Styled By Me: Jaime Jarvis
Amongst many women pushing boundaries across fashion, stylist Jaime Jarvis does an exemplary job at amplifying not only the image but voice for several musical acts and creatives today.
From Easy Life, Quavo, and Sean Paul to Charli XCX, Green Tea Peng, and VanJess, Jaime’s long list of works further cement her presence as both a stylist and editor with a love for speaking to people through fashionable clothing. “I hope people are able to draw inspiration from my work in any capacity as that’s the highest compliment,” she tells us. The list doesn’t end there as she’s worked with actors such as Michael Ward and Lola Kirke as well as brands like BBC, Puma, and more. If you’re looking for a stylist to bet on, choose Jaime.
For our latest installment of Styled By Me, Jaime Jarvis discusses breaking down barriers in the fashion industry, working with artists such as Connie Constance, and advice for young stylists amongst other topics! Read below.
Hey Jaime! Tell me a bit about yourself, how did you get where you are now and what makes you happy these days?
I’m a fashion stylist and fashion editor and I work with music artists, actors and actresses, advertising, and editorial. I knew I wanted to become a fashion stylist by 13 and I started assisting an amazing stylist called Aimee Croysdill by the age of 16. I’ve just moved into a new place with my bestie so I’m loving making this new place our home!
Walk me through your decision to become a stylist—did you have to overcome any obstacles or were you met with any surprises about the role?
I’ve always loved clothes and fashion, I think that they are such an amazing way to express yourself at face value. My hardest obstacle was probably making the decision to leave school early on but looking back I’m now confident with my decision. When I first started assisting I guess I imagined more of a “Devil Wears Prada” environment, like super glam and high fashion, I soon found out it’s way less glamorous but I feel it made me fall in love with it even more.
Obviously life hasn’t been the same since last year, but many creatives including yourself are actually thriving amid the pandemic. What’s changed since lockdown and have you learned anything about yourself in the process?
I think the major change I found the most stressful would have to be having access to clothes when on jobs with a super quick turnaround time. I’m used to having very little prep on big jobs and when PR’s were less accessible I found it tricky. I always thought I could work in stressful situations but after the pandemic, I feel a little more confident saying I can.
You’ve worked with everyone from Quavo to Charli XCX amongst a plethora of others, do you recall a favorite memory while styling any artist in particular?
I work with an artist called Connie Constance who is a dream to work with a good pal, I think a lot of the looks we have done we always love! I feel like there is a lot of trust there and I always loved her style before ever working with her so it’s an amazing collaborative process.
One of my favorite projects seeing you work on over the past few months has been with easy life. What’s your experience like working with a group versus an individual?
They’re an amazingly talented bunch and so much fun to work with! I think the only main difference is making sure everyone is happy in their looks but ensuring it works together on camera. The boys all have quite individual styles so it still makes it a fun process without looking too uniform.
How important is it for your work to be a conversational piece—allowing others to converse and draw inspiration from it?
I think every creative process or piece should always be conversational as it’s subjective so that’s definitely important to me! I hope people are able to draw inspiration from my work in any capacity as that’s the highest compliment.
Getting a bit more personal, what are some of your hopes and aspirations that you’d like to achieve in this creative space?
I hope to have an artist or project that I can grow with from early on in their career, Fashion is ever-changing and evolving so I think it becomes a fun process when you have longevity with a client.
With you having already established yourself in the industry, what advice would you give to the next generation of stylists looking to follow in your footsteps?
My main advice would be confident in what you do in this industry if you’re not you will get eaten alive! You face a lot of situations where you have to back your own work in rooms of people with differing opinions. It’s always important to keep clients happy first and foremost but make sure you have a stance or opinion about the looks you’re putting forward!
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