Monday, 11 October 2010

WWFW - Juliette Lewis; Virtually styled

After a number of gruelling interviews I got my dream job!  I get to dress famous faces.  You might call me a celebrity stylist, but I don’t like the over-and-misused word ‘celebrity’.  I will come up with a better title for myself in due course.  For now, call me a fashionoclast.  My arm is black and blue from pinching myself.  Just as well that autumn calls for long sleeves. 
In my self-appointed, self governing role as advisor to anyone deserving and in need, I've realised that there is no need to criticise (though you know how I like to) but just cast a critical eye.  I am to work with what is inherently there, bringing strengths to the fore and slamdunking any wayward items into the proverbial bin as I go.  And I am not charging a dollar!

My first client is one of my all time favourite gals: Juliette Lewis.   Her exceptional charisma completely eclipses her feral style.  She is certainly not a camera pop tart, regularly changing outfits and make-up artist on standby to appease the lords of pap.  She is not going to obsess because she is a woman of substance, whose shell is secondary to her performance.  Sometimes it seems as though she doesn’t give two hoots, but she does like to make a statement, which points to the contrary.  I wouldn’t dare mess with her stage persona, she knows best which skin-tight trousers can withstand copious crutch rubbings.  I will be seperating the oui! from the chav.

I always start off by showing my clients pictures of themselves looking sensational.  Juliette is on the fringes, offbeat and idiosyncratic, characteristics which I want her new wardrobe to echo.  Dressing well is not just about what suits your shape, but also your personality.  I like her in the simple but bold horizontal stripes and drainpipes outfit.  The patent boots and studded clutch lend just enough attitude, though a belt could have added some welcome drama to this simple combo.  The denim leopard print corset dress is purrrfect on Juliette.  It shows off her wild side and fine figure.  She was right to go for chunky peeptoe platforms to add length and modernity, anything else could have ended up in the extra mature cheese bracket.  The last outfit looks good but it is too respectable and needs a shot of scandal to be true to the girl woman that is Juliette Lewis.

Here are the skeletons I found in JL's closet and how I put the flesh back onto their weary bones.  I am speaking her language, just with a different accent.

French chic meets biker chick and not a beret or harley in sight
a leather pencil skirt is sexy but subtle, the earrings add delicacy to this fierce look

Wool blend sweater, £150, A.P.C
Mini Alanis leather skirt, £275, Alice by Temperley
Clou Noeud 150 studded slingbacks, £755, Christian Louboutin
Hell's Knuckleduster Box Clutch, £1,295, Alexander McQueen
Pearl and ribbon earrings, £525, Lanvin (all
 The now way to foray into satin
a heavy masculine blazer brings gravitas to these lace trim shorts, the vest injects grunge

Vintage cotton skull tank, £97, Bess
Lace-trimmed silk shorts, £240, Lover
 Fine dogtooth wool blazer, £1,175, Stella McCartney
Glitter leather loafer pumps, £370, Miu Miu
Paradiso 24-karat gold drop earrings, £245, Bijoux Heart (all


 Carry off not on leather trousers
even red leather is a breeze when accompanied by high end classic items

Soan cropped leather biker pants, £1,490, Isabel Marant
Striped cotton T-shirt, £270, Proenza Schoeler
Canvas trench coat, £440, Thread Social
Swarovski antique brass pendant, £340, Alexander McQueen (all
Peep-toe suede skull shoes, £565 (
Image via

Off duty clothes are balanced by on duty accessories

I'm not sure why, but seeing  JL in these unimaginative ballet pumps makes me angry

Exposed shoulder pad jersey top, £240, Maison Martin Margiela
Suede tassel shoulder bag, £520, Vanessa Bruno 
Global Glam beaded bracelets, £60, Juicy Couture (all
Stud embellished denim shorts, £330, Current Elliott
 Leopard print leather ballet pumps, £518, Charlotte Olympia (both

 90% denim + 10% headscarf = 100% Axl Rose
25% denim shirt + 25% grey vest + 50% leather mini + 10% chunky silver = 110% rock n roll

The Perfect Shirt, £260, Current Elliot
Silk and modal tank, £65, Kain
 Isabel Marant 'Katell' fringed leather mini £1,100
Tribute spotted leather sandals, £1,170, Yves Saint Laurent (all
Large Wolf Head pendant, £110, The Grrat Frog (
 It was a NO to the Princess Diaries
If you want to go cute, make sure it is short and bright, add weight with kick-ass-essories
Delancy short dress, £593, Diane von Furstenberg (
Balleto platform sandals, £1,430, Brian Atwood
Chrome and crystal bib necklace, £740, Oscar de la Renta (both

Make an entrance don't beat a retreat with these white boots on yer feet
tred lightly on hallowed hippie territory in this colourful beaded jacket
the rest of the outfit keep it rockin rather than swaying

Wolf logo t-shirt, £98, See by Chloé (
Beaded short jacket, £930, Haute Hippie
Fringed wool-blend shorts, £535, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Suede peep-toe pump, £565, Alexander McQueen
Sterling silver scarab beetle bangle, £265, Bottega Veneta
Sterling silver eagle claw earring, £190, Pamela Love (all
 Image via Stella Pictures

More is more when it's right 
Forego zany tights and gloves in favour of a mouthwatering dress and statement accessories
Draped satin dress, £1,430, Marios Schwab
 Leather skull bracelet, £165, Alexander McQueen
Lace-up pumps, £1,070, Alaïa
Queen of the Damned spike earrings, £220, Erickson Beamon (all
 Sequined fedora hat, £298, Eugenia Kim (

It's only V but I like it
Even if your heels sink into the soil, it is a fate preferable to these unflattering boots,
this wool cape will protect you from festival fashion and rain
Long wool cape coat, £550, Joseph

Erika hammered-silk blouse, £145, Alice by Temperley

Leather shorts, £530, Tibi
Chelsea tassel ankle boots, £620, Yves Saint Laurent
Hare brass and Czech stone earrings, £60, Marc by Marc Jacobs (all
Pattern to flattern
opposites sides of the spectrum don't always make for a coherent look
Printed silk-twill dress, £360, See by Chloé
Venus Orlato 140 ankle boots, £880, Christian Louboutin

Beverley stamped-leather clutch , £175, Michael Michael Kors

Set of four 10-karat gold braided bracelets, £310, Scosha
18-karat rose gold snake earrings, £335, Anita Ko (all

Some further guidelines from your personal stylist:

Meltdown - avoid at all costs - head to toe looks, being too literal, pastels, flounce, white boots of any kind unless by prior approval with me, trousers tucked into pointy knee high stiletto boots, most things of the pearl variety

Hazardous - approach with caution:  flounce, sequins, lady like, preppy, red, yellow

Safe -  dabble in these but don't lose your head:  leather, denim, leopard print, rich colours (esp purple, forest and burgundy), studs, fringing, short sharp graphic patterned dresses, exaggerated shoulders with nipped in waists, Adam Ant jackets, Chrissy Hynde, drama

DISCLAIMER:  Lucky for you Juliette hasn't called on my services yet, but I want to give you advance warning that I won't be able to share with you so freely when she does, and lets face it, that's a given.  Eventually

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