this canadian sommelier-turned-stylist is the biggest thing in hollywood right now
Of course, in fact, the appearance of the personality is carefully planned by a well-adjusted team, perhaps not more important than the stylist. Canadian-
Born Carla Welch happens to be one of Hollywood\'s most famous celebrity stylists.
Was named one of the most influential red carpet fashion stars by Hollywood Reporter in 2017 (
Match the magazine cover)
Recently awarded the annual stylist by the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards, this further reinforces her position as a major fashion player.
Her client list looks like a trendy VIP guest list including Justin Bieber, Ruth nenga, Kylie Closs, Lord, Elizabeth Moss, Olivia Wilder, Sarah
But she\'s not content with the brains behind the biggest Redskins.
Carpet-style moments, or as a half-trusted clothing consultant in Hollywood.
She worships white t-
Shirt, which allowed her to successfully work with Hanes x Karla and with Levi\'s (
Keep an eye on her xkarla Instagram account details).
Further proof of the essence behind this style, she wore her political dress on the designer\'s sleeve (
Or more accurately, her Instagram feed)
Use her social voice to support the people she believes in.
Although she attributed her success to \"a little bit of luck and a lot of effort\", there is no doubt that the secret is that she can tap into the spirit of the times and lead the future of fashion.
We caught up with Welch at the Vancouver launch of Cadillac\'s latest concept car, Escala, talking about the shift from sommelier to stylist, her unique Canadian lens, her fashion advice to her daughter.
What was your earliest fashion experience?
I see you are obsessed with fashion profiles as you grow up.
I grew up on the Sunshine Coast and I was fascinated by it.
I really think my first experience was working in my father\'s clothing store.
He has a menswear boutique, a bit like haberdashery, with everything from suits to raincoats.
Tell me about your early years in Vancouver.
I work at Vij\'s restaurant and I feel like I found my real way when I really started being alone.
There I met my best girlfriend who was my mentor.
This is the beginning to get me on the path I\'m going.
I also heard that you are a sommelier.
When I like something, I want to know everything about it.
When I was a sommelier, because I was also the owner of the restaurant, I went to the chef school in order to be a chef because I wanted to run the restaurant.
I want to see how all the elements work together.
I think it\'s hard work and curiosity and I will never feel like I can be a leader unless I know what everyone\'s position is.
How did you transition to styling?
I helped out in London, and then I worked with Amy Hall Brown, who was the editor of \"Vogue\" about 15 years ago.
I started to have the confidence that I could do it myself and dove in this way.
It was a little luck and a lot of hard work.
How do you choose your client?
People come to me, but I choose clients based on whether I feel like I\'m inspired by them, their projects, their talent and what they represent.
If I am inspired by long term relationships, I am more interested in building long term relationships.
With so many different celebrity clients, keep in mind the current trends, how do you shape your personal image?
This is my specialty.
I don\'t want everyone to look like a cookie cutter.
Part of my process when I work with someone is that I miss them very much and I think where they should go in style.
Then I became a muse, but it was very inner.
I\'m not looking at the photo of Grace Kelly and saying \"we will do this \".
I decided the direction and we set off from there.
Do they often know what they want? Not usually.
It\'s a great collaboration, but if you come to me it\'s because you want a strong image.
Tracee Ellis Ross, for example, has an incredible style, a blend of two worlds, seeing how crazy we can be together.
But I am a very directional stylist. I am not a person who buys things personally.
Tell me how you look.
Where did you find inspiration?
I keep my eyes wide open and can find it anywhere.
I don\'t want to be limited to thinking that my inspiration has to come purely from fashion.
How is your relationship with Cadillac?
How does car design coordinate with fashion design?
What\'s interesting is . . . . . . Ten years ago, we wouldn\'t have let stylists talk about concept cars.
This is about the understanding of the process, the understanding of the design, and the identification of luxury goods.
It really makes sense to me.
A concept car is for us to dream of the future, and to some extent, that\'s what I think about fashion.
I think there are amazing similarities.
With Escala, it was improved and the technology was hidden.
This is something I really appreciate and look forward to when working with clients or making editorials.
I like exquisite luxury.
Have you seen the technology world enter the fashion world?
Of course, everything is technology. based.
Now, it\'s all in messaging, but I think we\'ll see more wearable technology.
The story is interesting, what we do, where we can go with technology and sustainability.
I think this will be a normal part of the conversation in the next 10 to 20 years.
In addition to celebrity clients, you have a very successful collaboration with Hanes, with an upcoming Levi\'s.
What\'s the appeal of working with these iconic brands?
How do you deal with designs that are different from styling?
When I finally decided to create a brand and own the work I designed, I didn\'t want a typical collaboration.
It\'s actually my t-
I chose Hanes fabric because I liked this shirt, and then Hanes got on the boat.
This is a reverse cooperation.
So is Levi\'s.
I would like to explore the concept of icons, especially the American icons.
White t for me
Shirts and blue jeans are the most democratic outfits you can have.
No one makes white cotton t-
The shirt is better than Hanes and there are no more iconic jeans than the Levi\'s 501.
Everyone who likes cowboys knows it\'s Polaris, so it\'s fun for me to accept icons on a brain level.
Like a gold medal.
You have been named one of the most influential celebrity stylists by Hollywood journalists and have been named the annual stylist at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards.
What do these honors mean to you?
They\'re happy to be recognized and it\'s great, but at the end of the day, you\'re the one to be selected for the list.
I accepted it with a grain of salt. I was not too sentimental. I quickly moved on.
I know the work going there and I\'m more interested in growing up and continuing to do interesting projects.
You speak out about your political views.
How do you think about the resonance of the fashion world with the current cultural atmosphere?
Why is fashion still important now?
Fashion is always important because dreams are important.
I think the most successful brands are those that say \"what do I mean.
In the end, our money is our vote, how do you use your disposable income (
Products, clothing or movies)has an impact.
You can support the company you trust.
Fashion can show diversity, different sizes, and convey the message.
Politics should not be limited to politicians, but should be an open forum for all.
We are all part of the political process, and I don\'t know why anyone feels that they are excluded.
Looking at the younger generation, what fashion advice do you have for your daughter?
True to yourself.
In addition, technology will not go anywhere, but to keep it authentic and not to indulge too much in it.
I came to Instagram late and I didn\'t even show my work, but I am a visual person and I actually like the community of the people I am in contact.
If you follow me, I think, you know exactly who I am.
It\'s an interesting time to be a young child.
Don\'t be afraid of boredom.
We like to be bored.
Look out the window, Daydream, and all the best ideas come from there.
Tell me something you value most.
What is in your closet that you will save first in a fire?
My Balenciaga motorcycle jacket was designed by Nicholas Ghesquiere and it was amazing and well-fitted.
I will also save my Rodarte dresses as they are not a work of art.
I have about five because I have to buy one every season.
They are investments, but I like them. Caitlan Monita (@caitlanmoneta)is a Toronto-
Fashion editors, writers and designers.
She firmly believes that nothing can be solved by retail therapy.