Fashion Secrets from Celebrity Stylists: Anita Patrickson
This talented stylist is dressing Hollywood's finest and helping a new generation of stylists find their opportunities to shine.
Born in South Africa, raised in London and now firmly established in LA, Anita Patrickson began her fashionable career as a freelance stylist. After a stint dressing celebs for the cover of Allure, Patrickson went on to style several A-listers including Emma Watson, Julianne Hough, Emmy Rossum, Nina Dobrev and Chanel Iman.
Now, Patrickson is using her skills to help train the newest wave of up-and-coming stylists by partnering with the International Style Institute, the Grove and Simply Stylist to host a three-day styling boot camp in Los Angeles from February 27 to March 1, 2015 (you can snag a ticket, here).
We recently had the chance to ask Patrickson about her own style, from what she wears on a daily basis to the pieces she can't live without and which red carpet moments she's most proud of. Read on for all her stylish secrets.
What is your go-to or no-fail outfit and why?
"My go-to outfit is skinny black ankle-length pants, a cream silk blouse and flats during the day. Then I'll add my black leather jacket or a blazer and an oversized clutch at night. Its chic, put together, flattering, comfortable and suits any occasion. It's also the perfect outfit to translate from day to night. This is my winter version!"
What are your favorite runway trends for Fall 2014?
"Sunshine yellow is such a fab bright and cheerful trend. It's so bold and striking. I actually dressed Julianne Hough in a very sunny canary yellow Naeem Khan dress for her final episode of Dancing with the Stars and the minute she put it on we all had a smile on our faces!
Dark romance—I love this vibe, it's so sexy. With the new Dracula movie coming out and winter upon us, it's a great way to keep your look seasonally appropriate, adding a rich and luxurious twist
Fab fur from Pucci and Erdem. I mean, who doesn't want to cozy up in one of these amazing coats? I am an advocate of faux fur, but if you must have real be sure of its source and the humane practices of the designer and manufacturer. Fur coats are a great way to stay warm in winter and still look chic! I also love them during the winter months when I don't feel quite as skinny. They are a great way to cover up the extra turkey sandwiches I had over Thanksgiving!
Lastly, watercolor prints. Every year we try to reinvent florals and I love this very arty, painterly version like we saw at Burberry Prorsum. It's sexy and fun and feels very modern without being overwhelming. The soft muted colors make it totally wearable and chic. Its somehow an elegant print with a sense of humor!"
What closet staples do you buy in multiples? Are there staples you would encourage all women to stock up on?
"I am a sucker for gray, black and white paper tees. I wear them almost every day on set. I love Iris & Ink and ALC tees. I pair them with skinny jeans, Supergas and a flannel shirt. Or, I wear a chambray shirt and jeans and rock a little denim on denim action, aka the Texas Tuxedo. I know it's surprising that as a stylist I am so consistent in my everyday look, but I am thinking about everyone else's outfits so much that when it comes to me, unless I am going out for an event, I tend to just grab and go. I also have a million navy-and-white striped shirts—I'm a French stripe addict. Find a brand of tees you love and get them in multiples. Jeans, black skinny pants and cream silk blouses are also great staples to purchase in multiples. Anything that you can wear three days in a row in three different ways that no one would even know is the same item—stock up! Neutral colors also mix and match together so they are great for travel."
What is the best piece of style advice you have ever received? How have you applied it to your career and life?
"'Wear what flatters your body' and 'You don't have to try every trend!' I know that's two pieces of advice but they do kinda go hand-in-hand. It's definitely okay to sit certain trends out. Crop tops—not for me, I live vicariously through my clients on that one. If you aren't feeling it, or it just doesn't look good on you, don't feel pressured to do it. Finding what works on your body is key! This is the best thing you can do for yourself and your confidence. Take a good long look in the mirror, be honest, figure out what your best assets are and your not-so-great ones—everyone has them—and then work on accentuating your fabulous areas and playing down the not so fab bits. It's just a simple fact of life, not everyone can wear everything—except for Gisele, who is not human—and the sooner we accept that and have fun with it, the better!"
Which celebrity look that you have styled are you are most proud of and why?
"Oh gosh there are so many, all for variety different reasons. Emma Watson for the final Harry Potter tour was an amazing moment and the end of a chapter so that was very special. Dressing Berenice Marlohe [the most recent Bond girl] in Vivienne Westwood—a quintessential English designer—for the Skyfall premiere in London and being a small part of such a historical franchise like James Bond will always be a very cool moment! I am so proud of the journey Julianne Hough and I have been on from our first event, the Goerges Hobeika Couture Emmy's dress in 2012 to her wearing Chanel. I work exceptionally hard at what I do, and I love my clients and get completely invested in them and their confidence and happiness level that it's tough to single out looks. Some might be special because they felt good right after a breakup or we designed it together. I can remember my year and my stories and experiences by looking back on the red carpet images of my clients. It's a pretty cool timeline to have."