Styled By Me: Kevon Young-Square
Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, wardrobe stylist Kevon Young-Square has always had a knack for fashion and design. As a child, he spent time sewing and watching fashion-heavy films, looking up to music icons such as Kanye West and Pharell Williams. It wasn’t until his senior year of high school, that Kevon moved to Los Angeles on a whim and opportunities began falling in his lap. ” I did a few retail jobs and then I got a big break when I got over to Fashion Nova,” he shares.
Since stepping foot into styling, Kevon Young-Square has worked with Bianca Bee, BIA, Janet Guzman, Blac Youngsta, and several others. He places a massive emphasis on catering to his client’s individual styles and personalities. “Every girl is shaped differently, every girl doesn’t dress the same,” Kevon tells us. It’s clear that the New Jersey stylist is all for his muses and making them stand out in a way that makes them not only confident but comfortable as well.
For our latest interview, we chat with stylist Kevon Young-Square about breaking into the fashion industry, working with BIA, and advice for young stylists! Read below.
How did your journey begin in the fashion industry? When did you feel like you cemented your foot in the fast-paced world of entertainment we live in today?
I’m originally from Trenton, New Jersey. I moved to Los Angeles for school and finished up there, then things just started falling in my lap. I did a few retail jobs and then I got a big break when I got over to Fashion Nova. After that, my life has been on go since then. I was the lead stylist for their e-commerce website so I was telling the girls how to dress and style for the online store.
I went to a vocational school when I was in high school so I would go do fashion design because I thought that’s what I wanted to do. Eventually, I changed my mind because I wanted to be more on the business side of it. Then I started doing wardrobe styling when I got to LA for a YouTube personality, Bianca B. I just started getting clients after that!
Can you tell us about your own personal style and how it reflects you?
What’s crazy is, I don’t like to get dressed that much! Unless I’m going somewhere spectacular, I’m on super chill mode. LA is so relaxed so there’s nothing to get super dressed for a lot of the time. I basically let my work speak for myself. It can be a hassle because I already shop for work, but when it comes to myself, I can be a bit lazy haha.
Life as a stylist means never having a set schedule, especially during peak times like award season. How do you stay organized throughout the day?
It can be a mess! I just know what I have to do so I can get it done, but other than that, I’m a mess. It can be a stressful job, but I love the outcome. I don’t necessarily like the work itself, but the outcome is amazing.
You’ve worked with amazing clients such as BIA, Yodit Yemane, Janet Guzman, and many more. How do you find a happy medium between your vision for the client and if they hypothetically aren’t really feeling the look?
I think with those girls, in particular, I worked with Janet and Jodie at Fashion Nova four-five years ago. You kind of pick up on a person’s style because you see how they come to work and you see their Instagram. I actually became good friends with both of them, so I would go from a friend’s perspective. Every girl is shaped differently, every girl doesn’t dress the same. For example, I have a client that’s very label heavy so she would want her clothes to say “Gucci” but someone like Jodie would want it to be a vintage piece.
My first time working with BIA, I was so nervous and it was for her “Skate” music video. I knew she didn’t like it but I was so nervous and she was like “relax, I like what you do. You don’t have to dumb it down for anyone.” That really helped me a lot with other clients as well.
Considering how non-inclusive the industry can be at times, what’s been your experience as a Black stylist?
There are certain people you can play with and there are certain people you can’t play with, and I don’t go into places letting people trying to bully me. I go to places knowing that I’m still top dog, I haven’t had a bad experience as a Black stylist. The worse I could probably say is I don’t feel like the pay is equal among stylists. With certain people, because you are Black, they will say what you charge is too high but if a white stylist comes and asks for the same price, they’ll do it.
How are you using fashion to get the artists that you’re working with messaging and personality across?
Image is so important, most times you don’t need to have talent because of the image. It’s super crazy! The way I get personality and messages across with fashion when working with a client is making them feel comfortable. I was working with Blac Youngsta once and with guys, it’s a bit different because they want to have that drip. Just making the client feel comfortable because you always want to push them out of their comfort zone but not too far. You want them to look comfortable!
I feel like you embody Black boy joy and serve as a perfect role model for the youth—what would you tell someone who is chasing their dreams in fashion?
I would definitely stay true to who you are and stay down. Also, perfect your craft. Wait your turn and it’ll happen, just keep working. There have been times when I felt like giving up, but styling is a luxury service so you want to make sure it’s an actual luxury. I’m super grateful!
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