You know those girls who just throw outfits together and look effortlessly amazing every time? Well Nell Kalonji is one of them. The style guru has been lending her discerning eye to cutting-edge fashion shoots for years and after drooling over her work in hipster bibles like Dazed & Confused and AnOther magazine, we just had to get her onboard at Topshop.
This month Nell acted as guest stylist on our ‘5 Ways To Wear’ feature, styling up our new floral board shorts for every occasion. From smartly tailored to a new take on festival wear, Nell taught us that one item can go a long way, saving us both time and money… thanks Nell! Watch the video below and read on as we pick her brain for a few more valuable fash tips.
What trends will you be wearing this summer?
I have actually developed a little obsession with culottes so they will definitely be part of my summer wardrobe!
What gets you inspired?
I love old movies and am fascinated by the world of costume. I’ve just bought a selection of Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg movies which will keep me occupied over the weekend. But apart from that I think you can get inspired by anything – books, exhibitions, travels. Anything as long as you are open to it.
What’s been your most exciting shoot to work on?
I would say that’s the first ever shoot I worked on with Dazed & Confused Fashion Editor Katie Shillingford. I had just moved to London for an internship and didn’t know what to expect. Being on set with such creative people was fascinating and made me realise that this is what I want to be doing.
What advice would you give to someone wanting a career as a stylist?
I think interning and assisting is a big part of it. You learn so much more by working for someone and by observing how they approach a project.
What’s on your playlist at a shoot?
Beyonce, TLC… then more Beyonce!
Whose wardrobe would you love to ransack?
Right now Marlene Dietrich, but it changes all the time!
Are you a high fashion or high street girl?
High fashion, high street or vintage – it doesn’t really matter. It all depends on how you put it together!