Hollywood Stylists Pick Top Looks of 2020’s (Mostly) Virtual Red Carpet

9:00 AM 1/6/2021

by Vincent Boucher

Bidding adieu to a year like no other — with traditional appearances mostly canceled — 11 A-list fashion pros choose recent outfits worn by their own clients and others.

(From left) Amanda Seyfried in Wolk Morais. Gal Gadot in Valentino and Patou. Zoë Kravitz in a sheer top in Saint Laurent’s summer 2021 virtual presentation. (Inset: Elizabeth Stewart)
Courtesy of Elizabeth Stewart (3); Courtesy of Saint Laurent; Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images

From left: Amanda Seyfried in Wolk Morais. (Hair by Renato Campora; makeup by Genevieve Herr.); Gal Gadot in Valentino; The 'WW84' star in Patou; Zoë Kravitz in a sheer top in Saint Laurent’s summer 2021 virtual presentation (Inset: Stewart).

  • Elizabeth Stewart

    HER CLIENTS For Gal Gadot's virtual WW84 press tour, Stewart and the star "loved an '80s vibe," says the stylist, whose picks included a "rich red Valentino with a cape effect" and a Guillaume Henry for Patou dress "that represents what the '80s should have been! It's a happy dress." Stewart also tended to Mank's Amanda Seyfried. "This Wolk Morais look sums up what we were going for — more color than Amanda is used to, strong shapes setting off her impeccable glam by her team."

    OTHER LOOKS SHE'S LOVED (NOT A CLIENT) Zoë Kravitz, styled by Andrew Mukamal, "is always on point."

  • Ade Samuel

    HER CLIENTS Samuel, who styled Letitia Wright for a THR cover, says a standout moment was putting Khalid in an "electric" melting-floral suit from Marcelo Burlon County of Milan at the iHeart Radio Music Festival.

    OTHER LOOKS SHE'S LOVED Miley Cyrus in barely-there Mugler for MTV's VMAs, styled by Bradley Kenneth: "It was a sexy showstopper of a dress that gave me an iconic Cher vibe." 

  • Adam Ballheim

    HIS CLIENT "Because of the pandemic and shipping delays, I kept getting bits and pieces, and we threw them together and it ended up being better than the runway look," says Ballheim of his shocking-pink Berluti turnout for Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) at the VMAs. "Even though it wasn't a traditional red carpet, just seeing the reaction was really exciting," he says. Pete Davidson later donned the now-iconic threads in an SNL sendup.

    OTHER LOOKS HE'S LOVED Zendaya at the Emmys, styled by Law Roach: "She just killed it — her two looks were super fashion-forward and exciting, even though she was in her living room half the time."

  • Erica Cloud

    HER CLIENT Styling Dan Levy for the Emmys was a remote job for the stylist, who lives in L.A. Levy, appearing on the telecast from Toronto, impressed in a Thom Browne jacket and pleated skirt. "I liked the representation of it," says Cloud. "It's where we're at culturally in fashion now."

    OTHER LOOKS SHE'S LOVED Stylists Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn's 2020 looks for Emily in Paris' Lily Collins: "I'm so inspired every time I see one of their posts." 

  • Rose Forde

    HER CLIENTS "People still want to see fashion moments, but for me as a stylist, it doesn't make sense to put somebody in a tuxedo to sit on the sofa," says Forde by phone from London, where her Brit Pack includes Josh O'Connor, Matt Smith and Chiwetel Ejiofor. She dressed client Paul Mescal in a black Louis Vuitton suit with no tie for the Emmys and in Fendi for the label's recent runway show.

    OTHER LOOKS SHE'S LOVED Tracee Ellis Ross, styled by Karla Welch: "Her enigmatic style gave us all a break from the new normal."

  • Michael Fisher

    HIS CLIENT "It was his first nomination, and he wanted to celebrate," says Fisher of dressing Succession Emmy nominee Nicholas Braun in a sleek navy Paul Smith tuxedo with bedazzled Crocs.

    OTHER LOOKS HE'S LOVED Uzo Aduba (styled by Cristina Ehrlich) and Regina King wearing T-shirts at the Emmys memorializing Breonna Taylor. "I'm glad there were those moments. They brought attention to what is happening in the world."

  • Jordan Boothe

    HIS CLIENT "I couldn't really pull things in, so it was a lot of text messages, iPhone photos, Vogue Runway pictures," says Boothe of dressing first-time nominee Jeremy Pope (Hollywood) for the Emmys. His Louis Vuitton suit arrived in L.A. the day before the awards, then had to be tailored and rushed to Pope, who was in Florida. "I wanted to make it as special as possible, even in these most crazy circumstances."

    OTHER LOOKS HE'S LOVED Dress-donning male stars like Harry Styles and A$AP Rocky. "It was the year of masculine femininity. I wear dresses myself and they're much more comfortable than menswear."

  • Wayman & Micah

    THEIR CLIENT Regina King at the Emmys in electric-blue Schiaparelli. "We wanted to do a look that was editorial," says Wayman Bannerman. Adds Micah McDonald, "Since it was virtual, we had another level of fantasy to play with." They were so set on the gown, it was the only one they considered.

    OTHER LOOKS THEY'VE LOVED Jennifer Lopez, styled by Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, at the People's Choice Awards in a red puffball Christian Siriano dress. "It was just a little bit of escapism for what many consider really a gloomy year. It gave your eyes a hug," says McDonald.

  • Christina Pacelli

    HER CLIENT In light of calls for social justice, Pacelli says she was most proud outfitting Laverne Cox for the Emmys: "She's a pioneer, one of the most important players in LGBTQ rights in the world. To be able to dress her in a way that was strong and powerful was a great honor."

    OTHER LOOKS SHE'S LOVED Cate Blanchett's sustainability-minded parade of repurposed gowns (styled by Elizabeth Stewart) at the Venice Film Festival, one of the only actual red carpets during the pandemic. "If Cate Blanchett can do it, then we should all follow suit."

  • Andrew Gelwicks

    HIS CLIENTS "Styling the iconic Catherine O'Hara in Valentino for her Emmy win and collaborating with breakout star Jo Ellen Pellman from Ryan Murphy's The Prom. The virtual playground was exciting to operate in."

    OTHER LOOKS HE'S LOVED He lauds the "pure joy" of seeing Tracee Ellis Ross at the Emmys in gold Alexandre Vauthier: "In every photo, you can tell she feels confident, happy, sexy and powerful."

    This story first appeared in the Jan. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.