Words Errica Iacopini & Nick Smith
I don’t feel that I have a specific style, I just try to avoid boredom really.
Let’s talk about how you got into styling? Did you always know you were going to be involved in the fashion industry?
After studying applied arts, history of arts and painting I became interested in textile design. I found that the fabrics and sensuality of it appealed to me. I guess that’s where my sensibility toward styling came from. At the time being a stylist or a fashion editor wasn’t such a popular career, I had no idea it existed really. But as far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted to do something centered around photography, colour, textiles, and touch.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in London and later moved to a small island near Paris called L’ile Saint Germain. I grew up in a little community where I fantasized about the outside world.
Do you views clothes as one’s second skin or as a way of communicating one’s personality?
For some people getting dressed can be a way to integrate into society. A way for individuals to feel connected to a certain group of people. For others, it is a step towards confidence. I personally view it as a medium to experiment with.
How do you feel street style has impacted the fashion industry?
Street style is a great paradox. I love looking at peoples outfits during fashion week, it’s actually the first thing I look at before the shows, it’s a great inspiration. Like every trend though, it has its commercial side. People are being entirely branded and losing their identity, which isn’t sexy anymore.
What does the city of Paris offer to young, independent creatives such as yourself?
Paris is a tricky city. It is deeply classical, but it dreams of finding new creative breath. I think Paris needs new talent in order to renew itself and that is why I find it interesting to live here rather than in London or New York, which might be the obvious choices.
Can you tell us a bit about what inspires you when coming up with a concept for an editorial?
It could be anything. A girl in the street, a group of teenagers queuing in front of a gig, an archive picture from a book, a word or an absurd conversation with Florence Tetier, Editor-in-Chief of Novembre, which are abundant.
What has been your favourite fashion trend of 2014 so far?
Definitely the comeback of fringed jeans, which I am very happy about! I try to avoid trends as much as possible though. I just do what I feel is right at the time.
When you’re not working how do you enjoy spending you’re time?
I don’t have much free time but when I get a second I like to go to the movies and I also have passes for every museum in Paris, which forces me to go out. I enjoy going to the countryside or on a drive to the sea, even just for the day. I read a lot as well, it’s a good way to force my brain to switch off.
What kinds of things are you working on at the moment?
I’ve been doing projects with Christian Lacroix, Metal Mag, Open Lab, a lot of Novembre of course. I just started taking care of Marion Cotillard and I’ll also be styling the Woolmark Prize.
What’s the best thing about being Georgia Pendlebury?
Being amazed by the smallest things. A piece of a garment, hair, the way a kid wears his jeans… which is absurd to some people.
Who are some individuals who you’d consider visionaries?
So many. Futurists in the 30’s, Nick Knight, Helmut Newton … all those photographers that helped to build fashion photography. Thierry Mugler, Vivienne Westwood, Nicolas Ghesquière, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Marilyn Minter.
What do you see for yourself in the future? Is there anything you’re really excited about?
I want to develop Novembre, I find it very exciting. It’s an amazing magazine and gives us a lot of creative freedom. I want us to grow bigger, travel more and continue to discover new and exciting talents.