Instagram has become one of the most widely-used smartphone apps, with CNBC reporting that 400 million users were posting pictures and videos with the app as of September 2015. While we follow our friends’ accounts and instantly like food photos, we can sometimes miss that Instagram gives its users the unique opportunity to go ‘behind the seams’ of the fashion industry. With celebrities, stylists and bloggers all taking to the app to share their latest fashion finds and stylish outfits, we get sneak peeks of fashion beyond the red carpet or the runway. Though with so many users, it can be hard to find the ones worth following. Below are five celebrity stylists who not only post outfits to swoon over, but also share behind the scenes photos that give us a glimpse into the life of a stylist. With that in mind, I present to you the top five stylist Instagram accounts I recommend to follow the next time you take a scroll through the app:
Rachel Zoe (@rachelzoe): Starting her career at a fashion magazine in New York as a fashion assistant, Zoe quickly rose to assume the role of senior fashion editor. Shortly thereafter, she began styling celebrity clients and by 2008, she starred in her own TV show on Bravo called “The Rachel Zoe Project,” in which she took viewers behind the scenes of the fashion world. Zoe continues to do just that on her Instagram account, posting looks from photoshoots of her own clothing line, the Rachel Zoe Collection. If not for the fashion, Zoe is a great account to watch for all of the celebrities that pop up in her photos, like Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Law Roach (@luxurylaw): Styling the likes of Zendaya, Ariana Grande and Ruby Rose, Roach has consistently dressed the starlets in fresh, modern pieces that earn them top places on best dressed lists. While he shares red carpet images of his clients, what makes Roach’s account unique is that he shares images of his own style, which is largely made up of trendy hats, bold prints and edgy boots. Roach’s Instagram proves that while the clients are a stylist’s walking portfolio, stylists know a thing or two about dressing themselves in an equally fashionable way.
Erin Walsh (@erinwalshnyc): Starting out at Vogue as an assistant, Walsh now styles some of the biggest names in Hollywood, from Sarah Jessica Parker to Kerry Washington. Her styling talents have even been featured in publications such as ELLE, Vanity Fair and InStyle. Filled with images of racks of dresses staged for a photoshoot to photos of a handful of diamond rings to photos of shoe-covered floors, Walsh’s Instagram is the perfect account to follow for the fashion obsessed.
Rob Zangardi (@robzangardi): Working in partnership with Mariel Haenn, Zangardi is a celebrity stylist and costume designer who has dressed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and even Pharrell Williams. With celebrity clients of that caliber, his Instagram is just as fascinating as you’d imagine: Red carpet photos of the celebrities he’s styled, behind the scenes photos and even shots of sketches of clothing he’s designed for his clients — you name it and Zangardi posts it.
Micaela Erlanger (@micaelaerlanger): A former student of the Parsons School of Design, Erlanger has built up quite the catalogue of celebrity clients, most notably Olivia Munn, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o. Her Instagram account comes to life with stills of clothing racks with colorful gowns and dresses, pastel clutches and shoe-covered floors. Even capturing the less glamorous moments, Erlanger shared one photo of boxes piled to the ceiling filled with clothing that she had to return after fittings. While her account is definitely centered around fashion and her celebrity clients, her account is worth following if for no other reason than the photos she shares of her adorable co-worker: her dog, Oliver.