Meet Our V-Team Stylist Kirsty Drury

Here at Very.co.uk we are all super excited that we have now launched an amazing free (yes freeeeee!!!)1-1 style advice service on facebook. 

If you have got a burning fashion related question, then you can contact Kirsty and our V-Team!  Simply click on the ‘1-1 advice’ tab on our facebook page or click here (making sure you are using a PC or laptop and not your mobile), type your question and you will get a personal email back with your dilemma answered!  Fab or what?! 

Kirsty has been a fashion stylist for over 15 years and was previously fashion editor for music magazine Mix Mag.  During her career she has had the opportunity to art-direct editorial shoots around the world styling the likes of Kylie, Cat Deeley, Myleene Klaas and Rachel Stevens (WOW! I hear you say? Yes we are pretty pleased ourselves!).  Kirsty is also the Fashion Producer of Gok Wan’s channel 4 fashion programme ‘Gok’s Fashion Fix’, so dressing real women is one of her passions!  So get in touch with your style dilemma, no matter how big or small, Kirsty will love to help you!

We caught up with Kirsty earlier this week and asked her a few questions so we can all get to know her a little bit more.  We learnt about her love of nature, how she she thinks orang-utans are like her, her celeb crush, and how she used to tape the top 40, not to mention her top tips on how to get a job like hers!  So go if you are comfy and have a cup of tea (and a choccie biscuit) read on…………….

Kirsty, when are you at your happiest?

“When I’m travelling to new lands with a rucksack on my back, immersed in nature.  There’s nothing like that WOW moment of turning a corner and seeing a breathtaking landscape for the first time…it’s not too dissimilar to that feeling of opening a box of brand new WOW shoes for the first time either.”

When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

“I wanted to be the lady that packed all my mum’s shopping into boxes (the days before plastic bags!) in the VG store.  I definitely developed my packing skills observing her.  I am a mean holiday packer, my suitcase is a seemingly black hole of endless outfits that somehow always manages to be just under budget airline weight!”

When was the last time you cried?

“In Venice last week during the filming of a Venetian masked ball for a new TV series.  I’d been so busy styling up the twenty cast members I kept forgetting to take my painkillers for this horrendous toothache I had (I was mid way through having a crown fitted and the tooth nerve had been accidently exposed).  At midnight I went into pain meltdown and had to go and hide in the wardrobe room and secretly bawl my eyes out.”

What is your worst habit?

“Timekeeping!  I never intend to be late and I always think I’ve allowed plenty of time and I’m always wrong and racing like a loon to get somewhere.  I think I must be addicted to the adrenaline rush of panic.  Sick but true!”

What can’t you leave home without?

“A bottle of water in my bag.  I always have a metal cannister (no more plastic bottles to landfill) that I refill at water coolers.”

What you be doing if you wasn’t doing this job?

“I would definitely be working with animals.  I am obsessed with primates and would love to study chimpanzees or gorillas in their natural habitats.  A few years ago I went to Borneo and worked with orang-utans, tracking them in the jungle.  They are very orange like me.”

What is the highlight of your career so far?

“Being Fashion Producer for Gok’s Clothes Roadshow formerly Gok’s Fashion Fix.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to work on the only high street and designer fashion show on terrestrial television and Gok is SO much fun to work with.”

Do you have any top tips to get a job like yours?

“Be persistent and always on the look out for new opportunities. I got my break six months after graduating from university. I was on a night out with friends and fooling around on a podium in the Ministry Of Sound and having such a laugh with this guy who turned out to be the deputy editor of a leading dance music magazine. I tracked him down a week later, called him at work and told him I though the fashion pages were terrible and I could do a better job. I went in for an interview after cobbling together my first ever test photo shoot and a scrap book of ideas of what I would do as Fashion Editor and I got the job. They said it was my enthusiasm and preparation for the interview that stood me apart from the other candidates as well as my cheekiness.”

Do you have a secret celebrity crush?

“I’ve always had a thing for Jonathan Rhys Meyers but now he’s the (unofficial) new squeeze of Russian super Natalia Vodianova I don’t think there’s much hope for me!”

What’s your most humiliating experience?

“Haha! I am blushing at the memory. I was fourteen and there was this boy I really liked near where my nana lived. A group of us met on a cool autumn evening and I was wearing a long black knitted tube skirt, I forget what was on top. Underneath I had on black tights and back in the Eighties the lycra wasn’t very stretchy so we used to wear knickers over our tights to keep them up. That night I could only find a big white pair to wear. BIG mistake. While chatting under a street light my wannabe love and his mate thought it would be funny to lift my skirt up over my head and so displayed my glowing enormous big white knickers worn Superman style over a totally black outfit under the lamplight to everyone. Everyone broke down into squeals and howls of laughter while I was trapped with my long skirt held over my head. I was utterly, utterly mortified and ran home. I never lived it down.”

Which item in your wardrobe would shock the fashion police?

“I had a sequin boobtube when I was thirteen and had no boobs. I think it’s back in fashion again. I may still have my Center Parcs green nylon uniform somewhere. Truly I don’t have anything squirmable as I think all clothing has fashion potential if worn in the right way and with the right accessories.”

What’s the first single you ever bought?

“Hmmm I won first prize of “The Final Countdown” by Europe at a dance competition. Does that count? My brother and I always taped the top 40 on the radio on Sunday nights and so never bought singles.   We would try our best not to record the adverts, running across the lounge at top speed and launching ourselves at the pause button haha! Always got a snippet in though! Nowadays we could been done for illegal downloading!” 

If you know a thing or two about fashion then enter Very.co.uk’s comp to be in with a chance of winning an amazing job for a year! If you win you’ll become one of our V-Team, and that means attending fashion shows, designing a collection, rubbing shoulders with celebs and sharing your style with the world! (Tell all your friends and share the joy – you might need them when you’re canvassing for votes!).  Just when you thought this competition could not get any better, you will be paid for doing it! Do you have enough votes to get the job? Enter through our facebook page under ‘V-Team comp’ or click here.  Good luck!

So what are you waiting for…….get on facebook and send your dilemma!  Now you just need to meet the rest of our V-Team, we will keep you posted!

x

29th June 2011
Written by Very_Lauren

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