Our November guest editor, Jessica Paster, shares her favorite red carpet looks from her career as a celebrity stylist.
1. Cate Blanchett at the 1999 Oscars in John Galliano
“Cate and I were both up and coming in our careers at the time; this was a pivotal look for both of us! We had a candlelit meeting with John Galliano; this dress was absolutely magical.”
2. Jennifer Hudson at the 2007 Oscars in Roberto Cavalli
“What a voice. What a win. This was actually Jennifer’s second dress of the night. I loved it more than the first. Immediately after she performed, I had her change so we could get a photo with the Oscar.”
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3. Emily Blunt at the 2010 Golden Globes in Dolce & Gabbana
“Emily always joked with me that she wasn’t fond of pink, so I always show her a pink dress at every fitting… this one was so pretty she couldn’t resist.”
4. Miranda Kerr at the 2013 Met Gala in Michael Kors
“To me, this look is ‘supermodel goes punk.’ Even though it was a little flashier than what she usually wears, when she put it on, it was amazing. We kept her hair and makeup more classic to balance out the look.”
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5. Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning at the 2011 Met Gala in Valentino
“We knew they would be posing together, but it was a little tricky. They loved Valentino’s collection, and the floral I had seen months before, so it really came full circle. Both of them looked so ethereal and so cute.”
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6. Jewel at the 2013 Emmys in Tony Ward
“My bestie Jewel, I love her. This is the only dress she tried on, and it was perfect.”
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7. Ellie Kemper at the 2012 Oscars in Giorgio Armani
“It was the Oscars, and we were nervous, but this was the first dress she tried on, and I knew it was the winner. It was perfect on her body and with her hair color.”
8. Diane Lane at the 2012 Oscars in Oscar de la Renta
“I just love Diane Lane; I’ve been working with her for a long, long time. She’s one of the prettiest and nicest ladies, and this dress reflects that. We wanted something fun and went for it.”
9. Minnie Driver at the 1997 Oscars in Halston
“Halston at its finest… everyone wanted diamonds for this look, I wanted emeralds. The minute Minnie stepped on the red carpet, game over. Best dressed for the night! The only full Oscar look that Vogue recreated on Minnie for a future pictorial."
10. Leslie Bibb at the 2012 Met Ball in Zac Posen
“This was Leslie’s first time at the Met Ball, and I just wanted something ‘wow.’ I told her that I didn’t want to go to 20 designers but rather just one. In fact, I had already found the most perfect dress, and it was proven when Tom Ford stopped her at the event and told her she was the ‘most magnificent looking creature on the red carpet.’”
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Jessica Paster has spent the last 15 years dressing high-profile clients such as Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Aniston and Emily Blunt. The Hollywood fashion expert attributes her success to "good taste and hard work," and has outfitted all things glamorous — from red carpet award shows and fashion editorials to commercials and ad campaigns. In her personal life, Jessica favors a silhouette that is clean and minimalist, yet chic, beautiful and sexy. Her color palette includes plenty of black with bold splashes of bright color.
In addition to her celebrity clientele, Jessica is the Chief Stylist for JustFab.com.