Jessica Paster is an old school celebrity stylist. Old school meaning she was doing this when Rachel Zoe was still an editor at YM. How about them apples?
With a client list that currently includes Emily Blunt and Miranda Kerr, the stylist and JustFab chief stylist certainly made a mark on Sunday night’s Golden Globes red carpet. And she’s already working on the Oscars. We chatted with Paster yesterday about who looked good—and who didn’t—at the Globes, and why you don’t see cool young designers represented on the red carpet.
Fashionista: So what did you think of Sunday night? Jessica Paster: I’m right in the thick of things, so my opinion is a reflection of that. I thought it was a beautiful red carpet. I know that a lot of the people who are not in the thick of things, they like to say that it was a boring red carpet. But we can only do with what we have. If designers are making simple red dresses.... I thought that it was a beautiful, very few people made missteps.
I wasn’t a fan of Kelly Osbourne’s cream-colored Zac Posen. I thought it fit her well, but the color didn’t look right with her skin color. I thought that Dior did a beautiful job with Marion Cotillard. This is [Raf Simons’] first major red carpet moment. I was very surprised that Chanel brought a dress out from 2009 [for Anne Hathaway]. 2009 is not vintage. It’s an older dress. Vintage is vintage. It’s something in the ‘70s, ‘60s, ‘50s. The ‘90s is vintage maybe, the ‘80s perhaps. But I thought she looked lovely.
I thought that Nicole Kidman and Kate Hudson rocked Alexander McQueen, they looked awesome. And of course my girls, Emily Blunt, Miranda Kerr, Carla Gugino, Hannah Simone—they all looked wonderful.
You’ve been doing this before it was a thing to do. How has the red carpet transformed over the past decade? I think that 10 years ago it was a little more organic. It was easier to call a designer. They were more open and apt to dress an up-and-coming actor. You didn’t see Jason Wu or Prabal Gurung on the red carpet last night, because instead of them being a little open-minded, they’re waiting to get these other people that they think they deserve. If you would’ve put a Prabal Gurung on a beautiful actresses, it would have been showcased and he would have sold four more dresses. Everyone is like, “No, I want to dress Cate Blanchett, no, I want to dress Cate Blanchett, no, I want to dress Cate Blanchett.”
Who’s fault is that? Both the designer and the PR people. Our world is moving so fast, there are so many things going on at one time. It’s impossible for one person to traffic dresses. They’re not public relations, they’re dress traffickers.
They want the most famous person, and they’re losing the chance to get their work shown. There are two reasons to dress somebody on the red carpet. Ego or business. I just feel that these up-and-comer designers that are fabulous and amazingly talented should be a little more open.
And you really think the red carpet can move merchandise? I do see it. If they can get their dress on a certain person on a red carpet, that’s going to sell their clothing. But instead these designers have to go and do a line with—so and for Kmart—they have to do those things because obviously their clothes are not selling.
What do you think of the whole “360 GlamCam” phenomenon? I hate that.
What about the whole Fashion Police thing in general? I find it very...it’s an opinion. These are not fashion people. If Kelly Obsourne didn’t have Fashion Police, what is she going to do? Did she go to school to be a lawyer? Did she go to school to be a stylist? What I’m trying to say...it’s not derogatory. I think she’s nice and cute at what she does. But it’s just an opinion.
These people who say they’re stylists or a fashion expert? I remember meeting a girl, and I asked her who she styled before she became a commenter. She just stared blankly at me.
That’s when I was like, “Oh okay, I get it.” Just because you’re kind of cute and you’re skinny and you talk well, now you're a fashion critic.
I didn’t even go to parties Sunday night because I was dead to the world, I was exhausted, worked until 11 the night before, midnight the night before that, nine the night before that. Who wants to spend an hour to put on makeup? It’s not like I can go and get a cocktail. My first sitting for the next awards show is on Wednesday. How can a fashion expert be on television [the next day]? What gives Joan Rivers the right to talk about what people are wearing when she looks like she’s being injected by god knows what.
We all know when something looks bad. But other than that? For instance, I loved Lucy Lui’s Carolina Herrera dress. During the summer when everyone’s wearing prints, they’ll love it, but right now they don’t get it.
You also work with JustFab. How’d that partnership come about? You know what I love about styling? I love when I see girls who mix vintage with a great piece. I love it when I talk to a girl and she’s wearing a McQueen blazer with a great pair of jeans and a vintage necklace and some JustFab shoes that she got for $39.95.
To me that’s fashion, to me that’s interesting. I wait until the sales happen—they know my size at Neiman, Barneys and Saks—they call me when everything’s 70% off because they know I’ll clean them out. I love The Outnet—do you shop on there? Who doesn’t want to get something adorable and cute for 70%, 60%, 50% off? We don’t even have to do that because our shoes are $39.95.