Hollywood’s Top Stylists “Countdown To The Emmys”

emmys-countdown_1442641261497_224630_ver1.0_640_360 Joan Rivers and her Fashion Police are gone but Joan left her ireverant mark on hollywood. She vurtually set the standard of the red carpet show of today, why it is important and the consiquences for getting it wrong.

For mere mortals, it’s hard to watch events like the prime-time Emmys — coming up September 17, without wondering if it would ever be possible to look as pulled together as the stars. After all, who has the resources of these celebrated men and women?

But the stylists who devise near-perfect looks for their celebrity clients say the average woman can be red-carpet-worthy for any important life event by putting forth a good chunk of effort and following some tricks of the trade.

A handful of Hollywood’s top stylists break it down:

Know your body shape

“Most people aren’t the size of a hanger, but not everyone on the red carpet is either,” says Erin Walsh, a New York-based stylist whose clients include Kerry Washington, Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kristen Wiig. She believes fashion rules are far less important than concepts about what works and doesn’t work on certain body proportions. “This is one of the most important tips to looking great,” she says. “Remember, all women, no matter how thin and beautiful, have insecurities and certain fixed, less-than-perfect body proportions.

It’s knowing how to maximize the sum of their parts.”

Los Angeles fashion stylist Ilaria Urbinati, who dresses Bradley Cooper, Nina Dobrev and Lizzy Caplan, suggests if you don’t know where to start in the journey, find a celebrity who has your body shape/proportions and see what works and what doesn’t on them. “It will give you a great place to start,” she says.

Details, details, details

“Sweating the details is key to being good at anything you do, especially styling,” says Los Angeles fashion stylist Rob Zangardi, who along with his partner Mariel Haenn has styled Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Lily Collins and Rachel McAdams.

For important days, genius is indeed in attention to the details: hair, makeup, nail color, accessories, undergarments, how you’ll photograph, even perfume. It can be a bit overwhelming, but “sweating these details is the key to harmonizing one’s look. As a stylist, I might spend more time searching for the perfect accessories than I do on pulling the actual dress,” notes Los Angeles stylist Tara Swennen, who styles Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Kaley Cuoco, Julie Bowen and Lauren Conrad.

Build on a solid foundation

Looking polished is about “elongating and streamlining to create a smooth silhouette” says Walsh, and choosing the best undergarments is always key. Special occasions call for special undergarments. “You want them to be invisible, and lend you sleekness; it’s not about trying to squeeze into that dress,” explains Walsh.

Haenn says Spanx and Commando shapewear “are go-to for every woman [on the red carpet] and luckily come in every format under the sun.” And if you’ll be photographed, she says having great control on top requires excellent, correctly sized undergarments. “Knowing your correct size is important in all clothing, but especially with undergarments since many times, they determine the way everything looks.” She says spending more on lingerie and undergarments — and getting a professional fit — makes good sense.

Professional help

Professionals can help, so use them. Stylists suggest having your hair and makeup done professionally on an important day to really elevate a look. “I think these blow-dry bars are genius,” says Urbinati, who notes some hair establishments also do makeup, providing a one-stop glam team. “They’re easy and affordable to everyone.”

And “use the Internet,” suggests Swennen. “Almost any question you could think of regarding how to dress one’s body shape, how to complement one’s complexion, how to create a look using specific pieces, etc. can all be found on the Web.”

Many style experts blog and vlog about how to accessorize, style or create new looks, some even with step-by-step tutorials. Zangardi says there are young budding stylists, especially in Los Angeles, looking for experience to build a portfolio who might be able to help for a nominal fee.

Take photographs and practice

“Not everybody has a stylist but everybody has a friend,” says Urbinati. “And that friend most likely has a camera phone. Take photos.” She suggests photographing from all angles and in different light. “Photographing is the one thing I can’t live without while styling. It’s basically the method everyone uses, and it’s free. We make no decisions until we see the pictures.” Sometimes mirrors can hide things; photos rarely do.

Walsh says practice makes perfect; no one wants to find out a slip shows through an expensive dress an hour before an event. “A practice run-through builds confidence and that goes a long way toward looking stellar.”

Tailor

If there’s one way to look put together, stylists agree it’s hiring a tailor for a custom fit. “Most women have heard it before but so few do it,” says Walsh. “The most important thing you can do to look great is to use a tailor. I guarantee you’ll appear five times more expensive-looking.”

Urbinati says it doesn’t need to be pricey; many dry cleaners have great tailors. She uses Ella’s House of Tailoring on La Cienega for both her red carpet events and for her personal wardrobe. Crown Cleaners in West Hollywood and West Los Angeles tailor and pattern maker Saverio Pisano are also good choices. “Almost every outfit looks better with just the shoulders raised,” notes Urbinati.

Don’t deflect, accentuate

“Always work with what you have and not against,” advises Walsh. “A lot of people think styling is about hiding defects but really it’s about focusing and highlighting what you want to accentuate instead of hiding and deflecting what you think are not your best physical assets.” She says this means knowing your body, your shape and its proportions and then letting the positive push the show forward. “People sometimes think to use jewelry and accessories to deflect attention, when really it’s far better to highlight your great features.”

Balance and harmony are key

One of the easiest ways to kill a look is to go overboard. Stylists say the average woman might think, “OK, it’s a big, special event; I’ll wear more makeup, get my hair styled, wear some statement jewelry, buy expensive shoes and purse and wear some clothes that stand out.” It’s a quick way to ruin.

“In my opinion, balance is the key to looking cuts above,” says Swennen.

Agrees Walsh: “Too many beautiful things just compete and then nothing takes center stage. Knowing how to balance and harmonize and edit is really important. If you’re not sure, always ask.”

Lets Review last years Hits,and Misses

1. Kerry Washington, Pregnant at the Emmys

Kerry Washington, Pregnant at the Emmys
Kerry Washington for ALL the wins. Look at the pregnant star’s dress at the 2016 Emmy Awards.

2. Sarah Paulson at the Emmys

Sarah Paulson at the Emmys
Sarah Paulson didn’t just win for her portrayal of Marcia Clark at the 2016 Emmys. She brought Clark as her date!

3. Michelle Dockery at the Emmys

Michelle Dockery at the Emmys
Would you have expected anything less from Michelle Dockery? Look at this gorgeous gown she wore to the Emmys.

4. Tina Fey at the 2016 Emmys

Tina Fey at the 2016 Emmys
Tina Fey went with a green dress at the 2016 Emmy Awards. What do you think of it?

5. Amy Poehler at the 2016 Emmys

Amy Poehler at the 2016 Emmys
Amy Poehler is hilarious. But that doesn’t mean we loved the dress she wore to the 2016 Emmys.

6. Kristen Bell at the 2016 Emmys

Kristen Bell at the 2016 Emmys
Work it, Kristen Bell! The awesome actress poses here at the 2016 Emmy Awards.

7. Tatiana Maslany at the 2016 Emmys

Tatiana Maslany at the 2016 Emmys
Tatiana Maslany won Lead Actress in a Drama at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Did she also win you over with this red carpet dress?

8. Niecy Nash at the 2016 Emmys

Niecy Nash at the 2016 Emmys
Niecy Nash went white and strapless at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Thoughts on her dress?

9. Claire Danes at the 2016 Emmys

Claire Danes at the 2016 Emmys
Do you think Claire Danes went spray tanning prior to the 2016 Emmy Awards? We have a strong feeling that she did.

10. Laverne Cox at the 2016 Emmys

Laverne Cox at the 2016 Emmys
Flaunt it, Laverne Cox! The beloved Orange is the New Black slayed it at the Emmy Awards in 2016, didn’t she?

11. Carly Chaikin at the Emmys

Carly Chaikin at the Emmys
We adore Carly Chaikin on Mr. Robot. And she looked pretty great on the red carpet of the 2016 Emmy Awards, too.

12. Taraji P. Henson at the 2016 Emmys

Taraji P. Henson at the 2016 Emmys
Taraji P. Henson went with this yelloyellow dress at the 2016 Emmy Awards. She totally rocked it, didn’t she?

13. Viola Davis at the 2016 Emmys

Viola Davis at the 2016 Emmys
Viola Davis did not win at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Not any trophies, at least. But she was among the winners on the red carpet.

14. Emilia Clarke at the 2016 Emmys

Emilia Clarke at the 2016 Emmys
Emilia Clarke did not bring her dragon to the 2016 Emmy Awards. But she did bring this gorgeous gown.

15. Allison Janney at the 2016 Emmys

Allison Janney at the 2016 Emmys
Allison Janney is a great dramatic and comedic actress. And she can REALLY wear a dress!

16. Emmy Rossum at the 2016 Emmys

Emmy Rossum at the 2016 Emmys
Emmy Rossum stars on Shameless. Here, she stars on the 2016 Emmy red carpet.

17. Sofia Vergara at the 2016 Emmys

Sofia Vergara at the 2016 Emmys
Sofia Vergara knows how to work a red carpet. Look at her here at the 2016 Emmy Awards.

18. Jane Krakowski at the 2016 Emmys

Jane Krakowski at the 2016 Emmys
Looking good, Jane Krakowski! The actress is featured here on the red carpet of the 2016 Emmys.

19. Kirsten Dunst at the 2016 Emmys

Kirsten Dunst at the 2016 Emmys
Kirsten Dunst brought two good friends to the 2016 Emmy Awards. You see what we mean, right?

20. Ariel Winter 2016 Emmy Awards Pose Pic

Ariel Winter 2016 Emmy Awards Pose Pic
Modern Family’s Ariel Winter poses for photos at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 18, 2016.

21. Sophie Turner at the Emmys

Sophie Turner at the Emmys
Sophie Turner looks a bit different here than she looks on Game of Thrones, doesn’t she?

22. Heidi Klum at the Emmys

Heidi Klum at the Emmys
Heidi Klum is very good looking. Consider this photo from the 2016 Emmy Awards if you need proof.

23. Olivia Culpo at the Emmys

Olivia Culpo at the Emmys
Olivia Culpo was not up for any Emmys in 2016. But she was still a big winner.

24. Robin Wright at the Emmys

Robin Wright at the Emmys
Robin Wright is gorgeous. Just look at her here at the 2016 Emmy Awards.

25. Natasha Lyonne with a Cape

Natasha Lyonne with a Cape
Natasha Lyonne went with a cape at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Did she make a strong fashion choice?

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