We all know fashion doesn’t sleep, but there are those times during the year when we put it on the back burner for something a little more important, and Mother’s days was one of those moments. This past Sunday some of our favorite fashion divas celebrated Mother’s Day in style, and of course they did some instagraming so lets take a look at how a few of our favorite fashionistas enjoyed their day, in style of course.
The first lady of GOOD Music Teyana Taylor put together a collage of photos featuring her and her mom and paired it with a poem she wrote.
Celeb Stylist June Ambrose was treated to Lunch on Mother’s Day in some haute shades thanks to her son and daughter, Chance and Summer.
Gabrielle Union snapped a quick pic with her mother in a green frock, and Mom was on trend for spring in black and white stripes.
Mothers Solange and Beyonce posed in front of the camera with their Madre Tina Knowles. Tina and Beyonce rocked prints while Solange colored blocked in hues of pinks, red, and purple.
American Fashion Designer Rebecca Minkoff told all of her instagram followers Happy Mother’s Day with this black and white photo.
Image Courtesy: Instagram
Divas, how did you celebrate Mother’s Day. Did any of your favorite Divas snap a photo with their mom that we missed. Sound off below an let us know.
Harlem Fashion Row hosted “Conversations” with awe inspiring celebrity stylist and author June Ambrose at the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture this week and boy was it a treat. Hosted by Brandice Henderson, CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row guests were able to enjoy June’s candor, poise, grace, and realness for an enjoyable night reminiscent of exchanging old memories with your best friend over wine.
As the evening began, the questions poured in. One of the notable questions that June often gets asked is, “How to create a career in fashion styling?” How did June get started in styling anyway? As a product of a single parent home June and her sister were raised in the Bronx. Her family came to America from the Caribbean when June was 3 years old. June Ambrose’s mother always stressed education above everything else. As a teenager, June wanted to attend LaGuardia High School for their renown drama program but was not accepted and instead attended Talent Unlimited at Julia Richmond. In her sophomore year she auditioned for LaGuardia again, and this time was accepted, but decided to stay with the family she built at Talent Unlimited. When she finished high school she enrolled in Lehman College for Marketing and was working in at an investment bank in the research department. As a 19 years old making $50k a year, June was smart enough to what she wanted in life, built a nest egg for survival and went after it. After quitting her job in investment banking, this opened an entire new world for June and her family was not happy about it.
When asked about her first styling gig she admitted to only showing up with one outfit. “The video called for one look so I came with one outfit” It was for a recording artist on Epic Records. She was just an intern at the time at Uptown Records, Sean “Puffy” Combs was a new A&R and when they began talking about styling it just clicked to her, “I could do that” and why wouldn’t she? A costume designer in high school who was also a drama major she was all about fashion from a young age. Luckily her first snafu at styling didn’t break her spirit or her career. The publicist saw her one outfit and said, “Darlinggggg, what is this? Always come with options!”, lucky for June, the video was for a rapper so the one outfit she bought worked, but from that day forward she knew to always come prepared.
A pivotal turning point in her career? When she got booked to do the R Kelly “Down Low” video with Hype Williams. Originally Hype didn’t was to work with her so she knew she needed to wow him. And wow him she did! “Down Low” was the first long form video, it was much more than a video it was a mini movie. She flew in dresses from Paris and created the entire Mr. Big persona through her wardrobe styling. Her goal was to bring the iconic Edith Head design aesthetic to urban videos and because of that, Hype and June developed a great working relationship from then on.
But we know great success doesn’t come without challenges and when asked what challenges she faced throughout her career, June shared that she was a “weird kid with very bad skin”. She was raised in a time when being West Indian wasn’t cool, growing up in her neighborhood people teased her. She always wanted out and going to high school in Manhattan was her way to escape everyday so when she left her old neighborhood – she left for good.
When asked what advice she would give to aspiring stylists in the audience or those who want to change careers to go into fashion she said, “Before you leave, have a plan, know who you are and what your vision is. Be consistent and authentic. ”
June is a self taught stylist, who always had a knack for fashion, but she read as many books as she could on design and color theory. When she knew she wanted to start a company she went out there and formed an entity, got a tax id and took a number of other steps before landing her first styling gig. She admits that even now at 40 years old she still considers herself under construction, reinventing herself and her brand. She knows a lot of people enter this industry for money and fame, but styling to her was never about making money, “I want to have a good time” and she never worries about the competition although she knows they exist. She also shared that her life is a delicate balancing act that keeps her humble. The world may consider her a celebrity now but she always has to remember that her role is in service and when she is working she still has to tie people’s shoes.
The juiciest question of the night was, will Styled by June be back on Vh1 for a second season and unfortunately the answer was no, but she will be returning to television soon with a project she couldn’t yet reveal but will be launching later this spring. June Ambrose is also in the works on her very own shoe line exclusively on Home Shopping Network with prices ranging from $59-$119 and more. As a mom, businesswoman, celebrity stylist and more, we’re sure to see much more from June Ambrose beyond fashion week, television and we’re looking forward to discovering what she does next!
Do you love June Ambrose as much as we do, tell us why in the comments below!
Over the weekend two special Essence Music Festival fans were treated to an intimate style refresh compliments of Coca Cola and haute style guru – June Ambrose. Coca-Cola launched their “Style Refresh”contest, where two festival attendees text-to-win and were announced via the Essence Music Festival mainstage. We caught up to June backstage at EMF right after the Style Refresh winners were announced to talk EMF Fashion Do’s, Don’ts and the one must-pack item for next year’s festival.
On EMF Fashion Don’ts & Dos…
“I have turned a blind eye to the fashion don’ts seen during Essence Music Festival, however you can never go wrong with a flowy maxi dress during Essence Music Festival. That’s the one item that every girl needs to have in their suitcase for next year…” – June Ambrose
On Over-doing the maxi-dress trend…
“Try optional maxi looks, for example the mullet look (a maxi dress that is short in the front and long in the back) – it gives you a great alternative look while embracing the comfort and feel of a maxi.” - June Ambrose
The very next day, each winner received a shopping and styling experience with June Ambrose at Saks Fifth Avenue in New Orleans. We got the chance to meet with both winners as they shared their personal style, fashion consultation with June and what they had learned though this amazing experience. Check out the Coca Cola Style Refresh Press event where June talks style, motherhood & stilettos below…
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If you are looking to breathe new life into your spring wardrobe, the color trend of the season is undoubtedly orange. As Pantone’s 2012 color of the year, Tangerine Tango, a vibrant reddish orange hue, has popped up all over the red carpets, runways, cars & is celebrities “go-to” color of the season!
As Tangerine Tango can be a tricky shade to wear, MyHabit Senior Fashion Editor, Jenny Feldman shares her tips and tricks of the trade.
“One of my favorite spring essentials is always the classic white jean. The crisp bottoms look fresh paired with a bright tangerine tee and a pair of matte, hand-worked leather sandals…”
“Complement with another juicy fruit color, such as corally pink, lemon or aqua. This season is all about color-blocking, which can be created by wearing 2-3 bold colors and layering appropriately…”
“Update your handbag. Spring is the ideal time for a bag that doesn’t take itself too seriously, so trade your winter black bag for a tangerine-hued satchel or tote in pebbled leather or a durable fabric.”
“Punch up your khakis with tangerine accents. This will add playfulness to your weekend look, whether it’s casual shorts, cargos or preppy chinos.”
“Go floral with a splashy sheath. This season’s blooms are oversize, graphic and, preferably, tangerine.”
Interested in any of these looks. Find them online with MyHabit.com. MyHabit, Amazon’s membership-only shopping destination, offers designer and boutique apparel at up to 60% off with fast, free shipping and free returns.
Have you already purchased your Tangerine Tango piece of the season? Which accessories are you looking forward to buy with this haute color in mind? We want to know!
Opulent. Decadent. Distinguished. These are just a few of the attributes that Author and Celebrity Stylist extraordinaire June Ambrose, embodies. In a world where image is everything, few stylists have the power of June Ambrose, whose agency the Mode Squad, Inc. is responsible for the stylistic evolution of some of today’s most influential entertainers and recording artists. Working with such megastars as Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Macy Gray and more – June Ambrose’s new show on VH1 “Styled by June” has the fashion world buzzing premiering March 19th!
If you love June Ambrose like we love her (we got a chance to chat celebrity style with her -(Running of The Brides: Style Conversation with June Ambrose) you’ll definitely enjoy this full episode sneak peek below. In the first episode June hears from actress Mischa Barton, the Hollywood “It Girl” who hasn’t been on the scene for quite a while and wants a total rimage.
Make sure you share with your friends and tune in to June Ambrose’s new show, Styled by June, on Monday, March 19th at 9:30pm!
(Thanks D&D reader MeShun for sharing!)
Excitement was in the air on that early summer Friday morning. Once you stepped inside Union Square, you could tell that something was different. Could it be a new vendor setting up his table of goodies for sale? No, it’s the line of hundreds of brides-to-be looking for that special wedding gown for an unbelievable price outside of Filene’s Basement. At 7:59 am, you could cut the tension with a knife and as the countdown began, I literally hoped that I wouldn’t fall victim to the stampede. As the women poured into Filene’s Basement, ripping gowns off the racks and hoarding them in 6′ high piles – I was in complete shock & awe of the mayhem I had witnessed.
These women were on a mission, but once you’ve found that perfect dress you have to compliment it with “Effortless Style” and that’s where June Ambrose comes in. The known “Curator of style” shares her top tips to achieving a classic look that never goes out of style!
Slim·Fast®, the brand known for helping millions of people slim down quickly, knows that there are many moments in life when looking your best is top on the to-do list – and a bride’s wedding day is certainly one of those moments. To help women get the perfect fit in the perfect dress in time for wedding season, Slim·Fast® is partnering with Filene’s Basement’s Running of the Brides® and will host the event alongside celebrity style maven – June Ambrose!
On-site, Slim·Fast will keep brides energized and entertained with Slim·Fast® 3-2-1 products, free pampering treatments, bridal games, and giveaways to help brides make the most of their time before Filene’s Basement’s doors open. Most importantly, one lucky bride will have the chance to win an on-site raffle, moving her to the front of the line as the doors open! If you’re a bride to be (Like Me!) then this is definitely the place to be. Join Divas and Dorks as we get a first-hand experience at this exciting event!
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Are you ready for your BIG DAY? Stay Tuned to find out how you can participate in our “Slim-Fast®: Slimming You Down For Your Big Day” promotion soon.
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Not for the the fashion spineless, these bone-r worthy heels by DSQUARED made it’s debut last season – but were recently highlighted in a fashionable photoshoot with New York Fashion Week Class President Fashion Stylist June Ambrose.
Paired with a cutting edge exo-skeleton Apple iPhone cover it’s both an effective protection against falls and a unique fashion accessory.
New York Fashion Week is a week filled with amazing models, outrageous fashions and celebrity sightings. Several celebrities explored the world of fashion through the eyes of fashionable designers such as Vivienne Tam, Diesel, Charlotte Ronson and more!
Angela Simmons and her uncle Russell attended the Charlotte Ronson Fall 2011
Singer Deborah Cox and June Ambrose at Vivienne Tam.
Singers Eve and Kat Deluna attend the Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2011
Kanye West and Kid Cudi at the Band of Outsiders Fall 2011
Keri Hilson at Diesel Black Gold Fall 2011