VIBE VIXEN: How did you develop the concept for the Misa Hylton Fashion Academy?
MISA HYLTON BRIM: I’ve been a fashion stylist for over 18 years, and during that time I’ve had the privilege of working with a lot of the top stylist and being apart of a lot of the lessons and knowledge that they gained to be able to excel in the stylist field. I think, innately, I’ve always been a teacher at heart, so I decided to make it official. I started the Misa Hylton Fashion Academy to nuture up-and-coming stylists, as well as work with stylist that may want to perfect their craft a little more and expand where they are reaching currently. When I had my company Chyna Doll enterprises, which is a fashion styling company, I managed stylists. I also simultaneously worked as a Fashion Editor, and during those times, my assistants were Wouri Vice (Alicia Keys) and Mariel Haenn (Rihanna) and Marni Senofonte (Cassie, Ciara and Mary J. Blige). They all started out assisting me. I played a part in their journey and that was the influence for me starting the fashion academy.
I love the concept of the Misa Hylton Fashion Academy! The students that finish the program, if they are qualified, are they able to advance and possibly work with or for you?
Oh yes, that’s always an option.
Do you have a role in this year’s Fashion Week? If so, in what aspect will you loan your creative vision?
Yes I do. I’m actually styling a show, Front Row Couture, and that is on September 11th. I’m actually the creative director and stylist. Shateria Moragne-el really has her own take on fashion and she has a strong theme, so I’m really excited to work with her. I can’t reveal [the theme] at this time but I will say it is fashion forward and it is hot!
Can you give some examples of what “The Misa Hylton Technique” consists of? Of course without revealing all your secrets!
To really learn about the Misa Hylton Technique, you would have to take the course, but I will tell you this: there is a specific way to style and present images and ideas verbally, visually and on set. It has to do with those three things. Those three things always ensure that you have a successful shoot.
VV: Can you give some examples of your favorite fall trends this season?
MH: I’m not really into trends; I always thought I was apart of creating them. I love everyone that is making their own statement confidently, even if it’s something I wouldn’t personally wear. One of the people that is Shateria Moragne-el; her take on fashion is really refreshing. It’s really clean and fashion-forward. There’s a void for her type of style right now.