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The second annual event was in celebration of THR’s stylists issue, ranking the industry’s top 25 most powerful stylists based on the past year of red-carpet influence and – what else? – their attention-grabbing A-list clientele. Among those in attendance were stylists Leslie Fremar, who tops this year’s list, Jeanann Williams, Tara Swennen, Samantha McMillen, Petra Flannery, Ilaria Urbinati, Mariel Haenn and Rob Zangardi, Elizabeth Stewart and Jessica Paster, along with celebrity clients including Naomi Watts, Zoe Saldana, Dianna Agron, Nina Dobrev, Abbie Cornish and Kaley Cuoco.
“To be her plus one is an honor,” Saldana told THR of her stylist, Flannery. “I would do anything for her because she would do anything for me.” (The actress, wearing Carven, joked with attendees that she had been “Petra-fied.”)
Guests sipped on Bellinis as they thumbed through the latest issue of THR, marveling at the four covers featuring Flannery and Saldana; Fremar and Julianne Moore; Haenn and Zangardi with Jennifer Lopez; and Joseph Cassell with Taylor Swift.
“I wore a dress on the cover and that was very much a stretch for me,” said Flannery with a laugh. “I keep to a classic look – I’m very much a pants person.” For this occasion, she chose black leather leggings by The Row and a Nina Ricci top.
Fremar chatted with client Reese Witherspoon, dining nearby, who complimented her stylist on her cover shot. “I like to blend in, so this cover’s not allowing me to do that,” Fremar, wearing a red Stella McCartney jacket, told THR. “My approach to life in general is I usually bring it down a few notches.”
Watts stood out at the event in a printed blue dress by Erdem, but confessed that she almost axed the option on the rack.
“I’m not great with too much busyness or prints because I’m small, but I really liked it and it’s a good fit,” she told THR, adding that stylist Williams “made fashion interesting” again. Before working with Williams, Watts confessed, “I wasn’t excited about fashion.”
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