21 Questions with Kris Hilton

charley4Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve written but today I’m here to share with you a dear friend of mine. Let’s talk about Kris. I met Kris in New York over the past summer at a greek picnic. After having one conversation, we saw that we had a lot of similar interests, one being that we were from the same city. Kris Hilton is a fashion stylist from Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve gotten the chance to interview Kris on his styling experience and expertise. Take a look!

1. At what age did you start becoming fascinated with fashion? 
I’d always had a love for fashion, but once I got into high school I began to take it seriously. I HATED the way everyone dressed and wanted to do different from everyone else.
2. How did you prepare for a career in fashion?
I started indulging in different industries my junior year of high school. I started off Designing, then went into Modeling. I wasn’t crazy about either of those and found that my real niche was Fashion Styling. It gave me more of way to express my creativity. I then began interning for several different companies and gaining my skills from hands-on experiences and used that to kick start my career.
 
3. What is your dream job?
 
My dream job entails working for myself. I promised myself I would never work a “job” anymore, my passion is now my career.
 
4. What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future include opening up 3 StyledByKHilton showrooms (Cleveland, Atlanta, Los Angeles) that will include exclusive pieces from independent designers from all over. The showrooms will be open exclusively for fashion stylists & college students with fashion majors.
5. Where do you see yourself taking your styling career?

The sky is the limit. I want to focus more on the business aspect of my career. Yes, I love styling and working 1-on-1 with my clients, but the coin is in the business aspect. Open showrooms, open boutiques, manage a team. That’s my goal!

 
6. Favorite fashion designer?Image 11-14-17 at 1.04 PM (2)
My favorite designer is Karl Lagerfeld. The very first fashion show I saw was Chanel F/W ’09/’10. The presentation itself amazed me in so many ways and really sparked my interest to indulge deeper into the industry. Since then I have discovered and followed the works of Viktor & Rolf, Alexander Wang, Gareth Pugh, Balmain, Rick Owens, Y3, & Versace.
 
7. How do you go about styling your clients?

Every client is different. so every approach is different. Through my website, you can book my services directly. There is a section for you to explain your needs and we go about the consultation from there.

 
8. What is the essential accessory of Fall 2017?

I’m still obsessed with the male clutch. It’s a popular accessory in the New York fashion scene. I think it’s perfect for a night out. Especially for people like myself! I carry a million things in my pockets. Having a stylish clutch to compliment your outfit and contain everything you carry on you is a win win!

 
9. How do you describe your style?

My style is classic & clean. Even though it’s extremely versatile, all my looks maintain a clean gentlemen image. It’s always been my favorite style, I look and feel my best when I step out clean!

 
10. What is the most treasured item in your closet and why?

All my ties are my treasure pieces. They all have a unique story behind them, and usually when I have to wear a tie another story is probably in the works of being made.

 
Image 11-14-17 at 1.03 PM11. You’d never be caught dead wearing what?

Keep the fanny packs. I see it’s made a comeback and popular brands such as BAPE, Supreme, Gucci, Etc. have designed a new take on the fanny pack. Whether it’s worn cross body or around the waist, I’ll pass on it.

 
12. You can never travel without..?

I can never travel without my Carmex, my phone, & charger. I feel like if I were to ever be stranded somewhere, those are the ESSENTIALS I would need to survive.

13. What are you dying to buy next?

I think it’s time for a new designer duffel bag. I’m excited for my 2018 travels and I always like to travel in style. So my next investment will definitely be another bag.

 
14. If you had to style one celebrity (male), who would it be and why?

Big Sean! He has always been one of my favorite style influencers. His versatility is similar to mine so I feel like he would be fun and easy to work with..

 
15. The celebrity most in need of a fashion make over is…?

Someone please help Remy Ma. PLEASE. She’s trying to make a comeback and needs help in all aspects. I can’t help her!

 
16. Your favorite beauty essential is?Image 11-14-17 at 1.03 PM (1)

I always need my translucent powder. It keeps a matte finish on my eyebrows and foundation and keeps my face smooth and oil free.

 
17. If you had to style one celebrity (female), who would it be and why?

I would love the chance to work with Cardi B. Her 2017 glow up and transformation is amazing. She has nice style but could definitely use a few pointers. Her energy is also amazing, which is important when working with clients. I love to click with my clients both on a personal and professional level.

 
18. What are your strengths?

Commitment, honesty, promptness, and professionalism.

 
19. What are your weaknesses?

Constant reassurance. I always need 2nd opinions or reassurance. I wouldn’t really consider that a BAD weakness but It can get in the way sometimes.

Image 11-14-17 at 1.04 PM20. What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is my form of expression. When I look good, I feel good. I love the way an outfit can make me feel.

21. Do you think there is a difference between fashion and style? 

I always have and will forever live by this quote by Edna Woodman: “Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.”

I agree with Kris when he said he couldn’t live without his charger and cellphone! If you would like to talk to Kris for any inquiries, you can contact him at:
Instagram: @styledbykhilton
Email: styledbykhilton@gmail.com
Portfolio: styledbykhilton.wix.com/portfolio
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