getting back from his weekend trip on the
English country side, Kyle and I had a
conversation about his career. With his
undeniable, yet chic fashion style, Kyle has his
own personal sense of style that speaks
De’volle is best known as pop stars’ Rita Ora’s
best friend and fashion stylist.
He originally attended a University, (as
he calls it Uni) in London.
He studied fashion in pattern cutting and
basic garment construction. But, after a while like so many of us, he
realized that it wasn’t for him.
the University in his last year.
himself styling in his fashion designer friends’
store in London; “she mentioned to me about
being a fashion stylist,” which was his first
time hearing that term.
Kyle was approached to style singer Bruno
Mars for a red carpet event held in London. This was Kyle’s first celebrity client.
there he knew that he wanted to make this his
career. Kyle put in the hard work and research.
assisted some stylists but quickly realized he
couldn’t be an assistant; “It wasn’t anything
against them, but it just wasn’t for me.
definitely do this” he says.
known for styling some of London’s British
celebrities. He describes his work ethic as
like I definitely have a lot of British
influence in my styling.
“I look at the 70’s,” says Kyle, when I asked what gives
“I definitely feel more at ease when I’m styling
are a lot easier. I don’t really understand male
like a fine line between looking like masculine and
looking like gay.” We laughed. “95% of my friends are
females,” he says.
Kyle says that it takes a lot of time, a lot of
dedication and a strong backbone, when I asked him about
what he thinks it takes to be a successful fashion
“You’re going to get criticized in everything you do. As
long as you believe in the look that you put together
nothing else really matters.”
Celebrities get a lot of flak when fashion critics
supposedly say, ‘that doesn’t look good, what was her
stylist thinking.’ They
seem to forget that people have feelings and it’s just a
thin line giving fashion advice and just being simply
cruel. And to be honest, they don’t look all put
together themselves; we laughed.
In America we
are so big on celebrities on what they are wearing on
the red carpet. I guess it’s part of entertainment. “It’s a part of entertainment and I feel like it’s a
part of modern day, like social media, we’re all so
caught up in it. People don’t really take the time out
to think about people’s feelings and think about
personal identity. I do feel like the world of fashion
at the moment has become very clone like
have to own a pair of Louboutins in your wardrobe and
everyone must have a Celine` bag.” He adds; “like wait up a minute, why don’t you go to a
vintage store and find a jacket and make your own bloody
no one has an identity anymore on the red
carpet, which I find is a bit scary.
matter how much something cost, you can have a vintage
t-shirt that cost you 5 dollars, and as soon as you
put it on it looks like a million bucks.”
Kyle tells me one of Rita Ora’s
fashionable moments. “Oh gosh there are so many,” Kyle
have a big team. When she’s in America we work a lot
with Jason Rembert and Eric McNeal. One of my most
recent memorable moments is when she performed at BBC
Radio1 Big Weekend.
It was nice having the whole team here in London
and we were all pulling it together. Rita wore a
faux fur custom look.”
What has been
one of your pet peeves while working as a fashion
stylist? He replies; “What really gets under my skin
— for me, team is everything. I feel like everyone can be
successful in everything if we all work as a team.
When I work with
another team and when someone doesn’t work as a team
it’s really one of my pet peeves.” Kyle is a team player. He doesn’t like when
someone isn’t being a team player.
He adds; “We
have the best team, we have the best makeup and hair,”
he says, about Rita Ora’s glam squad.
After successfully working in the
fashion industry for 6 years, Kyle has good advice for
aspiring fashion stylists. “Stay focus because it is
hard, it is tough. When I first started doing this I
would email people and I wouldn’t even get a response. Be
dedicated and just carry on. Don’t give up. Especially
in this industry it’s a really tough industry to break
into. It’s actually tougher than music; with music you
have YouTube, it’s like all these bloody things you can
get discovered as a music artist. With fashion it’s
really kind of like, push your way on in or someone
would have to help you.
Stay focus, stay dedicated all the way and you
will succeed at the end.”