Were you fascinated by the outfits Jennifer López wears in our February edition? We chatted with celebrity stylist Rob Zanardi of Rob & Mariel, who gave us all the details of the fashion look the stunning artist wore in our photo shoot.
How would you describe the style of clothing that was chosen for this session?
We select clothes made for a person who truly takes risks, a woman with many facets. [They were] garments inspired by the glamor of the golden age of Hollywood but with interesting and modern touches, with attention to detail. Whether it is a short dress with fringes and glitters inspired by Tina Turner, a high neck bodysuit with lace and beads or a spectacular evening dress with a train decorated with feathers, our goal was to achieve sexy, elegant and impactful garments.
People En Español cover - February 2016 with Jennifer López.
About how many dresses, shoes, and pieces of jewelry did they have to order?
For this particular session we ask for clothes to fill three coat racks with wheels. One full of evening dresses, one with bodysuit options and the last one full of short dresses with lots of movement. As for the shoes, we always have plenty … maybe 50 pairs? and we had several jewelry trays to choose from.
What designers' clothes did they order and why did they choose them?
We order from a variety of different designers, from smaller brands to larger ones. We love designers like Versace, Zuhair Murad, Michael Costello. We like those who have an avant-garde mentality and who create unique pieces in which femininity is never sacrificed for ingenuity.
What is the process of dressing a celebrity for a session like this?
We work closely with the publication and the photographer to understand the creative concept. What is the story you are trying to tell? In this case it was a Las Vegas-inspired shoot. Once we get mentally immersed in the visual narrative we can start ordering the garments. Once we have edited the clothes until we reach a single clothes rack, we do a test with the artist and decide on the "first draft" of the looks. The final looks depend on the talent we wear, if he or she feels comfortable and confident, that is the true goal.
Is there a test the day before? Do they always bring more than what is asked of them? What other trick can you share as a stylist to the stars?
The test usually occurs a week in advance so there is enough time to order more clothes if necessary. It also depends on the star's calendar. Normally we bring 10 times the number of looks that are asked of us. A wonderful trick is being able to cut and sew clothes. They would be amazed if they saw the difference so great that a small adjustment or alteration can make. In addition, clothing looks much more expensive when it fits your body as it should be.