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Dressing for Fame: Ilaria Urbinati Talks Styling Shailene Woodley and a Gaggle of Hollywood’s Leading Gents

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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 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.

Ilaria Urbinati

Ilaria UrbinatiSure, the ladies generally reign supreme on the red carpet, but sometimes it’s tailored menswear that gets our undivided attention. Stylist Ilaria Urbinati has A-list actresses (like Shailene Woodley) and dapper leading gents (including Bradley Cooper) on her client roster. The latter bunch call on her for every camera-captured turn. Here, she talks to Style.com about styling politics, what it takes to prep a man for the red carpet, and why she thinks being a Virgo has helped her career.

How did you begin styling?

I started out in retail. I was a buyer for various boutiques—Satine, Milk, and my aunt’s store Laura Urbinati—almost right out of high school. I would style a lot of the lookbooks and runway shows for the designers we carried in the stores. I eventually went freelance and just kept going from there!

What about your early experience sets you apart from other stylists?

I grew up in a family of crazy workers. Work ethic ranked really high in our household, so I’m a bit of a machine when it comes to the hours I’m willing to put in. I also grew up in Europe in a pretty artistic family—my mom and grandpa are art dealers, my father is a photographer, and my aunt and sister are both designers. I knew who Irving Penn and Richard Avedon were before I knew basic math, so this stuff’s been seeping in since before I even realized it. Having that mental database of fashion and the arts definitely affects my sense of aesthetic. I’m also a super anal-retentive and over-organized crazy Virgo, which makes me really efficient. I don’t know how in the world someone could be a stylist and not be super-organized—it would be impossible.

Bradley CooperYou style a host of A-list actors, from Bradley Cooper and Chris Evans to Armie Hammer and Will Arnett. How does dressing men differ from styling women?

People always assume dressing men is easier. That’s true in the sense that there are way less politics than there are with women—there’s no fighting to get your hands on certain dresses that can only be worn once. But it isn’t easier in the sense that menswear takes precision and a certain meticulousness. It’s all about the details, tailoring, color combos, and fabric. Quality is key, and you can’t get away with a cheap suit. It’s really about trying to think outside the box because you have more limitations with menswear. I have zero interest in putting a guy in just another gray or black suit. But I also don’t believe in too many bells and whistles. You need to strike the right balance.

When dressing men, what’s the first step? Is it a collaborative process? And where do you find inspiration?

I’m always into some new thing, whether it be printed shirts or a new color combo, so I get really excited to try it on my guys. It’s always a collaborative process. It’s important to me that the guy always feels like himself, while maybe trying something new every once in a while. There’s a lot of camaraderie in fittings, so we make jokes like, “Shut up, look pretty, do what I say, and you’ll be the best-dressed you in the room.” I find that men are able to have such a great sense of humor about fittings and fashion—they don’t take it too seriously, in a good way.

Shailene Woodley Shailene Woodley has drawn a ton of attention lately for her head-turning red-carpet appearances. What is it like to work with her?

Shailene is just such a special human, she really is so heaven. We are always on the same page, and I think she likes that I don’t try to make her look like someone she’s not, but also encourage her to try new things. For instance, we do a lot of bright colors, which was new for her.

What’s the hardest part of your job?

The politics, for sure. You just want to do your job and put your clients in your favorite looks, but it’s not always that simple. There’s the celebrity’s team to contend with, there’s the designers’ wishes to keep in mind—like sometimes we’ll run into a problem when I want to put a dress on someone but the event won’t have photos. Certain designers only lend to certain girls but not others, and there’s not always any rhyme or reason to it. It’s all about who the designers like personally, basically—who they’re fans of.

Sometimes I feel like I have to play publicist. I’ll pitch the client to the designer: “Look how many covers they are on! Look at this big movie they have coming out! They’re blowing up!” It’s silly, but it helps!

What’s your favorite part of the job?

The relationship with the client. I feel lucky because I truly love my clients—some of them feel like family. It’s a really intimate relationship, to dress someone. And I love that collaborative process. The best compliment I can get is that my client feels like him or herself. And I would never want my clients to all dress the same. I don’t want them to have an “Ilaria signature look.” I want their look to feel unique to them.

I also love that there’s a real bond within this generation of stylists. We aren’t competitive and we root for each other. Kemal & Karla, Jeanne Yang, Wendi and Nicole Ferreira, Cher Coulter, Sam McMillen, Joseph Cassell—we are all buddies, and we are genuinely excited for each other when we have a great fashion hit.”

Photos: Courtesy Photo; BFAnyc.com; Getty Images

Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper play Cops and Robbers

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“They’re both are amazing actors,” said Rebecca Dayan on why she came to see Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper at last night’s premiere of The Place Beyond the Pines. “And I guess they’re also really pleasant to look at.” Dayan wasn’t alone—fans were lined up around the block just to get a glimpse of the two actors at the Landmark Sunshine Theater last night. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, the new film is a dramatic study of father-son relationships, with Cooper as a cop hot on the trail of Gosling—a burned-out, ne’er-do-well Evel Knievel type who robs a bank so he can support his son. Gosling admitted that getting to play a bank-robbing antihero is something he’s wanted to do for a long time. Part of his character’s rebellious persona is a tattoo of a knife right below his eye. It was a last-minute addition, but it worked. “I’m glad Derek made me do that,” said Gosling. “The movie is about regret and I definitely had a sense of regret about the tattoo!” Don’t worry, ladies, it was a temporary.

It’s no secret that Cooper and Gosling are two of Hollywood’s hottest men of the moment. So was director Derek Cianfrance afraid their sex appeal would overshadow the serious nature of the film? No, he told Style.com, because what sets them apart from other hunks in the business is that they are actually great actors, and they aren’t afraid to take risks. “They’re brave enough to confront fear and play characters that aren’t heroes all the time,” the director said.

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

And The Nominees Are…

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The frenetic buzz of awards season continues today with the Film Academy’s announcement of 2013′s Oscar nominees. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln racked up an impressive twelve nods, best picture and best actor included. Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, and Naomi Watts are up for the Actress in a Leading Role award, as are 85-year-old Amour star Emmanuelle Riva (the oldest nominee in the category in history) and 9-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild lead Quvenzhané Wallis (the category’s youngest nominee in history). Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, and Jackie Weaver are in the running for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, while the leading actor list includes Bradley Cooper, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Hugh Jackman. Lincoln, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Amour, Django Unchained, and Argo are all up for Best Picture.

Naturally, during the ceremony on Feburary 24, we’ll have our eye on the stars’ red carpet styles. But with so many period films released in 2012, the masterminds behind this year’s blockbuster costumes are deserving of recognition, too. Jacqueline Durran is nominated in the Achievement in Costume Design category for the 19th-century Russian finery she designed for Anna Karenina (left), while Paco Delgado was nominated for Les Misérables. Joanna Johnston is also on the list for Lincoln‘s Civil War-era garb, and Eiko Ishioka and Colleen Atwood were nominated for Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, respectively. For the full list of nominees, click here.

Photo: Laurie Sparham / Courtesy of Focus Features

2013 BAFTA Nominees Announced

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Awards season is officially upon us. The Golden Globes are set for Sunday, January 13 (check back for our coverage), and today the nominees for the BAFTAs were announced. Lincoln, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, and Les Misérables racked up the most nods, and red-carpet favorites like Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Helen Mirren (who just received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame), as well as Javier Bardem, Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, and Daniel Day-Lewis, are all up for honors. We’ll have to wait until the ceremony, which will be held at London’s Royal Opera House on February 10, to see who wins and, of course, what everyone wears. Click Here for the full list of nominees, or take a peek below. Continue Reading “2013 BAFTA Nominees Announced” »

Boys 3.1; Brenée—It’s On; And More…

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Phillip Lim wants to dress your boyfriend and you should probably let him. His menswear gets its first solo presentation slot this season. [WWD]

Just when you thought you were mastering this recession spending thing, Loeffler Randall launches an e-commerce site. Surely you’ve scrimped enough this summer to splurge on some new “louche boots”? [WWD]

Are Lindsay and Sam on again? Do we really care? [Page Six]

Sorry, ladies. It looks like Bradley Cooper is forming an attachment to Renée Zellweger. It was touch and go for a while, what with the Cooper-Aniston union rumors, but this just might be the real deal. It’s not late to get to Barcelona yourself if you want to put a stop to this. [Page Six]

Photo: Marcio Madeira