We all know Stacy London for her witty personality on TLC's "What Not to Wear" but, outside of the show Stacy London has created an amazing network just for interested stylists throughout the US. The program "Style for Hire" opens up possibilities for potential stylists to excel at what they do. Along with "Style for Hire" London has partnered with Westfield malls to launch a national city wide Style Tour. Last week I sat down with Lisa Tumbarello lead stylist for Westfield's Montgomery Mall Style Tour where she dished about this season hottest trends, the Style for Hire program, and lots more.
1. What exactly is the Style Tour?
"Stacy London and Westfield malls have a partnership together. Stacy's company is called "Style for Hire" and it's a conglomerate of independent personal stylists. We have all been trained by Stacy on the body centric way of styling, so that every stylist can work with any body type, budget, and lifestyle. The partnership with Westfield allows us to show customers merchandise from different stores and introduce them to things they might not have considered before and just kind of opens their eyes to new possibilities in their wardrobe."
2. What's HOT and what's NOT this Spring and Summer season?
"Colored Pants! All colors of the rainbow. You can get away with them at the office now. We haven't seen quite as much of Boho this season. It's still out there but maybe in a little bit more toned down effect and mixed with all the bright colors of this season."
3. What are some personal styling tips you can offer to women who aren't too much into fashion, but still want to look fashionable?
"I try to tell clients to look at their wardrobe and look at what kind of prints they currently have to see if there is a common color thread. This way they are not buying some orange pair of jeans getting them home and not knowing what to put with them. If they do a little homework before they go out they'll buy the right pieces."
4.What is one universal item every girl can rock despite their varying body types?
"Jackets are our best friends. It's something that's going to create shape in your top half, identify the waist, skim over the hips, add a little bit of interest, and take your outfit to the next level, while also giving that illusive pulled together look. One thing that Stacy talks about on "What Not to Wear" is making sure you have that completer piece and a lot of the time that piece is a jacket"
5.How can interested stylists join the 'Style For Hire' network?
"You can go to StyleForHire.com there's a section called 'Are you a Stylist?' and even if your not a stylist but you know this might be the direction you want to head in there are 2 day workshops taught by Stacy and plenty of other fashion professionals, that takes you through the body-centric way of working with clients, how you should interact with them, and the common ground on how you should be teaching clients. If you have no styling experience its a great place to get started. If you have styling experience there are also advanced workshops. If you have your own styling business it's a great supplement in getting clients from both ends. It's a really great partnership and take your business to the next level."
*Ladies to check out Stacy London's Spring 2012 shopping mag for style savvy tips and trends that are HOT, HOT, HOT this season click HERE*