Interview with Stylist Harry Lambert

I first met you when we interned at Vogue. How do you think your time there helped your future career?

Vogue
was one of the best times of my life, everyone there was ridiculously
lovely and got to go on three shoots that included on set Nick Knight,
Tim Walker, Lucinda Chambers & Cheryl Cole. It was a very memorable
month! Its made me realise this was the industry I wanted to work in.  


What did you do after your placement finished?

I
interned with another vogue stylist for a while but realized womenswear
wasn’t really my thing and eventually found myself, a few months after
vogue, assisting menswear stylist Stevie Westgarth.


You now work with Topshop – can you tell me a bit more about what that work entails? How did you secure the job?

I
started working with Topman through Stevie. In the 1st month of
assisting him he was asked to style look-books for them over in New York
and I got to go with him, which ended up being the most fun work trip I
have been on, still to this day. Stevie ended up working for Topman on a
number of projects over the next 2 years which meant I got to get to
know the Topman team really well. A position came up styling ecomm shots
which I got through knowing the team. As time went on this developed
into shooting creative online features. Then I got the opportunity to
style a look-book for them with Ben Weller and  eventually took over
styling  the Topman LTD  look-books every month or so.


Is it ever restrictive working for such an established brand? Is it highly pressured?

The
team at Topman are the best! After working with the brand for over 3
years now I feel like I know their customer well and what they like, and
in turn they trust me. As one of the biggest brands on the high street
it is always exciting to work with them as they are always moving
forward at such a fast pace.


Are you given the freedom to experiment and push the aesthetic forward?

Topman I think are always pushing their aesthetic, our model choices are
always fresh and modern. I believe they lead in creativity over other
high street competitors.


What do you do when a model or celebrity you are styling doesn’t want to wear something you’ve picked out?

I
have never had a model say no to wearing something, it is their job too,
so tough luck, ha. Working with celebrities is all about having options,
you put together 2/3 looks that you love and you show them and ask them
to pick one. Then the end result always ends up being something you
like and that you think is right for them. You need to make them feel
included in the decision but also happy and comfortable. Sometimes they
just don’t like what you like you have to bite your tongue and let them
have the final say, but very rarely.


Do you think your styling is very distinctive now? How would you describe it?

I
would like to think I have a ‘vibe.’ I am very much into shooting new
exciting models, runway boys with strong looks, no one ‘commercial.’ I
hope that people can see my ‘vibe’.


Can you tell me a normal day for you at fashion week?

For
all the past fashion weeks I have be involved with I have always
assisted on the shows, very rarely watching them. I have worked on shows
such as J W Anderson / James Long / Xander Zhou . So normally I am at
castings/fittings and working on looks.


What was your favourite show from LFW and why?

I
always love seeing what J W Anderson is going to do next. It’s always
something interesting/fresh even if you absolutely love it or hate it.

 

As a stylist what processes follow a fashion week to prepare for next season shoots?

After
the shows I look over the majority of the shows to see the overall
vibe. It isn’t really until I have a shoot confirmed then I go more in
depth into the shows. When I have a shoots concept then I can see which
looks/collections work for the story. I also go through them to see
what I’m going to buy ha.


Person you’d most like to style?

Little Mix or Britney Spears

Portfolio/career highlight to date?

Styling the 2013 Frieze art fair campaign with Miles Alderidge.

 

Publications/event/TV show you’d most like to style?

V Man / Arena Homme +


Who do you think is in most need of restyling?

One Direction.

 

Your personal style icons and who inspired you to get into fashion?

My mum. She let me buy the clothes I wanted and she has a good style.


What staples would you recommend all people should have in their wardrobe?

Male & Female – Statement shoes, they make any normal outfit look epic, the more ridiculous the better!Good sunglasses ( Cutler and Gross). A great backpack.

 

Trends you wish would disappear?

Boy London
Creepers

 

You worst personal fashion mistake?

Wearing Neon for about 2 years.


What shall we start buying in for S/S?

Metallic


Best shop on the high street?

Topman

Must have accessory?

Silver pendent necklace or Prada shoes.


Advice for anyone wanting to become a stylist?

Intern a lot! Especially for one stylist who’s work you love.

 

Best/worst thing about your job?

Worst- not knowing when your next paid job is
Best- being able to buy something in Prada when you are paid, ha


What are you working on next?

Editorials
for Hero magazine ( best menswear magazine ), Used Magazine & the
next Topman LTD look-book. Also probably start helping on James Long 
A/W13 show.

www.harrylambert.co.uk

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