If you can only name the biggest names in fashion and spend all your time trying to aspire to them, then you are in for a rude awakening. Don’t you ever wonder who were the fabulous assistants behind those powerhouse industry professionals? Step into the styling world. If you think only Tabitha Simmons, June Ambrose, Rachel Zoe, and Erin Walsh exist on the styling plane, then you are missing out. Take a moment to learn about stylists working their way up to fame and how they are getting there.
Dream of being a fashion stylist or anything fabulous in the industry? If you are forcing yourself to make decisions on whether you should buy dinner, purchase those Senso’s or purchase that Porter Magazine, then maybe you should consider styling as a profession. Talk about free stuff and it pays the bills, so you don’t have to make sacrifices. Read now about these under the radar NYC fashion stylists and thank us later.
Allison St. Germain, @TheBeastlyBeast
A lady she is. Originally from New Orleans, Allison St. Germain built her eclectic tastes based on her hometown. Allison briefly attended FIT before realizing her best experience would come from assisting the latest and greatest fashion stylists the industry had to offer. Today, Allison works on editorials with magazines such as Nylon, Cosmopolitan, BlackBook, Zink, Marie Claire and Blink. Follow her Instagram for her editorial work and abstract view of day-to-day life.
Anna Katsanis, @AnnaKatsanis
Anna’s background and humble beginnings in fashion merchandising is what got her next to editors at most of the most popular magazines here in NYC. Anna’s styling background consist of working with magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Tatler, and L’Officiel and celebrities including Atlanta de Cadenet, Lindsay Lohan, Ivanka Trump, Keri Hilson and Paris Hilton. Follow her Instagram for her editorial work and her occasional nods to her agency, The Wall Group. You will barely see a selfie, she definitely enjoys being a mysterious face (as far as social media is considered) in the industry.
Beagy Zielinski, @BeagyStyle
Raised in Europe, Beagy began her career as a fashion merchandiser. Flash forward to today and Beagy has gotten a substantial amount of fashion experience and contacts under her belt. Her styling editorial background includes Glamour Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel, Schön! Magazine, as well as many others, and her celebrity background includes Toni Braxton, Missy Elliott, Pharrell Williams, Zoë Kravitz, and Tyra Banks. But that’s not all, Beagy is now the current Fashion Editor of VEOIR Magazine and former fashion editor at both Blanche Magazine in Paris and SLY Magazine in NYC. She was even the costume designer for “America’s Next Top Model” for Cycle 16. Follow Beagy’s Instagram for her amazing work and day-to-day life as an international stylist.
Julie Matos, @JulieMatosStyle
As one of the most demanded celerity fashion stylists in the industry, Julie Matos’ A-list following is what backs her credibility. She has styled Jennifer Hudson, Julianne Moore, Demi Moore, Sofia Vergara, and Gwyneth Paltrow just to name a few. Although she’s known as a celebrity powerhouse, her humble roots in Boston are what made her what she is today. Julie styled at the May company. Follow her Instagram as she takes on her busy life as a stylist, fashion editor and contributor.
Karin Elgai, @KarinElgai
Originally from Israel, Karin Elgai made her first step into the NYC fashion scene in 2008 when she moved to study styling at FIT. Her hard work and perseverance lead her to assistant jobs on PBS’s The Electric Company and backstage jobs at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. After six years of styling expertise, Karin now works with clients such as Marie Claire, Glamour, Zink, and Coach working on fashion editorials, still life and set styling. Follow her Instagram to see her day-to-day life as a NYC fashion stylist and entrepreneur working her way through the industry.
Kat Banas, @KatBanas
If you are looking for what Kat Banas calls “Scrappychic” photos with bright, pastel colored backgrounds, then her Instagram is a must. With just four years of being on the fashion styling scene, Kat has made herself well-known as both an editorial and still life stylist. When she’s not working with clients such as Elle Mexico, Nylon Japan, Milk Made, GILT and Givenchy, just to name a few, you can find her roaming NYC streets with friends getting into all types of shenanigans.
Liz Teich, @DearAndi
A native New Yorker, fashion blogger and stylist, Liz Teich has worked with notable celebrity and peeps such as Mike Tyson, and has been featured on video segments for “Good Morning America,” “The Katie Couric Show” and Marie Claire. If you are dreaming of travel to faraway places such as Vietnam, then this “Seeking to the beauty in everything” Brooklyn implant can teach you a thing or two. Follow her Instagram for sun-filled images and subtle nods to her blog. You can keep up with her blog here.
Madeline Dawson, @Fletcher_Dawson
As the former fashion editor of Inked Magazine, Madeline Dawson has seen many facets of the industry. Her expertise in men’s fashion, prop styling and women’s wardrobe styling have allotted her many experiences, her current one being her wardrobe styling position with Tripp NYC. Follow her Instagram for fun tattoos on everything from bodies to bananas, puppies and fancy outfits.
Sofia Karvela, @SofiaKar
This stylist turned mom takes the multitasking cake. Her Instagram is filled with images of her baby boy, her travels and odd happenings on-set. Her many contacts and big fashion friends in the industry make her a fairly popular stylist on Instagram. If you want to see her work, you will have to hit up her website here.
Valissa Yoe, @ValissaYoe
The fanciest New York-based stylist, DJ and makeup artist, Valissa Yoe has definitely made herself accessible in many facets of the fashion world. Her attendance at the school of design at FIT lead her to design roles with Kai Milla and Mishka before realizing her own personal style could open big doors. Her background in beauty paved the path to working with clients such as Google, MTV, Topshop and Nike. DJing in the fashion world has also allotted her creative music gigs, one of them even featuring Drake. Follow her Instagram for sassy selfies and pretty NYC skylines.
Jessica Bobince, @JessicaBobince
Although her followers on Instagram are slim, we can’t possibly miss putting this budding star fashion stylist on the list. Don’t let her lack of jumping on the Instagram bandwagon diminish her huge accomplishments. In just a short time, this FIT dropout has come in contact with the likes of almost every fashion influential in the industry. Working with stylists such as Tabitha Simmons, Francesca Burns and Nicola Formichetti, as well as photographers such as Craig McDean, Steven Klein and Terry Richardson, Jessica is a powerhouse in the making. Follow her Instagram for her day-to-day happenings and stylist work with Dazed & Confused, Nylon, Vs. and Muse (and that’s not even all of them!)
Newheart Ohanian, @NewheartNYC
A graduate of FIT and a native New Yorker, Newheart says what she enjoys most about styling is storytelling through visuals. Her client list includes Clairol, Mary Kay, JC Penny, Pepsi, MAC Cosmetics, and Universal Records. Newheart has also worked with a variety of international magazines including Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, NYLON, Madame Figaro and Marie Claire. Newheart has also done several fashion films, as well as advertising projects. You can follow her Instagram for her editorial work, her gorgeous nephew and inspirational quotes.
Stevie Dance, @Stevie_Dance
An Australian native, Stevie Dance is mostly known for her former fashion editor position with RUSSH and her online zine-shop called GHOST. Stevie was featured on Into The Gloss for her immaculate beauty and styling expertise. Stevie works with a plethora of industry professionals, including Garance Dore, Caroline Issa and Narcisco Rodriguez. Follow her Instagram for cute poolside images, editorial work and her travels.
Kristi Scarrozzo, @TheLadyKBlog
What looks like a blogger first, Kristi Scarrozzo is a fashion stylist, blogger, and fashion consultant. Kristi works with the likes of Omen NYC, BCBG Generation, Young & Able, and Renamed Apparel. You can follow her Instagram for her extensive designer cookbook work, her blog shenanigans and NYC fun.
Marissa Adele, @marissaadele
When she’s not spending time with her pup Kilo in Brooklyn, Marissa Adele is a fashion stylist and creative director. Her editorial work includes, L’Offciel, Bullett, and Vision magazines, as well as, L’oreal, Coach, Belvedere and The Walt Disney Company. Follow her Instagram for her current editorial work, her dog Kilo and artistic pictures of the city.