Welcome to Off The Rail

Welcome to Off The Rail with Sabina. The newest addition to accessFASHION – Off The Rail with Sabina – yep that’s me.

Off The Rail – Part one

Part One is for anyone wanting to learn more about the fashion industry and how to get in to it. Over the past 10 years of running accessFASHION (and true to our name) I’ve met so many people who wanted to know how? How did I get into the fashion industry? How did I become a stylist? What actually even is a stylist and what do they do? How did I become an Editor?

Whilst many of the questions have remained the same, from ‘How do you gain experience – working for magazines, on photo shoots?’ – I’ve also been asked some pretty outrageous questions. I’ll be sharing those too!

And furthermore – amidst a pandemic, when so many opportunities and internships have been postponed or cancelled with a landscape that seemingly changed overnight – the newest and most recurring question has been: What do I do now?

I’m so proud to be a Fashion Educator. I’ve lectured and given talks all around the country from the London College of Fashion, to Central Saint Martins and sat on countless panels. As part of the Winchester School of Art team, I’ve helped head up their brand new Styling Module teaching students how to work across shoots, editorials and campaigns, and offering as many students as I can help with gaining internships and experience. I love it there.

Off The Rail will be a space to answer the questions for those who want the answers and we’ve got a lot of exciting things planned. From Q&As with industry experts to tips and tricks on how to get ahead, if you’re really interested in working in the fashion industry, I’ll try and do my best to help.

Off The Rail – Part Two

For the second part of Off The Rail I’ll be sharing what actually happens “off the rail” in the world and wardrobe of a Stylist. My job is to get models and talent ready – and every shoot and fitting starts with a rail of carefully selected pieces. Often people don’t get to see the reality of what it takes to create one image or one red carpet look. The details. Be it a piece of jewellery or a timepiece. So I’ll be putting a spotlight on the pieces and brands I love to use as a stylist and why.

At AF we’re committed to being more sustainable, and thus I’ll also be giving you some of my tips and tricks on how to get the most from the pieces you already have, all year round. Taking a sneak peek in to my wardrobe, my investment pieces, the items I re-wear again and again and of course my absolute Lust Haves. (I might even dish the dirt on the things I wish I’d never bought)!

It’s my job as a stylist to make a garment look its best – but I’m also aware that it’s often misleading for the consumer. And I think it helps contribute to a wasteful society if we buy something and it looks nothing like it did in the photo – and then end up keeping it for no reason or sending it back. So, I’ll also be taking you shopping with me and giving you the inside scoop on what the pieces you see on your feed are really like in real life and whether they’re actually worth it.

Sabina x

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