THR takes a look at the top stylists in Hollywood and we, quite naturally, have a lot of thoughts on the matter.
Lupita Nyong’o, Micaela Erlanger, Michelle Dockery
Karla Welch and Elisabeth Moss
Samantha McMillen, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning
Christina Erhlich and Margot Robbie
Rose Byrne and Penny Lovell
Robin Wright and Kemal Harris
Kristen Stewart and Tara Swennen
Thought #1: We’re asked a lot whether it’s fair to criticize a star for the decisions a stylist makes. Looking at Micaela Erlanger with her two top clients, Lupita Nyong’o and Michelle Dockery (who look STUNNING side by side and need to immediately make a movie together about fabulous women with delicate features and spines of steel fucking shit up because they can) illustrates nicely that a stylist has to work within whatever boundaries the client establishes. Michelle and Lupita have some similarities in their styles (they tend to favor crisp, colorful and Euro), but Lupita’s a FAR more adventurous fashionista than Michelle is.
Thought # 2: This is a gorgeously shot and (no surprise here) styled editorial.
Thoughts #3 – #100: Ladies (and certain gentlemen), you best watch yourselves. You’re making yourself the center of the story and that doesn’t end well in this world. We’re seeing an intense public focus on stylists lately and we don’t think that’s going to be a good thing for them in the long run. The fashion world is a multi-billion-dollar industry and unlike a whole hell of a lot of other industries, fiercely circles its wagons and then collectively lashes out when someone other than the producers of fashion and fashion journalism (the designers and top-ranking editors) grabs the spotlight. Remember the ’90s and the heyday of the supermodel? The fashion world didn’t like that the most popular and visible names and faces of the industry were the people who have absolutely no input into the product the industry puts out. It wielded its considerable power to course correct and change the way the industry approached and treated popular models. And thus the age of the supermodel ended right around the turn of the century after only about a decade of existence. It was followed quickly by the Age of the Fashion Editor, with Anna Wintour and Nina Garcia becoming household names and ensuring that the correct people were designated the face of the fashion industry; the people who were allowed to talk about it and represent it. But then the Age of the Fashion Blogger tried to happen, but because fashion bloggers have literally no power at all in the industry, that age came to a close the quickest of all. This past Fashion Week in New York was largely fashion blogger-free because the industry once again got fed up with the wrong people gaining access to the spotlight and becoming the story.
What we’re trying to say is this: everything we know about observing this industry tells us that it’s not going to allow the Age of the Stylist to get out of hand. When the question stops being “Who are you wearing?” and turns into “Who styled you?” you can bet an industry smackdown is coming. We’re already seeing how several stars love to brag about not using stylists. We’re also seeing how the fashion houses are openly paying the stars to wear their goods, which means the need for an outside stylist is practically nil. Why would Jennifer Lawrence hire a stylist when she’s got the House of Dior paying her to wear their goods? Why not have someone in-house pick out everything for her instead of paying some attention-seeking stylist?
We’re just sayin’, is all. We love your work, stylists, but we’re not sure it’s a good idea to be posing for high-end editorials like this. Granted, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Rachel Zoe is largely responsible for the idea of spotlight-seeking stylists, and if you believe what you hear, a lot of her clients didn’t like it at all.
[Photo Credit: The Hollywood Reporter]