The super-stylist, who has topped THR‘s list three times, had a jam-packed awards season with Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lawrence and Dakota Johnson. Young kicked things off with Johnson in a wow-worthy Gucci crystal fringe gown and gold evening sandals for the Lost Daughter premiere at the Venice Film Festival. “It was super exciting because it had been a while since we had a proper red carpet,” she says of the unapologetically dazzling look. The Brooklyn-based stylist, who has worked with Gomez since 2014 when she zipped her into a “tiny red Dior dress” for a film screening, says that this past year was different because the Only Murders in the Building actress was a nominee. “We wanted her to be restrained, glamorous and grown-up — it wasn’t just about looking cool to go to parties,” says Young. Fans went wild for a before-and-after video that Young posted of Gomez’s SAG Awards glam. “Every look with Selena tends to go viral, but people really liked that video,” says Young of the winning custom Oscar de la Renta velvet dress that was accented with a 200-carat, $1 million Bulgari choker necklace. A shot on the actress’ Instagram garnered 7.1 million likes from her 309 million followers, punctuating an awards season of firsts for many, including Gomez.
“Kate is very collaborative. We usually start with a phone conversation or a FaceTime and she always asks me what I am thinking and how I want to feel for the particular event,” says Gomez of her stylist. “Kate’s very patient because she knows how much I hate fittings … I never want to try anything.”