Janice Johnson [jjimageconsulting]
What is your specialty as a stylist? fashion, salon, image, objects...?
Without a doubt, my speciality is putting together outfits and accessorizing them.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can see something of your work or of where you work.
In what style or trend do you classify yourself?
My style is always evolving but I suppose if I had to put words to it, it would be urban chic.
What are your clients like?
My clients are women who want to go the extra mile to always look stylish and own a wardrobe that functions perfectly for their lifestyle, personality and age.
How did you begin to develop your talent? Have you possesed it since you were a child?
I was born loving clothes. I was sewing doll clothes at the age of 5 and my own clothes by the time I was 10.
What importance has professional training had on your career?
My degree in Philosophy and my training with celebrity stylist Stacy London of TV's "What Not To Wear" taught me the importance of listening to my clients and asking "why".
What is your concept of beauty? Why does it change so much from one culture to another, or from one era to another?
That's a tough question because as a philosopher, you can argue that beauty is either objective or subjective. Objective beauty is culture related (e.g., skinny is considered beautiful in Americal).
Do you need to love what you do, or does professionalism suffice?
I've worked in the corporate world where professionalism was good enough but when you own your own business you must love what you do.
What do you do when a client requests something that you believe is not suitable for him/her?
I tell the client straight up if something doesn't suit them because one or more elements or principles of design is working against their body shape, size, proportions or whatever the case may be.
Besides advising clients, do you also educate them?
I love educating my clients, in fact, you have to educate them so that they can learn how to apply design elements and principles to their own outfits. They should never be fully dependent upon a stylist (unless of course they are a diva who lives in Hollywood).
Being surrounded by a different style can cause a person to feel different. Can such a feeling transform a person?
Absolutely. When you look good, you feel good. You can dress up to portray any image you want. Put on a suit and all of a sudden, you feel like a professional.
What trends do you see gaining momentum?
Unfortunately, the trend is to buy several cheap items instead of a few quality items. I had to laugh at one woman's comment on a blog - H&M is ok if you plan to wear the item only once. I would like to see women once again invest in their wardrobes instead of buying cheap clothes and filling landfills.
Make a prediction: how long will the fashion of piercing and tattoos last?
Piercing and tattoos have been around forever and will last forever.
I would like to be more discerning when I buy clothes or furniture. What do you recommend I do to acquire this ability?
Only buy what you absolutely love. If you cant find it, keep looking until you do.
Whitby Ontario Canada