STYLIST OF THE YEAR:
Stylist, model, F.G.I. board member, fashion event coordinator....Randi has taken every step she can to prove she belongs in the fashion world.
Randi England kicked off her year competing as one of 6 top stylists in Luxe and City’s annual Style Competition presented by Classiccars.com. Hundreds of attendees and a panel of judges cast their votes in her favor declaring Randi, Stylist of the Year 2020. Her artsy-edgy collection “Future of Mozzerati” hit the runway as an unforeseen ironic statement of what viewers can expect of Randi in the future.
The Style Comp fashion show is a platform designed to highlight stylists and designers, providing them with exposure and a grand prize to push their careers forward. Among the multiple prizes, a $500 cash sponsorship, helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, a feature with AZ Foothills Magazine, an ad campaign with Classiccars.com and a showcase at Phoenix Fashion Week’s Spring Into Style Trend Show. As Randi gears up for her next challenge with Phoenix Fashion Week, she gives us insight behind her showcase and shares her motivations.
Tell us about your Spring into Style showcase, what’s your trend and what inspired you?
I’ll be showcasing spring leather incorporating pastel tones. I have a large collection of leather jackets in a variety of unique colors. I thought pastel would be the perfect way to add a feminine touch to the edgier leather look.
How did you get into your field?
In 2017, I started at the Art Institute of Phoenix in Fashion Design. My class toured F.A.B.R.I.C. Tempe and it piqued my interest, so I became a volunteer. I started from the bottom doing small things and worked my way up to bigger positions, coordinating backstage and organizing fashion shows.
Through school I had the chance to assist in styling a photo-shoot for the Nike girls volleyball team, and was able to dress models at Scottsdale Fashion Week.
Throughout that time, I continued meeting different people and trying my hands at all different categories.
What brands inspire you?
Phillip Plein, Moschino - Jeremy Scott, and Lirika Matoshi. I see a lot of myself in their aesthetics.
I’m not into the cookie cutter look. I like pushing the boundaries, putting people in things they may not be used to. Not to make anyone uncomfortable, but encouraging people to try something different.
Two of my male models from Style Comp expressed they were a little nervous seeing their looks, unsure if they could rock it. All said and done, they killed the runway. They ended up loving their looks, had fun with it and photos came out amazing. Not to mention we won the title.
What's the toughest aspect being in the industry?
For me there are a few things. It’s tough pursuing your passion as a full time job in Arizona’s fashion industry. There’s a lot of competition with very few opportunities. You’ve got to do all you can if you really want it.
Sometimes I feel like I don’t get taken seriously. Maybe it’s my tattoos or the fact that I’m outspoken, but I’ve realized it’s ok to be who I am. As long as I keep pushing to produce great things while staying true to myself, people will catch on. I think winning Style Comp definitely helped display who I am, I’m professional and I do have talent.
I got a lot of positive feedback from Style Comp. Of course, there will always be those who have negative things to say. No matter what, people will judge. I just stayed positive and remembered that a ton of complete strangers and a panel of expert judges who knew nothing about me saw my work and voted for me. They enjoyed what I put on the runway, that’s what matters to me.
What advice would you give other creatives?
You have to start from the bottom and work your way up. Don’t expect to jump right in and be at the top.
Get your hands in as many different categories of the industry to gain knowledge. I’ve tried a lot of different things, and it’s helped me understand how it all works from multiple viewpoints. It will help you be more well rounded.
Work hard, focus on yourself and put your all into what you’re doing, You’ll get there.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to produce a fashion show for my own brand, incorporating my design work and styling.
I’d like to get my styling work published in magazines, Vogue Italia is one I would really like to be published in.
On the modeling side, I would like to get signed by an agency, or walk for one of the big local shows.
To connect with Randi follow her on Instagram: @mozzerati
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