Q&A with Celebrity Stylist Ali Levine
By Sabrina Debel | May 10, 2016
Stylist to the stars Ali Levine has been dubbed the new “IT” girl in the celebrity styling world, and for good reason. Not only does she have an impressive list of celebrity clients, having styled Grey’s Anatomy actress Sarah Drew, Awkward star Jillian Rose Reed, Unfriended actress Renee Olstead, Vanderpump Rules stars Scheana Marie and Ariana Madix, Holly Madison and Taylor Hasselhoff to name just a few, she has also worked on films, TV shows, concert world tours and even has her own Sterling Forever jewelry collection (use coupon code ALI20 for 20% off any order).
In this interview, Ali shares with us some of her favorite red carpet looks, where to shop designer fashion for less, her thoughts on which celebrity is in need of a makeover and more.
What challenges do you have as a stylist?
I have many challenges, everyone’s different shapes, their comfort zones, their confidence levels. That’s why I love styling, one of my true passions is bringing confidence to my clients. “Confidence is your best accessory.”
How do you choose what looks work for each individual client?
Shape and fit are everything. So no matter what I pick, I keep those things in mind and then the rest is by style and detail.
If you could raid any celebrity closet, who’s would it be and why?
Taylor Swift, I mean duhh her clothes are amaze and every outfit is fire! This girl has 3 outfit changes a day, my kind of doll!
If you could choose anyone to give a makeover, who would it be and why?
Paris Hilton… and listen I love her, but she could use some fashion help and to be dialed up in the right way!
What are some of your favorite places to find budget buys?
Nordstrom Rack! I find so many designer steals here and take many clients and surprise them as well with so many good finds! I also love Marshalls, chic and inexpensive but always on trend!
What items do you think are worth splurging on?
Listen, I am a wardrobe stylist and fashionista, so I love to splurge ;) However, over the years in styling and my personal over flowing closet, I have realized, splurging on a lot doesn’t equal quality in your closet. Splurge on a designer item that will hold value, a must have, something you regret maybe not purchasing right away.
What trends are you loving right now?
I love all the texture every where! Especially at Coachella, I fell in love with all the details in so many chella girls outfits.
Which trends would you like to see disappear?
Oh that’s easy, the “Kardashian” trend… lol! Yes I said it, listen they are boss babes and have built an empire, but people trying to literally be them head to toe, be yourself, original is much more fashionable ;)
What has been your favorite red carpet moment so far?
Oh wow, I’ve had many favorite red carpet moments. Some would be Holly Robinson Peete at the BET awards in her peach gown where people couldn’t believe she was 50, that made my year! Chelsea Kane at Kids Choice awards, I loved how we went for a sporty yet classic girlie look. Such a head turner. Also Scheana Marie on Bravo in her pink lace dress, everyone wowed for the color, the look and well of course my girl Scheana.