April 20 2014

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16 posts tagged "Kate Young"

The Best Behind The Best-Dressed


“Styling is totally like when you’re dating a guy,” said Jessica Paster at yesterday’s inaugural 25 Most Powerful Stylists luncheon (co-sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo) at L.A.’s Soho House. “You have to have chemistry.”

Paster, who made number 17 on the list, along with the likes of list toppers Kate Young, Leslie Fremar, and Petra Flannery, has proven that she’s got that special touch with her clients, a group that includes Emily Blunt, Felicity Jones, and Bridesmaids‘ Ellie Kemper. “I usually get intimidated at fittings,” said Kemper, who was wearing a blue and white silk cocktail dress by Peter Pilotto. “But Jessica knows how to make me feel comfortable.” The chemistry is so good between some of the stylists and their clients, they often finish each other’s sentences. When Zoe Saldana forgot the maker of the lace sheath she was sporting, her stylist Flannery—who also counts Claire Danes and Emma Stone as clients—stepped in to save the day. “Alexis Mabille!” she answered.

As for the whereabouts of Hollywood’s most powerful stylist, Rachel Zoe (number one on last year’s list), she wasn’t in attendance at yesterday’s luncheon because the new mom and Bravo star has become too big to rank. Zoe former assistant Brad Goreski (who now styles the likes of Jessica Alba and Demi Moore) made the cut this year at number 20.

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Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists List, Unveiled


This afternoon, Hollywood’s top stylists are gathering at Soho House in Los Angeles for the inaugural 25 Most Powerful Stylists Luncheon, co-hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo. Last year’s top three stylists on the list were fashion powerhouses Rachel Zoe (who took the first place honors), Kate Young (pictured), and Petra Flannery, and this morning, THR unveiled that Young, whose clients include Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, and Rachel Weisz, has come out on top this year.

Zoe was excused from this year’s list because “her success has been so beyond what anyone thought a stylist could achieve,” according to THR. That’s for sure—her earnings are rumored to be at a $10,000-a-day fee. Leslie Fremar, stylist to the likes of Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon, came in a close second, and Flannery, who dresses Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, and Mila Kunis (among others), nabbed the number three spot. Click here for the full list and check back tomorrow for’s full report on the luncheon.

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True Love, Courtesy Of Tiffany’s


Out with spring fling and in with summer romance? That was the spirit at the Tiffany’s-hosted dinner at Il Buco last night. The fête, attended by a mix of fashion and media types including stylist Kate Young, Teen Vogue‘s Amy Astley, and LX TV’s Sara Gore, kicked off the jewelry company’s newly launched Web site, If the URL didn’t give away the theme, then there was a short film by Edward Burns to do the talking. The actor-cum-filmmaker pieced together several real-life When Harry Met Sally vignettes.

“We wanted to find couples where New York City figured in their engagement stories or romance,” Burns explained. “There’s been movies about New York City love stories since the twenties and thirties. It’s a city of endless possibility. You can go out any night and there’s this wild promise that tonight’s the night you can meet somebody.”

The city may be an ideal backdrop for lovers, but a little blue box can do wonders for the next step. “I think they should just sell the blue boxes to dudes,” Josh Radin, who flew in from L.A. to sing a couple love songs, suggested over the mic. For lesser materialists, balmy weather played its part. “Well, I just met a boy the other day, so summer must have something to do with it,” designer Victor Glemaud said with a laugh. To which Burns added, “Everybody’s in a better mood. People around the parks, they’re laying out in the sun. Especially in New York, we just came out of a brutal winter. Nice weather always helps.”

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Fun In The Sun With Peter Pilotto?
We’ll Have To Wait And See


London’s Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos threw a little dinner party at the James here in New York last night before heading home today to prep their first-ever Resort collection for the brand. In advance of a round of appointments with editors and buyers earlier this week, the designing duo spent a few days in Miami soaking up the sun, and reports about their trip had the crowd in the new hotel’s penthouse, which included Hanneli Mustaparta (wearing the label, left), Kate Young, and Olivia Chantecaille, clamoring for one thing: bathing suits. Pilotto and De Vos promised they’ll be back in New York to show Resort, but as to whether or not they’ll come armed with bikinis in their signature digital prints, we’ll just have to wait until June.

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Forever Young


Kate Young is on a streak. The stylist was just named one of the top five stylists in Hollywood by the Hollywood Reporter, and topped off the coup by sending her client, Natalie Portman, to the Academy Awards in plum-colored Rodarte—and watching her walk off with the big prize. (Evening’s Best Dressed, of course, though she happened to nab the Oscar, too.) The multitasking stylist, who divides her time between celebrity work, editorials, and consulting for the likes of Jason Wu, has just added another line to her résumé: designer. Young partnered with knitwear designer Lynne Hiriak of Cardigan, whom she met while both were consulting for Derek Lam, to create a line of mom’s and kid’s knits. (Young has two sons.)

For adults, Young (left, with Hiriak) tweaked a favorite Cardigan sweatshirt for a loose, cropped fit (below left), and drawstring sweatpants with elasticized cuffs. (The inspiration, Young said by phone, was a mix of runway favorites—like the covetable sweats from Isabel Marant and Dries Van Noten—and the pieces she’d always wanted, but never found, for herself.) For babies, there’s a buttoned onesie (below right), a mini sweatshirt, and a pair of little sweatpants to match mom’s (though the kid’s version comes with a kangaroo pocket). They’re all made of merino wool, which Young loves for kids not only for its antibacterial properties, but also because it’s a naturally wicking fabric—a good thing, she says with a laugh, when baby pukes or pees. That’s baby-friendly. More mom-friendly are the stylish, jewel-tone colors the pieces come in, a far cry from pink-for-girls, blue-for-boys. Young and Hiriak opted for charcoal, navy, gray, mustard, and purple—that last, come to think of it, not far from the hue of a certain in-the-news Rodarte gown.

Cardigan by Kate Young is available now at

Photos: Courtesy of Cardigan