Top 25 (5) Power Stylists in Hollywood

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Tinseltown's most in-demand stylists were ranked in The Hollywood Reporter's Top 25 Power Stylists in Hollywood






1. ELIZABETH STEWART
From Cannes to the Oscars, she dressed Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts in 102 looks.

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"I used to have a fantasy of a TV show called Class With Trash because my specialty is a Sno Ball."

WHY SHE MATTERS

There’s power in numbers — and from the Cannes Film Festival to the Oscars, Stewart dressed ultra-A-listers Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts in 102 looks in total, with nary a fashion misstep.

CLIENTS

Cate Blanchett, Sandy Bullock, Julie Roberts, Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried, January Jones, Kristin Davis

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FASHION BIO

Stewart, the daughter of a Marine colonel father and Spanish mother, spent much of her childhood in Barcelona. She studied journalism at the University of South Carolina before moving to New York, where she worked as a Women’s Wear Daily editor. She then relocated to Paris to style covers in the Fairchild offices there, eventually moving to Los Angeles via Manhattan for the The New York Times magazine. Stewart met her first client, Calista Flockhart, during the actress’ Ally McBeal heyday. The power stylist and mom of two teenagers — daughter Ivy and son Ben with her TV writer-producer husband, Rob Bragin — lives and works in Santa Monica.

HER TOP LOOK

“Cate’s Golden Globes look was an incredible way to start the season,” says Stewart of the winner’s black tulle and lace Armani Prive (No. 1 on “The Looks That Made the List”). “The kicker is that the earrings were from Chopard’s new Green collection, something I want to support.” Bullock also stood out in a pink and orange dress with lace detailing by Australian designer Alex Perry at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (No. 2).

OSCARS PHILOSOPHY

The Blue Jasmine winner had three options from Giorgio Armani on Oscar morning: two custom-created gowns and one right off the runway. “It was a very last-minute choice,” says Stewart of the soft-gold embellished Armani Prive look (No. 3) from the designer’s fall 2013 couture collection. According to Armani, a longtime friend of Blanchett, “In my book, Cate has cemented a place for herself on the eternal best-dressed list.” August: Osage County nominee Roberts also had the pick of two one-of-a-kind Givenchy gowns. “I really relate to what Riccardo Tisci does,” says Stewart, who ended up dressing Roberts in the black lace peplum Givenchy Couture (No. 4). “Riccardo made another dress that was wilder; we are going to save it for another moment.” When it comes to juggling nominees, Stewart keeps three assistants to help during awards season but only one full-time assistant for most of the year: “Timing helped a lot — Cate and Julia got ready in the same hotel and Julia leaves later, so I was able to see them both out the door.”

BEYOND THE RED CARPET

Unlike many of her contemporaries, Stewart has no plans for a self-named fashion line or book. “I admire the stylists who do that so much, but it’s just not my thing,” she says. When the dress fittings are done and awards season’s a wrap, you’ll find Stewart working away on her charity, P.S. Arts (she hosts an annual lunch in the spring to help raise funds for art programs), or at home cooking. “I used to have a fantasy of a TV show called Class With Trash because my specialty is a Sno Ball,” says Stewart, referring to the bright-pink coconut and marshmallow-filled Hostess snacks. “I can make an entire Sno Ball, but using the best quality chocolate.”




2. PETRA FLANNERY
She dressed two of this awards season’s majors: American Hustle’s Amy Adams and Homeland’s Claire Danes. And prefers not to play it safe.

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"I quite like a boyish feel in clothes, a la Celine."

WHY SHE MATTERS

She dressed two of this awards season’s majors: American Hustle‘s Amy Adams and Homeland‘s Claire Danes. But even with such high stakes, Flannery prefers not to play it safe, i.e., Emma Stone‘s love-it-or-hate-it Chanel separates at the Globes.

CLIENTS

Amy Adams, Claire Danes, Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, Sarah Paulson

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HER NEW GET

Flannery added Adams to her roster last summer. At the 2013 New York Film Festival’s closing night, the actress wowed the crowd in a lavender Prabal Gurung long-sleeved sheath (No. 5).

HER TOP LOOKS

Oscar nominee Adams channeled her Hustle character with a plunging Valentino Shanghai Collection burgundy and red gown (No. 6) at the Globes.

OSCAR PHILOSOPHY

Flannery first and foremost looks at silhouettes and color. “What shapes flatter that person, what shades work and what feels right in conjunction with the style of the dress,” says Flannery. “The wrong color can take away from the elegance of a design.”

LABELS SHE LOVES

Chanel, The Row, Givenchy

SIGNATURE STYLE

The Los Angeles-based stylist, who grew up in California, likes classic modern designs. She says, “I quite like a boyish feel in clothes, a la Celine.”

ULTIMATE STYLE ICON

Saldana. “Every time we do a fitting, I want to wear what she puts on. I just want to look as good as her in clothes!”




3. MICAELA ERLANGER
Erlanger took Hollywood newcomer Lupita Nyong’o from unknown to red carpet queen.

"Michelle [Dockery] was my first major client; her Globes dress was life-changing."

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WHY SHE MATTERS

One Prada at a time, Erlanger took Hollywood newcomer Lupita Nyong’o from unknown actress to the one to watch on the red carpet — and landed her a major ad campaign with Miu Miu along the way.

CLIENTS

Lupita Nyong’o, Michelle Dockery, Olivia Munn

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FASHION BIO

After graduating with a fashion degree from New York City’s Parsons, Erlanger worked for six years as the late Annabel Tollman‘s styling assistant: “Annabel taught me everything about celebrity dressing,” says Erlanger, whose first client was Joely Richardson for the Anonymous and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo press tours. Erlanger met Dockery slightly more than a year ago when the Downton Abbey star’s makeup artist introduced them — their first collaboration was a white and gold Alexandre Vauthier Couture gown for the 2013 Globes. “Michelle was my first major client; her Globes dress was life-changing,” says Erlanger. Fast-forward to summer 2013, when Dockery befriended little-known Kenyan actress Nyong’o on the set of their action-thriller flick Non-Stop and offered to put the star of director Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave in touch with her stylist. “Michelle said, ‘When you’re ready, I have the perfect stylist for you,’ ” recalls Nyong’o. Adds Erlanger, who first outfitted Nyong’o in white-and-gold Prada (No. 7) during the Toronto Film Festival: “The rest is history.”

HER TOP LOOK

The fashion buzz surrounding Nyong’o continued to build throughout awards season, but when she stepped out in a red Ralph Lauren caped gown at the Globes (No. 8), her Hollywood A-list fashion status was secured. Erlanger describes it as “the perfect dress, on the perfect girl, for the perfect moment.” Another standout was Dockery’s custom red and burgundy Prada (No. 9) at the Emmys. “It was so beautiful and so representative of Michelle’s natural elegance,” says Erlanger.






4. KARLA WELCH & KEMAL HARRIS
The bicoastal styling duo styled nine actresses for the Globes alone, one of them co-host Amy Poehler.

"Our girls need to stand out in the crowd, so a fun pop of color or a cool beading detail helps differentiate them."

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WHY THEY MATTER

The bicoastal styling duo styled nine actresses for the Globes alone, one of them co-host Amy Poehler. Her custom Stella McCartney wardrobe catapulted the Parks and Recreation actress from comic-cute to fashionably chic overnight, while Olivia Wilde‘s green Gucci made her one of the most stylish pregnant ladies ever.

CLIENTS

Amy Poehler, Olivia Wilde, Robin Wright, Pink, Elisabeth Moss, Justin Bieber, Zooey Deschanel, Haley Steinfield

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THEIR TOP LOOKS

“It was a non-traditional design that was super flattering,” says Harris of Wright’s Ralph Lauren black gown with a graphic-print bodice at the Emmys (No. 10). Adds Wright: “It had a female Matrix thing going on.” The stylist describes the actress as “drama free,” and Wright returns the praise: “Kemal doesn’t push, there’s no forcing the style.” Moss’ beaded black and red J. Mendel design with cap sleeves impressed at the Globes (No. 11). “It was perfect,” says the Mad Men actress.

OSCAR PHILOSOPHY

For Her‘s Wilde, who wore a mod-style, black and white Valentino, “We try to keep in mind color and texture,” says Harris. “Our girls need to stand out in the crowd, so a fun pop of color or a cool beading detail helps differentiate them.”

LABELS THEY LOVE

Prada, Dior, Comme des Garcons, Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Skingraft




5. LESLIE FREMAR
Charlize, Reese, Julianne, Scarlett — she’s one of the few with enough first name-only clients to rival this year’s top stylist, Elizabeth Stewart.

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WHY SHE MATTERS

Charlize, Reese, Julianne, Scarlett — she’s one of the few with enough first name-only clients to rival this year’s top stylist, Stewart. While Moore and Theron spent much of the year off the carpet, 2013′s most powerful stylist delivered high-impact looks with Witherspoon and Johansson.

CLIENTS
Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly

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HER TOP LOOK

Witherspoon had two fashion home runs Oscar weekend — a print Giambattista Valli Couture top and skirt at the Independent Spirit Awards and a plunging Hugo Boss dress at the Vanity Fair Oscar party (No. 12). “I was nervous about Reese wearing it,” says Fremar. “People think of her as cute and pretty, but she’s sexy.”

OSCAR PHILOSOPHY

“Charlize has worn white and pink, so I thought it would be incredible to do a black dress,” says Fremar. “She wasn’t sure but said, ‘I trust you,’ ” says Fremar about the dramatic black Christian Dior Couture that designer Raf Simons custom-made with illusion tulle straps “for a floating effect” (No. 13).

BEYOND THE RED CARPET

Fremar lives with her two little boys and their dad in a cozy-chic Tribeca loft that longtime client and friend Moore helped decorate, and she’s now overhauling a small weekend farmhouse upstate.


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6. RACHEL ZOE

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WHY SHE MATTERS

A celebrity in her own right, Zoe boasts clients such as Hollywood’s most in-demand film actress, Jennifer Lawrence (who commands more than $10 million per Hunger Games movie and recently upped her Dior contract for another three years for a rumored $15 million), and TV’s highest-paid actress, Sofia Vergara (who earned $30 million last year from Modern Family and endorsement deals with CoverGirl, Kmart and Diet Pepsi).

CLIENTS

Jen Lawrence, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Garner, Gwen Stefani, LiLo, Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz

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HER NEW GET

Vergara teamed up with Zoe in October, when she wore a black Zuhair Murad dress to her Machete Kills premiere and followed it with a full-skirted Zac Posen ball gown at the Globes — no more mermaid hemline! (No. 14).

HER TOP LOOKS

Lawrence’s strapless red Christian Dior Couture at the Oscars was elegant but a bit of a yawn; the real showstopper was a broken-glass-embroidered Tom Ford minidress — edgy and oozing sex appeal — that she wore to the Vanity Fair bash (No. 15). The American Hustle nominee’s black Dior at the SAG Awards was equally dazzling, with colored sequins that created a disco-ball effect when flashbulbs popped (No. 16).

ULTIMATE STYLE ICONS

“Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and Bianca Jagger,” says Zoe, who welcomed her second son, Kaius Jagger Berman — a nod to Bianca and her famous ex, Mick Jagger — in December.

BEYOND THE RED CARPET

Zoe’s Bravo reality show was canceled in August, but she continues to design her fashion line. She will release her second book, Living in Style, on March 25 — a follow-up to her New York Times‘ best-seller Style A to Zoe — focusing on home decor, entertaining and beauty.


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