When it comes to putting together some of the most iconic looks, where would our favorite stars be without their stylists on-hand 24/7? Style expert Lindsay Albanese has been in the business for over 13 years, and has done it all: magazine spreads, last minute fashion runs — even a Britney Spears music video!
We chatted with her about how she broke into the business, and what it’s really like to style celebrities.
How did you get your start in the business?
Lindsay Albanese: To be quite honest, grassroots. I had no family in the entertainment business, and I started off going to fashion school in 2000 when nobody even knew what a stylist was. I thought I wanted to be a fashion designer, because that’s what I majored in [at FIDM], but I realized I hated it. No one knew how the hell to become a stylist back then. So I just figured it out, resourced, worked for free for many years and bartended on the side. The turning point in my career was when I was about 23 years old I was hired to be a stylist at Entertainment Tonight for their wardrobe department, styling Paula Abdul.
When you’re working as a stylist, what can you expect to do on a daily basis?
As far as being a stylist, the day will change in the middle of the night quite possibly, or the early morning. That’s how quickly celebrity’s schedules change. To be honest, there’s no excuse for not being really quick on your phone and being readily available on your phone, 24/7. That is the life of a celebrity stylist. You always need to be connected, or else your client will quickly leave you if you’re not always available. There’s always twenty things that you’re doing at once, or delegating at once. You cannot be a one task person, you will quickly dissolve. All of us [stylists] share that same thread of a multi-tasker, someone who can think on their toes.
Do you have any crazy styling stories?
I’ve sat on the stoop of Bloomingdale’s in Manhattan at 7 AM waiting for them to open the day before Christmas because the seam of an outfit for [Clash of the Choirs] busted the night before and we were shooting a huge finale. I had to find a dress in three hours. So that was horrible, I was crying, sitting on the stoop in the snow. Also you’re scared like, “Please have it,” because it can’t just be a cute little red dress. It has to be a finale dress for a major show for a host.
How do you go about the process of working with the rest of the glam squad when styling?
A complete look needs to be cohesive from hair to toe, I always say. Hair can throw off an outfit completely. It’s hugely important that everyone discuss and be on the same page so we can evoke the same image. In my experience, that’s always been a great experience with the glam squad. No one’s ever just like an asshole like, “I think this.” It’s a fun, creative, collaborative discussion.
So the people surrounding the celebrity need to be really collaborative, no big personalities taking over.
When you get to a certain level, I’d say most people get it. Everyone wants what’s best for their client. Everyone just can’t go on their own. ‘Cause god, what would that be? She has a red lip, a yellow dress and ringlet curls. Who knows!
What are some of the outfits you’ve put on celebrities that you’ve loved?
I put Kathy Griffin in something that she never thought she would ever wear, last year when she hosted The Trevor Project. It was a very couture, short, structured dress, and she had never worn anything like that. And that was just a very cool moment for me, because you get set in your ways. Early on, I was one of the stylists for Britney Spears’ “Toxic” music video. That was just crazy cool. I was 24 years old and I had to put a stain on one of the actors shirts when she spilled on him in the video. When they asked me [to do that] I was like, “Yes!”
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