You guys. I’m such a fan of Estee Stanley and her work. She’s a major player in the H-wood styling field, and if you’ve seen Lea Michele lately, well, enough said. She’s a celebrity stylist, interior designer (hello, she launched HomeMint with Justin Timberlake), but also a mom and, ahem, shoe lover. Girls, without further ado…meet your newest BFF (cue the applause).
I Heart Heels: I hear your shoe closet is very good. Did you design it, and what are a couple of your favorite pairs?
Estee Stanley: Shoes are one of my guilty pleasures! I did design my closet, but (of course) even though I designed it, there is still never enough room for my shoes. My favorite pair is an orange lace pair of Manolos with a low heel and pointed toe. They go with everything, even though they’re orange. I can’t live without them.
IHH: What brands do you flock towards when styling your celebrity clients for red carpet events (and who are you styling as of right now)?
ES: My favorite is Giambattista Valli. No one makes a gown quite like Giamba. As of right now, I’m styling Lea Michele, Olivia Munn, Ali Larter and Jessica Biel, to name a few.
IHH: Since the holidays are approaching, what are a couple of simple rules when trying to dress to dazzle, but not be too over the top?
ES: For the holidays, I love to pair a simple black dress with a colored shoe. Any suede Manolo pump in color is always a go to. Red suede, perhaps.
IHH: You have kids, and I love stalking your kid’s style site, Ladys & Gents! How do you find time to balance work/family, and how do you take the time for yourself to get dressed in the morning?
ES: Well there are definitely not enough hours in a day, but I manage to balance my work/family life. Once I leave the office, it’s family time. I don’t respond to emails or open a computer. It’s just me, myself and my family!
IHH: What’s your current handbag?
ES: My current handbag obsession that I wear every day is my Viktor and Rolf Bombette bag. I have the black leather, so it goes with everything. I love it!
[Photo via Ladys and Gents]