Lime interview - Beauty & Lifestyle
Fashion never sleeps
EDITOR - Vernia Mengot
Soon we will see the launch of the Styling website Fashion Never Sleeps.
Lime Magazine caught up with the founder and freelance fashion stylist herself, Victorine Mengot. She spoke to us about how her fashion journey took off, who her ultimate African-Caribbean fashion icons are and what we can expect from her new venture.
You’re known for working with numerous fashion publications, designers and retail outlets; tell us a bit about your title as a stylist and what it involves?
Well day to day, when I’m not on a shoot or freelancing for a publication. I would be going to press appointments, store appointments and calling in outfits. Generally keeping myself updated with fashion online via emails, researching in magazines and the best part, travelling.
What’s your earliest childhood memory in fashion?
[Laughs] My earliest memory was at age 9; when I won the competition for best dressed peg doll at Brownies. From then on I knew I wanted to work in fashion.
Who are your biggest fashion influences and in your opinion who is the greatest African-Caribbean fashion Icon?
Just to name a few; I’d say Beverly Johnson, the first African American to be on the front cover of American Vogue. Also Alek Wek changed the face of fashion for dark skinned models as well as Naomi Campbell.
How did you start learning about fashion?
I learnt about fashion and style through my mother, her knowledge and creativity always inspires me. I grew up with lots of stories and was shown pictures of what she used to wear in the 60s, 70s and 80s. All of that has come back around and it’s amazing dipping into her wardrobe!
What item(s) have you bought for your wardrobe recently?
I bought a Cotton Traders satchel bag from Oxfam £4.95!! BARGIN! I’ve always been in love with loafers especially this season. I got a pair from New Look in tan and black! Can you tell I’m a bit obsessed?
In your opinion what’s the must have look for autumn/winter?
This season keep an eye out 70’s inspired AW wear! Chunky heels, big knits and layering. Also coats and outer wear are HUGE and loving all the different textures.
So do you prefer High Street or Designer?
The launch of your company FNS is fast approaching, what can we expect?
Fashion Never Sleeps is "Creating the image that fits you". My main aim is to basically inspire all women that style is not fashion it comes from within. It’s also to provide them with daily updates in fashion on High Street, designer and Vintage. To find out more keep an eye out for the website.
Aside from styling and working within the fashion industry, what do you get up to?
I love to travel, go to different places and see other cultures. If ever I get a quiet moment I enjoy reading a good book and enjoying good food with friends and family. Although 98 per cent of what I get up to is fashion orientated.
What is the greatest lesson that 2011 has taught you?
It has taught me to just dream, believe and achieve.
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In 2007 we had a New Year house party at my granddad’s house with all my family and friends.
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