After months of dressing clients for award season it is now time to shine a light on the stylists who make the sartorial magic happen on red carpet with Hollywood Reporters annual celebration issue. Social media like Instagram has already opened up the world of the celebrity stylist to a much wider audience and these are the accounts I turn to throughout the very busy award season. So I am thrilled to see this level of focus from The Hollywood Reporter and it is one of my favorite issues of the year.
Names like Karla Welch and Ilaria Urbinati have appeared numerous times on here and I was thrilled to see both of these women on the cover of THR alongside the actors they have been dressing. Actors who have featured on many TV Ate My Wardrobe ‘Best of’ lists. What I also find incredible (and this is also thanks to access via Instagram) is how many clients they dress for multiple events across a very short amount of time. Oscar weekend would’ve included the Spirit Awards, the Oscars main show and all the parties that followed with many changing dresses between the two.
As you will see from those stylists and actors featured from the list is how many of them have appeared multiple times on these pages over the last year; The Hollywood Reporter picked well. Karla Welch appears alongside Sarah Paulson and Ruth Negga in a shot that makes me think they’re going to solve some crimes in the most stylish way possible. Welch was named number 1 by THR and Negga’s gold dripped Golden Globes Louis Vuitton dress and the stunning green Prada Emmys gown Paulson wore and won her Emmy in are enough to get my vote.
But wait there are so many more amazing red carpet looks from both women and Welch’s other clients such as Busy Philipps, Lorde and America Ferrera.
On that green Prada, Sarah Paulson jokes that “I would like to be buried in it, walk to Gelson’s in it, go to the movies in it.” If there is amazing menswear featured on “Out of the Box” or any ‘Best of’ list then nine times out of ten Ilaria Urbinati will be the woman behind the look. Urbinati is why Rami Malek is always on my anticipated list and she’s also probably the reason he score the Dior Homme contract. Color, pattern and materials such as velvet (see Donald Glover at the Golden Globes) are all up for grabs and Urbinati really knows how to make the guys standout from the usual tux fare.
Looking great in Gucci with Tom Hiddleston (who is always styled impeccably) and I am so glad that Urbinati has made menswear something to get excited about on the red carpet. Regular readers will all know how I feel about Michelle Williams (‘strongly positive’ if there was a box to tick) and I love this shot with Kate Young; that jacket on Young is giving me full heart eyes. Young is also great at the brand campaigns for her clients as THR notes with Louis Vuitton for Williams, Dior for Natalie Portman (and she also delivered on stylish maternity wear) and Selena Gomez scoring Coach. A great stylist can do many things including getting a client a bigger paycheck. Serving up all the drama with Celine Dion and Zendaya as they pose with their stylist Law Roach on a private jet. Everyone looks fabulous and Zendaya is someone who has appeared on these pages a lot. Looking forward to the Spiderman promo tour.Now for a look which has already graced these pages; Naomie Harris with Nola Singer in the patchwork Chanel getting ready to go to the Spirit Awards. One of the great things about Harris is she’s never boring on the red carpet and even when it doesn’t hit the mark there is always a playful element.Viola Davis has been crushing it in color all award season from three-tone blue Jenny Packham at the BAFTAs to her stunning red Armani at the Oscars switching to a fabulous Brandon Maxwell ladysuit for the Vanity Fair party.
The woman behind these sartorial picks is Elizabeth Stewart and the reason for the yellow sequin Michael Kors at the Golden Globes was “to find a dress that represented lightness and strength in dark times. I loved that Viola looked sunny on the carpet.”Rounding things out with the number one and another fabulous shot of Karla Welch with Sarah Paulson and Ruth Negga. Three excellent ways to wear bold lipstick and Dior’s “We Should All Be Feminists” tees.*
*This is a magazine spread of course and I am all here for this A+ message, but I will still raise an eyebrow at how much this T-shirt costs.