CRYSTAL STREETS ON FASHION

 

You may remember Crystal Streets as a cast member on the Reality TV show House of Glam. A show about the day in the life of a Fashion Stylist, which was  featured on the Oxygen network in 2010. Well prior to her appearance on the show Crystal had been a busy lady. Building her career in fashion  brick by brick.

These days Crystal has her eyes set on mogul status. Check out our interview below:

How did you become interested in Fashion Styling?

While attending Clark Atlanta University, while studying Film and TV production. One of my  professors introduced me to Costume Design/Styling, and like the saying goes ‘the rest is history.’ I began to take a strong interest in fashion and came across a book entitled 

Le Book,

 which is said to be the yellow pages of the fashion industry. 

Le Book

 offers a skeleton key to the creative world, providing up-to-the-minute information on more than 10,000 professionals – from the best photographers, art directors, stylists, and modeling agencies to location finders, rental studios, caterers, record labels, magazines, advertising agencies, fashion designers and public relations firms. I  began to “stalk” some of the stylists listed in

 

Le Book,

 

and eventually received a call to assist Derek Khan, who was styling for multi-platinum recording artist Monica at the time.

From that gig, I knew that styling was what I wanted to do.

 

How did you get your start?

I had one year left in college, so I interned and assisted on local commercial and styling jobs in Atlanta getting as much hands on experience as I could. Upon graduating from Clark Atlanta University, I landed an internship at Essence magazine. I graduated on a Wednesday and moved to New York on Friday.

How was you experience working with Essence magazine? 

It was a great opportunity working for Essence, I assisted on numerous shoots, gathered contacts, and networked eventually developed a good foundation.

Who was your first big client?

My first big client was Jay-Z. I worked with him for over five years and credit him with teaching me about the business. Jay-Z ... he was a mentor as well as a big brother to me and I learned a lot. 

How long have you been styling?

I've been a stylist for over 10 years.

What do you recommend for those looking to get into the creative field?

Assist, assist, assist. I assisted for 2.5 years before I went out on my own. Gives you an opportunity to make mistakes on someone else's job.

What were some of your career highlights?

I have had countless, Epic videos, award shows and red carpets...even a movie. Then there were the tours with  Rihanna, Ciara, and Usher. I've styled Will Smith as well all things that I am extremely proud of... But, styling  Jay Z & Nas both during the height of their beef, THAT I can never forget. (don't ask how I pulled that off) *smile* 

What is your dream project?

Having my jewelry on the red carpet at the Met was on one my dream projects that recently came true. Nas wore our 47 carat Citrine & DIamond Pendant on the red carpet to The Met Gala 2016 :)

Crystal Streets

Give us a 'major key' on Becoming a succesful Stylist?

I assisted Nonja McKenzie my favorite Stylist  before I became a stylist. She's an amazing person overall but she taught me a great deal about the business. She has great versatility as a stylist - worked with everyone from Gwen Stefanie to Will Smith. She taught me the importance of having a team and how to manage time properly.What I've learned the most from the industry is how important is to be also be an Entrepreneur. Styling is not just about picking out great looks for your clients. It's a business and it's takes a great team to be successful.

In the new world of social media, how do you feel about instant stardom as an established Stylist?

I'm sorta on the fence about this... When I started styling we didn't have the platform of social media. So apart of me feels like we had to work so much harder to market our business and solicit clients. However, I do realize this is the world we live in now... But at the end of the day, you still have to work hard to KEEP the client. You can take a million pictures but if your clients aren't happy with your service it doesn't matter.

 How did you venture in fine jewelry come about? Have you made a career change from Wardrobe Styling?

I don't think I will ever completely give up styling. It's the foundation of who I am in my career. I've just become more selective on the projects I accept and my role has just changed a bit. I'm more of a Creative Director...Style Expert then a Stylist. With years of experience and a wealth of knowledge my role is less hands on and more consulting.

As a celebrity stylist of over 10 years I’ve had the privilege to work with some of the biggest names in entertainment and top designers in fashion. In styling clients for red carpet, videos, commercials and performances I often have to design and custom-make a lot of their wardrobe. Creating my own jewelry collection was a natural progression. I chose accessories because I’ve always been drawn to jewelry. Jewelry unlike clothing is more personable it tells a story and completes your look. I started designing jewelry in 2008 while on maternity leave with my daughter Lyra.

Crystal and daughter Lyra

 Did you study gems, how does one become a diamond aficionado? 

I am a true believer in being a master of your craft. It's important to have a solid foundation in whatever you do. I didn't wake up one day and say I want to be a Jewelry Designer.  In 2009 I went back to school at FIT in NYC and took classes in jewelry design and jewelry making. I taught myself how to use Illustrator and CAD which is extremely important in jewelry design because of the focus on specs. Knowing all the necessary technical jargon and information allows you to communicate your vision better to those you work with in the industry. I also did an apprenticeship with my mentor and learned everything there is to know about diamonds and gemstones before I launched into diamonds and fine jewelry.

 The collaboration with HSN is a big deal, where do you see your jewelry line in 3 years?

Thank you! Doing HSN was so surreal and rewarding because it was one of my goals I truly manifested. I believe in the power of prayer, hard work and manifestation. My 3 year goal is to be the premiere diamond & bridal Jeweler. We are also working on our first brick and mortar -  my own Bridal Atelier where I sell artfully curated wedding gowns and our bridal jewelry & diamonds. Our first location will open in Los Angeles CA. date TBA.

Now of course our readers want to know what trends Stylist are favoring this season.

 

What items for summer are on you "it" list? 

So obsessed with tassels right now. Love love the new Balmain collection. Love all the new lace dresses by Self Portrait. So affordable too. The floral bag straps by Fendi are a must-have.

C's by styleone80 featuring a

purse crossbody

Balmain long sleeve jersey

$5,920 - neimanmarcus.com

Self portrait crop dress

modaoperandi.com

Fendi black patent sandals

$1,135 - farfetch.com

Yves Saint Laurent ankle strap sandals

$655 - ysl.com

Yves saint laurent purse

$1,650 - selfridges.com

Fendi floral purse

$5,385 - net-a-porter.com

Fendi purse crossbody

$2,540 - neimanmarcus.com

C's by styleone80

featuring a

purse crossbody

What are your go to "it" looks?

I'm Obsessed with...

"my vintage military trench from Wardrobe Department in LA (@thewardrobedeptla IG)

, our 14k gold "Barely There" Choker is the sweetest, subtlety sexy accent to any outfit  available on

www.crystalstreets.com

, dusters with denim shorts,all things pink and just got some new fringe converse that I love."

I think being engulfed in clothes 24/7 for all these years has had an effect on me lol. I've become more minimalistic with my own personal style. Don't get me wrong...I love fashion but I like very clean-lined, quality pieces in good fabrications that accent my best assets ;)

Thank you so much for chatting with us.

Follow Crystal on Instagram @crystalstreets and check out her full line of jewelry at

www.crystalstreets.com

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