Watch: Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose Defends the Street Style Circus at Fashion Week [theFashionDish]

Whether you think street style is a form of inspiring self-expression or vulgar attention-seeking, there's no question that the genre has become a huge phenomenon, and anyone who's involved with fashion on any level has an opinion about it. And when we filmed theFashionDish roundtable a few weeks ago, we made sure to put the question to our panelists. 

"The thing that make me crazy, is that there's fashion and then there's circus," said fashion journalist Laurie Brookins, referencing Suzy Menkes' 2013 takedown of street style culture. "And out on the promenade we see way too much circus that's not fashion. It's a circus so you will get your picture taken."

"But hold on," said June Ambrose. "Fashion is mute without style. Designers are creating clothes for consumers to interpret. Let them live. Think about how elite this industry is — they don't have access. Let them live."

See the debate in the video above. 


The debut installment of theFashionDish brings six fashion industry experts for dinner and a roundtable discussion recapping New York Fashion Week. In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you lots of short clips and a full 30-minute episode drawn from the rowdy, hilarious and informative conversation that ensued. 

About our panelists:

  • June Ambrose, a leading celebrity stylist whose clients include Jay ZMissy Elliot and Zoe Saldana.
  • Laurie Brookins, a veteran fashion journalist who has interviewed designers like Tom FordFrida Giannini and Alber Elbaz. Brookins was also theFashionSpot's social ambassador this Fashion Week.
  • Katie Cassidy, the star of The CW's Arrow and co-founder of the fashion blogTomboyKC.
  • Jaclyn Jones, Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm.
  • Chiun-Kai "Chunky" Shih, fashion photographer, Condé Nast creative director and the creator of Hipstamatic's 'Chunky' lens.
  • Robert Verdi, a celebrity stylist (best known for his work with Eva Longoria), television personality and lifestyle expert.

Julie Bensman, theFashionSpot's editor-at-large, moderated the discussion, which was filmed at The Lion in New York City.