David Meister continues to draw rave reviews for his simply smart style, dressing the likes of Hollywood notables Diane Lane, Katherine Heigl, Queen Latifah, Fergie, Felicity Huffman, Tina Fey, Demi Lovato, Drew Barrymore and others.
When he’s not designing, you might see him on E!’s Fashion Police, Access Hollywood and the Today Show.
Last week, during my exclusive interview with Meister, I asked what it’s like to design for the red carpet. "It’s a thrill to be able to work with celebrities, especially when you’re able to start with a blank slate," he says. "I once designed a hot-pink jersey gown for Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives. It turned out to be a red-carpet favorite. But the funny thing is, you never know. Sometimes you think a piece will be a fabulous hit and it’s not. While other times, you think your design is pretty simple but it winds up attracting a lot of attention."
Of course, each celebrity, no matter how stunning, still has her own challenges, he adds. "Every woman has some part of her body she wants to downplay. I’ve dressed stars who wear a size 0, as well as plus-size notables like Gabby Sinibe. No matter the body type, one thing is for sure. On the red carpet, when a celebrity is the center of attention, my challenge is to play up her best asset, but to make sure she still feels comfortable. Sometimes I need to convince a star what to show and what not to show. It’s surprising how often the ones who shouldn’t show too much want to. And the ones who should show it off don’t," he says with a laugh.
Look for my full interview with David Meister in a future issue of New Jersey Monthly!