Julie Ragolia, Stylist & Fashion Director
SPARKLING STYLE: 5 MINUTES WITH JULIE RAGOLIA STYLIST & FASHION DIRECTOR
YOU’RE THE COVER GIRL OF SCOTT SCHUMAN’S BOOK, “THE SARTORIALIST”. HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?
Sheer luck in having gotten dressed in the morning! Scott told me that when he was editing the book he kept coming back to that image, which was why he chose it. It’s funny, it’s so beautiful, and timeless, but when I look at it I don’t see myself. I see how well Scott captured color and tone, and emotion, which is ultimately what informs so many of our fashion choices, and is the core of his immense talent as a photographer. He really gave me a special gift of confidence with that cover. I’d been so comfortable behind the scenes prior, just making beautiful images. It forced me to embrace my own skin from the other side.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
That I don’t think of it as a job. It’s sheer passion and play. It’s funny, when I travel for shoots my boyfriend always jokes, “Have a fun holiday.” Humor is always rung with some truth, no?
OKAY, SPILL IT. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOUTIQUE IN NY?
Love Adorned. It’s the most perfectly curated shop I’ve ever been to. It combines traveled collectibles, wearable accessories and home items in such a chic way, as well as touches upon the shamanic with dried sages and spiritual woods, all without pretentiousness. I could live in that store if they’d let me.
WE KNOW NEW YORK CAN BE UBER STRESSFUL. WHERE DO YOU GO TO UNWIND IN THE SPARKLY CITY?
Ha, to unwind I leave NY. Not that NY is the source of any unrest I need to escape, but sometimes it takes distance to truly turn off. My favorite bar is any one where I share a good drink and a laugh with friends. Drink of choice? A dirty martini, or straight bourbon.
WHAT WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES YOU HAD TO OVERCOME AS A STYLIST?
Trusting my instincts. It’s amazing how easy it was to second guess myself when I was younger. Now I stand by my ideas, even when ahead of the curve, or slightly off center. I obsess over aesthetics and culture, so am confident enough in my research to argue my viewpoint. Ah, do my fellow editors love me for that…
—Interviewed by Lorna Umphrey
[This interview has been shortened. You can check out the full interview over at LS.com ]
Photos: Courtesy of Jed Root
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