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In 2012, the platform was declared dead. That wasn’t exactly the case, but simpler, single-soled pumps have indeed been on the incline. And if the red carpet is any indication, we’ve now reached the next phase of this shoe-shedding trend with the growing popularity of Stuart Weitzman’s Nudist sandal. In recent months, Stars like Shailene Woodley, Diane Kruger, Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Schilling, and more have been spotted wearing the style, which is simple, sophisticated, and versatile. Stuart Weitzman offers them in more than 15 varieties of color, texture, and heel height, but our favorites are the leg-lengthening nude in Pan Goose Bump Nappa ($398), the Pyrite Nocturn ($398), and the Palette Python Patent. The latter are currently on sale for $199.
Dressing for Fame: Ilaria Urbinati Talks Styling Shailene Woodley and a Gaggle of Hollywood’s Leading Gents-------
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.
Sure, the ladies generally reign supreme on the red carpet, but sometimes it’s tailored menswear that gets our undivided attention. Stylist Ilaria Urbinati has A-list actresses (like Shailene Woodley) and dapper leading gents (including Bradley Cooper) on her client roster. The latter bunch call on her for every camera-captured turn. Here, she talks to Style.com about styling politics, what it takes to prep a man for the red carpet, and why she thinks being a Virgo has helped her career.
How did you begin styling?
I started out in retail. I was a buyer for various boutiques—Satine, Milk, and my aunt’s store Laura Urbinati—almost right out of high school. I would style a lot of the lookbooks and runway shows for the designers we carried in the stores. I eventually went freelance and just kept going from there!
What about your early experience sets you apart from other stylists?
I grew up in a family of crazy workers. Work ethic ranked really high in our household, so I’m a bit of a machine when it comes to the hours I’m willing to put in. I also grew up in Europe in a pretty artistic family—my mom and grandpa are art dealers, my father is a photographer, and my aunt and sister are both designers. I knew who Irving Penn and Richard Avedon were before I knew basic math, so this stuff’s been seeping in since before I even realized it. Having that mental database of fashion and the arts definitely affects my sense of aesthetic. I’m also a super anal-retentive and over-organized crazy Virgo, which makes me really efficient. I don’t know how in the world someone could be a stylist and not be super-organized—it would be impossible.
You style a host of A-list actors, from Bradley Cooper and Chris Evans to Armie Hammer and Will Arnett. How does dressing men differ from styling women?
People always assume dressing men is easier. That’s true in the sense that there are way less politics than there are with women—there’s no fighting to get your hands on certain dresses that can only be worn once. But it isn’t easier in the sense that menswear takes precision and a certain meticulousness. It’s all about the details, tailoring, color combos, and fabric. Quality is key, and you can’t get away with a cheap suit. It’s really about trying to think outside the box because you have more limitations with menswear. I have zero interest in putting a guy in just another gray or black suit. But I also don’t believe in too many bells and whistles. You need to strike the right balance.
When dressing men, what’s the first step? Is it a collaborative process? And where do you find inspiration?
I’m always into some new thing, whether it be printed shirts or a new color combo, so I get really excited to try it on my guys. It’s always a collaborative process. It’s important to me that the guy always feels like himself, while maybe trying something new every once in a while. There’s a lot of camaraderie in fittings, so we make jokes like, “Shut up, look pretty, do what I say, and you’ll be the best-dressed you in the room.” I find that men are able to have such a great sense of humor about fittings and fashion—they don’t take it too seriously, in a good way.
Shailene Woodley has drawn a ton of attention lately for her head-turning red-carpet appearances. What is it like to work with her?
Shailene is just such a special human, she really is so heaven. We are always on the same page, and I think she likes that I don’t try to make her look like someone she’s not, but also encourage her to try new things. For instance, we do a lot of bright colors, which was new for her.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
The politics, for sure. You just want to do your job and put your clients in your favorite looks, but it’s not always that simple. There’s the celebrity’s team to contend with, there’s the designers’ wishes to keep in mind—like sometimes we’ll run into a problem when I want to put a dress on someone but the event won’t have photos. Certain designers only lend to certain girls but not others, and there’s not always any rhyme or reason to it. It’s all about who the designers like personally, basically—who they’re fans of.
Sometimes I feel like I have to play publicist. I’ll pitch the client to the designer: “Look how many covers they are on! Look at this big movie they have coming out! They’re blowing up!” It’s silly, but it helps!
What’s your favorite part of the job?
The relationship with the client. I feel lucky because I truly love my clients—some of them feel like family. It’s a really intimate relationship, to dress someone. And I love that collaborative process. The best compliment I can get is that my client feels like him or herself. And I would never want my clients to all dress the same. I don’t want them to have an “Ilaria signature look.” I want their look to feel unique to them.
I also love that there’s a real bond within this generation of stylists. We aren’t competitive and we root for each other. Kemal & Karla, Jeanne Yang, Wendi and Nicole Ferreira, Cher Coulter, Sam McMillen, Joseph Cassell—we are all buddies, and we are genuinely excited for each other when we have a great fashion hit.”
Since debuting Honor about two years ago, designer Giovanna Randall has cultivated her feminine label as meticulously as an orchid. Case in point: In an unusual business move, Randall opened up a standalone boutique in the Meatpacking District (after just two seasons under her belt), where her designs have sold exclusively until now. By keeping things small-scale, she has been able to develop Honor’s identity without yielding to the demands of retailers. This has allowed her to fine-tune the production process—using top-notch fabrics like substantial crepe, python-stamped silk, and delicate tulle from Europe, while constructing everything locally in New York—before going big.
This attention to detail is evident in Honor’s cleverly crafted clothing, which is favored by cool girls like George Clooney’s The Descendants co-star Shailene Woodley, who turned up at a recent Hunger Games premiere in an Art Deco, floral-print silk maxi dress from Fall. (According to Randall, her new collection tells the love story of a preppy college guy who meets an Argentinian ingenue while studying abroad, and reflects the merging of their two worlds.) Eveningwear looks have emerged as a calling card, perhaps because of the brand’s increasing celebrity fans—Woodley and Alexa Chung sat front-row at the latest runway show. But Honor also excels with everyday pieces, including flirty frocks and tailored shorts suits, not to mention noteworthy accessories like sharp briefcases and suede platform pumps from a collaboration with Tabitha Simmons.
Today, the label launches the e-commerce component of its Web site—standard operating procedure for most lines. But what’s noteworthy here is that customers can place special orders for pieces that were never produced from past seasons, indicating Randall’s bespoke approach to design. So, for example, Honor will custom-make one of its editorially appealing yet less practical petticoats that appeared in the Spring collection. Here, check out the label’s new Spring ad campaign, styled by Kate Young (who, last week, was crowned as Hollywood’s top stylist), debuting exclusively on Style.com.