Wednesday 21 February 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Celebrity stylist Angie Smith reveals her fashion secrets

Freya Drohan grills celebrity stylish Angie Smith on her tricks to keeping our favourite style stars red carpet ready

Laura Whitmore is one of Angie's clients
Laura Whitmore is one of Angie's clients
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

A myriad of stylish celebrities, including our own Laura Whitmore, who routinely appear on best dressed lists have one thing in common - savvy stylist Angie Smith.

London stylist Angie Smith, one of Glamour magazine’s “Top 35 Most Powerful Women Under 35”, has styled everyone from Abbey Clancy and Joss Stone to Miranda Hart and Frank Lampard.

Angie learnt her trade as a style assistant on FHM Magazine, before progressing to styling celebrities and offering personal fashion consultations.

An advocate for classic, feminine style and a Zara fan to boot; she cites Erin Wasson, Emmanuelle Alt and Carine Roitfeld as her inspirations.

The style maven also emphasises the importance of well-fitting trusty jeans, jackets and t-shirts. Her personal favourite designers and brands include Isabel Marant, Mary Katrantzou, Theyskens Theory, J. Crew and James Perse.

I asked Angie to fill us in on her intrinsic sense of style and impressive career.

What triggered your passion for styling?

I always liked giving my friends make overs and seeing how great they felt if I chose their outfit and did their makeup before we went out etc,  I didn’t even know what a stylist was before I went to do work experience on a magazine.

Was there a particular moment where you felt your career as a stylist had began to take off?

I guess styling Dannii Minogue for X-Factor and getting such a lovely response gave me a huge confidence boost in my work, that was the first job I’d done where I could approach some of my favourite designers to work with- the likes of Antonio Berardi and Victoria Beckham- and discovering new designers like Emilia Wickstead.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Amanda Holden attends the London Auditions of Britain's Got Talent at Hammersmith Apollo on February 11, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

You routinely champion up and coming designers – how do you keep ahead of the curve in London fashion?

I know if I really like something straight away, when I saw Emilia Wickstead’s collection back in 2010 I fell in love with the clean lines, the old school feel and beautiful fabrics; her collection ticked all the boxes.

Who are your go to designers/brands for a guaranteed red carpet hit?

It really depends on the client and their body shape, skin tone, personality, etc. Some of my favourites are Victoria Beckham, Roland Mouret, Antonio Berardi, Cushnie et Ochs, Dolce & Gabbana and Emilia Wickstead.

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What is your favourite aspect of your job?

Meeting new people and giving my clients confidence in their appearance so they can go out there and do their job knowing that they can forget about what they look like!

Who do you find influential?

Parisian women, they are just so chic!

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Laura Whitmore attends The BRIT Awards 2014 Warner Music After Party at The Savoy Hotel on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Warner Music Group)

You’ve been cited as the British answer to Rachel Zoe; where do you see yourself in five years time?

That’s a huge compliment as she has had an amazing career, but success for me is measured by my client satisfaction and not my own profile.  In five years time I want to be doing exactly the same as I do now, working with lovely people and making them feel and look great!

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Follow Angie on Twitter: @AngieSmithStyle

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