Great stylist assistants are damn near impossible to find. Now that I've had assistants myself, I know just how good I, and a few others were. One such brave soul is Masha Ossovskaya, my sample-sized counterpart (bitch always got to try on the Givenchy) on many a 12 hour shoot and hellish fitting. Throughout our time as assistants to the best celebrity stylists in Hollywood, Masha and I endured it all together, and thus developed a timeless bond of Hollywood veterans (who sometimes have flashbacks)...
Get Emma the size 37 Louboutins and Zoe the size 38 Choos!!!!
WHO was supposed to do the pull at Neiman's for Faith?!?!
WHERE is the Bottega belt for Salma?!?!
Someone go get my dress from The Row from dry cleaning at The Peninsula!!!
While I am now based in New York, Masha is still killing it in Hollywood, channeling her avant-garde style into fabulous editorials and chic red carpet looks. We recently caught up and reminisced about some of our crazy styling stories.
- How did you get into celebrity styling?
To be honest it was a "right place at the right time" kind of thing, I had a friend who was assisting a big stylist and she called me the day before the Oscar's saying they needed an extra hand, and then I never really left.
- Have you ever been starstruck by a client?
Not by a client, but I get totally starstruck by meeting fashion people. I once worked on a Tom Ford shoot and nearly thought I was going to faint in his presence.
- Did you ever think something that your boss had pulled was awful, but had to play along?
Ha, yes...it always makes things a little awkward! I'm not the best at hiding my opinions but luckily I've been fortunate enough to work with people that appreciate that honesty. However, ultimately the final decision is theirs.
- Sometimes, the assistant gets lucky and scores a ticket to a fashion show or event, tell me about your first NYFW experience.
My first fashion week experience was actually before I started styling. It was the Marc Jacobs F/W 2011 show and it was totally amazing. I remember the models stomping down the runway to Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People". My friend happened to be working for the company at the time and managed to snag me a ticket.
- What are your favorite designer, and jewelry showrooms to pull from?
KCD for clothes, but I love jewelry! There are so many great designer's out there it's hard to pick just one! I would say pulling from Broken English is my favorite because they have an amazing collection of designers and a very well curated vintage selection.
- What was the best/coolest shoot location you've ever worked on, and what was it for?
Morocco, for a campaign with Rosie Huntington Whiteley.
- Who are your favorite designers right now?
Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, his romantic, gothic, beautifully detailed pieces are the stuff of dreams. And I love what Alessandro Michele is doing at Gucci right now.
- What blogs/magazines/sites do you read?
Sites: Jean Stories, The Thick, Garance Dore, Into the Gloss. Magazines: W, Paris Vogue, Cr Fashion Book.
- Did you always want to be a fashion stylist? For me, I watched the Rachel Zoe Project and literally said "I'm going to do that." I also said "Why is this girl Taylor ALWAYS complaining!? I'll take her job in 2 seconds!" Little did I know... that show was NOT an exaggeration!
I always knew that I wanted to be in fashion but I didn't necessarily think that I would be a stylist, I interned at a magazine in San Francisco and when I moved to LA I started working in fashion pr. I always loved planning shoots and being on set so I started assisting a stylist on my off days and it was sort of a natural progression from there.
- Dream client?
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