June Ambrose

Celebrity Stylist/Designer. New York

“If my shoes could talk I’m pretty sure they would say: ‘I want to dance with somebody; I want to feel the heat with somebody. We are the sole of fashion.’”

June Ambrose needs little introduction as the heart and soul of the fashion styling world; she’s danced with (er, styled) everyone from Jay-Z to P. Diddy—or is it just Diddy now? “I have to admit I was out of my mind in the nineties when I was styling some of today’s most iconic music videos,” Ambrose confessed. “Missy Elliot, Puffy, Busta Rhymes, R. Kelly and Jay-Z were among the brave who gave me creative freedom to do whatever I wanted.”

Ambrose greeted us in a robe-like dress complete with her signature turban on a school day. But being a mother hasn’t turned this girl to ‘mom jeans’ and ballet flats; in fact, we think the heels have only gotten higher. (Blame it on Charlotte Olympia and Louboutin.) We were instantly showered with love by her itty-bitty puppy who looked like a mouse next to her pair of YSL ponyhair Tributes. (Fun fact: When Ambrose styled for The X-Factor, she wore said shoes and completely destroyed them. Her quick fix? “I ran to the glam room in search of a flat iron. The stylist was mortified when I proceeded to iron the hair on my shoes!”)

Speechless is really the only word to describe our reaction to the rest of Ambrose’s closet. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you see this. Each piece she pulled had a story behind it. “That’s what makes it more special,” she said. When we spied her selection of sky-high Loubs we couldn’t help but wonder how she (yet alone anyone!) does it: “These are my running shoes,” she joked.

Her husband brought us out Mexican Cokes and we chatted with Ambrose about her love for the 70s, memorable music video looks (“When I put [Missy Elliot] in a pair of now iconic rear fire flare frames by Alain Mikli”), dressing for streestyle photogs and, of course, her latest endeavor: her new collection for HSN, in which all styles are appropriately named after divas (i.e. Diana Ross and Tina Turner)... like herself!