Wild Child Interviews: Q&A with Top Stylist, Courtney Smith!

This weeks instalment of “WildChild Files” features the very lovely Courtney Smith, one of Irelands top stylists, and a key player on Irelands Fashion scene! I had the pleasure of meeting Courtney at London fashion week recently, where she was working on some fun projects with the fabulous Lorna Claire Weightman, a previous “WildChild Files” interviewee. (read her Q&A here) (Pictured Above: The dream-team, Lorna Claire and Courtney chilling at Somerset House during London Fashion Week)

 NAME: COURTNEY (COCO) SMITH

AGE: 25

OCCUPATION: FASHION STYLIST AND PERSONALITY

FAVOURITE FOOD/MEAL: IM TORN BETWEEN ‘ALFIES’ SCALLOP DISH AND ‘BITE’ LOBSTER BURGER OH AND DRINKWISE IT’S DEFINITELY ‘SAMSARA’ ELDERCOT MARTINIS

FAVOURITE PERK OF MY JOB: BEING ABLE TO DO WHAT I LOVE MOST EVERYDAY, THE FACT THAT I HAVE NO BOSS TO ANSWER TO AND YEAH THE FREEBIES NATURALLY ARE A BONUS!

FRIENDS TELL ME I’M: … A WORKAHOLIC

MY PROUDEST MOMENT TO DATE: I’M PRETTY SURE ITS STILL TO COME; BUT TALKING MY WAY OUT OF BEING PUT IN A JAIL CELL WITH DANIEL HOLFELD WHILE ON A PHOTOSHOOT IN CAPETOWN WAS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE.

LAST DREAM I HAD: I JUST BOUGHT A HUGE MANSION DESIGNED BY GIANNI VERSACE… IT WAS TACK-TASTIC!

MY GUILTY PLEASURE: GALAXY COOKIE BARS  

CANT STOP LISTENING TO: SINCE LAST WEEK (NOT IN A GOOD WAY),‘O-TOWN’ LIQUID DREAMS; FASHION BLOGGER LORNA CLAIRE WEIGHTMAN SOMEHOW MADE ME WATCH IT WHILE WORKING IN LONDON AND NOW I CANT GET THE SONG OUT OF MY HEAD!

MY BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE: I’M SURE I STILL MAKE THEM, FASHION IS ALL ABOUT LEARNING BUT I’M PRETTY SURE THE BROWN DOC MARTENS I MADE MY MUM BUY ME FOR SIXTH CLASS WERE A MISTAKE AND DIDN’T EXACTLY WORK WITH MY NAVY AND BLUE SCHOOL UNIFORM.

CURRENTLY LUSTING AFTER: ANYTHING FROM THE SIMONE ROCHA SS 13 SHOW…

PET PEEVE: PEOPLE MUNCHING ON APPLES, OR INEFFICIENT PEOPLE THAT MAKE ME HAVE TO WORK TWICE AS HARD JUST BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T DO THEIR JOB. (MEOW… YEP I SAID THAT!)

BIGGEST SPLURGE/SPEND: ISABEL MARANT BOOTS THIS SEASON… I WONT SAY HOW MUCH BECAUSE I’M STILL DENYING IT MYSELF.

DREAM HOLIDAY/TRIP: I WOULD LOVE TO SHOOT IN MEXICO OR CUBA… THEY ARE NEXT ON MY LIST.

WHERE I’LL BE IN 5 YEARS TIME: NO IDEA… I’M  NOT WISHING AWAY MY LIFE JUST YET. BUT HOPEFULLY I’LL BE SUCCESSFUL IN FASHION MORE INTERNATIONALLY THAN JUST IRELAND.

HOW I WIND DOWN: STILL HAVENT FIGURED THAT ONE OUT. BUT SUNDAY BRUNCH WITH MY FRIENDS IS ALWAYS ONE OF MY FAV WEEKEND TREATS.

MY MANTRA/SECRET TO SUCCESS: WORK, WORK AND THEN WORK A LITTLE HARDER… NOTHING HAPPENS OVERNIGHT, AND SUPPORTIVE FAMILY… I WOULDN’T BE WHERE I AM TODAY WITHOUT THEM.

IF I WAS AN ANIMAL I’D BE: A LEOPARD BECAUSE I LOVE LEOPARD PRINT SO AT LEAST AS AN ANIMAL I’D STILL BE STYLISH.

MY CELEBRITY CRUSH (DEAD OR ALIVE!) : FRANK SINATRA, ANY MAN WHO CAN SING LIKE THAT AND DRESS THAT SUAVE… SWOON. BUT SINCE HE’S NOT AROUND I’LL SETTLE FOR JOHNNY DEPP!!

MY CURRENT DREAM/GOAL: IF I GOT ONE OF MY SHOOTS FEATURED IN VOGUE, HARPER’S BAZAAR OR VOGUE I WOULD BE HAPPY OUT!

ADVICE TO MY 16 YEAR-OLD SELF: YOU KNOW THE WAY DURING PREP TIME IN SCHOOL YOU ALWAYS DOODLED FASHION SKETCHES, READ FASHION MAGAZINES AND MADE STYLE MOODBOARDS AND DIDN’T DO THE HOMEWORK… KEEP DOING IT, IT PAYS OFF EVENTUALLY!!!

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES ME: EVERYTHING; PEOPLE, POEMS, MOVIES, SONGS, BLOGS, FRIENDS, FAMILY, MAGAZINES… I TAKE INSPIRATION FROM EVERYDAY… OH AND GRACE CODDINGTON AND CARINE ROITFELD… OBVIOUSLY!

You can often catch Courtney on TV3’s Xposé, and to stay updated on more of her adventures, check out her website: http://www.courtneysmith.ie/

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