August 21 2014

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30 posts tagged "Katy Perry"

Dressing for Fame: Johnny Wujek Talks Katy Perry’s LED Met Gown and That Time Nicki Minaj’s Costume Nearly Made Him Break Down


Johnny Wujek

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.

Johnny Wujek

When you count Katy Perry as a client, it’s safe to say that you’re used to pushing the proverbial envelope. For stylist Johnny Wujek, Perry’s just one of his best-dressed leading ladies (Kate Mara and Ariana Grande also top his list) whose jaw-dropping looks shine on concert stages, red carpets, and at press junkets alike. Here, Wujek talks to about how he lit up the Met ball, why fashion can be like a high school lunchroom, and what he gets from his mama.

How did you get your start styling?
I started styling with movies. One of my best friend’s cousins was a movie director, and I worked as an intern in the costume department—for free. The woman who was the main costume designer was a big-time stylist, who hired me after the movie to be her assistant. I worked for her for a little under a year, learning the business, traveling, and being on sets, then producers started calling me directly to style jobs on my own. Low budget, but I was in charge! Right away I got an agent and started booking gigs, networking at parties, and collecting clients. It all happened very fast. Before I knew it, I was working every day—sometimes for free, just to build a portfolio. The rest is history.

What’s your favorite part about your day to day?
There are so many highlights. I love my job because of all the people I get to interact with. From the showrooms to the costume builders and sewers to the lighting technicians, producers, directors, and, of course, my clients. Every day is always a different experience, prepping and confirming or finding that perfect dress, or seeing the final outcome of a costume I’ve been working on, or seeing the actual performance live. Seeing people’s reactions when Katy walks out in a costume. It’s all part of the amazing process. It’s crazy to even call it a job because I have too much fun.

What’s been your most challenging experience thus far?
Nicki Minaj’s American Music Awards opening performance. It was a test of time, patience, and my ability to not have a full breakdown. She was opening the AMAs with David Guetta. I had worked with her a few times before and everything went so easily. For this project she was to be a fembot. The costume design was incredible. All the sketches were approved and we were moving forward, until there was a request to modify the sketch, so we did, and then we continued to move forward. Until there was another request to modify the costume. Time was getting closer to the show, and this costume was complex with lights, wiring, building—it was not something you make overnight. Long story short, it was down to the wire getting this costume put together—like, honestly, five minutes before she had to be onstage, we were throwing this costume on her. Running down halls, crying sewers. It was intense. And of course, just as she steps onstage after being wired and all plugged in, her assistant helps her up to the platform, but in doing so switches off the whole LED wire system. So she never lit up. Needless to say, it was the most stressful job I’ve ever worked on.

How do you think styling musicians differs from styling actresses?
Music you can do more and push the envelope more. You have performance costumes, things that light up and spin. An actress wants designer looks for best-dressed red carpet. They are two different worlds really.

What do you do when you disagree with a client?

Arm wrestle or paper-rock-scissors. Just kidding. I never, ever force anyone to wear something they do not feel comfortable in. If I need to push a little, I do, but never to where things get heated. It’s all about the client being happy and comfortable in their clothes. But there for sure have been times when a client won’t even try something on, then when I get them to, they end up loving it. Those are always the funniest moments.


Have you ever had a “made it” moment?

I feel like I’m always trying to top myself—trying to do more, do better, push, push, push. But there have definitely been some major moments where I felt very rewarded, like the Katy Perry cover of WWD after the Met in the light-up gown. That was fun. I mean, everyone was there that year, and she took the cover alone. My first Grammy performance for “Kissed a Girl” was major. Honestly, every day I wake up feeling blessed that I get paid to do something so enjoyable and creative. I will be making it till the day I die.

How do nurture your clients’ relationships with designers and brands? Do you find those relationships limiting at all?

Over the years, I have built relationships with many designers and brands through placements, dinners, parties, attending shows, etc. No relationship is limiting unless you make it that way. Like in high school in the lunchroom, I jumped from table to table, I was friends with everyone. That’s just me. I get it from my mama.

You’re working on America’s Next Top Model. How do you think that job informs your work as a stylist?
Well, it airs in 186 countries, so it was amazing for my brand and getting my name further out into the world. Being on Top Model was a great experience of a different angle of the work I’d like to be doing: on-camera hosting and teaching and sharing.

Are there any up-and-coming designers who have you excited?
Loving Baja East. Their loose luxury brand is so something I would spend every day in. Love Timo Weiland and love love love Wes Gordon.

What advice would you give to stylists on the rise and people looking to get into the profession?
Go for it! Any opportunity you get to be on set, to assist, even if it’s free work, do it. You will gain experience, and it will lead to many other things. And be ready to hustle. Getting started is the hardest part.

Beyoncé Is Now the Queen of All Celebrities


"On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z" - Opening Night In Miami GardensBeyoncé really does run the world—at least according to Forbes. Queen Bey took the No. 1 spot on the magazine’s annual Celebrity 100 list, earning a reported $115 million in 2014. Who else made the top 10? LeBron James (#2), Oprah (who topped the list last year, but dropped to #4), Rihanna (#8), and Katy Perry (#9). Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Z, came in at No. 6, earning less than half of Beyoncé’s salary—though his $60 million doesn’t exactly seem paltry. The news arrives just in time for Bey and Jay’s Diesel-fueled On the Run tour.

Of the top twenty-five earners, Forbes notes that thirteen are musicians. The likes of Dr. Dre, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift have greatly increased their earning potential in recent years due to strong social media presences. #$$$.

Photo: Kevin Mazur / Getty Images

Runway to Red Carpet: Rihanna (Also Other Stars) Steal the Front-Row Spotlight


Miu Miu

When it came to star sightings, the front rows at the Fall ’14 shows gave the Oscars a run for its money. The celebrity set came out strong this fashion season, supporting the designers who dress them for so many of their red-carpet moments. Lupita Nyong’o, who brought home an Academy Award this past weekend, was spotted in the front rows of Miu Miu and Calvin Klein Collection, both of which helped her top best-dressed lists during her promo tour for 12 Years a Slave, as well as the awards season. At Miu Miu, she turned up in a burgundy jacket with an embellished collar by the label and a light pink miniskirt, while for Calvin Klein Collection, she donned a pale knit dress from Pre-Fall ’14. Jason Wu’s debut at Hugo Boss in New York also brought out a bevy of stars, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and Diane Kruger, who led the standing ovation at the show’s close.

Notables were also spotted in the front row of Burberry Prorsum‘s London show, a favorite among Hollywood’s elite. Naomie Harris looked on in a long, navy velvet devoré and a green gown. In Milan, Jeremy Scott’s first runway show for Moschino brought out celebs known for their playful fashion choices. Rita Ora and Katy Perry were among the front-row dwellers in looks from the Pre-Fall ’14 lineup.

Despite all of the big names who attended the Paris shows (including Jared Leto, Keira Knightley, and Kanye West), all eyes were on Rihanna. RiRi stole the spotlight, turning up at all of the biggest shows like Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Miu Miu, Lanvin, and Stella McCartney, just to name a few. While it’s difficult to choose a highlight from her flawless arsenal of looks, we were particularly taken by the Melitta Baumeister, Hyein Seo, and Adam Selman mash-up she wore to Comme des Garçons; her gray peplum jacket and fur shrug at Lanvin; and the sexy LBD she paired with stockings and a cherry Pre-Fall ’14 mink coat at Dior. She was a street-style photographer’s dream from start to finish.

Here, more front-row highlights from the Fall ’14 shows.

Photo: Courtesy of Miu Miu

Insta-Gratification: #MFW Edition


In the age of Instagram, all it takes is a smartphone to achieve a photo finish, be it filtered or #nofilter-ed. That’s why’s social media editor, Rachel Walgrove, is rounding up our favorite snaps and bringing them into focus. For this very special edition of Insta-Gratification, she’ll be calling out the best shots from #MFW. See below for today’s picks.

Monday, February 24

Giorgio and his Armani army.

Collect them all.

Marni, through Linda Fargo’s lens.

Missoni’s pre-show clique.

The finale bow. Squared. Continue Reading “Insta-Gratification: #MFW Edition” »



In the age of Instagram, all it takes is a smartphone to achieve a photo finish, be it filtered or #nofilter-ed. That’s why’s social media editor, Rachel Walgrove, is rounding up our favorite snaps and bringing them into focus. See below for today’s top shots.

Friday, January 31

In celebration of its #ArtMatters window installation, Bergdorf Goodman has surrendered its account to the visual masters behind the #BGWindows.

It’s hard to pick just one. Riccardo Tisci went on a sharing spree, uploading new photos of Erykah Badu, the face of Givenchy’s Spring ’14 ads.

If our flooded e-mail inboxes weren’t an indication, this photo from the MBFW account reminds us that fashion week is just a few days away.

Cheers to the weekend. Make this one count.

And let us say, Amen. Continue Reading “Insta-Gratification” »