Deemed the world’s best-dressed woman by PEOPLE magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow can still be surprised by her own fashion influence. Her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman can attest to that.
“She’s always shocked when a store will call me and say, ‘What was that jean [Gwyneth was wearing]?,” Saltzman said. “I’ve had 80 people come in today looking for it!’ Gwyneth will say, ‘Really?!’”
What makes Paltrow a style icon to many is your signature minimalism and sophistication. But don’t expect to find a wardrobe bursting with couture. “She has an edited wardrobe,” says Saltzman, who adds that the Goop.com founder does most of her shopping online, at sites like net-a-porter.com. After she wears an outfit, “It all gets put away and documented — when and where she wore it — and then it’s gone [into storage] for her daughter. She’s not a hog.”
Whether casually strolling through the airport in layers of cool-girl labels like MiH (for jeans) and rag & bone (for boots), or fashioning a modern Stella McCartmey gown at the Grammys, “Gwyneth always relies on really clean lines,” says Melanie Kain, who co-designed a T-shirt with Paltrow for Goop. “That is why she always looks appropriate and comfortable in her own skin.”
Paltrow has rarely looked more so than at this year’s Oscars. The moment Saltzman revealed Tom Ford’s stunningly sophisticated gown and cape, “It was just, holy moly,” says the stylist. “Everyone was hugging each other. It was done.” Paltrow, who tends to nix busy prints and billowing shapes, immediately loved the look.
“I usually bring no more than four things for her to look at,” says Saltzman of red carpet events. “For the Oscars, I bought her one. I did have a second dress there, but I never even unpacked it.”
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