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Reese Witherspoon's Makeup Artist Relaunches M.R.S. Clothing Line

Adrienne Cohen-Isom for the m.r.s photos

Molly Stern, who's working with Julianna Margulies for the Emmys, debuts her hit collection's second act

If anyone knows how to make a gal feel pretty, it’s Molly Stern. Favorited by A-listers including Reese Witherspoon, Lily Collins, Milla Jovovich and Julianna Margulies (whose makeup she’ll be doing for the upcoming Emmys), the Los Angeles-based makeup artist has earned a reputation for painting Hollywood's most famous faces. 

"The first question I ask people when I do their makeup is, 'what do you love most about yourself?'" says Stern, who got her start assisting friend and fellow makeup maven Jillian Dempsey in L.A. In 1997, while living in New York, Stern began making clothes as part of her effort to "embrace my own body image and to feminize my tomboy edge," she says. With a focus on fit and details including exposed raw edges, the line, dubbed M.R.S. (which stands for Stern's initials, and also for Motivation, Radiance and Style) quickly caught fire with Stern's celebrity clientele, and was soon seen on the likes of Jennifer Aniston on her 2001 cover of Rolling Stone, and on Witherspoon during the Legally Blonde press junket. Barneys picked up the line, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art requested a piece for their permanent collection.

The line lived on until 2003, when newly married Stern decided to take a break and focus on building her family. Now, 11 years later and back in L.A., Stern has tapped into her "woman-ness" once more, she says, to re-launch M.R.S. More refined than rock 'n' roll these days, the second incarnation of the line still maintains its commitment to flattering lines and feel-good pieces, with a focus on details (think lace detailing, contrasting fabrics and raw edges). Made in L.A., the collection (priced from $50 to $375) features 20 modest-meets-sexy pieces, from breezy summer dresses to super-soft tees, not to mention a must-have, ultra-flattering pleather bathing suit. Available online only, the collection is seasonless, but Stern plans to update it with new additions throughout the year. "There's something about the way the clothes are cut," says Stern. "There's magic in them."

Check out Stern's new collection at mrsbymrs. com.

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