Thursday 19 April 2018

London Fashion Week: Ashish stylist Celestine Cooney

Stylist Celestine Cooney
Stylist Celestine Cooney

Angela Scanlon

Irish born Celestine Cooney is a top stylist in London. She’s worked for Dazed and Confused, British Vogue, Teen Vogue and V Magazine and has most recently launched a hardback magazine called Twin where she is fashion director.

She also does campaign work with a diverse mix of clients ranging from Topshop and Levis to John Richmond, as well as working with Marina and the Diamonds, Jude Law, Florence and the Machine and Daisy Lowe.

She’s styling the Ashish show at London Fashion Week (Tuesday) but kindly took an hour out of her manic schedule to talk about fashion, fashion week and her secret desire to style Beyonce.

First fashion memory

Diana Ross in chain reaction when she wears that red fish tail sequinnned dress and she's standing on a kind of metal disc with sparks flying out of it. It looks like someone is welding and she's just all amazing and red and sparkling in the middle. It blew my mind as a kid. I was just like WOW.

Favourite designer label

Balenciaga and Christopher Kane

Best bargain buy

My neon Christopher Kane bandage dress, it was the first one on the runway of his first ever show.

Most expensive item in your wardrobe

My Balmain lace shoulders top from two seasons ago

Top of your wish list

A Louis Vuitton pastel green canvas shoulder bag with matching fox tail and torch keyrings.

Most stylist moment

hmmmmm everytime I get to travel first class, stay in mega hotels and eat lobster on set.

Style icon

Cecilia Byrne my assistant and two of my best mates Simone Rocha and Claire Ban Coffey.

Favourite high street store


Fashion or style

Style, anyone can buy beautiful clothes but you have to have style to make pieces look amazing walking down the street. I think it's about being effortless, you either have it or you don't.

Favourite show during LFW?

Ashish, Meadham Kirchoff and Christopher Kane.

Dream celebrity client?

Kristen Stewart and Beyonce.

Show you'd most like to style?

Ann Demeulemeester in Paris, Rodarte in New York and Meadham Kirchoff in London.

Top tip for surviving London Fashion Week?

Jameson and ginger beer.

Product you can't live without during LFW

Mac lip balm

Heels or flats?

Both depending on my schedule.

Finally, what did you have for breakfast this morning!?

Tea with sugar in it and thick white bread with butter and marmalade.

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