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August 30 2014

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Dressing for Fame: Karla Welch on Styling Hollywood’s Elite

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If celebrity status is conferred in red-carpet appearances, then no actress today can compete without the help of just the right stylist. As Kerry Washington once told Glamour after she noticeably upped the sartorial ante, “There were a couple of actresses whom I felt were having the upper hand careerwise—because they knew how to work that red carpet.” A carefully crafted collaboration between stylist and client, the perfect look can create an indelible impact on agents, casting directors, and those of us watching from the sidelines. Straight from the epicenter of all things celebrity, we’ve asked some of the industry’s top stylists to share their experiences and impressions from their perch above Tinseltown. With our new Dressing for Fame series, we bring you an exclusive, insider look at everything it takes to create those iconic moments captured by a million photo flashes.

Karla Welch

Karla WelchAs one-half of the bicoastal styling team Kemal & Karla, Karla Welch holds down the proverbial fort in Los Angeles (her partner does the same in New York), tending to her coterie of clients. Those “girls,” as she affectionately calls them, include an array of talents, such as Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel, Olivia Wilde, Robin Wright, and Hailee Steinfeld. Bringing a relaxed California vibe to the partnership, Welch’s résumé spans an impressive list of advertising campaigns, editorials, commercials, and those always-prescient red-carpet appearances. With a keen sense of individuality and an astute awareness of her clients’ singular needs, Welch delivers looks that are fitting for the wearer, and breathtaking for us watching at home. Here, Welch reveals exclusively to Style.com how she juggles her busy schedule, what it takes to find the perfect red-carpet look, and the most important thing she’s learned along the way.

How did you originally break into styling?
I made my husband [photographer Matthew Welch] hire me.

What was your pivotal “I made it” moment?
Ha, I’m not sure. I’ve never thought about it—though my trip to Dallas this year for the Chanel show was pretty epic. I’m forever excited to keep growing.

Mad Men just premiered and Elisabeth Moss has had quite the red-carpet run. How has her style evolved over the show’s many seasons?

Lizzie and I have just been working together for the last year and a half. It’s been fun to work our way into these great fashion moments and having designers wanting to lend. Her talent is huge—we came together at a wonderful point.

You worked with Amy Poehler on her Golden Globes wardrobe. How does styling an awards show host differ from styling a single red-carpet look?
Well, the main thing is that she is working up there. She has to be able to move, look great on camera, do a quick change, win! But the process is similar to anyone attending. We just times it by four.

Do you think a dress should be able to stand on its own, or do you sometimes want the accessories to really shine?
The dress is the cake. The rest is the icing.

Do you ever have a typical day? If so, what does it look like?
Coffee. Team meeting. E-mails. Showroom pulls. Store pulls. Fitting. Home. Sleep. Repeat.

Where can we usually find you—and what are you doing—at the end of awards season?
Moving on to the next.

How do you manage all of your numerous clients and their disparate personalities, aesthetics, and tastes?
Whenever I start with a new client or a press tour for one of my girls, I try to really clear my mind and think, Where are we going with our look? What story are we telling? From there, I do market work for each client every season and keep a bible of what I will request for specific events. You know with each client what will work, who will like what. We keep notes, but I’ve worked with the majority of my clients for many years, so it’s all in my brain.

If you weren’t styling, what would you be doing?
Fighting for girls and women’s rights. Professionally.

What have you learned from red-carpet mishaps?

Always have a backup dress.

How do you manage your own style when you’re working so feverishly on other people’s looks?
I can dress in ten minutes and I always have a red lip!

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com 

Golden Girls: Stylists Karla Welch and Kemal Harris Take Us Inside the Glamorous Globes

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Olivia, Amy, and Zooey

As we’re sure you’re aware, last night, Hollywood’s elite walked the red carpet for the Golden Globes. But it wasn’t just a big evening for the actors and directors who took home gilded statuettes—it’s an important affair for fashion folk, too. Mega stylists Karla Welch and Kemal Harris were not just on the scene, but also behind the scenes dressing co-host Amy Poehler (who looked svelte in Stella McCartney), Elisabeth Moss (who took home a best actress award while wearing J. Mendel), Olivia Wilde (who was radiant in Gucci Première), Zooey Deschanel (who opted for an elegant Oscar de la Renta gown), Robin Wright (who shimmered in Reem Acra while accepting her best actress honor), Hailee Steinfeld (who partied in Andrew Gn), and more. Here, Welch shares the pair’s Golden Globes diary and gives Style.com a firsthand account of what it’s like to dress leading ladies for one of Hollywood’s most glam-packed events.

Zooey Deschanel's Oscar de la Renta look

Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at Zooey Deschanel’s Oscar de la Renta look for the Globes.

Amy's Clutch

This is a custom cuff I designed for Jacob & Co. with the Rauwolf clutch that Amy Poehler carried.

Stella Night

Amy Poehler had a Stella night.

Stella

The beginning! Sketches and swatches from the Stella team.

amy jewels

For Amy’s opening look, we went for Neil Lane vintage gold. Our mantra was, “What would Carol Burnett do?” Sometimes, more is more and it’s always better to have fun! Continue Reading “Golden Girls: Stylists Karla Welch and Kemal Harris Take Us Inside the Glamorous Globes” »

2014′s Golden Globe Nominees Announced

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Jennifer Lawrence The 2014 Golden Globe nominees were announced today, and it looks like 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle—two movies that deftly capture two very different moments in American history—are the top contenders. With seven nominations each, the dramatic films are neck-and-neck competitors for Golden Globe (and, most likely, Oscar) glory.

Other notable nods in the Best Motion Picture lineup include blockbuster hits Gravity and Captain Phillips, as well as the Venice Film Festival winner for Best Screenplay, Philomena. Upcoming films Her and The Wolf of Wall Street also made the cut, rounding out a list of dramas and tearjerkers.

And let’s not forget our favorite (and most stylish) leading men and ladies. Cate Blanchett received a Best Actress nod for her role in Woody Allen’s acclaimed Blue Jasmine. (Her character’s collection of Chanel jackets may or may not deserve its own award.) Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for Best Actor for The Wolf of Wall Street, and rising red-carpet star Lupita Nyong’o is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave. Jennifer Lawrence’s turn as a sexy housewife in American Hustle also earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Lawrence will likely step out in Dior for the awards show, but we’re really feeling the messy updos and plunging halter dresses she wears in the film.

See the full list of nominees below, and tune into NBC on Sunday, January 12, to see our favorite funny girls Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the show live.

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Shorts on Parade

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Marc by Marc Jacobs' shorts, Amy Poehler, A.L.C.'s shorts

Red carpets and the perennial summer press stops, including Comic-Con, don’t cease because of the heat. Taking a cue from Resort ’14, stylists are getting creative with ways to temper the temps. “We dress our clients in shorts on the red carpet—in lieu of a short skirt—when we’re looking to achieve a smaller proportion on bottom to balance a more oversize top or jacket,” offered designers and stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott. Not unlike A.L.C.‘s Andrea Lieberman, who used a tailored button-down and structured wool coat to do just that in her Resort collection, Elizabeth Olsen made a stop in San Diego promoting Godzilla in black-and-white Balenciaga, offsetting a super-short—and slim—shorts hemline with additional volume on top.

Sticking with sport instead of Resort’s usual frocks, Marc Jacobs dressed up his Marc by Marc shorts by lowering their length and contrasting their ease with a tailored top. So too did Amy Poehler, at the New York premiere of Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, who forwent the familiarity of a flirty designer dress for a seasonally appropriate shorts-and-button-down combo. The result was a cool, casual alternative to the standard summer uniform.

Photo: Courtesy Photos (Marc by Marc Jacobs and A.L.C.); Monica Schipper / FilmMagic (Amy Poehler)

Scandal, Horror, and Lots of Dirty Politicians Take the 2013 Emmy Nominations

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Kerry Washington at the 2012 Emmy AwardsAfter hearing this morning’s announcement of the 2013 Emmy nominations, it seems that little has changed in TV land since 2012. After a somewhat controversial second season, Girls is still going strong, and the ever-trendy Game of Thrones, 30 Rock, Breaking Bad, and Louie all earned mentions, too. Unsurprisingly, Emmy veterans Mad Men, Downton Abbey, and Homeland were all nominated once (or twice, or five times) again. Other notable nods went to funny women Jane Lynch for Glee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep, and Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation.

Newcomers included juicy dramas Scandal and Nashville, but the only real surprise was the Netflix series House of Cards. The political saga earned nine nominations, including Best Drama Series, and marks the first time the Emmys have included an online-only program.

In terms of quantity, American Horror Story: Asylum tops the list with nominations in seventeen categories. But the more-is-more game has a few other players: Saturday Night Live earned a hearty fifteen nominations, as did HBO’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. The film’s Michael Douglas and Matt Damon were each nominated for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, and Steven Soderbergh is up for Best Director. Of course, we’ll be keeping our eyes on the red carpet to see what stars like Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominee Kerry Washington (left), Tina Fey, Claire Danes, and Kiernan Shipka don to the awards on September 22, and we’re also eager to hear who takes the win for best costumes—crowd favorites like Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, and Downton Abbey are all vying for the prize. See a list of the big nominees, below.

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