While their clients are definitely household names—Nicole, Cate, Rashida, Mila, Hailee, and Emma, to include just a few—the stylists who work behind-the-scenes to make each red-carpet appearance flawless tend to fly under the radar. While you won't see these MVP players on a reality show (from the woman who keeps Kristen Stewart rolling in Proenza Schouler, the lady behind Carey Mulligan’s refined style, or the taste-maker who introduced Jennifer Lawrence to Calvin Klein), if you love fashion, you’ll definitely appreciate their work, and see their influence beyond the tabloid pages. So, today we're shining a light on the eight newest game-changing names behind some of our favorite best-dressed stars. Bravo-lebrities aside, we promise you’ll get along famously with our roundup of Hollywood’s most important stylists you need to know now.
The stylist: Petra Flannery
The stars: Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Megan Fox
The signature look: High-drama and glamour are the name of the game for Petra, and considering Mila Kunis was consistently one of the best-dressed during this year's awards season, hers is definitely a name you need to know.
The stylist: Elizabeth Stewart
The stars: Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Lea Michelle
The signature look: Whether she’s putting Cate in Givenchy Couture or Jennifer Lawrence in sleek Calvin Klein—both on the same Oscar night—Stewart’s style defies categorization.
The stylist: Cher Coulter
The star: Kate Bosworth
The signature look: Whether she’s securing Chanel Haute Couture for Ms. Bosworth or putting her in Chloé RTW, this all-star stylist (who also designs a collection of jewelry for JewelMint with Kate) has made her client one of Hollywood’s best-dressed.
The stylist: Simone Harouche
The stars: Nicole Richie, Christina Aguilera
The signature look: She’s cornered the market on Boho-chic, and we love her line of bags inspired by textiles from all over the globe.
The stylists: Karla Welch and Kemal Harris
The stars: Olivia Wilde, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Paquin
The signature look: Their red-carpet work with Hailee Steinfeld inspired Miuccia Prada to put Ms. Steinfeld in the latest Miu Miu ad campaign, so we’re pretty sure this styling team has the ear of the industry.
The stylist: Tara Swennen
The stars: Kristen Stewart, Kate Beckinsale
The signature look: With her global press pushes for Twilight, Tara keeps Kristen Stewart in Balmain, Emilio Pucci, and Proenza Schouler minidresses that are age-appropriate and edgy.
The stylist: Samantha McMillen
The stars: Carey Mulligan, Evan Rachel Wood, Johnny Depp
The signature look: She’s responsible for elevating Carey Mulligan’s look from ingenue to style star, and is the mastermind behind Evan Rachel Wood’s glamour-puss red-carpet moments.
The stylist: Nicole Chavez
The stars: Rachel Bilson, Kristen Bell
The signature look: Nicole’s clients never show up to a red carpet or press junket in anything less than the perfect outfit. Whether it’s 3.1 Phillip Lim or Club Monaco, Nicole is the high priestess of high-low.