Aleksandra Olenska, Founder of The Style Whisperer
Helping purpose-driven professionals to dress for success through her bespoke styling and consultancy service
During the Second World War, my grandparents came over to England from Poland. Like many immigrant families I was raised within a community where we were actively encouraged to have a strong work ethic – recognising that rewards are to be earned through personal application and self-discipline.
This principle has been the foundation for everything I’ve achieved – from my academic achievements at school to enjoying a successful 20-year career in the fashion industry. I feel blessed to have styled and creative directed for some of the world’s biggest names – including Vogue and Chanel – and whilst I was still an English Literature student at The University of London, I had a summer job working at ‘Dazed & Confused’ as a styling assistant. I was on an assignment in Copenhagen and the client flew me home business class so I could attend my graduation! That meant so much to me because I didn’t want to let my parents down by not being able to attend.
My work has taken me all over the world and I’ve been lucky enough to live in lots of different places – including an apartment building in Paris which was painted by Toulouse-Lautrec and had once been a brothel!
For a long time, I mistook my career and its addictive lifestyle for fun, but when dad passed away from pancreatic cancer 10 years ago, it made me reassess everything so clearly.
Since founding The Style Whisperer last year, I’ve drawn upon all my knowledge and experience to help people with their home and wardrobe styling.
In the social media age, people are more image-conscious than ever – yet we consider thoughtful and inspired fashion statements to be vain or superficial; that couldn’t be further from the truth.
A person’s unique sense of style is an expression of their soul. When we look good, we feel good and that’s because our outsides work with our insides to achieve a greater physical/emotional balance.
Knowing I can help my clients feel ready to face the next stage in their lives with confidence, calm and clarity – and to guide them in truly knowing who they are within their own universe – is incredibly special; it’s all the motivation I need.