Working as a fashion stylist and with experience in the industry spanning 15 years, Karmyn Thomas was born with the artistic flair and passion for style that has seen her self taught and with extraordinary creative skills to respond to any brief.
Illuminate: Why do you want to be a stylist, it is hard work!?
I’ve always been creative, as a child I was usually found drawing and making accessories and then as a teen I went into modelling and I would experiment mixing pieces and reworking clothing. Now as an adult, being a stylist is something that I am meant to be and it’s great to tap into that child-like open expression.
Every job is challenging but that’s also what I love about it. Styling encourages creative thinking on all levels - whether it’s the sourcing, dressing someone, setting a scene, posing talent or thinking on your feet when the weather changes and you need to rearrange everything you designed! Yes it is hard but extremely rewarding, and a lot of fun!
Illuminate: What is the meaning of success in this industry for you?
Success is when you set yourself a goal and you reach it. I make small goals so they are obtainable, each step I take I feel like I'm winning and making big progress. In the first year of joining Illuminate Management, I had gone from a hobby stylist to being able to say this is my career.
Success in this industry for me is to be working, simple as that! It’s a competitive industry and every day I’m grateful when a client books me, its very euphoric. To reach that place in one's career, I think you need a few attributes that a client, designer, retailer, PR agent or team can rely on so that the project is a success. Some of these qualities are to have patience, be confident, be aware of your time management, reliability, honesty and be trustworthy. Plus, always remember to have a sense of humour! A stylist has to wear many hats and having these qualities make the process easier to create your dreams and make them a reality.
Illuminate: Favourite accessory?
For myself, hats! They finish an outfit and if you’re having a bad hair day then just wear a hat, TaDa! I’m crushing on Sarah J Curtis and Lack of Colour.
For my clients, the power of a good jacket can change any outfit and your mood! I wish Brisbane was a little cooler so we could fully enjoy the luxury of layering a gorgeous coat with all the trimmings like leather gloves, felt hat, cashmere scarf and punchy stockings…. Now imagine that!
Illuminate: Signature look?
Monochrome. And pants. I love pants! You’re free to do so much when you’re wearing pants!
Illuminate: What do you hate about fashion?
I actually hate how women perceive themselves negatively in terms of how they “fit” into fashion. Ladies are quick to shut themselves down and point out areas they are not 100% happy with. I would like to hear women treat themselves as they do stranger and their friends, with love, respect and confidence. If you have a little more muffin to love, then own it. That is very sexy and empowering.
Illuminate: Best labels in Brisbane for young women?
I’m a big fan of boutiques that house a few labels. I’m like a kid in a candy store with the variety plus I like to support my local community. Some of my haunts that I dress my younger clients in and personally shop in myself are Miss Henry Boutique, Lily & Bridge, Side Street (casual menswear available too!) and LaLa Bazaar. These stores have a plethora of labels like Asilio the Label, Cmeo Collective, Stevie May, Lisa Brown, Finders Keepers, Quay, Elliatt, Honey & Beau and many more!!
Illuminate: If you won $1000 000 what would you do with it? - Don’t say buy shoes!
Dang! Ok instead of that I would…
1) Go on a holiday that included cocktails on the beach and massages
2) Buy a bigger house
3) Have a dream wardrobe installed (like the one in Sex and the City movie)
4) Go on a BIG shopping spree and bring my friends and family
5)……… How much do I have left after that?
Illuminate: What makes you happy? - Don’t say wine, even if it is true…
By my answer in question 4 I think pants make me happy. Other than that I love a good pamper day with my best friends or spending quality time with my family and partner. Life can get pretty hectic so these two parts are really important.
Illuminate: Finish this sentence….”I feel good when I wear…”?
Answer to question 3 and answer to question 4 ‘Pants & Hats’ and add in a pair of boots and I’m good to go.
Illuminate: Favourite job so far?
All of my creative collaborations with my fellow Illuminate Management #dreamteam. We always have the best/funniest times where we encourage and push each other creatively. I love our little family.