There are some people we look at and think, How do they do it?! Elizabeth Stewart is one of those people.
Stewart is the celebrity stylist behind some of the most powerful women in Hollywood, and this year, due to what she tells PEOPLE was a unique “confluence of events that happened around me,” she was busier than ever.
She started by styling Viola Davis for her awards season run for Fences, then followed with a stunning press tour for Cate Blanchett’s Thor: Ragnarok, dressed Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot (and put her in statement-making flats) and created Jessica Chastain’s red carpet fairytale when the actress served a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival. All the while, Stewart still styled Amanda Seyfried, Julia Roberts, Annabelle Wallis, Zoey Deutch and Rebel Wilson, as well as consulted on Wilson’s new fashion line Rebel Wilson x Angels. (Not to mention, she also consulted on a shoe brand due out soon and developed her own handbag with Tyler Ellis.)
“I’m proud of myself for accepting it all, buckling down and handling it,” Stewart tells PEOPLE. “I complained a lot but got it all done.”
Next year, she’s planning to continue to churn out beautiful red carpet looks, but also strengthen her support for causes she believes in. “I spent years doing a bag lunch with [style commentator] George Kotsiopoulos and we raised over $1 million for children’s art charities,” she says. Now, she’s changing her focus to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and more. “My main goal is to get that going and raise lots of money.”
In the meantime, just before the turn of 2018, we asked her to reflect on her most memorable looks of this year. And while it was difficult to narrow it down, narrow it down she did — keep scrolling to see her favorite looks of 2017.
Viola Davis in Armani Prive
The stylist says that this was hands-down the most important dress of Davis’s year. “I love the simple strength of this dress,” she explains, noting that “it’s bold, clean, sharp and bright.”
Jessica Chastain in Givenchy
“Because Jessica was on the jury, we had so many moments at Cannes,” the stylist says. But if she had to pick her favorite? “I would say the lavender fringe [worn to the Okja premiere in May] because it was the last of many special Givenchy moments with Riccardo Tisci [before he left the fashion house]. He does fringe so well and the way it moved on the carpet was stunning and the color was softly spectacular.”
Cate Blanchett in Givenchy
“It’s an unusual look with the vertical stripes and hard look to carry off, but Cate just looked so right in it, and to me, very style-icon-y,” the stylist said of this dress worn to the InStyle Awards in October, where, fittingly, Blanchett picked up the Style Icon Award. “The belt cinched at the waist polished the look. I love that it was an emblematic look the first Clare Waight Keller collection [for Givenchy] as well.”
Gal Gadot in Prabal Gurung
“It was fun to see her in a more low-key ladylike look,” the stylist says of the look the Wonder Woman star wore to the MTV Video Music Awards in August. “This look was very covered up but had a perfect fit and the tiniest bit of transparency. I loved the bling-iness treated in this classic subtle way.”
Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen
“[The First Reformed premiere at the] Venice Film Festival was her first post-baby carpet, somehow making it feel very special,” Stewart says of why this look stands out. “The beautiful jeweled corset gave a great shape to the just-sheer-enough underslip.”
Zoey Deutch in Alexander McQueen
“I adore this dress she wore — it’s the perfect mix of sweetness and edge,” the stylist says of the dress the actress wore to the L.A. premiere of Before the Fall. “It’s a party dress with some bad-ass details — just like Zoey!”
With awards season just around the corner, we can’t wait to see what Stewart has in store for 2018.