With the rise in popularity of Rachel Zoe and June Ambrose, wardrobe styling is the new “it career” in fashion. A female-dominated field, many try their hand at styling but only a few achieve success and notoriety. Enter Roderick Hawthorne.
A Portsmouth, VA native and Charlotte, NC resident, Hawthorne snagged his first break when he was asked to style rapper Juicy J and soon began to build an impressive reputation of styling musical artists and television personalities. He has created red carpet looks for celebrities such as The Voice finalist Amanda Brown, ANTM’s Yoanna House, Keenyah Hill, Bianca Golden and Alisha White. He has also worked with other talents such as Pusha T, Raheem DeVaughn, VH1’s Exotica and R&B/Pop Singer Tiffany Evans. His work was recently featured on BET’s 106 & Park with client Samantha J.
Aside from personal styling, Hawthorne has also been published in numerous magazines including Vogue Italia, Vibe Vixen and MOD Magazine to name a few.
How did you become a wardrobe stylist?
I started in this career when I started my own modeling agency. I quickly realized that having my own agency was too much to do by myself. So I started styling and realized that was where my passion was.
What made you seek a career in celebrity styling?
I realized it would be the way to fulfill my dream in fashion: be able to make great money, and live comfortably. I knew the life I wanted to live and I went after that dream.
If you could describe your style in one word, what would that be?
Modern, chic, sophisticated, and clean.
Describe the type of person who should hire a personal stylist?
Clients that are able to afford how they want to look and who really want to figure out who they are in fashion.
Who has been your favorite person to style thus far, and why?
Well my favorite person would have to be The Voice’s, Amanda Brown. I love working with her because she is dedicated to her craft of music and together, creatively, we can do great things in this industry.
Ideally, where would you like to see your career?
I would love for my career to move toward touring with different clients and then eventually becoming a creative director for a major brand such as Michael Kors, Zara, etc.
What is your favorite trend right now?
I think my favorite trend out right now is leather! Leather pants, leather tops, and garments with leather patching, etc. I think leather will be huge this year.
What advice would you give up and coming stylists?
Never give up. Networking is key. Never second guess yourself. Your heart will tell you what’s right, whether it’s choosing a garment or a client.
What are some things people should expect when they work with you?
I always want my clients to know that I have their best interest at heart and that those clients who don’t know who they are in fashion, I will help develop that.