Hermann & Audrey’s Fashion Film House for June promoted the creativity and inspiration that local stylists have brought to the forefront of the fashion industry. This Fashion Film House boasted the original works of three cutting-edge talents; Ashley Crawford, Elizabeth Margulis and Patric Chauvez. Their innovative eye and inescapable flare was shared with many in the Public Hotel’s screening room in Chicago. We had a chance to snag an interview with Chicago stylist, Elizabeth Margulis to uncover her thoughts and feelings on inspiration, fashion, and becoming a stylist.
When did you first realize you wanted to become a stylist?
I’ve always loved fashion and everything that surrounds it. My freshman year English teacher in high school was the first person to call me out on my styling. At the end of the year, she gave out awards to all her students and mine was “Most likely to write for a fashion magazine”. But the real moment I realized styling was the career for me was when I started to assist Helen Berkun. On my very fist job, I was the lead assistant for the Glossed & Found Holiday editorial. It was a long & great day, but I was exhausted. When I came home, I flopped on the couch, so beat that I couldn’t get up to get water. My mom had called me right then and as I was telling her about my day, I kept saying ” I felt right at home and I didn’t even want to leave when we wrapped up”. I came home from the photo shoot and I had never felt so alive after a day of work. Right away, I knew that styling was my calling and everything came so natural to me.
How would you describe your signature look?
The thing about style, it allows you to express yourself, however you’re feeling that day. My style changes on the daily. I go from wearing all black to rocking bright colors with funky designs. Rocking dresses with my Nike Airmax. These days i’ve been feeling the 90’s with a mix of early 2000’s. The thing that will never change, is my hair. You can spot me from a mile a way and I love it. #BigHairDontCare!
You’ve styled all types of images—creative, fashion, editorial, and portraits. Which is your favorite genre? Why?
That’s a hard one to answer. I love them all but the my favorite is creative. I am able to step outside the box and put things together that normally would never be done.
What inspires you? Whose work are you most inspired by or interested in?
That’s simple, Life! Life inspires me. I find the beauty in everything, from a flower to a new shoe. I love watching people walking down the street and seeing what they have on. I’ve been inspired by some ballsy grandmas before.
Who are some of your favorite photographers and creatives to work with?
My two favorite photographers are Vika Petakh of StillVika and Yuya Michael Ohashi of Y.O! Photo.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without on set?
My Home Depo tool set that I use as my styling kit. I’ve started to add pins and buttons to it for decorations. Helen gave it to me right before my very first shoot. It has all my essentials in it. From pins to double sided tape and most importantly my clamps!
What is your favorite item in your closet?
My favorite would be this matching top and skirt set designed by Krasilnikova. It’s to die for and perfect for mixing and matching.
Whose closet would you most like to raid?
Rihanna’s! Hands down, she’s the flyest girl around.
Who is your dream client living or dead?
My dream client would be Blake Lively. She holds herself up with poise and grace. She is elegant and confident in all of her outfits. Also, it doesn’t hurt that she has a bangin’ body!
Looking back, what is your biggest fashion faux-pas?
Back when I was in middle school, I was so into Avril Lavigne. I would wear my dad’s ties everywhere with mini skirts and skating boarding shoes. God I thought I was the shit!
Where are your favorite places to shop? What is your favorite city to shop?
My go to Chicago area is Wicker Park. All the cutest shops are off Damen Ave. London is my favorite city to shop. Everything there is so fresh and original. You can find anything and everything you’d ever imagine.
What is your favorite project that you’ve completed thus far?
My favorite hands down was with Lefty Street Art and his “Poisoned” shoot. Our subject was getting more and more poisoned as the photos progressed. The photos have not been released yet.
June’s event was brought to you by Hermann & Audrey and Public Hotel Chicago, enhanced with film content created by Honor, Nowness, and Rhié. Check out our interview with Ashley Crawford here and our @FashionFilmHouse Instagram for more interviews, photos, and upcoming events. Thank you to all that were in attendance! We hope to see you at our next Fashion Film house to further immerse yourselves in creativity and content.