Photographer: Jon Compson at Patricia McMahon
Stylist: Tamara Cincik
Make Up Artist: Celia Burton at CLM
Hair Stylist: Christos Kallaniotis at One Represents
Set Design: Studio Design UK
Casting and Production: JN
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Photographer: Jon Compson at Patricia McMahon
What does design mean to you?
Good design is something you don’t have to think about, as it works flawlessly in your life.
I don’t feel design ends with a product, it is how you lead your life, how you interact with people and the choices you make. These design your life; hopefully how you want it be. I enjoy a beautifully made dress, sofa, or cushion: appreciating what I consider to be their great design; but I do see design as more than objects I can buy.
What inspires you?
My family. My son’s laugh and cuddles. I do love when a client is happy with my work.
I bought a Moldovan Kelim rug in Istanbul this weekend. As soon as I researched the style of carpet I wanted: made for a her dowry by a bride, I fell into an imagined thematic of the story of these rugs: how they seem like a meeting point between Balkan and Ottoman designs.
I could see a running storyline of these women and their lives, their expectations and their hopes.
I hope that they were well-paid for their rugs… I shall treasure mine. They are simply magical. That inspired me this week.
I then went to see my client, Zeynep Tosun, on the otherside of Istanbul, to discuss her show this upcoming London Fashion Week. I had an idea for the show, for some pieces to be designed, which I don’t think has been done before by a designer, in that context – often working as a stylist, my work is instinctive, which is really creative – it was such a buzz to discuss this idea, considering the marriage of artisan talent with good design.
I believe in some way, though this idea for my client Zeynep, is nothing to do with a kelim rug, the carpet I bought inspired me.
What would be your ideal collaboration?
I would love to work with brands on their collections. There are so many brands, which I think need refining, or redefining. A wish list client would be Chanel.
How do you think digital technology and social media affect the fashion industry?
Digital technology is such an intrinsic component of fashion: from the prints designers, such as Peter Pilotto, use on their clothes; to the cut and fit, that it really is vital to the business as it is now.
Social media is a part of life. People can be kept up to date on what you are doing: whether it is someone in the industry, or someone who is interested in what we do. It’s a great way to access an audience, discuss a point of view, to show a fashion film – and sometimes to have a rant!
Some blogs are brilliantly written or photographed; some are just heinous. There can be a lack of editorship filter in the blogosphere; which Suzy Menkes debated brilliantly in her column; but fashion is about trends and this is the latest.
What has been your biggest lesson whilst working within the fashion industry?
Good manners, which isn’t something I learnt in the industry, but something I try to apply on a daily basis to my working and non-working day, I would say is a big lesson. Never be rude to anyone. We are all working hard, under deadlines and stress.
In terms of fashion, I tend to know what I like very quickly what and what will work for a shoot.
I now have a system of editing, which I find works well for me, but I think for all stylists, it is trial and error and also being adaptable to a client, or situation, within a framework of discipline, keeps shoots on track.
How do you differentiate yourself from other fashion stylists?
I am quite good at layering?!
I entered the competition on a whim to win a £900 spending spree at my gorgeous local designer emporium in Hampstead, little expecting to win – I mean who ever does win those things??? Well as it transpired, when I switched on my ‘phone after swooning at a sneaky afternoon screening of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, as I read my winner’s email with shocked glee, that I do! My name was plucked out of the bowl; miracles do happen!
I am a stylist. I am a quick stylist. I can edit a look in my head in seconds and scour a rail in a matter of minutes. For clients, for editorials, for celebrities, I am quick. But for myself, somewhat overwhelmed at the kindness of strangers, when let’s face it the fashion industry is filled with sharks with nice teeth, it took me two visits and a quantum amount of time to select my booty loot!
I fell in love with a Sacai cardigan, but after a ‘phone a friend call to Liam my assistant, this was vetoed in favour of maximising my quantity quota. I never normally wear designer jeans, foregoing their charms for cheaper Topshop and Asos options. Given this wasn’t my money, for once I was seduced by the fit, the softness of an Acne grey pair. Cochinechine have one of those mirrors downstairs where you look slim, trim and pretty – the mirror we wish we all had at home.
I also ‘bought’ a pair of Kenzo trousers, which fit like a pair of school boy ones, in that Helmut Lang meets John Lewis school section way – ie my favourite trouser fit. I had deliberated about summer dresses by Carven and floral printed shorts by Mother of Pearl; but after considering the vagaries of our non-existent summer and the knobbliness of my knees, I decided to go for the more covered choice.
The Tila March grey leather handbag was a practical choice, great for meetings and I know will look fantastic with my wardrobe’s many grey and black dresses.
Love this blouse. It feels like Alka Seltzer in silk and I think will work under some dresses, or with a skirt, or indeed with those Kenzo trousers.
I knew Vicky the designer in New York and love that my last piece is by her.
If like me you want to support local, independent shops and boutiques; if like me you want to enjoy great service and really be properly looked after, then I urge you to shop at Cochinechine. It was an amazing gift to be given the gift of £900 to spend there: something which I didn’t feel I deserved and couldn’t quite believe was happening to me. I am lucky as a stylist to be able to go to sample sales and I do have a car boot sale and vintage habit, but this was a precious treat and for that I will always thank them. The staff are all really attentive and sweet. Service is one of my bugbears: I don’t understand why people go to lifeless shopping hellholes and spend their money on lots of rubbish, when they could, for the same amount of money, enjoy one lovely piece per season from somewhere special where the service, the buy, the edit and the attention justify the price.
Thank you team Cochinechine x.
I switched my ‘phone back on, after watching the Baz Luhrmann version of ‘The Great Gatsby’, my head slightly spinning with the beautifully intense overloaded imagery. Imagine, then my surprise, when I saw that I had won the £900 spending spree prize at my local designer independent boutique! The fabulous Cochinechine in Hampstead, where I have been known to indulge in Marc Jacobs boots and admired their cool edits of quirky, strong and on-trend pieces. I am about to go there today: have checked the website multiple times and am more excited that I can spell! Will let you know what I decide upon.
For a chance to win yourself, check their website: http://www.cochinechine.com/
There goes my retort that I never win anything!!!
From Everyday to Everyman, from Stardust to Space Oddity: The David Bowie is Exhibition at The V&A. By Tamara Cincik.
The Press Opening of the David Bowie is Exhibition at The V&A. The first international retropective of David Bowie’s career.
I think a lot of us hold David Bowie dear to our hearts: like a precious friend who has seen us through so many versions of ourselves. We’ve grown up with him looking back at us across album sleeves and TV performances. Depending on our age, perhaps we were there right from the start: watching his personas shift from cute quiffed boy next door to asexual alien, from rakish matinee idol, to troubadour. There is something somehow both avant-garde, yet comforting; if David can do it, so can we. If he can push himself to change, be creative, let go of success, of characters, identities, in search of new challenges, then so can we. We don’t have to accept anything less from ourselves, we don’t have to settle for second best. We can reinvent ourselves.
When I was starting to style, I was confronted by the fact that the work I was doing, was less than I wanted it to be, than how I dressed myself. I’d been perfectly confident working as a fashion assistant to some amazing fashion editors, but once it was my name on the page, I felt nervous of being brave, or stepping out of line, of creating stories which were as rich as my imagination. All of which was obviously frustrating. One afternoon, I I bought a secondhand copy of ‘Hunkydory’ from Record and Tape Exchange on Camden High Street, where I lived and played it incessently on my record player. The album would catch and I would have to nudge it over the jump, and the sound was both stereo and scratchy in that way that only records can be. One song became my repeat play mantra, ‘Quicksand’ and it was these lyrics which pushed me to be braver, to reveal more of myself in my work, to dare to rise to my potential:
I’m not a prophet
or a stone age man
Just a mortal
with the potential of a superman
I’m living on
I’m tethered to the logic
of Homo Sapien
Can’t take my eyes
from the great salvation
Of bullshit faith
If I don’t explain what you ought to know
You can tell me all about it
On, the next Bardo
I’m sinking in the quicksand
of my thought
And I ain’t got the power anymore
I loved the way this ballad spoke of magic and dreams, of self belief and stripping away the bullshit. That someone from Bromley could work hard, plug away and never give up on his creativity, spurred me on to try to be as good as that song. I wrote a list to inspire myself with my aspirations and top of the page was: ‘To be as good a stylist as Quicksand is a song.’ Whether I have achieved that is open to debate, but what I do know is, I tried. I tried really hard. I let go of the fear. Can you say the same?
I was looking forward to the press opening for weeks, would it live up to my hopes, I had a feeling it would, as The V&A consistently holds well curated exhibitions and to take on the popular culture god that is David Bowie, well you have to be brave and you have to have done your research.
I got a great sense of his collaborations, such as how at an early stage in his career learning dance and mime with Lindsay Kemp informed his performance personas, from Ziggy through to Ashes to Ashes, via a fascinating video of a long haired Bowie visiting Warhol at the Factory and nervously miming opening up his chest to pump his heart to camera.
Similarly the clothes, the collaborations with fashion and set designers to create radical stage personas; these are not simple set builds or indeed costume changes. If I learnt anything, it was how fully engaged he is with all levels of image control, from the mock-ups of album artwork he drew in coloured pen, to cardboard stage sets.
By the end of the exhibition, I actually felt very moved. I really appreciated that this is a man, who like me, perhaps like many of us, has felt like an outsider. Perhaps this is his appeal? The normal boy from the suburbs, quite a shy boy, it seems judging from the interviews at the exhibition, who was drawn to keep trying, plugging away at being a singer, reading avant-garde novels on his way into work at an advertising agency, and for a time, 10 years in fact, nothing much happened. And then when he created his first alter-ego in Ziggy, he was able to act, to manifest a stage identity to launch a messianic Martian: part space Odysseus, part Clockwork Orange anti-hero, somehow it struck a chord, a chord of the alien outsider, the leader from the everyday world made supergod from outerspace.
David Bowie is 23rd March – 11August 2013
By Tamara Cincik.
PS If you read this David, the curators said please could you come to see the exhibition. If you do, I hope you like it. I did x.
Here is my edit of my favourite looks from AW13 at the Paris Shows. Winner of the best set award has to go to Chanel for the sheer epic branding of their globe pinned with CC flags on all their stores + the gifts are always welcome! Each season I love my update of their beauty range gifts. It’s a CC charm linked world for me.