June Ambrose is the celebrity stylist ruling VH1’s new show, “Styled by June”. More than shopping for pretty clothes, Ms. Ambrose is also put to the task of designer, publicist, business planner, life coach and therapist among other roles for her job. She directs the personal look and branding of clients that range from Mischa Barton, to Jaleel White to Michelle Williams.
Starting from an unlikely background in investment banking, the stylist described as “revolutionary” by Jay-Z and “an artist” by model Naomi Campbell transitioned into music and costume design before emerging as the go-to person to help a celebrity craft their style swagger.
Mariana Leung of Ms. FABulous caught the superwoman for a quick interview after the launch of her show:
MsFABulous: What has been the most unusual situation that was asked of you as a stylist?
June Ambrose: I shot a country star music video on a remote island and had tons of wardrobe to get to a beach on a small boat!
MsF: Your assistants have very different temperaments. What qualities do you look for when hiring your staff?
JA: Passion, hardworking and honesty.
MsF: Are there designers you count upon when dressing a client for the red carpet?
JA: Eli Saab, Tom Ford, Zac Posen, Vera Wang
MsF: Who has been your favorite client to work with?
JA: XFactor was great, it was a great creative platform. Week after week I was responsible for developing and crafting the images of the contestants! Every genre of music.. A lot of work but very fulfilling.
MsF:: Who are the designers you personally like to wear?
JA: YSL, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten, Phillip Lim, jCrew, Charlotte Olympia, Louboutin, Rodarte footwear
MsF: Do you have any personal styling secrets or advice for our readers for updating their personal look?
JA: I like to reinvent my classic suits with trendy tips, Prints or colors.
Metallics Accessories are great for day and night! They have rock start appeal.
I use body garment even on small frames! It keeps the body upright and looking firm.
MsF: Thanks so much June!
Styled By June airs on VH1 on Mondays at 9:30 PM (EST), or check out the site to watch video from the show.
Photo Credit: Ezequiel De La Rosa/VH1