Stylists have become so integral to the Hollywood machine that they get their own Power Issue each year in The Hollywood Reporter, a rare doling out of kudos to the men and women who largely work behind the scenes. Herewith, nine notable Emperors and Empresses with all of the clothes.
The Boys’ Club: Evet Sanchez
Whether he’s disembarking from a yacht, man-bun intact, or working a red carpet for The Revenant in a navy Armani suit, Leo trusts his look to one woman: Evet Sanchez. And it’s not just Leo who benefits from her sharp eye for tailoring and elevated basics—she’s also worked on editorial spreads featuring one or more of your crushes: Christoph Waltz, Jack White, Nick Jonas, Jon Hamm, Joshua Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch and James Franco. Seriously, how does she get any work done?
The It-Girl Go-To: Jamie Schneider
Ever wonder how an it-girl polishes her look? Well, people like Jamie Schneider certainly help. Her roster includes styling for Katy Perry, Nicole Richie, Suki Waterhouse, Erin and Sarah Foster, Ashley Benson, Riley Keough and spreads for Britney Spears’ lingerie line and Eva Mendes’ clothing collaboration. Peep her Instagram for plenty of party-hopping shots with bold-name friends like Kate Hudson and Bee Schaffer.
💫Yes….. Glamorous #SukiWaterhouse last night at Sean Penn’s #helphaitihomegala wearing @huishanzhang gown, @brian_atwood shoes, @jenmeyerjewelry jewelry. Hair by @gregoryrussellhair. Makeup by @sarahtannomakeup⭐️ A photo posted by Jamie Schneider (@sweetbabyjamie) on
The Influencer: Cristina Ehrlich
Each awards season, along with breakout performances, there’s a breakout style star. Sometimes a person can be both (see: Lupita Nyong’o collecting her Oscar in pale blue Prada, or Marion Cotillard, then still fresh to North American audiences, in a scalloped mermaid dress that launched a thousand imitations). This year, Brie Larson is the name on Hollywood’s collagen-injected lips, and her recent Golden Globe win, in a golden dress no less, is just the tip of the awards’ season iceberg. To prep for the spotlight on Room, she hired Cristina Ehrlich, a stylist who is using the red carpet to highlight Brie’s youth and sophistication. And Cristina may just be a good luck charm, too: her roster includes two other Globes nominees, Uzo Aduba and Julia Louis-Drefus, and another winner, Maura Tierney.
The Gatekeeper: Elizabeth Saltzman
You may not recognize her name but you’d definitely recognize her look: a certain white Tom Ford cape from the 2012 Oscars was a major fashion moment, and has influenced many a red carpet choice since. Saltzman is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, which makes her a bit of a rare bird in the industry, and she is as judicious with her client list as she is with her outfit choices—she told The Hollywood Reporter that she “doesn’t play games” with design houses and only chooses three looks for a client so as not to waste anyone’s time. Her marquee client is, of course, Gwyneth Paltrow, and she recently styled Saoirse Ronan for the BAFTAs.
The Personality: Brad Goreski
Once upon a time, Brad was Rachel Zoe’s put-upon assistant, but one public split later and he was his own man—and his own brand. Thanks to his cleverly named show (It’s a Brad, Brad World), high-profile TV gigs like Fashion Police and top-notch corporate shilling for brands like Hudson’s Bay, he is as ubiquitous as the starlets he styles. And with a client roster that includes Kaley Cuoco, Bella Thorne, Lea Michele, Sarah Hyland and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, that’s saying something.
@msleamichele looking sexy and chic at #pca in an @eliesaabworld beaded mini dress, @brian_atwood heels and @anitakojewelry 💄 @melaniemakeup 💁🏻 @hairbyjohnd 💅🏻 @jennahipp A photo posted by Brad Goreski (@mrbradgoreski) on
The Fashionable Feminists: Kemal and Karla
If sweetheart mermaid gowns make you wince and sophisticated minimalism makes you swoon, Kemal and Karla are your dream team. They’ve styled red carpet looks for some of most interesting and fiercely dressed women on the red carpet, including Robin Wright, Elisabeth Moss, Carrie Brownstein and Amy Poehler. See? Not a swatch of taffeta in sight. They’ve also created some A-list fashion spreads for Cindy Crawford, Diane Kruger, Lorde and Jennifer Lawrence. You may recognize two of their standout covers: Hailee Steinfeld and Olivia Palermo for this very mag. More Canadian content: Biebs looking all grown up for L’Uomo, Billboard, Teen Vogue and Complex.
The Sister Act: Nina and Clare
Few actresses are as risk-taking and unruffled (in every sense of the word) on the red carpet as Kirsten Dunst. She killed the Golden Globes in a luxe black velvet Valentino gown and often favours esoteric looks by Rodate, Gucci, Chanel and Marc Jacobs. The ladies helping her hone that style? Sister stylists Nina and Clare Hallworth. Another high-profile star often dressed by the duo: Kirsten’s ex and the thinking woman’s hunky movie star, Jake Gyllenhaal. Milestone moments seem to be the sisters’ forte, like Reese in Christian Dior the night she won her Oscar, and a curious photo we stumbled across in their Instagram feed: Jennifer Aniston in an ornate gown, right about the time she would be doing fittings for a wedding dress. Could it be??
A photo posted by @nina.clare on