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Secrets of style: Kate Young

L-R: Dakota Johnson, Michelle Williams and Margot Robbie are among Young’s A-list clientele

Do you love how actors Margot Robbie, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Dakota Johnson and Sienna Miller never fail to put a modern twist on red-carpet dressing? Then you’ll want to pay attention, because KATE YOUNG is the stylist who helps them select their pitch-perfect pieces, finding the line between elegance and ease. She shows us how…


Get personal

“To help my clients find their own ‘look’, I start by chatting with them about everything from movies and books to art, then I’ll show them mood boards and see what they respond to. I don’t have any go-to designers, because it differs for every client based on their body, style and personality, but you can always count on Gucci, Prada and Chanel for amazing gowns.”

Make time for tailoring

“If you have a big event coming up, make sure you leave enough time to get your dress tailored. It should fit your body – I learned the importance of this the hard way. One time, a client’s gown was altered too small – it was a total nightmare. I had to cut a piece of the lining and sew a wedge into the dress. She couldn’t lift her arm all night.”

Kate Young
For the 2020 Golden Globes, Kate Young styled Rachel Weisz in a simple black column gown by Tom Ford with a Harry Winston diamond necklace, and worked with Sienna Miller to choose this satin halterneck dress by Gucci

Keep it fresh

“To make a dress feel contemporary, you have to be really careful with jewelry, hair and makeup. These things can make the difference between ‘cool girl’ and ‘Queen of England’. I love softening a fancy dress with a simple beauty look – it looks easy and effortless – but, of course, it’s not right for every situation. I think jewelry completes an outfit and can bring sparkle to areas you’d like to highlight – a diamond rivière necklace is great for that. I love vintage jewelry; Tiffany & Co. and Cartier have great collections.”

Prioritize fun

“There is no perfect outfit to wear to a wedding, although I do have a soft spot for a Brock Collection printed dress. It all depends where and when the wedding is taking place and whether there’s a theme. However, there are a few rules that I think everyone should abide by: as a guest, you shouldn’t wear white or anything too risqué, and make sure you go for something you can dance in.”

Be your best selfie

“Practice posing in front of a mirror before you head out: some dresses are better from the side, while others need a hip popped or are better straight on. Look before you leave.”

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