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In Conversation With: Whitney Houston’s Stylist, Timothy Snell

How’d you get into styling?
I got into styling after working as a fashion director for a style magazine named CODE.

What’s your approach when you initially start styling someone?
I begin each styling job with the details. It’s all in the details. Such as what type of event are you attending? How would you like to feel and look? What colors?

Describe your style in 3 words.
Modern. Chic. Effortless.

Who are some of your go-to designers?
Alexander McQueen, Heider Ackermann, Max Mara, Marina Rinaldi, Valentino, THE ROW, Halston & Lafayette 148 New York and Rosetta Getty.

What’s most fun about your job?
The travel. My jobs have taken me around the world, and I have had the most amazing experiences.

Are there certain looks that photograph the best?
Architectural looks.

Favorite look you’ve styled to date?
I have many but this one I styled for Queen Latifah wearing Georges Chakra or Whitney wearing Kaufman Franco.

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What’s been the most memorable moment in your career?
Having my own docuseries for curvaceous women called “Curvy Style with Timothy Snell.”

How do you like using color?
I love the use of color in accessories such as shoes, handbags, and jewelry, etc.

Do you let your personal preference impact how you style clients?
Yes, of course, my personal style impacts some looks. When styling a client I believe you are hired because of the presence you bring.

You’ve worked with the iconic Whitney Houston for years. What was your favorite moment with her?
My most favorite moments with Whitney were in the quick-change rooms on the road when she was touring. We had the most amazing moments and laughs.

Favorite styling moment with her?
I would say it was the video for “Million Dollar Bill.” It really showcased the many different sides of her style.

You’re styling her for her upcoming hologram tour— what are some challenges you face while planning tour looks for a hologram?
It was important to be accurate with Whitney’s signature looks. Some of the challenges were about being accurate and duplicating signature moments that would represent her amazing moments. I feel we achieved it and more.

What are the brand’s reactions like that you’re tapping into for pieces/inspiration?
I actually tap into all the brands. I am inspired by true art and beauty. There are so many designers today who are inspirational such as Christian Siriano.

What was your first fashion memory?
My first fashion memory would be watching movies & TV with my Mom who had great style and loved fashion.

Who are your biggest style icons right now?
Rihanna and Meghan Markle 🙂

What’s your wardrobe MVP — for yourself as well as clients?
An oversized coat and an oversized handbag. These 2 items are perfect for running around and traveling.

If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be?
I could never choose just one!!!!!

What would you never wear?
I don’t like overly graphic clothing or bright colors.

What’s the IT bag right now?
Handbags with unique handles and texture.

What advice would you give to an aspiring celebrity stylist?
Intern with a good stylist that you could learn from. Find a fashion mentor, stay focused and build a strong contact list.

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