A lot of Hollywood stylists tell you that you need to follow the trends to dress well, intimidate you to buy things you can’t afford, or say your body needs to fit a certain size to be beautiful. But, not Ali Levine. This celebrity stylist, who you probably recognize from Vanderpump Rules, Star Magazine, Nightline or approximately a billion other places, has worked with everyone from Lisa Vanderpump to Holly Robinson Peete, Chelsea Kane, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Lisa Edelstein and too many other fabulous people to list, is also a jewelry designer, blogger, media personality and inspirational ray of sunshine. All about confidence, she believes inner beauty has a big influence on outer beauty.
I recently sat down with Ali to discuss how she got started in the industry and expanding her brand. She also divulged some of her favorite style secrets. Read this people! Trust me, this is stuff you need to know!!!!
How did you become a stylist?
To be honest, it sort of just happened. I was always into fashion. After working in retail for Target as an executive of softlines, designing and working in product development for Coach, Lactose, Fragments and Talbots, I started realizing I wanted something more fast paced, trending, and constantly moving. That was the entertainment industry. I started working as a production assistant to the great Oliver Stone and Costume Designer Ellen Mirojnick, assisting on the hot show Newly Weds and much more.
Before I knew it, I was assisting and shopping for major players in the industry and eventually started my own styling business, Ali Levine Design. I've been incredibly blessed to have many celebrities to style for red carpet, television and press events.
Why do you love what you do?
I love making people feel good in and out. The right look does that. Myself as a person, and brand, I am about positivity and I love to spread that to my clients.
Why do you think confidence is your best accessory?
I believe confidence is the most important accessory to your look. When you look at someone, and they are owning what they wear, standing tall, smiling and feeling themselves- that’s their confidence. Someone could be wearing the most gorgeous couture designer, if they don't feel like themselves, than the garment won't hang well on them. Their posture may be off. There are plenty of things that can happen when confidence isn't there.
Whether it’s a red carpet or your best friend’s baby shower, you want to look and feel your best. As a stylist, that is my ultimate goal for my clients.
What are some trends you are looking forward to for the upcoming season?
I am really excited for the spring! There are so many great trends coming about from the runways. Some of my favorite are the mirror trends and the bright color and contrasts. I love bright colors and the idea of mixing and matching. I love all of the bright patchwork prints.
You’ve branched out your brand from styling and blogging to designing a jewelry collection with Sterling Forever. What inspires your designs?
I love being a part of Sterling forever! They have chic, on trend jewelry that’s affordable! As a stylist, I think its really important to have the red carpet looks I style on A-list celebrities be affordable to the every day fashionista. That’s what my collections are inspired off of. I am always looking at new trends, what people are loving, what’s on the blogs and in magazines, and some of them are just ideas I've had and fallen in love with. Sterling Forever allows me to be creative with designing new ideas for them and myself, as well as my curated collections.
What is your most important style secret?
FIT is everything! You can wear something from Target or Dolce & Gabbana, if it doesn't fit right, no dice! On that note, the tailor is your best friend. You can take a discounted blazer, tailor it for $20 and make it look brand new and custom-made. It screams quality. Who wouldn’t want that?
Where do you see your career going in the future?
I think there are endless possibilities with my styling. It has opened me up to many avenues and amazing networks of people. My blog has taken off and I am loving blogging and sharing my every day tips with my fans and followers. From my blog and styling, more and more, I've been asked to be on camera as an expert, which I have really been enjoying! So as my career grows, I would love to further get into hosting.
I have started hosting on an amazingly fun fashion show this past year locally in Los Angeles, Orange County and Palm Springs called Fashionista Now Boarding on Channel 63. Producer Kathy Marino has really opened my eyes into the hosting world and we been having so much fun with it! I would love to host on E! and talk fashion every day, all day. That would be on the bucket list for sure.