For most people, getting ready for a fancy event takes a few hours at most. But when you're a star like Gwyneth Paltrow, and the event is the Oscars, months of time, effort and politics can go into picking the right dress and ensuring the night goes off without a sartorial hitch. Today on Goop, Gwynnie gives us a glimpse at the months-long process that went into her flawless Tom Ford Oscars look (yes, goofing off with Cameron Diaz is part of the process).
STEP ONE: FINDING THE DRESS
Of course, the journey to the Best Dressed List begins with a dress. For Gwyneth, the responsibility of finding the perfect Oscars gown falls squarely on the shoulders of her stylist Elizabeth Saltzman, who says the job is a "long process that begins the moment when the nominees are announced and doesn’t end until the moment she steps onto the red carpet." Saltzman starts by calling certain designers (she usually works with two or three) and seeing if they have anything special in mind for the big event and making sure they aren't dressing anyone else too similarly. The designer, in turn, will send over sketches of possible gown options and Saltzman will "gently try to make tweaks that [she knows] will work for [her] particular client," keeping in mind her client's body, coloring, and confidence level.
Saltzman also says a good deal of politics goes into nabbing the right dress. "When it comes to this event, [the politics] can be rough if you don’t know the players," she told Goop. "It’s about being honest with the designers and the other people involved, listening to what they’re hoping for, and striking a compromise between their vision and the client’s needs."
Luckily for Saltzman, choosing Gwyn's Tom Ford Oscars dress was relatively painless. "I went to meet with Tom Ford at his studio about a week before the event [and] this dress screamed OSCARS to me," she said. "It simply was ‘the one’."
DAY-OF PREP: But the Oscar prep doesn't end with selecting a dress. On the day of the big event Gwyneth spends hours getting ready, starting with a 10 AM intense cardio workout (courtesy of the Tracy Anderson, natch). Then she has her "traditional pre-show turkey burger and fries," (see, Kate Moss, she eats carbs!) and then hair and makeup prep begins.
Gwyneth's hair stylist Adir Abergel, originally planned for a tousled bun, which while beautiful, was decided to be too fussy for the minimalist gown, and Gwyn's hair is redone and pulled back into a straight ponytail, which "mimics the straight, clean lines of the dress and cape." Her makeup artist, Leslie Lopez, emphasizes Gwyn's eyes, while keeping everything else pretty natural.
Next comes jewelry: Gwyn tries on elaborate cuffs and earrings from designer Anna Hu, who is also on-hand to help the star get ready. "I was asked to represent her brand on the Red Carpet," Gwyneth says. Yeah, so that's how that happens. They're all gorgeous (duh), but the team decides the "double hoop diamond and purple sapphire ring and the amazing rose-cut diamond cuff fits best with the dress." After adjusting hair and makeup with some finishing touches, Gwyneth is out the door for a night of sartorial victory. Phew, did you ever think so much went into getting ready for the Oscars?
Mostly we just love this pic of Gwyneth and Cameron goofing off. Here it is again.