Natalie Portman’s Stylist Kate Young Named Hollywood’s Most Powerful Stylist

Remember when Oprah was removed from the daytime talk show category at the Emmy’s because she kept winning? That’s kind of like what has happened to Rachel Zoe and the various awards for celebrity stylists. After all, now that she’s a legitimate fashion designer, she has her eye on new prizes. As Zoe bows out as Hollywood’s top red carpet magic-marker, another must step in—but who? 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s Natalie Portman and Michelle Wiliams’ go-to, Kate Young. Although receiving the #1 spot on THR’s annual 25 Most Powerful Stylists list definitely means that the pressure is on for Young, we doubt she’ll fumble, given the top-notch choices she made for both Williams and Portman throughout awards season. 

As for the runners up on the list, the top four are Leslie Fremar (styles Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon), Petra Flannery (she styles Emma Stone and Zoe Saldana), Elizabeth Steward (she styles Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence), and Kemal Harris and Karla Wench, who styles Hailee Steinfeld.

Rachel Zoe’s Pre-Fall 2012 Collection is Major

When we visited Rachel Zoe’s first-ever fashion week presentation back in September, we knew that the celebrity stylist turned Bravo TV star was on her way achieving to celebrity designer-status. But as we learned from Kanye West’s puzzling Paris Fashion Week debut, it’s tough for someone famous to successfully launch a legit label. But Zoe followed Victoria Beckham’s successful gameplan by debuting her work to select fashion critics.  

After glimmering reviews of Zoe’s Fall 2011, Spring 2012, and Resort 2012 collections, Style.com has just revealed the designer’s pre-fall effort to the world, and it’s really, really good. Blending Zoe’s love of the ’60s and ’70s with today’s menswear-inspired movement, the range is filled with flowing silouettes juxtoposed by strictly tailored separates. We’re particularly fond of this printed dress for it’s offbeat hemline, and the outerwear is, if we may use a Zoe throwback phrase, "bananas." See for yourself here.

The Met Costume Gala: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Last night was the annual Costume Institute Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a yearly event in which the biggest A-list stars and some models I’ve never heard of gather together in crazy dresses to take pictures on a red carpet. It’s like the Oscars, but nobody gets an award and everyone looks like a total weirdo. It’s very fashion-forward! And, per usual, there were some hits, misses, and some outfits that looked like LSD flashbacks. Click through to see our photo gallery of this year’s stand-outs!

Morning Links: Paris Hilton Caught With Suspicious Powder, Justin Bieber’s Most Influential Hair

● Paris Hilton swears that suspicious white powder in her SUV is foundation meant to go on her nose, not up it. [TMZ]

● Still barely a teenager, Elle Fanning tells Teen Vogue that she should "much rather look like a two-year-old than a 21-year-old." [Us]

● Justin Bieber and Emma Watson’s respective coifs have not surprisingly been deemed most influential of 2011. [E!]

● Part of Taylor Swift’s new year’s resolution is to "make departures in little ways" and to "make collaborations in different directions that aren’t exactly expected." T.I., T-Pain, we see you! [Huff Post]

● Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge are expecting their first child together. [E!]

● For what it’s worth, Ron Paul’s got Kelly Clarkson’s vote, and maybe Michelle Branch’s, too. [Vice]

● American Airlines lost Rachel Zoe’s luggage, the “Tom Ford for Gucci vintage leather jacket and Missoni caftans" included. We die for her! [Page Six]

The Coveteur Peeks Inside Rachel Zoe’s Covetable HQ

We’ve all seen flashes of Rachel Zoe’s fashion-obsessed office on Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project, but there’s never been a proper tour of the digs, which is why we’re especially into The Coveteur’s latest room raid. In the feature, the stylist, designer, and new mom provides classic Zoe jargon for every snap, revealing just “obsessed” she is with all things “major” and “chic.” While the obscene amount of to-die-for footwear is enough to spiral us into a black hole of envy, she then casually busts out her Academy Awards parking spot name plate, full-on nail polish rack, and that Hermès cuff. Zoe wins.

image SHOES.

image The notorious white leather Hermès Collier De Chien spiked cuff that’s pretty much sold out everywhere.

image Her vintage archives office. Yes, they have their own office.

image Nail polish for days.

image The parking sign Zoe received after dressing host Anne Hathaway for the Oscars this year. “I hung it up as a memento to one of the dreamiest days of my career,” she notes.

See the complete tour here.

Daytime Glamour Returns for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in LA

Hollywood’s top starlets and fashion notables fêted Los Angeles style at yesterday’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. The 1920’s-themed event at Will Rogers State Historic Park was met with nonstop sunshine, bottomless bubbly, and a host of retro-dressed patrons, like co-host Rachel Zoe and her cherubic baby boy, Skyler. She was joined by fellow co-hosts Rodger Berman (her husband), polo star Nacho Figueras, Delfina Blaquier, and Veuve Clicquot U.S. president Vanessa Kay, along with stars like Camilla Belle, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Piven, and Lauren Conrad. Take a peek at our snaps from the event.

image There were many adorably dressed kids there, but Zoe’s son Skyler earned highest marks for his matching hat and knickers combo.

image Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren.

image Lauren Conrad in a look from her new line, Paper Crown.

image Jamie King was personally sent this gorgeous SS12 frock from Jason Wu.

image Co-host Nachos Figueras received the MVP award from Rachel Zoe after his team, Black Watch, defeated team Veuve Clicquot by a score of 7-5.

Morning Links: It’s a Boy for January Jones, Brad Pitt Didn’t Mean to Call Jen Boring

● January Jones welcomed to the world son Xander Dane Jones yesterday. So now they can get going on Mad Men, right? [People] ● Fashion Week is not all fun. At the V magazine party, Rachel Zoe lost her diamond bracelet, a girl “spurting blood” was carried out on a stretcher, and Lindsay Lohan was liable to chuck a drink — glass and all — really at any moment. [Page Six] ● Before there was Lady Gaga, there was a blond-wigged girl from New York who dropped by Kat Von D’s shop for a little ink. Now she’s a superstar and there’s this video of Kat Von D tatting-up Lady Gaga. [DailyMail]

● Good news! Outkast are on the move. L.A. Reid has taken them on to Epic Records where, hopefully, drama can be put aside and the two can get working on something new. [HipHopDX] ● Presented without comment: “Nicolas Cage awoken by naked man with Fudgesicle.” [Reuters] ● Brad Pitt didn’t mean to call Jennifer Aniston boring, he says. “The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself — and that, I am responsible for.” Everybody else, however, they are mostly trying to call Jennifer Aniston boring. She can’t win, really! [THR]

Inside Rachel Zoe’s First-Ever Fashion Week Presentation

With the hustle and bustle of Times Square just a few block away, a spacious suite tucked inside 1400 Broadway provided a festive retreat for fans and friends of celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe yesterday. But this wasn’t a styling preview or a celebration for her hit show The Rachel Zoe Project – the event marked the debut of Zoe’s SS12 collection for her namesake label, and her first full-fledged fashion week presentation, ever.

While Zoe pranced around the suite and giddily greeted guests like Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo, the collection itself felt very much like the work of a seasoned veteran. The uptown-meets-downtown range is romantic yet sophisticated and blends vintage-inspired pieces with a touch of modernity, like the white Mousseline de Soie blouse and caramel leather pintuck short combo above. Read on for more highlights from my visit.

image In true high-low Zoe fashion, I love how she styled this empire petal gown with a chunky knit cardigan to give it a more casual vibe. Her work as a stylist definitely gives her an edge in the design world, as she not only knows how to navigate the trends – she creates them.

image I die for this crème macramé top and caramel leather crop pant duo. Zoe really gets how girls want to look pulled together, yet slightly unkempt. The relaxed ruched leather and loose knit reflects that. image Taking a note from spring’s top hue, Zoe sassed up this rather formal look by adding a tiny white bralette. Although the peek-a-boo detail is slightly provocative, the monochromatic style keeps it classy.

image Of course, it wouldn’t be a Zoe party without some vintage flair. This retro-inspired lamé jacquard dress is exquisite in person, and the printed belt cinch is a nice nod to downtown.

image While the next season of The Rachel Zoe Project we’re sure to see the Vertigo-inducing days that lead up to this big day, Zoe personified peace throughout her presentation and looked calm, cool, and above all, happy. Joined by her husband Rodger Berman, friends like Molly Sims (above), and with her son Skylar Morrison likely not far away, the stylist-designer-wife-mom is doing a pretty fantastic job having – and doing – it all.

Birthday Suggestions for Sue Johanson, Martha Stewart, & More

Summer is the time for barbecues, boat rides, and of course, birthdays. In fact, some of our most beloved stars are celebrating monumental milestones this season. Haven’t done your shopping yet? Here is a brief list of gift suggestions for fans and friends of these household names. Mrs. First Lady, if you’re reading this, we don’t mean any disrespect!

Sue Johanson (7/29/30) – Even though 81 isn’t a milestone birthday, Sue definitely deserves a worthy present after all the advice she has doled out over the years. And now that she is retired, she must have endless amounts of time to devote to pleasure, lust, and other old-age activities. Though nothing can faze this octogenarian, the Love is Art Kit will at least spice things up. Sue will be able to immortalize her passion for sex eternally. And then hang it over her mantelpiece.

Martha Stewart (8/3/41) – Martha turns 70 this year. This domestic diva has everything she could ever want, except for maybe those five months back in 2004 when she served a sentence at the West Virginia federal prison for illegal stock sale, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy. Just because we are so thankful for her no-bake dessert recipes and her outdoor Halloween decoration ideas, we’d be willing to pretend that the ImClone Systems stock scandal never happened – hell, every other Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia fan forgot instantly.

Barack Obama (8/4/61) – The POTUS is about to turn the big 5-0, and hopefully the current debt crisis is the only midlife crisis he has on tap. The stresses of the presidency have certainly taken their toll on Obama, as evidenced by his hair, which is rapidly becoming more salt than pepper. Thus, we suggest Michelle tactfully present some Just for Men hair-dye to the prez – then, if things don’t work out for him during the 2012 election, at least he will be able to look great on the cover of GQ. Again.

Jennifer Lawrence (8/15/90) – Rising star Jennifer is almost legally able to carouse. Because of her upcoming 2012 film, The Hunger Games – a science fiction story about a girl living in Panem, a country where North America once existed – we thought a bottle of absinthe would be a fitting gift. The green fairy is definitely strong enough to carry her away from her post-apocalyptic troubles, and a great way to celebrate her new of-age status!

Keke Palmer (8/26/93) – Keke has been crooning about ‘Bottoms Up’ for years now, so it may come as a bit of a surprise that she is only just about to turn 18. No matter, though. For Keke, we would give her what every 18-year-old girl in the class of 2011 wishes she had received – a college acceptance letter. You’re welcome!

Rachel Zoe (9/1/71) – The glamour guru(/witch) is about to turn 39.9, if you know what I mean. A Whole Foods gift card to catalyze some minor level of consumption is what she needs. That, or marriage counseling, for poor Roger’s sake.

As a fallback, a good old bottle of booze would suit any of these stars. Except, of course, for Keke. That’s illegal.