This week’s Dig the New Breed stylist is 24-year-old Coline Bach, who moved from France to London to follow her passion. She tells us why you must never mistake a model for a Christmas tree and why she’d like to get her hands on Iggy Azalea.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP AND WHERE DID YOU STUDY?
I grew up in France, in Brittany, which is by the sea side, then at 17 I left for Paris to study a fashion design BA for five years. Following that I went on to study a fashion journalism MA at Central Saint Martins. That’s why I moved to London.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN STYLING?
I started styling four months after I arrived in London, when a friend who was a photographer proposed that I style a shoot for TheOnes2Watch with him. At the time I was interning for Tank magazine and had no idea how PR agencies would possibly lend me anything!
WHO DO YOU WORK FOR?
I’ve been assisting a while, first Anna Trevelyan then Phoebe Arnold at Ponystep. Now I’m doing styling freelance and I’m also working as an editorial assistant for Topshop’s head office.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST SHOOT TO DATE?
There was one that I shot in Brighton which was pretty cool, the location was great, so many colours and cool backgrounds to work with, but getting the model changed on the pier was a bit of challenge. We managed though!
WHEN DID YOU REALISE THAT YOU WANTED TO WORK IN FASHION?
Very early. When I was at primary school I was drawing ladies in crazy outfits in the margins of my notebooks because I was so bored. Then back at home I was cutting them out and sticking them in a special fashion book of all my drawings. I don’t know where it is today, but I’d love to find it.
WHAT’S THE HARDEST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
It takes a lot of time, effort and investment and most of the time you don’t get paid for it. Editorials don’t pay. So you have to be really passionate about styling because it’s a lot of running around between all the PR agencies for pick ups and returns when there’s no courier budget.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
Being so excited and happy when you see the pictures appearing on the computer screen on the set, and it looks awesome. Creating images that I love is what keeps me going.
WHERE DID YOU HEAR ABOUT TEH HUNGER’S COMPETITION?
A friend who assists me on most of my shoots sent me a link to it, I don’t know where she found it but I’m glad she did!
WHAT WAS YOUR CONCEPT FOR THE SHOOT?
Well it depends because I sent an image of each of my shoots for the competion so there was lots of different concepts!
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER WHEN STYLING?
Don’t do too much, the model is not a Christmas tree, and just because you have a huge selection of items from PRs it doesn’t mean that you have to use everything. Just use what fits the mood best and work with the model.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO STYLE?
I have my eyes on Iggy Azalea for a while, she’s such a babe and has an amazing body!
WHO’S STYLE DO YOU RATE?
Francesca Burn’s style and work are really cool. I’m also a big fan of Panos Yiapanis’s work.
I don’t hate anyone really. People can always change.
WHICH PHOTOGRAPHER WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO WORK WITH?
Mert & Marcus perhaps? I love Daniel Sannwald as well, he is such cool creative photographer, I love his way of using several medium for his pictures and mixing difference techniques.
WHEN WIL YOU KNOW THAT YOU’VE ACHIEVED YOUR DREAMS?
When I’m able to live ofF my styling work I guess, or when I’m first flown somewhere for my work!