Could you please introduce yourself? Tell us about your background?
Hi! My name is Zosia Slotala and I’m a freelance stylist based in Poland.
How did your fashion adventure begin?
I guess I was always interested in fashion, ever since I was a small girl I remember dressing up and trying to get creative with clothes. However the first time when I was introduced properly to the fashion world was at the 15, when I began modeling, this ended with my university choice, which was Istituto Europeo di Design, fashion Stylist course. I knew I had to concentrate on one path in order to gain as much as a could from it… therefore I decided to choose to study and become a stylist.
What inspires you?
I believe you can find inspiration in everyday life, weather its the street art you pass by, the food you eat or movie you watch. I find a lot of inspiration during my travels… each time you explore and discover something new, new tastes, new culture, new colours… it’s what keeps me breathing.
Tell us a bit more about your everyday job as a stylist?
As a freelance stylist every day looks different, which is something I absolutely love about my job. I dress three Polish celebrities, style editorials for magazines and host a short morning tv show where I look for upcoming Polish fashion designers. On top of that I am the brand manager of a Polish brand called Just Paul, clothes for confident women who like to be sexy in a sophisticated way!
How would you define your personal style?
That’s always a very hard question! I guess the key is to know your silhouette and know what you look good in. I do follow trends however not blindly, it’s a very personal thing, you have to feel weather it fits you or not… although there are certain things I have a weak spot for like sequins, Giuseppe Zanotti heels or long 60’s skirts
What is your little secret when it comes to putting clothes together and what is your main concern whenever you dress up?
I have a system Always before putting together a styling I choose one piece of garment that I want to wear and I build the whole styling around that one thing weather its a pair of heels, belt, top or dress.
What has been your most memorable photoshoot and why?
Straight after coming back from Milan I was the assistant of editor-in-chief of Viva!Moda, Agnieszka Scibior, who is the absolute guru stylist in Poland. I assisted her during a photoshoot where the photographer was Marcin Tyszka, who is known for his shoot for Vogue, L’officiel ect. I dreamed that one day I could style a shoot where Marcin would be the photographer… and a year later exactly that happened. We shot a famous Polish actor, it was a momerable editorial for me… and the Balanciaga trench, worn by the actor was to die for
In what magazines do you publish your works?
Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Gala, Viva, press on the polish market.
What was the best career advice you have ever received?
Recently, I had a chance to meet Mr. Kenzo Takada, during our tete-a-tete, I asked him whether working with young designers is the right direction for a stylist. He looked at me and asked if the work makes me smile? I said yes, he nodded and said: “You should do what your heart tells you, it’s always the right path”. I believe its a very japanese approach however the Kenzo’s charisma and energy convinces me 100% that’s that is what everyone should do.
Tell us more about your closet? What do you have most? Shoes ,bags, or dresses?
My closet is very colorful and shiny There is an order however! You will find sequins, fur, long dresses and also sneakers, a hipster hat and a black leather jacket. You never know how you will feel waking up, therefore you need all possible options 😉 I have to admit I have a weakness for shoes… there are over 60 pairs in my closet.
The best city to shop and some of your favorite trendy boutiques?
I enjoy shopping in Paris where I adore L’Eclaireur and all the small shops on the Marais. Also Milan is one of the favourites, maybe because I came to discovering it very well while living there. Milan hides all sorts of outlets, the most famous one, D Magazine, placed just off Via Montenapoleone and sometimes has the craziest outfits there! This summer I discovered the Luisa Via Roma shop in Florence, which has all the designers that you can find on-line. I think the buyer for LVR does a fantastic job!
Do you have any other passion than fashion?
Of course! I love Opera… which is often the reason for the travels, because I like going for certain operas all over Europe and I’m lucky enough to be able to do that. In contrast to the elegance of Opera, I likewakeboard, which is becoming more and more popular in Poland. I also ski and dance.
What is next for you?
Expect the Unexpected I am person that never closes herself to only one avenue in life… therefore I don’t know where I will be in year or 5. However I do know that I can’t live without fashion!Fashion, Interview, Stylist