Celebrity Stylist Zerina Akers Opens Up About Her Personal Journey, Black Designers, and Working with Beyoncé [Photos]

If you’ve been wondering why Beyoncé’s fashion game has been on point lately, it’s because of celebrity stylist Zerina Akers.

As Beyoncé’s “personal stylist and wardrobe curator,” Zerina is the woman responsible for the looks you see on Bey’s Instagram as well as recent music videos.

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Look-by-look and client-by-client, Zerina’s continuing to make a name for herself in MAJOR ways.

In an interview with Le Magazine Noir, Zerina keeps it real about how she manages her work ethic, the importance of uplifting Black designers, and her proudest moment.

Check out a few excerpts:

On managing her work ethic: I recently turned 30 and I’ve decided that my 20s were for working hard, my 30s will be about working smart, and I will enjoy it all in my 40s. I don’t have a lot of time so I try to spend it wisely. When I have moments to just be with my people and be in my home, I make sure to cherish it and make it count. For me, now is about investing my time into what I want to create, and who I want  to be. In between pulls or running errands, I’ll try to catch up with my friends and family over the phone and make sure that no matter what they know that I think about them and I love them.

On Black designers: “There is so much talent in the World and often not enough resources for some people to truly express themselves through their craft. I have watched many young designers grow but I have also watched many designers stray away from their dreams. I just try to support them as much as I can because sometimes it’s the most simplest moment that can completely launch someone’s career and completely change their life.”

On working on Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ hat look: “That was the fist time I realized that I can create work that will OUTLIVE MYSELF. That look was composed of all INDIE designers and became it’s own moment, it’s own image.”

You can read more of what Zerina has to say here.

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Virgil Abloh Taps Stylist Christine Centenera for Louis Vuitton Debut

RECRUITING DOWN UNDER: Virgil Abloh is working with Australian stylist and Vogue Australia fashion director Christine Centenera for his debut Louis Vuitton men’s collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21, WWD has learned.
According to her sole international agent —Ben Hams at the Sydney-based agency M.A.P. —  Centenera is consulting to Louis Vuitton’s newly appointed men’s wear artistic director on his spring collection, will be styling the show and has been back and forth between her New York base and Paris working on the project since April. On Friday, she was en route to Paris for the final show preparations, Hams said.
Although Centenera has worked with Vogue Australia since 2012 — from 2016, based out of New York — she has also been building a parallel freelance styling career. Other clients have included Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Estée Lauder, for the latter’s fall 2017 Victoria Beckham collection campaign shot by Lachlan Bailey. Centenera met Abloh while both were working with West.
Centenera has consulted to West on all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women’s wear show in 2011. At the time she was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia and Abloh was the creative director of West’s creative agency, Donda.
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Meghan Markle’s Favorite Stylist Lands Fashion and Bridal Specialist Job at Hudson’s Bay

Meghan Markle’s go-to stylist and closest adviser has a new gig at Hudson’s Bay as fashion and bridal specialist.
Already familiar face as a lifestyle commentator on “Cityline,” Jessica Mulroney is a stylist, p.r., brand and content strategist to major Canadian brands and labels. Having teamed with the retailer in 2014 to launch the Kleinfeld brand in Canada, her role has her helping “drive the fashion and bridal business” and acting as the spokeswoman for its new Core Life brand due out this fall.
Markle’s allegiance to Canadian labels like Sentaler, Line the Label, Greta Constantine and Mackage is believed to have been steered by Mulroney’s guidance. The stylist also is also chummy with Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, the wife of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Born Jessica Brownstein, her family tree stems back to Browns Shoes founder Benjamin Brownstein. Mulroney’s husband Ben is a Canadian TV host and is the eldest son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. The couple’s daughter Caroline has been tapped as a flower girl for the royal wedding and their twin sons Brian and Mila will be page boys in the wedding party. Jessica is believed to have cinched the role of maid of honor, and Markle’s chief

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Julianne Hough, Stylist Anita Patrickson Toast Amanu, Love United

On Thursday night, Julianne Hough helped her friend and stylist Anita Patrickson celebrate her new custom sandal brand Amanu, while Patrickson returned the favor by donating a portion of evening’s proceeds to Hough’s charity Love United.
“It’s our first fancy event,” giggled Hough. “Our first gala,” joked Patrickson.
They were joined by friends Abigail Spencer, Brooklyn Decker, Cassandra Grey, Samantha Ronson, Louise Roe, Fuschia Kate Sumner, Natasha Bedingfield, Nathan Turner and Hough’s husband Brooks Laich.
Patrickson, who hails from Kenya, introduced Hough and Laich to Africa, where the two vacationed in 2016 and honeymooned a year later. While there, they were inspired to create their nonprofit Love United, and decided to partner with Charity: Water to help build clean and sustainable drinking water wells there.
“We fell in love with the people, the environment, the whole way of life. We realized how grateful we are for the necessities that we have and we wanted to find a way to bring those basic resources to others,” said Hough.
She recalled interviewing Patrickson for the stylist job years ago. “One thing that made me want to work with her was her values and her viewpoint on fashion and that she doesn’t want to be wasteful. She is

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I’ve Been a Stylist for 10 Years, and I Wish I Had Known This When I Started

When she’s not working with big names like Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger also divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column and fulfills her duties as the official Armi Captain at luxury rental and styling platform Armarium. From the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans, come back each week for a professional’s perspective.

Whether you work in fashion or not, when you hear that I work as a stylist, your first thought is most likely that my job is extremely glamorous. Although many parts of my job are glamorous, many things that I do on a daily basis are far from what you see on Instagram. Today, I’m sharing what I wish I’d known when I started as a stylist and some important things to learn in order to be successful.

Something that I’d like to share right away is I am extremely thankful and love the career I’ve created for myself very much. That said, today I’m highlighting the aspects that aren’t typically unveiled on social media. For example, I spend 80% of my time at FedEx preparing packages to send to my clients. What no one really talks about are the dull parts of being a stylist like packing and unpacking boxes and scheduling messengers. In my line of work, it’s all about learning to be organized because so much of your success is based on organization and client satisfaction.

However, as most would come to expect, my job also has amazing perks, and it’s a job where I get to be creative and work around beautiful clothing. Although my job is not what many people expect (and each day can be completely different than the next), I love my work and thrive on being creative and pleasing my clients every day.

Now that you know a little bit more of how I made it in the fashion industry, shop some of the items I’m eyeing right now.

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Meet the stylist behind Daniela Vega’s historic Oscars gown

Chilean actress Daniela Vega made history Sunday night as the first openly transgender Oscar presenter. And she turned her debut into a dazzling affair, with a million dollars in statement-making ice hanging from her lobes. “The morning of the Oscars, I presented her with several million dollars worth of fine jewels,” says William Graper, who…
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Ryan Seacrest Denies Sexual Abuse Claims From Former Stylist

Ryan Seacrest has denied his former personal stylist’s new claims of sexual abuse, after she came forward publicly to detail his alleged misconduct, following an internal investigation by E! in which her complaint was dismissed.

“I don’t want to accuse anyone of not telling the truth but in this case, I have no choice but to again deny the claims against me, remind people that I was recused of any wrongdoing, and put the matter to rest,” Seacrest said in a statement to TheWrap on Tuesday.

The denial comes after Suzie Hardy, who started working as Seacrest’s personal stylist at E! News in 2006, told Variety on Monday that the TV host had sexually harassed her for years. Hardy’s claims include unwanted, sexually aggressive touching and groping by Seacrest. Hardy claimed she was fired after reporting the alleged sexual abuse to the company’s human resources department in 2013.

The sexual misconduct allegations were originally made public in November by Seacrest, who issued a statement denying the accusations.

“Recently, someone that worked as a wardrobe stylist for me nearly a decade ago at E! News, came forward with a complaint suggesting I behaved inappropriately toward her,” he said at the time. “If I made her feel anything but respected, I am truly sorry. I dispute these reckless allegations and I plan to cooperate with any corporate inquiries that may result.”

Seacrest, who hosts ABC’s Live With Kelly & Ryan, appeared on the show Tuesday but did not mention the new allegations.

E! issued a statement in January saying there was insufficient evidence to support the accusations against Seacrest. The network said Seacrest will continue to host the Oscars’ red carpet pre-show event at the 2018 Academy Awards, and a spokesperson for ABC said the network will still stand by the host.


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Celebrity Stylist Ilaria Urbinati Teams With Strong Suit

NEW YORK — Expect to see Armie Hammer sporting a black-and-white hopsack sport coat on a red carpet sometime soon.
The jacket is part of a collaboration between celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati and the Little Rock, Ark.-based Strong Suit that will be launching for spring.
The pair was introduced around two years ago by actress Cameron Richardson, and the result of that meeting will be a collection of men’s suits, sport coats and dress shirts under the Strong Suit by Ilaria Urbinati label that will launch at Nordstrom’s new men’s store slated to open in New York in April. The collection will also be carried at the retailer’s Los Angeles store at The Grove.
“Ilaria is genuinely looking for the best style for her clients,” said Jamie Davidson, founder and creative director of Strong Suit, which was purchased one year ago by Oxford Industries. “She cares about the substance of the clothes, not the branding. So I’m incredibly grateful that she decided to work with a little start-up from Little Rock.”
The negotiations with Nordstrom, which carries Strong Suit’s regular men’s collection at several stores, started over a year ago. But once they saw the collection, “they were totally on board with it,” he said.
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Berlin Closets: The Australian Stylist Who Makes Her Own Lingerie and Hates Wearing All Black

Katie Kuiper turns heads in Berlin — and not just because she’s a 6”0 blonde with a healthy glow. Katie’s […]

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Armarium, Flont Do L.A. Pop-Up and Welcome Stylist Micaela Erlanger

Armarium, the online destination for luxury fashion rentals and styling, returns to Los Angeles for an awards-season pop-up shop, this time linking with fine jewelry rental service Flont.
The Armarium x Flont Red Carpet Salon, located at 158 North Roberston Boulevard and open through March 9, offers one-stop shopping for dresses, gowns and evening bags by Naeem Kahn, Jason Wu, and Jimmy Choo, as well as new additions Paco Rabanne, Mary Katrantzou and Alexandre Vaulthier. L.A. pop-up exclusives include Haney and Kris Goyri.
“This is our third L.A. pop-up and our 18th to date. We have a strong client base here and we understand their event schedules,” said Armarium co-founder Trisha Gregory. “The pop-ups are great storefront visibility for onboarding new clients who may not be familiar with rentals or want to see the pieces in person. More than half our business is online, but the pop-up allows people to experience it with free alterations; it’s like a celebrity experience.”

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Flont, which offers monthly memberships and three-day rentals of fine jewelry from artisan designers such as Colette, Spinelli Kilcollin, Mimi So and Nina Runsdorf, plus a growing collection of vintage and signed pieces from

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These Dreamy Fall Pieces Were Handpicked by a Celeb Stylist

Well-curated: Powerhouse celebrity stylist Shiona Turini, who helped create the outfits for Beyoncé’s iconic “Formation” video, is the ultimate expert when it comes to shopping, so you can bet we’re all ears when she offers up fall suggestions. She teamed up with MatchesFashion.com to curate her favorite trends, which include satin dresses, graphic pleated skirts, stirrup leggings, and more. Excuse us while we pin everything.

Just in: Erth just released its newest collection, La Nueva Luna, and we’re obsessed with every single piece. Made from freshwater pearls, 14K solid gold, and diamonds, the items in the collection are perfect for girls with elegant style. Shop Erth’s new jewelry online now.

It-girl collab: Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam collaborated with Frye on pretty new ankle boots we need to get our hands on pronto. “Some sizes are already low in stock, so hurry and grab a pair before they’re gone!” Engel captioned her Instagram. Shop the new Frye boots online.

On the big screen: The holiday season always has the best movies, and there’s one, in particular, we can’t wait to see this year: Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Head over to YouTube to watch the trailer, which is full of glamorous 1950s fashion.

Otherworldly: Solange Azagury-Partridge launched her newest collection, Supernature, and you’re about to be seriously impressed with the pieces. Inspired by the five ancient elements—fire, air, water, earth, and ether—the jewelry is truly out of this world. See the new Supernature collection online.

Shop talk: Calling all New Yorkers: Aether Apparel just opened a brand-new pop-up store at 1082 Madison Avenue, which will be open until January 31. Stay tuned—the pop-up will travel around the U.S. to other locations. In the meantime, shop Aether Apparel‘s new arrivals online.

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Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe Stylist Reveals What It’s Like Working With the “Incredibly Kind” Singer

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What’s Going On Between the Kardashians and Former Stylist Monica Rose?

Khloe Kardashian is rumored to be planning to sue stylist Monica Rose, who parted ways with the reality TV family under “mysterious” circumstances.
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This Hair Stylist Is Helping Trans Youth Transform Into Their Authentic Selves

A powerful new documentary is following the stories of six transgender and gender-nonconforming youth as they share their thoughts and experiences while receiving affirming makeovers.

Throughout “Transformation,” genderqueer hair stylist Madin Lopez of ProjectQ discusses the nuances of these six individuals’ lives while transforming their images through the power of makeovers. Topics tackled include non-binary and gender-queer identities, queer homelessness and community building among LGBTQ people today.

“Affirmative action has a new face after the election results,” Lopez told The Huffington Post. “We have to take action in order to create affirmation. If you’ve ever felt like the other, I hope that this film will inspire you to fight for visibility. Your voice is unique, use it!”

Check out the trailer for “Transformation” above. The documentary will be available for viewing on MTV’s Facebook page beginning at 10:15 pm ET on Thursday night.

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Robin Wright’s House of Cards Style: A How-To Guide From Her Stylist

I am drawn to powerful women who prefer pearls to diamonds, dresses to pants and pencil skirts to mini skirts. Some of these women are real, such as Jackie Kennedy or my godmother Dominique. And some are fictional, such as Catherine Banning or Claire Underwood, who is my latest fashion obsession.

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For the third season of this hit Netflix show, Robin Wright asked her personal stylist Kemal Harris to style Claire Underwood. Thus, Harris enters the picture and takes over Claire’s wardrobe from Tom Broecker, who was costume designer for Season 1, and Johanna Argan who styled all characters during Season 2 and continues to style the rest of the cast in Season 3.

An evolution of Claire’s style makes sense at this juncture in the story. In Season 3, Claire is in a very different headspace. During the first two seasons, she was working hard, always fighting to get to the top. Her wardrobe reflected that — mostly black, very structured pieces, Claire was always ready for battle.

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In Season 3, she is at the top of the ladder — she is in the White House. Her style illustrates this slight break in her struggle: Everything is a bit softer, a bit more feminine. Instead of her usual black armor, Claire is wearing softer colors, softer fabrics and fuller skirts. Thanks to Kemal Harris, costume designer and red carpet stylist.

Now represented by The Wall Group, Harris is from Vancouver BC. She studied fashion design there, and from the start was interested in the styling aspect of fashion. Working with photographers, she eventually made her way to New York City and Robin Wright became her client. Harris styled her for the red carpet and other events. “The red carpet is very competitive, you can’t wear anything that has been worn before, the focus is on trying to get exclusive looks from designers that are right off the runway” she says. Dressing a fictional character is very different. “There is so much more to consider than if anyone ever worn this dress before… the story arc, the setting, the lighting, the time of day” Harris explains.

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What if you wanted to move from fiction to reality? What are the fashion lessons we can learn from Claire Underwood in Season 3?

1. Claire’s clothes fit her perfectly. Indeed, it is all about fit. Harris had a mannequin built to Wright’s exact measurements so as to be able to tailor outfits to her exactly, without her having to be there for all the fittings. Harris explains: “We tailor almost every piece to her fit; not everyone can afford to do that of course, but having a great tailor makes all of the difference.” Buy one less pair of shoes and instead have your pants and dresses tailored.

2. Claire is not much of a pants girl. Pencil skirts. Full skirts. Fitted dresses. More feminine, and somehow more powerful.

3. Claire is even less of a prints girl. She prefers solid colors. Harris laughs: “We did one striped blouse in Season 3. That is as far as we went. Anything beyond that is too flamboyant for Claire’s character. She is so classic.”

4. Claire’s idea of color remains muted. Deep burgundy, hunter green, violet, light gray, oatmeal. Otherwise, her color palette is black, white and charcoal.

5. Claire is not into jewelry or accessories. If she has to choose, she chooses pearls over diamonds. A single strand of pearls as a necklace, sometimes a single strand bracelet. And of course, her Cartier watch. That has been her trademark from the start. Harris adds “the Cartier team is such a delight to work with, they let me look through their archives for inspiration.”

6. Claire does not own a pair of jeans, or sweatpants. Her version of casual are pants with cuffs (when she does wear pants), and a cashmere sweater. Or a pair of black silk pajamas.

7. Claire’s preferred sleeve length is three quarters. So much so that Harris often has to alter the sleeve length of the outfits to fit this rule. And oh how powerful does this look with long black leather gloves?

8. Claire only wears stilettos — Manolos and Louboutins, specifically. You will not see her in a wedge or flats. Unless she is running of course.

9. Claire loves a statement purse. YSL Sac du Jour is her go-to, although an Hermes Kelly bag does make its appearance. As does a Ralph Lauren beaded clutch.

10. Claire likes contemporary designers. In addition to classics such as Ralph Lauren, Armani, and Burberry, she wears up and comers such as Altuzarra, Jason Wu, Derek Lam.

I ask Harris to describe Claire’s style in three words: “Timeless. Decisive. Feminine.”

Timeless requires no explanation.

Decisive because every look is a complete statement. There’s no flip-flopping on the style direction, there is an underlying strength in the cut and fit. The message is that of a powerful woman. Nothing is superfluous, nothing is fussy. She makes bold choices like the Ralph Lauren gown for the State Dinner based on her poise and confidence.

And feminine: Not the first word that jumps to my mind when I think about Claire, yet so very accurate. Feminine, not in a “mini skirt” kind of way. More in a “my clothes fit so well you can’t help but see my figure” kind of way. No one would ever mistake Claire for a man…

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New York Fashion Week Style Tips & Stylist Fashion Face-Off – NYFW Rockit Shop Ep 17

This week on Rockit Shop, host Canaan Rubin helps you sort through the clutter of the Spring 2014 collections from New York Fashion Week with the help of a pair of New York’s best dressed stylists. Watch as Dee and Erica go toe-to-toe in this episode of Rockit Shop from New York Fashion Week.

Dee is a self confessed Zapo-holic, she loves shopping on Zappos and can’t stop! Dee shares her all-time favorite finds on Zappos.com. Erica is in love with texture, and sorts through the best fabrics and prints trending right now for Fall 2014. Erica starts with a bedazzled muscle tank worn under a flow-ey blazer, paired with skinny jeans and ankle boots. Dee has already stepped one foot into next spring wearing a two piece floral print paired with her favorite BCBGMAXAZRIA clutch and Coach wedges. Host Canaan Rubin keeps it cool wearing an ice-grey blazer by Theory over a classic white V neck T, Grey skinny jeans and suede Chukka boots that can tradition from fall to winter, and step right into spring.

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