Friday, November 9, 2012

“For me fashion has something to do with breathing”


Raquel Lança is a passionate fashion stylist that has been working with Styling Up right from the beginning. She's also a daily blogger at her own blog, Clínica de Estilo.

Though she first graduated in Tourism and worked as a travel agent for several years, her true passion was always related to fashion and style, and she always knew that it was her dream to become a fashion stylist.

She fought to pursue her dream and she did it, and now Raquel works full time as a fashion stylist. For her, fashion “has something to do with breathing”, and she says that like it or not, style is always your first impression ticket. Check out her interview and get to know her a little better. You can also find style recommendations from Raquel in Styling Up’s style shop.

How and when did you start being a fashion stylist? Tell us your story.

I remember that, since at a very young age that I love fashion. Back then it was very hard to do something besides being a fashion designer. Since I didn’t actually had any drawing skills to become a fashion designer, my hobby was to style everyone, not only members of the family, but also friends. Every time there an important event was coming, I was called to help.
I used to work as a travel agent, and I did it for 12 years, but since I was very unhappy at that job, I decided to take a graduation in 2010 as a fashion advisor to fulfill my big passion! And a new life started…

What are you currently working on?

I mainly work with real people and help them when they’re going to a big event. I also help people in creating wardrobes for themselves, or just help cleaning their wardrobes, by choosing the clothes that best fit their style, body type, quality, etc.
I also dedicate myself, every day, to my fashion and style blog, called Clínica de Estilo. And that also requires much dedication and time.

What does fashion mean to you?

Well I guess it has something to do with breathing... I cannot live without it!

What are your favorite brands & designers?

My favorite brands are Balenciaga, Pucci, Valentino, Helmut Lang, Zanotti, Manolo Blahnick, Aquazurra, Zac Posen and Balmain. They are all very different in style, but I guess that’s also a personal characteristic of mine, because I can’t identify myself with just one style.
Like most women, shoes are my true love so I’m always seeking new brands and new designer shoes.

 How would you define your personal style?

I am a very eclectic person and I don’t have a specific style. Each day, I choose what I’m wearing, based on my humor, where I’m going and what I’m doing. I really like to dress  according to the situation, and when I feel I’m not matching my very own wardrobe expectations, I’ll keep thinking that I should be wearing a different outfit… just like a lunatic!!! :)

 If you could pick 3 fashion must-haves that every woman should own, what would they be?

I think that all women’s wardrobe should have are a fabulous trench coat, a pair of dark blue jeans and a simple white shirt.

What was your greatest challenge as a fashion stylist, and how did you solve it?

The greater challenge as a fashion stylist is always when someone really likes a piece of clothing, that we already know that’s not good for their figure. This does happen often. What I usually do is: I ask them to try that piece of clothing on, and then I ask them to try another one that I think is most flattering for their body type, to see if we can reach an agreement. If that trick doesn`t work, I’ll try to negotiate later with another piece.

What’s that great fashion tip that you can share with us?

Be yourself, don`t imitate others! Style is a very personal matter, because it tells people who you are. There’s usually just one opportunity to make a good first impression, and everyone should always look at their best.

Which season do you prefer to style for: Autumn/Winter or Spring/Summer?

I prefer Autumn/Winter mainly because there are lots of accessories to choose from, like gloves, rain-coats, hats, scarves, etc.
But I also love the Spring/Summer Season because of the sandals… and I love sandals!

Wet Look Leggings- Miss Sixty

Of the outfits you recommend in Styling Up's website, which is your favorite for this Autumn/Winter season?

For me these Wet Look Leggings from Miss Sixty (on the left) are a statement for this Season. With these, you can create outfits for work, leisure or evening… they just have to be styled perfectly. They’ll look great with faux fur, a white shirt or a big jumper. I believe they’re a great investment for this Autumn/Winter Season!

What do you think about fashion blogs and magazines? Which ones do you check out regularly? 

I think fashion blogs are great because we can get all the information/news we need at a click distance. The only aspect that I find negative is that most of them only focus on trends and nothing more… and the common reader, when reads that, thinks that those trends are good for them and that may not be true, because we all have different body types and styles. Not all trends suit our body type and style!  I usually check out a lot of fashion blogs daily, but they’re based on different countries like Brazil, Spain, Italy and, of course, Portugal. I also buy “Harpers Bazaar” and “Vogue” every month.

What would you say to all those youngsters who want to start a styling career. Any advice?

Be prepared to work very hard every day! And be humble to learn from others.

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