The impact of celebrity fashion is more pronounced than ever, with a greater public analysis of the minutiae of what goes into a certain look (think E!’s Fashion Police or the increasing number of red carpet coverage by the media), and an endless amount of magazine pages devoted to “How-To’s” of achieving celebrity-inspired looks. Many of these most recognizable red carpet moments are due to the often overlooked individual behind those lauded clothing choices-the stylist. Kate Young, veteran stylist who counts Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Rachel McAdams, and Rooney Mara as clients, began her career as Anna Wintour’s assistant, eventually gaining more exposure to the fashion side of the industry in her position as Vogue‘s Associate Sittings Editor.
Among other notable achievements, the Oxford grad is credited with styling the first ever cover of Teen Vogue while at Vogue, and soon transitioned her full-time gig into a contributor position, allowing more time for freelance opportunities. While styling shoots as a contributor, Young recalls various celebrities asking for her help as a stylist, leading her to her acclaimed new role, where she has earned praise from the likes of The Hollywood Reporter, which named her (over heavyweight Rachel Zoe) the Most Powerful Celebrity Stylist.
Young has consulted with numerous well-known brands, such as Tod’s and Ann Taylor, and has styled for both campaigns (Victoria’s Secret, Dior, Cover Girl, etc.) and editorials (InStyle, Teen Vogue, and Interview, etc.). She often collaborates with designers as a stylist and/or consultant for the collections, including Jason Wu, with whom she has worked for six years.
Her most recent endeavor, however, is as the first stylist to design a line for Target. Kate Young for Target is comprised of over thirty special occasion dresses, handbags, shoes, accessories, and separates (bodysuits, blazers, and satin shorts), available April 14th and ranging from $14.99 to $89.99. In an interview with Refinery 29, Young said, “As a stylist, I wanted to create a collection that allows and encourages all women to create their own red carpet moments, no matter the occasion.” At that price, it’s clear that many will.
Sketches from the Kate Young for Target line: