By Shyema Azam
I had the pleasure of meeting the very lovely stylist Engie Hassan at the Planete Chic show downtown recently. Engie is a maverick in the fashion world whose client list ranges from Orlando Bloom to the Saudi Princess, Ameerah Al Taweel. She attended The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC to initially get into designing, while interning and working at some big names (Vogue, Teen Vogue, Bergdorf Goodman). But it was during her internship abroad in Paris at French Vogue where she really solidified her interest in styling, eventually launching her own company in 2010, EngieStyle. This season, she took her styling sensibilities to the runway by working on the models behind-the-scenes at the Shauntele and Espen Salberg shows. I was able to catch her for an interview on being a stylist and how she keeps up with Fashion Week!
What's the best part about being a stylist?
The best part is when you're styling clients for their biggest days of their lives and you're able to prepare them to be at their best, whether it's their wedding, an album cover, or their first red carpet appearance.
What advice would you give other people who aspire to do what you do?
INTERN!!! INTERN!! INTERN for all different aspects of the industry. Be a sponge and take it all in. Also, you need to love helping people and understand it's about them--not you.
What's the best and worst part about Fashion Week for you?
The best part is the thrill of getting clients ready for shows, helping designers put their looks together for a debut collection, and of course, supporting designers at their fashion shows.
The worst part is not enough TIME to support everyone! I feel bad when I can't attend and be at every fashion show, event, and party for the designers I've built relationships with.
What are your Fashion Week essentials?
First and foremost, my EngieStyle team! And I can't do without my blackberry, my agenda book, two pens, extra batteries, camera, and water.
What was your role with the Shauntele and Espen Salberg collections?
I work closely with the designers to execute what they want the audience to comprehend when they see their collection coming down from the runway. I try to make sure that the looks are appealing to everyone from a journalist to a buyer to a fashion stylist.
What's your best "fashion" advice for this season?
Take your style to the next level!
Learn more about Engie at www.engiestyle.com.
Photo 1: Engie Hassan/Paulina Kubis
Photo 2: Espen Salberg models/Paulina Kubis
Photo 3: Engie Hassan/courtesy of Engie