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Springfield native puts his best foot forward

Aug. 29, 2014 | By Carley Dangona

Nolan Wells
Photo courtesy of Harris Davey

SPRINGFIELD – New York Fashion Week has become a mecca for the industry and one local stylist has become a mainstay at the event. Nolan Wells started in the rafters, but has worked his way to the front of the runway.

Wells, 22, is a celebrity fashion stylist who entered the industry in 2010. One of his first clients was Flo Rida and Stayc Reign. In the past year alone, Wells has worked with artists MKTO and Luke Broadlick and has worked with the iHeart RADIO Jingle Ball Tour. He will once again attend Fashion Week, which runs from Sept. 4 to 11.
“Fashion week is so crucial. Aside from getting to see next season’s trends it’s really a ‘see and be seen’ type of event,” Wells said. “It’s all the big hitters in fashion gathering under one tent for the most glamorous week of fashion.”
Wells shared his first memory of Fashion Week. He said, “I remember the first time I attended was the fall of 2010. I remember being so excited to get an invite to a show. The Designer was Tibi. I stood way up top but it didn’t matter because I was there.”
Wells added, “I really love live shows, especially touring shows. The energy is so crazy and exciting. However, I love a good red carpet.”
He discussed his plans for this year’s Fashion Week. “The week is so packed with parties, events, shows, and meetings [that] I really have to create a schedule for myself and stick to it. This year I am so excited to see Alon Livne, Falguni and Shane Peacock and Skin Graft. Pamella Roland is another one of my favorites – she has been really supportive of my growth and is always willing to accommodate my clients and myself at her shows. Her collections are always timeless and perfect for major red carpets.”
So, why fashion? “Fashion has always been something I have been drawn to. Growing up, my mom and I would always watch the big red carpets – Emmy’s, Oscars, [MTV] VMAs [Video Music Awards]. I loved seeing what celebrities would wear and how it was put together but did not understand there was someone behind the scenes handling it all. Once I figured out the job was of a stylist I was in,” Wells explained.
This fall will mark the re-launch of Wells’ site, www.thenolanwells.com. “I really took the past year to reflect and grow. I think I am at the place in my career where my next move is going to be my biggest. I took a few steps back to get everything under control. It was really important this year to introduce my blog ‘All about the Details.’ Finally, we are almost ready to launch – everything will be live in September,” Wells stated.
“I definitely want to be in Los Angeles. It is where all the action is. I would love to have everything under my belt: a full roster of clients, successful blog, contributing editor for a magazine, possibly even a reality show and definitely a book. However, I would need to make sure it was the right network. I really want people to see the details that go into being a stylist. It is super rewarding to have a happy client however; to get to that point can be daunting,” Wells said in regards to his future goals.
“I think the most important thing I have learned thus far is that no job is too small. You never know whom you may meet. The industry seems really big but in reality it’s small and compact. Everyone knows everyone and when you’re the boss of the company good networking is key,” he said.
Wells also mentors other up and comers in his hometown. He said, “I want to do my part to inspire the youth in Springfield. I think we have a really negative connotation when it comes to people being successful coming out of the area but what’s important is no matter what you stay focused on what’s important to you.”
To learn more about Wells, log on to www.facebook.com/pages/Celebrity-Fashion-Stylist-Nolan-Wells or follow him on Twitter @TheNolanWells.
He commented, “I love chatting with people who support me and/or have any questions.”

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