How to Plan For a Red Carpet Event
As a child my father said he would be nothing without the woman behind him, my mother. He would say she “held the team and made it happen”…I like to think the glam team behind each gifted actor or actress has the ability to make everything happen on certain days.
Most people I know look at a red carpet day as a very important day, and why wouldn’t you?? Some people go their entire lives without ever being able to step foot on one! It is a day that there will be thousands and thousands of eyes on you. They will be critiquing you, judging you, laughing with you, and most importantly cheering you on.
Red carpet days are very stressful for me; I am the girl behind the scenes. I am the girl responsible for choosing that dress that will put my client either in Fashion Police or on a Best Dressed List. No pressure??! I have to be able to clasp that jewelry, make sure boobs are perfectly placed, cufflinks are on, back is sewn closed, and be ready for any last minute tear that could make or break an entire evening. The final moments in the limo as you round the corner (from usually the same hotel as the event!) are do or die moments. As a stylist, you know the minute your client opens that door and steps foot on that carpet that’s it.
Most likely your stylist has given you at least five to 20 dresses to choose from a week before the event. When that rack gets rolled into your house, it is literally a piece of artwork. One solid rack holding so many different pieces from most likely so many different designers. Each one demanding its own jewels and shoes. Each one demanding the attention it so badly deserves. Yet only one will make it! That rack, that rack is worth a thousand photos!
Color is Key: The minute you see the rack, choose a color. Make that color your theme. Know that that color WILL BE your signature color for the entire evening. Everything from your shoes to your diamond earrings, that insane Christian Loubouton clutch and Manolo shoes will match that themed color…and you will be fabulous. This does not mean at all that everything has to be the exact shade; I actually prefer different shades of a different color all put together. I think its adds depth and fun!
Attention to Alterations: Ensure that all of your basic alterations are completed two days before the event. The morning of the red carpet is scary enough as it is. The last thing you need is a dress that doesn’t have the basics completed at least a couple days before. Make sure to try it on the minute you get it WITH your shoes. So many of my clients have tried dresses on and said “It’s Perfect! I Love it!” Day of the event, for some reason the dress seems to be four inches too small or you had a random age 30 growth spurt! Guess who didn’t account for her platforms?? Don’t forget the shoes!
Simply Sleep: At least make the ATTEMPT to get three good nights of sleep leading up to the carpet. Chances are you will have a very late night that night, and you can make up for the time lost! You will be in front of thousands of cameras and people who want to see how amazing everything about you looks. I have found that the best accessory is as easy as sleep and rest.
Terrific Tissues: Keep at least four tissues in your purse at all times. Tissues can be used for so many things that include so much more than tears. I have found that tissues come in very handy in auditoriums that are unrepentantly cold! They can be stuffed quickly into a pair of shoes that perhaps could have used a couple more stretches and are giving you that terrible blister! They save you from lipstick kisses on the cheeks and of course catch the tears when you name is announced and you realize how much people adore you!
Most importantly smile. No one wants to see a Debbie Downer on the carpet! Remember, as I said earlier, most people don’t get the opportunity to step foot on a red carpet their entire lives. Enjoy the day! Be grateful to those that helped you get there and be grateful knowing you are fabulous!