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YBF INTERVIEW: Celebrity Stylist Mariel Haenn

With New York fashion week kicking off tomorrow, we wanted to give our fab YBF readers an insider’s view on the hottest fall trends from coast to coast.  Also, dish on the must-have fashions this season from celebrity stylist, Mariel Haenn. And it doesn't hurt that she's a huge YBF fan. As you probably know, Mariel is the stylist credited with transforming Rihanna’s style, but she’s also worked with Keri Hilson, Kerry Washington, Lauren Conrad, Ciara, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay-Z, Common, and so many others.  The L.A. based stylist doesn’t just know about the hottest styles, she also knows simple ways to incorporate new trends into your current wardrobe – so even if you don’t have a celeb budget, you can still have a celeb caliber wardrobe with pieces. In fact, Mariel has teamed up with the MasterCard and Saks Fifth Avenue Fall 2009 Want it! Collection of statement pieces – the Rocker Boot, Vest and Forever Bag, to name a few – to provide readers simple ways to incorporate new trends into their current wardrobe and express their own personal style with versatile fashions.  YBF ATL Correspondent Eileen chit chatted with Mariel about the campaign and having the dream job of being a stylist to the hottest chicks and gents in the game... Click the jump for the interview....

YBF: Congratulations on teaming up with Mastercard and Saks Fifth Avenue Fall 2009 Want It! Collection. How did this come about? Mariel Haenn (MH): The Fall Want It! program was looking for a spokesperson. The Program highlights the trends for the season and the Saks 5th Avenue World Elite Mastercard rewards you! YBF: What should we expect from this collection and who would you like to see wearing it? MH: Well the program is highlighting trends for the season and would work for everyone since the basis of the program is that you don’t have to redo your wardrobe. Just accent with key pieces like the rocker boot, leggings, cozy knit and mixed metal necklaces. YBF: What’s exciting in fashion right now? MH: A lot of the chic rocker vibe is going on right now and strong shoulders at different prices so you have different variations of the trend. Also fur vests and faux fur vests. They can all be found at Saks since Saks is not just focused on having high-end prices that are available. YBF: How do you get inspiration when designing an overall look for a musician, like Rihanna, or a celeb like Jada Pinkett Smith? MH:Well it depends on the person and the event you are dressing them for. Like for red carpet events you want them to look the best and videos usually have a theme. Wardrobe helps communicate the feeling.

YBF:  What are some of the products or brands that you are addicted to at the moment? MH: Hmmm…I’m addicted to leggings because they are super easy, looks great with almost every thing and it’s comfortable. You can wear them with a blazer or a cozy sweater. Another one of my favorite things now is red lipstick. It’s very chic…lacquer lipstick can be your best accessory! And the rocker boot, which can be done different ways…heeled, flat, over the knee. It’s a staple everyone should have in their closet. YBF:  What is an easy way to change your daywear to a night on the town ensemble? MH: Mixed metal necklaces can be used to dress something up. YBF:  If you could style/design for anyone who would it be and why? MH: Well it would have to be Rih. Even though I already do.  Scarlett Johannsen is amazing and she’s going into music now too. I would like to work with anyone that is willing to push the envelope. It’s fun and you have fun together when you don’t really have to convince someone to try something. YBF: Make sure to read TheYBF.com on the daily! MH: "I actually read it EVERYDAY! I have to see what’s out there and what my competition is doing.” We knew we liked her for a reason. ;) Mariel Haenn worked at MTV as an image consultant and stylist for talent such as Carson Daly, Ashlee Simpson, and Mandy Moore. After leaving MTV to pursue a freelance career, [she teamed up with Rob Zangardi] and currently works with a wide array of clients including Rihanna, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Ciara, Keri Hilson, Kerry Washington, Rachel McAdams, Brittany Snow, and Eliza Dushku among others. In addition to working with celebrity clients on red carpet appearances, she also works on editorial fashion spreads, music videos and television shows. She continues to consult on image creation of new artists, design jewelry and clothing pieces, and consult on their clients' fashion projects. ‪ Before MTV, Mariel worked as a fashion editor.
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Sexy and hot fashion..

Sexy and hot fashion..
Heni's picture

SoHoissooverated: Well

SoHoissooverated: Well that’s because Rihanna is the bigger star and Rihanna knows the only talent she has is dressing…..oops not her talent that’s actually Marriel…ummm well I guess Rihanna knows that she can distract ppl with her clothes so they won’t pay attention to her music. (no in 3years) It's not just the look with Rhi...she just looks good in anything. Not everyone can accomplish that feat
JYGALO's picture

Riri has her own sense of

Riri has her own sense of style, and Riri has much to do with her look. Mariel styles Ciara and she looks like crap most of the time something Just doesn't add up. As far as styling Jay Z, celebrity stylist June Ambrose has been the only stylist Jay has used exclusively for more than 6 years.
ShowerPossie's picture

Riri and Bey need to take a

Riri and Bey need to take a break and let people miss them a little. Although I believe Riri does have a little personal style (it hurts for me to say this bec I don’t like her at all) – she pays attention to the fashion industry – she’s no different then SJP – who use to dress awful. The only person I can truly call a fashion icon in our times is Jennifer Lopes (even though I think she talentless) – no one had to really make her, she doesn’t just copy the styles from the high fashion pages in our favorite magazines. JP always looks natural unlike RIR who so desperately wants to be a bad girl and an icon. And my girl Tracy Ellis Ross and Gwyneth Paltrow are real fashion Icons. Yes all celebrities do have stylist – but there are some who have personal style like JL. I think Riri have developed her own style. But she’s needs to sit A her down somewhere. P.S. can your stop saying Amber Rose is an Icon – she is not at all. Her style is predictable (tights…. – tight dresses and colors) Wow. She has an exotic look that it.
Makroboo's picture

happy: people are giving

happy: people are giving this chick too much credit for rihanna style look at the other celebs she work with they are not on rihanna level Well that's because Rihanna is the bigger star and Rihanna knows the only talent she has is dressing.....oops not her talent that's actually Marriel...ummm well I guess Rihanna knows that she can distract ppl with her clothes so they won't pay attention to her music. (no album in 3years)
SoHoissooverated's picture

Danielle~ what the

Danielle~ what the fruitsnacks?!™ // go sit on a cactus!™: ‘make sure to read theybf.com on the daily’… ROFL!!! i agree that she ain't ybf. well, she is the Y part. But she contributes to other celebs with the title and thats ok. I would love for her to come fix my wardrobe
Poked In the Morning's picture

Umm Mariel did not put

Umm Mariel did not put together those outfits in the pictures you posted.
nina cherry's picture

lipz: She made alot of

lipz: She made alot of people step their style game up thats for sure! And as far as RiRi goes, we all know she doesnt dress herself, and has a stylist. But it still takes the right personality, aura and edge to carry a certain look, so for that i give Rihanna credit. Take for example Ciara, no matter what she wears, she just looks like she is trying to hard! Yeah Ciara looks so contrived and uncomfortable with what she wears these days. You can tell it's not her and she's just trying to blend in. I think she would look better in a sporty glam look that's still fashionable and mature. Similar to how Gwen Stefani dress or what Aaliyah's look was evolving into.
Focused1's picture

Ok so this is the person

Ok so this is the person responsible for Rihanna's "swag". She has really helped Rihanna tremendously. 90% of that girl's career is based on fashion choices and really the only interesting thing about her, because it sure isn't talent. Major props to you Ms. Mariel, you deserve an award for keeping Rihanna's career afloat.
Focused1's picture

Mariel does not get those

Mariel does not get those clothes from forever 21. Forever 21 sees Rihanna IN it and knocks all the trendy styles off so the masses can afford it. She has worked hard, and done so well for herself. Get it girl!
caged bird's picture

I think the looks are not

I think the looks are not that fab she look like she goes and gets those clothes from forever 21. And Rihanna is not 21.
Queenbees Vs Wannabees's picture

People kill me acting like

People kill me acting like 99% of the industry doesnt have a stylist and some of her clients are NOT fly so that further proves the person in the clothes has something to do with being HAWT or NOT! POW!! That is all!
Gigi's picture

Ria: Way to go! To a

Ria: Way to go! To a PRO-YBF sista!I like her fashion tips. Also props to Rihanna for being willing to push the envelope! You can bring the horse to the water put you can’t make it drink. People are acting like Rihanna is just doing whatever someone else suggests. She obviously has great fashion sense and is willing to test the bounds of what is expected in order to express her own personal style. Thank you!! So maybe her style wasnt impeccable from the jump..most celebs arent. But like fashion, her personal sense of style has evolved...Great point
Ashes's picture

lipz: She made alot of

lipz: She made alot of people step their style game up thats for sure! And as far as RiRi goes, we all know she doesnt dress herself, and has a stylist. But it still takes the right personality, aura and edge to carry a certain look, so for that i give Rihanna credit. Take for example Ciara, no matter what she wears, she just looks like she is trying to hard! lmao@the Ciara comment...but it's true. Rihanna mos def has the swag, presence and state of mind that's befitting her style. She needs to bow down to her Mariel. Great Job!!
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michelle: rihanna should

michelle: rihanna should bow down to her and thank her for keepin her relevant and ciara and keri hilson should fire her. Im tired of lookin at keri’s clown face and clown and ciara tryin to keep up with rihanna I agree with you on the Rihanna comment...Mariel is fierce with the fashion when it comes to RiRi.
lovinriri's picture

She made alot of people step

She made alot of people step their style game up thats for sure! And as far as RiRi goes, we all know she doesnt dress herself, and has a stylist. But it still takes the right personality, aura and edge to carry a certain look, so for that i give Rihanna credit. Take for example Ciara, no matter what she wears, she just looks like she is trying to hard!
lipz's picture

Mariah: Lol! u sound like

Mariah: Lol! u sound like the stylist herself..lol Shoot! I wish! Homegirl sounds like she's making bank and while I'm making bank myself it's not being a stylist which I think is way more fun LOL
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Ria: I don’t agree that

Ria: I don’t agree that Mariel only gives Keri the left overs… You’ve gotta have swag to carry a style and Rihanna has more swagger for sure. You could put her in a T-shirt and heels and she would rock it like it’s hot. I ♥ Keri but it is what it is. I think Keri is amazingly talented though. She is definitely YBF.It’s like our friend the camel (Jay-Z). He can look good in almost anything- and he aint even fine. But he sho got swagger! Pretty much agree. I don't love everything Rihanna wears, really can't stand her music, and I don't think I'd even like HER if I knew her in person. But she's got a leg up on some of the others mentioned because I think physically, she's built a bit more for being Fashion-forward. Once she got her hair cut, her features stood out, her body is pretty slender with slight curves and she's got a haughty attitude. So yeah..that's her "swagger" (I hate that word). Ciara on the other hand, insists on wearing heels when she's around girls a foot shorter than her, and other things when it's not always flattering to her or the situation. She can be as open as she wants to whatever Mariel puts on her, but until she unlocks some of what makes HER different, she's always going to look a lil..off. Re: Keri Hilson, I don't get much of an Xfactor from her. I dunno know why. It has nothing to do with what she wears (although Im not crazy about that). SOmething about her is underwhelming.
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Lotus: Are people really so

Lotus: Are people really so ignorant that they don’t know that almost EVERY celebrity has a stylist…or is it that there are just people who don’t like Rihanna who are commenting and just saying nonsense to say something negative?FYI it’s a rarity for a celebrity to not have a stylist so all of the negative comments to someone who does applies to EVERYONE in Hollywood.Also, Keri and Ciara are not this stylist’s only other clients - the article mentions Will, Jada, Kerry Washington and others; all who I think look great 99% of the time. Especially Kerry and Jada. Lol! u sound like the stylist herself..lol
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Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/ I

Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/ I ♥ MJ THE ICON (R.I.P.): I dont know what an ATL mess looks like, but she looks like a general mess IMO…. Umm, yeah, a mess will do. There is more than one group of people in the A. Usher doesn't look an "ATL mess"....
Chica's picture

Are people really so ignorant

Are people really so ignorant that they don't know that almost EVERY celebrity has a stylist...or is it that there are just people who don't like Rihanna who are commenting and just saying nonsense to say something negative? FYI it's a rarity for a celebrity to not have a stylist so all of the negative comments to someone who does applies to EVERYONE in Hollywood. Also, Keri and Ciara are not this stylist's only other clients - the article mentions Will, Jada, Kerry Washington and others; all who I think look great 99% of the time. Especially Kerry and Jada.
Lotus's picture

Ria: Way to go! To a

Ria: Way to go! To a PRO-YBF sista!I like her fashion tips. Also props to Rihanna for being willing to push the envelope! You can bring the horse to the water put you can’t make it drink. People are acting like Rihanna is just doing whatever someone else suggests. She obviously has great fashion sense and is willing to test the bounds of what is expected in order to express her own personal style. i agree. people act as if rihanna has no input on what she wears. yes the stylist gives an opinion on what she should wear, but without rihanna agreeing to wear certain clothes ,and without the personality and swag rihanna has, none of those clothes would look good on her. try putting most of what rihanna wears on someone like ciara or beyonce. it wont work. they are all different.
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Oh yeah I follow her on

Oh yeah I follow her on Twitter... she deserves a raise. The whole Rihanna gimmick propelled her
Joja86's picture

LMAO I love how Rihanna is

LMAO I love how Rihanna is her only celebrity client that looks fly 24/7.....Keri and ESPECIALLY C-ERROR always be looking a damn mess. Mariel is secretly sabotaging them for Rih lol
BEYSUS's picture

Nice. Rhianna always looks

Nice. Rhianna always looks fabulous and unique and I've been wondering who styles her. She has a great eye, however I have to agree that Keri and Ciara are looking a bit prototype or over the top, and not in a good way.
Ari's picture

They're all walking

They're all walking advertising panels - nothing more. And the 'zombies' buying it - no matter what it lokes like. fucking trendy
ThoseFashionMonsters's picture

Haters act like rihanna is

Haters act like rihanna is the only cele Who uses a stylist. Rihanna is one of the Few who makes her stylist 99% of the time Rihanna just got the swagger that Lots of celeb would love to have
hi hater's picture

she is an AMAZING stylist

she is an AMAZING stylist ('cept for the fur thing... not cool at all). i guess Rihanna isn't the "fashionista" everyone makes her out to be... she hired this woman.
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This provees that rihanna is

This provees that rihanna is a natura She dresses keri and ciara yet they still Look like shit. She changes rihanna's image But rihanna made her a house hold name I don't see how ppl want to compare Rihanna dressing @15 to now. She was dressing as a Teenager. l
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lala: this chick deserves

lala: this chick deserves credit, rihanna aint no fashion icon without stylists. Look at back at victoria beckham when she was victoria adams and the spice girls were not wearing gucci they were wearing addidas but victoria still had a stylish haircut and wore posh clothes, even to this day she doesn’t have a stylist-why let somebody else have all the fun? The real style icon is amy winehouse every designer was using that hairstyle on the catwalk on their campaigns she invented it both rih and vicky just wear pieces from the catwalk, hey even that man lady gaga is more of a style icon lol I concur.
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Ria: I don’t agree that

Ria: I don’t agree that Mariel only gives Keri the left overs… You’ve gotta have swag to carry a style and Rihanna has more swagger for sure. You could put her in a T-shirt and heels and she would rock it like it’s hot. I ♥ Keri but it is what it is. I think Keri is amazingly talented though. She is definitely YBF.It’s like our friend the camel (Jay-Z). He can look good in almost anything- and he aint even fine. But he sho got swagger! LOL! I got ya.
Summerbaby8's picture

this chick deserves credit,

this chick deserves credit, rihanna aint no fashion icon without stylists. Look at back at victoria beckham when she was victoria adams and the spice girls were not wearing gucci they were wearing addidas but victoria still had a stylish haircut and wore posh clothes, even to this day she doesn't have a stylist-why let somebody else have all the fun? The real style icon is amy winehouse every designer was using that hairstyle on the catwalk on their campaigns she invented it both rih and vicky just wear pieces from the catwalk, hey even that man lady gaga is more of a style icon lol
lala's picture

LOL, yeah Rihanna needs to

LOL, yeah Rihanna needs to thank her. If she were to ever lose her as a stylist she would be done.
HAHA's picture

nah for the most part Rih.

nah for the most part Rih. just goes along with it Like I said we all know how she was dressing PRIOR to G.G.G.B. clearly she's never been into fashion, even on her off days from work where she dressed her self it still wasn't fashion forward, just look at her PUNK'D episode she's a a island she didn't know half the designer names she wears now, NO ONE becomes a "Fashion Icon" over night your either into fashion, or your not yes over the course of years her taste in clothes has grown but as many pictures we see of Rihanna, have we ever seen her shopping it up with a shit load of bags, nah, she depends on her stylist for her swag, like some one above said she doesn't have her own look, the rocker look was jocked from Fe Fe & anything she does/did, Kelis already did...and better. POW SUCKERS!!!
BRANDON's picture

I for one likes Rihanna's

I for one likes Rihanna's music although I am not to pleased with RTT but it will be on on workout mix. I wish this interview was a little bit more in depth. Everyone has a stylist and also even if she did transform Rihanna's style which she DID Rihanna wears the clothes not the stylist. Not everyone can pull off the fits that Rihanna wears. Anywhoo does this stylist have a twitter page? B Luxurious: her twitter is @marielhaenn THANKS!!
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Summerbaby8: You sure in

Summerbaby8: You sure in the heck did, Missy! Snatched it right out of everybody’s deepest thoughts. I don't agree that Mariel only gives Keri the left overs... You've gotta have swag to carry a style and Rihanna has more swagger for sure. You could put her in a T-shirt and heels and she would rock it like it's hot. I ♥ Keri but it is what it is. I think Keri is amazingly talented though. She is definitely YBF. It's like our friend the camel (Jay-Z). He can look good in almost anything- and he aint even fine. But he sho got swagger!
Ria's picture

Kizzy: First. Still can’t

Kizzy: First. Still can’t comment on the diddy post huh? LOL. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that the Diddy video post keeps getting bumped to the first page...that video was posted last night...
NikNak's picture

d: stfu. rihanna look like

d: stfu. rihanna look like a fefe/kelis reject. but beyonce need to hire someone because she looks simple WHOA!!!! its ok! who pissed in ur wheaties today?
michelle's picture

people are giving this chick

people are giving this chick too much credit for rihanna style look at the other celebs she work with they are not on rihanna level
happy's picture

♥MWNY♥: I for one likes

♥MWNY♥: I for one likes Rihanna’s music although I am not to pleased with RTT but it will be on on workout mix. I wish this interview was a little bit more in depth. Everyone has a stylist and also even if she did transform Rihanna’s style which she DID Rihanna wears the clothes not the stylist. Not everyone can pull off the fits that Rihanna wears. Anywhoo does this stylist have a twitter page? her twitter is @marielhaenn
B Luxurious's picture

BRANDON: LOL I Doubt it,

BRANDON: LOL I Doubt it, that’s what the HAIR stylist is for ha ha Well, my take is...you don't don my duds til you get your do did.
Summerbaby8's picture

Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/ I

Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/ I ♥ MJ THE ICON (R.I.P.): Seriously. Keri looks like Mariel uses all the good stuff on Rihanna and gives her the left overs…like Kelli and michelle in Destiny’s child(**Did I say that out loud?) lol You sure in the heck did, Missy! Snatched it right out of everybody's deepest thoughts.
Summerbaby8's picture

Way to go! To a PRO-YBF

Way to go! To a PRO-YBF sista!I like her fashion tips. Also props to Rihanna for being willing to push the envelope! You can bring the horse to the water put you can't make it drink. People are acting like Rihanna is just doing whatever someone else suggests. She obviously has great fashion sense and is willing to test the bounds of what is expected in order to express her own personal style.
Ria's picture

I for one likes Rihanna's

I for one likes Rihanna's music although I am not to pleased with RTT but it will be on on workout mix. I wish this interview was a little bit more in depth. Everyone has a stylist and also even if she did transform Rihanna's style which she DID Rihanna wears the clothes not the stylist. Not everyone can pull off the fits that Rihanna wears. Anywhoo does this stylist have a twitter page?
♥MWNY♥'s picture

Asia: If you would take

Asia: If you would take notice, it also states that you can get pieces from her. She is stylist, not the hair stylist! She has swagg. Actually, Keri Hilson can dress, she is mixing and matching pieces that this girl probably send her because she doesnt have style. Rhi needs to thank her hairstlyist, and this girl 100 times a day for her swagg. Now Rhi looks like this girl has to dress her from head to toe, because she has no real swagg either. Thank You! Reading is fundamental! NOT HAIR STYLIST. Ive been on to Mariel for awhile. She gets mad props. So what she isnt YBF.... think outside the box. We dont have to look at black people ALL DAMN DAY
B Luxurious's picture

BRANDON: LOL I Doubt it,

BRANDON: LOL I Doubt it, that’s what the HAIR stylist is for ha ha its all tied together...im sure there was some sort of a consultation between the two of them. The work of one can throw off/damage the work of the other completely.
Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/  I ♥ MJ THE ICON (R.I.P.)'s picture

Summerbaby8:

Summerbaby8: LMAO!!!!Right. LOL I Doubt it, that's what the HAIR stylist is for ha ha
BRANDON's picture

Summerbaby8: LMAO!!!!

Summerbaby8: LMAO!!!! Right. Seriously. Keri looks like Mariel uses all the good stuff on Rihanna and gives her the left overs...like Kelli and michelle in Destiny's child(**Did I say that out loud?) lol
Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/  I ♥ MJ THE ICON (R.I.P.)'s picture

so basically Rih. OWES her

so basically Rih. OWES her career to her, seeing as how no one was checking for her until she became a "Fashion Icon" and we all know how that child was dressing before, her stylist def. keeps her relevant, seeing as how no one gives her props for her PRIMARY job, that being a singers, oops my bad, she can't even do that, nor can she make up for her lack of vocals by entertaining her ass off like Janet Jackson, Ciara, Chris brown, none are vocally strong but always give 110% & kill their performances Rih's style is growing old to the masses & for the most part people are over her, she has no real musical talent, she just needs a modeling contract, right along with Cassie, my rant is done lol
BRANDON's picture

Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/ I

Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/ I ♥ MJ THE ICON (R.I.P.): If she had anything to do with Keri Hilson’s hair in the picture above she should be maimed. LMAO!!!! Right.
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