June Ambrose On Why Her St~Germain Avant Garden Party Kit Is Stylish Host's Must-Have
June Ambrose. Photo courtesy of St~Germain
It's never a bad time to throw a party. Along with great food and fun company, a party essential is an array of cocktails. June Ambrose, acclaimed costume designer and current creative director of PUMA, has just the thing to elevate any festivity for the upcoming holiday season.
Ambrose curated the St~Germain x June Ambrose Avant Garden Party Kit in a similar way she curates fashionable looks for celebrities like Missy Elliott, Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige. The kit (which includes a bottle of St~Germain, one St~Germain Carafe, two Estelle Colored Wine Glasses in Mint Green, four Madame de la Maison Linen Napkins in Lavender, one Filtrum Home Serving Board and Ikebana Vase + Copper Flower Frog Insert from The Floral Society) is as stylish as it is productive. Featuring all the tools a party host needs, along with its classy rose gold-prominent colorway, it's a great addition to a creative person's arsenal.
Below, Ambrose discusses the significance of the kit, her favorite trends this season and more with EDITION.
The season for entertaining for the holidays is near. What makes the St-Germain x June Ambrose Avant Garden Party Kit a party host’s must-have?
The Avant Garden Party Kit really has everything you need to host a memorable event. When creating the kit with St-Germain, I was drawn to the idea of elevating something basic like your regular holiday get-together with personalized and unique elements that are accessible yet elevated. That’s what the Avant Garden Party + Kit are all about – I selected items that had an eclectic style but are easy to build upon with just a few items that match your own personal style to make a party that is an occasion to remember.
I took lots of design elements and themes into consideration when designing the kit. Picking items from some of my favorite Black and women-owned brands--like the mint green wine glasses from Estelle Colored Glass and lavender napkins from Madame de la Maison--and paring them with aesthetically unique items like the ceramic Ikebana Vase with a gorgeous copper insert from The Floral Society and a ribbed, natural wood serving block from Filtrum Home. And of course – the incredible French art-deco-inspired St-Germain bottle and carafe to tie it all together to create a kit that will effortlessly transform any get-together into an Avant Garden.
Can you discuss the similarities between crafting the perfect cocktail & crafting the perfect outfit?
When I do my creative design work, I always try to elevate a look with unique items that take it to the next level. Whether it’s a hat or mixing metallics, it’s so important to find pieces that will not only improve the look but make it your own. This is a similar approach to making a cocktail with St-Germain. The elderflower liqueur is all about true expression and adding a dash of inspiration to your life, which is exactly my approach to creative direction and design. St-Germain is like the final accessory in your cocktail – without it, you’re missing that final element that ties the look together.
June Ambrose. Photo courtesy of St~Germain
What are three closet essentials for you this fall?
I love layers so for me, the layered pants and skirt look is a vibe. I’m also leaning into boucle fabrics and a lot of textures for big overcoats and jackets that go great with jeans. I’m keeping my signature hats but going faux fur for the fall.
What are some of your favorite new trends this season that you think people should have fun experimenting with?
Going back to the layering and playing with proportions, I’d encourage people to experiment with gender-fluid silhouettes. I love to see an exaggerated expression of style. I’ve been seeing a lot of neckties incorporated into looks recently, which is really fun and playful.
St~Germain x June Ambrose Avant Garden Party Kit. Photo courtesy of St~Germain
Being from the Bronx (like myself), can you share any fond music-related memories of growing up in the borough where hip-hop was born?
Block parties were my favorite. You’d walk out the door to music in the street, BBQ pits on the sidewalk, fire hydrants running - it was a time you could see the community collectively become one and music was at the center of it all.
What rap song or album plays an integral part in the soundtrack of your life?
All of the classic female anthem records! You can’t go wrong with MC Lyte and Queen Latifah. Some of my favorites were "U.N.I.T.Y" and "Lyght As A Rock".