Behind every fashion forward celebrity is a stylist with a keen eye and a pension for aesthetic. In the case of young mavens including Ryan Destiny, Kehlani, and Elisa Johnson to name a few, that master of style is none other than Scot Louie; one of the industry’s youngest rising stars. Louie got his start in the industry at only 15 years old as a styling assistant on the sets of reality television shows. Now more than 10 years later, he’s created his own lane in the industry, known for taking young talent and helping them harness their own signature flare.
Sharing his glitzy work on his personal Instagram account, he boldly proclaims the phrase #FashionNEEDSMe with every post —and we must say that we agree. From red carpets to editorials, Scot Louie has truly done it all and along the way, he’s picked up a sixth sense on how to stay ahead of the pulse of what’s trending in mainstream fashion.
To kick the year off right, we’ve asked Scot Louie to dish on his best tips for cultivating a distinct sense of style while staying up on the latest trends
What was your favorite and least favorite trend of 2018?
I loved seeing a lot of the western from Fall 2017 carried over into 2018 especially from Calvin Klein. I’m a sucker for those Fendi cowboy boots for women.
Personally I don’t have a “least favorite” I’d definitely like to see less of the illusion nude and overtly sexy dresses on the red carpets. I love smart and timeless dressing personally especially when it comes to evening wear
Can you tell us a trend that will never go out of style in your book?
Women in suiting will always be timeless in my eyes. You can put a woman in suiting for everything; press looks, street style, red carpets, dinners. Suiting is so transitional.
Who is your ultimate celebrity fashion crush and why?
For the past like 8 - 10 years it’s been Rihanna and still is. She is so versatile with her effect. Always unexpected and noteworthy. I’ve also always loved Tracee Ellis Ross as Joan Clayton but these past two years she’s been killing the scene with her personal style.
In your opinion, what is a quintessential item that every person should have in their closet?
Forget the little black dress; the black blazer is a must. You can do so much with a black blazer. Go for sexy with no bra and no top. Go for studious with a fitted turtle neck. Go for street with jeans and a loose fitting tee.
Can you name a look that you think any body type can master?
I think the effortless “sexy tom boy” look has become easy for all body types to master and is something all my clients mention. There’s a huge surge of women who are tapping into their more masculine side and find more comfort in that realm. Most sexy tom boy looks feature a fitted item and a looser fitting item and every body type needs proportions
What is the key to mastering the power suit aesthetic that has become a signature look featured on your clients?
The key to the power suit more than anything is to have fun with it. Suits have a stigma for being a “serious” look. Have fun with it. Add some hardware (a strong earring, a bold ring, a belt). A burst of color or texture is fantastic with a suit. Try a colored shoe or a mock neck top for an additional layer. Also pay attention to the fit. An oversized suit can easily go from chic to sloppy if it’s too oversized
What are some of your favorite go-to designers to dress your clients in?
I actually try as much as possible to not pigeonhole my clients into go to designers. I love a wow factor and every designer provides something different. I think switching up designers is imperative especially when building someone’s image
What is your no-fail tip for making any look polished?
Pay attention to fit. A proper fit will always be no-fuss and comfortable. Fit can easily make you look much sharper.
What trends do you forecast that will dominate in 2019?
While it’s a timeless constant I think we’ll be seeing a bigger surge of faux animal use. (Snakeskin; leopard; feathers). Also plenty of tie die and the colors Coral and Marigold for spring.
What tips do you have for a fashion lover who wants to play with trends while staying true to their personal sense of style?
Have a point of reference. I as a stylist always reference another look I’ve loved whether it be from a runway or a old red carpet; music video etc. References make dressing up fun and aspirational.
Stay inspired and keep up with Scot Louie by following his Instagram @scotlouie