THIS CELEBRITY STYLIST SHARES HIS PASSION FOR ACTRESSES
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Celebrity Stylist Jonathan Huguet Shares His Passion for Fashion And Cinema

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Jonathan Huguet is a celebrity and editorial stylist for magazines, advertising and films. He has built a unique modern style made of elegance and femininity and is working with internationally renowned A-list actresses and talents such as Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, and Pedro Almodovar. In our conversation, we discuss his love for old cinema, and how charismatic actresses do inspire his work.

For people who don’t know you, where are you from and how do you define yourself?

Jonathan: I am french with Spanish roots on my dad side. I am from Lyon where I went to Fashion school and moved to Paris when I was 19. I started with some internships here and there to try to understand the universe of Fashion, while attending EFAP, an international communication school where I started to meet stylists. A year later, I landed at Liberation (a daily newspaper in France) where I was the Fashion Editor for their Fashion supplement. It lasted around 4 years.

I grew up in an environment where my family wasn’t judgmental and let me explore what I liked, It allowed me to fully express myself and not pay attention to people’s opinions. In terms of style, I like the androgyny, I have a thin shape and I like to find clothes whether it is for men or women, I like the concept of genderless and timeless in clothes. I have always wanted to work in Fashion, it is my passion. In stylism, there are many directions you can take, you can be a designer, be an editorial photo for example.

How did you end up where you are today? do you remember dressing your first talent?

When I was working at Liberation, I met Juliette Binoche, we did photos together. After that, I contacted her when she was preparing Cannes for her movie Sils Maria with Kristen Stewart and she gave me the opportunity to dress her for this occasion. We have been working together for 5 years now. That is how I started working with celebrities. In Parallel, I have always done an editorial for magazines. It is interesting to me to wear those two hats. I love the creative side of the Editorial for magazines. And working with celebrities, the process to create a moment with the talent and the designer, from the beginning, the making with all the persons involved in the final result, it’s fantastic.

Can you tell us the story behind Juliette Binoche’s fantastic dress at the Met Gala in 2018?

Juliette’s team is very close to Olivier Rousteing from Balmain and he invited her to the Met Gala that year and the theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. Juliette is very involved in everything she does and suggested us The Lady and the Unicorn, that she loves. It was such an amazing experience, this creative process between Olivier, Juliette and I, it was a great moment.

Jonathan Huguet for Good Manners and Unfiltered
Jonathan Huguet for Unfiltered x Good Manners
Photography by Sylvie Castioni

You work with a lot of talented and famous actresses, who constantly play new characters. How do you pick an outfit for a talent and define her style over time?

The talent needs to feel good and herself wearing the dress or the outfit. That is my priority. The dress needs to be at the service of the talent and her personality, and not the opposite. In terms of evolution, my work is to innovate while keeping a common thread. That is an exchange with the talent, and we take in consideration the movie he or she has to present, the kind of event, what country or city the event will take place, respect the local culture. It has to be a smart decision.

Is there a difference between dressing a man and a woman? Today, there is a real effervescence in men’s fashion with creators like Virgil Abloh, Kim Jones, Hedi Slimane. Does this open up new perspectives in your work?

I do not think there is a difference. However, what I feel interesting is to break the codes with styling men. We start to see more and more male actors who redefine codes, by wearing makeup, dresses, and assume who they are. Even Fashion designers start to evolve in that direction, offering more androgynous looks, mixing men and women in their Fashion shows.

Today, men want to express themselves with clothes, which wasn’t the case a few years ago. It helps me in my work in a way that people evolve and we see male talents being more open-minded, and more aware of this.

One of the editorial code at Unfiltered is the denim jacket, where would you pick yours?

My first answer would be a vintage jacket [laughs], but if I had to pick a designer, I would go with a Prada jacket. I love this ’50s design, it’s a style I like to wear.

What is a form of good manners?

Having good manners is to be smiling and be kind.

What is your mantra?

Stay true to yourself, connected to what you love, don’t be judgmental, and I would add to always be smiling and be kind to others again.

Jonathan Huguet celebrity stylist
Jonathan Huguet for Unfiltered x Good Manners
Photography by Sylvie Castioni

Unfiltered is about self-belief, how dressing well can help to boost your confidence?

The way you dress is very important in my opinion. It is a way to introduce yourself, it is like a costume that translates your mood. For example, some days I can wear a large sweater and a big coat because I need comfort, some other days, I will dress up and will feel very confident walking in the street. The way you dress says a lot about who you are and how you feel at the moment.

What inspires you the most at the moment?

I am a cinephile and I love watching movies. That inspires me a lot. I love cinema icons, that is why I work with women like Juliette (Binoche) or Isabelle (Huppert). Anna Magnani is everything to me, what she represents!

What is your definition of success?

Success to me is waking up every morning and do what you love, and feel happy about it. Actually, the biggest success is just feeling good. And independence? this is not something you need to try to get or not, everybody is independent, you are free!

Who would you dream to collaborate with?

I would love to work with Madonna, just being able to meet with her, for everything she represents, and what she stands for. Barbra Streisand is a strong woman who did so much by herself, very inspiring and would love to meet her as well.

Jonathan Huguet is Juliette Binoche's stylist
Jonathan Huguet for Unfiltered x Good Manners
Photography by Sylvie Castioni

You live in Paris and travel often in New York and Los Angeles, 3 cities with different energies. What outfit inspires you for each city?

Right now, I am in New York, and I love that sky, very blue, and cold weather, I would go for a comfy look with a big coat, a large scarf, and a beanie. In Los Angeles, I would opt for a ’70s look, a short and a printed shirt, sunglasses. To finish, Paris, It would be an Urban Prada outfit with high pants with a short jacket.

What your perfect day looks like?

I have some Spanish blood, so I would definitely wake up late. Then I would watch an old Italian movie with Marlon Brando or Sofia Loren with characters who yell and scream. Spending the afternoon in vintage stores, stop for a coffee somewhere, and meet with close friends for dinner.

What part of your job do you find the most challenging? and the most fun?

The biggest challenge is to always find new projects, meeting new persons. The most exciting part is the creative part, when we create a look on set, and I see it evolving. What I also like is the creative process with a talent and a designer, and knowing it will be a moment of pure beauty. Beauty is subjective obviously, but this creative part makes me happy.

How would you define the French touch?

If we talk about fashion, I would say it is a certain elegance and a certain balance, find the perfect harmony. What also defines the French touch is the richness of our culture and references from our designers, authors, it represents us.

Our subject is based on creative independence, can you give us some creators you like?

Yes, I like Arturo Obegero, who is a Spanish designer. He is mixing Spanish culture including some Matador inspired outfits with a genderless style. I really like Haider Ackermann, the way he plays with colors, mixing masculinity and femininity in his collections and also for keeping a certain independence,

You worked in the fashion edition of the iconic newspaper Liberation in Paris. As an independent project, can you tell us more about this experience?

It was a Marvellous experience, it allowed me to meet professionals in the world of Fashion, Cinema, and that gave me a vision of the work that was very rewarding, especially at a young age and at the beginning of my career.

Jonathan Huguet by Sylvie Castioni for Good Manners and Unfiltered
Jonathan Huguet for Unfiltered x Good Manners
Photography by Sylvie Castioni

Can you tell us something about you that only a few people know?

That is a complicated question [laughs]. Honestly, I have no idea. I am very open, so there is no much room for a secret.

Is there a question we haven’t asked you that you would like to answer?

Well, maybe a question about my future, like “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”

Ok, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Oh, I need to answer it too? [laughs] I live in the moment, and I have a hard time projecting myself. I think I should work on my long term vision.

Who should be our next guest?

Mati Diop, who directed the movie Atlantics and won the Grand Prize of the Jury in Cannes last year. I went to see her movie with Isabelle (Huppert) during the Toronto Film Festival and I really loved this movie, the story, and her vision was very smart.

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