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The Oscars are like the Super Bowl for fashionistas…at least for the fortunate few who get to attend. If you’ve ever wanted the inside scoop on how the A-list among us find That Perfect Dress, wait no longer. We called upon one of our favorite stylists to the stars, Lovey Dash, to get the inside scoop.
Galavante: Our favorite red carpet looks of late seem so natural, like they’re made for the actress.
Lovey: The trend among the A-listers right now is to forge a “relationship” with a designer and have something made exclusively for them. It’s a win-win – the actress gets to keep the gorgeous creation and the designer gets props on the red carpet.
Galavante: And when you don’t have Valentino’s number on hand?
Lovey: In that case, Hollywood stylists like me are called upon to find the perfect dress straight off the runway. Competition is fierce, but those lucky enough to be 5’10” and size 0 – with major connections – can score an haute couture piece. And (they’re just like us!) red carpet regulars procrastinate too. We’ve all heard the dramatic tales of last-minute changes, usually based on rumors of what someone else is wearing, or trending colors or styles. Ever heard of an actress having to be sewn into her dress? There’s a good chance a late change is to blame. Every Oscar night I pray I won’t have any fashion emergencies. From gowns tearing to too-tight shoes to panty line malfunctions... you name it, I’ve seen it.
Galavante: What about everyone else we see at the Oscars?
Lovey: Anyone who isn’t on the A-list must have a stylist in order to get into showrooms and have access to dresses not available to the public. An honest opinion never hurt, either. Red carpet-worthy designer dresses typically costs upwards of $10K, but there are so many outstanding designers these days. I’ve seen fabulous dresses starting at $500. A stylist will bring a selection of dresses in your price range (as well as shoes and matching bags) for you in to try on in the comfort of your home. If a stylist is not in your budget, most luxury departmentstores, including Bergdorf, Neiman Marcus and SFA will supply your very own personal shopper free of charge.
Galavante: What advice would you give someone who wants to look their best on the red carpet?
Lovey: Let us not forget accessories – and I am not talking about arm candy – but hair, makeup, jewels, handbags and shoes! Oh, how I love the shoes. These details can make or break a look. Speaking of shoes, comfort is not the look you go for on Oscar night. Glamorous, happy and secure is what my client must feel. Last but not least, a lovely smile and flattering pose will make your look.
Lovey Dash is available for private shopping, and a glass of champagne on the exclusive Louis Vuitton roofdeck on Rodeo. Email her at LoveyDash@aol.com.