CFDA: The role of a celebrity stylist has never been more visible. Once a behind-the-scenes force making sure celebrities are dressed for every occasion, they play a critical part in building the star’s image and, in the process, have become recognized in their own right. Below, see some of the top rising stylists to watch.
CHLOE & CHENELLE
Clients: SZA, Willow Smith, Addison Rae, Rosalia, Rauw and D4vid
The LA-based sisters aren’t afraid of taking sartorial risks and have become known for fashion-forward viral looks – think Olivia Rodrigo’s archival Chanel suit to visit the White House and Willow Smith’s bedazzled David Koma look for the Oscars. Through their work with cutting-edge photographers like Nadia Lee Cohen and support of new designers like Chet Lo and Judy Turner, the two have become in-demand stylists.
Clients: Emma Chamberlain, Phoebe Bridgers, Rachel Sennott, Rina Sawayama
Ellner has quickly become a force to be reckoned with. The stylist, who worked at Garage Magazine before, made a mark through his work with Emma Chamberlain. Ellner helped transform the social media celebrity, who is now an ambassador for Cartier, into a fashion darling. His roster also includes Phoebe Bridgers and Rachel Sennott.
Clients: Conan Gray, Sabrina Claudio, Tinashe, Liza Koshy, Rickey Thompson
Qian is the music industry’s secret weapon. The LA-based stylist specializes in creating the image for emerging musicians, including Conan Gray and Sabrina Claudio. From red carpet appearances to music videos, her daring looks and playful aesthetic help elevate any artist’s look. She also creates editorials for publications including PAPER, Wonderland, and L’Officiel.
ALEXANDRA & MACKENZIE GRANDQUIST
Clients: Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott, Don Toliver
Considering these image creators work with one of the most photographed women in the world, they have maintained a relatively low profile. The creative duo prefers to let the work do the talking, creating countless, groundbreaking looks for Kylie Jenner. Born in Iowa and based in LA, the Grandquists’ ability to push fashion boundaries has catapulted the pair to the world stage.
Clients: Jenna Ortega, Julia Butters, Algee Smith, Lyric Ross
Melendez was destined for a fashion career. The LA-based stylist grew up sketching his own designs and crafting his own personal style, which he now brings to a roster of celebrity clients including Jenna Ortega. The stylist has consistently made the star of Netflix hit show Wednesday one of the best-dressed on every red carpet this season with custom looks from Versace and Thom Browne.
Clients: Maddie Ziegler, Chiara Aurelia, Charlotte Lawrence, Maia Reficco
After interning with Alexander Wang and Rebecca Minkoff, Montesano got her start training under veteran stylist Karla Welch working with talent from Lorde to Justin Bieber. Now, Montesano boasts her own list of A-list clients, having worked with the likes of Demi Lovato and Maddie Ziegler.
Clients: Ryan Destiny, Kehlani, Keke Palmer, Kelly Rowland
Louie has been a stylist longer than most. His career began at just 16, working with Lil’ Kim and Mya, and his profile has been in growth mode since. The Brooklyn-born stylist has established his place in the industry through his work with Ryan Destiny and Keke Palmer, among others, along with editorials for Essence and Wonderland. His next styling venture will extend into homeware with Dinner Plus.
Clients: Anitta, Sabrina Carpenter, Sky Ferreira
After dropping out of Parsons to work with Carine Roitfeld, Hart began a long professional rapport with the fashion legend, ultimately becoming a fashion editor of her CR Fashion Book. Now working independently, Hart has been able to infuse his artistic vision into his celebrity clientele – most notably with Brazilian star Anitta, whom he has created countless powerful fashion moments with.
Clients: Bretman Rock, Blake Gray, Lea Michele, Shay Mitchell
Meller has worked with top tier stylists like Micaela Erlanger, Thomas Carter Phillips, and Elizabeth Stewart – and with such experience under his belt, he was ready to branch out on his own right after graduating from NYU. He collaborates with his impressive roster of clients that bring a youthful, fresh perspective to fashion.
Clients: Nessa Barrett, Mark Tuan, Eddie Benjamin, JT of City Girls
Dam has a refined eye for fashion. Previously serving as the Assistant Fashion Director at Barneys New York while also attending Parsons School of Design, Dam has since transferred her creative skills to styling. Creating tour looks for K-Pop star Mark Tuan and working with musician Nessa Barrett has allowed Dam to exercise a creative approach to fashion that resonates with audiences.
Clients: Lil Nas X, Tyga, Avril Lavigne, CL, Carl Clemons
The FIT graduate assisted top stylists Law Roach and Zerina Akers, where she worked closely with stars from Ariana Grande to Beyoncé. Now, Bridges uses her extensive background on her new roster of up and coming stars, from Lil Nas X to Carl Clemons. Her focus on storytelling through the lens of self-love and diversity and inclusion has solidified her as a rising Hollywood stylist.