Meet the Stylist: Daniel Musto
Daniel Musto is a fresh and engaging television personality, fashion expert, celebrity stylist, and creative director. A member of the Costume Designers Guild, Daniel understands the fundamentals of how to make someone look--and, by extension, feel their very best.
Viewers have come to appreciate Daniel's singular sense of style through his appearances on shows including Extra! and The Kris Jenner Show. He is the stylist behind NBC's Fashion Star and Eva Longoria's Ready for Love. Daniel also stars in The Stylish, the popular premium YouTube show produced by the highly-regarded Magical Elves (Fashion Star, Project Runway, Top Chef). You can get a taste of his expertise as the On-Camera Trend Expert on Joyus.com.
It was Daniel's work as a stylist on runway productions for Vogue and CFDA that initially caught the eye of TV producers. His styling work is in high demand by celebrities including Jenny McCarthy, Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Abdul, Ashlee Simpson, Paris Hilton, Giuliana Rancic, Karina Smirnoff, Kendra Wilkinson and Louise Roe. His creations have graced the stages of American Idol, XFactor, and America's Best Dance Crew. Daniel has also been a runway stylist for designers including John Varvatos, Jessica Simpson, and Nicole Richie.
As a fashion journalist, Daniel has had bylines in Cosmopolitan, TVGuide, Huffington Post and UsWeekly, where he is featured every week in the ever-popular Fashion Police feature. Daniel is also passionate about his public speaking engagements at fashion schools, shopping malls, talk shows, and radio appearances. You can catch him on tour across America at participating Macy's and Neiman Marcus locations.
SS: Tell us the story behind your favorite wardrobe item
I can’t live without the small, tear-shaped Fashion Forms chicken cutlets that go on the inner sides of the bra. All of my clients, whether big busted, or small chested rely on them for better cleavage.
SS:What's your most memorable 'panic moment’?
When Paula Abdul was judging the finale of American Idol the year that Katharine Mcphee was competing, and she clapped her hands together so hard that her platinum rings smashed each other and were suffocating her fingers.
SS: How did you recover from it gracefully?’
I crawled under the judges’ table, squeezed the rings off her fingers with chapstick and rushed to the nearest jeweler to open them back up during the commercial break.
SS: What is your favorite era for fashion?
Anything in the 20th century before the 50s. Humans got rebellious and started experimenting with choices that weren’t exactly the more flattering for our bodies.
SS: What was your big break?
When I got a call from NBC to style Fashion Star on a Sunday and showed up to work the following morning.
SS: Whose closet would you most like to raid?
Ryan Gosling. We are about the same size, and he seems like the kind of guy that likes knowing his old clothes are ending up in good hands.
SS: Who are your favorite designers?
I will always love Balmain because they push the limits while still recognizing flattering silhouettes. Helmut Lang also knows how to suck the femininity out of an outfit while still keeping it sexy.
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