Celebrity stylists may not have as much name recognition as the stars they dress or the designers they work with, but they play a crucial role at fashion-forward events like awards shows and galas. Most celebrities want to look their best, so it’s no surprise they work with professional stylists with impeccable taste and a knack for persuading designers to provide unique looks. So why do some stars, like actors Emmy Rossum and Blake Lively, skip the stylist?
Emmy Rossum is best known for her role in Shameless
The 35-year-old actor Emmy Rossum boasts a resumé that includes numerous films of the early 2000s. They include Mystic River, The Day After Tomorrow, and The Phantom of the Opera. However, most people recognize Rossum as the actor who brought the character Fiona Gallagher to life in the TV series Shameless.
There’s been a great deal of buzz surrounding Rossum’s latest project: playing iconic LA figure Angelyne in a biographical miniseries of the same name for Peacock. The actor co-produced Angelyne with her husband, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.
“I was interested in telling this kind of kaleidoscopic narrative of all the different stories that are out there about her,” Rossum told Los Angeles Magazine.
On the style front, the part meant a physical transformation to match Angelyne’s over-the-top fashion and persona.
Why doesn’t Emmy Rossum use a stylist?
Rossum is also known for turning heads on the red carpet, so some might be shocked to learn she doesn’t have professional help. According to HuffPost, Rossum skips a stylist because she loves choosing clothes for herself.
Asked to explain the choice, Rossum joked, “Because I love fashion, and I’m that shallow.” But she quickly clarified, “I just love playing with clothes; it’s really fun. I email the PRs or designers myself, and I pick what I want, and they send it to me. And then it gets FedEx’ed back, and I never see it again.”
Luckily for Rossum, her taste is good enough that she still shows up at events looking flawless, even without a stylist’s expert guidance.
Blake Lively also prefers to style herself
Rossum isn’t alone in eschewing professional guidance. Style icon and Met Gala host Blake Lively, too, prefers to make her own sartorial decisions.
Lively admitted that although some aspects of styling oneself are not that difficult for a celebrity, coming up with looks to fit the Hollywood lifestyle is a different story.
“It’s a lot of work — I mean, it’s not hard in that we all dress ourselves every morning. So once you have the clothes, you just pick out what to wear like any other human being does,” she told Women’s Wear Daily. “But it’s easier because you have access to clothes, and so it’s not that hard … The hard part is going through all the fashion shows and screenshotting all the looks you like and calling them in. I have an assistant who helps in calling in the looks. But a lot of it is I have relationships with the designers.”
Not all of us have access to designers the way Lively or Rossum do, but it’s still refreshing to know some celebrities skip stylists to create a unique personal style while still turning stunning looks each time they hit the red carpet.