In a new article about The 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter talked about Elizabeth Saltzman, the stylist that made Saoirse shine through this past award season. Along with the article, there were several portraits of Saoirse and Elizabeth released, which we have added to our photo gallery. Scroll to the end of the post for a video of the photo session.
Clients: Saoirse Ronan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman
Why she matters: Saltzman has an eye for sparking trends (see Paltrow’s 2012 Tom Ford cape gown or Ronan’s mixed-motif dress in Palm Springs) and never sticks to just one look. She transitioned the Brooklyn star, 21, from ethereal Grecian goddess at the Globes to the sultry green Calvin Klein sparkler at the Oscars. Of longtime client Paltrow, 43, who rocked a Valentino “Wonder Woman” mini at a Goop event, Saltzman says, “It’s a good person who takes fashion risks and isn’t afraid.”
Top look: The call came from Calvin Klein in October offering to custom make an Oscar gown for the Brooklyn nominee. “We got a lot of pitches, but Francisco Costa just got it,” says London-based Saltzman, a former Vanity Fair editor. Because of Ronan’s New York rehearsal schedule for The Crucible, the stylist conducted the fitting at midnight before the Oscars: “Saoirse put on the emerald, and the room stopped — her mom, her aunt, her hairstylist, Adir. … You felt the oooh,” recalls Saltzman. Adds Ronan of her carpet experience this past year: “Everything has felt like me but kind of pushing me out of my comfort zone.”
Moment that made Ronan break a sweat: A sparkling but sheer Calvin Klein sheath for the Britannia Awards was a bit too revealing. “Elizabeth was with Bono and U2,” says Ronan, who phoned the stylist from L.A. “I’m like, ‘Don’t worry, the nude shorts are great,’ ” recalls Saltzman of the undergarments. “They weren’t,” quips Ronan, who ended up in black boy shorts. The result, according to Saltzman, was “daring and a bit sexy.”