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Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Bruno Lima has worked as a celebrity stylist, fashion editor, brand manager, and designer. With over ten years of experience, he has dressed A-listers like Tom Ford, Tilda Swinton, Kris Jenner, Sofia Richie, and Shay Mitchell. His work has also graced the pages of various publications such as InStyle, Elle Bulgaria, and Esquire.

Amuze.com caught up with the in-demand celebrity stylist to discuss all things aesthetics, his current fashion obsessions, and the most surreal moment of his career. 

Tell us about you got started in the celebrity styling business and why did you decide to pursue styling as a full time career?
I started out while attending grad school at FIT in New York. I got an internship at Out Magazine working directly with the Fashion Director. The magazine usually shoots several celebrities and my boss put me to work right away. It was an amazing learning experience, he taught me a lot. After a while, I realized that I could make a career out of giving fashion advice to people.

What’s your style aesthetic?
I am all about classic chic with a modern twist. Sexy, sharp and cool.

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is what I call, "Triple C - classic, chic, and cool.  I usually stick to good basics - timeless pieces that never go out of style. I love playing with accessories in order to add a more fashionable vibe to my look. Most of my wardrobe is by Sandro Paris. 


What do you splurge on? 
Trips, cars, and good restaurants.  

What inspires you to create looks for your celebrity clientele?
Several things: their personal style, current fashion trends, the event they are attending, what vibe we want to portray, a specific character, so many things. That's why I love fashion so much: things are constantly evolving and you can be whomever you want at that particular moment. 

What has been the most surreal moment for you in your styling career? 
The most surreal moment of my styling career was having the opportunity to travel to Africa and India with the most incredible group of people, visiting the most beautiful places, and of course, shooting amazing fashion. Out of this experience came two cover shoots with Shay Mitchell.

 

Who was your first celebrity client and how did you land him/her?
My first celebrity client was Mary McDonell from "Dances with Wolves" and "Major Crimes". I had a test shoot with her...everything went great and her team loved what I had pulled for her. They asked me to dress her for an Emmy's part right after that. 

If you could only live in one designer’s clothing for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
Saint Laurent - classic, chic, and cool. 

Favorite Fashion Magazine?
Harper's Bazar and Vogue Hommes International. 

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
I’m really into the chic Athleisurewear trend...Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello too. 


What’s one fashion trend you’d never wear?
Skirts for guys...just not my thing.  

What was your first job?
My first job was with actress and comedian Amy Sedaris.


Best fashion tip?
Less is more...sounds cliche but it's true!  

What is your must-have beauty product?
A powerful moisturizer for day and night-time.  

Do you have any hobbies?
Photography and cooking.

What's your favorite piece of clothing in your wardrobe?
My nice Sandro sweatpants...I can dress them up or down. Love it!

Who's your style icon?
Steve McQueen and Nick Wooster.


What's the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
You do not need to be right all the time. Would you rather be happy or right? I use that a lot...stylists are psychiatrists sometimes...   

Favorite Quote?
"Fashions fade, style is eternal." - Yves Saint Laurent 

What is one thing our readers would be surprised to hear?
I was also responsible for designing SPANX for Men.  

If you could style one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would love to style Alden Ehrenreich – I love his acting choices. He can be a chameleon as far as fashion is concerned - and that's very exciting. 

One thing you’re going to buy to update your summer wardrobe? 
Pastel color pieces.

THE QUICK FIVE:

Stripes or spots?
Stripes. 

Instagram story or Instagram live?
Stories...keep them coming!

Grey’s Anatomy or The Good Doctor?
The Good Doctor.

Brights or Pastels?
This Spring/Summer...Pastels 

Pizza or Pasta?
Pizza, I make my own homemade pizza every Sunday - it's a tradition.  

Follow Bruno on Instagram HERE.

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