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Conversation with Celebrity Stylist Philip Boon

Look at them strutting their stuff on the red carpets of the world. With their flawless faces, to-die-for designer dresses and stunning stilettos, celebrities always seem to be immaculately put together. If you’re one that thinks it just comes easy…guess again! Trust me, it is the final product of looking in hundreds of stores searching for the perfect dress, countless hours in make-up and an unbelievable amount of safety pins, double sided tape and cans of hair spray (what else do you think could be holding everything up!), all conducted by an army of people.

This is an all-too familiar process for celebrity stylist, Philip Boon, who has led many armies through hours surrounded in a sea of designer frocks, fake eye lashes and I’m sure, everyone’s fair share of fluster.

Philip, who started off his career as a designer, has worked with as many Aussie celebs including Megan Gale, Tina Arena, Olivia Newton John and Sneaky Sound System. His career highlight to-date is presenting the Critics Under The Cone seminar on style and modern dressing with world renowned stylist, Philip Bloch (he’s the guy that dressed Halle Berry when she won that unforgettable Oscar!).

“Working with Phillip Bloch was fantastic,” he says.

“To work alongside a stylist that, at the time, was the most famous and legendary style guru was a great experience.”

Since working with Bloch, Philip has gone onto being one of the most desired Australian stylists to work on events such as the Melbourne Fashion Festival and Australian Fashion Week and has also appeared on fashion programs like Australia’s Next Top Model and Runway To L.A.

This is one guy that knows his stuff. Listen up ladies (and gents) as I have some styling tips straight from the man himself and while we are all battling through the financial crisis who’s going to pass up some free styling advice?!

What we’re doing wrong is…

“For me, the worst ever possible fashion faux pas for women in Australia is wearing thongs/flip flops out at night or on the street, it is by far the most hideous mistake ever –  God I hate this!” he admits.

“Thongs are great around the pool or at the beach, but absolutely no where else. Please listen people of the world, NO WHERE!”

“For guys, wearing a dress shoe with a t-shirt, to me is as bad as a mullet, oh and also NO thongs!”

Alright, so I’m pretty sure he is serious about the thongs issue! What else can we do…

“In these economic times, I think StyleMelbourne readers would be best to invest in more local Australian designers and brands and continue to embrace vintage,” he advises.

“You will never be caught out at an event wearing the same thing when you wear vintage!”

Philip has been working in the fashion industry for 22 years so take note of those tips! You would have to think, after working in the same field for so long, that the novelty must wear off? Not for this fashion guru.

“I think success is something that we should all measure internally by asking, ‘Do I love what I do and still enjoy going to work?’ and in that case I think I am very successful,” he says.

“Still, to this day, I get excited to see an amazing dress or inspiration from an editorial layout, you have to have a passion for what you do.”

Random Final Five:

1. What is your favourite thing about Melbourne?

My favourite thing is that it is by far the most stylish city in the country and that it really does nourish and support young creative people.

2. If you could style anyone in the world, who would it be?

I have said it before and I will say it again, I would love to work with Cate Blanchett. She is someone that stylish Australians can be very proud of.

3. Apart from fashion, what couldn’t you live without?

Love – I’m a hopeless romantic! And friendship.

4. What are some of your favourite magazines?

I love a lot of magazines, but at the moment I like Dansk and will always adore French Vogue.

5. Whose personal style and/or wardrobe do you envy?

I think Brad Pitt’s style is great at the moment and wouldn’t mind some of Tom Ford’s life!

More Style etc…

Words – Aja Denman

Images courtesy Philip Boon

2 Thoughts on “Conversation with Celebrity Stylist Philip Boon

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  2. Cirilo Pasigon Jr on February 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm said:

    oh i also wanted to become a fashion stylist someday…you are inspiring sir..(“,)

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