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About Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists 2011
The Hollywood Reporter has just compiled their first-ever list of the 25 most powerful celebrity stylists.
The list featured June Ambrose listed as #23 and the only black stylist on the list.
On the cover of the Magazine is none other than Rachel Zoe, who singlehandedly catapulted this once-mysterious occupation into a status job by drawing just as much attention as the stars she dresses.
The magazine’s inaugural list was based on how conspicuous the stylists and their clients have been throughout the year.
“The role of the stylist is important because actresses use dresses to get new parts, change their image and get back at their ex-boyfriends,” says Merle Ginsberg, senior writer for the Hollywood Reporter magazine. “It’s a message to the world.”
1. Rachel Zoe
An A-list client roster, the Bravo reality show, multiple designing and fashion consulting deals and a best-selling book make Zoe the most powerful stylist in Hollywood.
2. Kate Young
The NYC-based stylist is responsible for Natalie Portman‘s acclaimed looks — it’s challenging enough to turn out multiple stunning styles for the It girl but even more impressive when it’s maternity chic. Runway designers Viktor & Rolf, Rodarte and Azzaro all created custom styles for the Oscar winner. Young, who started her career at Vogue, also works with R&B singer Alicia Keys.
3. Petra Flannery
Flannery’s best-dressed clients include Emma Stone (winning looks: Calvin Klein at the Globes and Chanel at Vanity Fair‘s fete), Mila Kunis (winning looks: lavender Elie Saab at the Oscars and Alexander McQueen at the SAGs) and Zoe Saldana. Before making Steinfeld a red-carpet one-to-watch, Flannery created Saldana’s elegant, avant garde style during last year’s Avatar awards campaign, including the daring lavender Givenchy Haute Couture she wore on Oscar Night 2010.
4. Jen Rade
The dazzling emerald Atelier Versace dress that Rade put longtime client Angelina Jolie in at this year’s Globes stole the show. Rade also dresses Pink, Cher and The Office‘s Jenna Fischer, plus she has such commercial styling gigs as Target and Apple’s iPod.
5. Anna Bingemann
From Emmys to Globes, Claire Danes had her most spectacular awards season ever thanks to the Armani Prive, hot-hued Calvin Klein and Louis Vuitton dresses that Bingemann handpicked for her. Bingemann also works with Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts and Tina Fey. She is married to actor-director Griffin Dunne.
6. Cristina Ehrlich
Ehrlich’s longtime clients Penelope Cruz (winning look: a sizzling L’Wren Scott dress that showed off the new mom’s curves at the Oscars) and The Fighter nominee Amy Adams (winning looks: Herve Leroux at the SAGs, Elie Saab at the BAFTAs and Marchesa at the Golden Globes) are both consistently chic. Julianne Hough, Kyra Sedgwick, Ashley Green and Julianna Margulies are also loyal clients.
7. Deborah Waknin
Halle Berry trusts Waknin, who has also done costume design for television, to pull together the most glamorous, sexy red-carpet styles, including her embellished Marchesa gown with Neil Lane jewels at this year’s Oscars. Sandra Bullock also attributes her memorable looks from last year’s Blind Side Oscar campaign to the veteran stylist.
8. Elizabeth Stewart
Stewart styled newcomer nominee Jennifer Lawrence for all of this year’s awards-season events; she also outfits Cate Blanchett — the only fashion risk-taker at this year’s Oscars in Givenchy Couture. Amanda Seyfried, Kristin Davis and Viola Davis are clients too. Pre-styling, Stewart had jobs at The New York Times Magazine and W.
9. Leslie Fremar
Fremar works with some of the fashion crowd’s favorites including Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore (winning looks: Tom Ford at the BAFTAs and Lanvin at the Globes) and Charlize Theron. She got her start in the business as an assistant at Vogue and then as the celebrity dresser for Prada — she’s even rumored to be the inspiration for the catty co-assistant character Emily (Emily Blunt) in The Devil Wears Prada.
10. Jeanne Yang
Katie Holmes‘ personal stylist (they launched the clothing line Holmes & Yang together, which sells at Barneys and Los Angeles’ Maxfield) also keeps Tom Cruise, Melissa Leo and Christian Bale well-dressed.
11. Leith Clark
The young London-based stylist has two of fashion’s It girls, Michelle Williams and Keira Knightley (in addition to styling her for the red carpet, Clark also did Knightley’s most recent ad for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle fragrance).
12. Estee Stanley
Stanley glams up Jessica Biel (who most recently stepped out in Atelier Versace at the Vanity Fair party), and she’s responsible for putting Glee‘s Lea Michele in all of her elegant Oscar de la Renta dresses. In addition to red-carpet styling, Stanley spends time doing editorial styling and interior design.
13. L’Wren Scott
She’s a former model-turned-stylist-turned-full-time designer (Penelope Cruz and Amy Adams both wore her dresses to the Oscars), but she still makes the list for semi-secretly styling longtime client and friend Nicole Kidman, who donned Prada, Nina Ricci and L’Wren Scott this season. It’s rumored that Scott also helps Sarah Jessica Parker.
14. Jessica Paster
Paster persuaded Annette Bening to trade in her black pantsuits for more glamorous styles this season including a beaded Tony Ward dress at the SAGs and Marchesa at the BAFTAs. She also keeps Emily Blunt looking chic.
15. Rob Zangardi & Mariel Haenn
The styling duo works with Jennifer Lopez, Rachel McAdams, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and Rihanna — enough said.
16. Maryam Malakpour
Malakpour puts together Heidi Klum‘s red-carpet looks and Project Runway wardrobe.She also has the Rolling Stones and Courteney Cox as clients.
17. Tanya Gill
Gill glams up Hilary Swank (winning look: Gucci Premiere at the Oscars) and Jane Fonda. She also dressed Kate Winslet for several awards seasons.
18. Tiina Laakonen
Laakonen’s top client, Carey Mulligan, is the new fashion girl that every major designer wants to dress.
19. George Kotsiopoulos
Kotsiopoulos worked with Freida Pinto for her Oscar campaign and has dressed Kristen Stewart, Kerry Washington and Katy Perry. He’s also a regular on E!’s Fashion Police. Last year, he dressed Kathryn Bigelow for the Academy Awards when she won her Oscar for Best Director.
20. Nicole Chavez
Chavez’s leading ladies include Scarlett Johansson (winning look: Dolce & Gabbana at the Oscars), Rachel Bilson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Katherine Heigl.
21. Annabel Tollman
The sassy British stylist works with Jessica Simpson and Cynthia Nixon, but she is best known for having dressed Scarlett Johansson in sexy, curve-hugging dresses for several seasons.
22. Brad Goreski
Rachel Zoe’s former assistant (they parted ways in October) is a rising star in the styling world. Goreski not only landed Jessica Alba as his client (she parted ways with longtime stylist Daniel Caudill) but also got the job styling designer Kate Spade’s Fall 2011 collection.
23. June Ambrose
The NYC-based stylist, who penned the book Effortless Style, works with Diddy, Jay Z, Kelly Ripa and Mariah Carey.
24. Samantha McMillen
She dresses some of Hollywood’s most dashing men including Johnny Depp (winning look: Ralph Lauren Black Label tux at the Globes) and women like Michelle Pfeiffer.
25. Simone Harouche
Nicole Richie hired Harouche after splitting from Zoe. The stylist also dresses Christina Aguilera and Miley Cyrus.