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Celebrity stylist Ashley Pruitt first began her career in magazines when she served as Senior fashion editor at FLATT magazine. As a Senior Level Stylist, Ashley curated personal style branding for celebrities as well as dignitaries. Her work has been published in International magazines and her creations have been featured on red carpets and advertising campaigns. She has worked with Janelle Monae, Jessica Lange, Brooke Shields, Lenny Kravitz, Neil Patrick Harris, Susan Sarandon,  Christie Brinkley, Paris Hilton, and many others. 

Amuze.com caught up with the in-demand stylist to chat all things fashion, how her career evolved, and her most surreal moments on the job.

Tell us about you got started in the celebrity styling business and why you decided to pursue it as a full time career…
I started out as a buyer, but then I decided to switch gears and began assisting, first at W magazine and then with top editors and stylists in New York. I then met an editor who started a magazine called FLATT, and I became its Fashion Director. I styled, gave creative direction, and produced shoots featuring a slew of celebrities. Through that experience my freelance business grew, and the rest, as they say, is history.

What’s your style aesthetic?
Timeless, sophisticated, effortless.

How would you describe your personal style?
Low-key punk mixed with a touch of classic New England. Think black cashmere sweater and jeans with a leather jacket.

More of #venuswilliams for #dujourmagazine 💫 photographer @vsteves #styledbyme ⭐️

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What do you splurge on? 
La Mer face cream. So worth it.

What inspires you to create looks for your celebrity clientele?
The energy of the person I’m styling. I’m fortunate that many of my clients are also great friends, so I work with their vibe and individual style.

What has been the most surreal moment for you in your styling career? 
That’s a tough one, there have been many. I styled Lenny Kravitz with photographer Mick Rock at the Chelsea hotel when it was being renovated. You can’t get more New York then that - it was surreal.

Who was your first celebrity client and how did you land him/her?
Susan Sarandon was one of the first I worked with. At the time, I was the Fashion Director of a quarterly publication called FLATT. When we first started, she was one of our first covers.


If you could only live in one designer’s clothing for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Ann Demeulemeester.

Favorite fashion magazine?
Italian Vogue.

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
The new Celine denim line, The Row cashmere, and my friends store - 1 Look Vintage - in Huntington Beach has some great vintage t-shirts.

What’s one fashion trend you’d never wear?
The woven plastic choker neckless. Unless I was 10 again.

Congrats Brooke on your new clothing line! Always timeless #styledbyme

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What was your first job?
I worked at an old store called Jasmine Sola in Boston. I then became their accessories buyer when I was in high school.

Best fashion tip?
Simplicity wins.

What is your must-have beauty product/s?
La Mer soft cream and Givenchy red lipstick.

Do you have a secret make-up tip?
Good skincare is key, moisturize throughout the day and wear facial sunscreen.

Do you have any hobbies?
I love to dance. I was a ballet dancer growing up. I’ve also been really into meditation at this place in Brooklyn. I try and stop the mind from racing for a moment, but that’s hard.


What's your favorite piece of clothing in your wardrobe?
My father’s Brunello Cucinelli sweater from the 90s, my Helmut Lang leather jacket, and Tom Ford evening bag.

Can you describe your style in three words?
Simplistic, no fuss, easy.

Who's your style icon?
James Dean.

What's the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
My grandmother said to me: Life is an adventure, some good some bad.


Favorite Quote?

"Life is the sum of all your choices." -Albert Camus.

What is one thing our readers would be surprised to hear?
I love sports, I am that annoying New England fan.

If you could style one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Judy Garland and Eric Clapton. I was obsessed with the Wizard of Oz growing up and Eric is such a badass musician. His unplugged album is a favorite.

One thing you’re going to buy to update your spring/summer wardrobe?
Black t-shirts.


THE QUICK FIVE:

You work between the East and West Coast…if you had to choose, NY or LA?
Depends on the time of year, right now I am loving LA but nothing beats New York in the Fall.

Instagram or Snapchat?
Instagram.

Netflix or Hulu?
Netflix.

Gold or Silver?
Depends on the mood, been feeling gold these days.

Burger or Pizza?
Pizza

Check out Ashley's website HERE and follow her on Instagram HERE.

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