Vanessa's grunge-luxe take on personal style has made her an influential presence on blogs and pages dedicated to fashion spectating, and her impeccable taste has been engaged for major runway shows and by a celebrity clientele.
She recently lent her styling expertise to THE ICONIC's New Icons Of Fashion campaign, shot in London, and generously took time to give us a few insights into her fantastic career.
Vanessa Coyle photographed for Style Du Monde.
ARC: You've been working in the fashion industry for how long now?
Vanessa Coyle: 16 years – scarily!
ARC: In laymen's terms, how would you describe your profession?
VC: We style models and celebrities in the latest fashion for magazine editorial and cover shoots – a collaboration with photographers, hair and makeup artists . We attend international runway shows, identifying and reporting on the new seasons trends. We consult and collaborate with designers on the development of their new collections, editing looks and styling runway shows.
ARC: Give us a quick list of some of your favourite (or most major) clients, past and present.
VC: I had the most fun working on a job with Uma Thurman and Givenchy in Paris, holed up at The Ritz for a few days. She became a personal client of mine and I would fly back and forth from NYC.
I've enjoyed styling many actresses for Harpers Bazaar UK, particularly Scarlett Johannson, Emily Blunt, Gwyneth Paltrow and iconic supermodels such as Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Miranda Kerr to name a few.
I love styling runway shows and have worked with designers such as Emilio Pucci, Matthew Williamson, Julien Macdonald. My six year tenure as the Senior Fashion Editor of Harpers Bazaar UK taught me a lot and gave me the opportunity to work with many notable photographers, models and beauty teams.
ARC: What has been the most significant moment of your career so far?
VC: Had to pinch myself when attending a fitting with Uma Thurman at Azzedine Alaia's studio - meeting such an iconic designer and observing him work was a personal highlight for me.
ARC: Have you had any significant failures?
VC: I think every stylist/fashion editor has a shoot that for one reason or another, doesn't quite go to plan! You learn from the experience and move on.
Vanessa Coyle is represented by The Artist Group