Wondering how your fave Idol’s go from girl next door to totally gorgeous? With the help of a seasoned stylist, of course!
I always think it’s fun to watch American Idol contestants totally transform their looks — whether it’s watching the current contestants from week to week or looking back at the super famous Idol winners — star power isn’t just about singing, a killer look is crucial for these performers! I got to catch up with Soyon An, the stylist for American Idol and designer (she crafted Carrie Underwood’s tour wardrobe), where she told me all about how she helps the Idol girls get glam! “All three girls that are left are so different,” Soyon said about the remaining ladies, Crystal Bowersox, Katie Stevens, and Siobhan Magnus.
Soyon said she has been working with the girls since they secured spots in the top 24 contestants. “At first consultation was seeing what they had and taking it slowly to the next level. When I first met with them I was helping them put together looks that they had in their suitcases!” Now the Idol girls get to go shopping with Soyon, where they collaborate on their look for the upcoming week. Soyon said going shopping with them is much more valuable than just pulling looks, “It’s important for them to get to see these stores so they know where they can go to get stuff, it opens so many different doors for them.”
So, what did she think of their initial looks? “Each of them came with a certain sense of style, and it might not have been the most fashionable style, but it was a style,” Soyon said. So how does she help? By “grooming and tailoring that style and making it to be more trend setting and fashionable.” Soyon said out of the remaining ladies, Sibohan may be the one to watch — at least in the wardrobe department! “Sibohan is definitely going through the biggest style transformation,” she said. “She has things up her sleeve that she really wants to do and I’m like, ‘lets tone it down girlfriend!’ She needs someone to steer her in the right direction.”
Here’s her take on how the girls dress!
Soyon’s take on Crystal’s style:
“When she first came to me she was all in black and all she wanted to wear was black clothes with boots. She told me, ‘I’m not gonna change my look, I’m wearing this jacket every week,’ so I bought her different tops and she’s like, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll try that on.’”
Soyon’s take on Sibohan’s style:
“She told me her greatest fashion advice that she got was from her mom, you can’t go wrong with leather or lace — looking through her suitcase she had a lot of vintage pieces so I brought her to vintage stores in LA where pieces were refurbished.”
Soyon’s take on Katie’s style:
“Katie is a minor, and she was dressing a little bit older and other times she looked younger. Some of her dresses were a little too pageant girl. I’m bringing in vibrant colors and tailoring some of her more casual looks. Her mom is very trusting too.”
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