We all love watching our favorite Hollywood stars walk the red carpet. They always look so polished and glamorous wearing the on-trend beauty look of the week and the perfect designer gown. But have you ever thought about what goes into these final looks? How did the actor choose the gown? How did they acquire the jewelry? Do they take the color of the carpet into consideration before picking the dress? (The carpet is not always red!)
During award season, we are showered with red carpet buzz as there are dozens of red carpets within a six-week span. While that’s a busy time for actors, musicians, and their publicists, imagine having to cover EVERY red carpet year-round. THAT’S the job of a journalist, and exactly what ET‘s Carly Steel has to do every week. Oscars red carpet? Check! Captain America: Civil War red carpet? Check! Now imagine the number of outfits she needs to coordinate. It’s a WHOLE other job..and she has to do it herself! With someone with such access into this red carpet lifestyle we had to ask her a couple of questions for our Viva Glam readers.
More about Carly Steel, she is a UK-born journalist, host, actress, producer, and writer. She’s a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and has interviewed every A-List actor from Leonardo DiCaprio to Jennifer Lawrence to Kate Hudson. ET was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding News Program category this year so she will be attending as a nominee!
Q&A with Carly Steel
How much time do you have to prep your look before each show and each red carpet?
I wish I could say that I “Wonder Woman” it and with a quick spin I’m ready, but this is definitely not the case! It takes at least two hours of hair and makeup and visiting several showrooms the day before, then pick and try on the perfect outfit. Then of course you have to select jewelry, shoes, it’s endless! So to answer your question – too much time!
Do you have a chosen list of designers that you pull looks from? If not, how do you get your looks? How do you acquire jewelry?
I have several designers and showrooms I’m very loyal to, and through trial and error know the ones where most of the clothes are a good fit and in keeping with my style. In particular Herve Leger, BCBG Max Azria, Jenny Packham, Halston Heritage, Thomas Wylde, Alice & Olivia, DVF, Gauri & Nainika, Black Halo, Club Monaco, and H&M are my favorites. For shoes, I pull from Jimmy Choo and Stuart Weitzman as they are comfortable as well as chic, which is important for long hours on the carpet. And for jewels, I’m very lucky to have relationships with Neil Lane, Bulgari, XIV Karats, and Mona Assemi. Sadly, like Cinderella, it all has to go back!
On the most recent carpets, you’ve worn mainly dark jewel tones and primary colors. What colors do you prefer to wear?
Blue is always a favorite color and looks great on the carpet in virtually every shade. Midnight blue is a particular favorite – it’s very flattering, but not quite as harsh as black under the camera lights. I also like to wear a lot of white, but it’s difficult to keep clean. I recently encountered this halfway through the Vanity Fair Oscar party when I managed to spill brown eyeshadow down the front of my dress and covered it with white gaffer tape and hoped no one would notice!
Do you have to choose different colors based on whether you’re on camera indoors or on a red carpet? Do you have to take lighting or red carpet backdrops into account?
Blocks of colors look better than patterns on camera and in photos; it’s cleaner. I also love red but that can get tricky as it blends with the carpet so I tend to save that for my off-carpet life! It’s not just the carpet you have to worry about blending into. Sometimes white can be difficult if it matches the step and repeat behind you; sometimes they change the color of the carpet and, of course, the step and repeat backdrop too and you have to be mindful of that and try and find out the color scheme in advance.