Mandy Moore's Stylist on What to Expect at the Golden Globes

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Mandy Moore attends the 17th annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on Jan. 6, 2017 in Los Angeles.

After having worked on several television pilots that failed to resonate with audiences, 2016 marked a major comeback for actress/singer Mandy Moore who landed a starring role in NBC’s Golden Globe-nominated drama This Is Us.

As a wife and mother to three children -- twins (a third baby did not survive delivery) and an adopted son who was born on the same day -- Moore’s character, Rebecca Pearson, shuffles between ’70s and ’80s attire, including some not-exactly-chic mom jeans. But on the carpet, the 32-year-old beauty who rose to fame singing about candy and crushes in the late '90s, has stunned with a sophisticated, sexy and colorful assortment of looks helmed by stylist Erica Cloud.

In advance of Sunday’s (Jan. 8) awards show, for which Moore is nominated in the best supporting actress category, Cloud took a moment to hint at how the star plans to wow the crowd at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles.

When did you and Mandy start collaborating?
Mandy and I met initially through a mutual friend who had always said, “You guys have to meet, you’ve got to work together!” So when she started filming the show, it was the perfect opportunity for that. Mandy's style is cool, effortless, kind of California and very chic. It's a very clean but sweet aesthetic. 

We know you can’t spill on what she will be wearing, but can you give us a hint?
She will be wearing the first dress that I requested. It’s classic golden-era Hollywood movie star, and she looks and feels amazing in it. I had three racks of gowns pulled for her with so many different types of styles, and we ended up going back and forth between two very different looks. With award shows, you don't necessarily want to be worried the whole time about moving in a dress and getting through all the tables. But at the end of the day, it's also about the red carpet picture. So I think if it can allow, you want to wear a dress that you feel good in and don't really need to think about. Mandy’s body is very proportional to a model so it’s as good as it gets.

In terms of Mandy’s hair and makeup...?
The dress kind of drives the car in a way. We start with the dress and then the dialogue about every other component follows. She works with the Stretcher sisters for hair and makeup, and I think it'll be fun to kind of experiment more for award season, to have her try some styles that maybe she hasn't worn in the past.

Do you have a favorite look you've dressed her in thus far?
I love the gingham Lela Rose look she wore to the AFI luncheon on Friday (Jan. 6). It was a breath of fresh air and that's exactly how I feel Mandy is. I think it combined a lot of elements: the colors were very nice for a day time event, the off-the-shoulder aspect was a bit elegant without being too formal, and the cutout kept it very young. She wore that look with Jennifer Meyer jewelry, a Jimmy Choo clutch and Kurt Geiger heels.

How did you get into styling?
After I graduated high school, I moved to Los Angeles and starting working in photo production, which is how I met [stylist] Karla Welch. I also attended a fashion school out here. Anyhow, I'm happy that I have that production background because you really need it in styling; you have to be proactive and able to problem-solve -- and that production job taught me how to be self-sufficient. That's how I met Karla and I worked with her for ten years. It was the best kind of boot camp training you could ever get -- her clients range from Justin Bieber to Olivia Wilde -- and I was able to have my hands in everything. She's my mentor, one of my closest friends and I feel very lucky that that was my introduction into styling.

Is there a red carpet trend that you’re into right now?
I’ve actually been into all of the separates people have been showing. There have been really strong beautiful top and pant options. But beyond that, fringe and hot pink.
 


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