A surprising but smart move by British Vogue as Nigella Lawson covers the April issue wearing Burberry Prorsum, shot by Nathaniel Goldberg.
Styling for the Red Carpet
With the Oscars tonight I have allowed a little insight into what happens a month before the red carpet when I am styling my clients.
In the beginning I research ideas and also look over my personal files detailing what my client has worn to every event, along with press cuttings - good and bad.
I take a few ideas with me to my client on a breakfast or lunch appointment and we spend time discussing my ideas and also their requirements. They could have a contract with a particular designer or other professional commitments.
After researching I make appointments at designer showrooms and look at options. It can take approximately fifty emails per designer to request 10 samples by 10 designers. The emails explain where to send the gowns and when I will be return them, however as a designer makes only one worldwide sample there is a lot for the PR’s to schedule.
When the samples arrive they are placed on a rail and I go through each sample to make sure they are perfect. They are then steamed and numbered in order of preference. Two weeks before the event my client is fitted in each dress and photographed. Together we choose our 3 favourites and ensure these fit perfectly.
Most of the time my client will wear the first choice but on one occasion we spotted another celebrity wearing a similar dress so swapped to the second choice, changing in a car park! During the final moments before the red carpet I am ensuring there are no creases on the dress, that the jewellery is all present and correct and no make-up smudges. As soon as my client hits the red carpet I am emailing the PR to confirm designer details.
The process I go through in comparison to preparation for the Oscars is significantly less. This is the biggest red carpet moment of the year and the pressure is tenfold for both actress and stylist, in particular for the nominees. Not only do they need to look incredible but they need to please a whole host of individuals. Gowns will not be chosen until the last minute, which is why it is difficult to predict what designer a screen star will wear. So instead of predicting their gowns, I have featured how I would style them!
Do you agree with any of my choices?
I am a self-confessed Princesse.tam.tam addict. At Christmas I am very lucky that my wonderful family take note of the helpful hints I give to them, either leaving my laptop screen at a particular loungewear piece or just declaring.. “You MUST see this pyjama set by Princesse.tam.tam…” this is because Princesse.tam.tam create the most luxurious loungewear and lingerie and it has now become a welcomed tradition. I am slowly building up a considerable collection and unlike other brands the quality doesn’t diminish from wash to wash!
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I joined CFW three years ago, I began as Fashion Consultant and I am now Fashion Director, overseeing all areas of fashion within the events.
CFW provides the all needed reality in my career. It’s far more inspirational than the big fashion weeks because it’s consumer led and that’s what we in industry rely upon!
Instead of spending all of my year styling celebrities in expensive clothes, writing features for glossy mags and talking to independent brands about trends, production lines and social networking. Some of my time I spend in Cheltenham, casting for models on the Cheltenham high streets, bringing London couture garments to Cheltenham, judging the talented children in our children and student show and styling our fashion shoots.
One of the most privileged positions with working at CFW is to see how our events impact on the audience, models, volunteers, team and community. With our stunning model, Sophie, it has been magical to witness her blossoming over the years and see how she has triumphed over depression and self-harming caused from bullying. Her story is vital and having the opportunity to play a minute part of it by by dressing her in beautiful clothes, is an honour.
Listen to Sophie on BBC News here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/bigscreen/tv/episode/b03jy7n2/
For your ticket to CFW please see our website: www.cheltenhamfashionweek.co.uk