07 JUNE - 2023
Although they fly under the radar at times, celebrity stylists are doing the work of unsung heroes in the fashion industry. Let’s meet some of our favourites.
Former celebrity stylist, Law Roach often referred to himself as an ‘image architect’. After working as a stylist for almost 15 years, Roach announced he was throwing in the towel earlier this year on Twitter, confirming later in interviews that he’d accomplished everything he wanted to in his former line of work. Roach said the prominent racism and nepotism in the industry also influenced his decision.
Some of Law Roach’s most notable collaborations include working with Bella Hadid, Anya Taylor-Joy, Kerry Washington, Hunter Schafer, Megan Thee Stallion, Priyanka Chopra, Celine Dion, and Keke Palmer. Plus, how could we forget Ariana Grande in the giant grey tulle Giambattista Valli dress at the 2020 Grammys?!
Although Roach is technically retired, he did vow to never stop styling Zendaya. “So y’all really think I’m breaking up with Z… we are forever!” He tweeted in March of this year. Roach started working with Zendaya when she was just 13 years old and to this day, she is one of his most faithful clients. Roach often styles Zendaya in an appropriately themed get up which correlates to whatever project she is promoting. A stunning example of this was Z on the carpet for the premiere Spider-Man: No Way Home. She wore a full-length dress which matched her skin tone, with sparkly spider web detailing covering it.
REBECCA CORBIN MURRAY
Although some may describe her as a polarising stylist, Rebecca Corbin Murray is one of my personal favourites. Love her work or hate it, you can’t deny she has some pretty fun and feminine looks up her sleeve. Rebecca is regarded as the go-to stylist mainly for British actresses, including Lily James, Jenna Coleman, Gemma Chan, Shailene Woodley, Carey Mulligan, Simone Ashley, Emma Watson, Billie Piper, Sophie Turner, and Kaya Scodelario. Murray has even worked with Colin Firth and Ozzy Osbourne - A delightfully distinguished repertoire.
Murray started her career as a contributing fashion editor at British Vogue, which (for those living under rocks) basically means she was the English version of Anna Wintour. Murray is also very popular on Instagram where she often displays photos of her clients all done up, amassing over 167,000 followers.
This bright pink Versace dress and matching super high (6 inch!) platform heels were hot and poppin’ in 2021 and Florence Pugh was one of the first celebrities to be dressed in it. Rebecca Corbin Murray is always on top of trends and dresses her clients accordingly.
Kate Young is a New York based stylist, working with actresses and pop stars like Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie, Dakota Johnson, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Juilianne Moore, Michelle Williams, and Nina Dobrev - some pretty high-profile clientele if you ask me!
Kate Young has styled numerous campaigns for Dior, Victoria Secret, Cover Girl, Pantene, Olay, and the list goes on. Young studied at Oxford and has many accolades to her name, including working as Anna Wintour’s assistant at Vogue, and being a fashion editor herself, at the one and only Interview magazine. Young is often referred to as one of the most powerful and sought after celebrity stylists, and has won the ‘stylist of the year’ title three times.
Young prefers to work with unexpected colours, silhouettes and accents to push her clients out of their comfort zone and add that little bit of spice. She also refuses to use double sided tape, “I will do anything to avoid using double-stick tape! I don’t think it works and you can always tell when people wear it.”
Doubling as a fashion editor and stylist, Elizabeth Stewart is one to look out for. Stewart got her education at the University of South Carolina, graduating with a degree in journalism. She then spent 12 years working in the style department of the NY Times Magazine, and another 10 years working at both Women’s Wear Daily and W Magazine. She then moved from being a magazine stylist to a red-carpet stylist.
Amanda Seyfried, Viola Davis, Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Gal Gadot, Jessica Chastain, and Rebel Wilson, are among the many celebrities that powerhouse stylist Elizabeth Stewart works with.
Stewart is also not at all picky about brands, she has even been known to source pieces from Walmart. Our girl will often create an ensemble where she mixes expensive, with in-expensive pieces. A perfect example is Gal Gadot at the premiere of Wonder Woman, where she is draped in this remarkable sparkling red gown, paired with an understated flat sandal.