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Dressing for Fame: Kate Young on Styling the Stars


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.

Kate Young

Kate Young

Compelling. Unique. Memorable. These are words that come to mind when looking through the portfolio of stylist Kate Young’s work. Groomed at Vogue, Young is behind the looks of many of today’s most-photographed Hollywood darlings, and she steps seamlessly between advertising campaigns, editorial shoots, and major red-carpet moments. Whether she’s taking Emilia Clarke beyond Khaleesi in curve-hugging creations, furthering Michelle Williams’ gamine streak in an enviable parade of Louis Vuitton, or putting Dakota Johnson on the fashion map, Young creates looks that show both artistry and ingenuity. Here, she shares exclusively with how she got her start, what informs her work, and her thoughts on the stylist-as-celebrity trend.

Was there a particular experience that really helped to launch your styling career?
Getting a job as an assistant at Vogue.

What role did your education have in your success? Do you feel that your Oxford degree has helped to set you apart?
I’m sure it helped shape who I am and my aesthetic and made me more confident in my voice. But I think that my taste is sort of what it is. It shifts and changes with time, but it’s been fundamentally the same since childhood.

How did working at Vogue mold the way you approach styling?
I didn’t style before Vogue—I started working there when I was 20! I do think of my time at Vogue as graduate school—it refined my taste and taught me so much about real fashion and what that actually is. I also learned about fantasy and what makes a good picture.

How do you find working in New York different from working in L.A.? Does each city have its own expectations or parameters?
I love working in L.A. in January and February—it’s soooooo amazing to take off your coat and leave it in the trunk till you get back on the plane. I tend to do all my pulls in NYC and then travel with the clothes. So I do fittings and shoots in L.A., but most of my prep is in New York.

Do you ever find your personal style infiltrating your styling choices or are you able to keep them separate?
My personal style is stark and simple. I always love that. But I love color and print and girlish details in my work. My taste is consistent in my clothes and my clients—but my life is extremely different from theirs and I don’t have to worry about what I look like in a picture.

Have you had any red-carpet mishaps?
Once when it was time for the actress to leave, we went to put on her dress and it was way, way too small. The tailor had overdone it. I learned to always try the dress on and check alterations before they go into hair and makeup.

Some of your clients work closely with specific fashion houses. Do you enjoy working within those relationships?
I’m lucky because my clients have affiliations with the most amazing designers. I’d honestly be requesting the same clothes for them! They’ve aligned with brands that mirror their style.

You recently created a capsule collection for Target. Do you think stylists are slowly becoming the trendsetters? Are they the real arbiters of style?
I loved working with Target. It was a dream come true. I think that my job is really interesting and fun…I love hearing about how other stylists work and what they like to wear, so I understand why people are interested. I mean, stylists usually have the best style. I recently had to stalk [stylist] Samira Nasr to find out where she got her incredible jeans (they were Acne).

Celebrity stylists have become celebrities in and of themselves. How do you manage the intense focus and scrutiny on your life and what you wear?
I don’t really pay attention to it, and honestly, “celebrity” is relative. I know a ton of famous people…and I’m not one of them! I’m flattered when people say they like my work.

Photo: Courtesy Photo 

Ten Looks, One Show: The Industry’s Top Stylists Honor the Albright Fashion Library


FIT x MAC Fashion Library

It’s been over ten years since Irene Albright first opened the doors to the Albright Fashion Library—the more than 15,000-dress-, 7,000 shoe-strong collection of contemporary couture, ready-to-wear, and accessories now housed in a massive 7,000-square-foot loft at 62 Cooper Square. “Irene was working with KCD and saw that people were running around chasing clothes, and she just decided to start buying [important pieces],” recalled the Library’s creative director, Patricia Black. “Eventually, people would come to her saying, ‘Oh, do you still have that sweater? Can I borrow it?’”

Today, after a decade functioning as a sort of dream closet for fashion insiders, the Library is feting its history, as well as the incredible individuals who have pulled from its continually evolving archive, with Albright Goes to School, an exhibition in partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology and MAC Cosmetics that opens this evening at the Museum at FIT.

“I wanted to celebrate Irene, the Library, the stylists—the people who were working on the inside—the shakers and tastemakers,” said Black. “Without them, we wouldn’t have what we have in terms of this colossal space just packed from floor to ceiling with clothes.”


The show—a first look debuts here—features individual looks that ten stylists (June Ambrose, Paul Cavaco, Catherine George, Tom Broecker, Freddie Leiba, Lori Goldstein, Kathryn Neale, Mary Alice Stephenson, Kate Young, and Patti Wilson) created using iconic wares from the Library. A Tom Ford goat hair jacket layers over a Comme des Garçons tank in Goldstien’s look; Balmain is mixed with Givenchy and the artist’s own choker and face mask in Leiba’s; and Patti Wilson utilizes a Lanvin body harness to sex up an otherwise high glamour Yves Saint Laurent and J.W. Anderson combo.

There’s a rich history to the institution, and Black, Museum at FIT director and chief curator Valerie Steele, and set designer Stefan Beckman were tasked with expressing that through a tight narrative. “There are some incredible stylists who pulled these outfits, but they each have their own different story,” related Beckman, who described the installation as a “gritty fire escape urban idea.”

Steele added that the Museum’s interest in the exhibition stemmed, in part, from a desire to champion stylists. “People tend to think, Oh, designers make fashion. So it was important to be able to bring in stylists and show that they also have a really important role in putting looks together.”

The ten ensembles will be on display through March 31. The show marks the beginning of a greater collaboration between FIT and the Albright Fashion Library. “Irene is such an eclectic collector of everything from fashion to art to houses to people. So who knows what she’s going to start collecting next and where we’re going to take that,” suggested Black. “[But] I’m excited about the beginnings of seeing how we get to work and inspire the new generation of kids who dream of becoming the next designer, visual director, creative director, fashion editor, stylist, or costume designer. I’m hoping that we can lend a little bit of light to them in this moment.”

Photos: George Chinsee  

Hollywood’s Most Powerful Stylists Revealed


The results are in. Today, The Hollywood Reporter released its third annual list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists. The winners include big names we’ve been hearing a lot about of late—Kate Young, who’s been whipping up a buzz with her new Target collection (and who styles Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Natalie Portman), came in at number four. Elizabeth Stewart, who chronicled her experience styling Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain, Julia Roberts, and Cody Horn for the Golden Globes for, came in at number five. And Rachel Zoe, who styled Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence in their much-talked-about Oscar gowns, slid in at number three. Petra Flannery, who styles Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, and Megan Fox, was this year’s runner-up. And the big winner is (drumroll, please) Leslie Fremar, who styles discerning stars like Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron, and Jennifer Connelly. A surprise on the list was designer (and Mick Jagger’s girlfriend) L’Wren Scott, who came in at number sixteen for dressing Nicole Kidman.

Photo: Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

Kate Young Is Right On Target


It’s no secret that stylist Kate Young knows her way around a red carpet. In the past, Young’s vintage-leaning, high-glam moments have typically been reserved for bright-faced ingenues and megawatt stars such as Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams. But thanks to Target, that’s no longer the case. This Spring, Young debuts her first capsule collection for the retailer, joining the ranks of Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, and Missoni, each of whom designed hysteria-inducing collections for Target in the past. Young is the first stylist to collaborate with the megashop. “I wanted to bring some of the magic that you see on the red carpet to real women,” Young told at a preview today. “The main focus was to create something affordable and accessible.”

To wit, Young translated her quintessential gamine chic into a streamlined array of thirty after-eight ensembles. Priced between $29.99 and $89.99, the wares ranged from flirty party frocks and sophisticated separates to evening clutches and costume jewelry. “I am always drawn to the drama of Old Hollywood,” Young said, citing a black-and-white floor-grazing gown as a favorite. Contemporary looks included an Alaïa-inspired dress made of tech jersey, a satin peplum cocktail number, and a tuxedo jumpsuit, which paid homage to Valentino and Saint Laurent. (“I can’t wait to wear it for day with a white button-down beneath,” she revealed.) There were also plenty of Young’s hallmarks: sweet shifts with Peter Pan collars, polka-dot bodysuits, and whimsical blossom prints.

With awards season in full swing, we might even see some of the looks sooner than the store drop date on April 14. “Maybe I’ll put my clients in one of the looks,” Young mused. “It’s not about the money. Wearing a designer collaboration for Target is something everybody does. If the design is good, that’s all that matters.”

Photos: Courtesy of Target

Crystals Are A Girl’s Best Friend


“There is something in me that just loves sparkly things,” stylist Kate Young (pictured) told at a Swarovski Elements-hosted breakfast held at The Modern’s private dining room yesterday. “On a fundamental level, crystals represent luxury and femininity.” Young, who served as curator for the exhibition, handpicked pieces from designers’ Fall 2012 lines that incorporated Swarovski beading, including those from Mary Katrantzou, Jason Wu, Nicholas Kirkwood, Rodarte, and Dannijo.

Against a minimalist backdrop by set designer Todd Shearer, the installation featured a carefully edited selection, including Jason Wu’s Lesage-embroidered wool and mink cape, Tom Binns’ fluorescent-hued chokers, and a Rodarte frock punctuated with a bejeweled neckline. “When I was working with Rodarte on the Oscars, they used crystals to sculpt the gown and create another dimension, like the way you use highlighter in makeup,” explained Young, obliquely referring to Natalie Portman’s winning gown from last year’s Academy Awards. “It made me think of crystals in a different way.”

Her favorite piece from the exhibition? “I have an obsession,” Young admitted, demurely gesturing toward Christian Louboutin’s crystal-encrusted peep-toe heels. (Her client Michelle Williams donned the same pair at this year’s Oscars.) “A sparkly shoe is an investment, but it’s totally classic.”

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