Micaela Erlanger was in Soho last night to host the Cuyana X Capsule launch at their Prince Street store. As the stylist to some of the biggest names in Hollywood (see: Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, Winona Ryder, Jared Leto, the list goes on), we wanted Erlanger’s take on her favorite pieces from the collection.
What are your favorite pieces from the collection?
It’s definitely hard to choose. I love each piece for their own reason. The leather tee shirt is such like an elevated interpretation on a classic staple. It fits beautifully, the leather is so soft, and the seaming makes it very figure flattering. The ’70s are kind of back this season, you’ve seen a lot of influence on the runway, so I love the poncho. It’s just such an easy layering piece. It’s one size fits all, you can belt it, you can wear it with leather leggings, you can wear it with blue jeans and boots, you can dress it up, you can dress it down, it’s such a versatile piece and it’s also kind of a statement in and of itself, which is really nice. I’m also obsessed with the calf hair bags.
What was your role with the collection?
This has just really been a true partnership. I’m such a fan of Cuyana. I believe in their product and their messaging, so when they approached me about working with them on this, it was really about curating the best pieces for the season.
Is this something you see yourself doing again in the future?
Absolutely. I mean especially with a brand like this, which is such a hallmark for any professional woman, it’s really about the elevated staples that you need to have in your wardrobe. I practice what I preach.
What is the biggest misconception about your job?
That it’s glamorous. There’s a lot of hard work that a lot of people wouldn’t know that goes into creating a red carpet look, whether it’s a ball gown at the Academy Awards or it’s someone’s street style. There’s a lot that goes into curating that and there’s a lot of un-glamorous stuff like unpacking boxes and calling messengers, doing billing — it’s not just picking out pretty clothes all day long and attending parties, there’s much more.
Do you have any clients that you talk to on a personal basis?
Yeah! You really develop a relationship with these people. You’re involved in such an intimate side of their world, whether it’s being in a changing room, undressing with somebody, or being a part of some of the most important moments in their life. These people become your family, so I’m proud to call my clients my friends.
Do you pay attention to worst and best dressed lists?
No. It’s just hearsay. All I care about is my clients feeling good, and if they feel good, then they’re gonna look good, and that’s all that matters.
— Hannah Smith and Whitney Osofs