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"It" Stylist: Sophia Banks-Coloma

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Is there any job cooler than that of a stylist? Not only do these ladies and gentlemen get to work around clothes all day (swoon), they have the opportunity to collaborate with celebrities and bring characters to life in editorials, film and television through wardrobe. 

I was excited to recently have the opportunity to chat with the "Aussie Rachel Zoe," Sophia Banks-Coloma. Sophia is the real-deal — a renowned stylist who has worked with some of my very favorite "It" Girls, including Blake Lively; a fashion designer for Whitley Kros, a label worn by Kate Hudson, Selena Gomez and Rachel McAdams; and a red carpet stylist, wardrobe consultant and recipient of Harper's Bazaar’s “Style Leader” award.

For her latest project, Sophia was the fashion expert for the upcoming independent film, Syrup, based on the international best-selling book by Maxx Berry. Starring Amber Heard and Kellan Lutz, Syrup examines a world where "image" is more important than morality, celebrities are treated like deities and manipulative marketers roam the streets as self-proclaimed superheroes. Best of all, Sophia had an incredible wardrobe budget to work with, incorporating design powerhouses such as Givenchy and Chanel. I'm sold!

Check out our Q&A below to learn a little more about Sophia, spring trends and some of her very own favorite "It" Girls.

How did you get your career started?
I started assisting for photo shoots at about 16 years old for kids’ shoots. I then studied design, started working as a designer and then got back into styling later on down the line. Now I have my hands dipped in all sorts of projects, from styling celebrities on the red carpet, to costume designing for films, such as the upcoming film, Syrup, to styling music videos.

What was the most challenging part of styling for Syrup?
The most difficult part of styling for Syrup was definitely working within the budget, although I managed to loan about $2 million worth of clothing, which was great! The film includes top designers: Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Chloé, Roland Mouret, J. Mendel, Christian Louboutin, Brian Atwood, Givenchy, Martin Grant, Yigal Azrouël, Rue de Mail, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chanel and Céline. We have over $3 million worth of clothes and jewelry on the film.  I also used emerging designers from all over the world, including Australia and New Zealand.        

I have to ask... tell me about Amber Heard!
Amber is amazing — so talented, a great actress and a lovely, intelligent, wonderful person. And, of course, so beautiful and stylish!

Who is your current favorite Hollywood "It" Girl?
I love lots of “It” Girls; Amber Heard, of course, is one of my favorite “It” Girls, as well as Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) and Maggie Grace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2).

What designers should "It" Girls be keeping their eyes on?
Saint Laurent, Dior, Alessandra Rich and Nicholas Kirkwood, to name a few.

Describe your "It" Girl in three words.
Stylish, confident, carefree.

What is your favorite trend for spring 2013?
Black and white ... I love it!

Any must-have accessories? (I am currently obsessed with stacked bracelets!)
I love stacked bracelets, as well! I love tiny, very fine, thin bracelets. I also love gold rings across all fingers, half rings and necklaces that hang below the line of the shirt.

What's next for you?
I just finished styling Jessica Sanchez for her new music video, “Tonight,” featuring Ne-Yo, which was so much fun. Also, Syrup premieres June 4th in theaters, so be sure to check it out! You can also follow my Twitter, Instagram or blog to get daily updates.

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