What is style? It’s an often asked question that even the most knowledgeable heads in the fashion industry can find more than tricky to answer. One that might be able to, however, is Amanda Ross. A stylist, fashion consultant and costume designer who has worked with celebrities, across TV, on magazines and with fashion brands, Ross is known in the industry for being the woman to go to when it’s a slice of the real deal that you’re after.
A background in magazines at Harpers Bazaar in the US and on the launch of C magazine in Los Angeles set Ross on her fashion trail. Transferring her skills to TV, she worked on shows such as Lipstick Jungle – the perfect backdrop for her sophisticated and eclectic take on how women want to dress now. A savvy show about successful women (in knockout outfits, of course,) we at Kotur were very proud to be carried by it’s actresses.
These days, Ross is the Fashion Director of Departures magazine, where she styles their shoots and also writes a column, Uptown Girl, alongside working as a consultant to both large fashion houses and with the likes of Vera Farmiga, Kim Raver, Naomi Watts and Mariska Hargitay. Whether it’s for a big name brand or a red carpet moment, inspiring editorial or a character’s work get up, people seek her out for fashion that speaks about much more than trend. A big fan of jewellery, Chanel bags and a master at mixing vintage with designer (plus a pair of Manolo’s,) hers is a refined style that’s more than hard to come by. Some stylists bring something extra to the game, and Amanda Ross is one of them. With the sort of taste, sophistication and eye for style that’s about so much more than the particular dress you happen to be wearing, we are delighted that she’s agreed to be a Muse for Kotur.
What’s in your make-up bag?
Purell hand sanitizer, Clarins Moisture Replenishing lip balm with rose wax, Edward Bess bronzer and Santa Maria degli Angeli lotion from The Palazzo Hotel in Venice
Do you have a beauty secret?
Good genes and sleep
What would be your desert island essentials?
A tall Italian, water and sunblock
How would your female friends describe your style?
Uptown East meets Nepal
What’s the most treasured item in your wardrobe?
My collection of jewelry, both costume and real
Is there anything in your wardrobe you should get rid of but can’t?
I love to give away, so probably not
When home alone, what do you wear?
James Perse cotton leggings, Louboutin ballet slippers and a cashmere sweater
What do you wear to bed?
A cotton tank dress
You’re the fashion police for a day, what do you ban?
French manicures and Reality TV stars
Have you ever worn anything you now regret?
A Giorgio di Sant’angleo dress to a day wedding in Bedford
How high is too high a heel?
When you can’t walk
How old is too old for jeans?
Never if you still look good in them
If you could live in any other time for its fashion, when would you choose?
Greco Roman times, I love Grecian dressing
What is your most recent purchase?
An opal and gold pendant from Nardi in Venice
Can you judge a book by its cover?
What are your bad habits?
Recycling ex boyfriends when I know better
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
You are given one name, don’t trash it
What’s your favorite smell?
A burning fireplace anywhere in the mountains
What’s your idea of a great holiday?
Skiing in Europe
What are you most proud of?
6 years of running my own business
What is your pure bliss?
Hanging out with my twin sister and her three boys anytime, anywhere
What would you eat for your last supper?
A meal at Il Piccolino in West Hollywood
If you could meet someone from history who would it be?
Tolstoy, Kirkegaard, Stefan Zweig and Serge Gainsbourg
Yes or no to a nip and a tuck?
Do you have a favorite purse or bag?
My Chanel 555 bag
Do you have a favorite KOTUR bag?
The Ross Bag (named after me!)
How would you like to be remembered?
As an honorable person