By this point in Hollywood’s traditional calendar, celebrity stylists are normally working overtime to secure their clients the best fashion to wear on the red carpet. Awards season is a marathon, not a sprint, and the mapping out of gowns is a fine art. A dress must look original, yet timeless, and be emblematic of what the actor stands for, as well as their stylistic sensibilities. Like the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the Oscars are shifted back in Tinseltown’s diary; the world’s leading dressers are looking inwards and taking time to reflect on their own modus operandi as industry figureheads with powerful platforms. So, what can we learn from them? Here, some stylists share their New Year fashion resolutions, so we can all inject a little star polish into our wardrobes.
Buy less, but better
“Invest in pieces that are good quality and will stand the test of time,” says Rebecca Corbin-Murray, the woman behind Florence’s Pugh’s dazzling transformation during the 2020 awards show circuit. “Pieces that you really love will become staples.”
Be a conscious buyer
Investment purchases play into fashion’s growing awareness that a piece of clothing should not be relegated to a specific season, in order to help combat the fast fashion cycle and its environmental impact. Rose Forde, who dresses TV heartthrobs Paul Mescal and Josh O’Connor, speaks for the styling community at large: “I’m conscious about mine and my clients’ carbon footprints and the choices that we make to lead to a more sustainable future.” Elizabeth Stewart, who masterminded Cate Blanchett’s recycled Venice Film Festival wardrobe, concurs: “If we each do our small part, and support the right brands, we can reach a critical mass and create real change.”
Make do and mend
Corbin-Murray sends all her shoes and bags to The Restory to freshen them up. “Mend and repair the pieces you love,” she advises of her longevity trick to preserving her most cherished accessories.
“After a year of pause and reflection, the fashion landscape seems like an open playing field where risks can really be taken. I am keen to take some,” notes Forde. Flores, for one, plans on “playing a lot with colour”, while Ehrlich is putting great necklines and accessories top of her agenda. “We are living in a waist-up world right now, so it is really important to embrace ‘waistline storytelling’,” explains Ehrlich. Zoom might be the fashion forecast for the future – celebrities, they’re just like us! – but that doesn’t mean we’re being thrown into the digital fashion wilderness blind again. Remember to log off and stay present, brighter days are on the way. Hollywood says so.