We went behind the scenes of The Sunday Mail fashion shoot with Fashion Editor Mirella Romano. We asked her what it takes to work in the fashion industry as a fashion stylist.
How did you become a fashion stylist?
One of my girlfriends got onto a reality TV show called Popstars, which formed the band Bardot. I got her managers number and pestered him to give me an opportunity to dress the girls. He gave me a trial and then they offered me the job as their full-time stylist. Two years later I was approached my Mia Freedman, who was the Editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine to work as the Fashion Editor, which was an amazing experience. Once I moved back to Adelaide I started at The Sunday Mail and have been there for nearly 16 years. In total I have been a full-time stylist for 20 years and have loved every minute of it.
What skills does a stylist need to get into the industry?
To be a stylist, before anything you should have a great understanding of fashion and how to put things together. You need to know about different body shapes and what suits and flatters them. I always recommend you work in a fashion retail store so you can understand the fundamentals of dressing people as ultimately as a stylist, you are providing a service. Also, you need to be a good listener, hard worker, creative and communicate your brief to make your vision come alive. For those starting out, I think you need lots and lots of work experience.
What are your favourite Harbour Town fashion stores?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Oroton, There are some really great buys in that store!
Top tips for shopping the outlets
Take time to try on pieces you may not usually try as they are usually the pieces that will surprise you. Don't be afraid to ask for help as no one knows the stock and styles better then the staff working in the stores.
Must have wardrobe items for everyday
A great fitting tee, jean, oversized shirt that could be worn as a dress, maxi dress, summer blazer and statement sandal or wedge. All these pieces could be mixed or matched with each other so you can create a different look each time depending on how you accessorise it.
To see the whole shoot CLICK HERE
*All prices correct and stock available at time of shoot
Photography Jodi Nash @ Style Media & Co.
Styling Mirella Romano
Hair and Makeup Chris Geracitano
Model Kaitlyn @ The Models
Location Mia Margarita