Apr 14th, 2019, 07:03 PM

Shining a Light on Artists in the Fashion Industry: The Stylists Behind Today's It-Girls

By Isala Gray
Jahleel Weaver and Marni Senofonte
Jahleel Weaver and Marni Senofonte, Source: illjahjah, marnixmarni/Instagram
Eight fashion stylists you should know about, but don’t, for lack of recognition from the industry.

Fashion Stylists and editors are rarely at the forefront. They are unseen by the public and rarely heard from. Their time to shine comes while dressing and adorning the skin of celebrities and models before gracing editorials, red carpets, and common streets. While we dub celebrities like Beyonce, Kim Kardashian West, and Kylie Jenner as fashion icons, we rarely look at the secret weapons behind their celebrated sense of style.  

Fashion stylists and editors are in close relation but differ in several ways. While they both include creating jaw-dropping looks, celebrity stylists help create personal branding for people through clothing, while fashion editors work with publications to communicate fashion to the masses. Nevertheless, they are both masters at their craft.

Here are eight fashion stylists and editors to know.

Tonne Goodman

Tonne Goodman. Image credit: Instagram: @jporganic

Whether you flip through the glossy pages of Vogue monthly or scroll through their website daily, the name Tonne Goodman pops up oh so often as a Fashion Editor. Goodman worked as a Fashion Director at Vogue for almost 20 years, styling more than 150 Vogue covers. The Fashion Editor recently stepped down from her post to become a fashion contributor at Vogue. 

Before Vogue, Goodman was a model, turned fashion reporter at the New York Times, turned Vice President of Advertising at Calvin Klein, turned Fashion Director at Harpers Baazar. She has moved through the publishing ranks effortlessly and is recently credited with Kim Kardashian's April issue and Beyonce's September issue spreads. In addition to working at Vogue, Goodman has worked freelance for other publications like Garage Magazine. 

Beyonce Vogue September Issue. Video credit: Youtube 
Garage Magazine Black Cotillion styled by Gabriella Karefa-Johnson and Tonne Goodman. Image credit: Instagram.@weiliwang83

Elizabeth Sulcer 

Elizabeth Sulcer. Image credit: Instagram @elizabethsulcer

Elizabeth Sulcer is a celebrity fashion stylist based in New York. She is responsible for the street style looks of Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, Stella Maxwell, Elsa Hosk, and Jasmine Sanders to name a few. In addition to styling our favorite models in captivating streetwear, she has also worked with brands such as Bulgari, L’Oreal, Tiffany’s,  and Victoria’s Secret. Her work has been featured in Vogue Espana, Vogue Italia, Numero Paris, Self Service, Vogue China, and Vogue Japan. 

Elizabeth Sulcer and clients, Image credit: Instagram/@elizabethsulcer


Jorden Bickham 

Jorden Bichkham. Image credit: Instagram/@jordenbickham

Jorden Bichkam is based in New York and has been a contributing Fashion Editor at American Vogue for 7 years. Bickham has been responsible for many iconic Vogue spreads. Most recently she styled Vogues celebration of PFW Fall 2019 Collection starring model Bella Hadid. 

The fashion editor graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and has worked with ULTA, H&M, Vogue Mexico and Australia, Allure magazine, and Michale Kors. 

Bella Hadid Models Fall's Paris Collection for Vogue. Video credit: Youtube


Jahleel Weaver

A portrait of the stylist. Image credit: Instagram/@illjahjah

Jahleel Weaver is Rihanna’s stylist and a junior creative director at Fenty, Rihanna's design house. He started his career working for urban street wear brands popular in the 90's like Ecko, Sean Jean, Champion, and Fila. Before becoming Rihanna's head stylist, he previously assisted Mel Ottenberg, Rihanna's former stylist. Weaver was also a contributing editor to 032c Magazine and Document Journal. Jahleel Weaver has created a plethora of iconic looks for the recording artist. 


Rihanna Styled by Jahleel Weaver. Image credit: Instagram/@illjahjah


Marni Senofonte

Marni Senofonte. Image credit: Instagram/@Marnixmarni

Marni Senofonte is the stylist who is helping Beyonce snatch all of our edges and getting us all into formation. Senofonte is a celebrity stylist who was born and raised in Scranton, Pa. She is responsible for Beyonce's most recent looks that give praise to her black heritage and culture, including Beyonce's Black Panther 2018 Grammy look. She was also apart of the team who created all 5 of Beyonce's custom Balmain Coachella looks. In her personal style, shared through her daily Instagram posts, you can tell the stylist does not shy away from color. WWD reported, this is due to the stylist's Catholic school days saying "[It] is why she refuses to conform to New York’s all-black dress code. In fact, she hasn’t worn black in 20 years.” She got her start working as an assistant to Norma Kamiali, a fashion designer.  After styling Salt-N-Peppa, she accompanied Lauryn Hill on tour which soon after led to her styling Diddy, Jay Z and Beyoncé. She even received a chance to style Blue Ivy.

Beyonce, Formation, Styled by Marni Senofonte, Video credit: Youtube

Beyonce styled by Marni Senofonte. Image credit: Instagram @marnixmarni and @beyonce

Mel Ottenberg 

Mel Ottenberg, Soucre: Instagram : @melzy917

Mel Ottenberg is currently the creative director of Interview magazine. He got his start as a Fashion stylist securing big names like Rihanna and Britney Spears. Ottenberg has a resume full of amazing looks on celebrities with huge star power, but we all can't help but reflect on Rihanna's 2014 CFDA Award  Swarovski crystal gown.Ottenberg was a part of the team that created this gown she wore to accept her CFDA Fashion Icon award. Ottenberg also styled her 2018 "Heavenly Body" Met Gala look. In 2015, Rihanna referred to Ottenberg as her "Fashion Godfather" via Instagram. Ottenberg was also the Fashion editor at large at 032c and his advertising clients include household names like Dior, Converse, Nike, Chopard, Tom Ford, and Puma. 


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Simone Harouche 

Simone Harouche is a celebrity stylist based in Los Angeles.  Harouche Studied Journalism and photography at Parsons in New York where she garnered a love for costuming. She is responsible for Miley Cyrus’ Teddy Bear leotard at the MTV awards as well as Kim Kardashian West's 2018 Met Gala gold chainmail dress. Her clients include Nicole Richie, Miley Cyrus, Kim, Kourtney & Khloe Kardashian, Kris, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, and many more. Her Instagram is currently a vibey art gallery of vintage early 90s references in fashion and pop culture.

Styled by Simone Harouche. Image credit: Instagram/@simoneharouche


Dani Michelle 

Dani Michelle is credited with being Kylie Jenner's new stylist. Dani started working with Jenner after she gave birth in February. She has been featured in V Magazine, Flaunt Magazine, Icon Magazine, Vogue Mexico, and Vogue Hombre. She has worked with companies such as Puma, Gap, and Adidas. In addition to Jenner, Michelle’s other celebrity clients include Lucy Hale, Erika Jayne, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Jordyn Woods and Shanina Shaik.

Styled by Dani Michelle. Image credit: Instagram/@danixmichelle


The job is grueling and nonstop with stylists working with multiple clients at once.  While many do not prefer the limelight and are perfectly fine behind the scenes, their work should never go unnoticed and their artful eye should be praised.