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September 2 2014

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Stylist Jen Rade: “Take A Xanax And Good Luck To You”

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At the moment, the only thing on the minds of fashion insiders is New York fashion week. Jen Rade, the Hollywood stylist behind Angelina Jolie’s winning red-carpet looks, is the exception. The L.A.-based Rade, who came in at number six on The Hollywood Reporter‘s 25 Most Powerful Stylists list this year, is in New York this week to promote her new gig as a spokeswoman for T.J.Maxx and Marshalls, and she doesn’t plan on staying in the city for next week’s madness. “Other than the editors and buyers there, most people at the shows are just scenesters,” Rade tells Style.com. “So instead of going and sitting in the dark scribbling little shorthand notes and hearts on the program, I’d rather go on Style.com and look at each look slowly without all the clamor and illusion.”

Surprisingly enough, Rade doesn’t really have any favorite designers or labels, either. “It’s about the individual piece. It makes no difference to me who made it, where it came from, if that designer’s hot or not right now,” says Rade, who also dresses Pink and Kim Kardashian, among others (and originally started out in the business doing costume design for hip-hop videos for the likes of Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and LL Cool J). “Sometimes there will be a year where I hate everything from a certain designer, and then all of a sudden our aesthetics will align.”

So how does she create so many smash hits (think: Jolie’s now notorious Atelier Versace gown at the Oscars this year and the sky-high slit that went with it)? “They’re not my dolls to dress and we have to agree on what they like. Ultimately, confidence is the best accessory,” she advises. “After all, these women are the ones who have to walk around with all the lights blaring and photographers up their asses. I’m like, ‘Take a Xanax and good luck to you.’ It’s very nerve-racking for all parties involved, but I have to just put them in the limo and let go.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

The Best Behind The Best-Dressed

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“Styling is totally like when you’re dating a guy,” said Jessica Paster at yesterday’s inaugural 25 Most Powerful Stylists luncheon (co-sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo) at L.A.’s Soho House. “You have to have chemistry.”

Paster, who made number 17 on the list, along with the likes of list toppers Kate Young, Leslie Fremar, and Petra Flannery, has proven that she’s got that special touch with her clients, a group that includes Emily Blunt, Felicity Jones, and Bridesmaids‘ Ellie Kemper. “I usually get intimidated at fittings,” said Kemper, who was wearing a blue and white silk cocktail dress by Peter Pilotto. “But Jessica knows how to make me feel comfortable.” The chemistry is so good between some of the stylists and their clients, they often finish each other’s sentences. When Zoe Saldana forgot the maker of the lace sheath she was sporting, her stylist Flannery—who also counts Claire Danes and Emma Stone as clients—stepped in to save the day. “Alexis Mabille!” she answered.

As for the whereabouts of Hollywood’s most powerful stylist, Rachel Zoe (number one on last year’s list), she wasn’t in attendance at yesterday’s luncheon because the new mom and Bravo star has become too big to rank. Zoe former assistant Brad Goreski (who now styles the likes of Jessica Alba and Demi Moore) made the cut this year at number 20.

Photo: Jeff Vespa / Getty Images

Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists List, Unveiled

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This afternoon, Hollywood’s top stylists are gathering at Soho House in Los Angeles for the inaugural 25 Most Powerful Stylists Luncheon, co-hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo. Last year’s top three stylists on the list were fashion powerhouses Rachel Zoe (who took the first place honors), Kate Young (pictured), and Petra Flannery, and this morning, THR unveiled that Young, whose clients include Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, and Rachel Weisz, has come out on top this year.

Zoe was excused from this year’s list because “her success has been so beyond what anyone thought a stylist could achieve,” according to THR. That’s for sure—her earnings are rumored to be at a $10,000-a-day fee. Leslie Fremar, stylist to the likes of Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon, came in a close second, and Flannery, who dresses Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, and Mila Kunis (among others), nabbed the number three spot. Click here for the full list and check back tomorrow for Style.com’s full report on the luncheon.

Photo: Dean Neville / BFAnyc.com

Celebrity Stylist Luncheon Set For March, Stephen Jones Talks About His Marc Jacobs Hats, Inside Margherita Missoni’s Apartment, And More…

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The first-ever celebrity stylist luncheon, held by The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo in sync with the publication’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists List, is set for March 14. Editors are holding out on making their final decisions until after the Oscars this weekend. [WWD]

Milliner Stephen Jones is the master behind the elaborate floppy hats at the Marc Jacobs show. Of the 60 hats, which he started work on back in November, he says, “Marc had this idea about the face being surrounded by volume and about beauty. We researched Edwardian shapes and Veronica Lake shapes.” [Vogue U.K.]

For its second feature story, the newly launched site LifeStyle Mirror was welcomed inside Margherita Missoni’s Milan apartment. In the film, Missoni talks about her early love of fashion. [LifeStyle Mirror]

Alessandro Dell’Acqua has expanded his No. 21 women’s line to include shoes. Dell’Acqua has signed a two-year licensing agreement with Italian shoemaker Kallisté for the shoe line, which will officially debut in Milan today. [WWD]

Photo: Dylan Don / LifeStyle Mirror