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This twentysomething New Yorker avoids the spotlight like the plague (he declined comment for this feature). Perhaps it’s because he likes his clients to shine — which they do: Hastings has turned Mara into fashion’s “It” girl of the moment, in elegantly severe black or white Givenchy, Prabal Gurung and Nina Ricci with punky cutouts that make her a standout among the often saccharine hues and prom dresses of awards season.
“I have a hand in choosing the clothes,” says Mara. “I’m not the woman who’s a doll — I want to represent who I really am.”
Hastings plays up Wasikowska’s modern-day ingenue vibe with Miu Miu and Rodarte, taking her from being a relative unknown to having a recognizable fashion identity.
His background in magazine editorial, from GQ to Vanity Fair, and styling ads for Marc by Marc Jacobs makes him a respected favorite among designers and, regardless of his media phobia, something of an “It” boy himself.