Conversation with: Stylist Kate Young
January 8, 2014
The 71st Golden Globe awards, airing this Sunday, mark the official kick-off to award season. If the fashion-obsessed had a sports season this would be it. Every year, Hollywood’s A-listers walk down the red carpet, spotlighting new trends and fashion statements that set the tone for the New Year. The season culminates in March at fashion’s Super Bowl — The Academy Awards. Brooklyn-based stylist Kate Young is one of the most sought-after red carpet stylists in Los Angeles. Her clients include Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Sky Ferreira, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emilia Clark. We sat down to chat about her pre-season planning and reminisce about her favorite red carpet moments.
NM: When do you start planning award-season looks with your clients?
KY: I start really getting into it in December. It’s hard to plan farther in advance because so much is about what is new in fashion, and things just have to evolve naturally with the time.
NM: What is the secret to looking great on the red carpet?
KY: Good tailoring and good manners!
NM: Name a favorite iconic look from the Academy Awards.
KY: Mine! Hilary Swank in navy, Michelle Williams in orange Louis Vuitton or yellow Vera Wang, Natalie Portman in pink Rodarte.
NM: Name three of your favorite designers for red carpet looks.
KY: Dior, Lanvin and Chanel.
NM: How would you describe Natalie Portman’s style?
KY: Classic and modern.
NM: How do you spend Oscar night, once your work is done?
KY: With a giant icy martini and friends (sometimes wearing the backup gown.)
NM: What do you enjoy most about award-season?
KY: The very, very special things that I get to work with — museum quality jewelry, couture of course, and handmade, exotic accessories. It’s a different level.
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