2012 March 30
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Ever wonder how, exactly, a celeb ends up in that frock...before the step-and-repeat, prior to the critics weigh in or Us Weekly decides who wore it best? The stylist, of course, that time-crunched, innately chic, super resourceful lass or bloke! At last night's Juicy Couture presentation, stylist (and Daily alum!) Shane Cisneros was responsible for Hunger Games actress Leven Rambin's cerulean sheath, plus the all-important accessories to go with it. Cisneros walked Chic through the process of dressing Rambin for the celeb saturated event. As for the "aww" factor: the duo met in 2006 at a Teen People shoot while Cisneros was an assistant editor there. Now, onto the styling madness!
"Leven had a 'fit 'n go' situation, where a celebrity flies in the day before and you have a quick fitting the morning before the event. Not ideal, but you have to make it work. It's important to allot as much time as possible for quick alterations, broken zippers, etc. Any number of things can wrong and a stylist must prepare for the worst because it may happen!
I pulled four very strong options from Juicy Couture PR, but with so many young, hot starlets attending the event, the selection was tight. Even though we had limited garments to work with, the Juicy PR ladies were accommodating the whole way through. I lost track of how many messengers were sent back and forth all week!
My top choice for the event was a little striped dress with demi-poof shoulders and gold buttons. Leven loved the dress too. I communicate with my clients through the entire pull process by sending the, iPhone pics of my choices. My number one rule of red carpet styling is to make the client happy and comfortable; I want my clients to be 100 percent in love with their look. With our hearts set on the striped dress, we made the look complete with the large, Fallon pearl necklace; very Juicy-does-a-polo-match. Sometimes a dress that looks good on the rack does not translate to the subject. Sadly, that's what happened during our fitting. Like I said, you have to prepare for anything!
None of our four looks worked, so I was sent two more options from the store. One was a silk black Bird jumpsuit, but the look was too severe for the event; color seemed more appropriate. We tried this blue eyelet dress on and it was magic: sweetness in the front and party in the back with a double keyhole. Fallon jewelry worked its enchantment, and made the dress less prim and more 'fashion.' Giuseppe Zanotti sent over a gold pair of platform slingbacks that accented Leven's legs perfectly. There's a moment in every fitting when the client knows the dress is right and the stylist knows it too. That's when we hit that moment!
The amazing Asia Gregor came over to do Leven's hair and makeup at my apartment/ studio, completing the look with a messy updo that I deemed 'fun debutante.' One short car ride to the Upper East Side, we were at the event. The look was well received by editors, and the dress photographed beautifully. What more could a stylist ask for?"
PLUS! Cisneros' take on the Juicy bash!
On the delectables (grub and waiters...): "Very, very good looking waiters wearing greaser coveralls and knit ski caps passed around mini, mini, In-and-Out style burgers with no buns."
An unexpected collection highlight! "I had a soft spot for a silk tracksuit that was glammed up in a Calabasas-kept-wife-way."
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