YOU NEED TO SEE WHO THEY DRESS
They say that personal style is a way to communicate who you are without uttering a word. We know that the choice to wear a pair of classic blue jeans over a cigarette pant can say a whole lot about a person, whether it be their mood or a lifestyle. Stylists, Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald, collectively known as Wayman & Micah, understand just that. For the fashion un-savvy, think of them as your publicist, the one's who help craft your communication, one outfit at a time. The two split their time between New York and Los Angeles, dressing celebrities for the red carpet and editorials alike. (We spied a familiar face on their client roster ::wink::) We think you'll want to keep your eye on them as they style their way to the top.
Read on to discover why Wayman & Micah are our Daring Creatives of the week.
When did you decide to pursue your current career path?
WAYMAN: I decided to pursue my career path after working in Treasury and Securities for a Financial Bank for a year and a half. Shortly after starting the job I began questioning if it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. The answer was definitely no, so then next step was to find a way out!
MICAH: I chose my career path, wardrobe styling before I actually realized it would become my reality. As a child I would watch shows like "The Look For Less" and read my mother's fashion magazines and say, "that will definitely be me one day." As time went on I stopped dreaming like a child and started planning like an adult. I knew I would need to choose a secure path which led me to the corporate side of fashion. When I realized I wasn't being fulfilled I finally decided to listen to my childhood self. At the age of 24 decided to embark on the journey to become a wardrobe stylist.
How did you go from idea to execution?
WAYMAN: While I was working full time I was also attending evening and weekend classes at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. There I began to learn the fundamentals of styling, fabrication, costume, wardrobe maintenance, and professional sewing. Once I completed my program I left my job to step out into the fashion industry full time. Within weeks of leaving my job I accepted an internship with Conde Nast. I interned for three months before getting hired as a freelance assistant working with GQ, Vanity Fair, Golf Digest, and Golf for Women; which was beyond amazing at the time! I knew I needed to get in and prove myself so I decided those entire three months to just be “available”. While working at the publications I met other freelance stylist and would use the opportunity to network and assist on other larger jobs they were working on. My goal was to gain exposure within the industry and let everyone know I was eager and available!
MICAH: Idea to execution was a long journey that consisted of soaking up as much knowledge as possible. Whether that was stalking those I knew had made that their reality or reading articles about this industry. Regarding wardrobe styling I received a message that stayed with me. A very successful stylist I was speaking with said to me,"in hindsight I now see it would have been easier to become a doctor". Boy was she right.
In your words, what does it mean to be a “creative”?
WAYMAN: To be a creative means allowing vulnerability to be exposed to freely express your imaginative thoughts, ideas, or pictorials. Whether it is delivered in raw form or not, creative senses are enlightened and stimulated by what we personally encounter or education from others. Their interpretation and expression of these experiences produces an art form.
Has rejection ever affected your creative process? If so, please describe.
MICAH: The answer to that question is yes!! What rejection did for my creative process surpassed any praise I could have received because it taught me to dig deeper, to think bigger, to educate myself a little more, and to push myself to my highest potential.
In thinking about the things that you have created, is there something that you hated but the public may have loved - and perhaps purchased?
WAYMAN: There is nothing that I have ever hated thankfully!
MICAH: In wardrobe styling jobs vary. You may be doing a job that goes against your personal aesthetic but there is a client on hand to please. This has happened me before. In these situations I do my best to "leave my mark" while tending to the the contrary point of view. This process usually leaves everyone smiling
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to pursue the same career as you?
WAYMAN: Allow yourself to be humble in life so you don’t miss the opportunity to learn from others. Explore your passion to find what motivates your inspiration for your passion and begin to build a foundation of execution. Quest knowledge from those currently in the field and understand the journey may not be instantaneous. If you're passionate about building your craft then the journey will constantly evolve from experience.
MICAH: I would make it clear that there is a great deal more to wardrobe styling than the face of glamour that is readily portrayed. I would inform them it's a great deal of creative, mental, and physical exertion that at times may go un-thanked. However it is a daily use of imagination and expression that is beyond invigorating and worth every bit of the journey.
What has been the pit and peak of your career so far? (a low and a high moment)
WAYMAN: Pit – Losing diamonds (sad face)
Peak- Love all the build up for award ceremonies and movie premieres. The quest for the perfect look is always a fun process for my team.
Who is someone famous that you think is killing it at the moment? In other words, is there someone whose career you admire.
WAYMAN: Edward Enniful – love his trajectory and point of view exemplified through fashion.
MICAH: I would have to say someone who is killing it in their career right now would be Brooke Wall of The Wall Group. She has done so much for creative artists and placed them on a series of platforms through her intellect and strategy.
Finish this sentence:
MICAH: I want people to remember me as: THE LAUGH FACTORY! I want to be remembered as that guy that always made you laugh and put a smile on your face. I want to be known for producing great work and inspiring others. I also hope that my consistent message of being an overcomer would ring loud in all of the hearts of those who encountered my me.
WAYMAN: If I only had 24 more hours to live, I would: Definitely indulge in a carb fest with my loved ones. Burgers, fries, and desserts.
WAYMAN: If I had to choose a theme song to represent me it would be: Eminem – Lose Yourself
MICAH: If I had to choose a theme song to represent me it would be: "Incredible" by Madonna. It's a fun song that speaks of always having a positive outcome and remaining true to who you are.
For more on Wayman & Micah, check out their website here.
Photos courtesy of Shawn Walker.