Micaela Erlanger with her two clients, Lupita Nyong'o and Michelle Dockery on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter (@houseoferlanger)
It’s like the plot of a fairy tale: a stylist meets a Lady from Downton Abbey, the Lady takes the stylist under her wing, introduces her to the break out star of 2013, Lupita Nyong’o, and Bob's your uncle… the stylist is named the third most powerful stylist in the world by The Hollywood Reporter. Except fairy tales are fictional and this story is very much real for Micaela Erlanger.
Until what will forever be known as the rise of the Lupita rainbow, the stylist was relatively unknown and it just goes to show how styling someone at the right time can launch any fashionista’s career. In the number onw spot is Elizabeth Stewert, who is named the super stylist thanks to her styling work with Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Amanda Seyfried. In at number two was Petra Flannery who is the wardrobe wizard behind Amy Adams, Zoe Saldana and Emma Stone’s wardrobe.
That is quite the company to keep for the newcomer Micaela and for those of you who want to know more, here are the 10 things you need to know about this new power player...
Micaela's learnt her trade assiting the late Annabel Tollman who styled such celebs as Scarlett Johansson (Getty)
1. She assisted the late, Annabel Tollman for six years
Erlanger learnt her trade working under the late and the great, Annabel Tollman who styled the likes of Scarlett Johansson, the Olsen sisters, Liv Tyler and that shaking bundle of sass, Shakira. That is quite the fashion education!
2. Her first client was Joely Richardson
When Joely Richardson hit the promotional circuit for her role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Erlanger rose to the occasion and styled the decedent of one of acting’s finest dynasties.
3. Erlanger’s first big break was with Michelle Dockery
The stylist was introduced to Lady Mary by the actress’s make-up artist. Erlanger names Michelle’s Golden Globes white and gold ornate dress by Alexandre Vauthier, at last year’s awards, as the break out moment of her career. As the stylist herself told The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Michelle was my first major client; her Globes dress was life-changing.’ Life changing satin babes!
Micaela's first celebrity client was Joely Richardson (left) and the stylist regards dressing Michelle Dockery (right) for the 2013 Globes as her break out moment (Getty)
4. Michelle then introduced Micaela to Lupita
Last summer the Lady of Downton turned into an air hostess, shooting her big screen break in Non Stop. Also in the cast was the little known actress, you MAY now have heard of, Lupita Nyong’o. Michelle is reported to have told Lupita, ‘when you are ready, I have the perfect stylist for you.’ One Prada dress at the Toronto Film Festival later, the rest is by now fashion history!
5. Micaela’s thinks Lupita's stand out style moment was…
Many people would not have known the Nigerian actress who was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Golden Globes back in January. However what a difference a dress makes! Lupita took one step on the red carpet wearing a caped Ralph Lauren gown and everyone’s jaws dropped. As Micaela explains, fashion moments don’t come much bigger than this, ‘the perfect dress, on the perfect girl, for the perfect moment.’ We couldn’t agree more Michaela!
Micaela styled Lupita for the first time at the Toronto Film Festival (left) and boarding a plane (right) to the Miu Miu show (Getty/@houseoferlanger)
6. What Lupita thinks about her Prada perfect moments at the hands of Micaela
Lupita told us excsluively what she thought of her stylist: ‘I’ve always cared about what I look like, but with 12 Years A Slave and the tour of promotion around the world, Ive been able to explore and play. I have learnt about presentation actually. I never knew what the formal fashion industry was up to- it was all a mystery to me. It’s all new and an exciting education. Ive been introduced to a whole new world where clothing is art… I’m big when it comes to block colour and I gravitate to bright colours.’ And doesn't she work a flash of colour well?!
7. Lupita describes her stylist as…
‘A vintage-aholic and a glamorous girl.’ Now that is an Oscar worthy compliment!
8. Micaela’s other surprise celebrity client is…
Winona Ryder! Our secret obsession, even through the tricky shop lifting phase, is also styled by Micaela Erlanger. Talk about a trio of tantalising style!
Micaela's fave Michelle Dockery look is her custom Prada gown for the 2013 Emmy's and posing with a cape cladded Lupita at the Golden Globes (Getty)
9. Her favourite Michelle Dockery look is…
The red and burgundy custom made Prada gown the Downton Abbey star wore to the Emmy awards last year. The stylist describes the dress as, ‘so beautiful and so representative of Michelle’s natural elegance.’ We could not agree more!
10. Finally, her Instagram account is amaze
Operating under the handle, @houseoferlanger the super stylist gives a real insight into the life of being a wardrobe wizard! From boarding planes with Lupita in matching Muiccia tops to recording fittings with Michelle Dockery there is plenty of images to whet your apparel appetite!
Check out Lupita's greatest style hits at the hands of Micaela Erlanger below and click here to see the full run down of The Hollywood Report's 25 Most Powerful Stylists...