Skyler Samuels: From 'Scream Queen' to Fashion Queen
The 22-year-old Stanford grad is putting her marketing degree to good use with a new fashion-focused app.
Skyler Samuels isn’t just another actress sitting front row this Fashion Week.
Well, ok, technically she is — but that's not all. She’s also a budding tech entrepreneur conducting research for her fledgling business, an app called Tipster which she co-founded with Andrew Duplessie, a recent Tulane graduate. The goal for the app is simple: To connect everyday users with professional stylists who can impart their fashion wisdom. In turn, the stylists can grow their following with the hopes of monetizing their personal brands.
Pret-a-Reporter caught up with the Scream Queens alum on Friday afternoon of Fashion Week at the Milly presentation, where the Stanford grad opened up about her plans for Tipster as well as her favorite trends of the season.
Can you tell me a little bit about your new fashion app?
It’s called Tipster, it’s the first-ever virtual styling app. So this is our first Fashion Week, like “Tipster Goes to Fashion Week.” My other co-founder is going to a bunch of shows too so we’re very excited.
How's the app doing so far?
It’s been amazing, the app has been out for two months now, and we have a few thousand users and stylists on board. We’ve had people getting virtual styling advice all over the country. Girls in Kansas who are getting ready for their homecoming dance are talking to stylists in New York who are giving advice on what to wear, how to do their hair, how to do their makeup — how to achieve their dream look. It’s been amazing.
Definitely during Fashion Week it’s been really fun; I’ve even used it. We literally made an app that I myself would use. If I’m going to a party, and I’m wearing this blazer, [I asked my Tipster] what kind of hair do I do? So I chatted with a Tipster and she was like, ‘Oh just throw it in a low pony, it’ll be so chic.’ And she was right, it looked amazing.
What are you looking forward to this season, fashion-wise?
The off-the-shoulder is my jam, I love it! As someone who’s not particularly busty I love a good off-the-shoulder because you can still feel feminine even if you’re not the curviest girl. Also, these [bell-sleeves] are to die for. It’s both serious and fun at the same time, which I kind of love — not too playful, but not too serious, it’s just effortlessly chic.