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Celebrity hair stylist, Andrea Wilson
How did you get your start?
As a little girl growing up in Jamaica I always loved hair my dolls had the best hairstyles. I always knew college was not for me so right after high school I went to Wilfred Academy Beauty School to become a cosmetologist where I excelled. One day I was asked to work on a music video. I caught the bug, I could not believe you could work on such an exciting project be creative and also get a paycheck. I knew then that I wanted to do this forever.
What do you love most about being a hair stylist?
What I love most about being a hairstylist is the ability to help transform and make women feel special. Our hair is such a big part of our everyday lives and when it’s not right it can ruin a good day.
How would you describe your style?
How would I describe my style? I would not say I have a particular style as hair trends along with fashion and is always changing. I have been very fortunate to have worked in the Music, T.V., and Fashion industry for over 15 years and have had to do all kind of hairstyles as well as think outside the box and also bring others vision to life.
Tricks of the trade? What can’t you live without on set?
There are a few things I can’t live without on set. Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray, Elnett Satin Hairspray Dry shampoo and lots of hair extensions
Where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw my inspiration from living in one of the most diverse and expressive city in the world, NY, and also from my travels to other countries.
Upcoming hair trends?
The Bob is back and better than ever. It’s cut medium and shoulder length, styled with texture and waves, Boho waves and long ponytails, using braids and mixed materials as hair ornaments. It’s gonna be a very good year for hair!
Most memorable shoot?
That’s a hard question to answer because I have had so many. They are all a little special in their own ways, some because of the models, some because of the location. One of my most memorable shoot was working with supermodel, client and friend Veronica Webb for Asif Magazine. And another was doing a photo shoot in New Delhi India .
Can you tell us the Gnossem story?
Gnossem was founded in 2012 by Lisa Crosswhite – she wanted to provide a platform for independent designers to have a voice in such a cluttered and mass-produced marketplace but also provide people with amazing and unique fashion pieces that are of superb quality but don’t put you out of pocket.
We now have around 300 designers that we collaborate with from all over the world and a solid fan base who know what to expect when they visit our site.
How do you determine what to buy for Gnossem?
We have a specific ‘Gnossem woman’ in mind when sourcing new designers – she’s confident, unique, well-travelled, a people person, fiercely independent and has her own personal style. She likes to mix up staple wardrobe basics with more statement, eclectic pieces. She’s fascinating and totally unboring – you want to be her friend and steal her entire wardrobe.
All of the Gnossem buyers embody the free spirit of the Gnossem woman so we can pinpoint exactly what she would like (as we like the items).
Is there a specific aesthetic or guide? What are you looking for in an independent designer?
Not a specific aesthetic but we like designers with a good background/story and who tell that story throughout their collections. All designers must use quality materials and have expert craftsmanship skills; we want to provide the best of the best to our customers.
As mentioned, we love statement pieces, especially in our ever growing accessories arm but we also like simple, clean lines that could be teamed with more ‘wow’ items.
Who is your favorite designer right now and why?
Right now I am in love with the latest Eugenia Kim hats. Oh and Daniel Silverstain has an amazing metallic bomber jacket that I would love to get my hands on – it reminds me of the 70’s/80’s glam rock era. HOT!
What can a potential customer expect when visiting Gnossem?
Fresh designs from small (usually emerging) designers; pieces you definitely can’t buy on the high street! Many of our designers will also work on a made to order or made to measure basis so you know that your order will be totally one of a kind which we think makes fashion more special and meaningful.