9 posts tagged "Julia Roberts"
In the days leading up to January 13′s Golden Globes, L.A.-based celebrity superstylist Elizabeth Stewart is giving Style.com an exclusive behind-the-scenes account of what it takes to dress Hollywood’s hottest starlets. This season, she’s working with best actress nominee Jessica Chastain, Les Misérables star Amanda Seyfried, Julia Roberts (who’s presenting), and Cody Horn on their red-carpet looks. Below, Stewart gives us a glimpse into the first few days of the process.
Thursday, January 3
On Thursday, I flew to New York for a day to fit Jessica Chastain for awards shows. I like to do one big fitting at the beginning of the season to get a plan in place. Which, of course, changes a million times, but at least there’s a plan!
Jessica’s schedule is so busy, but when I see her, we get a lot done. This time around, we received several awards-show options, met with a designer to look at sketches, and chose dresses for a few other upcoming events. We found her a dress for her Mama premiere (left), which was a few days later. We also found a Harry Winston collar for Jessica to wear with the dress, and it was brought by a guard! I headed straight to the airport after the fitting.
Tuesday, January 8
This is me and my bestie, Matthias Vriens-McGrath (above). We’re on a fashion editorial shoot that has nothing to do with awards-show season, but it illustrates perfectly how crazy this time of year is for me. My regular schedule stays the same, with awards-season craziness added in!
Wednesday, January 9
Today, I ran around pulling while waiting for Amanda Seyfried’s plane to land. Here is Carlos Souza from Valentino (above) showing me some dresses for Julia Roberts, who is presenting at the Globes. Afterwards, I ran to the fitting.
Here, I’m showing Amanda (above) sketches designers made for her on my laptop.
Still Wednesday! I could send you hundreds of pics of accessories, but this is the real nitty-gritty—my assistant Katie is holding a box of candy that Amanda grabbed as sustenance for our fitting!
And the boxes…my studio is my converted garage, but the boxes the dresses arrive in (from around the world!) spill out all over the house. By now, it’s 8:30 p.m., but we are still not done. I have to prep for fittings with Brit Marling (for Sundance) and Cody Horn (for Globes parties) tomorrow morning, before running off to help Amanda and Jessica get ready for the Critics’ Choice Awards.
It’s anyone’s guess whether Ozwald Boateng knew, when he booked the Odeon in Leicester Square for his London fashion week-closing 25th anniversary show and film extravaganza, that he’d be facing off with Julia Roberts. The London premiere of Eat, Pray, Love took place at the same time and at the same theater.
It was hard to say whether the celebs wandering around the square were there for Ozwald or Julia. In the tailor’s corner were 1,600 of us, celebrating the man who began as a journeyman 25 years ago and broke through barriers to become one of the world’s most respected outfitters (no small feat in the olden days, when race was a hotter issue than it is today). He now suits up Brad Pitt, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jamie Foxx, Jude Law, and Bryan Ferry, among others. In the film A Man’s Story, which screened after the catwalk show, a number of famous friends—Will Smith, Spike Lee, Paul Bettany, and Laurence Fishburne among them—sang his praises. So did billionaire Richard Branson: “If someone can get me into a suit, it must mean he is really good.”
Twenty-five years is long enough to see a new generation come in, and fittingly, Boateng called upon some of the new class to walk his show: Sam Branson (son of Richard) and Tyler Wood (son of Ronnie and Jo) hit the runway, with their proud parents beaming from the front row. Joining them there were Piers Morgan, heavyweight world champion David Haye, Nick Rhodes, and Michelle Williams—it seemed the only one missing, in fact, was Julia, though you could say she made her presence felt in the deafening roar that fell over the show when she hit the red carpet next door. It may have been a theater, but it was Boateng’s latest scent wafting in the air, rather than popcorn, and half bottles of Moët in the cupholders, rather than pop. And when the whole thing was done, the models formed a procession and walked back to the designer’s Savile Row HQ, with a few overeager fans joining in the fray.
At last night’s London premiere of Duplicity (which is either a rom-com or a heist flick; not sure), Julia Roberts returned to the red carpet—after what seems like a multi-year hiatus—in head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana. Dolce! Sexy! Except we’re feeling kind of meh—or, rather, eh—about this ensemble. Where’s the drama? Where’s the skin? How about a little leg, Julia? Is a shoulder too much to ask for? While we like the idea of a woman in a suit in front of the flashbulbs—Angelina Jolie in a razor-sharp white tux (also by Dolce & Gabbana) at the Oscars still comes to mind even though she rocked that, gulp, eight years ago—Roberts is not working this look as much as she could be. The fit is a little off, her hair is a little indifferent, the blouse sleeves are a little too long…in short, we’re a little unimpressed. Tell us we’re wrong, Style Filers. Are our pleas for flesh suggestive of a depraved era in celebrityhood? This is America’s Sweetheart, after all, so the rules of de rigueur red-carpet dressing may not apply. What do you think?
Let’s say you had to come up with some sort of visual formula for unimpeachable Hollywood glamour. It might look something like this: Annie(L) x A-List (+Huston/Hutton) = HG². Mark Badgley and James Mischka apparently utilized some of that glittery applied math in their new ad campaign commemorating their 20th anniversary. Shot by Annie Leibovitz at Paramount Studios, the ad features the five-decade-spanning generational tableau of Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria, Brooke Shields, Lauren Hutton, and Anjelica Huston, posed with the designers in their snappy uniforms of black blazers and jeans. If the image seems a touch familiar, it’s because Leibovitz seems to have borrowed her icon-making Vanity Fair template for the job. But hey, what says Hollywood glamour more than the glossy that controls the hottest Oscar after-party? At any rate, the gowned-up actresses (and pop star) all look quite lovely—though Huston appears to be holding her breath. That quintet joins Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Badgley Mischka club. And bonus anniversary lightning round: Who was the first actress to wear Badgley to the Oscars? It was Winona Ryder in 1996. Sigh, for so many reasons.