you choose to live there in the first place?
Working in Paris is really hard; it is the city of fashion so there are tons of stylists out there! You need to fight to make yourself at home, it is sometimes frustrating but I love it! I didn’t choose to live, my mom did it. She arrives in Paris at the age of 20.
Are there any places you’d definitely recommend to any girl visiting Paris?
Bookstores: Leks, OFR, Palais de Tokyo
Vintage: Freep’n'star, Episode, Rag
Galeries: Azzedine Alaia, Emmanuel Perrotin
Shops: Pigalle, No Good Store
Could you please tell us more about your background and career?
I was a dresser for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Paco Rabanne, Lacroix and Chanel shows. I have worked for theatres; I was a costume designer for several Dance Companies and have being the assistant for Catherine Miran press office that takes cares of Isabel Marant and Dice Kayek. I was an assistant buyer for Bergdorf Goodman and Holt Renfrew. All in all I’ve always been in the fashion scene.
What are your favourite stylists out there?
In Paris, I like the rock attitude of Emmanuelle Alt (Vogue).
Who are the most stylish people you have met in Paris/New York? Why?
Paris: Kirikoo, member of Pain O Chokolat (painochokolat.com), dark skin man with tattoos and piercing, I love him!
Amsterdam: Sonny Groo, editor in chief of Mykromag (abdul-lagerfield.blogspot.com), Sonny is so elegant and knows how to rock black. Jean Paul Paula, the assistant of Sonny (jeaniuss.blogspot.com). He is the new Grace Jones: model, stylist, dancer (…) he does everything and he’s so young, I’m impressed.
New York: The Agytators, Coco Black and Melly Shabbaz (theagytators.blogspot.com). These girls don’t play, they make their own business: photography, video, art exhibit, music. I love their style, so vintage!
What are your personal hobbies and interests?
I love cinema, it was my major course at university. I would like to work there in my second life. I start to work on photography and don’t know where I’m going yet but I really like it. I still dance but not as much as I’d like to.
Where do you see yourself in a few years time?
I see myself as a host for a fashion TV show or somewhere in the movie industry!
Is there anything in particular you would like us to mention?
Being a stylist means that your personal look tells a lot about yourself and your work.
I have half of my head shaved à la Alice Dellal and dreadlocks on the other hand, I’m taking risks with myself before taking risks with others. I am also a professional dancer, I love to travel so if anyone out there would like to book me as a stylist in China or something I’m ready to go, LOL!
Who is the woman you’d like to see featured/interviewed here
Lyna Ahanda, freelance journalist, my co-worker, my friend, my mentor.