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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 

Runway to Red Carpet: Art Basel’s Fashionable Fetes and a Few High-Low Mash-ups


Kate MiddletonWhile Art Basel Miami Beach is technically an art show, it’s best known for being a place where the fashion, art, and celebrity sets collide to rage all week long. The party circuit kicked into full gear on Wednesday night with a host of soirees, including dinners hosted by Louis Vuitton and Swarovski that brought out notables such as supermodels Karolina Kurkova and Cindy Crawford. The latter chose a Roberto Cavalli body-con dress patterned with baroque swirls and a tweed print for the Vuitton fete, while Kurkova opted for a red long-sleeve David Koma Fall ’13 dress with nude mesh detailing on the neckline and sleeves at the Swarovski dinner. The following day, Louis Vuitton’s Fall campaign face, Michelle Williams, donned a full Vuitton look for the brand’s beach barbecue, layering a navy sweater over a red-and-white striped dress.

Across the pond, Kate Middleton mixed highs and lows on the red carpet, pairing a sparkling Zara necklace with a cream long-sleeve Roland Mouret gown at Thursday’s royal premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in London. As the credits rolled, the Duchess of Cambridge joined Nelson Mandela’s daughters and the film’s cast and crew in paying tribute to the revolutionary leader, who passed as the film was being screened.

On Tuesday, Keira Knightley made a return to the red carpet for London’s Serious Fun gala, stepping out in a dress we’ve seen her in several times before—including at her wedding this past spring. For this outing, she added sheer sleeves with embroidery at the wrists and neckline to make it more appropriate for the city’s chilly weather.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images

Runway to Red Carpet: Dior’s Floral Frocks and a Rising Star


Lupita Nyong'o From galas to premieres, the celebrity set had plenty of reasons to dress up this week. At the 2013 Whitney gala in New York on Wednesday, all-black Louis Vuitton frocks were a favorite, with Dianna Agron and Michelle Williams wearing crystal- or bow-embellished iterations, respectively. Earlier in the week, red-carpet regulars Marion Cotillard and Natalie Portman selected floral looks from Christian Dior’s Spring ’14 runway. The former wore a strapless silver jacquard number to Elle‘s 20th Annual Women in Hollywood celebration on Monday, while the latter paired a black cashmere top with a floor-grazing skirt for the world premiere of her film Thor: The Dark World on Tuesday in London.

On Friday evening, Lupita Nyong’o took to the red carpet in a black Resort ’14 Christopher Kane dress at premiere of her film 12 Years a Slave during the 57th BFI London Film Festival. A rising star (in the sartorial and silver-screen sense), Nyong’o has a commanding presence. And, judging by her recent sartorial winning streak (last week’s Miu Miu look was quite a stunner), we have a feeling that this newcomer will soon be a fixture on many a best-dressed list.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Photo: Mike Marsland / WireImage

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

The Other Super Bowl Victor: Designer Rubin Singer


The voice of the people—at least the voice as expressed by Twitter—has spoken: Beyoncé shut it down as the Super Bowl halftime act tonight. (Whether she literally shut down the power in the Superdome for a 35-minute spell is unlikely but technically TBD.) She also may have made the career of the New York-based designer Rubin Singer, who designed the leather bodysuit, motorcycle jacket, and lace overlay that the singer wore to perform. He’s also the man behind the costumes of Beyoncé’s Destiny’s Child cohort Michelle Williams and, according to the New York Times, 120 backup dancers. Kelly Rowland went her own way: Her black leather bodysuit came courtesy of Emilio Pucci. All three, however, wore booties by Proenza Schouler.

Photo: Getty Images