WHY SHE MATTERS
Sure, Swennen is lauded for recognizing a client’s individuality (i.e., Kristen Stewart‘s Chanel hot pants), but where she has a larger-than-most impact is internationally, thanks in part to client Kaley Cuoco Sweeting, whose Big Bang Theory dominates worldwide syndication.
Stewart, Cuoco Sweeting, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton
HER TOP LOOK
Bowen’s color-blocked Herrera at the Globes (No. 40). “It was fun, sophisticated, and we were really drawn to the colors,” says Swennen. Her other pick is Stewart’s ladylike tweed jacket teamed with those hot pants and fingerless leather gloves that she wore front-row at Chanel’s Haute Couture show in July in Paris (No. 41). Swennen recalls her very first red carpet with Stewart: “She was attending a premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, and it was a Chanel moment.” Chimes in Stewart, the face of Chanel’s new Metiers d’Art Paris-Dallas campaign that debuts in May, “It all comes full circle with Chanel.”
Minutes before Big Bang Theory‘s Cuoco Sweeting headed out the door to the SAG Awards, Swennen took scissors to her dove-gray strapless silk organza Vera Wang mermaid gown (No. 42). “I was under Kaley’s dress taking off layers of tulle because it was too voluminous,” says Swennen.
Swennen, a self-described “T-shirt, Converse sneakers and jeans-wearing girl,” shares similarly laid-back taste with longtime client Stewart, whom she met during Stewart’s breakout role in 2007′s Into the Wild when the actress was 14. Says Stewart, “I would go to her with anything — and do — and sometimes fittings are like full-on therapy sessions.”