Next generation of Hollywood stylists dress the season’s diverse red carpets

Hollywood’s yearlong call for inclusion is changing the look of the red carpet, with a new generation of stylists rising to dress the season’s diverse roster of stars.

The shutout of “Crazy Rich Asians” and female directors notwithstanding, Tuesday’s Oscar nominations marked several historic firsts: “Black Panther,” with its predominantly black cast, became the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture. “Roma” newcomer Yalitza Aparicio was the first indigenous actress to be nominated for Best Actress, while “If Beale Street Could Talk” actress Regina King joins just a handful of African-American women to ever be nominated for the honor. They are in the same category as Melissa McCarthy, who has famously said “my size isn’t the most interesting thing about me,” 45-year-old Olivia Colman, 71-year-old Glenn Close and pop-singer-turned-starlet Lady Gaga.

As the red carpet becomes more diverse, a new string of image-makers is stepping into the fashion spotlight — stylist Jason Rembert, who has made inclusion a cornerstone of his work with Issa Rae and others, will launch his own label Aliette at New York Fashion Week next month — and luxury brands seem to be expanding their once-narrow definition of celebrity VIPs.

“Back in the day, you knew Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman would show up wearing a huge name on the red carpet. But now, you are anticipating what Mahershala Ali, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright and Michael B. Jordan are going to be wearing, too, and you know it’s going to be a respected high-end designer. That’s a big shift in Hollywood,” says stylist Ade Samuel, who has gained notice for dressing “Black Panther” actor Jordan in a mix of European labels including Loewe, Burberry and Berluti, along with Virgil Abloh’s Off-White and men’s wear by Ghanaian-born designer Adrien Sauvage, to cultivate a “clean, dapper aesthetic” inspired by Miles Davis and Sammy Davis Jr. “The inclusion rider is very important to Michael,” she adds, referring to the diversity policy the actor launched in September with Warner Media. “I want to make sure we connect that to what he’s doing in fashion.”

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