Saturday, November 5, 2011

INTRODUCING: THE X FACTOR USA GLAM SQUAD

June Ambrose- The Fashion Guru on X Factor USA embodies in a world where image is everything, few stylists have the power of June Ambrose, whose agency the Mode Squad, Inc. is responsible for the stylistic evolution of some of today’s most influential entertainers and recording artists. 
June’s influence spans globally. Her moniker is widely recognized from the street corners of New York’s Lower East Side to the catwalks of Milan, and her fingerprint can be found in look books and on tear sheets across the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Whether designing custom metallic leather pants for Sean “Diddy” Combs and Busta Rhymes, One of a kind pieces for Jay Z & Will Smith or Styling & crafting couture outfits for divas such as Zoe Saldana, Missy Elliott, Kelly Ripa, Kim Cattrall, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Estelle, Garcelle Beauvais and Ciara, June has left an indelible mark on today’s youth, inspiring countless trends and major fashion statements found in popular culture. She’s been recognized continually for her unparalleled ability to create original looks; deemed a visionary by Vibe and dubbed by New York Magazine as a modern-day hip-hop Holly Golightly, she has forecasted style trends for MTV, as well as hosted fashion segments for VH1, MTV, Regis & Kelly, The View, The Today Show and has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
A highly revered creative force to be reckoned with, June is a veritable one-woman fashion movement whose philosophy is quite simple: “Fashion is about self-expression and a statement about our times,” she says “and it’s my job to market my clients in a way that will reverberate with fans.” June’s memorable, innovative looks have resonated globally with the public more than any other music stylist around. It’s obvious the 38 year-old wardrobe stylist and costume designer was born with style savoir-faire, but she is also a seasoned veteran of the business, having worked in the music industry, the fashion business, and even finance. “My first job was at an investment banking firm,” says June, a petite woman always dressed in sleek, chic designer wear with a few funky accessories thrown in for good measure. “The money was good, but I was miserable.”

June Ambrose has also left her indelible mark on the corporate world, serving as spokesperson for widely recognized campaigns and brands including Degree Deodorant, McDonalds’ Southwest Salad, and Tide Total Care Detergent. June served as the Creative Director for Missy Elliot’s deal with sneaker giant Adidas for four consecutive seasons as well as resident Style Architect for urban fashion juggernaut, Rocawear and its marketing campaigns. June’s unique touch earned the style guru countless awards and she was dubbed “The Architect of Style” by Jay Z, for her ability to turn the urban look into a high end lifestyle! In 2005, June inked a coveted book deal with Simon Spotlight Entertainment, a division of Simon & Schuster Publishing, to release a book that illustrated June’s full body of work. The book was entitled Effortless Style, which was released in the Fall of 2006 and is available in both hardcover and paperback. The book launch event took place at swanky NYC celebrity hotspot Tenjune, marking the still smoking hot nightclub’s inaugural event, which was hosted by June’s longtime client and friend Sean “Diddy” Combs, and attended by entertainment and fashion luminaries including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Penelope Cruz, Zac Posen, Kanye West, Janet Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, Philip Bloch, Busta Rhymes, Stephon Marbury, Timbaland, Robert Verdi, Sky Nellor, Jacob “The Jeweler” Arabo, and Perez Hilton. Furthermore, having done her fair share of television appearances over the years, The Producers at Freemantle (American Idol) and MTV recognized June’s talent and casted her as one of the judges on the new hit reality show Rock The Cradle.

Kristofer Buckle’s- Make-up artist on X Factor, he's impeccable eye and unfailing devotion to the perfect balance of intrinsic beauty and the power of makeup has garnered the attention of the beauty, fashion, and film world alike. His reputation for strong bone structure with attention to individual style and innate glamour has consistently made him a popular name with Hollywood A-listers such as Renee Zellweger, Sharon Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Demi Moore. Born and bred in New York, Kristofer began his career at the Metropolitan Opera after being scouted by an actress in Penn Station for his own personal style. He was then catapulted onto the fashion scene when Steven Meisel booked him for the cover of Italian Vogue. Kristofer’s work has since been featured on the covers and in the pages of Allure, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and i-D. His creative work with photographers Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, and Patrick Demarchelier has led to an ever-growing list of advertising clients including Christian Dior, Dooney & Bourke, Stephen Webster and Neutrogena.
From Jennifer Lopez to Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, performers know they can turn to Kristofer to create their signature look for music videos and live events. Kristofer’s vast knowledge of makeup and light teamed with his diverse history in the arts make him irreplaceable when creating looks for today's leading artists.
Ken Paves-  Hair guru for the X Factor USA, For the past 17 years Ken Paves has remained one of the most sought after hairstylists in the world. He has been recognized by and his work has appeared in Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, GQ, In Style, American Salon, Modern Salon and many other publications around the world.  In fashion and entertainment he has created award-winning styles on the tresses of Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, Lady Ga Ga, Celine Dion, Fergie, Eve and Megan Fox to name a few. 
Dubbed by the media as the “hottest hairdresser in Hollywood,” Ken has been a regular guest since 2003 on The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as a highly sought after expert for countless entertainment and fashion programs and publications. Ken recently transformed, to rave reviews, the make overs on America’s Next Top Model as well as led “Oprah’s Great American Haircut” show and just wrapped taping of a new reality show, The Price of Beauty in which he will co-star opposite friends Jessica Simpson and Cacee Cobb to discover how women around the world define beauty. 
He has become an industry favorite for his talent and vision, and his unparalleled dedication to his clients. Ken’s bio page for designing the looks for Celine Dion and her cast for her “A New Day” show noted that what is so great about Ken, besides his talent, is that he has never lost sight of the fact that he is in the service industry. Industry insiders respect Ken for his unique vision and hairstyles that incorporate innovative, confident and sexy designs. Understanding that hair is not only an accessory to his client, but also an accessory to fashion, Ken’s signature trademark is classic to modern with an impeccable interpretation of personal style. 
Ken’s success and respect as the world’s most recognized hairstylist is illustrated by the international success of his line of clip-in hair extensions, Hairdo, which was created by Ken and inspired by Jessica Simpson. Launched in Fall 2006, to surprising success and enormous distribution, Hairdo is sold at retailers and salons around the world; throughout the United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Africa, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and Sweden. Ken’s personal beauty branding and recognition has also led him to achieve great success on QVC. He has recently launched Ken Paves styling tools and a unique online shopping store; shopkenpaves.com. With such commercial successes Ken still maintains a hands-on approach with all of his clients and at his salons. 
In lieu of such achievements, Ken still maintains selflessly passionate and dedicated to his craft, always hoping to inspire and be inspired.“I believe that my work has only been recognized because it was my goal to make each woman who sat before me truly feel unique and beautiful as herself and that showed! Every woman along the way of this amazing journey has inspired me to see beauty with no definition…beauty cannot be bought or applied. It can only be recognized.”

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