A Conversation with Maya Albanese

Maya Albanese - Photo credit Maya Albanese

Maya Albanese – Photo credit Maya Albanese

I discovered Maya Albanese through her work, watching her film on the website, PopSugar, about a day in the life of celebrity fashion stylist, Anita Patrickson. I enjoyed it so much that I shared it on TFIO. It did not take me long to see that there was much to admire about Maya – her talents and her passion for justice guide her in a most positive way. Maya is a multimedia reporter, producer, and film director, who covers music, social justice, sustainability, Latin America, and innovation in food, fashion, and technology. But there is something bigger, something that enables her to delve deeper into the world: her warm and inclusive heart. Here is Maya …

MKG: Tell me a bit about how/where you grew up?

MAYA: I always say “I grew up in the world”…I was born in Vermont, but I have lived in 5 states (Vermont, Michigan, Ohio, New York, and California) and 5 countries up until today.

MKG: Your passions are far-reaching. What do you consider the important issues that guide you?

MAYA: I wake up every morning concerned about how the world can be a better place for people, and that involves maintaining a healthy planet and environment. The connection between people and nature, and how we can resolve dissonance occurring between the two right now – that is just one of the issues that drives me.

MKG: What inspires you?

MAYA: Art. Film. Music. I’m inspired by anyone who speaks through his/her creative self, whether that’s painting walls or singing from the heart, or producing media that is outside-of-the-box, making people think in new and different ways. Continue reading

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How A Dress Goes From Runway to Red Carpet

Celebrity Stylist, Anita : via PopSugar

Celebrity Stylist, Anita Patrickson : courtesy Popsugar/Maya Albanese for Chevrolet Malibu

From the point where a designer comes up with the idea for a dress to the place where you see it on the red carpet is a huge journey, with so many steps.” ~ Celebrity stylist, Anita Patrickson

Here is a fun behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of Los Angeles celebrity stylist, Anita Patricksonvia Popsugar. “You’re creating a story for a snapshot moment,” says Patrickson, who herself, has her own story. Born on a farm in South Africa, the world of fashion styling was far from the one she knew. But she she grew up a stylist in the making, dreaming up outfits and fashion scenarios as a child. Patrickson eventually came to the United States via London. Not knowing anyone, she applied for a stylist assistant position in LA via Craig’s List – and the rest is history.

The first step of the journey to select the perfect outfit, begins with New York Fashion Week. That is where a celebrity stylist can review the designer collections, and make selections for her clients, before any one else even sets eyes on them. Patrickson views each celebrity body type individually, which is why she inspires such trust from her clients; celebrities like Hillary Duff, Chrissy Teigan, and Julianne Hough.

Once the celebrity decides on a look, alterations are done immediately to get the outfit “red carpet ready.”  On that big day, the celebrity walks the red carpet, the cameras flash, the look is revealed, and that is it. Afterward, the outfit is never seen again on the red carpet.

I often wonder what it is really like to be a celebrity stylist. I see now that many elements go into creating that one glimpse on the red carpet. Oh, but what a glimpse it is!

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