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August 30 2014

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Stylist Jen Rade: “Take A Xanax And Good Luck To You”

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At the moment, the only thing on the minds of fashion insiders is New York fashion week. Jen Rade, the Hollywood stylist behind Angelina Jolie’s winning red-carpet looks, is the exception. The L.A.-based Rade, who came in at number six on The Hollywood Reporter‘s 25 Most Powerful Stylists list this year, is in New York this week to promote her new gig as a spokeswoman for T.J.Maxx and Marshalls, and she doesn’t plan on staying in the city for next week’s madness. “Other than the editors and buyers there, most people at the shows are just scenesters,” Rade tells Style.com. “So instead of going and sitting in the dark scribbling little shorthand notes and hearts on the program, I’d rather go on Style.com and look at each look slowly without all the clamor and illusion.”

Surprisingly enough, Rade doesn’t really have any favorite designers or labels, either. “It’s about the individual piece. It makes no difference to me who made it, where it came from, if that designer’s hot or not right now,” says Rade, who also dresses Pink and Kim Kardashian, among others (and originally started out in the business doing costume design for hip-hop videos for the likes of Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and LL Cool J). “Sometimes there will be a year where I hate everything from a certain designer, and then all of a sudden our aesthetics will align.”

So how does she create so many smash hits (think: Jolie’s now notorious Atelier Versace gown at the Oscars this year and the sky-high slit that went with it)? “They’re not my dolls to dress and we have to agree on what they like. Ultimately, confidence is the best accessory,” she advises. “After all, these women are the ones who have to walk around with all the lights blaring and photographers up their asses. I’m like, ‘Take a Xanax and good luck to you.’ It’s very nerve-racking for all parties involved, but I have to just put them in the limo and let go.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Beverly Hills’ Crystal Method

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Nadja Swarovski’s pre-Oscar celebration on the roof of the Thompson hotel in Beverly Hills attracted designers like Alexander McQueen, Viktor & Rolf, Jonathan Saunders, and Doo-Ri Chung. Well, their designs, anyway. Swarovski collections by McQueen et al., among others, were displayed poolside Wednesday night, where gem fans like Kate Walsh, Liz Goldwyn, and Angie Harmon took them in. “The more people discover our product, the more interpretations of Swarovski are out there,” Swarovski said, in town from London to attend Sunday’s Oscars. “I’m going to the ceremony because I have to check out the Swarovski curtain, which weighs three tons and was designed by David Rockwell.” Crystal leftovers from the curtain have been recycled into handbags for the Academy Award winners—a gift even eco-loving Leo DiCaprio could love. Other guests, like Jen Rade, clad in L.A.M.B. with Swarovski crystals, were ready for a post-Oscar break. “I’m drinking red wine to get through,” laughed the stylist best known for dressing Angelina Jolie. “I’m counting the days and hours until it’s over.”

Photo: Donato Sardella/WireImage