Ethnic background: African America
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Occupation: celebrity stylist
Facebook/Twitter/IG: Ryan Christopher; Ryan_IsStyle; RyanIsStyle
Weapon of choice: “my shoes”
Go-to accessory: sunglasses
“I feel like a Hollywood star whenever I throw on my sweat pants, an oversized t-shirt, aviator shades, and my MCM backpack.”
“My name’s not Pac, but it’s a 100% guarantee, that when I step out with my presence all eyes on me. I don’t think it’s any particular thing I wear, it’s definitely my presence and how I wear things. I wear things that are ME and fit ME. I never deviate from that to be anyone or anything besides ME.”
With a resume that’s full of well-known celebrity clients, there’s no doubt that Ryan Christopher is a super-fly fashion killa. Making his way up in the ranks of the styling world, he’s put together bomb ensembles for the likes of Erica Dixon, LisaRaye McCoy and Kenya Moore. But he doesn’t stop at just making stars sparkle, this thread-slayer boasts a mean swag of his own. And it’s all as simple as one, two, three.
Miss CM caught up with this fab stylist and chopped it up about his fashion inspiration, how he got started in the game, and all the heat he has cooking up for the future.
CM: Mr. Christopher, you have a simplistic, yet highly unique sense of fashion, I think. But how would you personally describe your style?
Ryan: I definitely would describe my style is very simple and chic. I feel like I’m a very simplistic type of guy; however, I can push the envelope but not taking it over-the-top because my personality is definitely not over-the-top. I am a firm believer in balance of an outfit.
What’s your biggest source of fashion inspiration?
Honestly I don’t have a specific person or thing that inspires my style. I take inspiration literally from everything; it could be something as complex as something that happens to me personally, or something as simple as a painting.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is interpretive and it is what you make it; however, it can transcend into foolishness [laughs].
Why do you love fashion?
I love fashion simply because it’s the gift that I was blessed with; [it just comes naturally].
So you’re a wardrobe stylist for Erica Dixon, tell me how that came about.
After season one of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Erica’s publicist at the time reached out to me about working with Erica and it was a very surreal phone call because, I’ll admit, I was a fan of the show after watching season one. I have been working with her ever since.
I know that you’ve styled other celebrities besides Erica, give me the rundown.
Yes, of course: LisaRaye McCoy, Ruben Studdard, Robin Givens, Kenya Moore, Jewel Tankard, Ebony Steele, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, and most of these names I still currently work with. I also worked with several celebrities as an intern and assistant to [celebrity stylist] Shun Melson.
Did you go to school for fashion or are you self-taught?
I did go to school, however I didn’t major in fashion. My degree is in business administration. I started doing fashion shows on campus when I was in college and upon graduation, I went into the nine-to-five world. And upon getting fired, I went and interned under a stylist. That’s really the short version of how I started [laughs].
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
I see myself and my brand on a whole other level…endorsing products, maybe even having a line of my own sunglasses or shoes, and maybe a book about my life and my journey as a stylist; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
What advice would you give to anyone trying to make it in the fashion industry?
Learn as much as you can about the business. Intern and assist, and don’t expect ANYTHING to happen overnight!
What are some of the most important pointers you’ve learned about surviving in the industry thus far?
The biggest thing I have learned, and it was a hard pill to swallow, is that no one cares; you are always expected to do your job!
You’re an expert in making people look fly, so tell us: what makes an outfit ‘hot’?
Okay, well what makes you a ‘fashion killa’?
I have never been the one to self-proclaim myself as anything. However, interviews like these make me a ‘fashion killa,’ for if I didn’t have style, I wouldn’t be getting requests do to interviews about my style and my styling work!
Flip through the next few pages to see some of Ryan’s best fashion moments, both of himself and his clients.