A Conversation with Clare Mukherjee: Fashion Stylist and Style Expert
Clare enjoys a vibrant and varied career. As a stylist, regular clients have included actresses Alexis Bledel, Emilie De Ravin, Maggie Grace, Dree Hemingway and Rachelle Levfevre and brands such as TOMS and Nike. She makes regular appearances on STYLE networks ‘How do I look?’ where she conducts makeovers in a typically honest fashion and discusses celebrity style on the networks fashion show ‘Style Star’. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, View From The Front Row and has a fashion column in the LA based Bello Mag.
Tell us the story behind your favorite wardrobe item
Clare: It has always been my life long dream to own a Chanel bag! I have always longed for the quilted black 2.55 with gold hardware. When it comes to clothing for myself I believe in longevity and investment so it made sense that at the age of 30, it was time for me to become a Chanel bag owner! I wear it with everything and it was well worth the investment, I'll even pass it along to my daughter!
What's your most memorable 'panic moment'?
Clare: Most memorable panic moment was when I was hired to style two TOMS' ad campaigns in two consecutive shoot days with one day to prep. Panic is an understatement!
How did you recover from it gracefully?
Clare: I shopped till I dropped and frantically pulled from showrooms, heck i even pulled from my own closet!
What is your favorite era for fashion?
Clare: My favorite era is no doubt the lates 60's, think Jean Luc Godard movies, Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. Pea coats, minis, cropped pants, flats and striped tees. J'adore!
What was your big break?
Clare: My ‘big break’ occurred when assisting a costume designer on the independent movie ‘I’m Reed Fish’ (Alexis Bledel, Jay Baruchel). The designer left the project one week into filming and I was asked to take her place. It was at this pivotal moment that my career as a stylist truly began.
Whose closet would you most like to raid?
Clare: I would love to raid Alexa Chung's closet, her style is so eclectic and she is such a fashion darling, anyone who is anyone is desperate to dress her from Chanel to Mulberry. Any 'IT' item or trend she interprets in her own unique way.
Who are your favorite designers?
Thanks Clare! We will surely be following your work. If YOU would like to stay up to date on Clare's successes, you can follow her on twitter @claremukherjee and her website is www.claremukherjee.com and www.claremukherjeeportfolio.com.