Fashion is not my cup of tea. Those who know me best, know this only too well. Still, that doesn’t mean that I don’t follow at all. I do have a couple of friends who are stylists; one of whom has been trying to take me on a shopping spree for months now (you know who you are).
I got in touch with someone whose social media accounts are consistently active and who does not shy away from the camera.
My second guest interview this year is with the greatly talented @Malcolm Gauci.
- Award-winning fashion stylist
- Style Influencer
While scrolling through his Instagram feed I couldn’t help but wonder how he manages to do what he does. I have known Malcolm for a while now; so we met over a coffee to talk about his world (pre-COVID-19).
Care to tell me more about what you do and how it all started?
I started out as a freelance photo model. There, I learned more about styling and met up with people from the fashion industry. I’ve always been passionate about styling; I guess you can say it comes naturally to me. Still, it’s not something that happened overnight. It takes a lot of hard work. Plus, a lot of people believed in me – and that gives you quite the boost.
At first, I wanted to have a space where I could interact with people and show my work. It’s how I started out on Instagram. Over time, I wanted to show more than just my styling work; I wanted to show them who I am, what I personally wear and connect with my followers even more.
Favourite social media platform?
Instagram. It connects you to a whole world of other people. You can easily find your niche there and can interact very easily.
I personally think that being online all the time can be a bit exhausting. Do you ever feel the need for a digital detox?
Having a full-time job that is completely different from styling and the social media world – that alone is detox enough. Truth be told, I am sucked into the digital world. Apart from sharing relevant content with my followers, I also love documenting random things.
What does the future of influencer marketing look like in your eyes?
I think that over time, brands will reach out to the less- famous. This is already a thing; they’re called micro-influencers. And, I think having the everyday person as an “ambassador” will be the way forward.
Quick advice you would give someone just starting out?
Stay true to yourself. If you’re not comfortable doing something that you do not believe in, then don’t do it.
Ok, super quick questions that have nothing to do with anything above. Just for the fun of it.
Tea or Coffee?
I would have a favourite if I actually made it through the whole film
Would you rather read minds or the future?
One thing you would like to cross off your bucket list?
Be part of Gucci’s creative team
Who or what inspires you?
There isn’t just one thing. I get inspired by random things I come across along the way