Brit actress Ashley Madekwe left London and her role in ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’ behind for a career in Hollywood where she stars in TV drama ‘Revenge’. As well as being BFFs with Mischa Barton and running a street style blog that has a massive following thanks to her eye for an outfit and the photography skills of her husband and ex co-star Iddo Goldberg, Madekwe is currently flying the flag for UK style icons across the pond. She does have a little help though, in the form of wonder stylist Joey Tierney, who kicked off her career touring with Britney Spears before moving on to work with actresses including Jaime Pressly, Kristen Bell and Diana Agron. She has also styled some of Hollywood's most respected actors, from Oscar winner Billy Bob Thorton to Michael Cera and has been touted by WWD Beauty Biz's "It List" as one of the "stylists celebrities have on speed dial." Find out more about her work in our Q&A below...
How does your styling relationship work with Ashley?
Fittings with Ashley are always fun! We try on all the options and photograph everything before making the final choice. Sometimes clothes have amazing hanger appeal and look absolutely awful once you get it on… clothes can be tricky like that.
She has a strong sense of personal style – where do you both find inspiration?
We find inspiration everywhere - people , places , music, films.
What has been your favourite thing that she's worn so far?
It is so difficult to choose which outfit is my favorite that Ashley has worn! I adore the bronze Kooples short suit - she looked absolutely stunning. I'm also obsessed with the yellow Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuit with a vintage chanel belt that I put her in for the InStyle summer soiree. It literally hit every best dressed list and New York magazine said she "stole the red carpet"!
Tell us the 5 pieces we'd need to get her look…
One super sexy halter jumpsuit, a simple stiletto sandal, chic slicked back hair, a pop of red lip color and you better come with some attitude to pull it off!
Have you had a part to play in her blog?
No, Ashley is a fashionista and does Ring my Bell 100% herself.
Do you style her for the red carpet – what's the most stressfull thing about prepping for awards shows?
I style Ashley for her red carpet appearances and some editorials. The most stressful part of prepping for a fitting is just making sure you always have enough options!
How does it feel when you see the finished look in a magazine?
Finally seeing your work in a magazine is amazing… it's even more amazing when it's on the best dressed list in the magazine!
You began your career touring with Britney Spears – were there any major wardrobe malfunctions?
Britney had 13 costume changes per show... it wasn't a show UNLESS there was a wardrobe malfunction.
Do you approach styling your male clients differently to how you would women?
Styling men and styling women is similar in the way that you are molding someone's public image and that can be a tender process.
Which labels are you currently recommending to your clients?
My favorite label at the moment is Saint Laurent. Hedi Slimane is a genius. Seriously.
Are there any other stars that you'd love to style who you don't already?
Iggy Azalea. LOVE HER.
Could you share your number 1 styling tip?
My #1 styling tip is MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD TAILOR!