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CHANTELLE

FASHION STUDENT | FASHION BLOGGER

“I LIKE TO BE EDGY WITH A BIT OF CLASS.”

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What inspired you to get into fashion?

I have always had an interest in fashion for as long as I can remember! From when I was a child, I loved dressing up and took pride in my appearance. I decided to pursue it from secondary school right up to my current degree (Fashion Buying with Marketing.) Others around me also encouraged me to start blogging once they saw my interest in it!

What is your favorite day to day fashion brand?

My favorite brand will most probably have to be Fashionnova or Missy Empire

Define the keys to the success of being a fashion stylist? How do you cope under pressure?

I currently Identify myself as a blogger, however, I am most certainly not where I need to be in terms of styling as I am still learning and taking time to understand the technicalities of styling. A few things I have learned is to be confident in yourself, the moment you start to doubt your ability people will fail to respect you and ultimately find it difficult to trust your work! I’d also say that being a stylist is more than just being able to dress but it’s imperative to study the people around you and their sense of style. Once you master that, you’ll be on the road to becoming a successful stylist. In regards to coping under pressure, the number one rule is to be organized! Being organized is key, set yourself daily tasks and it’s okay to ask for help.

Biggest failure you have had. What did you learn from it?

That’s a hard one! Life is never straight forward and it’s full of lessons but generally speaking I wouldn’t identify myself as having ever ‘failed’ in life as an obstacle that’s occurred has always worked out for my good (in the long run.) In every situation, I try to understand what a situation is teaching me. Praying and handing all my worries over to God has made my life a lot smoother.

Proudest moment so far as a fashion student and blogger?

My proudest moment so far is having made it to my final year in university because boy it hasn’t been easy! I’m also eternally grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had with the brands I have worked with. I used to save money so I can afford to purchase some of the products I have gifted with now.

Define your style in 5 words?

This is another hard one because I love prints, statement pieces and experiment a lot with color but at the same time I like to be edgy with a bit of class… does that even make sense lol?! So maybe: bold, chic, classy, edgy and sassy!

Which celebrity would you want to style or work within the future?

Karruche Tran, Justine Skye, and Nqobile Danseur *speaks it into existence*

What does a typical week as a fashion stylist look like?

As I’m currently still at uni, a typical week for me usually consists of responding to emails, collecting any PR packages then planning future outfit posts in the mornings. On the days I don’t have uni or burying my head in the library, the whole afternoon will be dedicated to shooting multiple looks for future posts. Lastly, I will work on some virtual styling for my client.

Who are your favorite Instagram influencers?

@BBXMBAF, @ Romeosfashionfix, @Charlotte Emily Sanders, @Mariipvzz and @Sophinabull – If I am to define my style, I’d say it’s a mix of all of them!

What is the best fashion advice you have ever been given?

“Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live” - Versace

One thing you can never live without?

My phone! I’m literally stuck to it like glue

Any words of inspiration to other upcoming fashion bloggers?

Believe in yourself and perseverance is key in everything you do. It may take you a while to get to where you want to be but don’t lose hope, everything will fall in place in God’s time. Continue to build your portfolio, your personal brand; also remember to network and build as many connections as you can.

KADE CULTURE | APRIL - MAY

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