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Hey Girlies, here is a new series on Ruby’s View – RV Special. It will feature fashion personalities answering questions to give an insider view of the fashion industry and first up is New York based Celebrity Stylist and owner of Brat Productions Tiffany Hasbourne.

Tiffany has worked with A-listers such as Miley Cyrus, Gabrielle Union, Missy Elliot, Amerie, Haylie Duff, Angie Stone, 50 Cent and Malinda Wiliams to name a few. She also worked with the cast of High School Musical, PitBull and Nas. Her work varies from editorial spreads, music videos, movie premieres to album covers! Tiffany spills on this season’s trends, breaking in and what life is really like as a Celebrity stylist…

RV: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot?

TH: I go to my magazines and start with tear sheets for inspiration then I come up with a concept, if one hasn’t been given to me. Then once I know my direction, I pull clothes or do sketches if I’m having something custom made, I tend to shop at least 12hr days when prepping for shoots.

RV: Best place work has taken you?

TH: This is a hard question because I have been blessed to work in so many different locations. I’ve worked on a film in Louisiana, shot a music video in Jamaica and lived in a beautiful house in Malibu; because of wardrobe styling and costume designing. My two favorites however, were Milan for fashion week and London for the press release of High School Musical 2.

RV: Craziest thing that has happened to you on a shoot?

TH: While costume designing for the film Video Girl, I got so sick that I had to be tested for swine flu. I was quarantined to my room for a week and had to run my department over my cell phone and through pictures. I have never felt so sick in my life but refused to let it stop me from working. That was the hardest I’ve ever worked in my entire career and under the worst conditions.

RV: Handbags or shoes?

TH: The thought of having to choose hurt my feelings but I will for you Ruby…Handbags!! I work on my feet for over 12-14 hours mostly so I could never make it in Louboutins. I tend to purchase a lot of handbags since I dress down for work. A good handbag always makes me feel great!

RV: Latest trend to covet?

TH: Color blocking, bright colors (neons), corals, funky incorporations like bamboo earrings, 70’s inspired pieces like Maxi dresses and maxi skirts are back along with high-waisted shorts. I’m a big fan of a good wedge heel.

RV: Fashion means…

TH: Personal expression of clothes. When I’m feeling sexy, I tend to wear dresses, sandals, heels and tons of jewelry. When I’m feeling playful I have on my sneakers & cute t-shirts. My fashion is my personal expression of how I feel! At least on most days!

RV: Last book or magazine you read?

TH: I just finished my monthly fashion read, looking through Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, US Weekly and Elle.

RV: What motto do you live by?

TH: You only get one chance to make a first impression, so I always try to make mine a very pleasant experience!

RV: Where is the Fashion capital to you?

TH: Italy is the most obvious, so I’m going to go with London. I was so inspired by the trends and stores there that I shopped for myself the entire time I was there. 

RV: Which Celebrity would you like to give a makeover?

TH: 50 Cent. I started my celebrity styling career with him and since then we have both evolved, he’s since then turned into an actor, and now his style could use a new twist and edge. It would be great to work together again to show our growth from where we both started as two people trying to prove ourselves in this industry.

RV: Who is your style icon and why?

TH: Sarah Jessica Parker because she creates trends, she doesn’t follow them!

RV: Advice for anyone trying to do your job?

TH: Make sure you understand that you have to be focused and determined because this is a hard career to break into. Be respectful of those willing to give you the opportunity to break into this because people are not so helpful to open doors to let new people in. Learn your trade and always work towards perfecting your craft. Work to be different.
There you have it dolls! Be sure to follow the fabulous stylist on Twitter for more scoop!

xxox The Girl in Red Lipstick