Sitting down with Stylist Ingrid Abdulhak
Today we had a chance to sit down with the Serbian-born stylist Ingrid Abdulhak. Although she studied Marketing at university, she always knew that her future would be in fashion. Here she is now in London following her dreams as she's starting a diploma in Personal Styling at the London College of Style.
The role of the stylist is easily over-looked, as they play a very "behind-the-curtains" role. Yet make no mistake, it is the stylist that is responsible for that "oh so effortless" look that Kim Kardashian just "threw together" as she makes her way towards The Ivy for a get-together with her gal-pals. In a way, a stylist's role is very much like a chef: they use only the finest ingredients to combine them in an ingenious way to create a masterpiece, whether it be a culinary dish or an impeccable outfit. We therefore couldn't wait to ask Ingrid about her thoughts on fashion, specifically what she believed the future of fashion beholds for us.
We started the interview by asking her how she defined success in her career. We had expected her to translate career success in terms of collaborations with big clients, such as having the opportunity to dress a global superstar or the assignment to style models for a Vogue photo-shoot. However, her response was much deeper than we could have expected. Ingrid said she defined success not in terms of what it did for herself, but rather about the impact she had on the client. She believed that the ultimate goal is to make the client feel comfortable in their own skin, because that is when you know you have truly done well. Ingrid spoke about the importance of the psychology behind being well-dressed, and how “the ultimate success is knowing you were able to help the person see themselves in a new and improved way."
We were also eager to find out how Ingrid believed the fashion world would change in the next 10 years. She forecast an end to the haute couture industry. Although quite a terrifying thought, she said that this would be inevitable, as technology and changes in consumer tastes and life-style will bring about major shifts in how the consumer dresses herself. Ingrid denoted that fashion will move away from detailed, expensive art-forms, and adopt a more high-tech, innovative approach that brings about greater functionality in apparel.
Below are images of her most recent university assignment, titled Velvet Crush, for a magazine assignment she worked on. From the pictures we can already see a withdrawal from haute couture, and an admission to more current and practical fashion forms.