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You know you’re a powerhouse stylist when one of your most famous clients moonlights as your interior decorator.
Leslie Fremar — who counts Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson among her A-list clients — landed the top spot on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual list of the 25 Most Powerful Stylists, appearing on the cover of the issue with longtime client Julianne Moore, with whom she shares more than just a passion for fashion. Turns out, Moore is an interior design enthusiast who has helped Fremar decorate her New York City abode… twice.
“Julianne has impeccable taste and decorates her own homes… it’s something that we have bonded over,” explained Fremar. “We do fittings in her house, which is inspirational and beautiful. [One day], I started asking her for advice.”
In 2007, Moore gave Fremar’s then-residence – a West Village apartment — a floor-to-ceiling makeover for a photo shoot in Domino magazine. When Fremar relocated to a three-bedroom TriBeCa loft in 2012, she took the lead on the design process, but still relied on her star client for guidance. “I brought over a lot of pieces that she’d found for me for my old apartment. It was a larger space, so I needed to get more furniture,” Fremar said. “I trust Julianne’s aesthetic, so it made sense [to get her opinion].”
Though Fremar is the sartorial expert — in addition to styling, she designs a collection of tees and tank tops for Fruit of the Loom and is rumored to be working on a denim line with client Charlize Theron – she knows it never hurts to get a second opinion, especially if it’s from someone like Moore, an interior design hobbyist whose West Village townhouse has been featured in Architectural Digest. “With decorating, it’s very different from styling. Decorating is a larger puzzle,” Fremar explained. “We’re friends, so Julianne comes to my house. Every time she’d walk in, I’d say, ‘Let me just ask you one more thing…’ Or I would e-mail her pictures of things I was looking at on websites.”
She may get star treatment from an Oscar-nominated interior design advisor, but Fremar joked that it’s impossible to forget who the celebrity is. “When we decorated my first apartment, we went to Ikea together,” the stylist remembered. “People were looking at Julianne like, ‘What is she doing in Ikea?!’”
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