"I am privileged to work with highly talented celebrities, styling them for magazines and advertising clients,’ says British stylist and new mom Rachel Bakewell, whose statement makes many aspiring stylists envious. Namely, alone for our very own print editions, she has styled covers with Amber le Bon and Poppy Delevingne. The celebrity list extends to include names like David Gandy, Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham Carter and Lupita Nyong’O for magazines like V Man and Vogue. Hats off to such an impressive portfolio! Speaking of hats, the East London-based industry insider’s dream is to have her own magazine or a hat label one day.
Here, Rachel discusses her personal style, how pregnancy has altered her sartorial choices and how no outfit is complete without a hat.
MY FASHION JOURNEY BEGAN after I studied Drama and Costume Design at University and began assisting some great stylists. I was able to work on creative editorials and advertising jobs around the world, as well as fashion weeks in London and Paris. I worked alongside some very creative and inspirational people; I knew this was my dream job from the very first day I assisted! I worked very hard and gave my all to get to where I am today. I am always searching inspiration to make beautiful images and meeting photographers to collaborate with.
TO ME STYLE IS THE WAY you wish to portray yourself, it is a distinctive quality of elegance and flair. The most stylish people in my eyes are understated and have an air of effortlessness. Style icons who are most influential to me are Lou Doillon, Jane Birkin and Marianne Faithfull.
THE BIGGEST THING I’VE LEARNT is work hard and be nice to people. Never give up on what you want. The perception some people have of the fashion industry surprises me. I have met some of the loveliest people working in fashion and many are my best friends to this day.
I AM NOT A VERY SPORTY PERSON, but my work is pretty physical, a lot of running around getting clothes from press offices, carrying samples - I’m always on the go, I think I burn a lot of calories being non-stop in that way! I also have a beautiful Weimarama dog called Snoopy who needs a lot of walks. This definitely helps me keep fit, he pretty much walks me! When I find the time I also love to swim.