Are Stylists Necessary? Um…Yeah!

Jul 13, 2009Fashion

I was just reading on the The Daily Beast about how stylists are being cut from budgets and all other sorts of nonsense. The article was an outtake from a bigger story in The New York Observer pointing out that these “celebrity stylists” are being bypassed as the actual celebrities are going directly to designers. There seems to be less and less patience for these spotlight grabbing stylists such as Rachel Zoe, Phillip Bloch and Stacy London. Well, let me pipe in here and say hold on just one minute. Unless you have been a stylist, you can take these comments and shove it. Much of the job of a stylist is schlepping. The stylist is the liaison for everything…the life saver. In order for stylists to evolve in their careers, doing things like dressing VIPs and celebrities is the natural progression. For anyone to deny stylists from moving on up, in a world where friggen nobodies are yielding all sorts of power…well…it is just preposterous, if you ask me. Good taste is a rarity and a good stylist should be revered. Period. Yes, if the the stylist becomes annoying and ego-maniacal, they should be cut to the quick. Special Note: Most publicists do not have impeccable taste…so listen up celebrities…heed the word of a stylist.  They have your best interests at heart. My friend Margaret Maldonado has an agency that represents stylists (and other creatives artists) but stylists are at the core of the company. She served an amazing service to propel stylists in taking their proper place in the fashion food chain. Their role is intricately involved in fabulous. Make no mistake about that.

Here are a few historic red carpet moments that clearly had no stylist involved…and if there was..well…by all means…bypass away.

Avril is no fashionista...on the contrary. This chick needs a stylist, even if she has to sell her first born.

Avril Lavigne is no fashionista...on the contrary. This chick needs a stylist, even if she has to sell her first born.

Here is an example of a celebrity working directly with the designer. Though forthe most part Carolina Herrera does wonders for Renee Zelwegger, here is the one time that it didn't work. That top was just wrong when coupled with that old lasy coiffe.

Here is an example of a celebrity working directly with the designer. Though for the most part Carolina Herrera does wonders for Renee Zellweger, here is the one time that it didn't work. That top was just wrong when coupled with that old lady coiffe.

Proof positive that you're never to old to get a stylist. And here Glenn CLose, who works exclsuively with Armani, needed a stylist's eye to say...get that shit off.

Proof positive that you're never to old to get a stylist. And here Glenn Close, who works exclusively with Armani, needed a stylist's eye to say...get that off...cooper and gold clash.

Bai Ling...nut bag...should just give it up. Styilsit or no stylist is not going to help her get a meaningful career.

Bai Ling should just give it up. Stylist or no stylist...it ain't gonna to help her get a meaningful career.

Here's what happens when your mother is your stylist.

Here's what happens when your mother is your stylist.

This all time classic was no way selected by a stylist. And if so, well, as aforementioned...toodles.

This all time Bjork classic was no way selected by a stylist. And if so, well, as aforementioned...toodles.

Oy veu iz meer. May the stylist Gods shine their light on Courtney Love.

Oy vey iz meer. May the stylist Gods shine their light on Courtney Love. Ahhhhmennnn.

When Gwynnie moved to London, she was dressed by Alexander McQueen in this tragic ensemble. The prblem here is they are both so groovy...that it's hard to understand what happened here.

When Gwynnie moved to London, she was dressed by Alexander McQueen in this tragic ensemble. The problem here is they are both so groovy...that it's hard to understand what happened.

Tilda Swinton is the fashion darling, but darling, not here. Fotz.

Tilda Swinton is the fashion darling...but...darling...not here. Fotz.

Know your body-type and dress accordingly.

You see, a stylist knows your body-type and dresses you accordingly. What the f&#k?

Yowza...moving on.

Yowza...moving on.

Here's where the Madonna let's the designer do the job that a stylist might cringe and make not happen.

Here's where Madonna let's the designer do the job that a stylist might otherwise cringe and make not happen.

Need I say more?

Need I say more?

One Response to “Are Stylists Necessary? Um…Yeah!”

  1. Jackie says:

    Hey Abe,

    I don't know how I got included on your emails but I am starting to really enjoy them each day!

    I would love if you would comment on this horrible "legging" phenom that Every one and their fat mother is wearing. This is almost as bad as the "muffin top" summer of '07!

    The news needs to get out there that leggings are NOT the new jeans and no one wants to look at your butt in tight lycra! (esp. when they wear the see-thru ones and they don't realize it)

    A girl at my office has worn leggings every day since…Feb i think. toooooo much.

    Keep up the great scouting!
    Jackie

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