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Oscars Exclusive: Maeve Reilly Took Us Along as She Styled Hailey Baldwin & Halsey

And La La Anthony. And Bebe Rexha. Needless to say, the stylist had quite the action-packed day.

By: Jodi Taylor

Oscars night is always a whirlwind for those in the industry. And stylists are no exception. Take, for example, celebrity stylist Maeve Reilly, who, in ~one~ big night (the Academy Awards!), styled Hailey Baldwin, La La Anthony, Halsey, and Bebe Rexha. We asked Reilly to take us along for the ride.

The stylist began prepping three weeks ago for the big night and kicked things off at 9:00 AM that morning and didn’t wrap until 2:00 AM, when she made her way home from Vanity Fair’s after-party. Just one peruse through her  IG, and you’d know she constantly documents her nonstop career. We realized two things as we tailgated Reilly on Oscars day (by way of her iPhone diary): The stylist has an unwavering dedication to her clients, but she couldn’t do it without her Redbull and coffee.

“On the day of, because I like to see everyone, I make my rounds pretty quickly. I would say I spent about an hour with each of my girls before getting ready with Halsey.”

“Bebe’s [red] dress was so special and different that we found it in the very first fitting. We knew all week that it was going to be what she was going to wear. It was different for her, and kind of a departure, but if there is any night that you can wear a ball gown, [tonight would be it]. Bebe did it perfectly.”

“I can’t survive without coffee and Red Bull. I had a hamburger before I got everyone ready at 1:00 PM, and then I thankfully was given a meal at the Apple Music Dinner.”

“For Hailey, we visited one of our favorite designers in Paris and chose a dress, but it was delayed coming back from Paris because of the weather. So Versace and other amazing brands came through for us in the last minute, like on Saturday. They sent us amazing stuff, one of them being the Versace gown, which was probably the most beautiful gown that Hailey or I had ever seen.”

“Being offered Versace couture is such an honor. We wanted to represent Donatella and the Versace brand last night, and I think she did a really good job at that. It was one of my favorite dresses that I have ever styled.”

“For La La, we went vintage Dolce & Gabbana. That was a pretty simple fitting. We did two fittings and came up with this Dolce dress and loved it for [the] Elton John [party].”

“One of the security guards dropping off diamonds.”

“For Halsey, I had a dress that I could only have for two days. I happened to see her for a different fitting, and I brought that blue dress. She was going to love it or hate it. She put it on and was like, ‘Great, this is it!’ That was about two weeks ago, so for Halsey it was pretty simple.”

“My best advice for the red carpet is to not listen to photographers. You have a couple hundred photographers, and it’s very intimidating—they’re yelling and telling you to turn. I tell [the girls] to focus, look where they want to look, and give the pose you want and feel comfortable giving. I always tell them to practice posing in their dress before they leave.”

“I went to [the] Vanity Fair [party] with Halsey. I wore Tom Ford and Sergio Rossi shoes.”

“[These are the] Shibutanis who won the bronze metal at the Olympics. [The] only people I fanned out on.”