CELEBRITY STYLIST: XAVIER LE BRON
Xavier Le Bron is a Stylist and Creative Director who, with over ten years in the industry, has worked with celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Thandie Newton, Scarlett Johansson, Lana Del Rey, Kelis, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj.
Amuze caught up with the visionary stylist to chat all things fashion trends, must-have beauty products, and how working with Marc Jacobs shaped his career.
Tell us about you got started in the celebrity styling business and why you decided to pursue it as a full time career…
My first taste of the industry was when I was working at Louis Vuitton. Between advertising campaigns and dressing celebrities attending shows, I realized being a stylist combined exercising one's creativity and building client relationships. I naturally gravitated to it.
You worked under the tutelage of Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton…tell us about your time with the fashion house and how it shaped your fashion career.
Without my formative experiences at Louis Vuitton and living in Paris, I don’t think I’d be a stylist. Working closely with Marc Jacobs and Katie Grand trained my brain to effectively process creativity. Working with such a storied brand forces you to examine the commercial viability of your work, which comes in especially handy with red carpet styling!
What’s your style aesthetic?
Feminine, Parisian, and a little quirky.
What do you splurge on?
Food and experiences.
What inspires you to create looks for your celebrity clients?
Cartoons, blue-collar and school uniforms, The Spice Girls!
What has been the most surreal moment for you?
One of my most most surreal moments was Madonna screaming at me during her BRIT Awards rehearsal.
Who was your first celebrity client and how did you land him/her?
Thandie Newton. We just continued working together after my post at Louis Vuitton. I think landing a client doesn’t have to be as arduous as people tell themselves it is. Just be pleasant and good at your job!
If you could only live in one designer’s clothing for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
The original designers at Margiela. There’s an intellectual approach to their work, yet a mindfulness that clothes are meant to be worn. I would never be bored with my wardrobe.
Favorite fashion magazines?
LOVE, CR, The Gentlewoman. The Bullett Magazine iPad app was probably the most amazing reader experience I’ve had. It was sad when the publication shut down.
What is your current fashion obsession?
Diamond bobby pins, anything holographic, metallic, and transparent. I love synthetic materials and what Olivier [Rousteing] and Balmain is doing with them.
What’s one trend you’re not into?
I have a love/hate relationship with trends. I always vote to create your own trends! When trends go through the funnel of the masses, that’s when it’s time to say goodbye.
What was your first job?
My first job was at Finish Line in downtown Seattle. I was a sneaker head.
What is your must-have beauty product?
Lancer The Method's Polish and Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner.
Do you have a secret make-up tip?
Disclaimer: DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME, but, I once used soot and Aquaphor to create a pillow-smudged, smoky eye with an oily lid. It was a success!
Do you have a hobby?
Work is my hobby.
What's your single most favorite item of clothing in your wardrobe?
My Prada laminated, flocked wool coat. I’ve had it for over a decade and it still one of my favorite finds.
Can you describe your style in just three words?
My personal style: Cozy. Black. Sporty. My styling aesthetic: Eccentric. Feminine. Extra.
Who's your style icon?
Elsa Schiaparelli and nineties Mariah Carey.
What's the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
Always say yes. I’d rather regret doing something than kicking myself for saying no and missing an opportunity.
What is one thing our readers would be surprised to hear?
It took seven years to finish school because I kept flying out for work. I even dropped out during award season!
If you could style one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Aaliyah. Her evolution seen in her final album and video looks were something I would have loved to see continue. A close second would be Brittany Taylor from Daria.
The Count of Monte Cristo. I’ve read the original text twice and I’ve always wanted to see a film adaptation reimagined as a present-day story with an all female cast.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” - Milton Berle
THE QUICK FIVE:
Spice Girls or Fifth Harmony?
Spice Girls. Always and forever. I wish I had worked with Fifth Harmony before they imploded. Maybe my adoration for the Spice Girls could have saved them. #girlpower
Red carpet or street style?
Street style. I love seeing how fashion communicates with real life.
Kardashian or Jenner?
Kris and Kourtney.
Beach or Snow?
Snow. I love sweaters.
High fashion or fast fashion?
High fashion for the art.
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