escribing her style as chic, understated, and
effortless. Anya has been on the internet
radar as one of the most stylish fashion editors
to photograph. Her way of styling herself,
a celebrity, photo-shoots is unexplainable,
unique and timeless.
I asked Anya a few questions about her
career as the Fashion Director of Russian Tatler,
favorite designers, if she feels that the term
'fashion stylist' is over-rated, her view on
what it takes on being a successful fashion
stylist, and giving advice to aspiring stylists and editors.
BEGININGS IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY
I have always loved clothes, dressing up and
inventing outfits. Back in Russia, there
was not much choice so I always let my
imagination go and got inspired by looking at
images of Italian Vogue and Cosmo at my friend's
house. When I saw a picture of a dress
that I liked, I would copy it with my
seamstress. And then I would just start
designing my own dresses, combining all the
elements I would have seen in fashion magazines.
I also used to make clothes for dolls, men, and
women and was very good at it. When I went
to New York I was modeling, but quickly realised
while doing shoots that being a stylist and
coming up with ideas and telling a little story
is what really interested me. Then I got
an internship at American Vogue and fell in love
with the whole thing even more.
RUSSIAN TATLER FASHION DIRECTOR
If I am in New York I wake up around 4:30 - 5:00
a.m. and get on the phone with Russian office to
go over daily matters, discuss pages with my
team or talk about shoots planning. Then I
go to the gym around 6:00 - 7:00 a.m. Then go
to the office or do meeting during the day.
If I am shooting or travelling the day always
IS FASHION STYLIST OVER-RATED
Job of a Stylist definitely became more popular
in the last years. It is a hard job
though, but it is very interesting and if anyone
wants to try to be a stylist then why not.
FAVORITE FASHION DESIGNERS
Riccardo Tisci, Nicolas
Ghesquière, Olivier Rousteing, Hedi Slimane, Raf
Simons, and Anthony Vaccarello.
I really don't have one, I get inspired by
different people at different times, depending
on what I am working on. My brain filters
through thoughts and gives me relevant
information for what is important for current
A SUCCESSFUL FASHION STYLIST
Working imagination, ability to explain and
inspire other people to contribute to your
vision or understand and contribute to another
artist's vision, as working in fashion is
essentially a team work. Be organised and
NO ONE KNOWS
I am a professional piano player and a former
ADVICE TO THE ASPIRING
Just do it.