After giving birth just 9 weeks ago, Kristen Bell pulled out all the fashion stops to host last night’s CMT Music Awards.
Bell, who tweeted a photo of her “new backstage beauty routine” (hint: it involves a breast pump), looked to longtime stylist Nicole Chavez to help her pull off four wardrobe quick-changes during the show. EW asked Chavez — whose other clients include Rachel Bilson and Catherine Zeta-Jones — for the inside scoop on Bell’s CMT outfits and how motherhood has changed the way the actress gets dressed for the red carpet.
“She’s got it all down. Being a mom, you become super organized, and she was prepared,” Chavez said of Bell’s ability to juggle the responsibilities of motherhood with the demands of hosting a live awards show — all while looking great. “[Kristen is] the ultimate multi-tasker.”
The duo followed a country music dress code when planning Bell’s ensembles for the big night, selecting a leather laser cut Zuhair Murad dress, a gold Monique Lhuillier cocktail frock, a Cushnie et Ochs column gown, and a gem-embellished mini dress from Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti. “There’s a real glam element to Nashville,” explained Chavez, who accessorized Bell’s looks with jewelry from Neil Lane. “[We] loved the beading and the appliques and the glitter. [It was] important to tie [what Kristen wore] to the CMT’s.”
Has Bell’s fashion sense changed since she became a mom?
“She’s a little curvier now. It’s a different body type, but it’s fun to dress,” Chavez said. “In general, it’s about making sure she’s comfortable and able to move.”
Breast pumps aside, what else didn’t we see when Bell wasn’t on stage? “[Kristen had] ten minutes to change between each look, if that. There was a glam squad backstage with hair and make-up 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 make-up was helping me take her shoes off while I was undressing her,” said Chavez. “It was a little hectic, but Kristen needed to be focused, so we quickly got her in and out of everything. It was very much a team effort.”