WHY SHE MATTERS
There’s power in numbers — and from the Cannes Film Festival to the Oscars, Stewart dressed ultra-A-listers Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts in 102 looks in total, with nary a fashion misstep.
Blanchett, Bullock, Roberts, Jessica Chastain, Amanda Seyfried, January Jones
Stewart, the daughter of a Marine colonel father and Spanish mother, spent much of her childhood in Barcelona. She studied journalism at the University of South Carolina before moving to New York, where she worked as a Women’s Wear Daily editor. She then relocated to Paris to style covers in the Fairchild offices there, eventually moving to Los Angeles via Manhattan for the The New York Times magazine. Stewart met her first client, Calista Flockhart, during the actress’ Ally McBeal heyday. The power stylist and mom of two teenagers — daughter Ivy and son Ben with her TV writer-producer husband, Rob Bragin — lives and works in Santa Monica.
HER TOP LOOK
“Cate’s Golden Globes look was an incredible way to start the season,” says Stewart of the winner’s black tulle and lace Armani Prive (No. 1 on “The Looks That Made the List”). “The kicker is that the earrings were from Chopard’s new Green collection, something I want to support.” Bullock also stood out in a pink and orange dress with lace detailing by Australian designer Alex Perry at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (No. 2).
The Blue Jasmine winner had three options from Giorgio Armani on Oscar morning: two custom-created gowns and one right off the runway. “It was a very last-minute choice,” says Stewart of the soft-gold embellished Armani Prive look (No. 3) from the designer’s fall 2013 couture collection. According to Armani, a longtime friend of Blanchett, “In my book, Cate has cemented a place for herself on the eternal best-dressed list.” August: Osage County nominee Roberts also had the pick of two one-of-a-kind Givenchy gowns. “I really relate to what Riccardo Tisci does,” says Stewart, who ended up dressing Roberts in the black lace peplum Givenchy Couture (No. 4). “Riccardo made another dress that was wilder; we are going to save it for another moment.” When it comes to juggling nominees, Stewart keeps three assistants to help during awards season but only one full-time assistant for most of the year: “Timing helped a lot — Cate and Julia got ready in the same hotel and Julia leaves later, so I was able to see them both out the door.”
BEYOND THE RED CARPET
Unlike many of her contemporaries, Stewart has no plans for a self-named fashion line or book. “I admire the stylists who do that so much, but it’s just not my thing,” she says. When the dress fittings are done and awards season’s a wrap, you’ll find Stewart working away on her charity, P.S. Arts (she hosts an annual lunch in the spring to help raise funds for art programs), or at home cooking. “I used to have a fantasy of a TV show called Class With Trash because my specialty is a Sno Ball,” says Stewart, referring to the bright-pink coconut and marshmallow-filled Hostess snacks. “I can make an entire Sno Ball, but using the best quality chocolate.”