Personal Swag: Stylist Brian Swan
Phoenix Fashion Week is thrilled to introduce you to another featured stylist for the Fashion Rocks MIM event, Brian Swan. With eight years of experience in the fashion industry, Swan will be pulling all sorts of looks for the show. He first developed an eye for style when he was 16 years old and was always playing around with his wardrobe, trying different looks. He never failed to impress his friends and other people around him with his trendy outfits and creativity, and was always reached out to for fashion advice. Over time, he eventually became a stylist and his passion has continued to grow.
Hoping to share his passion and love for fashion with others, Swan created Right Hand Man Image Consulting (RHM) in January 2009. He currently styles a range of various people from professionals, athletes to high school students.
Phoenix Fashion Week had the wonderful opportunity to do a little Q&A interview with Brian Swan and learn about his life as a stylist and his thoughts on the upcoming Fashion Rocks MIM event at the Musical Instrument Museum March 31st.
Q: How has your experience as a stylist been so far?
A: I really love it! I love the whole entire thing. Styling is always different and it’s never the same. Whether it is an athlete or celebrity, everyone has different tastes. The perks of being a stylist are it’s always different and I’m always learning something new.
Q: How important do you think fashion and style is? Why?
A: I think fashion and style is a way to showcase your personality without any verbal communication. It’s very important because it can really define who you are and who you want to be as a person.
Q: Can you share with us one of your best fashion moments?
A: It was one night when we were attending a fashion show and we got to meet the brand, T.I.T.S (Two In The Shirt). They are a popular brand that mostly focuses on graphic and printed tees. I have known about them for about 3-4 years and so I decided to talk to them. When they realized what we do, they reached out to us and asked if we would love to help style a shoot.
Q: Describe your wardrobe!
A: I think it’s important to set yourself apart from others regarding fashion, to define a part of your personality. So I have a very mix type of style. One day it is Justin Timberlake, another day it is Usher, and another day it is Frank Sinatra. I like the clean and dapper look. I like to wear bow ties, but at the same time, I also like to dress the urban and hip-hop style.
Q: What is your most favorite and cherished piece in your closet?
A: It’s hard because there are a lot of things! I would have to say my pair of shoes by Android Homme.
Q: What inspires you when you dress, yourself and/or other people?
A: When it comes to styling myself or people, it’s the inspiration all around me. I look at fashion magazines, walk around the mall and look at the window displays, listen to songs, or look at people back in the days. It’s just things that have caught my eye and they give me ideas. I’m more of a visual person though.
Q: What are your do’s and don’ts when it comes to fashion?
A: Do be willing to try different styles. Don’t wear anything you’re not comfortable with. Your “swag” is built off your confidence! If you are not able to walk in a room feeling comfortable, it won’t look and feel so great.
Q: Please share with us some of your best style tips!
A: You don’t have to buy the most expensive clothes to look the greatest. I rather take a client to H&M and spend about $100 on three to four outfits instead of getting one shirt for the same price. Another is, buy pieces that you already don’t have. The key is to add to your wardrobe. For example, if you have three little black dresses, it just doesn’t make sense. Ask yourself, “What can I add?” Finally, be able to shop for your closet. Don’t assume you have to shop for an outfit.
Q: What can people look forward to seeing from you and your styling at the Fashion Rocks MIM event?
A: They will be able to get to know my great team: Rachel, Lauren, and Nick! When we style, we build a story line. We want to showcase it to where you can actually see yourself walking down the runway. It’s not going to be mundane. We want it to be exciting, entertaining, and make it a fun learning experience! Also, we are going to grasp what each designer is going for and show how great they are.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about this event?
A: I’m looking forward to working with Phoenix Fashion Week, showing people why my company is a great opportunity for any fashion help, and meeting other people who love fashion too. I once told Brian I wanted to turn Arizona into another fashion capitol like Los Angeles. I mean, L.A. didn’t just wake up one day and decide that it’s a fashion capitol. It’s about the effort of the people behind it. Arizona can do the same thing.
Q: What are your future plans with styling and for Right Hand Man Image Consulting?
A: The company is doing a lot of things at the moment. We are aiming to just grow in a positive direction. We are doing a blog, videos, fashion shows, other events and working on a workshop called New Year, New You. The workshop will show you what to wear and what not to wear, small things to change your wardrobe and more. Many people don’t know that there are stylists available here either and so we aiming to change that too.
Q: Any advice for future stylists?
A: First thing is you want to get started somewhere in fashion, anywhere. You can work at a local store and get started in that store. You’ll learn all these different skills such as merchandising, how to bring in the product, and creating visuals. Interning with companies is a great way to learn as well.
Thank you so much for interviewing with Phoenix Fashion Week Brian!
For more about Brian Swan and Right Hand Man Image Consulting, please visit the website at http://www.rhmstyle.com.
To see Brian Swan’s styling skills check him out at the Fashion Rocks MIM event on March 31st www.fashionrocksmim.eventbrite.com.
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