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It took me about a year of browsing TFS excessively and reading all international issues of Vogue to even find out which designers and collections are trendy and relevant at the moment and I still wouldn't know where to actually get their stuff, so how would some C-list actress like Blake know so much about fashion that she could easily turn up at several events a week and always wear a suitable and 'nice' (personally I hate her style) outfit? I really do not believe that's possibe unless you've been into fashion for a long time and have a distinctive personal style already. Even if she doesn't have a stylist per se she definitely has friends or PR-people suggesting outfits for her and getting her selections of dresses to choose from, I'm sure.

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Nicole Kidman wouldn't be who she was without L'wren Scott (ie the acid chartreuse Dior). Nobody can convince me that woman has natural style that's purely her own, see her oscar appearances prior to the Dior one. She differs in that she has a body made for clothes and agreed to take risks when others wouldn't.
The Amazing story behind that Dior dress that put her on the map...

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There’s a great and true, true, true story about that memorable chartreuse Dior Kidman wore to the Oscars with the GMD in 1997. Gran was obsessed with it. She was obsessed with being the star on that carpet. Portrait of a Lady had just fallen flat, she needed to bounce back, and in the art of media manipulation and ruthless famewhoring, she learned from the best.

Per haute couture custom, the dress belonged to someone else, some socialite, and Nicole could not wear it without securing permission from the rich lady first. She was so desperate she tried for weeks to get in touch with her to no avail, and in the end she had to chase the woman up a mountain while she was skiing at some luxury resort to finally nail down the privilege of wearing it to the Oscars.

For 90 minutes she sat in that limo en route to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. For 90 minutes she had the discipline not to move, not to shift, barely breathing, so as to not disturb the fabric, to preserve her perfection for the cameras.
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In hollywood image and first impressions are everything. I believe most stars have a stylist for public events. Sometimes it's easier to have someone else choose something for you if you're under tight scheduling or super busy promoting a movie or show.

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I still think that Chartreuse Dior dress "story" is a bit over the top. I had only ever heard the first part that it was reserved for someone else and Nicole begged the socialite but none of the chasing up the mountain part.

If I was the socialite I wouldn't have brought it or made Nicole pay for it cause she turned it into a famous fashion moment and there is no way the socialite could have worn it after that.

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The socialite was Anne Bass - and she did wear the dress in public after Nicole Kidman wore it:

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Bass was one of the first clients to place orders at John Galliano’s first Couture collection for Dior. In particular a dazzling acid-green mink-trimmed dress made famous by Nicole Kidman at the 1997 Oscars. Kidman chose the chartreuse gown from the couture collection, but Bass, who had ordered it first, had to give permission for the dress to be copied. When Bass eventually wore the dress to the New York City Ballet Spring Gala, it had become instantly recognizable.
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^ Wow she's brave. I wouldn't have worn it but then the press wasn't as mean in 1997 as they are today.

If it was now the weekly mags/blogs would be all "bad mistake", "worst dress list", "you can afford to buy another dress honey" etc. I can hear Joan Rivers now.

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What a celebrity sans designer means is that major fashion houses handpick clothes and send them to the celebrity or the major PR showrooms brings a rack of designer clothes to their hotel.The celebrity picks a fab designer frock from the rack and Voila! They've "styled" themselves without a stylist!

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Wow! I remember when Kidman wore that Dior gown to the Oscars and I had no idea there was such a backstory behind it. Very informative. (I disagree with the assumption that Kidman wasn't a fashion risktaker up until then. If anything, she used fashion throughout her marriage to Tom Cruise to try to stay in the press until she started she getting breakout roles.)

This topic makes me think Hollywood hasn't changed too much after all. Although the studios are no longer controlling the how the stars look and dress (like they did pre-1960s), the stars themselves are maintaining that system by hiring out stylists and design houses to help them create an image. Not to mention all the obscene plastic surgury and dieting, etc.

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What about SJP??? I mean ... we all know about her relationship with Patricia Field .. but .. did she had a style of her own before that show (I was shocked to hear she wore a black dress to her wedding .. SO bold! And twas pre SATC).

Now ... on another note ... actresses who I think do not have a stylist:

*Emma Thompson
*Dita (I second that)

and that chick from 30 Rock .. she was SO clueless on the first red carpets .. I think she got an stylist but she insists on wearing something "her" which at the end .. doesnt quite work most of the time ...

PS What about Drew Barrymore?

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^ SJP is one of L'wren Scott's clients but like Diane Kruger if she wants something I think she can call up directly and get it. No one's gonna say no to SJP.

Oh yes someone is helping Tina Fey but then she doesn't really care about fashion so it's expected. Like you say she "insists on wearing something "her".

Drew has a stylist. I can't remember who it is but she definitely has one.

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An older but relevant article.

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The battle to dress an A-list actress for the Oscars makes the contest for a gold statuette look positively bloodless.
If producers, directors, and Hollywood celebs are only as big as their last big hit, celebrity stylists are only as big as the last tiny dress their biggest A-list client squeezed into. This year's top Oscar stylists—Cristina Ehrlich, Jen Rade, Rachel Zoe, and Estee Stanley— have all paid their dues and beyond. Yes, each has the so-called "eye," but they also have smarts, loyalty to their clients, and some even know when to keep their mouths shut and shun the limelight. More importantly, they have access to the best dresses in the world—and can get them, pronto.
But these days, celebrity stylists are replaced more frequently than cabinet secretaries. The job "celebrity stylist" was only invented in the mid-‘90s, and seniority is far from security in this high-stress, high-earning sect. If you dress Cate Blanchett and she's not nominated you can sit out a whole awards season to the tune of fifty grand or more. Luckily, Blanchett’s stylist, Elizabeth Stewart, scored Best Supporting Actress nominee Viola Davis (Doubt) this season while Blanchett sat on the bleachers.
The so-called "names" who invented the job—Philip Bloch, who dressed Halle Berry, and Jessica Paster, who styled Minnie Driver, Kim Basinger and Blanchett—have a better chance of landing on a reality show these days than landing a big name. (Bloch is actually on VH1's Glam Gods.) You can credit Paster and Bloch with starting the Great Stylist Wars of the 1990s. Each would call in the best of Dior, Valentino, Versace, and Oscar de la Renta just to make sure the other stylists couldn't get their greedy hands on them. Then they would casually bestow them on C-listers who paid them more than their A-listers did, while the A-listers got paid real money to wear a different designer. Or got flown to Paris for Couture with their whole family. Or both. Designers wised up, and contracts are required now.
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This year, four new names have claimed their place at the top of the stylist hierarchy. One, Cristina Ehrlich, is a no-nonsense, jeans-wearing workaholic who lives for her clients. She's got a soft spot for high-fashion drama from Paris, and travels there often to find obscure looks from Gianbastitta Valli and Alaia for her girls. You'll never see her clients in a predictable look—she loves a spectrum. For the Oscars, she’s dressing Amy Adams, Penelope Cruz, and Melissa Leo. She also dresses Jessica Biel, and co-created the line Miss Davenporte.Then there’s the eclectic Jen Rade, famed for dressing Angelina Jolie. She’s a costumer and stylist who’s done hip hop (Dr. Dre), metal videos (Marilyn Manson), and horror flicks. She also dresses Pink, Kim Kardashian, and various rappers. But she’s no label snob. Sure, she loves a couture dress, but she embraces the two-dollar vintage no-name just as warmly. A low-key goth-girl rocker who is impressed by nothing, she knows a good "Angie" look when she sees one. She also keeps herself out of the spotlight, which is why Angie loves her and won't work with anyone else.The third new star this year is Estee Stanley, who both dresses the Olsen Twins and designs their home interiors. She created the Miss Davenporte line with Ehrlich, and also did a line of lingerie for Frederick's of Hollywood. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake came to her wedding. Stanley's looks for Marisa Tomei have been all over the map this awards season, from high-society to sexy—that's what makes her interesting. Her choices range from Oscar de la Renta to Elie Saab to vintage. Nearly outshining them all, however, is Rachel Zoe. “I will take over Jessica Paster’s rule” Zoe announced when she moved to Los Angeles around 2000 – and then proceeded to essentially do just that. A gown-wearing toothpick with a mop-top, she has a habit of dressing her clients like herself. Twinning out Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan may have put her on the tan-blonde-celebrity map, but stars like Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley have kept her there. Lucky for her, there's no way Oscar-nom Anne Hathaway can look like Zoe—she's paler, taller, and a lot more demure. Former assistants of Zoe's, like stylist Tara Swennen (Miley Cyrus, Angie Harmon) have built entire on the foundation of working with her.
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But why are these new stylist stars not dressing their clients in Valentino, Vera Wang, Gucci, or even Isaac Mizrahi? For the same reason they are dressing them in Elie Saab and Reem Acra: reciprocation in the form of highly paid Prs, sending seamstresses to L.A., frequent trips – and, no doubt, gifts.
Because Hollywood fashion is big business disguised as a bitch-fest. After all, Giorgio Armani has a lot of perfumes to promote. (And a makeup line. And a jeans line.) One - or five – dresses, or even tuxes, at the Oscars seen by hundreds of millions can curry up a lot of cash at the world cash register. But exactly whose hands does the cash cross? The actresses'? The stylists’? A publicist or manager? Perhaps all. We know actresses have received up to $500,000 to wear a dress—not to mention diamond jewelry—and we've watched stylists get flown to Paris and Milan first-class. The year Scarlett Johansson was nominated for Girl With a Pearl Earring is the year celebs started getting full ad-campaign offers, and hiring agents to negotiate ever-pushier fashion and beauty deals. According to sources, Scarlett's mother negotiated that both she and Scarlett get to keep their clothes and jewelry.
And Renee Zellweger loves to wear Carolina's creations, but all the time? What about Reese Witherspoon and Nina Ricci? Ricci and Herrera are both run by Puig's Mario Grauso. And Witherspoon and Zellweger both have BWR's Nanci Ryder as their longtime PR woman. Is it worth it for these companies to keep stars and their keepers on retainer? Can you say "household name"? When did Nina Ricci become a household name? It's a small, exclusive French brand that was once only the denizen of select fashionistas.
A shorter list would be fashion houses that don’t pay. Chanel has never paid a star to wear a dress. Harry Winston, who made history as the "jewelers of the Oscars," never paid a star to wear a diamond either, and consequently, do you ever hear of Harry Winston on a red carpet anymore? Why is barely anybody wearing vintage? (Dead designers don't pay.) More often, you hear "Neil Lane," an L.A.-based Kaballah-going jeweler, or Chopard, or Cartier. Which stars refuse payment? Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman are the names that have always been associated with, "No thanks, I'll wear what I want. And I can afford it. Here's a check." On the other hand, didn't we hear Giorgio Armani financed Cate Blanchett's favorite Sydney theater the year she wore Armani Prive to the Oscars? It's simply too much money for too little work to be sneezed at. If your kid could go to college on a dress, are you going to opt for a prettier dress? How much prettier could it be? College educations are very pretty. And in this economy, "money" is the new "pretty."
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FLORENCE WELCH: What’s amazing is that you don’t have a stylist, do you?

BLAKE LIVELY: You know, my mom modeled and made clothes, so I always had such an appreciation for design. And then Gossip Girl completely blew open the door to fashion for me. I’d go to fashion shows and call my publicist and say, “Can I wear that?” I think I became my own stylist by not knowing any better. And once I was told it was time to get one, I thought: This is one of my favorite hobbies! And I’m going to pay someone to steal my hobby from me? That’s a terrible idea!
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Thoughts / Explanations? I get that, she has a publicist and probably has access to designer fashion quite a bit before the rest of us mortals do, but wearing an off-the-runway look a week after the presentation without having a stylist and when doing the shopping yourself? That just seems really weird to me. How would she even have had time to 1) browse the Resort collections 2) pick a favorite look and 3) get the outfit right away all within a week when she's really busy with Awards shows, promo events, etc atm?

I do not mean to bash Blake in any way, I just wonder if that is even possible or if she's really flat out lying in interviews about this.

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^ I agree with you.I ve always thought she actually has a stylist. Sometimes her outfits are hits other times a miss..but it looks always very styled to me..
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^^I'm suspicious about how much Blake actually does herself as well. She was wearing a MJ Resort 2012 look just the other day. Barely a week after the look was shown as part of the Resort collection. Considering she has been jetsetting with Leo for the last couple weeks, MTV Awards she had, all the other stuff, when did she have time to review MJ's resort collection?

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