Leslie Fremar is the stylist behind Charlize Theron, Julianne Moore and Reese Witherspoon's red carpet looks and is said to be the real-life inspiration for Emily Blunt's character, senior assistant Emily Charlton, in the Devil Wears Prada. Leslie Fremar, 36, formerly of US Vogue was last month named the Most Powerful Stylist in Hollywood by The Hollywood Reporter.
Grazia exclusively interviewed Leslie Fremar and spoke to her about what it was like to work for Anna Wintour, how Julianne Moore is one of her best friends and why it was a challenge to dress Charlize Theron with her newly cropped hair.
1. Working for Anna Wintour
Canadian-born Leslie worked under Anna Wintour for five years and, while she admits it was ‘petrifying’ (‘was there drama? Yeah!’), she is defensive of her notoriously elusive editor. ‘I think people are intimidated by powerful women like Anna,’ she says. ‘I’m not talking about “powerful women” like me being a stylist or you being a writer. Anna’s very powerful. If she was a guy, it wouldn’t be the same. No one would really overthink it. They’d think that he was really good at his job.’
2. The other side to Anna Wintour
Leslie said she saw another side to Wintour when she visited her house, presumably to deliver the infamous ‘book’. ‘When she goes home at night, she’s a mom and she’s a really good one. I think people forget that. I would see that because I’d have a relationship with her kids, or I would have to bring something to her house and they’d be watching TV and having dinner. I think she’s able to separate that and leave her work at work.’
3. On giving her A List clients the personal touch
‘You’re in someone’s house, you’re trying on clothes, which is something you’d associate with your girlfriend or your sister – people in your life that you probably had those experiences with growing up in the past. You’re dealing with people’s insecurities and body-image issues. They’re just girls like anyone else. It’s definitely a sensitive, intimate job.’
4. A red carpet look can make or break a career
‘If it’s the perfect dress on the perfect person in the perfect moment, it can definitely have an impact.’
5. Julianne Moore's red carpet style
'Julianne Moore is ‘very architectural and sophisticated’ about her choices. ‘She likes things that have interest or something that’s a little “off” about them. She doesn’t make safe choices and she likes to explore fashion.’ Leslie adds it was important that Julianne had very distinctive looks for each of the three big awards shows. ‘For the Emmys, she wore the yellow Dior knit sweater and skirt. It was so unusual and an odd choice for her. I don’t think you imagine wearing a sweater to an awards show but it really worked. It was really powerful.’
6. Charlize Theron's haircut was a red carpet challenge
Leslie reveals that it was ‘a challenge’ to dress Charlize Theron with her newly cropped hair. ‘We wanted to make sure it stayed with a more modern feel.’ Her Dior Oscars dress certainly accomplished that. ‘Charlize is really adventurous – she really gets into the whole overall process.’
7. Reese Witherspoon is more playful
Reese Witherspoon is ‘a little more playful’. ‘In her casual clothes she always looks really cute, and with a dress, a little more Californian. She likes her clothes simple, nothing too overwhelming. For her it’s about fit and colour.’
The full interview with Leslie Fremar was in Grazia, with words by Tabitha Lasley & Priya Elan
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