Photographer: Henry Haber
Stylist: Jared Ellner assisted by
Jess McAtee, Brooke Sandra Figler, Alex Bullock,
Varsha Paturi, Alexandria, @ascendinglibra, Wendy Anastasia
Outfit: Colin LoCascio discovered through Up Next Designer
Makeup Artist: Tami El Sombati
Hairstylist: Kat Thompson
Manicurist: Zola Ganzorigt
Today we decided to start the week with some joyous styling, despite feeling pretty sick. For this exact reason, we couldn’t help but write about Iris Apatow and the colorful ensemble she wore to this year’s Vanity Fair Oscar Afterparty.
Apatow looked amazing in a bronze Colin LoCascio Floral Sequin Gown from the Fall-Winter 2023 collection, paired with bright red pointy pumps.
According to Albert Ayal, who connected the brand to Iris‘ stylist Jared Ellner, the inspiration for the dress came from LoCascio‘s grandmother who loved the outdoors and gardening. Indeed they used to visit the gardens in their neighborhood together–the designer’s middle name is also ‘Frances‘, after his beloved grandmother.
According to InStyle, before launching his own label during the pandemic, he worked for Marc Jacobs, Adam Selman and more after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015.
According to the article, “LoCascio worked with a manufacturer in India (also used by Alexander McQueen) to create the whimsical 3-D flowers. The forms are carved styrofoam molded to a wire structure to keep the edges ‘super clean’, then topped with stretch georgette and beaded with crystals to build out dimension. The metallic centers are inspired by the flowers atop Marc Jacobs’s Daisy perfume bottles.”
The designer further explained: “The colors and the high saturation are very now, the wet-look sequins [are] ‘90s, early 2000s.”
This was the first time Ellner styled Apatow and he wanted to honor her in all her playfulness (still keeping in mind the scale of the event). Little did he know that the pairing was a match made in heaven, per the same aforementioned interview: “It was so funny because Iris‘ apartment is literally floral wallpaper. When I pulled in I was like, ‘Oh my god, this dress is a representation of you and your style and your taste.’
‘I was blown away by [his] work. To be able to create these flowers and make it look expensive enough for a carpet like this is really incredible.'”
Iris also accessorized the look with flower themed jewels.
The makeup was courtesy of Tami El Sombati who went full avant-garde for this look: bleached eyebrows, long false lashes and blue eyeshadow matching the flower on her neck.
The pro listed several brands she used on her Instagram stories at the time (without getting into specifics) here they are: Charlotte Tilbury, Danessa Myricks, Dior Beauty, Fenty Beauty, Isamaya Beauty, Juvia’s Place, Kevyn Aucoin, MAC Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, RMS Beauty, Shiseido, Sunnies Face, Surratt, Sweed Beauty, The Ordinary, Tower 28 and Viseart.
Hairstylist and groomer Kat Thompson styled the actress and web personality’s hair in a short bob with middle part using products by Bumble and bumble., ghd hair, Moroccanoil and Oribe.
Manicurist Zola Ganzorigt created for Apatow an oval-shaped light blue manicure decorated with little yellow designs barely recognizable from afar and from the shots available.
I always notice when Jared Ellner styles a new client, because his fresh take and his risk-taking nature make his work very distinctive.
Overall I am a devoted fan of his work with Emma Chamberlain and Rina Sawayama; hell, I knew he would become someone important from his assistant days already.