Kim Naci’s LUSTY Adventure!

Kim Naci

Kim Naci

Meeting fashion therapist and stylist Kim Naci changed my life. She gave me (someone who has always loved what clothes can do for my sense of self) more confidence and understanding that I am worth the time and the effort to dress my best. Until I met Kim and had her clear out my closet and my mental cobwebs, I wasn’t treating myself the best that I could. It was her skill yes, but it was much more than that; it was Kim’s huge heart, warmth, and wit. I just wanted to hug her all the time! So last fall, when Kim told me that she was working on a secret television assignment, I knew it would be special. And it was. Kim has been working as the lead stylist on the TLC series with fashion expert, Stacy London: Love, Lust, or Run! (The show airs Friday nights at 9/8C). Yes, tune in tonight to see this heartwarming fashion ‘make-under’ experience. But in the meantime, here is Kim to tell us about the show from a bird’s-eye view …

MKG: How long have you known Stacy London?

KIM: Stacy and I met over 4 years ago during the launch of her {now defunct} agency Style For Hire. I was tapped by Stacy to execute a training workshop for the incoming stylists.

MKG: The moment you were told you would be the lead stylist of Stacy London’s new show, Love, Lust, or Run – what went through your mind?

KIM: Great question! Until then, my experience had been styling private clients and magazines, both digital and print. This was going to be my first foray into television which had been long-time goal. And what better way than to join my friend and colleague, Stacy London?

MKG:  What does the job of lead stylist involve? How many were on your team?

KIM: I had 2 assistants who could charm any managers into taking back a return, and had the strength of 10 sailors. Those bags are heavy! First, we would pour over the bio of each client. This would inform us of any body or personal concerns they had (‘I have scars on my legs and prefer keeping them covered’… ‘I refuse to cut my hair!’ … ‘I don’t want to lose my personality’), their everyday style and then their goal behind this transformation. This was probably my favorite part. After that, we would collaborate and put together a LookBook which I would bring to Stacy and make final edits. Luckily, all the participants were really open to change and optimistic about what we envisioned for their final reveal. In the end, they were happy. And they got to keep the clothes!

MKG: The premise of the show is to provide women with a transformative ‘make-under;’ to strip away and give them a blank slate to start fresh and see themselves in a new light with a before and after random on-the-street question: Love, Lust, or Run? What did you notice about these transformations?

KIM: Having a fly-on-the-wall vantage point is never easy, whether you’re hearing praises or insults. Both come with a side of anxiety. These girls were brave in light of that. Most had pre-conceived notions of what people saw and how they saw themselves. The final reveal? That was the most moving experience – I’m talking on behalf of the crew! Witnesses to such an intimate moment when the client sees her reflection in the mirror; it’s so pure and heartfelt. Luckily Stacy’s a hugger and was always there to receive the girls who couldn’t help but collapse into her arms with joy.

MKG: You mention that you have never worked in television before – what is the experience like?

KIM: Fast and furious. It’s not just your schedule to which you are adhering; it’s the boutique, it’s the crew, it’s the studio, it’s the PATH train (!). And because each client is limited to a certain clothing allowance, finding the right pieces isn’t enough. It has to look good on her, look good on camera, and be under budget.

MKG: What’s the takeaway for all of us? What should we know about how we are being perceived and the choices we are making?

KIM: Style is a trait, not a talent. It can be taught. What I tell my clients after they’ve gone through my styling sessions: ‘Once you know how to wear clothes…you look good in any clothes.’ In the end, who cares what people on the street say about you? But if it’s important to you that your look helps carry-out your message, asking for help does not compromise your personality. It reveals your courage.

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