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August 22 2014

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Dressing for Fame: Karla Welch on Styling Hollywood’s Elite

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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.

Karla Welch

Karla WelchAs one-half of the bicoastal styling team Kemal & Karla, Karla Welch holds down the proverbial fort in Los Angeles (her partner does the same in New York), tending to her coterie of clients. Those “girls,” as she affectionately calls them, include an array of talents, such as Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel, Olivia Wilde, Robin Wright, and Hailee Steinfeld. Bringing a relaxed California vibe to the partnership, Welch’s résumé spans an impressive list of advertising campaigns, editorials, commercials, and those always-prescient red-carpet appearances. With a keen sense of individuality and an astute awareness of her clients’ singular needs, Welch delivers looks that are fitting for the wearer, and breathtaking for us watching at home. Here, Welch reveals exclusively to Style.com how she juggles her busy schedule, what it takes to find the perfect red-carpet look, and the most important thing she’s learned along the way.

How did you originally break into styling?
I made my husband [photographer Matthew Welch] hire me.

What was your pivotal “I made it” moment?
Ha, I’m not sure. I’ve never thought about it—though my trip to Dallas this year for the Chanel show was pretty epic. I’m forever excited to keep growing.

Mad Men just premiered and Elisabeth Moss has had quite the red-carpet run. How has her style evolved over the show’s many seasons?

Lizzie and I have just been working together for the last year and a half. It’s been fun to work our way into these great fashion moments and having designers wanting to lend. Her talent is huge—we came together at a wonderful point.

You worked with Amy Poehler on her Golden Globes wardrobe. How does styling an awards show host differ from styling a single red-carpet look?
Well, the main thing is that she is working up there. She has to be able to move, look great on camera, do a quick change, win! But the process is similar to anyone attending. We just times it by four.

Do you think a dress should be able to stand on its own, or do you sometimes want the accessories to really shine?
The dress is the cake. The rest is the icing.

Do you ever have a typical day? If so, what does it look like?
Coffee. Team meeting. E-mails. Showroom pulls. Store pulls. Fitting. Home. Sleep. Repeat.

Where can we usually find you—and what are you doing—at the end of awards season?
Moving on to the next.

How do you manage all of your numerous clients and their disparate personalities, aesthetics, and tastes?
Whenever I start with a new client or a press tour for one of my girls, I try to really clear my mind and think, Where are we going with our look? What story are we telling? From there, I do market work for each client every season and keep a bible of what I will request for specific events. You know with each client what will work, who will like what. We keep notes, but I’ve worked with the majority of my clients for many years, so it’s all in my brain.

If you weren’t styling, what would you be doing?
Fighting for girls and women’s rights. Professionally.

What have you learned from red-carpet mishaps?

Always have a backup dress.

How do you manage your own style when you’re working so feverishly on other people’s looks?
I can dress in ten minutes and I always have a red lip!

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com 

Punk, Algae, and the Eighties Unite in Annelise Michelson’s Fall ’14

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Annelise Michelson

Ever since Annelise Michelson exploded onto the fashion scene three years ago (and spawned a thousand copycats) with her Carnivore ring, she has gathered quite a following: Lady Gaga, Alison Mosshart, Eva Green, Theodora Richards, and Robin Wright are all fans of her bold, jagged aesthetic.

This Fall, Michelson spins her Carnivore design into one- or two-tiered chokers—a few of those caught our eye on the streets of PFW—as well as a “lobe cuff” (a spike holds it in place on pierced ears). Another femme fatale theme is déchaîné, a term that in French means cutting loose in a big way but also toys with the idea of chains. Here, oversize broken links are fused on massive chokers inspired in equal parts by the work of Helmut Newton and the jewelry Michelson’s mother sported back in the eighties. “I wanted something highly contemporary, slightly punk, but also timeless because that’s what chains are,” she explained. Elsewhere, the designer takes an equally bold but more organic turn with an algae-inspired collection of large pieces with curled edges. “I’d been mulling a marine theme and collecting shells, and all of a sudden I realized that algae would make a good bracelet,” she observed. Who knew punk and kelp could make such lovely bedfellows?

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Golden Girls: Stylists Karla Welch and Kemal Harris Take Us Inside the Glamorous Globes

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Olivia, Amy, and Zooey

As we’re sure you’re aware, last night, Hollywood’s elite walked the red carpet for the Golden Globes. But it wasn’t just a big evening for the actors and directors who took home gilded statuettes—it’s an important affair for fashion folk, too. Mega stylists Karla Welch and Kemal Harris were not just on the scene, but also behind the scenes dressing co-host Amy Poehler (who looked svelte in Stella McCartney), Elisabeth Moss (who took home a best actress award while wearing J. Mendel), Olivia Wilde (who was radiant in Gucci Première), Zooey Deschanel (who opted for an elegant Oscar de la Renta gown), Robin Wright (who shimmered in Reem Acra while accepting her best actress honor), Hailee Steinfeld (who partied in Andrew Gn), and more. Here, Welch shares the pair’s Golden Globes diary and gives Style.com a firsthand account of what it’s like to dress leading ladies for one of Hollywood’s most glam-packed events.

Zooey Deschanel's Oscar de la Renta look

Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at Zooey Deschanel’s Oscar de la Renta look for the Globes.

Amy's Clutch

This is a custom cuff I designed for Jacob & Co. with the Rauwolf clutch that Amy Poehler carried.

Stella Night

Amy Poehler had a Stella night.

Stella

The beginning! Sketches and swatches from the Stella team.

amy jewels

For Amy’s opening look, we went for Neil Lane vintage gold. Our mantra was, “What would Carol Burnett do?” Sometimes, more is more and it’s always better to have fun! Continue Reading “Golden Girls: Stylists Karla Welch and Kemal Harris Take Us Inside the Glamorous Globes” »

Gucci Honors Women In Film, Vuitton Gets Sticky, Puma Sets Sails for America’s Cup, And More…

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Actress Jessica Chastain, one of the stars from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has been nominated, along with Caroline Champetier, Federica Pontremoli, Nansun Shi, and Athina Tsangari, for Gucci’s first Award for Women in Cinema. The final decision will be made at the 68th Venice International Film Festival by an impressive group of judges: Frida Giannini, Robin Wright, James Franco, and Valeria Golino. [Vogue U.K.]

Here’s a new pairing for you: milk and Vuitton. Under the name La Belle Jardiniere, Louis Vuitton has released its haute honey, straight from the roof of their Paris headquarters. [Hint]

During this year’s America’s World Cup Series, you can hit up port Puma in between races. As the official sportswear label for the event, they will have pop-up fan shops at ports hosting the races and official America’s Cup gear for sale online as well. The series’ kickoff events begin August 6 in Portugal. [WWD]

New mom Miranda Kerr proved she is ready for sailing and suit season when she showed off her rocking body in a Jets swimsuit on the David Jones runway this morning. She didn’t wait to get rid of any baby weight, that’s for sure. [Racked]

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images