Fashion Is Practicing, and It Is in Practice

What is fashion?

A lifestyle. The trends. The feeling.

It is the manner of your dressing it is the way you present yourself to the world.


Nicholas Centofanti is a stylist from NYC. We asked him a few questions about his job and its connection to fashion.


What do you like most about your profession? Why did you choose it?

What I like most about my profession is the collaboration. You have a group of people coming together to create an image or a feeling through fashion, and that takes a village sometimes. I honestly didn’t really chose it I sort of fell into it. I only knew that I wanted to be on set and work with clothes and accessories directly to make these ideas and images.


What is the most important thing you have to know about fashion?

Respect and drive. If you're not familiar with either of those things, you won't last long.


In what way does fashion influence on a person?

Fashion influences on your self-expression. It shows the world how you feel about yourself every day. Some days you're more comfortable, others you want to show off your style. It all comes from within.


To your mind, is there some winning formula about how to stay stylish, if you’re not so into the fashion world?

I do not believe there is one set way to be “stylish”, I think that trends occur and they will ultimately filter down through everyone. In this case, it is about noticing trends first. So pay attention to how people around you dress. See what you like and try to emulate that for yourself.


What is your definition of “stylish person”?

My definition of a “stylish person” is someone who has confidence. Style is so personal & yet so influential. You can wear whatever you want as long as you have the confidence to do it.


How do accessories help to finalize the total look? How to pick them right?

I always save accessorizing for last. Those are the final touches to the mood of the day. Personally, I think about that mood I’m trying to portray that day and work with that, making sure my accessories look personal but still have a statement to them.


Did you personally have some difficulties tied to jewelry choosing?

I always have trouble! Jewelry is something I think holds power as well. Certain jewelry brings luck or happiness. Personally, I tend to wear the same pieces because they're special to me and I think they bring me that extra bit of confidence for the day.


Is there a professional selection method related to jewelry, if we talk about photo sessions, etc.?

On set, I tend to take the same approach to selecting jewelry that I do for myself. I think that jewelry is very personal and should reflect the girl or boy we are trying to create on a more intimate level.


Where do you look for inspiration, when you need to construct an image for somebody? What plays the most important role in this process?

I tend to think about the influence of the image we are trying to create. I love to look at old photographs in libraries and through some favorite photographers books and older works.


How would you describe your work in one sentence?

I, for one, think my job has a subtle severity to it. Classic but with an edge.