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Lotus Isabella Gregers – Freelance stylist

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Lotus’ selfportrait

Was born the 14th of August 1984 and lives in Vesterbro, Copenhagen. She dropped out of high school when the Danish stylist Christian Schleisner (who has been working for the Danish magazine S Magazine) asked her to assist him with a project. She assisted him for about a year and then the Danish model-agency Scoop-models asked her to work for them as a stylist. She is 100% self-taught, and might have her creativity from her Grandparents who featured as actors in the classic Danish TV-series Matador, or her brother who is a self-taught photographer.

What is the best moment of the day?
In the morning when I wake up early, the sun shines and I don’t have to much to do. And when I return home from a long busy day and can relax with my dog Sylvest.

What’s styling to you?
That the viewer doesn’t get to see everything at once, but there are different layers to it and that it’s graphical. I like using elements in my styling. It’s important to do something that captures the viewer. I want it to be more like art than fashion.

When you were a child, did you want to become a stylist?
Yes I think so. I’ve always been aware of what I’m wearing. When I was 4 years old I made my dad iron my bows for my hair, so I guess I’ve always been aware of my style. I’ve always known I wanted to do something in the fashion business.

When did you start?
Four years ago when I met Christian Schleisner from the Danish S Magazine.

What’s the main objective for your work?
It depends on the job. If I style a catalog it’s important to please the customer. If I make anything else I want to create the depth with different layers as I told before.

Do you see yourself as a Danish stylist, or a stylist in a global context?
Danish

Describe your style, like a good friend of yours would describe it.
Very black, edgy, presentable, noticeable.

Where do you seek inspiration?
It’s very different. I look in magazines like Numero, Italian Vogue, i-D. I get inspired when I travel, from people at the streets and movies.

What’s your favourite magazine?
If I could make a mixture of Numero and i-D that would be it.

What kind of music do you listen to at the moment?
I’ve worked as a DJ so I love electronic music. Bon Iver, Lykke Li, Duffy, Cromatics.

Do you have a muse?
Eckhart Tolle, the author of “A New Earth”.

Who’s your hero?
My dad. He has been my father and my mother and worked hard, but done a terrific job.

Anyone you would like to style?
Karen Blixen, Erin Wasson.

How do you start on a new project?
It depends on the project. But I often get inspired and then talk some ideas through with the photographer.

Where do you work on your projects?
At home, in Café’s, in the sun, at the Lab.

Do you discuss your work with other stylists?
Sometimes, but only about which showrooms to go to and stuff like that.

How do other stylists work influenced yours?
I’m not very influenced by Danish stylists, but there are a lot of talented international stylists who inspire me. I often look at lundlund.com to find inspiration.

Which challenges have you met in your work?
My first job was to style the Danish singer Sasha Dupont, which was a big challenge. She wasn’t pleased with my work. But it was hard because she wanted something that was far away from what I do as a stylist.

Describe an evolution in your work, from your first projects to the present day.
I’ve found my own style now.Peter Irgens has been a great help and has guided me with which styles I should have in my portolio. Peter Irgens and Christian Larsen have told me who they think I am as a stylist, and that has helped me find myself.

Which project has given you the most satisfaction?
I did this jewellery catalog for Kranz & Schillers and they were very satisfied.

What advice would you give to an aspiring stylist?
Don’t go to a styling school. Call the model agencies and see if one of their stylists needs an assistant. Be good at networking. Go for it and always give 100 percent.

What’s the next project?
I want to create something with a dark woman and yellow taxies and big buildings when I come to NY.
I also want to do something with a dark woman, pantyhoses on jeans, black & white tulle, big silver rings, with the New Yorker style – streetlike and romantic – but at the same time with an edge.
I’ve also talked with my friend who’s an architect about making some very graphical photos where the model disappears in the ground or in a brick wall.

What are you afraid of regarding the future?
That I someday won’t have a job, and don’t know what to do, or that I run out of ideas and will have to think about what to do. In that regard the fashion business is very insecure.

See some of Lotus’ work here.