Recently, a few of us came to the conclusion that Kristen Stewart‘s stylist deserves some serious props… and probably a raise too. Tara Swennen is now, IMO, a celebrity in her own right. As a stylist to the stars, she makes magic happen. She’s partly (if not completely) responsible for Kristen making Vogue‘s Best Dressed of 2012 List, and she’s the reason the name Zuhair Murad has been flowing off my lips as of late. Recently, Tara sat down with The Cut to talk about K-Stew‘s fashion evolution, and to to dish on the actress’s fabulous red carpet looks for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 premieres. Click inside for more!
Here are a few excerpts from her interview with The Cut:
Tara Swennen has been Kristen Stewart’s stylist since the actress appeared on the Into the Wild red carpet wearing Chanel in 2007. Since then, we’ve seen Stewart in everything from studded minis and many T-shirt-and-jean combos to the more recent floor-length gowns and sheer jumpsuits. Quite the evolution. For the Twilight finale, Swennen — who also styles Julie Bowen and Connie Britton — chose particularly dramatic looks, aiming to put Stewart in outfits that would reflect this “end of an era” for tween fans, starting with abutt-baring, nude Zuhair Murad number. “It took a lot of balls for her to wear that dress, so I’m super-proud of her,” Swennen said of the controversial pick…
How did you choose the looks for these recent Twilightred carpets?
It all stemmed from the fact that this was the end of a big chapter in her life. Twilight is coming to a close, so we wanted to do stronger looks. Just recently, she’s embraced doing the long-gown thing, so it was definitely an opportunity for me to stick as many as I could on her. We just wanted to make a grand escape, I guess, rather than a grand entrance…
Right, legs seem to be her thing, and now she’s wearing these long dresses. Why the change?
I think it’s just time. She’s become a woman since I’ve known her. She’s a tomboy at heart (both of us are), but she understands that fashion is an arena, that she can be a chameleon and not dress the way she does every single day. She’ll always change into her Converse by halfway through a carpet, which is to be expected at this point, but she puts on the heels for me for the photos, God bless her. At the end of the day, I want my clients to be comfortable because I think it shows. She needs to put on her sneakers and that’s alright with me.
So, as a stylist, how do you feel about sneakers on a red carpet?
Well, I clearly prefer a heel. I just think it photographs better. Regardless of it being any type of heel, I think it elongates the silhouette, which obviously you always wanna do, make them look taller and have that longer look. But it’s part of her personality; I think it’s fun when she does it. There are definitely times when I have to say, “Please, please, please put the heel on just for me.”
Kristen has been wearing also a lot of Zuhair Murad lately. Why that particular designer?
It really fits her silhouette. Like Balmain a few years ago, you pretty much just zip it up and it fits. He’s had some very unique pieces; as you can obviously see, we went from the lace bustier gown at the premiere to the completely sheer beaded jumpsuit in London. He really does have a lot of very exquisite pieces; it’s couture essentially…
Is there anything that you can’t get her to wear that you would love to see her in?
She doesn’t have her ears pierced, still, so it’s a running joke that when she’s 25, I’ll finally get her in jewelry. She doesn’t really carry purses, but she does that because she really enjoys signing autographs for her fans…
You can read the rest of the interview here. And here’s a pic of the woman who’s been making it all happen:
We so rarely get to hear about the people behind the celebrity looks we love, so I thought this was a really cool piece. It sounds like she understands Kristen‘s style and works accordingly. I mean, it takes a lot of strength to work with a client who rocks Converse and Keds on the red carpet, lmao! Hella props to Tara, and props to Kristen for always doing her thing.
What did you guys think of the interview? In a parallel universe where we are all ridiculously wealthy celebrities, are you calling your manager right now and asking for a meeting with Tara (not this week ’cause you’re crazy booked, but maybe next week after the big premiere)?