Yohance Kyles: When did you first discover your voice as an artist?
Fatiah Rebbekah: I’ve always been an artistic child. I come from a very creative family. When I was about six I began dancing. Not to long after I was dancing for competitions, I learned then that I had a love to express myself through creativity, I was one of those kids everyone hated, because I could dance, sing, and draw really well. I just loved the arts. So for sure real young like six.
YK: How did growing up in Brooklyn impact your vision as a stylist?
FR: Oh man, Brooklyn is my first love, has impacted me deeply. I feel so much creativity and originality begins here in Brooklyn. Growing up here I was exposed to so many walks of life, so many styles. That I myself don’t have a particular look I just love clothes, but I’m able to be very open minded when it comes to looks and see it from so many different aspects. And I think that came with being influenced by what’s hot on the streets yet also me having the true knowledge of fashion. I’m able to always keep the flavor in there somewhere.
I always wanted more knowledge, wanted to try new things, read everything. For sure I was ahead of my time.
YK: You got your first job in the fashion industry as a teenager. How were you able to break into such an insulated and competitive industry at such a young age?
FR: I’ve been ambitious since I was six. I was that kid who was a busy body. I always wanted more knowledge, wanted to try new things, read everything. For sure I was ahead of my time. I knew there was more out there for me and I was motivated to find it. I knew since 6th grade that I’d go to college and become a famous fashion person(that’s the 12 year old mind). So every chance I got I went for it. I would search online for popular designers and stylist and editors, directors and I’d contact them. Begging basically to give me a chance even though I was young. And one day someone replied and said come on down. Her name was Holly Slayton- an amazing hat designer. Her stuff has been in all the hottest mags and once I began working with her I was always in the right place at the right time. And things went up from there.
YK: What do you enjoy more- styling for celebrity clients or styling for magazines?
FR: Styling celebs is always cool, but I’d rather style for a mag with models any day. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing to meet other creative people who are so successful that the world applauds them on it, but I’m not able to be an artist and get creative sometimes. Where as with a fashion mag and models you can do anything your heart desires and get as artsy and gutsy as you want and show your true skill. Every artist no matter what they do whether it be singer, painter, designer, whatever, we are all artist we need to feed our creativity. It’s a must.
YK: When you’re styling a celebrity what’s your process for decided which garments to put them in?
FR: Well, first I have to almost be a stalker, lmao! I say this because I go on a massive google search for every article, every image ever taken, every interview to try to get to know this person as fast as possible and to really get their brand and style. Once I’ve done that, I think and plot out what designers best fit into this brand. And from there we begin the process.
YK: Has there ever been a time when you and a client had a major disagreement about the style you recommended? How do you handle it?
FR: Oh boy, yes this has happened once ever in my life. It just took some major,major, major, convincing, talking about trust and in the end I was able to make her happy even though it was a fight every step of the way. I got seriously so upset though, because I’m a perfectionist and I love being right, so when that happened it took me for a loop. It’s like trust me. Why would I have you looking bad, that would be bad business for me. But that has happened once and only once ever.
YK: What’s more difficult- styling for men or women?
FR: I’d say neither is difficult, but then again finding enough pulls for a man for me at least tends to be a longer process than for woman. Woman have so many choices and can do so much more. I never had the chance to style a guy who is like a Fashionisto where I would get to pull fancy things for so maybe that’s why. But it’s the same. I just think styling woman is more fun clothing wise. But styling guys is more fun only for the environment it creates. Guys are so fun, laid back, and ready to go. Woman are like, ugh, it just takes years to shoot. So it’s like each has its pros and cons but they level out to be the same.
I just love fashion. I love clothing. I love how outfits can say so much.
YK: How would you describe your own personal style?
FR: Well, like I said before I have an array of styles. I feel at times very sexy. Other times the Brooklyn in me comes out, and it’s all about the swagg and my fitted caps and my Jordans which is rare. And sometimes I can be very boho chic which is how people catch me more or less, but I just love fashion. I love clothing. I love how outfits can say so much, so I don’t want to shun any of them out. I accept and attempt them all.
YK: Who are some of your favorite classic designers or fashion lines?
FR: Omg! Growing up I was a Betsy Johnson head. My bag, my shoes, my dresses, watch, earrings, everything. I was also a Nike girl. But now in my life I adore Balenciaga- always amazing and breath taking. I’m a great lover for Marc Jacobs. He is a genius. I favor his men’s collections over the woman’s, and shockingly enough, I’m a big fan of Victoria Beckham’s collection. Thanks to my mother, I’m a punk for Versace. Loveeeeeeeee it. It’s yummy.
YK: Who are some up-and-coming designers that you think will make a big impact in the near future?
FR: Wow. Many to be honest that I’ve come across that I know will be amazing. One woman by the name of Karen. She owns Karens Closet. She is for sure a young woman I feel is going far. She is for sure a business woman. Also, Strange Vixen. It’s popular amongst clients I’ve had who love her stuff. Also, Dramtik Fanatic. I don’t even know if I can call him up-and-coming anymore. He has everyone in his stuff. He is couture and so chic. There are so many others that are amazing as well.
YK: How was your experience at this year’s New York Fashion Week?
FR: As always it was great! Went to a lot of shows and met so many wonderful, talented people. I also worked with Laura [Govan] from Basketball Wives LA during that time which was fun. She is an amazing woman and so beautiful. So it was a great time.
YK: What do you think will be the hottest trends this winter?
FR: Winter is the time to really get Fleeee! (Fly for those of you not on) for sure. For the ladies, the oversized coats and blazers and vest is so chic, so on trend, and is for sure a big trend. Also, leather which is forever the wave is a big must. Stud’s have been hot all year long, and I’m still seeing it for a lot of winter items so that’s the money honey too.