Fashion runs deep in the South. Much deeper than anyone could possibly imagine. The design/style talent is running over and one of those stars is quickly making a name for herself. Sarah Neely of Born Freely is an emerging stylist on the rise. My first glimpse of this young lady was at the Poze Bazaar Fashion Show held last week by some of my fashion Fabs V Monet and Shadaria Allison featuring guest host Dawn Richard of Making the Band & group Dirty Money along side Sean “P Diddy” Combs. Sarah styled the songstress flawlessly for her press event and the actual fashion show. Now Sarah can add Celebrity Stylist to her resume and we can’t wait to see more from this style genius. But in the meantime here is an interview from Sarah with her time with the uber chic Dawn Richard !
June 2017 will forever be known as the month that my dream career started becoming a reality. I was doing my usual research and blogging when I received a phone call from the beautiful V Monet to be the stylist for Dawn Richards. For those of you who don’t know, Dawn Richards is a solo multi-platinum recording artist and fashion model who was a member of Danita Kane and Dirty Money. I have been waiting for an opportunity like this since the beginning of my fashion styling career and here it was. Nevertheless, I was determined to hold this secret in because I didn’t want anyone to know what God had blessed me with. Trust me, it was hard. As months passed, I was beginning to get discouraged because I needed information on Dawn’s measurements (I was like dang I was really looking forward to this so bad) but while at my military training I received an email with her measurements (as you may have guessed, I cried like a big baby). Like this small town Mississippi woman was about to style the beautiful, talented and fashionable songstress Dawn.(read more on the styling process in a future blog entry). This is really happening, my career is about to change. I’m about to be styling a celebrity and my title will be a multi platinum celebrity stylist, like how dope is this. The day before the actual fashion show, V Monet scheduled a private dinner with a few other bloggers to include myself. Y’all that was like my first dinner meeting (I will tell you about that in a future blog). I was able to find out a little about her and when I say this is the most down to earth, humble, sweetest woman I have ever met, I truly mean that. Y’all she shared her shrimp fried rice with me like she’s known me her whole life. So let’s step inside Dawn’s world for a little bit.
How old were you when you first realized that you wanted to pursue a career in music?
I always saw it as a hobby. I was going to be a marine biologist. I have a degree in Marine Biology. My parents were educators. My dad was a musician and they told me there were no money in music. So it was just for fun. I never thought I would have a career in music
Who are some of your fashion inspiration?
Tilda Swinton, Grace Jones and Davie Bowie. That’s my inspiration. I never look to modern day people because I feel like the older ones got it right. Oh yea, Bianca Jagger, Cher… again people who really play with style and go over the top. Like Cher was glitter and sequin and extra and I loved every second of it but I also loved what Grace was. Her hard lines and sharp edges and risks that she took. Same thing as Bowie. I love the androgyny that he played because he played both lines makeup and hair. He pushed the lines all the time and I always
appreciated people that did that because that was similar to what I did because I never wore things that most people would wear. Like even in the trend setting time that most people right now are wearing the same things. Just never had the feel to where what they wanted to wear.
I don’t want to be a trendsetter. I don’t mind being uncomfortable and dirty. I don’t mind.
Which decade has the best fashion?
Ooh shit that’s a hard one. 70’s and 90’s. They just got it. 70’s you got the bell bottoms, the wide leg jeans, the tailored suits, the incredibly dope clogs. Then you got the 90’s with the baggy pants, Aaliyah, TLC. Girls were starting to be comfortable wearing menswear so you saw all this fucking dope leather textures and like really cool lenses and shades that played on color. That was really dope. Good times.
Describe your style
I get bored very easily so I like to push limits on what I can do. I love to see different looks on myself. Hair is kind of the leader of it all. My hair changes so does the style but I love and play on androgyny a lot. I love menswear. Suits, tailored suits, pants suits, like anything that has a hardness to it an edge which is where I prefer to live. That’s why I love designers like Margiela, Rick Owens or Wang, I love Haider Ackerman and he is not your typical designer. He really uses Tilda Swindon as his muse and Janet Jackson usually wears some of his designs. Very androgynous which can be both female and male. I love clothes that can play on both lines.
What’s your favorite city you visited?
Thailand and Thailand is quite incredible. The people were really amazing and the food. I just feel every city in Thailand proved why should go. But Phi Phi Island is really dope but it’s not necessary a city but loved loved but in the US I can’t say New Orleans because it’s cliche and I love my city but I’ll say chicago but I like Boston too but New York is the one. I’ll choose New York over LA. I love New York.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
Yes I just finished my album and recording a new album. I have a secret project I’m working on with Adult Swim and I’m really excited to talk about once I start doing it but if I do it right in which I will it will be quite ground breaking for Adult Swim and for myself as well in which I’m excited about. I have a few feature
songs coming out in the next month with some really cool artists because I kind of want to do more features and spread myself out a bit but this new album is so unexpected. No ones they are not ready I don’t think no one will know where I’m going. I think it’s time I want to reveal who I am now and the growth I had and really push the limits on me now. Like the world don’t know where I’m at now because they only seen the trilogy they will be quite surprised to see where I’m at now in my life as a woman not as an artist but just a woman. I never really shown my personal life, never really talked about me personally. Every since that shit with Que (Day 26) after that I was like nonexistent like I didn’t show anyone my personal life so no one really knows me they just know me as the artist and the workaholic but they don’t know who I am. I like to show them a little bit on this next album. I think it’s time. I was just always leery because people are very mean and they don’t understand growth and they don’t understand forgiving people like people are bullies now. Like I didn’t want to share something so sacred that people don’t deserve that. But I feel like there are enough good people out there, why not.
Is there any artist dead or alive you will love to work with?
I would love to work with Buick, Otis Redding, Hasmik. I get bored very easily so I like to push the limits on what I can do.
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