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Tastemaker: Ashley Nell Tipton

Meet the Season 14 winner of Project Runway and emerging fashion designer


Photo by Julia Turnbull

Age: 24
Neighborhood: Hillcrest
Current job: Tipton just signed with a leading department store (details to come), and is meeting with investors to help take her designs into production.
Background: She graduated from University City High School and Fashion Careers College. In 2015, she beat out 15 designers on the Lifetime reality show Project Runway, and became the show’s first contestant to present a plus-size collection at New York Fashion Week.
Personal style: “Unique, and depends how I feel on any given day.”
Fashion philosophy: “When you look good, you feel good, and first impressions say everything about who you are. Your personality will shine through your clothing.”

Her Favorite Things:

“I love the matte look of ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip. They have a great deep color selection.” Lip gloss in ‘Bad Habit,’ $6, colourpop.com

“I always have candles burning, and especially love cologne-scented candles.” Henri Bendel firewood signature candle, $30, Henri Bendel Fashion Valley

Grease is one of my favorite movies because of my love for 1950s-era fashion.” DVD, $5, bestbuy.com

“I love the punk look of T.U.K. Shoes, which are both comfortable and stylish.” Peachy pink patent creeper, $90, tukshoes.com

“My Moschino leather jacket backpack looks like a leather jacket on the outside. It’s fun, convenient, and not a purse.” Moschino rucksack, $2,312, moschino.com

“These super-cute sunglasses are perfect—definitely a statement piece.” Linda Farrow x Matthew Williamson removable flip aviator shades, $345, nastygal.com

“I had a creative influence in the design and execution process of FingerPaints nail colors.” Shades from Tipton’s collection include: Beverlys Touch, 50 Shades of Ashley, Party Teal Dawn, Blushing with Excitement, Lavender Love, Thank You Berry Much. $6, Sally Beauty Supply

As told to Kai Oliver-Kurtin

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