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How to Pull Off Summer's It Color, According to THR Power Stylist Cristina Ehrlich

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Anna Kendrick

Canary yellow is having a moment.

Even if you haven't been paying attention to the red carpets lately, you've probably seen this season's hottest color, as it's a little hard to miss.

Rihanna (naturally) set the marigold yellow trend when she hit the red carpet at the 2015 Met Gala in her regal Guo Pei couture gown. Since then, style stars including Blake Lively, Emily Ratajkowski and even Beyonce have styled the standout color for all occasions. (In Beyonce's case, the occasion was smashing car windows.

THR power stylist Cristina Ehrlich, whose clients include Brie Larson and Anna Kendrick, outfitted the latter in a bright saffron Stella McCartney gown at the Cannes premiere of Cafe Society, proving that despite its harsh nature, the hue has a universally flattering appeal.

Just in time for summer, Pret-a-Reporter chatted with Ehrlich about Kendrick's sunny look and how to pull off the vibrant shade, which she's dubbed a "canary yellow."

What was the inspiration behind Anna Kendrick’s Stella McCartney look at Cannes?

Seeing as this was Anna's first time walking the Cannes carpet we wanted to approach Anna's look with the formality that [it] warrants. We wanted to keep her look sleek and clean but we also wanted to add a vibrant pop of color and I thought that it was the perfect time to debut this beautiful clean sleek look.

Any tips for wearing such a bright hue?

The truth is this dress was in the company of many other yellow gowns but you have to have the right shade of yellow on the right girl. This color can get tricky so when you put this color on a fair skinned girl you have to make sure that the hue is correct for her skin tone. I knew that this yellow would be perfect combined with her auburn hair and rose colored undertones.


BRING ON THE BLING: Ehrlich styled the Stella McCartney gown with Bulgari diamonds from the Divas Dream collection. (Photo: Getty Images)

Can any skin tone pull it off? Should lighter/darker tones try warmer/cooler variations?

In my past experiences certain clients out of the gate have had an aversion to yellow. In Anna's case we all agreed the color was a bright fresh and strong color for her. The silhouette of the gown had clean lines and the sleekness really allowed her skin to pop. The final touch was pairing this sleek dress with not just any pendant necklace, we decided that the Divas Dream Collection from Bulgari was the best option for this look. When everything came together, Anna looked youthful, vibrant and this color on the Cannes carpet looked extremely young, fun and modern.

Any designers who have done this color exceptionally well? 

Well Stella! Giambattista Valli, the Versace dress Amal Clooney wore at Cannes was divine. I really think back in the day when Tom Ford was at Gucci, he did yellow exceptionally well.

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