Tamara Cincik is someone you need to know! She’s a London based fashion stylist, writer and brand consultant. (She’s certainly an accomplished woman of our era). Her styling has appeared in several international style magazines and furthermore, she holds the position of contributing Fashion Editor for many other high-end publications.
After graduating from UCL with a BA Honours degree in English Literature, Tamara assisted various leading stylists, including Anna Cockburn, for whom she worked, as an assistant, three years. Known for juxtaposing aesthetics and concepts, Tamara mixes the unusual with the everyday to, in what she calls, “mundane magic”, delve into the imagination to create a superlative reality within our own.
What we love the most about this woman is that she transcends through markets, she can work with couture as well as high street labels. She has been consultant and worked catwalk shows from Lacroix to Topshop. She does what she loves and what she believes in, and there’s no stopping her! Most definitely a force of nature, even in her spare time, she can be found gardening and writing about it for the Guardian online!
1. You style many runway shows and act as a consultant to well-known brands, why do you think everyone seeks your collaborations?
I love working on shows for clients, pushing a designer’s potential and making people take notice of their talent. My 2014 New Year’s resolution is to do more consultancy and creative direction. This really excites me and this is where I see my career heading, I hope.
2. What’s your never-fail, go-to outfit?
I’d say there are three: depending upon what I am doing…
a) If I am staying in working: blue and white denim dungarees from Beyond Retro, with a Sacai blue cardigan and a KTZ T-shirt.
b) If I am going out to a meeting, but also need to run about: my old teenage blue denim 501?s, with a Markus Lupfer sweatershirt with a floral design on the front and a peplum, worn with a Jean Paul Gaultier blouse underneath, with a Florian necklace, my friend, Melanie Chan, the Creative Director at Jas M B gave me for my birthday and perhaps a pair of Manolo Blahnik bronze heeled loafers with matching socks – I am very into shiny shoes!
c) If I am going out: an amazing trench meets velvet dress by Sacai from the AW 13 collection, which my dear (and very generous!) friend and former editor Ingrid Brochard treated me to this Christmas, or perhaps a vintage dress from Lizzie at Mishka Vintage, who is my go-to expert for vintage. I have a great Biba padded brown floral coat from her, which I wear with culottes, a Bill Gibb sweater also from Lizzie’s shop and Marc Jacobs sheepskin lined boots. I tend to wear vintage with a nice pair of heels and am lucky as I get invited to sample sales, so have a range of gorgeous shoes from Manolos to Louboutins.
3. Which piece should every woman invest in?
A hat in the sun!
In Turkish culture (my father is Turkish), traditionally, women are bought gold by their family, so it isn’t their investment; it is their family’s. It once acted as a dowry. I have 22 carat gold jewellery, which I wear every day and which I was given. I would say it is for the individual and their bank balance, whether this is important to them.
Good skin is the sign of good health, so for me it would be a hat to wear in the sun: I love my Lock and Co. panama, or my fedoras from Stephen Jones. I wear sunscreen in sunshine and use moisturizers.
4. And men?
Nice underwear and moisturizer. I’m not saying that they should spend hours in front of the mirror, English men certainly aren’t like Turkish or Italian! But a little sense of cleanliness goes a long way, doesn’t it ladies?!
Over the age of 30, good trousers or jeans and putting an end to wearing trainers, unless they are at the gym.
5. Could you please create your perfect casual, but at the same time chic, look with clothes from Hiphunters Shop?
It would be jacket from Cerruti 1881 Vintage, Erdem silk jumpsuit, Saint Laurent heels, and Garrard earrings.
CERRUTI 1881 VINTAGE – JACKET
Cerruti 1881 Vintage
6. Which has been your most challenging shoot?
There was a Japanese artist I was sent to work with, for a French magazine in Paris. She had a studio with her husband in the Marais. I would say they were the most challenging; but the results were amazing, so if it turns out great, I don’t mind the challenge. These are part of working with creatives.
7. Whose style do you really like?
You look at a lot of celebrities and might like their style, but usually that is their stylists’… I like the way these people, some of whom are friends, put their clothes together and they come from a varied range of incomes (from billionaires to regular ones). I don’t believe money buys style, I have known some very stylish people living on not very much money and vice versa…
8. If Dior were alive right now, what do you think he would think about the grunge trend?
Christian Dior’s New Look was a shock to post war fashion and mindsets. The skirts used vast reams of fabric, and in a time when these were highly rationed, sent out a direct message to women about what was and wasn’t modern. Grunge in the 1990?s was a reaction to the 1980?s consumerism and therefore again highly politicised. I would therefore imagine Christian Dior would be looking at the longer historical trajectory of any style, just as his was an echo of the 1850?s crinoline, this grunge trend is an echo of the 1990?s and perhaps therefore he might think in our post 9/11 world a cultural critique of what we are reacting to now. Also designers who have worked their way up to the post of chief designer and large houses are now pushing 40, so were 20-something then. They might have been inspired by their youth…
9. What inspires you while working?
When a team comes together to create a shoot which was in my head and makes it even better than I had imagined. It is great when a client, or publication, is happy with my work. I love working on consultancy and creative direction, time flies by when you enjoy what you do!