The Back Road Journal

Thank you so much to the Back Road Mamas blog for taking the time to interview me for their site! Check out our full conversation below.

 
 

An Austinite at heart with an early exposure in fashion styling (as your mother was a stylist), in what ways have you seen the Austin fashion scene change over the years?

I went to UT for fashion design in the mid 2000s and a lot of the opportunities in Austin at the time were DIY focused. For instance, I designed a mini collection from thrifted clothes for a runway show at Treasure City Thrift. It was really fun, a lot of people showed up and about 15 designers with a variety of backgrounds made collections. Events like that were the Austin fashion scene. Since then, there is now an Austin Fashion Week and many more opportunities in general in Austin. Fashion is no longer an underground part of the city. Overall Austin is getting more organized and I definitely feel it in the styling world as well. More and more professional jobs are coming to Austin. It makes me excited for the future of the city!

Where are your personal favorite spots in Austin to shop for yourself and clients?

I always start at Beehive Boutique in Westlake. I tell people it is the best hidden shopping spot in Austin! The store is full of on trend and ahead of trend pieces and everything is so affordable. Trust me, stop in and you will see why I call it a hidden gem! If I am shopping for something truly unique, I always look to vintage and go to either Feathers or Garment. Having a one of a kind element to your outfit is really what style is about.

What to date has been your favorite shoot that you’ve styled?

One of my favorite shoots I have styled was in February and it was an editorial for Tribeza Magazine with photographer Steven Visneau out of Dallas. Steven has been on my list of great photographers I’ve wanted to work with. The theme of the shoot was “A Love Affair with Austin” so we hopped around to all of our favorite spots in town and every one on set had a lot of fun. The editorial was my first time being published in an Austin magazine plus it made the cover, so it definitely holds a special spot in my heart!

Where do you draw your inspiration when styling? Culturally or geographically influenced? Decade specific? Or just a melting pot of all that glitters is gold? ;)

Definitely all that glitters is gold! I do a fair amount of research online but I am always inspired by what I see around me. I usually draw inspiration from real people. Fashion is one thing in a photograph, but I like to see how people are actually putting things together in real life. I saw the Black Lips play at SXSW a couple years ago and the guitar player had a bandana tied around his neck, and I thought, “Ooh, I like that”. Then about six months later I started noticing the trend pop up in street style photographs and so on. I think everyone is always on the hunt for something fresh and different and you never know where it is going to come from - so I try to keep my eyes peeled for that inspiration. It is everywhere!

What have been your biggest challenges or obstacles in choosing this creative career path?

Maintaining a personal balance even though the creative freelance world is much more of a roller coaster. When things get hard or feel uncertain, I just remind myself that there is no other path I would rather be on. Being creative takes a lot - you put yourself out there a ton, work extra hard and sometimes the pay off does not come for awhile but having faith that doing your best work and staying with it will take you to where you need to go.

What is your dream photo shoot and who would you love to collaborate with, past or present?

I would love to work with photographer Michal Pudelka. He is known for shooting these perfectly crafted images of groups of girls including a famous editorial campaign for Valentino and more recently for Mansur Gavriel. I enjoy collaborating with people who have a specific vision and work really hard to execute it. His images are so iconic, I would love to style a shoot with him.

Was there any noteworthy advice you received from your mother or in general that helped you, that you feel is the most important for others seeking a similarly creative career choice?

Definitely the encouragement to just keep going! My parents were both self employed, so working for yourself was just a normal part of my upbringing. It definitely is not always easy, but the tradeoffs of being your own boss and making time for the important things in life is what it is all about.

Echoes: Armoire Magazine

Huge thank you to Armoire Magazine for featuring my latest editorial work with Cecilia Alejandra (photographer) and Melissa Taylor (model), as well as interviewing me for Issue Five / Prints and Patterns. Check out the interview below and see the editorial series here

 

Interview conducted by Kimberly Marie

We interviewed Mallory Hublein of The Rebel Stylist about her personal style, creativity, and paving her own path in the fashion industry. For this Issue of Armoire Magazine, we teamed up with Mallory and film Photographer Cecilia Alejandra to create an exclusive film series exploring prints and patterns. Read our conversation with Mallory below or visit our Conversations page.

THE REBEL STYLIST: A CONVERSATION WITH MALLORY HUBLEIN

Hi Mallory, thank you for being with us today! To begin, we would love to learn more about your style and are curious about how it has been empowering for you?

Personal style, for me, has taken some time to put together. It was a journey to love, embrace and celebrate the things that make me different and unique. That is something that I find empowering and attractive about others as well, when a person is on their own path and they don't worry about the opinions of others, it's very magnetic.

Also, you can circle around and appreciate things that you enjoyed at different times in your life. You realize that although you have changed, many things about you stay the same. I think that is one of the cool things about getting older is that you embrace your background and how it influences who you are at this moment. 

How did you become a Stylist?

When I was younger, I learned to sew from my Grandmother. I would make bags, accessories, clothing items. I always knew I would pursue design but in college, I found myself designing from a styling perspective. I would think 

"i'm drawing the dress I want to sew but what would the rest of the outfit look like?"

You mentioned working in New York City, how did you land your positions at Alice + Olivia and Anne Klein? 

I think I was just at the right place at the right time and put in a lot of hard work in. I graduated from college here in Texas, moved to NYC and networked with everyone I knew. Everyone I met led to something else, so things worked out but I did have to put myself out there a lot just to get that one job, that one internship, that one thing that led to the next.

Would that be your advice to designers or stylists having difficulty finding career opportunities? Is it about networking and persistent hard work?

Austin versus New York, they're such different places of business. In New York, you have to be willing to put in long hours and do whatever it takes but there's also a lot of opportunity within that. There are so many jobs and positions in NYC whereas in Austin, you have to make your own opportunities. Carving out your own path in Austin is important because there aren't a lot of paths here that you can easily follow.

As a creative entrepreneur, it seems as though you have to play many roles very well to make your project a reality. Have you found that to be true? 

Yes, I was just reading an article on that the other day. Being a jack of all trades used to be a negative thing but in modern times, that's become the skill set to have, to be able to do a little bit of everything.

At what moment did you decide to launch The Rebel Stylist

I was shopping with a friend and she went into the fitting room to try on some clothes. I checked in on her awhile later and found her in tears. Like many women, she felt that certain parts of her body were not good enough. I remember saying, "I see bodies of all sorts, all the time. We're all different and have our own insecurities." This is a close friend of mine and I didn't even know that was how she was feeling but I was able to help her see a perspective outside of what she saw in the mirror.

It clicked in my mind that i'm a rebel stylist because I want to empower people and help them embrace who they are. I want to help others dress for themselves and understand that their differences are a great thing. So yeah, "The Rebel Stylist," really makes sense with my approach and what I want to do for others. 

Do you think it is important to have knowledge of culture and art in the fashion industry? 

It is so important to know what's happening in the moment, giving an understanding of current trends and where they may go next. You have to be aware of what's going on in the world and understand that art, culture and fashion are connected all the time. 

Looking forward, what is your vision for The Rebel Stylist

I just hope that as my career continues, I'm able to take on lots of different creative projects, whatever they might be. Being a part of a team that pushes boundaries, comes up with inspiring, innovative work, that is really important to me. Whatever path that takes me down is the path I want to be on. 

STYLE PROFILE: MEET ADRIENNE

Meet Adrienne! She is the Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing at the UT Austin engineering school. Over the last year we have worked together to edit her closet and perfect her signature style. Read about some of Adrienne's biggest wardrobe challenges and wardrobe victories below!

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1. How would you describe your personal style?

Adrienne:  Reflective of my personality — practical and balanced, savvy and straight-forward, creative and put-together, all packaged together with a big splash of charm.

2. What are some of your biggest wardrobe challenges?

Adrienne: Looking my age: I'm 31, but look young and am often mistaken for a college student (that's what I get for working at my alma mater). It's always a challenge to dress in a way that doesn't age me in either direction, younger or older.

Dressing professionally while expressing my personality: I am lucky to work at a university, where there's no real dress code. But sometimes it's tricky to dress for certain meetings or events, especially because you're never going to see me wearing a classic black suit (one with polka dots, on the other hand...).

Finding the right lengths: I'm petite (but not without some curves), so finding lengths that hit just right, from the wrists to the ankles, isn't always the easiest thing in the world. It probably took me longer than I'd like to admit, but I finally got on the tailoring train, and it has majorly helped the way I shop.

3. What has been your favorite part about working on your wardrobe?

Adrienne: Exactly that — working on it. I love style and clothes and the process of choosing what to wear every day and for any occasion. My husband often catches me literally just standing and staring at my closet; I'm in my own wardrobe world, imagining outfit combinations and mulling over what's there and how I can make it work. It's been really fun, and even a little surprising, to see how my personal style has evolved as I've gotten older. I guess I could say that working on my wardrobe is my hobby and that makes it even more exciting, because it's never-ending.

For closet edit and styling session inquiries, email me at hello@therebelstylist.com and let's chat!

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