“The closest thing to walking down the aisle is walking the red carpet,” says stylist Micaela Erlanger, the fashion and image maestro behind Hollywood A-lists, including longtime clients like Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep, Julianna Margulies, Diane Kruger, Constance Wu and John Boyega.
That THR The veteran power stylist expanded her reach into weddings in 2019 and began advising director Joachim Rønning on Amanda Hearst’s picturesque wedding (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil) at Hearst Castle. “I saw that there was an opportunity in the market to offer styling services to discerning clients – with a focus on luxury and access to rare, fine things – in the world of weddings. Much like I do in Hollywood,” explains Erlanger, whose bespoke service fees are available upon request. (According to Nayri, bridal fashion expert at Lovella Bridal and instructor for The Knot and WeddingWire, the average fee for a wedding stylist can range from $500 to $1,000 an hour to $4,000 to $15,000 for services per day.)
Most recently, Erlanger has focused her expertise on the ultimate discerning client: herself. She has postponed her own wedding several times during the pandemic and eloped to St. Barts last summer with her fiancé, restaurateur Mac Osborne (Brooklyn’s Colonia Verde and Disco Tacos). .
Erlanger’s dream wedding on April 3 in Miami, where she and Osborne live, ultimately surpassed her original expectations, especially in terms of fashion. Erlangen’s wedding is just one of 2.5 million US ceremonies expected in 2022 (triggered by a pandemic postponement), a number not seen since 1984, according to market research firm The Wedding Report. Erlanger shares the style details of their celebrations:
BACHELORETTE WEEKEND Erlanger conceived her February getaway to the Big Island of Hawaii as a lush, highly curated fashion editorial. “I created mood boards for each event,” explains Erlanger, who then shared the themes with her bridesmaids. “It served as packing instructions.”
For a “pastel and floral” sunset picnic on the beach, Erlanger wore a flowy pink vintage Oscar de la Renta gown flanked by bridesmaids in elegant natural prints. Bold and Bright led a lei-making celebration, for which Erlanger wore a colorful crochet maxi dress by Australian label Alémais.
In addition to finding established fashion contacts, Erlanger used her razor-sharp research skills to discover new designers. “In the back of my mind, I’m always making notes and bookmarking,” she says. At a pop-up in Miami, Erlanger spotted unique repurposed terry cloth designs by Erin Silvers, owner of Zingara Vintage in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York. “I’m a vintage aholic and I’ve never seen anything like it,” notes Erlanger. She tracked down Silvers via Instagram and commissioned custom sets in six colourways for her bridesmaids – and the line’s first-ever bikini for herself.
THE WEDDING WEEKEND With more time to plan due to delays, Erlanger has put together an imaginative collection of collectible looks to wear during the celebrations. She found them through her insider network of high-end vendors and through “hard sourcing” of retailers New York Vintage and 1stDibs, and luxury vintage bridal salon Happy Isles.
“These are like pieces of history,” says Erlanger, highlighting a 1950s haute couture Dior cape and a sequined periwinkle gown worn by Kate Moss to the conclusion of the 1995 Versace fall show. “These aren’t things that anyone could just go to the store and buy.”
Erlanger also capitalized on her strong relationships with bespoke design houses, including Dolce & Gabbana for rehearsal dinners and Christian Siriano for breakups.
For the climax celebration, held in Miami’s majestic Vizcaya Gardens, Erlanger went straight to Prada, which also designed Nyong’o’s 2022 Oscars dress with gold sequin fringes and the actress’ powder blue confection when she won her 2014 Oscar.
“I sent them a mood board and they interpreted it like they would for a red carpet client and sent me some sketches,” says Erlanger, who shared her green and white wedding color palette for inspiration. “We’ve had some minor revisions, and here we are.”
The wedding featured the groom in a tailored Italian house tuxedo and a trifecta of custom Prada looks for Erlanger: a reception dress, a Late Night Dancing mini, and the ivory silk georgette ceremony, with handcrafted draping and intricate floral embroidery, sparkling with Crystals, jet and pearls. “The icing on the cake and the grand finale,” says Erlanger. “They are exquisite.”
This story first appeared in the April 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to login.