XV. EMELINE PIOT
Stylist ___ The Ones2Watch. Oyster Magazine.
Hi, how are things in Emeline Piot's world?
*Things are lovely and beautiful thank you
What is currently on your mind?
*My mum and planning my future shoots
Where are you based at the moment? Do you feel this location is artistically the right place to be and how is the fashion landscape there?
*I’ m based in Paris, artistically I don’t think there’s anywhere better, I really feel free to create here
How and when did you first become aware of your styling prowess?
*I was aware of my talent from my very first shooting , a creative door really opened for me and I’ve really never looked back
What inspires your work? Do you have any peculiar inspirations?
*My best friends are also artists and regularly contribute ideas - this generally gives a different slant on an initial idea, always helpful
Subjectively, what makes a good stylist?
*A good stylist is someone who is able to translate good taste - regardless of the style brief or fashion vibe
Can a stylist's work be instantly recognisable as their own? If so how would you describe your personal aesthetic in relation to the styling qualities of your work?
*I believe you can - I describe mine as a rock/romantic-style. It’s always important to remember that it is all a team effort, if the photographer, stylist, makeup artist, hair stylist or model are not motivated and in sync creatively the result will never be good
Faves: Fashion Designer (specifically when it comes to incorporating their garments into your work) / Photographer / Artist / Musician?
*Fashion designer: Mr. John Galliano / Photographer: Erwin Olaf / Artist: Guimard and Rene Lalique / Musician: Rusko (dubstep)
Inspirations ___ Erwin Olaf. John Galliano.
Which shoot from your portfolio, do you feel best represents your styling aesthetic? Where did the concept for the shoot germinate and how did it progress to the visuals?
*I love the shoot I did with Robert Jaso, the idea was to mix an African vibe with a futuristic styling edge. The concept of the shoot germinated quiet naturally – we are all surrounded by so many images all the time and we never ask questions of them, ideas for me generally come subconsciously
Your editorial 'Frozen,' had a very gritty almost punk like approach to the styling, in the respect that things were not worn as they should be. Belts and shoulder pieces worn on and about the head, skirts as collars and dresses on gents. Was this all very fluid or do you actively alter clothes and allow them to be worn outside of context?
*I like doing things outside of context. Before being a fashion stylist I was a furniture and products designer. I studied at the art deco and my concept was to change the first function of the object - for example a can of petrol became a chair. I’ve continued to work like that with my fashion styling
Speaking of grit, these photographs contrast greatly from the glamazonian, sexy-haute styling seen on your site, is it important to cover all bases with your work?
*This is why it’s so important to work with different photographers, as each one seems to drive you in different directions – it’s all about bouncing around ideas with other creative thinkers
How would you describe your personal style and on reflection, do you find your style consciously or subconsciously affects the aesthetic you create?
*For myself, my style is simple, I seem to gravitate towards basics clothes, I’m tall and I have big hair – that’s my style. Seriously, I need to have a simple style, when you create you don’t have to look at yourself but you have to be concentrated fully on what you do – it’s not about me
Do you have any fashion faux pas you wish to purge?
*Yes actually, a whole shoot I was involved in, I hated the pictures, I can’t even open the magazine. I wasn’t able to give my opinion during the casting, it was a seriously testing experience from start to finish
Where do you see fashion progressing in 2011?
*People accept fur perhaps – controversial I know
Best advice you have ever been given?
*Don’t do things to please other people - just do things for yourself
Do you have a muse, fashion related or otherwise?
*My first muse is Omahyra Mota - she illustrates how to do glamour with trash. My second is Yanik Mba, I’ve done 3 shoots with him - he is just sublime
What do you most dislike about contemporary life... nothing, I’m a very happy girl
What do you most enjoy about the age that we live in...We are free
What makes you laugh...Myself
What makes you cry...Myself
Ask yourself a question & answer that question:
Am I a lucky girl?