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Kiran Goraya, 29
Hustle: Celebrity Stylist/Image Consultant
Home: New York, NY
Which celeb closet would you like to raid?
I’m going to have to go with Kourtney Kardashian. She goes so effortlessly from laid back 70’s cool to edgy modern looks. She can be youthful and a total lady.
Describe your signature style.
These days I keep it feminine, fun and colorful, yet I can’t resist clean, preppy menswear. Rather than keeping up with the latest Louboutin shoe, I find more pleasure in shopping for one-of-a-kind treasures in vintage stores and supporting less known contemporary and streetwear brands.
What’s your fashion philosophy?
Don’t put too much thought into. Go with your gut and don’t be afraid – when you wear something you like with confidence, most people will like it too. Many fashionistas say they don’t follow trends, but I think it’s important to follow them, but always add your own signature twist. Fashion is one big cycle, and I enjoy every part of it in my own way.
Name a classic rookie styling mistake that you either managed to avoid or learn from?
Not putting my foot down enough. This goes back to going with your gut on what you know will work. I don’t agree with forcing people to wear things, but you at least have to plead your case before you go to plan B, or else you’ll be walked all over.
Who is your fantasy mentor?
Mariel Haenn. She helped transform Rihanna into the fashion icon she is today. She works with so many diverse men and women, from the urban market to Hollywood A-Listers. She also makes custom pieces for her clients, so it would be great to learn more about designing through her.
Name three essentials you’ll always find in your handbag.
My blackberry, lipgloss, and eyeliner.
What’s number one on your shopping Wish List?
A European vacation. It would be so inspiring to see the fashion scene everywhere from Italy to London and Paris.
Name three celebs you’d kill to recruit as clients.
Nas, Drake, and Nicki Minaj. I respect all three artists for their talents, but I love a good challenge… and they could all use help in the style department. I’d start with a clean style slate with each of them.
Five years ago I… was working in a stuffy corporate office in Toronto, feeling trapped, and slowly realizing there was something bigger and better out there for me.
Five years from now I...hope to be styling a healthy list of talented clients, have a successful clothing line, and hosting a style-related television program.