Gwyneth Paltrow’s fashion guru Elizabeth Saltzman discusses the prep and panic of the red carpet
The night before the 2012 Academy Awards, Elizabeth Saltzman didn’t sleep. The next day, she was going to be dressing the actor and wellness entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow, who was presenting an award at the ceremony with her Iron Man co-star, Robert Downey Jr.
In spite of having had only a fortnight’s notice that Paltrow would be appearing, 53-year-old Saltzman, her longtime stylist, had found her client the perfect dress. “But I suddenly thought: how could I be so stupid? How could I not have a back-up?’ she recalls. “What if someone drops lipstick on it or throws a cup of tea down it when she’s getting ready?”