Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Julie Brooke Williams, a young stylist in NYC who is taking the fashion world by storm. Her impressive credits include work for Harper’s Bazaar and Nylon. Here is an excerpt from the article. To read the full interview, order the February issue of TAP magazine, out February 1st!
TAP Magazine: What initially interested you in fashion, and how did that interest evolve into becoming a stylist?
Julie Brooke Williams: I was more interested in the art of counter culture as a whole; mainly revolving around music and the underground music scenes I followed in NYC and Brooklyn. I liked everyone’s eclectic style, and it was more about personal expression rather than designers and labels, first and foremost. After years at corporate jobs, I tried to figure out how I could incorporate my love of personal expression and style into a full time gig and a mentor of mine at my job kept pushing me to try life as a stylist. I didn’t know what it was about at all but was unhappy behind a desk, so I saved my money until I could feasibly leave the job and tackle dark waters of freelance work, doing some thing I’d never done before. I had to do some thing and was trying to find myself, and I found a deep love for fashion and styling even with all the trials and tribulations that go with it. I just tried to keep faith that whatever was meant to me would be.
TAP: You’ve done a lot of work for Nylon. What is that experience like?
JBW: Nylon is super fun, and definitely a specific editorial voice of a cool youthful generation. They have such a great eye and have earned such massive respect across the board within the industry, so I feel lucky to be associated with them and love working with them whenever they ask!
TAP: You are also an avid blogger. What are some of your daily reads?
JBW: I love fuckingyoung.es, fashionisto, ones2watch, contributing editor and TEST. I am also a Susie Bubble fan, she’s incredibly knowledgeable and on top of her game. There’s so many new fantastic fashion blogs, it’s difficult to keep up.
TAP: What are your major stylistic influences?
JBW: Music, art, film, my city, my friends, nostalgia – both personal and borrowed from historic time periods, rock stars, poets, etc. recently I read Patti Smith’s Just Kids and I imagined a 1970s NYC, the one my parents fled from eventually, but with which I would have undoubtedly soared within in terms of cultural influence, style and music.
For more information on Julie, visit www.juliebrookewilliams.com.
Images courtesy of Julie Brooke Williams.