There’s no doubt that the competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics has been fierce, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the fierce fashion as well. Even a shared time frame with New York (and London, and Milan) Fashion Week, didn’t deter designers and stylists alike from tuning in to the enthralling games in Sochi. That’s why we enlisted the top tastemakers in the industry, including the likes of celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart and designer Rachel Zoe, to call out the best of the best in Olympic fashion. From German figure skater Aliona Savchenko’s Pink Panther costume to Ralph Lauren‘s patriotic Opening Ceremony uniforms, see the top six gold medal-worthy moments.
The red carpets at the Toronto International Film Festival are becoming an important place to make a fashion impression. Many of the biggest labels in the world clamor to dress the festival’s biggest stars, which is why we spotted looks by Salvatore Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Prada and more during the first few days of the fest. One of the people masterminding the major moments is stylist Elizabeth Stewart. She is in Toronto helping three of her clients create memorable looks — The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby star Jessica Chastain (shown in Atelier Versace), Gravity star Sandra Bullock and August: Osage County star Julia Roberts. Stewart traveled with Roberts all day Sunday as the actress chatted with press, including a stop at InStyle, which is when we learned about the stylist’s busy TIFF schedule. For her, it’s all about surprising fashion fans. “For Sandra, we were going to go with something different, more gown-like,” Stewart said of the Narciso Rodriguez premiere look (shown above). “But we went with this and it worked.” She’s taking a similar approach to Roberts, choosing comfortable styles that aren’t too Plain Jane. “She’s wearing red, and it’s going to surprise you,” she said of the Dolce & Gabbana look Roberts wore to premiere her film. “It’s not her usual color.” Good thing these movies are getting knockout reviews — that means more opportunities for knockouts on the red carpet.
Click through the gallery to see all the fabulous premiere looks from Toronto.
We got in touch with some of Hollywood’s hardest working stylists to reveal even harder-working pieces that make good on boosting summer style. Click through the gallery to find out the hot-weather must-haves and savvy styling tips from stylists like Elizabeth Stewart, Nicole Chavez, and more for a fresh, on-trend look all summer.
With the hundreds of gowns that graced the Cannes Film Festival red carpet this year, which ones looked best? Who better to ask than celebrity celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart. “There are so many [I loved]!” she told InStyle.com at the P.S. ARTS Bag Lunch in Holmby Hills, California yesterday, an event she co-hosted to raise funds for the non-profit children’s arts education organization P.S. Arts. But when forced to narrow it down, she chose Freida Pinto’s coral Gucci gown and Jessica Chastain’s beaded violet Givenchy design. While Stewart put the stars in these two looks as their stylist, that’s not the only reason they rose to the top of her list. Here’s why:
“It was just so her,” Stewart explained. “This incredible bright coral with this cool belt and it was just a very Frieda moment.”
“The purple on Jessica was just so hard to pull off and she pulled it off so beautifully and it’s just this incredible, one of a kind, custom-made dress,” said Stewart. “She just looked perfect in it.”
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As the face of Saint Laurent’s new Manifesto fragrance, Jessica Chastain earned herself a front-row seat to the label’s fashion show in Paris this week. What to wear for such an important event? The actress took a page out of YSL history, thanks to a little help from Decades, the Los Angeles luxury vintage boutique, and her stylist, Elizabeth Stewart. “We just ransacked our archives of original Yves Saint Laurents to find the quintessential Parisian look for the show,” Cameron Silver, co-owner and founder of Decades, told InStyle.com. Their pick: A black and white polka-dot Rive Gauche halter dress from the ‘80s. “It created a very modern yet timeless look,” he continued. “Elizabeth did the final fitting right before the show in Paris, since Jessica flew in from New York City where she is in rehearsals for The Heiress. I think my persistent texting may have been slightly distracting to the two of them, but I wanted to make sure we had Jess covered!” And covered she was—her look earned a coveted spot in InStyle’s Look of the Day section.
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Stylist Elizabeth Stewart had a big job this week—dressing Jessica Chastain for the Cannes Film Festival. ”We have it down to a science,” the stylist told InStyle.com of the process at the ninth annual PS Arts fundraiser in Beverly Hills this week. “We’ve planned everything out beforehand. It’s like a military operation. We photograph everything. We send a PDF. There’s a printed and e-mailed copy. It’s pretty organized.” As for how she got her hands on so many beautiful gowns—Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen included—it’s also very methodical. “When you dress a girl like that, you have the world at your fingertips,” said Stewart. “Everybody wants to dress her.” See Stewart’s Cannes fashion show for Jessica Chastain in the gallery.
— Violet Gaynor and Lindzi Scharf
What’s the secret behind Jessica Chastain’s red-carpet style? Each look is perfectly planned, thanks to her stylist Elizabeth Stewart. “She knows me so well,” Chastain told InStyle.com of her fashion hero, an industry veteran who has also worked with Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Freida Pinto, and Amanda Seyfried. “She knows that I love color. I also like things that have an old-fashion vibe to them. I love celebrating a woman’s body and femininity. So she knows what to pull.” Just take a look at some of her vibrant choices above (from left, Viktor & Rolf, Roland Mouret, Balenciaga, and Karen Caldwell), and see more of Chastain’s recent red carpet fashion show in the gallery.
— Lindzi Scharf