THR Ranks Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Stylists
WHY SHE MATTERS
Fremar has a near-flawless red-carpet track record, a fiercely loyal A-list clientele and long-term working relationships with some of the fashion industry’s most sought-after designers (hello, Raf Simons for Dior Couture’s history-making red-carpet debut!). Not to mention an uncanny ability to zero in on the gowns coming down the runway that will have lasting impact. “I stick to my instincts, and if something gets me really excited when I see it initially, I know it’s going to be a home run,” says Fremar.
Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly
In a new era of stylists-turned-reality stars with TV camera crews constantly in tow, Fremar is refreshingly modest, easygoing and happy to let her clients do most of the shining. “Leslie is drama-free,” Moore tells THR. The Toronto-born New Yorker got her start at Vogue as Anna Wintour’s assistant and later fashion director Tonne Goodman’s assistant -- and she’s rumored to be Lauren Weisberger’s inspiration for the No. 1 assistant in The Devil Wears Prada. “It was around 2003 that Vogue started putting celebrities on the covers, and I was the assistant on those shoots,” says Fremar, who liked the transition from models who would wear anything to actresses with opinions and concerns about how the dresses fit. From Vogue, Fremar went on to work as director of VIP relations at Prada, where she met Salma Hayek, who was wearing a custom Prada dress to the 2006 Oscars. Fremar left her Prada post when Hayek, a juror at the Cannes Film Festival, asked her to help pull together a glamorous wardrobe in less than two weeks. Hayek’s manager later introduced Fremar to Moore, and she’s been styling on her own ever since. Fremar shares a cozy-modern Tribeca loft with her financier partner and dad to her two little boys (“I just welcomed my second son four months ago,” she says).
LABELS SHE LOVES
Dior, Chanel, Stella McCartney, Lanvin and Versace
HER TOP LOOK
Moore in a standout canary yellow long- sleeved Dior Couture top and full circle-skirt at the Emmy Awards (look No. 1 in “The Looks That Made the List”). “It was very new -- from Raf Simons’ first collection,” says Moore, who topped the night’s best-dressed lists. “It was a bold dress, and Leslie and I were lucky enough to get his first red-carpet appearance.” Adds Fremar, “I’m really thankful that I was able to be a part of that because it was a pivotal moment for Raf.” Other wow-worthy moments included Theron’s embroidered peplum Dior Couture gown with Harry Winston diamonds and Witherspoon’s custom-made cobalt Louis Vuitton with matching jewels at this year’s Academy Awards. “There’s a lot more preparation that goes into an Oscar dress -- for a premiere you’re choosing something from the runway, but it’s different when you’re having things made from scratch,” says Fremar. “I was really happy with how Charlize’s and Reese’s dresses turned out.”
BEYOND THE RED CARPET
Fremar continues to design her own Fruit of the Loom line, sold exclusively at Bloomingdale’s -- it started as stylish, affordable T-shirts because Fremar got tired of plunking down $500 for The Row tees. Now she’s adding leggings, cardigans, long-sleeved shirts and a few new dresses; the collection will be sold online starting in April.