Vintage Levi’s, Dr. Martens and a black shoulder bag are the building blocks for a timelessly stylish wardrobe, revealed a stylist who creates looks for Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Sophie Shannon, 26, is a senior stylist at Mimi Cuttrell, 28, a California-born celebrity stylist who dresses world-class supermodels and megastars when they are off the runway and resting between tours.
Her star-studded client book includes Ariana Grande, 27, Gigi and Bella Hadid, 25 and 23, Lily-Rose Depp, 21, and Georgia Fowler, 28.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Sophie believes the best wardrobes are built around nine base pieces, starting with a sturdy pair of flat black boots, high-waisted jeans and a silk shirt top.
The graduate costume designer says accessories should start with a classic black shoulder bag, big enough for your phone, keys and wallet, but tight enough to wear at dinner, and cat-eye sunglasses that flatter almost any face shape.
The rest should turn seasonally, with an oversized blazer with shoulder pads for spring, a slip-style mini dress and open toe strappy heels for summer and a bold jacket for fall and winter.
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Dublin-born costume design graduate Sophie Shannon, 26, who is now a senior stylist with top celebrity stylist Mimi Cuttrell
Sophie (pictured in Paris in February 2020) believes that every woman’s wardrobe should be based on nine key pieces, including chunky flat boots, vintage jeans and a silk shirt top
After graduating in costume design in the summer of 2017, Sophie left Dublin for New York to start a sought-after internship with editorial stylist George Cortina, the contributing fashion editor at the Wall Street Journal.
The basis of costume design is understanding the character for which you are designing pieces and creating them accordingly. In a way, the world of styling is just an extension of that process, ”Sophie told Daily Mail Australia.
Nine pieces for a capsule wardrobe
1. Thick day boots
2. Open toe strappy heels
3. A baguette wallet
4. High-waisted vintage denim jeans
5. A sexy silk shirt
6. A slip-style mini dress
7. A vintage blazer with shoulder pads
8. A striking jacket
9. Cat-eye sunglasses
Two days after the job, she was on the set of a photo shoot for Vogue Italia, a surreal experience that left her ‘quite shocked’.
“I was on cloud nine, it was a different world,” she said.
Her skill was quickly noticed and Sophie was hired as one of four on the global press team for Marc Jacobs, one of America’s top designers, who lends the catwalk looks to magazines and photographers and dresses celebrity A-list customers.
A year later, in September 2018, shortly after working on the premiere of Marc Jacobs’ spring / summer collection at New York Fashion Week, a friend introduced her to Mimi Cuttrell, who was looking for a new member of her styling team .
“We met and the rest is history!” she said.
Sophie is now her senior stylist and works on all dressings and look requests from clients from Paris, France.
“It has been very valuable to me,” she said of her experience with Cuttrell.
“Mimi’s has achieved many special things in a short time and it is a privilege to work for her.”
Sophie shines on a skiing holiday in the French Alps during a short break from Paris, where she works to pull off looks and style clients for Mimi
Worth the investment: Sophie in Soho, New York, wearing a Chloe mini backpack (left) and her favorite Dr Martens boots (right) – two accessories she says every woman should splurge on
Working in the notoriously demanding, fast-paced fashion industry, Sophie has learned to push the limits of her creativity and remain ultra-organized at all times.
“I’ve certainly gotten used to thinking fast, expecting the unexpected, and never dropping the ball on anything!” she said.
Her favorite designers are Jean Paul Gaultier, Rick Owens and Thierry Mugler, the man behind Kim Kardashian’s iconic ‘dripping wet’ corset dress for the Met Gala 2019.
But whenever possible, Sophie likes to style clients in lesser-known labels to spotlight talent on the periphery of mainstream fashion.
“I love seeing emerging designers kill it, especially when I consider them a favorite. It’s always special to see how their looks are worn out, ”she said.
Sophie in Brooklyn, New York during her time with Marc Jacobs, working on fashion shows such as the 2019 S / S collection that premiered at New York Fashion Week in September 2018
The skilled stylist (pictured in New York in January 2019) always marched to the beat of her own tailor’s drum and likes to dress clients in emerging designers
Sophie’s quick climb to the inner circle of the fashion elite has not been without its difficult entities, and her best advice to aspiring stylists is to accept every job offer.
“I haven’t missed a chance to this day,” she said.
“Although not every role will be your dream, I think it is important to get a complete picture of the sector you are interested in.
“I’ve also noticed that the thing you suspect you won’t enjoy can sometimes be the complete opposite.”
Three pieces worth investing in
1. Vintage Levi’s jeans
Sophie says you can’t “go wrong” with vintage denim. She has picked up a passion for thrift while living in New York and always stops for some good quality Levi’s.
“Another style that I love now is the ($ 188 AUD) Dianas from Mimi’s collaboration with 3×1,” she said.
“It’s the perfect denim, great for tall girls looking for pants that iron on the floor.”
2. A black handbag for day and night
Sophie thinks it is worth investing in a classic everyday bag that is also suitable for evening wear.
While the flavor varies, her main investment choices are the Alexander Wang cross-body ($ 665), Prada nylon baguette ($ 1,030), or Chloe miniature backpack (sold out).
“I love not to worry about changing my bag or changing items in it,” she said.
3. Dr Martens boots
Sophie says perhaps the most important investment is a pair of good boots.
Her favorites are iconic Dr. Martens ($ 349), Alexander Wang’s Black Vinyl Heeled Mascha Boots ($ 804) and Celine Madame Leather Ankle Boots (Sold Out).