The picture proposed by actors as they take their turn on the red carpet in a variety of glittering dresses is just one of effortless chic. However, for their stylists, awards season is a fashion endurance marathon which kicks off August together with the Venice Film Festival and finishes with the Academy Awards in February, with countless premieres, parties and panel discussions sprinkled in between, rather than an outfit repeated.
There are just so many dresses to move about and only so a lot of people which produce red carpet gowns and by the time the Oscars are on, we’ve seen a lot of them already,Jordan Johnson, Lincoln’s collaborator, explained. And while established stylists may possess a Rolodex bursting with artists that they could call on to fasten the dress of the client’s fantasies, competition may be fierce.
“Right now, we’ve narrowed it down to approximately five choices. I think we’ve got the most requested dresses from each group on hold,Zangardi said somewhat sheepishly. “Jen did end up wearing one of those Ralph Russo couture looks for the Grammys and she has two more events — the Oscars and the Vanity Fair party — so holding a couple dresses isn’t crazy. We never understand what she is going to wear until the night time.
It helps of course if, such as J.Lo, your client’s every sartorial statement goes viral, while it’s a work out ensemble or a awards show dress; or they’re the face of a fashion house. When Lincoln and Johnson first began dressing Jennifer Lawrence, as an example, she had been under a three-year contract with Dior, reported worth $15-20 million, so that stipulated she wear the label exclusively for important red carpet events.
“It’s definitely easier when your customer must wear a specific designer and they are going to work with you to create something,said Johnson, who’s flown to Paris with Lawrence on many occasions to pick out dresses. If we’re performing a personalized dress, we’ll discuss with our customer what they have in mind, consider some pictures and use that as a beginning point. We’ll return and forth together with the plan house, they may send sketches, fabric swatches, and then we reach the toile point where they make a mock-up for your customer to try on before producing the last piece.
However, not every celebrity has designers lining up to dress them. Stars such as Megan Mullally, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy have been vocal about their struggles to locate Red Carpet Dresses — particularly as the options are usually a sample dimension (typically a US size 2 to size 4) and loaned at the designer’s discretion. Emerging talent can also struggle to borrow from big-name designers. With somebody new it’s always a challenge,clarified Sophie Lopez, who has been working with Yalitza Aparicio, the breakout star of this movie Roma, this year. “You are requesting brands to take a chance on your customer, while these big stars are asking for the same dresses. Thus, does Lopez possess a dress locked down for the Academy Awards?
No,she explained. I have no clue what she is wearing at this time. I’ve literally been sending texts during the Fashion Week shows saying’Can I have that?’ But even the best laid plans can be thwarted. Sometimes, after a dress has been picked, a client will be seduced by a dress from another designer noticed through fashion week. This is a fairly commonplace occurrence and it’s a terrible feeling since we have these great relationships with performers and have been working quite tough to make it happen,” said Lincoln.
Since the final countdown to the Oscars begins, stylists will soon be scheduling final fittings and yanking in sneakers, accessories and jewelry to complete the last look — they can expect to be seen by around 26.5 million and possibly change the trajectory of their careers.
“Experience has taught (Jordan and me) that you plan as far as you can, but the thing you never believed was possible will occur,” said Lincoln. “With 18 Oscars between us, we’ve learned how to handle stress better yet.