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Ebay's Brad Goreski-hosted pop-up hits Westside Pavilion* [Updated]

Ebay has enlisted celebrity stylist, reality TV star and man-about fashion-week Brad Goreski to help draw attention to the fact that the online auction site has rejiggered (the company uses the word "simplified") the way users list items for sale.

To that end, Goreski, stylist Danielle Nachmani and a handful of eBay fashion sellers (dubbed the Chic Squad) are hosting pop-up kiosk events across the country that explain the new process by helping individuals list an actual item they've brought in such as a handbag, pair of sunglasses, shoes or a dress.

The peripatetic pop-up, which started in New York City last month, has already rolled through Dallas and is slated to hit Los Angeles July 13 and 14 before heading to San Francisco. Goreski & Co. are scheduled to staff the Ebay Selling Style Studio at the Westside Pavilion, 10800 West Pico Blvd.* (directly in front of Nordstrom) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (we're told his old Brad self will be on hand Friday, June 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with the Chic Squad holding down the kiosk the rest of the time).


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-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: At left, Brad Goreski mans the Ebay Selling Style Studio, at right, the pop-up's first stop in New York City on June 8 and 9. Credit: Ebay

*[UPDATED 12:32 p.m. 7/12/2012: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed the location of the Ebay pop-up. It will take place at the Westside Pavilion -- not Westfield Century City -- on July 13 and 14.

Hollywood's top 25 most powerful stylists are celebrated


There's no denying the influence of a celebrity stylist. Their work fuels our fascination with red carpet glamour and can help propel their celeb clients into superstardom (not to mention lucrative ad campaigns) by establishing a memorable style arc or sometimes, with just the power of a single dress.

The Hollywood Reporter is celebrating some of these individuals, most of whom (with the exception of Rachel Zoe and Brad Goreski) remain largely behind the scenes, with their second annual Top 25 Most Powerful Stylists list. Along with red carpet staple Jimmy Choo, the publication held an inaugural luncheon to celebrate the stylists, some of whom appear on one of four different covers of the current issue of the Hollywood Reporter. Zoe Saldana

Kate Young, stylist to Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman, took the No. 1 spot this year. Second was Leslie Fremar, the woman responsible for helping Charlize Theron look so stunning. Petra Flannery, stylist to Zoe Saldana and Emma Stone, came in third, and fourth went to Elizabeth Stewart, who works with Jessica Chastain and Viola Davis. Theron, Stone and Chastain appear on the magazine's cover along with their respective stylists, as do Jeanne Yang and her client and design partner Katie Holmes. You can check out the entire list of power stylists here.

Beyond just posing for a cover with their stylist, Saldana, Theron and Holmes, further showed their support by attending the luncheon, as did Ellie Kemper (styled by Jessica Paster, No. 17) and Alice Eve (styled by George Kotsiopoulos, No. 23).

Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez's style team Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn also made the list for their work. The duo had just flown in at 2 a.m.  Wednesday from a Lopez video shoot, stopped through the luncheon and were off to the set of "American Idol" to get their star client set for taping. The duo, who also style Lily Collins and Rachel McAdams, started styling together six years ago after meeting in the wardrobe department at MTV. Rihanna's "Umbrella" video was their first job as a team. "Working together makes it so much easier," says Zangardi. "We try and do everything together, but sometimes have to split up because there's so much going on." They claim that a signature styling element they impart to most of their clients is jewelry, specifically rings. Haenn illustrated the look by putting out her hands, which had striking diamond rings (a mix of H Stern and custom designed) on each finger. Naturally, the two have a jewelry design project in the works, no doubt something fans of their clients' style will be clamoring for.

Katie Holmes and YangStylist Penny Lovell, who works with Ginnifer Goodwin and Rose Byrne, was a newcomer to the list and attributes the success of her 15-year career to really knowing and understanding who each of her clients are and exactly what they want to wear. "It's very psychological and I love psychology," she says. "Clothes are your second skin. It's so personal." She adds staying extremely organized is another key to being a great stylist, especially when the top tier of those in her profession are often juggling five to six jobs, ranging from red carpet to concert tours, at once.

"It's also important to remember that this is a business," Lovell says. "Styling is fun and very creative, but it's not just playing dress up. You have to remain professional."

Many of the stylists who made this year's list have turned their regular gigs into high-profile endorsements and clothing lines (Young is the only stylist to be signed with CAA and has recently been named editor-at-large for Macy's, Yang designs a collection with Holmes and Kotsiopoulos is a co-host on "Fashion Police" on E!), proving they certainly understand the business side of styling, moving out from behind the camera and closer to the spotlight.


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: Charlize Theron, top left, and stylist Leslie Fremar attend the Hollywood Reporter's inaugural luncheon to celebrate its top 25 top stylists' list. Zoe Saldana, center, attends the event, as do Katie Holmes, bottom left, and her design partner Jeanne YangCredits: Jeff Vespa / Getty Images for the Hollywood Reporter (top); Andreas Branch / (center and bottom)

Oscars 2012: How stars like Octavia Spencer get ready

Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer
Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer have all looked flawless on red carpets this awards season and doubtless they will pull out all the stops for Sunday's Academy Awards.

Anticipation for the Oscar red carpet seems higher than ever this year. The E! network plans to start its coverage at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, hours before a star even arrives, just to speculate on what people might be wearing. 

In certain circles, the Oscars red carpet generates more buzz than the awards ceremony itself. That two-hour window when stars stroll, preen and gush often showcases the results of hours and hours of prepping by a team of experts tasked with readying their client to face a sea of photographers and impromptu interviews — to say nothing of the worldwide TV audience and the crush of off-camera media in critique mode.

For an event as big as this one, that team often includes a fashion stylist, tailor, hair dresser and makeup artist. Their work may have begun months ago, starting with the stylist combing through images from designer collections online or jetting to New York or European ateliers to lend input to custom creations.

In this week's Image section,  take a look at some of the people -- including Octavia Spencer's stylists and Gwyneth Paltrow's go-to makeup artist --  whose work will be on display Sunday as stars glide down the red carpet or appear at parties.


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: From left, Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer at this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Mark J. Terry / Associated Press

Kristin Chenoweth's best looks from the American Country Awards


Kristin ChenowethProbably the most talked-about gown of the week was the one co-host Kristin Chenoweth wore on the red carpet at the American Country Awards on Monday. You know, the emerald one with a thigh-high slit and ultra-revealing neckline -- maybe I should say waistline, given how low-cut it was.

PHOTOS: Kristin Chenoweth at the ACAs

The look (as well as most of her other looks during the evening) was put together by stylist Sophia Banks-Coloma, the designer who co-founded the Whitley Kros label. Gotta admit that with Banks-Coloma's help, Chenoweth was eye-catching indeed. To see the looks and find out just what she was wearing, check out our photo gallery.

And if you were surprised to see the Broadway chanteuse co-hosting the show, don't be.  Her first country album,  "Some Lessons Learned," was released in September and she recorded it in Nashville.  She's long had an interest in the genre, she says in the video above, which contains parts of a music video and snippets of Chenowith talking about country. When she was growing up in Oklahoma, she says, "the performance outlets I had were rodeos and church."


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Photos: 2011 American Country Awards

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Kristin Chenoweth on the red carpet at the American Country Awards. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; video from Associated Press

Your Stylist: Tips on having a super chic pregnancy

NicoleChavezLast week I ran into celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez (her longtime clients include Rachel Bilson, Kristen Bell and Scarlett Johansson) at an event for a designer and was totally inspired by her super chic pregnancy style. Chavez is seven months pregnant and on that particular evening was clad in a long, soft pink Vanessa Bruno dress, a cropped black jacket and festive fur collar. The dress fell elegantly against her baby bump and the black jacket cinched in her smaller top half creating the right proportion between her belly and the rest of her body.

“I always thought I’d wear muumuus when I was pregnant, but I quickly realized that’s not the case at all, it’s more flattering to wear fitted clothes.” Says the stylist, who describes her pre-pregnancy body as petite and curvy. Chavez has eschewed maternity clothes and managed to stay in mostly designer and on-trend pieces thanks to her top tips in looking stylish while seven months pregnant: tailoring and using helpful tools such as a Belly Belt (a piece of stretchy fabric that fastens into jeans to extend the waist) and bra extenders to self-alter her existing pieces.

“I’ve been able to wear a lot of my old clothes by adding fabric or elastic at the waist,” says Chavez who also buys mod style dresses at Zara and Topshop a few sizes up to accommodate her belly and has the arms and upper back altered to fit and highlight her smaller top half. “After [pregnancy] you can have the middle tailored to fit you. Tailoring is key so then you can wear these clothes again.”

FertileMindopaque-maternity-tights-packagingChavez advises first shopping your own closet to see what pieces can stretch or be tweaked to work with a growing belly and changing body. “You can probably get a lot out of your closet. Take the stuff that absolutely won't fit away and put the stuff with elastic, stretchier fabric and A-line silhouettes to the front of your wardrobe. Try playing with those kinds of items. You can add elastic to some skirts. There are ways to get around it, you just have to be creative,” she says.

She also applies these rules to her clients. Chavez recently styled a pregnant Jessica Simpson and used a lot of Dolce and Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli items for their stretchy fabrics and fun, bold prints. “Dolce's a great brand for pregnancy because a lot of their fabrics are stretchy and many silhouettes are fitted and have a v-neck, so you really can see the bump and the body.” She adds that Jessica Alba also wore a lot of Dolce and Gabbana clothing during her last pregnancy. If the Italian brand is out of your price range, Chavez also loves Topshop, Zara, Fertile Mind and the long, colorful, light cotton wrap skirts found at the flea market.

She emphasizes focusing on proportion when getting dressed up and recommends looking for cropped Fertilemindbellybelt jackets to cinch in a dress on top or otherwise,going longer with vests or cardigans that hit below the waist, creating a more elongated line. “A jacket or sweater really has to be higher or lower than your belly for the most flattering shape.” She says. Empire-waist dresses are a good option for getting that smaller on top, roomier through the middle proportion. Chavez buys empire-waist dresses from department stores and has them taken in through the side of the arm so there’s no potentially unflattering billowy fabric.

Aside from altering clothes to fit her changing shape, Chavez loves to use accessories that she says have nothing to do with the baby bump but really work at adding stylish flourishes to an outfit. Her go-tos are fur and faux-fur collars that loosely fall around the neck and add some drama to a blazer or simple dress.

Opaque black tights from Fertile Mind are also a huge help as they smooth and support the belly area while adding a nice layer to dresses and skirts, both long and short.

“I think you have to be really flexible and realize that you are not the size you were, but you will be again. Be patient and focus on what fits and looks good,” Chavez says. “It's definitely the ultimate fashion challenge, but it's been really fun.”


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Top photo: Celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez attends the Vanessa Bruno dinner in West Hollywod. Credit: Donato Sardella

Middle photo: Pregnancy tights in opaque black from Fertile Mind ($19.95). Credit:

Bottom photo: Belly Belt from Fertile Mind ($19.95). Credit:


Fashion News: Rachel Zoe meets her customers at Saks

Rachel Zoe -- Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe has been traveling all over launching her new line of women's clothing, the Rachel Zoe Collection. Most recently, she was at Saks Fifth Avenue flagship in New York City, advising non-celebrity customers on how to wear the pieces. [The Cut]

-- Victoria Beckham is back in high heels, and tweeting that she feels much better now, after a reported back problem kept her in flats for a few weeks. [JustJared]

-- Designers Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Sarah Burton are among nominees for the 2011 British Fashion Awards. [The Cut] 

-- Keith Richards, Tom Stoppard, Bill Nighy, Bella Freud, Charlize Theron, Ed Victor and Johnny Depp were among the well-known kicking up their heels at GQ's Men of the Year Awards Tuesday night. [Telegraph]

-- And Lara Stone was named GQ's Woman of the Year. [Telegraph] 

-- Anne Hathaway is the new celebrity face of Tod's. [Telegraph]

-- Famed fashion photographer Steven Meisel shot spreads for the September issue of W magazine and August's Italian Vogue  -- and fashion pundits are raising eyebrows over the similarities between the two. [WWD] 

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Rachel Zoe, who has been busy launching her new clothing line. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times


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Celeb favorite Simone Camille bags launches Skins for fall

Simone Camille bag
The slouchy and super-vibrant patchwork fabric hobo bags from Simone Camille are best known for being a favorite carry-all of Nicole Richie and Miley Cyrus, who pair the boho-chic statement bags with their casual, rock-infused ensembles.  Sc004 copy-1    

The line’s designer, celebrity stylist Simone Harouche (who coincidentally styles Richie and Cyrus along with Christina Aguilera and Ashley Tisdale), started her line of fabric bags in 2009 and the colorful textile designs have been a hit with celebs and anyone who could afford the $2,000-plus price tag. The bags have since spawned a slew of far less expensive versions from other labels, but Harouche has moved on, debuting her first collection of leather bags that interestingly are more affordable than her all-fabric creations.

The Simone Camille Skins collection is coming out for fall and while leather is heavily incorporated into each style, the same über-boho vibe of her signature fabric bags remains. Harouche has incorporated whipstiching and turquoise-beaded tassels on some bags that have a decidedly Southwestern feel. And her long, fringe-covered suede bag has silver coin details that give the thing a ton of texture and anyone carrying it an unmistakably free-spirited look.

The Simone Camille Skins collection ranges from $689 for the Saddle Bag to $975 for the large Carpet Bag. Visit for retailers.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Photos: Styles from Simone Camille's new Skins collection, which incorporates leather into the collection of vintage Indian patchwork fabric bags. Credit: Simone Camille

Frugal Fashion: Rachel Zoe takes her '70s vibe to the Hamptons

Rachel Zoe Rachel Zoe seems to don a different career hat for each day of the week -- Philip Treacy designs or vintage turbans, of course. She's taking the fashion world by storm with her new clothing line and her show "The Rachel Zoe Project," premieres its fourth season Sept. 6 on Bravo.

The stylist-turned-designer made a recent New York appearance at the 14th annual Super Saturday shopping event to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, hosted by Emma Roberts, Kelly Ripa, Donna Karan and InStyle at Nova's Ark Project. Zoe took her signature '70s vibe and made it Hamptons chic, looking Mah-jor (for those familiar with Zoeisms) in an elegant white lacy kaftan-style maxi dress, a long beaded tassel necklace and oversized rectangular pink tinted glasses.

For a similar care-free look, get a lacy or crocheted dress like the West Coast wardrobe mesh midi dress for $45 from, Mirage maxi dress for $65 from, Lazy Rivers white maxi dress from for $35, Pins and Needles Chantilly dress $89 from or the A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz crochet-overlay dress for $92.99 from


Nothing accessorizes like a swishing tassel. It's fun, flirty and holds its own against a long maxi dress.  For some tassel necklaces with a little added embellishment, get the Leatherette chains and necklace for $6.80, beaded necklace with tassel for $11.80, vintage tassel necklace for $5.80, all from or the silk tassel and crystal necklace from for $29.


A great pair of oversized shades can be your best friend in so many situations. Lucky for fashionistas on a budget you don't have to spend a couple hundred for a dependable pair. Get the signature Zoe larger-than-life sunglass look with the square or wine sunglasses, both priced at $5.80 from; or the FENY sunshine rhinestone vented rectangular sunglasses from for $16.80.

Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris


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Photos, from top: Rachel Zoe attends Super Saturday 14 to Benefit OCRF hosted By Emma Roberts, Kelly Ripa, Donna Karan and Instyle at Nova's Ark Project on Saturday in Water Mill, New York. Credit: Eugene Gologursky /Getty Images for OCRF.

Dresses, from left: West Coast wardrobe mesh midi dress; credit: Mirage maxi dress; credit: Lazy Rivers white maxi dress; credit: Pins and Needles Chantilly dress; credit: A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz crochet-overlay dress; credit:

Necklaces: Leatherette chains and necklace, beaded necklace with tassel; credit for both: Silk tassel and crystal necklace; credit: 

Sunglasses: Square and wine sunglasses; credit for both: FENY sunshine rhinestone vented rectangular sunglasses; credit: 

Fashion News: 'Project Runway' returns, Lady Gaga goes Goo Goo

"Project Runway" started Season 9 Thursday night and sent four of the 20 initial contestants packing right away. "Four are going home before it starts,"  Heidi Klum said. "Because we're a little bit mean now." Should be a great season! [Los Angeles Times]

Lady Gaga introduced a spoof video on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," showing what a kidswear line designed by Lady G would look like. Think of a baby swaddled in bubbles in what she called the Goo Goo line. [Telegraph]

Jessica Simpson hasn't found the right gown yet for her upcoming wedding to Eric Johnson. But she isn't worried; she plans to help design it. “The dress is going to be amazing," she says. Can't wait to see it. [People]  

Rachel Zoe to design children's clothing line Okay, this does not surprise me AT ALL.  Fashionable new mom Rachel Zoe says she is going to design a children's clothing line. [InStyle]

And the very busy Zoe is going to front for a new lipstick line from the New York-based brand Exude. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Model Edie Campbell, 20, who has worked for Burberry and Marc Jacobs, won a charity horserace in England. The event happened on Ladies' Day at Glorious Goodwood, and Campbell won by three and a half lengths riding a horse named Harrodian Hotshot. [Telegraph].

Olivia Palermo is the new face of Spanish jewelry brand Carrera y Carrera's latest collection, Mediterraneo. [FabSugar]

Boutique Rubin & Chapelle has opened in the Malibu Country Mart, bringing a taste of New York to the West Coast. [PopSugar LA] 

Hudson's Bay, the parent of Lord & Taylor, is moving closer to going public with an IPO. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: The very busy Rachel Zoe takes a break to pose. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times 


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Rachel Zoe launches fashion collection.Rachel Zoe is in an empire-building mode.

In just one decade, she's gone from no-name stylist to red carpet tastemaker -- earning $6,000 a day, with clients including Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes and Demi Moore -- to full-fledged celebritydom, with a Bravo reality show and a QVC line. Now, she's launching a fashion collection with  prices that range from $250 to $700 and a style that says "1970s."

"I wanted androgyny and the powerful woman look," Zoe says. "It’s very Jane Birkin-y and Anjelica Huston-y and Bianca Jagger-y, with a splash of sequins, a little Liza Minelli, thrown in." Booth Moore reports on all that is new in Zoe's life (and that includes a rather well-dressed baby boy named Skyler) -- plus an update on other celebrity stylists who have parlayed their status into clothing and accessories brands.


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-- Alice Short

Photo of Rachel Zoe: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times 


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