INTERVIEW: Candice, Westfield Stylist’s Apprentice Winner

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Earlier this year we attended The Westfield Stylist’s Apprentice Competition and thought the winner Candice was one to watch… 6 months later we thought it was time to check in and see how life has changed for the Gold Coast stylist turned Westfield Garden City Fashion Stylist (apprentice!).

Plus as an added bonus Candice is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a one-on-one styling session AND a $100 Westfield Gift Card!

(Enter at the bottom of the page!)

BT: Firstly congratulation on winning this year’s Westfield Stylist’s Apprentice! How has winning changed your fashion career?

Candice: Thank You so much, YES winning this year’s Stylist Apprentice 2012 has not only changed my career in fashion but also my entire life. It has opened up a lot of doors for me in the fashion world, I have met so many amazing inspiring other stylists and people in the industry, gained so much experience and had the best fun in doing so. I have traveled to different areas of Australia also and put my skills to use. This is my first official year in the “Fashion Industry” and already I have experienced so much in such a short amount of time. Recently I worked at Perth Fashion Festival alongside a friend who sponsored the event, I met so many amazing Stylists, Designers and Producers – it was a life changing experience.

BT: What is your favourite part of the job?

Candice: All areas….. I find styling clients very rewarding, but mostly I love trend forecasting and predictions: This area interests me most!! I love seeing what is fresh on and off the Runway from all the designers, and keeping up to date with what is happening overseas etc. I love also editorials and styling for shoots, I am very creative and I believe this is my strongest area of fashion.

BT: Describe your own personal style…

I am very practical when it comes to styling myself – comfort is a must. I’m modern and on trend, I focus on the now. I also am known for adding a slightly edgy tomboy twist to my style. I LOVE sneakers. If I am going to an event then I keep my style simple and elegant.

Candice: Now that you are surrounded by some of the biggest and best brands in fashion… what stands out as your favourite trends for Spring/Summer?

Stand out for me this season is NEON!! I LOVE it, I LOVE colour, and I’m also loving the coloured hair trend. I’ve had my hair rose pink on and off for years and never get sick of it.

BT: What advice do you have for those looking to incorporate these key trends on a budget?

Candice: Shop around!! Do your research, Ask shops assistants or fashion savvy friends, Don’t settle for something you only half like, As you will often see something in a week that you love. Stick to classic clothing pieces then inject a key trend as an accessory such as a necklace or bag – this is inexpensive and that way when trends come and go you haven’t invested too much in keeping up.

BT: What would you normally go through with a client in a styling session?

Candice: It depends on client’s needs and what they are wanting out of their session etc. but at Westfield we follow a specific guide. Style I.D, Body Shape Analysis, Colour Analysis and more…. We can also style a client for a specific occasion, which is always lots of fun. A client may have a special event that they are attending and need help putting together that perfect look! We also do wardrobe detoxes where we come into your home and detox your wardrobe, add in new key pieces, put together looks, and show you what works for YOU and your body shape.

BT: What is your must-have item for the season?

Candice: Must have item is a neon statement necklace & a popping lip colour!! You can throw on some simple pants with a basic tee- add the statement necklace and your popping lip colour and your look is super stylish and your ready for the day.

BT: What inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?

Candice: My work, my career, my family and friends!!

I LOVE my life and what I do, I work hard, set goals and achieve them. You can only do your best and with me “the best is yet to come…” I won’t be Australian next Rachel Zoe.. I will be better haha

Stay in touch with Candice and the rest of the Westfield Garden City Fashion stylists here.

Enter to win a one-on-one styling session AND a $100 Westfield Gift Card!


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