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High above the Sunset Strip on Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo paid tribute to the 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood inside the garden at the Soho House.
The inaugural luncheon marked the second annual rankings in THR’s Style Issue, which placed Kate Young in the top spot. Young began making a name for herself as an assistant to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and now she is styling the likes of Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz.
Charlize Theron, Katie Holmes, Zoe Saldana, Alice Eve and Ellie Kemper were among the stars in attendance to celebrate their faithful stylists — Leslie Fremar, Jeanne Yang, Petra Flannery, George Kotsiopoulos and Jessica Paster, respectively.
“I really do think it boils down to taste,” Theron told THR of her compatibility with Fremar. “You have to work with someone who has the same taste as you. … Leslie has impeccable taste, and I can’t really credit my own taste to be that good, but I feel very safe being guided by her.”
“I hate looking prissy,” Saldana said of her personal style. “I used to always avoid certain colors like pink, but Petra pushes me and inspires me to try color and shows me that it’s OK to be feminine and you still can be tough.” The actress opted for a spring-friendly red dress for the event.
Guests sipped on white wine and champagne while nibbling on a plethora of hand-passed hors d’oeuvres. For lunch, attendees enjoyed a chopped vegetable salad and their choice of organic chicken paillard, kale and goat cheese tortelli or organic salmon. For dessert, rhubarb rose sorbet with fresh berries and homemade chocolate-chip cookies were served.
Opening remarks were made by Dana Gers, Jimmy Choo senior vp global communications, who thanked guests for helping to make Jimmy Choo synonymous with red-carpet style. Gers then turned it over to THR Senior Writer Merle Ginsberg and Style Editor Carol McColgin, who each reflected on the process of building this year’s Style Issue — complete with four different covers — and took a moment to thank THR Editorial Director Janice Min and Publisher Lynne Segall.
“I feel like I’m on a list with a lot of amazing women,” stylist Cristina Ehrlich said. “I know how hard all of us really work, and I think to be able to have a moment where we can step back and get dressed up and celebrate each other is really cool.”
“For me, I want to dress really smart, really talented women — obviously really beautiful helps — with bodacious bods like hers,” Kotsiopoulos joked, motioning toward his client, Eve. “Honestly, and I shouldn’t be quoted as saying this, but I’ll do it for free.”
“You shouldn’t say that!” Eve exclaimed with a laugh.
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