Calling all fashionistas, celeb stylist Alex Longmore shares her expert tips for scoring your dream fashion job!
Celebrity stylist Alex Longmore is one of the UK’s top fashion folk, having worked with a whole host of celebrity names including Little Mix!
Alex has since gone on to open her very own Style School, dedicated to opening doors for wannabe fashionistas. She runs various industry-focused courses throughout the year, including a one weeklong ‘Introduction to Fashion Styling’ programme through the summer holidays and half terms.
We caught up with the lady herself, as well as some of the school’s industry experts and past students.
Read our interview with Alex here...
S: Which celebs do you love to style the most?
Alex: I absolutely loved styling Little Mix, I thought they were really inspirational, and I worked with them just before they won X Factor and they were really lovely girls.
I would love to style the Duchess of Cambridge because I think her style could be moved on a bit more – it’s a bit safe… And David Beckham!
Wouldn’t we all!!
S: What’s your style verdict on stars like Rihanna, Katy Perry & Jessie J?
A: I think Rihanna is an absolutely great role model for young girls because she’s not super skinny and she’s got curves, and I think that’s really great. I think Jessie J is great too - I love her on The Voice. I can’t quite get my head around Katy Perry & Jessie J’s hair though! But I think they’re much better role models than Lady Gaga and Madonna, who are a bit like show ponies and a bit ridiculous.
S: And which celebs do you think need a complete style overhaul?
A: Katie Price! She’s so beautiful, I think she could be made to look absolutely amazing. And I’d love to get my hands on Joey Essex from TOWIE, because I think he could be the next David Beckham.
S: What do you think of One Direction’s style?
A: One Direction always get it right – I love the way they wear matching suits and are styled as a band and not individuals in a band. They’ve got a kind of preppy look that obviously really appeals. But I thought when they wore onesies that was a really wrong look!
S: JLS on the other hand are known for their creative sense of style, what do you think of their look?
A: JLS aren’t as stylish as One Direction – they’re not as slick!
S: What’re your top tips for those wanting to break into the fashion industry?
A: There’s so much exposure into the fashion industry now, it’s the perfect time try and get into it. Don’t underestimate the power of work experience, it’s really, really important. And never try to be something that you’re not.
S: Why did you open ‘Alex Longmore’s Styling School’?
A: I really started the school to give people an education of what goes on in the industry from top people, so that they really understood every aspect of it.
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