Unless you're among the lucky few, chances are you've found yourself at the hands of a supposed "expert"—be it a hairdresser, a heavy-handed make-up artist, or just a department store 'stylist' suffering from a severe case of grandiosity. You know, the type that unveils your final 'look' with flourish, assuring you that, yes, you really did need the head full of chunky blonde highlights or extra application of blush. This usually leaves you hemming and hawing to their face and screaming on the inside. Have you been there, too? Well, then the very first thing you need to know about stylist Jeanne Yang is that she is the exact opposite of that. "I feel like I have done my job when people I work with have people asking them if they lost weight or got a haircut and can’t pinpoint that it was a make-over," Yang explained as she gave us the tour of her Los Angeles home.
For the uninitiated, we'll fill you in: the stylist-slash-designer is behind not only the style of some of the most dapper dudes in Hollywood, but is also one-half of her own contemporary womenswear line, Holmes & Yang—which, yes, she heads up with none other than Joey Potter Katie Holmes. Does it all make sense now?
And while she may have started in the publishing biz, Yang credits a very special pair of grosgrain Manolo Blahnik blush flats (her first designer purchase, F.Y.I.) as the catalyst of her career. "I wore them to every interview I went to in my 20s and was offered a job every time," she told us. Nowadays, when she's not prepping for fashion week or approving samples, Yang plays stylist to the likes of some of Hollywood's most insanely talented leading men—do the likes of Bryan Cranston (Mr. Walter White, himself), Robert Downey Jr., Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and George Clooney ring a bell at all? Oh, and did we mention that she just so happens to be sister to fellow Cov-alum Ben Baller (didn't see that one coming, did ya?!)? #GoodGenes
And while her personal style tends to err more on the understated side, Yang has an affinity for fancy chapeaus, watches and timepieces that's virtually unrivalled—except maybe her brother's collection, of course. But Yang's obsession extends beyond material means to her personal modus operandi, too. "Time is more of a commodity than money. Spend it wisely. All the money in the world can't buy back lost time, but you can spend a lot of time and make money."