Kate Young was recently named one of "Hollywood's Most Powerful Stylists" by the Hollywood Reporter and after one look at her celebrity clientele, it's easy to see why. She dresses Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz, to name a few, all people on whom we've come to rely for spot-on perfect red carpet looks. This also means that, considering it's awards season and two of her clients are very much a part of that, Kate is super busy. Still, she found time for another new project.
She's the latest INC Editor at Large for Spring/Summer 2012 at Macy's. She follows inaugural INC Editor at Large Anna Dello Russo and her duties are a bit vague, as those of an 'Editor at Large' tend to be. What we know for sure is that they include styling the new INC collection, which you can peruse below, and a hip party thrown in her honor, which took place yesterday evening at Le Bain. We stopped by to chat with the super stylist about that gig, plus the attention celebrity stylists have been getting lately, dressing Natalie and Michelle for the Oscars and other upcoming projects, like Natalie's next Dior campaign (!).
What appealed to you about the INC campaign? I think that Macy’s and INC, they’re huge brands and the idea of something that reaches so many people is exciting to me and I feel like they work with really interesting people like stylists and photographers in the past, so that was appealing. I style things all the time, so the idea of styling something and making it more public was appealing to me, too and having it be controlled. A lot of celebrity stylists now, people talk about and write about in a way that they didn’t for years and years and years, so the idea that it’s a kind of controlled arena appealed to me.
Why do you think celebrity stylists are so talked about these days? I think ever since all those magazines started really paying attention to what people were wearing and a few years ago Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie and they looked so great all the time and their style was so distinctive and I think people wanted to know who was behind it at the time. And you know fashion. We’re characters.
Everyone is always talking about how celebrities' red carpet gowns are either a safe choice or risky. Do you try to steer your clients in a more adventurous direction? The people I work with are really beautiful and thin and I feel like just making the case that they’re beautiful and thin is super boring. Both Michelle and Natalie are super smart and I work with Rachel Weisz and it’s the same thing. I think the idea of pushing that, of not just being a barbie doll is very appealing to them, so I think that the three of them are much more open than a lot of other women to the idea of being...a little bit more abstract of a beauty. And I think they do all take risks, more than some people do. I mean I get it; people want to look pretty. There’s nothing wrong with that.I think it's hard to take a risk. Can you imagine putting on a dress and the next day turning on Good Morning America and seeing somebody talk about how ugly you looked, like I can’t even fathom how horrible that would be. I really am thankful that the people I work with trust me and are willing to push it a little bit.
Do you get nervous? Always, I don’t sleep. SAG awards is this weekend and that one people don’t care so much about, so I’ve been trying to relax, but I would say I sleep like five hours and less for a week before Golden Globes and like none at all for at least three days before Oscars and then I relax afterwards 'cause even if people hate it, there’s nothing I can do; it’s out of my hands. Yeah, I really get nervous. It’s stressful.
Who are you working on dressing right now? I’m choosing Oscar dresses now. Nominations just came out yesterday, so I think it’s a little bit presumptuous to do dresses beforehand. Natalie's going 'cause she won, so she’s presenting, so hers is in the works because I’m a planner. I’ll figure Michelle out probably in the next five days.
Will you wait until after some of the Fall shows to decide? Well...important things like colors I won’t choose until the shows.
What shows are you looking forward to at fashion week? I work on Jason Wu’s show, so that’s my absolute one, the one I care about more. I mean I’m not gonna watch it with surprise when it goes down the runway, but that’s the one that matters most to me. But I really love Rodarte, I really love Proenza. In London, I really love JW Anderson and Christopher Kane. I love Tom Ford.
Do you have any big projects you're working on that you can tell us about? It’s INC, award shows and I did a Dior campaign last week. With Natalie.
Looking forward to seeing that! Click through for pics of the collection.