An exclusive interview with Dennis Kenney sheds light on his journey to becoming a leading name in the fashion industry.
In a world where everyone is trying to be like everyone else, authenticity is very rare to find especially when it comes to celebrities and public figures who are constantly being eyed by the public. However, that does not mean there aren’t any authentic celebrities left. Dennis Kenney is a Hollywood celebrity fashion stylist and lifestyle expert who has gained fame due to his incredible styling talent and his daring instincts when it comes to fashion. Kenney knows when and how to push boundaries and this has catapulted him into the higher ranks among celebrity stylists. His keen sense of style, which is demonstrated in his own personal attire, has won over A-listers who have since come to value his fashion genius.
Celebrities rely on him to turn their fashion concepts into reality. This alone speaks volumes of the quality and value he brings to the global fashion scene. He has created stunning and eye-catching red carpet looks for celebrities like Mariah Belgrod, Alysa Reiner, Hillary Barraford, and Auden Thornton as they attended high-profile functions such as the Grammys, Tonys, Met Gala, and Academy Awards as well as movie premiers.
For Kenney, fashion is all about authenticity and risk-taking. For him, fashion is about being raw and expressing who you really are, and if you must break certain fashion rules or norms, so be it. Today is our lucky day as we have Dennis Kenny with us for an interview.
What inspires you in styling?
Clothing is very powerful. It is beyond just how people see us or the colors and quality of the fabric. What inspires me is the difference you can make with styling. It is about helping people show the world who they are and how they feel. You can tell a lot about a person’s personality and mood by looking at the way they dress so what inspires me is the fulfilment of helping someone with self-expression and letting them be noticed exactly the way they want it. Just themselves, raw, unfiltered.
Who has been the most supportive person to you in your career?
I have met a lot of people who have supported me along my journey, but no one can top up my father. He has been with me through thick and thin constantly reminding me that greatness is not a myth and I can achieve it and go beyond it. I have always looked up to my father and he has always given me his love and support. For that, I am forever grateful.
What is the advice you wish someone told you when you started?
Well, this advice is basically among my principles in life and career in general. I wish someone told me these things when I started then it would have saved me a lot but what matters is that now I know. I wish someone told me to never follow my head or my heart but my gut instead and do not burn bridges. I never know when I will need to cross them again.
How did you deal with rejection and other setbacks while starting out?
Rejection is inevitable especially if you lack experience and you are just starting out. For me, the rejection was just a way of the universe to direct me to the path that is really meant for me. I did not let rejection get into my head and instead I saw it as a way to highlight what aspects I need to improve and increase my chances of success next time.