I was very honored to be invited by the Pynkiss team as a press member to interview Miss Caroline Watson; the day prior to the opening of the first Pynkiss store in Lebanon; located in Dbayeh.
Born in England, Caroline Watson cut her fashion styling teeth when she first assisted one the industry’s most influential stylists Seta Niland for The Spice Girls. Driven by her passion for fashion and music Caroline Watson continued for several years to support an array of top UK Fashion Stylists, working on shoots for the likes of Robbie Williams and Cate Blanchett as well as style icons David and Victoria Beckham amongst many others.
In 2008 Caroline Watson moved to Los Angeles to further her styling career. The ambitious move lead her to style for some the best in Hollywood.Projects included Britney Spears, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Ryan Phillipe and True Blood star Ryan Kwanten, to epic music videos for P -Diddy, Kanye West, Chris Brown and TV show American Idol.
Having said that, you can imagine my immense pleasure when I got the chance to meet her in person last friday!
Lana: Hi Caroline! I’ve read so much about you and I’m glad to meet you through this Pynkiss event. Tell us more about your experience with Pynkiss?
Caroline: The pleasure is mine, I’m really happy to be here today. Pynkiss was established in 2011 in Milano and it is the first high-end brand for Hello Kitty. We all love Hello Kitty and I think it’s such a good idea. I was chosen to be Pynkiss ambassador and official stylist.
L: Will Pynkiss also be expanding in the entire region of the Middle-East?
C: Oh yes! The brand is now looking forward opening about 15 stores in the Middle-East. A big premiere!
L: How did you end up being a stylist?
C: Hmm, wow. Well, my grandmother used to pick me up from school and as she was a designer saw, all I would do at home is watch her sew. I would also go through her books and magazines for inspiration. I grew up knowing I wanted to dress people but I didn’t knew it was actually called styling.
L: You have a wealth of knowledge being a stylist, having said that, do you have any reference, women, idols, people you look up to?
C: This is a very hard question to answer, if I had to give you names, I would look at a contemporary woman that now shines on the red carpet. Let’s say Victoria Beckham for example!
L: What tips do you have for people who want to get into the styling business?
C: It’s important to know that it is an extremely difficult job and it requires a lot of hard work. It is important to learn from your boss when you first start styling, as an assistant, you will get to watch and see many things that will build you up. You might spend nights up just working. Then, it all pays off when you see your clients on the red carpet or on very important TV shows; the feeling is just AMAZING!
L: What do you think of the Lebanese society? Ever style a Lebanese man/woman?
C: Honestly, it is my first time here and I haven’t got the chance to get a clear idea yet. Unfortunately, I have never styled a Lebanese man/woman. I have to say that I have noticed how much they love brands though!
L: How would you best describe your style?
C: Clean, minimalistic with a lot of tailoring, structured shoulders and monochrome tones.
L: You favorite trends for Spring Summer 2012?
C: Everyone has been asking me about that, hahaha! Well, a lot of lace and ice cream/pastel shades, neons, exaggerated cuts, pencil skirts, maxi dresses and the skinnier the pants the better!
L: Do you read fashion blogs?
C: Of course I do but not as much as I should! I rarely find the time but I do check loads of links that are sent to me. I hope I’ll get the time to check more blogs in the future.
L: As you’ve just said, you’re a big traveler, what are the items that never leave your suitcase?
C: I always have my huge Louis Vuitton suitcase with my iPod, iPad, laptop and travel pillow. As for the fashion: a LBD, my loubis, a simple black jacket with nicely enhanced shoulders, skinny jeans, a lot of simple shirts and my LV scarf to complete it all. I can just throw it on any outfit to make it look better!
L: How do you look for inspiration?
C: When I have to dress a client, I try to find that killer piece and then build something around it while taking into considering the client’s personality. It also depends on the nature of the event the person is attending.
L: Any anecdote of your previous work with red carpet celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Chris Brown, Kanye West and others?
C: Nothing in particular, it has always been so good working with most of my clients. I always find a way to work as a team with them and the outcome has always been great! They’re always very excited and feel very involved in the matter.
L: I have mostly read about your experience with Men fashion. In Lebanon, men tend to be very classic oriented. How about Men fashion in LA and London?
C: Believe it or not, men are much more in advance in London than in LA when it comes to fashion. This is what I’ve noticed when I moved from LA to London, these are very interesting details. And you must know that most of my male clients, like One Direction for example are always excited about our working sessions. As much as women!
L: It was a pleasure meeting you Caroline and I hope to see you again next time you come to Lebanon to discuss your views about Lebanese styling!
C: I can’t wait either!! Thank you for coming Lana.
You can follow Caroline on twitter @Carolinewatson_ and Pynkiss @Pynkissworld.