Between landing the June cover of Vogue, starring alongside a very hot Alexander Skarsgård in "The Legend of Tarzan" and as the pigtailed super-villain Harley Quinn in "Suicide Squad," Margot Robbie isn't just having a great summer — she's having a breakout summer. And the mastermind behind the Australian actress's style? None other than Kate Young, who is proving yet again that she's at the top of her game. (Some of you may have met her during a recent "Fashionista" meetup.)
Now that the "Suicide Squad" tour has winded down, we chatted with the stylist about Robbie's premiere and photo call looks from the last month. Read on for her break down of the actress's statement-making style.
Proenza Schouler at "The Legend of Tarzan" London Photo call
"It’s a pre-collection dress. I love Proenza, and I find that Proenza pre-collection pieces are a little more commercial, easier to wear. It’s super flattering and it’s serious enough for a photo call, where you should look dressed up. But it also felt cool and young. I really like that neckline on her, the sleeveless mock neck."
Prabal Gurung at "The Legend of Tarzan" Beijing Premiere
"She just tried [the Prabal Gurung] dress on and we were all like, 'That’s the greatest dress.' It's so simple and has all those little buttons and peekaboo bits. It's sort of an edgy classic, a simple thing with a twist, which I like a lot. I think the thing with Margot is that she looks good with either a lot of "fashion" or kind of naked. And that's one of the kind-of naked dresses."
Miu Miu at "The Legend of Tarzan" London Premiere
"It's almost transparent, like a pink gauze with fan embroidery on it and then it has black seam binding. That one is the same kind of thing [as the Prabal Gurung dress]; although it’s kind of a complicated dress, if you look closely at it, it's kind of naked. It's more about her than the dress and up close, the dress is super beautiful - all the embroidery is so amazing and special, but the back of the dress is really naked. It had a feeling like it was just beads on her skin."
Gucci at "The Legend of Tarzan" Los Angeles Premiere
"It's just a really exciting dress. In person, the embroidery is so beautiful, so unusual. I feel like all I do is look at gowns all year round, and there's almost a formula to making a good evening gown. And when there’s a gown that works, that’s totally out of the box, it’s really exciting for me. And that gown does all the things a good gown should do: it’s special, it’s glamorous, it’s really flattering, but it's way less on-center. When it came in, I unwrapped it and was like, 'This is either the best gown in the world or she’s going to laugh at me.' And those are the ones that are always the best."
Monse at the "Suicide Squad" Comic-Con Event in San Diego
"Comic-Con pictures run everywhere and I think people always want to dress like cool, streetwear for it, but it’s not as photogenic. So I always want to find something that’s dressed up and still 'fashion' but has a bit of cool edge to it — so it suits Comic-Con in vibe, but it's still photogenic. So Monse felt that way to me. We put the Louis Vuitton boots with it because I wanted her to feel like a Comic-Con action hero, not like a pretty girl. I think the shoes really change that dress. If it were [worn] with a pair of Manolo shoes, it would’ve been a much more ladylike dress, appropriate for a different occasion."
Gucci to appear on "Live With Kelly" for "Suicide Squad" in New York
"It's commercial, it's in the store now. The thing about Gucci is that they have all these clothes in the store that you never see. Sometimes I'm like, 'Can I go to this store and see some clothes that nobody's worn?' I went to the store and nobody had worn it because it wasn't in a show. It's such a good dress. All this press that she's doing is in the height of summer, and it's really hot and it becomes largely about dresses because of that. She loves pants and she loves to dress a bit more boyish and with more of a swagger most of the time, but it's just so hot right now that the dresses are working."
Proenza Schouler for a "Suicide Squad" press conference in New York City
"Same collection as the first one - I love Proenza. I think that for press, a lot of times something like that is an easy, comfortable look and it can give some "fashion" in a really easy way and it photographs well. And if you're looking at all of [the appearances], I try to create a narrative thread so everything looks good together, so that we're presenting a well-edited visual identity. And that really goes with a lot of the other looks."
Elie Saab on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in New York City
"I saw that dress on Vogue.com and was like, 'We need that dress.' And I kind of had to give them a hard time with it, and was like, 'No, I need that dress. She's going to wear it if you send it to me.' She just put it on and [it] obviously worked. I just knew it was going to be flattering on her. She has good legs and she really loves to show her shoulders. A little mock neck is super cute on her. That whole dress has sort of been designed for her body."
Alexander McQueen for the "Suicide Squad" New York City Premiere
"We tried that dress on a while ago, during a fitting for 'Tarzan' and it was transparent and I was like, 'Okay! Yes, so if we lined it and we do this and that, I think it could work for 'Suicide Squad.'' When she went to London for the 'Tarzan' premiere, the McQueen people came and fit it on her and fixed it all up. We've known since she tried it on that it would be the 'Suicide Squad' premiere dress, but it needed a little bit of work. So it is the sample dress, but it has been fixed up and made less risqué."