When I was invited to the School of Style pop up at the Donovan House Hotel I thought I would be styling something. As I did research for these classes I realized this was an informational sort of class. I actually loved that a lot better than styling anyway when I reported about the class here. Stepping into the lobby I saw a few familiar faces and students the lobby of the hotel is beautiful. We were taken upstairs to sit down and the set up was nice.
Luke who is hilarious is the primary teacher of this pop up shop. He’s so relatable to me in terms of using a classy amount of profanity to get his point across. My type of guy! Luke has a lot of experience. He started out as a musician, and while house sitting for a friend who was a stylist, he ended up running errands for her and that was the beginning on his career. Years later he has worked with a great clientele and has loads of experience. He teaches this class alone.
I can’t share everything that we learned in the class because that would defeat the purpose right? Long story short Luke gives you the ins and outs of what to expect if you want to start a career in styling. We went over the different types of stylist. One major difference being that Personal styling is probably something you can start now and have success with right away. Styling…like June Ambrose or Rachel Zoe takes years to achieve success. It’s hard work it takes forever, you have to literally start from the bottom. This isn’t news to me, but what was news were the many tips and tricks of styling. Luke gives you a crash course in how to use common sense in order to swiftly move through internships and be prepared for anything on set. Mentioning how to contact design houses, understanding the fees associated with pulling items, the little tips that matter. How to pull items, forms to fill out and the raw truth of how you the stylist should conduct your business when it comes to money.
School of style has three classes for those who truly want to invest in training to become a stylist. In the past I would have said that this is something that you can start small with and build your clientele. While this is still true, do you want to pay up and learn and get the information up front or gamble with “hoping” you will be successful. For someone who’s looking to start making money now, instead of hoping the best in after two years or working. Luke’s class also offers a book of contacts and upon completion of all classes you will be added to the list of job openings from Lukes contacts and SOS alumni. I know two women that in a matter of year are actually working on a regular basis because of SOS. Styling is nothing like what you see on Rachel Zoe…well it is, but in reality you’re the minions running around making everything happen for her to be successful. I learned so much from the class and I recommend anybody who is serious about becoming a stylist to take the class if you can. Lauren Messiah teaches the personal style classes as well, and from what I hear she is amazing!!
School of style also sells Stylist kits like this one shown above with items that you should always have on hand when styling. A lot of these items keep the garments in place, clean, and ready for returns. He also has a book of contacts that you can purchase the go to folks in the right places if you plan on becoming a stylist. I think School of Style is a wonderful resource for those who want to get into the business, it seems like you can skip through a lot of wasted time, and possible dead ends by having this school on your resume and being an alumni.
Luke and Laura, who I found out grew up around DC. I wonder what part, I didn’t think to ask her when we chatted. Luke is also hilarious. He told me a gnarly (his word) story about how he put a kiddie relaxer in his hair, and it turned to mush. LOL I can’t really say what the funniest part of that story was but he just seems like a guy with a lot of crazy shit to share. For the first time I didn’t feel like I was in a 8 hour class. Luke made it so easy to not doze off in this sort of setting.