Sure the temperatures are beginning to dip, but for a certain swath of fashionable types, it doesn’t matter. They are impervious to weather in fresh-off-the-runway looks from the Spring/Summer 2016 collections. And no, these pieces aren’t available to the general public, that won’t happen for another five months when the clothes actually trickle into stores. Pulling straight from the runway is an act typically reserved for top tier celebs that have various glittery occasions to attend. “I wouldn’t say that celebrities are demanding the newest looks,” says stylist Erin Walsh by way of explanation. “I would say, in general, I want to share the best with the people that I have the opportunity to work with. What is best for them, what suits them, what they feel comfortable in, what most suits that particular occasion, and how they want it to be remembered.”
Walsh was among the first to get her hands on Marc Jacobs’s triumphant Spring 2016 collection. A mere three days after the designer’s show at the Ziegfeld Theater, her client, Kerry Washington, dazzled on the red carpet like a glamorous disco ball at the Emmy Awards in Jacobs’s silver sequin dress with thigh-high slit. “We tried it hours after it was shown,” the stylist tells Yahoo Style. “And it kind of went off like a bomb at the Emmys. At least that was the idea.”
In fact, Jacobs’s most recent collection has been sough out quite a bit this fall; is there a bigger testament to its greatness? In addition to Washington, both Lady Gaga and Sienna Miller have worn his ornate guipure confections for big red carpet events. Other designers who fall into that category are Proenza Schouler (worn twice by Cate Blanchett as well as Elizabeth Olsen) as well as Oscar de la Renta (favored by Carey Mulligan and Kristen Wiig).
Not that these pieces are easy to secure. The stylists not only have to dance around the buyers’ schedules but fellow members of their profession as well. “It is a business of wrangling, and most of it is logistics,” says Walsh. “That said I like to walk kindly and carry a considered stick. It does not have to be a competition, and those who consider as one are so are short sighted. If you are in it for the long haul, as I intend to be, generosity goes a lot farther than being a greedy gal who grabs all the latest looks.”
It’s not surprising that some stylists develop pointy elbows, knowing the impact that these wardrobe choices can have not only on their career, but also their client’s. “If someone is photographed in something direct off the runway, it is a coup, because that literally sells the idea of how desirable it is,” says Walsh. “Newness is always titillating.”