How did you become a professional fashion stylist and what do you love most about your job?
Since I can remember, I loved fashion. My mother tells me that I flipped through fashion magazines long before I could read. She is also the one who taught me everything I know about it. She has an amazing eye for fashion and vast knowledge that she passed onto me by telling me all about inspiring designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Dior and Chanel. We would watch the classic movies starring Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Catherine Deneuve together. Growing up like this influenced my style and my attitude towards timeless elegance – being chic and dressing effortless. I organized fashion shows in our backyard and did photoshoots with my friends.
Later on, I turned my passion into my choice of studies and studied fashion journalism whilst simultaneously working as a styling assistant. I really wanted to know everything there was about it. Meeting different people everyday, fulfilling the visions of my clients, seeing an idea form itself into a campaign or lookbook is the most wonderful and significant part of my job! Fashion is my ultimate passion and I feel very lucky to do what I love!
What is your favorite place to shop for new key pieces?
I couldn’t name one favorite shop and I avoid internet shopping if possible. I definitely prefer to feel and touch the fabric, see the colors and try it on immediately to see how it fits. That’s what makes shopping thrilling for me. I find treasures in tiny vintage stores, at flea markets and even on the high street. It’s all in the mix! I truly believe that great style has nothing to do with money. It´s actually quite the opposite. You get a more creative and individual vibe, which is impossible to just buy. It’s a rare quality that can be achieved, when walking around with a open mind and heart.
When I first started out as a stylist I had little to no money, but nevertheless found beautiful pieces that cost next to nothing, ranging from prestigious labels to no names from all decades. My favorite city to shop is my hometown Berlin. Amsterdam, Antwerp and of course Paris and London are also amazing cities to find unusual clothes. Some of my most valuable pieces where lying on some floor in chaotic little stores, where you would least expect to find something.
Do you have a favorite piece in your closet?
I don’t have one favorite piece, but have a collection of vintage bags from Bally, Aigner and Chloe which I was lucky enough to find over the years. I really love silk scarfs, I believe you can never have to many of those. Sometimes I don’t wear pieces for years, and then discover them again in my closet. The most important part is to feel comfortable and be whoever you want to be, regardless of trends!
What do you consider the best moment of your career so far or what achievement are you especially proud of ?
I have so many moments in my career which I consider special, therefore it’s hard to pick just one. If I had to narrow it down, I would say that so far I am most proud of having worked on my first movie. I was Head of the Costume Department, which was very challenging, exciting, and I fell in love with all of it. I always knew that costume design would be something I would like, but never quite got around to doing it. Seeing the actors playing their role in my costumes was overwhelming. At the risk of sounding cheesy I have to say it was a dream come true and I cant wait to see it on the big screen!
Who is your favorite designer or label?
The huge hype aside, I would have to say Gucci, but also Dolce&Gabbana and Blumarine are labels I adore. Maybe because I am half Sicilian and the bold, bright and vibrant colors of the Italian fashion houses just speak to me.
Where do you get the inspiration for your work from?
For me, everything out of the ordinary is inspiring. Interesting street styles, worn down architecture, metropolitan nightlife, traveling and of course art. But mostly, it’s the golden times of the old Hollywood era and the grandezza of the glamorous fashion houses from Paris to Milan. If I could, I would travel back in time, to an era when fashion was still about extravagance and a certain je ne sais quoi !
Thank you very much for this great interview, Marcella!