After graduating with a 2.1 honours degree in Social Policy & Politics from Royal Holloway University, in 2000, Award-winning celebrity stylist & lifestyle writer Natalie started working in Harrods, Knightsbridge as a brand specialist for Donna Karan and other top international designers. This position involved consulting and advising a large number of clientele, including high-profile names, about key trends while helping them to shop for their specific lifestyle needs.
The next natural step involved working as a fashion consultant for Brown’s clothing boutique on South Molton Street. This prestigious family-owned business provided Natalie with an intimate yet cutting-edge environment in which to work. The owner Mrs Joan Burstein, at the time, is widely renowned for her infamous buying skills, having propelled many previously anonymous designers such as Donna Karan, John Galliano, and Vivienne Westwood into ubiquitous fashion labels. It was commonplace for Natalie to deal with A-list celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie, Ewan McGregor, and Sophie Dahl to name just a few. This wealth of experience proved to be invaluable for Natalie’s business acumen.
Two years on, Natalie seized a golden opportunity to work as a personal shopper for Selfridges. She used this episode to consolidate her client base and contacts within the fashion industry. Working with household names such as ‘Trinny and Susannah’ and liaising with diverse people from all walks of life boosted her creative zeal. Natalie soon began to recognise personal styling as a far more rewarding skill than solely putting outfits together. It meant knowing your customer and encouraging women especially those with low self-esteem to become more confident in their skin.
In 2005, Natalie set up Style Icon which led to worldwide travel. It was a risk leaving the security of a nine-five job to set up a business from scratch, but apart from being prepared, Natalie is pleased to have made the tough sacrifices to support her dream financially. From 2011 until 2013, Natalie began to mentor students and delivered courses in retail. From this experience, Natalie completed a PGCE course and partnered with the Fashion Retail Academy in Central London, after that, to deliver an Introduction to Personal Styling course.
The styling opportunities have been endless since Natalie founded Style Icon, enabling her to fulfil the lifestyle needs of businessmen, women and celebrities across the globe as well as organise fashion shows, events, and photo shoots, mentor enthusiastic young adults, and collaborate with such prestigious charity organisations as Well Child and Elton John Aids Foundation. Ultimately, Natalie’s aim is to inspire, create, innovate and educate through her work as a personal stylist, stylist writer, and content creator.
Natalie began her blogging career in 2015 – a natural development after years of personal styling & shopping experience – and launched the Style Icon Collective beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog at Tramp London in 2017. It has since risen to fame in London, the United States and Italy with a follower reach of over 50K. During the lockdown, Natalie launched a sustainable t-shirt range called Shades & Coffee and virtual styling via Shopshare.
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Upon completion of A-Levels in English Literature, Theatre and Psychology, Natalie went on to study for a BA (Hons) degree in Social Policy & Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London. Natalie then pursued a PGCE in teaching followed by a comprehensive creative writing course completed at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins. It is these academic achievements that Natalie pulls together to create a dynamic platform that covers the Oscars’ red-carpet style, product launches, world-class experiences, emerging brands, charity initiatives, lifestyle, celebrity style, beauty, and fashion.
“I have a social responsibility to support causes beyond the realm of fashion and beauty, to raise awareness, and inspire positive change, productivity & creativity through my blog, social media platforms and personal styling.” ~ Natalie Robinson.
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