Gwyneth Paltrow‘s caped white Oscars dress was certainly a fashion risk, but the actress wouldn’t have had it any other way. In the latest issue of her GOOP newsletter, the star chats with her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman, about picking the gown and getting ready for the big event.
“This dress screamed OSCARS to me,” Saltzman says. “It simply was ‘the one.’ The dress was composed of all the elements that I look out for for Gwyneth: supreme elegance, grace, royalty, extreme modern luxury, simplicity without lacking intense skill and risk. It had a positive edginess to it as well.”
In the interview, Saltzman discusses the process of fittings — “If I’m lucky, I get a second fitting in,” she adds — and says the client “always” comes before the gown. “You have to think about the person, their body, their confidence, their coloring, their wishes, their needs and what will be successful for them,” she continues.
She thinks about politics, too, though. “Getting the right celebrity in the right dress can mean huge, and I mean monumental, publicity for a designer as well as the client,” she says. “It’s about being honest with the designers and the other people involved, listening to what they’re hoping for, and striking a compromise between their vision and the client’s needs.”
In the newsletter, Paltrow also describes her getting-ready process, which for the Oscars, included a workout with Stacey McDermott, playtime with children Apple and Moses, a pre-show turkey burger and fries and hair and makeup fun with her glam squad and pal Cameron Diaz. To see Paltrow’s fun photos — including the shot of her favorite red moment (hint: Sandra Bullock is involved) — visit goop.com.