Fused with a healthy dose of skepticism, 2021 was a year of potential. With red carpet events tentatively shifting from hybrid to in-person, uncertainty loomed large for stylists depending on the show to go on. And go on it did—the Oscars, Met Gala, Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, red carpets made a triumphant comeback in 2021.
Forging collaborative relationships with our favorite stars, these creatives are responsible for molding the ultra-curated appearance we associate with their image. Taking full advantage of the glorious return of IRL events, celebrity stylists brought their A-game, providing us with mesmerizing red carpet moments, incredible stage ensembles, and covetable street style to see us through the year.
Here, GRAZIA spotlights the innovative stylists responsible for some of this year’s best looks to keep your eye on in 2022.
With Zendaya as his living, breathing masterpiece, Law Roach is responsible for some of the most memorable celebrity style moments of the year. With the “image architect’s” top clientele including the likes of Tom Holland, Kerry Washington, Tiffany Haddish, race car driver Lewis Hamilton, and Priyanka Chopra, Roach seems to always understand the assignment. Having been dubbed the industry’s “most important fashion stylist” by The Hollywood Reporter, 2021 marked a big year for Roach. With Zendaya taking home the CFDA Fashion Icon Award, his sartorial efforts with the budding starlet were lauded in her acceptance speech.“Thankfully, when I was 14, I found my co-director of sorts. One who saw what I did and sometimes, more than I ever could have imagined on my own- that being Law Roach. My fashion soulmate, historian, and constant inspiration, thank you for pushing me to see all of myself and teaching me how to do so fearlessly.”
With a little black book filled to the brim with heavy hitters, Mimi Cuttrell styles some of the hottest celebrity fashionistas. It-girls including Ariana Grande, Normani, Gigi Hadid, Madelyn Cline, and Iris Law all have flocked to Cuttrell for their sartorial cues. From Grande’s party-worthy wardrobe on The Voice, to Gigi Hadid‘s exceptional street style, Cuttrell’s unique way of melding fun and sexy, with chic and fashion-forward is what sets the stylist apart.
Rihanna’s partner in crime, Jahleel Weaver has been behind-the-scenes, working right alongside our favorite bad gal as her stylist and creative director. Forming their creative collaboration in 2011, Weaver has had his hands in all of the cookie jars- from styling photoshoots, award shows, and music videos to being appointed deputy creative director at LVMH’s Fenty House. Like his formative partnership with Rihanna, Weaver’s career trajectory is ever-growing and perpetually evolving.
With a varied book of clientele, Molly Dickson reps everyone from established mega-stars like Scarlett Johansson and fresh-face new comers like Camila Mendes, Sydney Sweeney, Sadie Sink, and Addison Rae.
With a client list a mile long, Jason Bolden dresses some of the most influential stars of our day. From young poet Amanda Gorman, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, multidisciplinary creator Janet Mock, talk show host Trevor Noah, to actors Yara Shahidi, Cynthia Erivo, and Michael B. Jordan, Bolden does it all.
Dressing Justin Bieber for about eight years now, Karla Welch‘s list of celebrity clientele goes on from there. On top of running her own label x Karla and a slew of other entrepreneurial ventures, Welch has become Hailey Bieber stylist as well, responsible for their recent matchy couple style. Along with Mr. and Mrs. Bieber, Welch has dressed the likes of Sarah Paulson, Busy Philipps, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kaitlyn Dever.
Dressing Cardi B in the most inventive and cutting-edge styles, her longtime stylist Kollin Carter also has likes of Ciara and Normani in his portfolio. With this year’s trip to Paris and her various wardrobe changes throughout the AMA’s, Carter did Cardi justice in their sartorial choices.
A big year for Jamie Mizrahi, the stylist has had celebs from Nicole Richie and Riley Keough, to Kate Hudson and Katy Perry on her docket. However, her most triumphant fashion feat this year had to be dressing Adele for her return to the spotlight.
With a particular penchant for street style, Maeve Reilly‘s clients always look as chic as can be. With Megan Fox‘s sexy red carpet appearances to her on trend, contemporary street style, Reilly has made Fox’s return to the limelight simultaneously colorful and seamless.
Dressing A-listers in celebratory and sumptuous ensembles, Jason Rembert has maintained an A-list clientele of iconic proportions. From Lizzo, Mary J. Blige, and Issa Rae, to Hailee Steinfeld, SZA, and Naomi Osaka, Rembert melds a singular brand of eclectic whimsicality with a classic diva glam in all of his curated ensembles.