Haute Help

Styling powerhouses on the business of getting red-carpet ready

ERIN WALSH

dramatic flair

Unlike most of her colleagues, Erin Walsh did not grow up dreaming of a career in couture. Instead, she armed herself with a BFA in theater from NYU but changed her plans soon after graduation. A temping job at Condé Nast led to a coveted position alongside Phyllis Posnick at Vogue, and from there, fashion became her new focus.

Today, she’s known for her ability to use that editor’s eye to translate looks for style-savvy stars (see: Kerry Washington, who redefined maternity style with awards-season looks that included crop tops and cutouts). Walsh has attracted clients like Washington who are unafraid to take risks and embrace her aesthetic; one that is both cool and elegant, strong and whimsical. With her guidance, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Wiig, Thandie Newton and Maggie Gyllenhaal tackle fashion with confidence. Walsh may have shied from the pressures of an actor’s life in the spotlight, but she is not afraid to let her leading ladies shine.

Q&A

HOW HAS STYLING CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED?
EW Social media means so much these days. And when I started, people were pretty tied to the magazines they worked with. Freelance styling wasn’t such a huge thing, especially in terms of red carpet. It’s kind of all different. You just have to keep rolling with it. You have to evolve and grow with the industry if you don’t want to be left behind.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
EW Working with people who surprise and challenge me is pretty great.

WHAT’S THE MOST CHALLENGING?
EW It is hard to find enough time in the day most days.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR JOB?
EW That it’s all glamorous and exciting. It is a lot of work, especially in terms of logistics and production.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DISASTER THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO ONE OF YOUR CLIENTS?
EW I have had all the trunks for a shoot not make it in time, and I made a shoot out of cutting apart the tank tops and slips in my kit. That was interesting.

WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE FOR YOU?
EW Snuggle kids in morning, coffee, email review, market planning for shoots and clients, try to squeeze in a workout somewhere, kids, kids, maybe a cocktail somewhere, make dinner. Something like that. Sleep at some point.

WHEN DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’D MADE IT?
EW Still hoping…

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVORITE RED CARPET MOMENT?
EW Kerry Washington in Giles pony dress to Django Unchained premiere. Done.

WHICH TRENDS ARE YOU LOVING FROM FALL ’18?
EW I love pastel plaids à la Balenciaga, oversized Native American looking prints à la Sacai, and 70s Western vibes from Chloé that feel so effortless and cool.

WHICH TRENDS WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE GO AWAY?
EW Neon

WHAT’S YOUR FOOLPROOF DAYTIME UNIFORM?
EW High waisted jeans and a striped top.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS RIGHT NOW?
EW Monse, The Row, Gucci, Khaite, Céline, Chloé

WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS?
EW SJP and Lauren Hutton, mixed with Jane Birkin and Jackie O.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR TRADEMARK LOOK?
EW 70s with a twist; classic with a little quirk

HOW DO YOU STAY ON TOP OF THE LATEST IN FASHION?
EW By living in NYC, we are in the thick of it! So we live in it.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST STYLIST TRICK OR ADVICE YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE GOING TO A BIG EVENT?
EW Are you comfortable? That’s usually when you look your best.


ROB ZANGARDI & MARIEL HAENN

better together

When it comes to dressing larger-than-life celebrities, two stylists are better than one. And for Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, working together as a team—a rare thing in the styling world—has proven to be the secret to their success. Just ask Jennifer Lopez or Gwen Stefani—two artists who dominate multiple industries, maintain personal global brands and, with Zangardi and Haenn’s direction, continue making waves with unforgettable fashion moments. For clients like these, the duo has to look beyond the step and repeat to concert tours packed with costume changes and heavily choreographed performances. Their backgrounds prepared them well for these music megastars—Zangardi at MTV, Haenn on hip-hop video sets—but they also style actors looking for that mix of Hollywood glamour and rock ‘n’ roll (Charlize Theron, Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins). Each new client presents an opportunity for the pair to create next-level ensembles, whether they perform on the stage or screen.

Q&A

HOW DID YOU GET INTO STYLING?
RZ I grew up in Ohio, where I got a degree in retail merchandising. I visited my brother in New York and met a wardrobe stylist at MTV. I worked on a job with MTV for a few weeks and then got hired full time.

MH I went to school for design and met a music producer who introduced me to the wardrobe stylist on set. I was working the shoot as a seamstress but started making my own connections and got into styling.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
RZ Traveling. We can see and experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities with our clients, like when Shakira performed at the World Cup or Jennifer Lopez at the Super Bowl.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WORK AS A TEAM?
RZ We met at MTV and bonded over jewelry. Mariel was working with Rihanna, and she asked for my help since I lived in L.A. and knew the city. The first job we worked on together was the “Umbrella” music video, and we just clicked. We come from different backgrounds but have very similar tastes.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR JOB?
MH People don’t realize how hard the job actually is. It’s not always glamorous and it really relies on our relationships with designers and lugging trunks and rolling racks around the world. Styling involves missed meals, running around, driving, lots of coffee, and sleepless nights.

WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?
RZ There are really nothing but positives in working together. We can be in two places at once. Our clients get both a male and female perspective on wardrobe.

WHEN DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’D MADE IT?
RZ We still have goals we want to achieve, but the first time we felt acknowledged and honored was when we were on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter with Jennifer Lopez. It was a very special moment, especially considering the time she took out of her schedule to shoot the cover with us.

WHICH TRENDS ARE YOU LOVING FROM FALL ’18?
MH We love the whole utilitarian vibes with the canvas straps and super-functional pockets.

FOOLPROOF DAYTIME UNIFORM?
RZ Some kind of vintage jean, a jacket, and sneakers or boots depending on the time of year

FAVORITE DESIGNERS RIGHT NOW?
MH Virgil Abloh, Johanna Ortiz, Vera Wang

STYLE ICONS?
MH Kate Moss, Brigitte Bardot

TRADEMARK LOOK?
MH Overall sexy, cool and effortless

HOW DO YOU STAY ON TOP OF THE LATEST IN FASHION?
MH Attending and watching runway shows as soon as they walk

WHAT’S YOUR BEST STYLIST TRICK OR ADVICE YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE GOING TO A BIG EVENT?
MH Take pictures of yourself from every angle to make sure everything looks good. Tailoring is key. Also, make sure you feel as comfortable as your look will let you be.


KATE YOUNG

industry icon

In amassing a roster of devoted celebrity clients, Kate Young has become famous herself. Known for her signature platinum locks and penchant for edgy-but-girly looks, she earned her place at the top with best-dressed moments from Margot Robbie, Sienna Miller, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Selena Gomez, Dakota Johnson and Rachel Weisz, to name a few. Young’s story started where many fashion careers begin, at Vogue magazine, working first as Anna Wintour’s assistant and eventually as an editor. From there, she used her relationships to build a career working directly with the stars that graced her editorial pages. Her continued presence as a major player in the fashion world—she consults for labels and runway shows and has had her own design collaborations—ensures unrivaled access to the latest collections while cementing her status as one of the most sought-after stylists.

Q&A

HOW DID YOU GET INTO STYLING?
KY I worked at Vogue for years and was regularly styling the “People Are Talking About” page, which is about new actresses. I worked with a lot of those actresses when I left to freelance.

HOW HAS STYLING CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED?
KY People know what it is now. When I started doing it, I had to explain to anyone outside of the industry what the job entailed.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
KY The clothes are the best part!

WHAT’S THE MOST CHALLENGING?
KY The most challenging is all of the travel and organization.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR JOB?
KY That it’s glamorous.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR TRADEMARK LOOK?
KY For myself, edgy classic For my clients, they look like themselves.

WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE FOR YOU?
KY After getting the kids (two young boys) to school, I usually try to exercise and then go to the office to edit racks or request looks and prepare for a fitting or a shoot. I do lots of showroom appointments, because I really am much better when I see things in person.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVORITE RED CARPET MOMENT?
KY It’s always the latest. I’m a fashion person and I want to see new, new, new.

WHAT’S ONE PIECE FROM FALL ’18 THAT YOU’RE BUYING?
KY I’m obsessed with a pair of Givenchy boots that are sort of 70s and sexy.

WHICH TRENDS WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE GO AWAY?
KY Transparent panels in workout pants

WHAT’S YOUR FOOLPROOF DAYTIME UNIFORM?
KY Black jeans, button down shirt, Louis Vuitton boots

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS RIGHT NOW?
KY Jacquemus, Brock Collection, Chloé, The Row, Louis Vuitton

WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS?
KY I have too many to name. I wrote a book [Dressing for the Dark] about fashion and cinema because I’m really influenced by movies.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST STYLIST TRICK OR ADVICE YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE GOING TO A BIG EVENT?
KY You must have good undergarments. They make all the difference in the world.

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