In case the men in your life haven’t told you this again and
again, Kristen Bell is way hot (“Oh, oh yeah, and … uh … so are you, honey.” Sigh.)
And she’s determined to keep it that way. During last night’s CMT awards, Bell rocked not one, but four smokin’ outfits—despite having
given birth just nine weeks ago. [She’s now mom to a daughter, Lincoln; dad is
actor Dax Shepard]. Bell’s stylist Nicole Chavez, who also works with Catherine
Zeta-Jones and Rachel Bilson, gave Entertainment Weekly the insider info on how they pulled it off.
For starters, she says, she and Bell stayed
sensitive to Nashville’s tastes and fashion trends: “There’s a real glam
element,” Chavez notes. Which gave them plenty of permission to go for the
bling: Bell’s ensembles consisted of a laser-cut dress by Zuhair Murad, a gold
cocktail number from Monique Lhuillier, a slinky number from Cushnie et Ochs,
and, from Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, a short and sweet shift dress with a
Of course, even the most beautiful dresses
don’t work for everyone. Chavez notes she paid close attention to each
selection’s fit on Bell’s new mom bod. “She’s a little curvier now. It’s a
different body type, but it’s fun to dress,” Chavez explained.
Fun—but a lot of work, too. Bell’s backstage
quick-changes were carefully orchestrated and required a whole pit crew on
hand, Chavez reveals. The House of Lies star “had 10 minutes to change between
each look, if that. There was a glam squad backstage with hair and makeup, and
we all worked as a team. I’d start getting her out of the dress first, so they
could take her hair down. The girl who did her makeup was helping me take her
shoes off while I was undressing her.” Don’t you wish you had a posse like that
ready to help you every morning?