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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 new 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.
While Emma Stone has been busy crisscrossing the globe, making head-turning appearances promoting The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Zoe Saldana has just been named the newest face of L’Oréal Paris. And those are just two of the high-profile, red-carpet fixtures whom stylist Petra Flannery counts as clients. Known for her unwavering kindness and penchant for bold, statement-making ensembles, Flannery has relied heavily on her unabashed love of fashion and disciplined approach to shape the relationships she’s formed with stars like Amy Adams, Mila Kunis, and Faith Hill. Her unrelenting schedule and seemingly unbreakable track record have placed her on The Hollywood Reporter‘s Most Powerful Stylists list—and at the top or No. 2 for the past three years running, no less. On the road with Stone, Flannery stole some time away to talk to Style.com exclusively about when she knew she’d made it, what it takes to make it work, and why she still loves the hunt for that perfect dress.
When did you first begin styling?
I began styling over ten years ago.
What was your “made it” moment?
Zoe Saldana wearing Givenchy Haute Couture at the 2010 Oscars. I saw it when the show hit Style.com and I instantly knew it was her dress. The Givenchy team met us in Europe while we were there for work and the rest is history. It was truly a fashion moment.
What is your favorite red-carpet moment to date?
There are many I hold close to me because each has a journey. Right now I’m loving Emma Stone in yellow Versace for the 2014 London premiere of Spider-Man.
What is the most unexpected thing you do behind the scenes for clients?
Trying on clothes myself or making my sister, who works with me, try them on. She’s my muse. It really helps to have an understanding of what a garment is like on yourself so you can see it from a real perspective. It’s extremely useful to see the clothes on prior to fittings and have an understanding of their workings.
What’s your look launchpad? How do you begin the process?
I begin my launchpad process by looking up designers that fit my clients’ profiles. I look for the right shapes, and then colors, patterns, and prints. I have to marry my taste to what my clients prefer—always thinking outside the box, though.
What’s your favorite thing to do once the look is out the door?
Honestly, my favorite thing to do is relax and take a deep breath. The work is done.
What’s your everyday stylist’s necessity?
My iPhone/iPad. My job is very visual, so these tools help me, as I can access Style.com on the go. I also keep photo albums from all of my fittings. I constantly use these pictures for reference to fine-tune alterations, as well as to complete a look with jewelry and accessories.
What’s your personal style mantra and how does it affect the way you dress?
My mantra is “modern, clean, and classic.” For work I’m almost uniform-like: ballet flats, cashmere cardigans, and essentials from The Row. I love fashion, and I personally take a minimalist approach.
Zoe Saldana just signed with L’Oréal Paris. Do you think this will affect her style? And how closely do you work with the client’s makeup artist?
It’s very exciting that Zoe just signed on with L’Oréal. This heightens her visibility as an actress and as a brand ambassador. We’ll continue to uphold her fashion status on the red carpet, and as usual push the envelope. I hope it means even more red-carpet appearances.
When it comes to working with makeup artists, yes, I work closely with them. It’s great to have an input on the overall appearance of a client’s look. So much involves color and pairing the two. It’s nice when hair, makeup, and styling can have creative moments as a team. It really shows.
What advice would you give for someone trying to emulate star style?
Be your own star. Create your own personal style. Take your favorite pieces and blend them with what you love from a certain star’s style. Make it unique but subtle—being fashionable is not being loud. Some of the most stylish people are those who can create with the basics.
If you could swap styles with one client, who would it be and why?
It’s hard to choose a particular client. They all have aspects that I want to have, like skin tone so flawless that they can wear plunging necklines and midriff tops, or an incredible way of wearing unique and unexpected colors…the list goes on. I think the beauty of my job is that I’m around all of these smart and creative women. They are very confident in what they like. I love each of their styles because they are very individual. I guess secretly I take a little of everyone’s style and incorporate it into mine. I’m always trying new ideas and looks, so I get personally inspired.
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 Style.com, 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.