As I glance up I notice Ms. Fly Won entering the facility. Won is average height showcasing vivacious curves, glimmering chocolate skin and a smile. In her own words she is a walking billboard. Her attire consists of a white striped navy blue shirt, jean capri pants and sparkled flats, coupled with gold jewelry. Her makeup hardly noticeable, yet one turn of the head and one is able to capture a subtle glimpse. She radiates confidence, poise and a gracious attitude. The sun is shining and the wind is on the move as we take our seats outside of Starbucks to enjoy a pleasant day in Indianapolis; the city where this 28-year-old fashion stylist, master thrifter and reseller resides. Won has been making great strides here: not only does she produce fashion shows, she’s sought after to lend her fashion sense to photo shoots, music videos and more.
Won is boldly making loud moves. Her goal: To bring style, change and direction into the world of fashion.
Fashion was embedded in me and it started with my father. He was the most fashionable person I’ve ever known. We were so similar. I get my personality, attitude and creativity from him.
Won’s father committed suicide in 2009.
His death affected me to the point that I was angry. I didn’t know anyone that committed suicide who was African-American, especially someone like him. As a result I turned to reading. I found this book about suicide and I received an understanding about it. Once I understood I forgave him. It has taught me to savor every second. I believe he didn’t die in vain.
Intensity fills her eyes as she looks off into the distance gathering her words.
I still feel a connection with him especially when I work with models, photographers, or people who use to know him. Every time I’m styling someone on the job his presence is there. In a way he lives through me. I always think about him because he would be so overjoyed, this was his thing. Fashion was his gift that he passed down to me.
Even in landlocked Indianapolis Won has found a name for herself. Critics proclaiming Indiana is no place for an up and coming stylists do not bother her. She just keeps progressing in the midst of doubters.
I don’t like to say you can’t do anything. You can create what you want or what you love. I’ve seen a lot of growth in the styling aspect since I’ve been involved in the fashion scene here. We have a lot of potential. There are things buzzing with photographers, models, makeup and styling.
Won looks up to stylist Kimora Lee Simmons and Kelly Coutrone to name a few, and has come a long way from her Broad Ripple High School fashion show days. She now assists in producing a highly anticipated fashion show every year, entitled ClothesMinded C.E.N.T. The event is an affair that combines the top models, retailers, designers, beauticians and makeup artists throughout Indianapolis. Even with all her success she is by no means boastful.
I don’t see myself as others see me. I just love what I do.
When she is in her element, styling, she is in her own world. A fantasy world where only Won and the client is present and she is cohesive to their desires. It’s about making the client happy.
A lot of stylists try to portray themselves and that is a big mistake. Stylists should be diverse or they’ll get overlooked. I want to appeal to the average woman, designer or model. At the end of the day I want my client to feel their story was told. It is my job to translate that as a stylist.
Check out Fly Won’s thrift store at www.flysnest.com. If you are in need of a wardrobe stylist or fashion consultation please contact Won at email@example.com.
By Adrian Kendrick