L'Armoire Du Styliste is a one of a kind Rental atelier based out of NY, created with stylists and editors’ needs in mind. The soon to launch website will have all pieces available for clients to view and allow them to create look books to share before making their final selection. The website will also feature images & tear sheets for designers to see where their rented pieces have appeared. It is owned and operated by editor and fashion stylist Beagy Zielinkski who has worked with magazines like Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, & Trendsetter. She has used her experience of working with other rental studios and knowledge of the industry, to create a super studio that fills the void that others in the past have missed. Raised in Europe, Beagy was exposed to a variety of cultures that she incorporates in her style today. It was her love for fashion that brought her to NY to study textile/fashion design and merchandising. She began her career as a fashion merchandiser where she was sent on travels to countries like Asia to learn more about design production and fabrics. Still on a journey to further develop her craft and passion, Beagy worked in many other areas of the fashion industry such as design, showrooms and editorial, it was during this journey that she built a sizable rolodex that would later help launch her career as a fashion stylist. If can't be found on the set of a fashion shoot she is likely to be found shopping with a stack of YSL, Chloe and Roland Mouret in her arms...
How you thought of this unique concept?
I started the showroom because as a stylist there were miscellaneous things (like latex gloves or a funky hat) & designers that are extremely popular over seas that I was exposed to working on European magazine shoots, that I wanted to use for US shoots, but I just didn't have the budget to ship..etc. I really opened the studio out of frustration. Now I have all of those designers & pieces that I couldn't come by before locally. Many of the designers that I carry have no showroom representation in the US at all but are huge in Europe.
Interesting projects so far?
I have worked with tons of interesting and talented people in this industry and I feel lucky to have worked on some of the projects that I have had the opportunity to work on. But I think one of my favorite projects will be one that is scheduled for later this year, in Switzerland. I can't tell you too much more because of confidentiality reasons, but trust me, it is like nothing you have ever seen. We are shooting at one of the most amazing, abstract locations I have ever seen and I can't wait to shoot there! These are the shoots I live for! Great travel, working with a great team that I work with often, together we always do great work. We push each other and work well off of one another and literally every shoot we do together we always say "this is our best work yet", and I love that.
Designers you work with?
I will just say this, I have a little over 800 showroom contacts world wide in my cell phone. I have worked with everyone from Chanel Paris to YSL New York to Hannah Marshall London to Prada in Asian.
And the list grows every day.
Favorite fashion brands?
- Givenchy , Barbara Bui,
- Chanel are some of my top faves of the moment.
- But I don't discriminate, I love to pair big name pieces with Top Shop, Zara or Mango...
Favorite fashion publications?
That is a tough one. I can't say that I have a favorite. As I stylist, when I look at a magazine, I look at it from a different point of view than most. If I like something, the 1st thing I look for is the photographer & the stylist credits. So I have favorite editorials more than favorite mags. When I look at magazines I can't help but dissect the styling , photography, lighting, hair & makeup, I rarely actually read the magazine... call it occupational hazard...How much input do you have creatively with the stylists that come to your studio?
None, When a stylist comes in, what they choose to pull is their choice, they are the stylist on that particular shoot, not me. Of course if they ask me for my opinion or for help finding something I am there, but that is really the extent of my styling input there. They know what they are doing. My creative input in the studio really comes in my buying, since I do all of the buying for the studio, if it is there, its because I think you should shoot it.What do you think makes a stylist successful or recognized in this industry?
There are a ton of characteristics that can really set you apart from the hundreds of stylists out there. I think that knowing the difference between what will please the fashion industry & what will please the main stream media / customers is a huge asset. Having that vision to step outside of the box and still please both will get you attention. Being an asset to the whole team will get you recognition within the industry. Its not enough for a stylist to know about clothing, you also need to know about lighting, hair & makeup, art and photography. Not so much in the sense of how to do them but you need to know how to work off of those elements that affect the way the clothing you are styling are being presented.