In conversation with Stylist Rachel Gold
We met with the amazing celebrity stylist, Rachel Gold, signed with Red Represents, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the business. Read all about Rachel’s career from superyachts to celebrity footballers below!
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1. How would you describe your own personal style?
High-End vintage, I am always on the lookout for Dior pieces, which I like to mix with Dolce & Gabbana and a dash of boho Streetwear. I tend to stick to classical pieces. I love a Louis Vuitton scarf and bag and I can’t resist a hat. I was once told by a famous Milliner that I had the smallest head he had ever seen, not sure if that was a compliment or not.
2. Who is your style Icon?
Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis
3. What are your top three styling tips that every woman can use?
Make sure you can walk gracefully in your heels.
Feel confident in your outfit, if in doubt change into something else that makes you feel fabulous.
Despite all I have learnt during my colour courses, I know every woman needs a good quality, well-fitted dark grey or black polo neck, as a staple piece for Autumn Winter. Also a good quality white shirt t-shirt or vest for S/S staple, layering etc.
4. Where are your favourite shopping destinations in London?
William Vintage in Marylebone www.williamvintage.com 2 Marylebone Street. Beyond Retro Cheshire Street or Dalston www.beyondretro.com
Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge, Brompton Cross, Chelsea
TK Maxx the gold rail Brent Cross and Hammersmith branches
5. What are the biggest fashion mistakes you see women make?
Women trying to look like someone else, it’s great to be fashion forward but very important to know and commit to your own style.Wearing a colour just because it’s in fashion! Always hold a colour up to your face under your chin in daylight to see if it suits your complexion. This also stems back to wearing black, it’s not for everyone but you can break it up with a statement necklace or scarf. If you wear vintage, mix it up with current pieces, otherwise, you can look more fancy dress than stylish.
6. What inspired you to work as a stylist?
I started my career by styling musicians and singers, doing makeovers for albums and videos. It was the total transformation and the way clothes can help people feel so much more confident and self-assured that really gave me the bug. I get the biggest kick out of making others happy. I suppose it was the variety and fun of it all too. I am never in the same place always working with different teams. As we all know. Fashion is not necessary stylish if worn by the wrong person. Style is very subjective, I am learning every day, it’s a constant process and this is also what I love.
7. You’ve had an incredibly exciting career, what would you say have been the top 5 highlights?
Styling on the rooftop of the Royal London Hospital with the Royal London Air ambulance, which is a charity. It was an amazing and humbling experience, I was styling high-end fashion, but got to meet the helicopter pilot, paramedics, doctors, surgeons and the incredibly devoted and hardworking team. These guys fly in the helicopters to road accidents and extreme accidents and get right in there to rescue others and save lives. That was a day I will remember for the rest of my life. www.londonsairambulance.co.uk
Styling Lewis Hamilton for a Puma shoot was a pivotal moment, it’s amazing to meet such an iconic figure.
Styling a shoot on a £200 million Superyacht in the South of France, I do a few of them now so it’s not as exciting as the first time but it’s still a buzz. It’s amazing to be around such opulence.
Same applies with diamond and fine jewellery shoots, the guards arrive with the treasure and sometimes I don’t even touch it as they put it on the model wearing white gloves being careful not to mark it. One shoot I did with a cat a Great Dane and a huskie, it was hilarious as the cat kept trying to run away with the sapphire and diamond necklace on. The Great Dane was more interested in the pilchards the trainer was feeding him than the £50,000 necklace!
Styling Premier league footballers and Hollywood entertainers are always interesting as they tend to travel with their entourage. Won’t mention any names but it’s sometimes a lesson in diplomacy for me!
8. Pretend you’ve agreed to participate in Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls. You’ve been told that you are only allowed to bring 5 items of clothing (including shoes and swimwear) and 3 beauty products what would you bring?
My red nubuck Timberlands, Heidi Klein Bridgehampton racer back one piece swimsuit, Caldezonia push-up leggings, Wolford’s fatal tube dress, ASOS camouflage jacket. Coconut oil, Bobby Brown under eye reconstruction balm, MAC red rock Matt lipstick.
9. What trends do you think are going to be big this season?
Stripes are everywhere, from oversized striped shirts to luxe striped satin pants by Lanvin, check out Alice + Olivia striped pants on Net-A-Porter or Forever 21 or River Island striped wide leg culottes Love a bit of gingham, I have worn it for years, try a yellow and white gingham sleeveless shirt — Hobbs is very adaptable and also the Topshop double cuff navy and white.
Slides are everywhere. Layering of beautiful fresh cottons with puff sleeves.
Adidas trainers, I am just telling you anything new here. However, I love the brand ASH trainers as they give you a but if height and are super comfortable. Also, the Australian Brand Senso are high up on my trainer lust list! For your bad hair days grab a turban, but make sure your makeup is looking fresh as this is an unforgiving look.
10. What are your top three high street stores and top three luxury stores?
High Street -
Dolce & Gabanna
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