Selena Gomez has come a long way since her Disney Channel days, and as her new album, Revival, climbs the charts, her personal style is on the rise, too. With a little help from her stylist, Kate Young, the 23-year-old singer has been honing a more sophisticated sensibility; the custom slip dresses she’s worn by Atea Oceanie and Vionnet were right in line with the bedroom dressing trend we saw on the runways for Spring 2016.
“We’ve had a clear vision of what we wanted to do together from the beginning,” says Young, who started working with Gomez a little over a year ago. “There’s an overall mood that we’re going for which is young, modern, clean, and sexy without ever being fussy.” The Saint Laurent jumpsuit Gomez wore to the Teen Choice Awards in 2014 marked the first time the pair collaborated, and the pop star has been moving in a more grown-up, feminine direction ever since. “The clothes are effortless, and there’s a lot of American sportswear influence,” says Young.
That aesthetic has definitely come through in Gomez’s most recent fashion choices: monochromatic separates from Michael Kors Collection (all clean lines and elegance), ribbed knit dresses from Kenzo, and body-skimming frocks fromDavid Koma. “It’s fun because everything looks good on her,” says Young. “She’s had so many appearances, so there were lots of opportunities for different looks.” And it’s true that lately Gomez has been upping the ante with her outfit changes, ranging from Tory Burch classics to fashion-forward ensembles fromJ.W.Anderson—her personal record, thus far, is five in one day.
“I think it’s her youthful spirit which is what makes her open to fashion-forward concepts,” says Young. Other up-and-comers on the singer’s radar are L.A.-based design duo Co and Monse, the new line by Oscar de la Renta alumni Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. And given that Gomez is focused on elevating her style, her shoe wardrobe has followed suit. “Christian Classen, who works with me and traveled with Selena to Europe, didn’t let her wear flats once,” says Young. “I’m glad he was there because I’m not that tough!” As the singer’s schedule ramps up toward the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show next month, does Young have any hints as to what she’ll be wearing next? “I can’t tell!” In any case, we’re sure she’ll hit all the right notes.