Celebrity Stylist Micaela Erlanger Reveals What Life Is Like During the Emmys

She dressed three stars for this year's red carpet.

Fashion enthusiasts will already know Micaela Erlanger (opens in new tab) by name. The celebrity stylist has dressed some of the most famous stars in Hollywood, from Lupita Nyong’o and Meryl Streep to Common. (Remember this Nyong'o look (opens in new tab)? Yes, Erlanger was responsible for it.)

Erlanger's career can be traced back to 2013, when she officially launched her own studio (opens in new tab) and began styling clients under her own name. Fast forward to 2018:The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) named her as one of the most powerful stylists to the stars (again), an accolade that shouldn't be taken lightly, alongside other women such as Kate Young and Samantha McMillen.

As Erlanger's Rolodex of celebrity clients grows, she somehow manages to stay grounded and take on even more tasks, like giving me a personal sneak peek into what life's like as a celebrity stylist. (Spoiler alert: it's not all glitz and glam.) The timing could not be more perfect as it's the start of award season.

First up: the 2018 Emmy Awards (opens in new tab). I tapped Erlanger for any behind-the-scenes details as a stylist to the stars and though she did not divulge anything about her clients (she respects their privacy), she did give a special glimpse at the moments leading up to Emmys night.

This year, she dressed three different women: Tatiana Maslany, Michelle Dockery, and Constance Wu for the red carpet. To see how exactly she pulled off this fantastic feat, read her own words and check out her BTS photos below.

Got it in the Bag

Shelf, Shelving, Closet, Room, Footwear, Furniture, Shoe, Collection, Fashion accessory,

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"A clutch in every color to create the perfect Emmys look. I can’t wait to see what fun colors hit the red carpet."

Pink, Footwear, Clothing, Room, Boutique, High heels, Fashion, Dress, Shoe, Textile,

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"From bright, bold hues and neons to statement ruffles and boho-inspired looks, the Emmys red carpet trends are sure to be MAJOR."

Pick a Heel

Footwear, Eyewear, Shoe, Shoe store, Glasses, High heels, Sandal, Outlet store, Sunglasses, Personal protective equipment,

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"There’s nothing like an amazing heel to elevate a look. You can never have too many shoe options!"

Doorstep Delivery

Standing, Shoulder, Floor, Job, Flooring, Room, Desk, Furniture,

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"Signed sealed and delivered on Sunday morning by our friends at Worldnet."

Reuse, Recycle

Cardboard, Room, Package delivery, Carton, Baggage, Relocation, Service, Hand luggage, Packaging and labeling, Boutique,

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"The unglamorous side of award season! Neatly setting these aside to reuse for returns later this week."

Emergency Kit

Bag, Hand luggage, Baggage, Material property, Luggage and bags, Diaper bag, Fashion accessory,

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"Styling kits are stocked and ready to go. Some of my kit essentials include static spray, safety pins, fashion tape and stain remover."

Bling It On

Fashion accessory, Font, Jewellery, Body jewelry, Metal,

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"One of my favorite jewelry trends this season is statement everything. From earrings and necklaces to eye-catching rings, my motto is always go big or go home!"

It's Showtime

Fashion, Textile, Sitting, Photography, Fashion accessory, Jeans, Style, Denim,

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"On our way to our three final client fittings! #TeamErlanger"

The final looks, as styled by Erlanger

Michelle Dockery

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Dockery wore a Carolina Herrera dress, Harry Winston jewels, and Sophia Webster shoes underneath her dress.

(Image credit: Jeff Kravitz)

Tatiana Maslany

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Maslany wore a custom Christian Siriano look and Christian Louboutin pumps. She wore various jewels by Borgioni, Marli, Effy Jewelry, Graziela Gems, and Shiffon Co.

(Image credit: Steve Granitz)

Constance Wu

70th Emmy Awards - Arrivals

Wu wore a Jason Wu silver dress, Harry Winston jewels, and Giuseppe Zanotti heels.

(Image credit: Jeff Kravitz)
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Marina Liao
Marina Liao

Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.