Meet the Visionary Behind “Style or Die”

Style or Die is taking the fashion world by storm! I had the honor of assisting the young woman Tiphanie who came up with the tee’s. Read about her ideas, whose she’s worked with, ups and downs and where she wants to be in the future.

I chose to be a fashion stylist, because it’s a natural talent for me. It’s something that I’m good at, and something that I  love to do.

Tiphanie -Mckenzie Styling Firm
Tiphanie -Mckenzie Styling Firm

I came up with Style Or Die! by brainstorming. I wanted to create a t-shirt line that defined me, and my style. Style Or Die! simply means wear it the way you want it. It’s more than just a t- shirt, it’s a statement.

Style or Die
Style or Die

My very first BIG break was when I got hired to work with the ever so funny comedienne,  actress, and business woman Sommore. She hired me to work with her on the return of BET Comicview. I was hired as her personal assistant, and wardrobe assistant, which is where I met and worked celebrity fashion stylist Shun Melson. It was like a dream that came true all at once. So that opportunity opened up doors to work with other great people within the industry. I’ve worked with celebrity stylist Mia Quinn, which exposed to me assist on jobs with various artists such as Keyshia Cole, Video Vixen Yoncee, Jim Jones, Latin Rap group Plan B. I’ve styled R&B divas Lil Mo and Sommore.

Celebrity Stylist
Celebrity Stylist

Wow there’s so many stylists I admire. I don’t have just one. I would have to say Mia Quinn, Shun Melson, June Ambrose, Tyrone                ( Beyonce’s Stylist), J Bolin, Chanel, and last but not least Iris Apfel.

I really don’t have a specialty, but my favorite form of styling is Edgy and retro chic. I love high fashion and men’s fashion as well.

I would say that my own personal style does not own any rules. I love taking risks and being bold. I love mixing patterns and prints that people wouldn’t think of doing. I think outside the box, and I don’t second guess. I want to stand out in the crowd. When I walk into a room I own it.

Whew! Where do I start? Well the ups are being able to see your work published and printed. You’re not on a 9-5 schedule. You are your own boss. The downs are trying to get the client, keeping the client, and pleasing the client. Being a stylist is not about playing dress up. As a stylist you have to make it work and remain relevant. Staying 10 steps ahead other aspiring stylist, and most importantly WINNING the client because that’s how we as stylist keep a job in the industry.

Stylist
Stylist

I’m everywhere lol. I am always accessible. I can be reached via twitter @mckenzie_style, facebook Mckenzie Styling Firm, Instagram @styleordie_tees, Email msf.sod@gmail.com, Phone 404-480-0134

I see myself with an even bigger empire in the next 5 years. I’m currently working with celebrity stylist Mia Quinn doing a styling workshop March 29-30 in NYC at Pearl Studios NYC located at 500 8th Ave NY NY. The workshop is basically to give helpful information to those that are aspiring stylist are looking to get their foot in the door. It’s a two-day workshop. The first day is the classroom, and the second day is the photoshoot to help build his/her portfolio. We are actually going to visit major cities such Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Baltimore, and more. For more info they can email msf.sod@gmail.com or visit Mia Quinn’s Instagram page @miaquinnofeverything.

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Stephanie Fairfax is a fashion stylist, personal shopper, and fashion writer from the NJ/NY area she specializes in men's styling but also has women clients. She is a graduate of the Misa Hylton fashion academy in New York. She has worked with celebrities such as R&B group Intro ( styled "I didn't sleep with her video and live performance) Ed Lover, Mr. Cheeks, Black Rob, Gregg Wayans and Summer Wayans. She has contributed to jmariemagazine.com and fashionnymag.com.