LOS ANGELES — Fasten your seat belts. The countdown has begun for the 2007 awards season.
The entertainment industry will anoint actresses, actors, directors, singers, composers and costume designers, among others. The stakes are high, as well, for designers who will dress the elite gliding down the red carpet and retailers seeking to bask in the glow.
The linchpins are the stylists who pick the gowns and accessories and the hair and makeup professionals who concoct just the right look.
The festivities begin with the Golden Globes on Jan. 15, followed by the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Jan. 28; the Grammys, Feb. 11, and the Oscars, Feb. 25.
Here are some of the emerging behind-the-scenes stars:
BRITT BARDO Agency: Magnet Clients: Kate Hudson, Eva Mendes, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
Growing up in Ohio and Indiana, Bardo wasn't exactly exposed to a range of careers available in fashion. She studied fashion photography, but traveling with a boyfriend to London and Paris broadened her horizons. While assisting uberstylist Andrea Lieberman for three years, she met Kate Hudson, as well as Jennifer Lopez, a Lieberman client who hired Bardo to be her full-time stylist for six months. Once she was a free agent, Hudson called and said, "‘Are you still styling? I hope so, because I need someone,''' Bardo recalled. Her approach to all her clients is "super-relaxed and effortless. I don't want anyone to look like they are trying too hard."
She has a degree in photography from Cal Polytech University, but Chavez ended up riding an "O.C." wave to her present vocation. After interning in the costume department of a Disney movie, Chavez landed a gig for the pilot season of "The O.C.," where she was in charge of Rachel Bilson's wardrobe. The two soon realized they had the same taste and began working together on the red carpet. While she's fond of putting her petite pals in Brian Reyes, Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs and J. Mendel, she indulges her avant-garde side with model-turned-actress Jamie King. "With her, I have height on my side so we can go really fashion forward."PENNY LOVELL Agency: Cloutier Clients: Ginnifer Goodwin, Chris Klein, Josh Duhamel.
Lovell began her fashion career in public relations, working for an agency in her native London that counted Burberry as a client. She found herself styling shoots, and realized that she preferred dressing personalities for real life rather than models for photo shoots. She arrived in Los Angeles two years ago, where she met Ginnifer Goodwin, now a star of the Golden Globe-nominated HBO show "Big Love." While she's won raves for putting Goodwin in Moschino, Marc Jacobs and Burberry, Lovell said she doesn't follow trends per se, but rather a client's personality. "When you do something so personal for someone, you have to get along, and the more honest you are, the better the results," she said.
As an art major at the University of Colorado, Jagger dreamed about dressing the stars she saw in music videos. That led to a fashion internship at Nylon magazine and a gig as Rachel Zoe's assistant in New York. When Zoe moved west, Jagger followed, and once she was on her own, began working on videos as well as red-carpet jobs. "Videos are about creating a story, and red carpet is about being appropriate to the occasion," she said, "but I don't want people to say about my clients. 'Oh, that's the girl who always shows up in a black dress.' I like to keep it interesting."
TARA SWENNEN Agency: Margaret Maldonado Clients: Lisa Marie Presley, Nicollette Sheridan, Lauren Graham, Rebecca Gayheart.
Swennen studied design at Cornell University, then was an intern at Barneys New York, where she met Andrea Lieberman and became her intern. She switched coasts and assisted Rachel Zoe before going out on her own. From Lieberman, she learned to create tour and video costumes for pop stars, and from Zoe, the finer points of red-carpet glamour. "With a video I can go all out, but with red carpet, I make sure it's toned down since you have to play it safe these days, unfortunately," she said. "But I am willing to risk getting panned a little bit more because I see it as an art and I also represent peoples' personal tastes."LEE HARRIS Agency: Bardeen Clients: Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu.
A 12-year veteran of film and television costuming, Harris counts films like Drew Barrymore's "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" and "Spider-Man 2" and "3" among his credits. But he said his most exciting and challenging stint was working for three seasons as a wardrobe shopper for TV's "Ally McBeal," where he met Lucy Liu. "I feel that it is my job to think, edit and select the perfect pieces for fittings so that my clients don't have to spend hours and hours trying on dresses,'' he said. "They have more important things to do.'' Hair and Makeup
TRACEY CUNNINGHAM Agency: Artists by Timothy Priano Clients: Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera.
Seven years running Bette Midler's household led to the ultimate employee benefit: Midler paid Cunningham's beauty school tuition. After more than two years assisting colorists, Cunningham struck out on her own at John Frieda and later at Neil George in Beverly Hills. Cunningham recently doused Nicole Richie's hair with golden brown, and customers often plead for the same blonde tint she gives Molly Sims. Her secret to beautiful color: "Less is more, and consistency is the key."
ADIR ABERGEL Agency: Magnet Clients: Keira Knightley, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Kristin Davis.
Abergel's background is the stuff of a Hollywood screenplay. At nine, he was shipped to Los Angeles to live with family friends after his father, an Israeli Black Panther, was arrested. At 13, Abergel joined American Ballet Theatre. Three years later, he tore his foot muscles and was forced to find another profession. A friend introduced him to hairstylist Arthur Johns, and under Johns' tutelage, Abergel learned the business. Ten years later, Abergel, now 29, has built a star-studded résumé. At this year's Golden Globes, he'll style the tresses of Jennifer Garner and Anne Hathaway. "I am so passionate, it consumes me," he said.RACHEL GOODWIN Agency: Magnet Clients: Penélope Cruz, Hilary Swank, Hilary Duff, Selma Blair.
Growing up in San Francisco, Goodwin experimented with her style. "I have had every lip and hair color you can imagine," she said. Goodwin remembers watching her mother, clad in Norma Kamali, applying bright Dior colors to her face. Goodwin first tested her skills in a student film where corpse-like was the preferred look. Ten years into Goodwin's career, the 33-year-old is drawn to women willing to take risks. "With someone who you have been with for a long time, you have a dialogue," she said. "The best things come out of a long relationship."
MAI QUYNH Agency: The Wall Group Clients: Demi Moore, Katherine Heigl, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth.
Fresh out of the Studio Make-up Academy in Hollywood, Quynh's vision of professional success was the MAC counter at Nordstrom. "Once I got there, I liked it, but I didn't love it," she said. Her career got a boost assisting Stila creator Jeanine Lobell. After Lobell moved to New York, Quynh began assisting makeup artist Paul Starr before a two-and-a-half-year stay with Pati Dubroff. Quynh learned a critical lesson from Dubroff: Remembering names and returning calls can win jobs. "I [treat] everyone individually. I try to add my own little touch to it, but still make them look like themselves," she said.
ELAN BONGIORNO Agency: Celestine Clients: Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, Andie MacDowell, Heather Locklear.
Failing to make progress shopping her makeup portfolio to agencies, Bongiorno strutted into the Garren Salon at Henri Bendel and introduced herself to Garren's associate, Thom Priano. "That is how my whole career got started," she said. Bongiorno has developed a reputation for creating beautiful skin and smoky eyes. "I love glamour," she said. Eva Longoria's editorial and red-carpet looks are Bongiorno's work. In her teens, Long Island-bred Bongiorno spent Saturdays as the shampoo girl at the local salon. Determined to have staying power, she started her own cosmetics line, Enjoué Beauté, a year ago.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews