What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming Fashion talent. Today's guest is stylist, Ambre Chante'. Ambre is a fashion stylist, writer, and dj from the Dallas area currently freelancing in Los Angeles. Ambre enjoys storytelling through apparel, words and music especially altogether. Ambre has the ability to create timeless looks while incorporating her clients' personal style. She has assisted senior celebrity stylist on projects involving stars like Kelly Rowland, Jhene Aiko, and Big Sean and she's also styled the break out stars like Chloe Bailey and Meg Thee Stallion. We recently linked up with Ambre to discuss fashion and her roots in the business. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Ambre. We've been looking forward to this interview. When did you start styling?
Ambre Chante': I started producing my own content around 2012, but I began professionally in 2016 when I moved to Los Angeles.
Westleaf Staff: Dope. So you've been in the game for a minute. So how did your early life shape your interest in fashion?
Ambre Chante': My mom and aunts have always been really fly. I enjoyed watching them get dressed and planning my outfits for school. Eventually I attempted to learn to sew (sad fail) and became a part of fashion.
Westleaf Staff: Family is the root of everything. Seems like you had some good role models to help foster your vision. Who is your biggest fashion influence?
Ambre Chante': Wow this is a hard one. I think my biggest fashion influences are Ruth Carter, Misa Haylton, Law Roach and Zerina Akers. Ruth Carter costume designed classics like BAPS, What's Love Got to Do with It, Black Panther, and the majority of the Spike Lee joints. Her creativity and eye for design are unmatched. Misa is responsible for iconic Lil Kim looks and shaping countless moments in 90s hip hop; influence we can still see in today's fashion. Law really turned Zendeya into a fashion girl and doesn't miss with the high end looks. I'm so grateful I was able to work on a project with him. Lastly Zerina Akers styled Beyonce for about 5 years creating timeless looks and costume designed Black is King. Working under Zerina allowed me to learn a lot about the industry quickly. I'm so happy she took a chance on me leading to so many more opportunities.
Westleaf Staff: Those are some big names. It must have been dope to work with so many great designers. I can definitely see your name ringing bells in the same way! I love that you are a student of your craft.
What's been the defining moment in your fashion career?
Ambre Chante': Hmmm believing in myself first because it takes a lot of self confidence to move across the country with no connections to pursue a career in fashion. Secondly, making authentic connections. I owe a lot of my success to my friends that helped me learn the game and referred me to gigs!
Westleaf Staff: Wow. It's dope that you were willing to take the risk for your dreams. I see it paying off with all of the moves you've been making!
So you probably get asked this all the time. Fast fashion or slow fashion?
Ambre Chante': Fast fashion is amazing if you want to get the popular look for the low. However, I prefer one of a kind pieces that tend to cost a little more for the quality and uniqueness.
Westleaf Staff: Nice. I thought you'd say that!
What does fashion mean to you?
Ambre Chante': Fashion is how you show your personality without speaking,
Westleaf Staff: Facts.
How did you start your fashion career?
Ambre Chante': I began interning under Ade Samuels helping with pick ups, returns, and organizing. Eventually helping with fittings and pulls for talents like Big Sean, Jhene Aiko, and Becky G.
Westleaf Staff: The hustle is valid for sure!
How is fashion shaping our world?
Ambre Chante': Fashion is art in motion. I enjoy seeing how creative people are with their clothing. I am hoping to see fashion change the world in a way that we are environmentally friendly because the waste we're producing isn't sustainable. I love clothes, but not at the cost of our planet.
Westleaf Staff: True. It's nice to see someone in the fashion industry who cares about the environment. It paints a more human picture of fashion professionals.
So you've been making big moves, where do you see your fashion career going over the next few years?
Ambre Chante': Hopefully in the next few years I find the Zendaya to my Law Roach and make magic traveling the world and gracing magazine covers. I also want to costume design a movie. I want to do it all!
Westleaf Staff: I can see that happening for you. It's already done! Before we go, what advice would you give young stylist just starting out?
Ambre Chante': The best thing you can do when starting out is study and research as much as possible. This is not a glamorous job, it looks glamorous, but it's hard work. Intern if you can afford to do; that's where you learn about designers and meet people who are able to propel your career forward.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Thank you for stopping by. I wish you much success!
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