HOW JASON REMBERT BECAME ONE OF HOLLYWOOD'S MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING CELEBRITY STYLISTS
GINA MARINELLI for Fashionista.com J
He's balancing work with groundbreaking celebrities like Ezra Miller and Issa Rae with launching his brand new line, Aliétte.
About a week after I spoke with Jason Rembert about his trailblazing and headline-making career, Issa Rae walked the red carpet of the Critics' Choice Awards in a look that only he could create. One might assume that refers to the celebrity stylist's track record of fostering a strong visual identity among his clients or an appreciation for emerging design talent, but this look was even more personal than that. It was the premiere of Rembert's next professional endeavor: his own collection, Aliétte.
Inspired by the women in his life — likely including the "Insecure" actress who wore it, but more on that later — Aliétte's 2019 debut follows over a decade of unforgettable moments orchestrated by Rembert. For some perspective, that includes: Zayn Malik's robotic arm at the 2016 Met Gala; Solange's crystal-covered, braided-halo look for her "Cranes In The Sky" performance on "SNL"; Rae's all-Black-designer wardrobe she wore while hosting the CFDA Awards last year; Ezra Miller's Moncler x Pierpaolo Piccioli puffer gown at the "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" premiere; Odell Beckham Jr.'s recent game-day style; and just about every impressive look from Rita Ora over the past seven years.
However, Rembert's appreciation for the unique and anti-status quo go back to before he was dressing celebrities. He credits his love of hip hop and obsession with Vibe magazine in the early aughts as his earliest forms of fashion education. And though he set out to pursue a career as a magazine editor, landing internships at Elle and W that got him in the door, it was his internship with industry veteran Wouri Vice that shifted Rembert's focus toward styling and the possibility of how he can interpret fashion.
"As a fan of hip hop, R&B and of my culture, it was amazing to see that Wouri was able to get these high end brands that W and Elle and Harper's Bazaar were shooting and he was able to make it his own," says Rembert of his time with Wouri when he was styling Alicia Keys. This example not only influences Rembert's own career today, but also set him on a track to champion up-and-coming designers in his work — Shanel, Pyer Moss and Marc Keiser are a few current favorites — and become a mentor for the next generation of stylists who will change industry-wide perceptions.
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