Dark Dressers: Jana Bartolo

October 2, 2015

dark dressersFashion | by floriana serani


Jana Bartolo is a creative producer and stylist based in Sydney, Australia. From runway styling for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, to working for Oyster Magazine and Urban outfitters. Floriana Serani caught up with her for this week’s dark dresser.

What does a typical day in the life of Jana involve?
It’s never really the same! Which I like, and signed up for when wanting to become a stylist. Sometimes it can be long and enduring (- it’s 10.30PM currently and I am just getting around to answering this interview!! ). I try now and break it up by going to the gym and making sure that I get some me time and can clear my mind after a long working day. Most days though compile of castings, running around sourcing items for shoots, putting together concepts and making sure it all comes together smoothly.

Which are your wardrobe staples and why?
Right now, I have a lot of black items. I just finished working on a TV series, meaning every week the uniform was to wear black to blend into the background. I think a lot of the staff found it a bit hard and repetitive, but I’ actually had a lot of fun with it, buying black with lots of details, and layering up a lot. Right now I have a lot of lace up shoes which I’m obsessing over, they’re good because I can run around on set and know I won’t fall out of them!

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What’s your favourite item in your closet?
Thats tough, I have some favourites, some I love so much I am scared to wear them out of the house! I just bought a really cool Kenzo ‘Kalifornia’ backpack for my birthday present to myself the other week.

How would you describe your personal style?
I think I dress a bit like a tom-boy, I like things worn loosely, and chunky platform shoes! A mix between pyjama styling & anything black / 90’s , If Wednesday Addams lived in Berlin and liked Hip Hop… perhaps a gothic Mermaid? Just no tattoo chokers, they scared me as a trend in the 90’s growing up.

jana bartolo's wardrobe

Where do you shop?
These days online! I don’t have time to go to the shops , and working in the industry I generally know what works on my body. I do shop at a lot of vintage stores and markets, I generally manage to find something wherever I go, (which is pretty dangerous on my bank account!)

Your style icons?
I don’t really have a person, it’s more a collective of different things I find I like, draw from and kidnap certain elements. Instagram has been a big influencer of this, so many unicorn and pastel hair accounts!

Two most important moments that influenced your style?
Growing up in Melbourne & when I decided to to change my hair colour to pastel about 4 years ago.

Follow Jana on Instagram at @janabartolo. Or, visit her website at janabartolo.com.

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