MUSIC & STYLE: DJ and Stylist Fabienne Hebrard
Written by: Victoria Highfield
Our contributor Victoria Highfield, caught up with DJ, Stylist and all round mega-babe Fabienne Hebrard to chat about her latest musical projects, celeb clients and all things glittery.
We met amongst the Burning Man headgear and awesome 80s jumpsuits of Only Fools and Peacocks, a shop I knew Fabienne would love due to its unique and quirky style and a perfect location for an impromptu photo shoot.
It says on your website that you’re in television, fashion, music and blogging; what do you see yourself as first and foremost?
“I’m a DJ, stylist & presenter although I guess if I’d have to say one I would say DJ. I started dj’ing about two years ago and it has taken me to New York and around the UK. It’s where my passion really lies at the moment and I love how social and diverse the job is – I’m always excited to go to work! Although I am djing at a carnival themed party tonight which involves a lot of ska and reggae and that isn’t really to my taste.”
If ska and reggae isn’t for you *sob* then what music is on your set list?
“I play electro rnb, old skool hip hop and I have a penchant for electronic dance music that I sneak into sets every now and then; most of the time they use old funk and rnb samples so it makes sense.”
What are your biggest musical influences and what are you listening to right now?
“I was surrounded by different types of music growing up.
My parents loved Motown, soul, funk, MJ, Marvin Gaye, Phil Collins, classic pop from Hall & Oates and everything in between; whenever I hear those classic 80s hits it reminds me of relaxing Sunday afternoons growing up. We loved musicals (yes we’ve got The Sound of Music on VHS complete with the cassette soundtrack haha) and I’m a classically trained pianist too. I think if you see yourself as a musician, you need to be open to all sorts of different influences. These days, I love anything that Kaytranada makes, and his remixes as well as electronic artists like Mura Masa, Snakehips and Flume. I’m loving Nadia Rose a rapper from South London at the moment too.”
What are your favourite venues to DJ at?
“I run an amazing night called ‘Girl Power’ at the Macbeth of Hoxton which is a really colourful arts and music pub that’s been going for 100s of years! I also love dj’ing at Lockside Lounge that overlooks Regents canal, perfect on a sunny afternoon when the sun is setting in the Summertime.”
I’ve been there on a summers evening, what beautiful views! So do you see yourself as a stylist secondly?
“I’ve been styling now for 6 years. I work mainly on commercial projects with an all female consultancy called ‘Mad Women‘. We say we like to re-write the rules of women in the work place and re-circuit the way brands think which styling is a part of. I also am a style consultant, dressing high profile people for events and/or TV shows, but don’t worry, I don’t encourage the rainbow coloured hair on people, and everyone has their own style and taste.”
Any celebrity clients?
“I’m currently styling Stephanie Pratt from The Hills and Made in Chelsea. It’s been great injecting some of her personality into her clothing and bringing out her creative side!”
You have such funky style which we love! Do you tend to shop in vintage shops?
“I promote a lot of independent brands via my social media and I’m loving Skinny Dip London’s clothes at the moment. But yeah most of my clothes are vintage, I feel like they tell a story. I shop in the Stables Market in Camden, particularly down at The Tea Rooms, St Cyr Vintage and at The Style Merchants. I also love some of the emerging designer shops there including An Original Leroy, Camden Collective and Studio Collection for high end designer pieces (think Yoji Yamamoto & Rick Owens). My style is pretty eccentric and I love anything sparkly – think unicorn chic!”
And what about TV work? I must say you have a multitude of talents!
“Haha thanks! I like being able to try my hand at a range of things rather than be tied down doing one job.
It’s taken me to different festivals including Cannes Film Festival. I’ve worked with online fashion brands and I’m currently working with What’s Up TV, a youth-led series on Sky 1.”
What’s been your biggest professional achievement?
“Djing in New York each season for New York Fashion Week has been so much fun, I’m super excited to go again this month! Presenting wise, conducting live TV on a fashion party bus during London Fashion Week a few seasons ago was crazy! Adrenaline pumping as you interview fashion icons such as Hilary Alexander, musicians and fellow fashionistas – its live tv, anything can go wrong! With styling, the best is when you see what you have styled on a billboard or magazine, when the client is happy, be that with an advertorial campaign or an individual’s attire.”
You mentioned you love djing in Camden. Are you living in North London now?
“I grew up in High Barnet so have been in and around North London my whole life. Even though I now live in Hackney and have lived East for the last 5-6 years, work and play brings me back to North London.”
What are your favourite memories from growing up in North London?
“I do love Hampstead; from memories of jumping in the ponds in the Summer to queuing outside the Hampstead creperie. The Italian eateries on the way up to Primrose Hill are deliciously authentic and quaint, whereas on the way down, there’s always time for an ice cream at Marine Ices!
North London does have some of the best places to view London from. I can’t say that without mentioning the view from Alexandra Palace (or Ally Pally if you’re a local!). You’ll find me there these days for Vintage Fairs and music gigs, though it used to be for Saturday’s ice skating classes when I was a teenager.
I feel that the great thing about North London is that whilst gentrification is occurring around the whole of London including the North too, it still has its own a real authenticity; it’s not copied from somewhere and stays true to its, sometimes eccentric, self which keeps me coming back for more.”
You can catch Fabienne djing at The Big Chill House Saturday 26th and The Big Chill Brunch on Sunday 27th September. Join her for good vibes and good times!
Check out Fabienne’s website for her latest musings
Location for shoot: Only Fools and Peacocks
Photography: Darren Johnson
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