WHO: Mickey Freeman, celebrity fashion stylist, and designer represented by the Only Agency.
You’ve worked as a celebrity and editorial stylist for years—what do you love about what you do?
MF: Styling and creative directing enable me to convey my view of the way the world should be, could be, or would be without burdening viewers and clients with the weight of reality. Also, I’ve always loved that my career has consistently presented new challenges and obstacles along the way. Eventually, learning to work around every mishap or wardrobe malfunction has acted as the paradigm shift to a more positive and proactive mindset. Evolution can be found in the shadows of uncertainty.
How has being a stylist informed how you approach getting dressed up for special occasions (both personally and for your clients)?
MF: I’ve learned not to be so bound to how I perceive myself that I lose touch with that instinctual energy trying to push me out of my comfort zone. For my clients, it’s always crucial for me to understand what inspires them at the moment and how it can translate into their look and the overall imprint they want to leave on the event. After a prolonged period of quarantining and not going out, this summer, many people around the world will be able to go out again—what advice would you give them for getting all dressed up again? I fully understand the desire to return to a more active and extroverted lifestyle. I would encourage people to partake in previously unexplored color palettes. Mix and match pieces in your wardrobe that you don’t usually pair together, like leather knee boots and denim cut-offs. It’s time to enjoy life!