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Laurie Brookins

Freelance Contributor

Laurie Brookins is a longtime freelance contributor to The Hollywood Reporter, covering fashion, red carpets, watches and jewelry, and the occasional story about classic films, which rank high among her chief passions. Based in New York City, Brookins has also contributed to Robb Report, Town & Country Travel, Business Traveler, and The Times of London.

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Stylists and the Strikes: How Red Carpets Were Impacted in 2023

When SAG-AFTRA announced in July that its members would strike for the first time in more than 40 years, star stylist Jessica Paster looked at a clothing rack in her studio. On it were hanging five red-carpet looks planned for client Emily Blunt. None were worn over the summer: The actress and co-star of Oppenheimer […]

Iconic ‘Sex and the City’ Costume, Princess Diana Dress To Hit Auction Block (Exclusive)

Every Sex and the City fan will instantly recognize two high-wattage looks up for sale in the latest event presented by Julien’s Auctions — one piece worn onscreen by series star and executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker — as they’ve transcended the function of costumes or fashion to become part of the show’s enduring iconography. […]

Leonardo DiCaprio Helps Push the Luxury Watch World Toward a Sustainable Future

Status watches have lagged categories like fine jewelry and designer accessories when it comes to offering sustainable talking points, but lately they’re catching up. And make no mistake, clients are listening. “I don’t know that it’s the ultimate decision-making factor, but clients are aware,” says Scott Meller, president of L.A.’s Feldmar Watch Co., which carries […]

Status Watches to Splurge On This Holiday Season

These watches are perfect for every Hollywood wrist, from up-and-coming execs to C-suite power players and red carpet stars. Cartier This Tank Américaine is the perfect starter watch for Cartier fans, featuring a quartz movement under a classic Cartier silver dial, which is housed in an elongated steel case on a leather strap; $3,950, at […]

Hal Rubenstein’s New Book ‘Dressing The Part’ Names the 50 Most Stylish TV Shows of All Time, From ‘Bridgerton’ to ‘Sex and the City’

From Mary Tyler Moore’s black capri pants to the waist-cinching corsets on Bridgerton, the costumes on television’s hottest shows over the past 70-plus years have influenced what we wear more than viewers may realize. That’s the premise of Hal Rubenstein’s just-released book, which is sure to spawn an escapist deep dive by even the most […]

Nicole Kidman Talks Up Her Love of Fashion and Watches, the Paris Olympics and Getting Back to Work at Planet Omega Opening

Brand ambassadors just don’t get better than Nicole Kidman, said Raynald Aeschlimann, the Switzerland-based CEO of Omega, at Thursday night’s party to celebrate the opening of Planet Omega, an exhibition highlighting the history of the brand that’s open to the public in New York City through November 19. “She’s absolutely at the top of her […]

CFDA Awards: The 2023 Winners and Red Carpet Stars, From Ayo Edebiri and Chloë Sevigny to Kim Kardashian and Host Anne Hathaway

At Monday night’s CFDA Awards at the American Museum of Natural History, Thom Browne, the current chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, made the case that fashion has a place even amid times of world crisis. In a powerful speech that kicked off the evening, Browne noted that CFDA members “thought carefully […]

Barbara Walters’ Hidden Gems Go to Auction

“One night, Barbara invited Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick,” remembers Pamela Gross, the former CNN producer and close friend of the late Barbara Walters. “She had a beautiful piano in her living room, and after dinner, Barbara and Sarah and Matthew gathered around the piano and started singing old tunes, and the rest of […]

Taylor Swift Mystery: Why Is Her Glam Team So Secretive About the Star’s Makeup?

From the moment the Eras Tour movie premiered on Oct. 11, savvy PR teams kicked into overdrive, sending out dressing releases highlighting the head-to-toe elements of Taylor Swift’s fashion choices. At the film’s high-profile L.A. premiere at The Grove, Swift paired an Oscar de la Renta gown with Cartier jewels and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes; 11 […]

Linda Evangelista Talks Her Recent Comeback at Kering Foundation Dinner: “I Should’ve Left the House Sooner!”

It’s only delightful to witness the attention Linda Evangelista receives when she arrives at any event these days: The legendary supermodel and breast cancer survivor has been enjoying a public comeback that began to roll out slowly when she appeared on the cover of British Vogue in 2022, but ramped up to klieg light level […]

NYFW: Mary J. Blige Sits Front Row for LaQuan Smith’s ’60s Glamour, Stephanie Hsu and Lucy Hale Exude Easy Elegance at Carolina Herrera

Do fashion fans crave easy elegance or high-wattage glamour? Every woman can indulge in either as she (rightly) wishes, if the Spring/Summer 2024 collections that just bowed during New York Fashion Week are any indication. Designers either overtly or subtly stated that chic women need not feel constrained by any one must-have trend for the […]

Timothée Chalamet, The Weeknd Among the Stars Driving the Small-Watch Trend at Cannes and Beyond

Diminutive timepieces embellished with diamonds from Chanel, Cartier and others were once reserved for women, but stylish guys are now sporting these tiny dazzlers on and off the red carpet.