Fashion stylist Tiffany Brown shares her experience working fashion’s big stage in Paris
By Leena Dbouk
Photographs by Tiffany Brown
It’s not every day a makeup artist and hair stylist is chosen to work one of the coveted fashion weeks that happen twice a year, but Tiffany Brown had the opportunity to attend the crème de la crème of fashion weeks, Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017, held this year from Feb. 28 through March 8.
This biannual event draws high-profile crowds by the thousands, all coming to take a peek at what the world’s top designers have to showcase for the fall season. Designers such as Elie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, Hubert de Givenchy, and Christian Dior show their latest clothing and accessory designs to royalty and celebrities alike.
“I really wanted to do New York Fashion Week, so I got in contact with a few people about doing that, but I wasn’t getting the response I wanted,” Brown, a Spartanburg, South Carolina, native said. “One day I woke up to a Facebook message from someone asking me if I wanted to be a part of Paris Fashion Week. I was blown away. The famous American designer, Stevie Boi, requested me and a team of stylists for his show.”
So she took the opportunity of a lifetime and was whisked away to France, where she was thrown into the world of high fashion — which means early mornings and late nights.
“We had to be in place around 8 or 9 a.m. and worked straight through until about 7 p.m. It was very intense, but everyone was so cool,” Brown said. “We have these perceptions and stereotypes that people in the industry are primadonnas, but that isn’t the case with everyone. Stevie Boi was so cool and chill. You know, fashion is a collaborative effort where you have to put everything aside to get the job done.”
With their name on the line, months of prep work and one day to show it off to the world, one would expect designers to be a little high maintenance — and many of them are. However, Brown was shocked at her employer’s level-headedness. “He was so down-to-earth, which was really nice because everything else was so intense. We ended up doing an editorial piece and a private showing for his newest collection, NOIR.”
NOIR, which means “black” in French, is a fashion statement, but it’s also a celebration of culture. Brown grew up in Germany when her father was in the military, so she was somewhat accustomed to the European lifestyle.
It wasn’t just NOIR that impressed Brown, though; it was the importance the role of fashion played in Europe, particularly Paris.
“Parisians are very strict about hair, fashion, and makeup because they take it seriously over there. It’s a way of life for a lot of them, so it’s not seen as trivial,” Brown explained.
The Paris Fashion Week experience has encouraged Brown to continue her networking in the business. “I love fashion. I love doing red carpet work. Stevie Boi has expressed wanting to work with us again,” Brown said. “I’ve discovered in life everything you learn or do has a purpose, and one of the coolest things is looking back and thinking, ‘Oh that’s why this happened.’ I’m really excited for what the future has for me.”