WHY SHE MATTERS
Above all, Flannery is a red-carpet adventurer. Although the San Francisco-born stylist — who was a USC polisci major and former Elite Model agent — steers away from the classics, her looks remain elegant with an element of surprise and top best-dressed lists all over the Internet. “We love to take risks; we are risky ladies,” says Stone, 26, who has worked with Flannery since her House Bunny days. Stone’s just one of a group of Hollywood cool girls who have called on Flannery to help them increase visibility while maintaining their fashion “It” status. From Stone’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Birdman red-carpet turns to Adams’ Big Eyes premiere looks and Zoe Saldana’s Guardians of the Galaxy style juggernaut, Flannery never fails to nudge the fashion envelope. Says the stylist: “I really try to individualize my clients. I concentrate on their particular fashion persona.” Reuniting with Gwen Stefani (they’ve worked together off and on for more than a decade) put Flannery’s style in 14 million American homes — the average viewership of NBC’s The Voice, where the judge paraded a designer-packed wardrobe in primetime. “Gwen has a clear vision and always takes fashion to another level,” says Flannery. As to the origins of the stylist’s taste: “My mother always worked in fashion. She started in 1968 running the Pucci department of Saks in San Francisco and told stories of the ’60s and parties she and my father attended. Growing up, my sister and I were also influenced by a very free bohemian ’70s sense in Mill Valley. We got this really great combination of style influences.”
HER TOP LOOK
Stone’s effortlessly cool Lanvin jumpsuit with a crystal-embellished bodice and trailing bow train at the Golden Globes.“It was daring to wear pants on a major red carpet like that,” says Flannery of the style that kicked off a menswear theme. Adds Stone, “We didn’t set out to be trendy.” Another top look: Adams’ plunging navy gown at the LACMA Art + Film gala: “With a sexy ’70s silhouette, the dress had a true Gucci essence and Amy wore it well,” says the stylist.
SOCIAL BUZZ WINNER
Saldana’s blush-hued Atelier Versace at the Oscars, which hugged the new mom’s voluptuous curves. “When Zoe hit the carpet, social media went crazy,” says Flannery, who apprenticed under Andrea Lieberman, the stylist turned designer, before striking out on her own. “The inspiration for Zoe’s look was Italian movie stars, beauties such as Sophia Loren.”
Cabaret. “Seeing Emma in the musical and her being part of this Liza legacy, I got really inspired by the ’70s jumpsuits and tuxedo dresses,” says Flannery of Stone’s four-month Broadway run. For the SAG Awards, that meant putting Stone in a wildly chic Christian Dior tuxedo gown with a sheer skirt. The Cabaret vibe also is carrying over into their street style: “I just want to wear big eyelashes and those bell bottoms,” says the actress, who next appears in Cameron Crowe’s Aloha. “And sequins!” adds Flannery. Replies Stone, “Bring it on!”