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Celebrity fashion stylist Harry Lambert’s work has turned stars from Emma Corrin to Eddie Redmayne to, most famously, Harry Styles into fashion icons. Along the way, he’s uplifted new designers including Daniel Fletcher and Harris Reed by putting their clothes in the spotlight. With more than 700,000 Instagram followers and profiles in publications like W Magazine, Lambert has become a style influencer in his own right, as well.
What’s your favorite look you styled in the last year?
“I’m really proud of the JW Anderson dress Emma Corrin wore to the premiere of [the film] ‘My Policeman.’ It felt like the ultimate fun, joyful and camp look that I like. Emma really loved it, and I love when we do something that causes a bit of a stir or a debate, in terms of how it’s received. It’s really fun to work on looks that focus on silhouette or play with colors in an interesting way.”
You’ve spoken about your love for Depop. How does resale play into your job?
“Resale was a big part of my development as a stylist. When I was a young assistant and didn’t have any money, I used resale sites to pay my rent. And I used them to recreate looks when I couldn’t afford Prada or Gucci. I still use a lot of resale, vintage and even rental in my styling. It’s a great way to extend the life cycle of the things you’re working with. It used to be common to buy something, wear it a few times and then get rid of it. But I’m trying to be a lot more conscious about not chucking things out when we’re done with them.”
Is it essential for stylists to build their personal brand to be successful?
“Going into this industry, my aim was never to be recognizable. When I’m working on a red carpet, I am working behind the scenes; my job is to make the talent feel like the best they can be. But in the world of social media and the increased interest in fashion and transparency, people have become more interested in the stylists, the photographers and the makeup artists. It’s very flattering, but I don’t think it’s essential; there are some very talented stylists working today who are very behind-the-scenes. So when people ask me to do things, like interviews or photo shoots, I turn down a lot, but I say yes to some. If I turn down everything, eventually they’ll stop asking.”
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