Name: Claudine DeSola
Occupation: Celebrity Stylist / Fashion Show Producer
Location: New York, working out of the fabulous Carlton Hotel.
“My goal is to find the true benevolent side of fashion where we help one another. There is a lot of competition in the world of fashion, and my goal is to find the inner lining where we see fashion as an art and try to help and support one another. I want people to be able to be confident in what they are selling as well as what they are wearing. My goal is to unite the fashion and entertainment worlds in an authentic way where they support one another because they appreciate one another. I am very lucky to be able to work with amazing actors and actresses, and I am constantly being introduced to new talent which is my favorite part of my job. I love watching their career grow.”
My style is: eclectic – I love a good sleek look but love bold color and patterns. I admire the style of that put together Parisian women but also love a bit of rock and roll. My favorite summer outfit includes my cute little pattern Rachel Roy shorts, a shirt I found at Barneys that said something “Caravan,” my Dolce Vita sandals, a great hat from Hat Attack, my Morrocan inspired necklace from Tiffany’s that my boyfriend bought me and a vintage silver ring from Istanbul I found at the Bazaar. I love and adore my Chanel and Lanvin pieces, and I am a huge fan of Nanette Lepore, Alice & Olivia, Cynthia Rowley and Clover Canyon. Some of my personal favorite pieces I own are by Walter as well – he has amazing pieces and some of my favorite dresses.
I style my girls often: in Sachin + Babi who I love everything by, THEIA, Carmen Marc Valvo who has breathtaking gowns, Alice & Olivia; and for my guys, Ted Baker. For jewelry I adore Kira Kira. I try to support as many NYC designers as possible! Some that I love are Hunter Dixon, Synderla, Huminska, Dana-Maxx, Lotus Grace, Primary NY, YEOHLEE — the list is very long!
The song I have on repeat right now is: a song my friend Hollywood Holt produced for the movie, Gatsby with Beyonce and Andre 3000 the “Back to Black” cover. It’s brilliant! Also anything by Vince Scheuerman and I do love a little Of Monsters and Men and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Growing up, I really wanted to be: a ballerina.
The best part about being a stylist is: I do think that I am somewhat of an expert in marketing and ideation – I helped create many successful campaigns, programs for top brands as well as created the first ever mobile store, Caravan
My best fashion advice: Don’t let the fashion snobs get you down! There are lots of velvet ropes in this world and I’d love to see fashion more inclusive then exclusive at times. Fashion is a way to show who we are to, to express ourselves and it is sad when there are things that stunt that.
People usually compliment my: nails. I have long nail beds and only use Zoya polish, but I also think I have nice hair thanks to Salon Grafix products. I love their conditioning cleansers and ChromaLogica High Gloss Hair Spray.
I’ll never forget the time: I met Bono the night after his concert in Dublin and had the opportunity to tell him about one of my favorite companies, Wildlife Works– a company doing amazing things in Kenya.
For my skin, I use: I’m in love with all products by DDF Skincare. My other skin regimen is juicing! I juice every morning, drink a ton of green tea and apple cider vinegar. I also take vitamins and eat a ton of chia seeds.
My favorite place in the whole world is: I have a lot of favorite places but I would say France and Kenya but I also enjoyed Peru – I think they are all magical places.
Current beauty product obsession: Pop Beauty’s Mascara Peak Performance Mascara
But I also can’t live without: Guerlain Samsara perfume – it’s been my scent for the last 20+ years.
Worst habit: worrying. I worry a lot — I need to worry less maybe.
When I travel, I MUST have: my boyfriend by my side – I love travelling and exploring with him.
My favorite scent right now: Samsara always, although I do love the scent we did with Demeter under Caravan. It’s a very cool concept built around scents found in the Fashion District such as cotton.
People might be surprised to know that: I have two rescued dogs that I love so much – Noel and Barrett. Also, I’m a fan of The Carrie Diaries, True Blood, Game Of Thrones, House of Cards, and Revolution .
My current favorite hair product is: Salon Grafix Conditioning Cleanser. I just love this collection! It’s affordable and rewardable.
I don’t understand people who don’t like: Kale — if we are speaking of something nutritious. Otherwise, ice cream! I love ice cream so much. I joke that I cross fit just so I can have it. I love Baskin Robbins and Magnum bars.
The restaurant I can never get tired of is: Cookshop because they are dog friendly and their food is so yummy.
Though I can make a mean: I am a huge fan of Blue Apron so every week I make three new meals that they choose for me to cook. I am always learning and I dig it so much – it’s affordable and convenient
I hope in 5 years: I have a growing family; have written a book about how important it is to know that the future is ahead of you and that we are all created to be ourselves and love ourselves and help each other (this comes from a very personal experience); and have a film based on my book! Also to become an admired stylist and brand strategist.
Who inspires me: I will always say the people closest to me – my parents, my boyfriend, even my little dog who just underwent two surgeries and was a little fighter. The people who really inspire me are the people I know who get up in the morning and help each other — who try to be the best individuals they can and who support one another. It’s important to constantly be inspired!
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