June Ambrose’s passion is fashion. She shops for a living. Unlike many in her industry, Ambrose gives direction instead of taking it, designing looks, forecasting trends, and hosting fashion segments for VH1, MTV, Regis & Kelly, and The View. She has styled various looks for a number of celebrities including Diddy (Sean Combs) and Kim Catrall. And, if she has one consistent belief, it’s that what you wear should make a statement.
The holiday season, she says, is the one time even the most conservative person can peacock. “It’s a time of celebration!” Ambrose exclaims. “It’s your excuse to be indulgent!” We asked Ambrose to offer a list of her favorite holiday head-turners.
Made of charcoal grey, matte cotton jersey material, the Neza dress from La Perla is a smoldering addition to any woman’s wardrobe. “The fitted corset makes it genius,” says Ambrose. “It’s a must-have staple dress.” $1,007. Available at La Perla Boutiques; www.laperla.com.
Expect double-take responses when sporting the HermÃ©s Birkin bag. Stylish and practical, prices range from $5,800 to $27,000 depending on size and skin selected. For more information, call 800-441-4488.
On Ambrose’s arm, Lorraine Schwartz’s Earth and Ice wood and diamond bracelets are an edgy accessory. She says, “They’re high-end ethnic and transcend the seasons. You can wear them all year long.” $4,000-$20,000. Call 212-872-2718 for more information.
1] Velvet can be a difficult fabric to manage, but Bottega Veneta offers a sleek boot with an embroidered heel that Ambrose describes as “comfortable, sophisticated, and very festive without being costumey.” $880. View online at www.bottegaveneta.com.
2] Ambrose describes Denimaxx’s sable trimmed, lipi cat- print coat as an item to be treasured for a lifetime. “Consider it an heirloom, one that can be passed on in the family,” she says. $17,995. Call 212-207-4900 for more information.
3] For men, Paul Stuart offers a sophisticated cashmere charcoal grey coat, with a shearling lining and leather trim. It makes a subtle but stylishly impressive statement. $2,894. Go to www.paulstuart.com for more information.
4,5] Lalique offers several adornment options for the fashion-forward — male or female. The Prisme cufflinks are available in sterling silver or 18-karat gold and come in either sapphire or clear crystal. The elegant flower designed Toupie cufflinks are available in black, amber, or clear crystal. ($595, $395, respectively); 212-355-6550.