AT last year’s Golden Globes ceremony, when Hailee Steinfeld, then 14 and a star of “True Grit,” traipsed down the red carpet in a cream-colored Prabal Gurung gown that artfully toed the line between age-appropriate and demurely chic, she went from plucky Hollywood newcomer to fashion It Girl in about a nanosecond.
“Everybody was freaking out the next day,” said Ms. Steinfeld’s fashion stylist, Karla Welch, who said she had suddenly been inundated with calls from designers who in previous weeks had been less than forthcoming with their wares.
“She’s a very young girl,” Ms. Welch said. “I can’t blame the designers for not wanting to go that young” initially. But they were, it turned out, absolutely willing.
Led by Ms. Steinfeld, Hollywood’s red-carpet season last year was a veritable youth-quake, with starlets like Jennifer Lawrence, now 21, and Emma Stone, 23, proving that high fashion isn’t just for “older” femmes fatales like Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman. (Ms. Stone had a similar stop-the-presses moment at the Globes, in a peach-colored Calvin Klein frock.)
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