We had the good fortune of connecting with Audrey Brianne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Audrey, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I love creating a visual that’s immediately accessible for public consumption and opinion. The challenge of taking ready-made pieces and presenting them on entertainers in fashionable, wearable ways that translate off the runway is exciting and rewarding when people “get” it. I’ve always had an eye for pulling out pieces on a rack that go well together and I’m good at balance and pairing things together that normally wouldn’t work. Surprisingly, styling wasn’t my initial plan in the industry (I started off thinking I would land in Public Relations) and it sort of found me- which I’m very grateful for!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started interning in NY during high school at various brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Carole Hochman and Betsey Johnson. Initially my foot got in the door via my father (You Can Get There From Here author Bob Knowling Jr.), who knew an exec at Tommy Hilfiger. Once I got the opportunities to intern it was 100% up to me to prove my worth and creativity. It was not an easy time. I remember once when I sprained my achilles tendon and wound up in the hospital. I was given a brace, crutches and still showed up to my internship only 2 hours late. My boss at the time was blown away that I would still come in after the injury and I told her that I was still able and more than willing to work if they could find something for me to do where I could stay seated. It’s about showing up and going above and beyond. There were many ‘what not to do’ lessons I learned while being an assistant stylist. The biggest takeaway I got was to be kind always. No matter what’s going on in your personal/professional life, there’s no reason to be unpleasant or unkind toward others. I pride myself and team on being some of the most genuine individuals in the business. The highest compliment I’ve been paid is someone saying we are a joy to work with. I’m behind-the-scenes advocating for teamwork and unity and my hope is that shows in the work I put forth.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d be sure to take my best friend to the following establishments:
– Gracias Madre (best vegan Mexican eatery)
– EP/LP (fun ambiance and unique cuisines)
– The Tower Bar (most AMAZING, relaxed environment for an intimate dinner)
– NeueHouse (members-only workspace/club)
– The Warehaas (DTLA hidden gem with various LA-based brands/designers)
– Petit Ermitage (private rooftop eatery)
– Figaro Bistrot (Los Feliz-based authentic French cafe)
– Shopping: Westfield Century City, Maxfield, Reformation
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Mike Vargas is instrumental in my becoming a stylist. I interned/assisted under him for four years while he was a rep at People’s Revolution West Coast showroom. During that time I was exposed to fashion PR, event coordinating and celebrity styling. Both my stints working under head stylists are due to Mike’s recommendation. He’s believed in me since day one and shows up when it matters. I’m blessed to know him and be able to call him both my friend and mentor. His knowledge spans beyond the surface and he’s been kind enough to take me under his wing, brainstorm together and be there for one another when life gets rough. He’s one of the kings of my heart.
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