Stylist June Ambrose Really Hopes The Oscars Aren’t Boring This Year

If there’s one person who knows how to make a red carpet look work, it’s celebrity stylist June Ambrose. Ambrose, who has dressed Jay-Z, Naomi Campbell and Kanye West, among others, says she’s hoping this month’s big red carpets (the Oscars and the Grammys, which are happening tonight) won’t be as much of a snooze fest as the last few shows.

We spotted Ambrose sitting front row at Mara Hoffman‘s New York Fashion Week early Saturday afternoon, chatting with Camilla Romestrand (the Swedish singer everyone thought was dating Prince Harry a few years ago) and actress Shanna Moakler. Ambrose talked with us about her new reality show on VH1 (it’s called Styled By June, and is slated to debut March 19), red carpet style and Black History Month.

So are you excited for your show to debut? What are we going to see in the first few episodes?

Mischa Barton is our first episode. It sets the tone for what you can expect for the season, but it’s mild compared to what happens episode after episode. It just builds and builds and builds. So Mischa Barton is mild in comparison to the other stuff we’ve shot over the season.

We can imagine! Something that has been mild are the red carpets we’ve seen this season. As a stylist, what are you hoping to see at the Grammys and at the Oscars in a few weeks?

I’m expecting to see lots of color at the Grammys — a lot of rock star attitude, you know? I’ve been so wrapped up in it. I’m actually going to be reporting on what the Grammys and Oscars are going to look like. I just told Vanity Fair that I’m hoping that we se a lot more glamour and a lot more color! The Globes were kind of like, so muted and safe, and I’m really hoping that the opulent femininity kind of returns again.

It’s fashion week, and because of that a lot of people in our world tend to forget that it’s also Black History Month.

It is! It is.

What Black person do you think has had the biggest influence on our style as a society?

Oh, Michelle Obama. Beyonce. Jay-Z. Pop culture has really been dictating over the years, in terms of African Americans who are really representing that culture and urban music respectfully, I think it really set the tone for that a lot.

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