All dressed up and rarin’ to go

November 29, 2012 -

Fashion director, stylist extraordinaire Randy Smith describes his work as "dressing people for a living. I create statements with pictures."

Marcy Cornblum, by QMI Agency

HIS client list includes Sandra Bullock and Justin Timberlake.

At 19-years-old Smith and a friend decided that they wanted more than their hometown of Ottawa had to offer and moved to Montreal. Smith was stopped on the street and asked to model in a fashion show. “I learned quickly that there was money to be made by dressing up and that I preferred the backstage and being in charge rather than being in front of the camera.”

At 21, he landed a job of designing the windows for the flagship Eaton’s department store. “A hairdresser friend asked me if I would be able to pull clothing from Eaton’s to do a creative shoot on the weekend”. The shoot went very well and Smith’s profile began to grow rapidly in the industry.

After eight successful years he moved to Miami and then Manhattan where he styled for American and international clients including Bloomingdales and Chanel. “After 15 years in Manhattan I was longing for a simpler life so I decided to come full circle and return to where it had started, Montreal.

His wow moments? “Being invited to Madonna’s Miami home and spending an afternoon with her was quite something. Working with my high school idol David Bowie was a highlight of my career. Definitely a pinch me moment.”
The best part of his job? “After all the post production is done and you are on the set with the whole team seeing the finished photos. The excitement of watching everybody’s efforts come to life is still the high point for me even after more than 25 in the business!”

Smith recently invited Celebrity Spaces into his home.


All dressed up and rarin’ to go – Celebrity Spaces – Randy Smith

Q: How would you describe your home in a few words?
A: Glass, minimal and sexy.

Q: Tell us about your home.
A: I live in an all glass, modern, new construction. It is a corner unit condo on the 21st floor with North/West exposure and is located in downtown Toronto. It is flooded with light during the day. It’s like living in a boutique hotel. I have lived here for just over a year.

Q: What attracted you to this space?
A: I have always wanted to live up high overlooking a city view. When I walked into this space and saw ALL of the exterior walls were floor to ceiling glass I was sold.

Q: Who shares this home?
A: My fiancé Maxim Gringras and our two gorgeous father daughter duo Italian greyhounds, Pete and Lola. They are beautiful, gentle and sweet.


All dressed up and rarin’ to go – Celebrity Spaces – Randy Smith

Q: What is your favourite room and why?
A: The condo is an open concept so all rooms flow into each other. But I do love lying in bed and looking out at the city lights in the evening. It’s quite beautiful!

Q: How would you describe your decorating style?
A: Italian modern. Each of my homes has always looked different. I tend to let the architecture and feel of the space dictate the direction of the décor. Since this space is not that large and pretty much all glass walls there aren’t many walls to hang art. The view becomes a big part of the décor. My partner deals in high end Italian designer furniture so we are slowly accumulating a nice high end Italian look. We call the direction of what we want to achieve as ‘Tom Ford Sexy Chic’. The entire space is painted black and charcoal, with light grey floors throughout.  We have respected the space by maximizing every inch and didn’t overcrowd.

Q: What is your fondest memory in this home?
A: We are new to this space so we are still in the process of creating memories. I’ve always loved to entertain. I’m looking forward to having many glamorous moments.

Q: What’s the one item in this house you can’t live without?
A: Our new B&B Italia bed. I live in it when I’m not busy.


All dressed up and rarin’ to go – Celebrity Spaces – Randy Smith

Q: Weekends at home, what are we most likely to find you doing?
A: Relaxing with Maxim and the dogs watching appleTV.

Q: If your walls could talk, what would they say?
A: “We love what you’ve done with the place!”

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