Respected Belgian stylist Olivier Rizzo has been commissioned by Miu Miu, Christian Dior, Coach, Raf Simons and Jil Sander to style their campaigns, as well as acting as something of a de facto in-house stylist for Prada, styling its campaigns since 2011.
Rizzo’s editorial work is renowned for its subtly subverted naturalism. Editorially, the stylist has worked with industry leading photographers including Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot, Steven Klein and Alasdair McLellan . Rizzo’s work is regularly featured in top-tier editorial fashion publications, including AnOther magazine, Arena Homme Plus, L'Uomo Vogue, Vogue Hommes International, Numéro Homme, Pop, i-D, V, V-Man and Japanese Vogue.
The stylist regularly collaborates with Willy Vanderperre , with whom he matriculated at Antwerp’s world famous Academy and began working with immediately after college.
"I met Olivier on the first day at school in Antwerp. We’ve been friends ever since. Right after graduation, we just started to team up together. It would be Saturdays, Sundays… Mostly on weekends that we would get together for a shoot. He was styling. I was taking pictures. Peter Philips , who was at the Academy with us, was make-up. We shot outside on location; we shot in our living room, always natural daylight, very raw, it was all about the emotion we tried to capture in the expressions of the models,” said Vanderperre.
Indeed, a Belgian connection would grant the stylist his first big break, working with fellow alumni Raf Simons and Vanderperre on Jil Sander’s Autumn/Winter 2008 campaign. Since then, Rizzo has notched up an impressive roster of commercial clients, which, in addition to Prada, Miu Miu and Christian Dior includes Dior Homme, Cos, Calvin Klein Beauty, Theysken’s Theory and ck Calvin Klein.