SFPL’s Fly Person of the Week is BACK! This is a segment we created to highlight those FLY Individuals who are making a impact in their respective fields, so much so that they might motivate and isnpire others to move forward with their respective visions. This weeks recipient is Stylist, Extraordinaire Eric Archibald!
You would NOT believe us if we told you the “Who’s Who” that Eric Archibald has worked with in relation to his Styling Career!
Ever since he was a boy growing up in the Caribbean, Eric Archibald knew he wanted to be a Stylists. Conquering New York City first, Eric now splits his time between New York City and Los Angeles, styling some of the biggest names in music and movies.
Since his start, he has drawn on his inspirations to create his signature aesthetic that conveys a classically sexy and chic look with an edge. His work with Usher on the “8701 Tour” ranks as one of the most defining moments of Eric’s career.
Eric’s work has been featured in media ranging from music videos and tours to television and commercials to personal appearances and editorials, such as Harpers Bazaar, People, GQ, Glamour, Marie Claire. Clients have included Usher, R. Kelly, Faith Evans, Kirstie Alley, Tyra Banks, Toni Braxton, P. Diddy, Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Tahlia, Rebecca Romijn, and The Dave Matthews Band are among the celebrities with whom Eric has worked with.
He has also styled for Season 2 of “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency,” and created looks for Jenny Craig, Verizon, Hershey’s Kisses, and Burger King.
Eric may seem soft spoken, but that doesn’t mean he’s a pushover, if the junior assistants cross him, they will learn quickly that Eric Archibald doesn’t mess around.
1. What does the term “Fly” mean to you?
Fly is confidence.. Being confident, knowing who u are and owning it! Not being afraid to be who your are and making bold statements is fly.
2. How did you catch your “Big Break?”
For a while, I was an assistant to June Ambrose. I must say I learned a lot from her about the business. While assisting her, I worked with pretty much all of the big names in the industry in that era, from P. Diddy, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, to Jay Z. I got my “Big Break” when I decided to believe in myself and put trust in the business, which was at a very young age. I chose to take a step from being Eric Archibald “The Assistant” to Eric Archibald “The Stylist”. I’m still 25 by the way… LMAO..
3. You have recently started working with Jennifer Hudson, and she looks AMAZING by the way, how’s that been going? Did you start working with her before or after the weight loss?
It’s been going great between Jennifer and I. Since we’ve started working together, we’ve started turning heads and creating a major name for JHud in the fashion world. I actually started working with her right after she had her baby. Working with Jennifer is a dream come true .. She’s a super model; slim, sexy and tall… Channeling her inner Naomi Campbell, without the attitude.
4. Who or what, stylistically, do you look to for insight and inspiration?
I get all of my insight from fashion designers, magazines, and traveling. People watching is one of my main sources for inspiration. I get some of the best ideas by just observing what people are wearing when I step outside.
5. You have worked with some of the biggest artists in the world, yet the industry isn’t over saturated with your name and face. How do you maintain a sense of privacy, as well as humility?
Staying true to yourself is very important. Family and friends comes first.. Fashion is my job not my life, and I’m happy with my work/life balance.
6. What are your ultimate goals? Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
My ultimate goal is to design my very own menswear collection. It’s hard to say where I’ll be in 5 years since I shoot for the stars daily.. Maybe I’ll be on the moon 5 years from now, who knows… LOL..
7. What are you “Top 5” fashion must haves right now?
8. How would you describe your own personal style?
9. When styling an artist, would you say you follow their lead, or do you totally recreate their look?
10. What would you like our readers to take away from this interview knowing about Eric Archibald?