Alegre February all and welcome back to the one and only #gossipstation where we are joined by the oh so fabulous stylist and creative art director Tracey Jacobs who we absolutely adore. Tracey who divides her time between the big smoke of London and the picturesque city of Cape Town has got an unbelievable portfolio having worked on countless major fashion editorials and campaigns. So, it is with great pleasure that we can welcome her on #gossipstation in-between her busy schedule!
Lovely T, thank you so much for joining us for a chinwag! Can you start off by telling us where your career began and how you got in to styling?
Hello everyone! I started off as a buyer in a fashion store called Jones on the Kings Road in the 80’s. Whilst I was there I met photographers who came in to the store and they would ask me if I’d be interested in testing. I tested every weekend until I got my portfolio together and I then went freelance. I was very lucky as I met a lot of designers / editors whilst I was working at Jones. For me, it just seemed as if it was a natural transition to go from buying to styling.
What a lovely store to work in and on the Kings Road too! So, we understand that you divide your time between Cape Town and London! Do you prefer one over the other?
Both cities are amazing and inspiring in their own way. London is always a constant source of inspiration and talent and I need the cultural injection whereas with Cape Town you’re surrounded by nature and beauty. When I’m there I’m able to pull inspiration in other ways. You certainly don’t get clouded by other people’s vision.
Sometimes that’s exactly what is needed as, as times, London can be such a whirlwind! You've styled some gorgeous fashion editorials featuring our clients - is it just kids fashion you work with or do you do adults too?
I started my career shooting editorials with adults for The Face / Blitz and I-D magazine back in the 80’s which I loved! I then met a photographer around 20 years ago who asked me to shoot a story for Vogue Bambini with him and I haven’t really looked back since. I love working with children! There’s never a dull moment on set with kids and you can be so creative with them.
You’re right about that! You never know what their next move is going to be (or their parent’s haha!) Do you have a favourite project that you've worked on?
I love working on Editorials as it’s something that you can really run with. There’s nothing more fun other than coming up with ideas and concepts for the shoots that we do.
I loved working on Nike as it was just such a cool shoot to do!
Ah we believe it! We absolutely LOVE Nike and the campaigns so we can only imagine how much fun it was! If you had to choose 3 favourite kids fashion brands which would you choose?
OOOOh that’s a tricky one as there are so many amazing brands out there that are just fab! I love Bobo Choses, Little Remix , Soft Gallery and Lemoniez! All of these brands are one’s that I continue to use quite a lot!
Good choices! What's the best advice you've ever been given and what advice would you give to someone wanting to get in to styling?
I think the best advice to give anyone who wants to get into styling is to be passionate about everything you do!
That’s the key isn’t it? Without passion there’s just emptiness! Last but not least, what's your ultimate styling tip?
It’s ALL about the kit bag! Having good safety pins is a must as with most jobs that I have done we have to PIN!!!!! It’s the most important thing to learn how to do properly! PIN!
Haha Alegre Charli would definitely agree with you on that one! You guys can definitely compare pinning techniques. Oh T is has been so fabulous as always talking with you. We love you, you’re wonderful advice and beyond incredible work! Keep doing your thang <3