Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa -- one of the major sponsors of last night’s Elle Women in Hollywood event -- ventured out on the red carpet to chat with one of the night's honorees, Elle Fanning, who was wearing one of his designs.
“She is a natural Calvin Klein model and it makes my job very easy,” Costa told The Hollywood Reporter. Fanning, who stars in Sally Potter's new film, Ginger & Rosa, returned the praise. “I love this dress, it’s great, and it's not all black, it has sheerness and white.”
Calvin Klein also dressed several of the award winners, presenters and guests, including Perks of Being a Wallflower star Emma Watson, Jaime King, Susan Sarandon, Uma Thurman, Rashida Jones and Judd Apatow’s funny and beautiful actress wife, Leslie Mann.
Honoree Sarandon personally thanked Costa for her black power suit onstage. New mom Thurman raved about her custom made Calvin Klein black skirt suit. “It’s a variation of one of their runway creations and they made it for me. I’m not a sample size and happy not to be.”
Bridesmaids star Kristin Wiig wore an emerald green Calvin Klein dress with a cutout back that revealed a delicate tattoo at the base of her spine. Accepting her award onstage, Wiig smoothed her dress, sighed and admitted to the audience: "I haven’t pooped in four days. I’m serious. I’ve been traveling and I’m nervous about tonight. I’m wearing this tight dress and it’s uncomfortable. I’m getting concerned. I’ll take something tonight, I promise.”
Sex and the City fashion trend-setter Sarah Jessica Parker also wore the sponsor's style: "They offered and I think a lot of us are wearing Calvin Klein tonight."
Emma Watson explained why she loves her Calvin Klein frock and her stylist. “I love the raw edges. It’s a classic black dress but with a bit of an edge." On working with her stylist, she explains, “It's become imperative, it’s a big job and it’s nice to have help. Her name is Sarahjane Hoare and she’s worked at Vanity Fair and Vogue and she really gets me. It’s very much a collaboration, which is nice."
Julianne Hough looked absolutely amazing in her Calvin Klein sheer nude gown with her long blonde hair pinned up in braids. “I'm in head-to-toe Calvin Klein. I’m sitting with them tonight and very honored to be wearing their designs. I actually went to the fitting with my hair up and I thought, 'Maybe we’ll do that tonight."
Red carpet style icon Cate Blanchett broke from the fashion pack and chose a Proenza Schouler Spring 2013 dress, the first from the show to be worn on a red carpet, with Roger Vivier shoes and clutch, with Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry. Mad Men’s young star Kiernan Shipka is stylist free and personally picked out her Moschino outfit. "When I tried this one on, I knew it was the right one. I like the shape. I love the peplum and the Peter Pan collar. It's very me."
Cougar Town star Busy Phillips chose a colorful Dolce & Gabbana frock with earrings by her friend, jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth and bright yellow shoes by Charlotte Olympia. “I just happened to have these [shoes] and they match the dress." Smashed star Mary Elizabeth Winstead worked with her new stylist Penny Lovell in selecting a Mario Schwab teal blue strappy frock. “He's a British designer and I had never worn him before ... now I’m a huge fan of his work."
Don’t Trust the B In Apartment 23 star Krysten Ritter spilled the beans about her Ramona Keveza dress. “It’s tight as it looks. I didn’t realize how tight it was until I sat down to drive here and I was like, 'Oh My God, I can’t sit!' It’s awesome though, I love it."
American Horror Story star Sarah Paulsen was pretty in a sheer pale Rochas dress. Of her stylist Petra Flannery, she raved: “She’s the greatest. She knows my style really well. At first she was putting me in slinky things, and I told her that I like flirty romantic ethereal. Now that’s all she brings me and I’m like, can’t I get something slinky once in a while?”
Newcomer on The Walking Dead Danai Gurira wore a stunning white knit dress by Mike Ovitz's designing daughter Kimberly Ovitz. “I chose it through a process of elimination. It’s all about how you feel when you put it on. Do you feel great in it? That's how I deduce it."