Kate Young, with her stunning complexion and striking hair, isn’t your average, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, celebrity stylist. Nope, she’s sooooo much more! Besides dressing starlets like Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, Sienna Miller, Cara Delevingne, and Rachel Weisz, she’s also designed a line for Target and has recently penned a book for Assouline titled Dressing For the Dark: From the Silver Screen to the Red Carpet. So, ummmm, ya, Kate’s kind of a big deal! Here, the fashion expert chats with us about jet lag cures, juice bars, and her favorite new luggage.
How often do you travel?
Usually every other week for work.
Favorite destinations to travel to?
I love Palm Springs, and really anywhere in the desert.
Where’s your “happy place” to visit?
Montauk, in the summer, with our best family friends.
What brand of luggage do you use?
I use matte-black, Rimowa, hard-case, roller bags. I just got them last year after years of using Tumi. They are amazing!
And for your carry-on bag?
I have a monogrammed Louis Vuitton carry-on roller and also a matching duffle.
Do you bring a camera?
I use my iPhone.
Singapore Airlines to Japan. But I fly American Airlines to Los Angeles all the time since they now have flat beds.
Aisle or window?
The aisle because I try to drink a lot of water on the plane.
Preferred in-flight beverage?
Lots of still water with no ice…and then red wine.
What music is on your travel playlist?
Whatever is coming out on my husband’s label—right now it’s “Morning on the Earth” put out by Anthology Recordings.
Do you have any travel rituals or superstitions?
I tend to do things exactly the same way every time I travel…same seats on the airplane, same rooms at hotels, etc.
What are you in-flight travel essentials?
Herban Essentials antibacterial wipes, Thieves Spray from Young Living, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, a hair brush, a L’Oreal lip pen in gothic because it makes me look alive when I land, a foam molded eyemask, a pair of ear plugs, a toothbrush, and gum.
How do you entertain yourself at 35,000 feet?
I read books on my iPad and watch movies from ‘inflight entertainment’ that I would never normally watch at home. I also read copies of The New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine, that I keep and wait to read on planes.
What’s your go-to uniform for the plane?
Black, pull-on pants from Laurence Dolige, a Steven Alan button-down shirt, an Equipment cashmere sweater, Stan Smith sneakers (that I don’t have to untie at security), and a YSL leopard-print, cashmere wrap.
What’s the one item you never leave town without?
How do you deal with jet lag?
What’s your exercise routine when you’re on the road?
I run almost every day. However when I’m in Europe I almost never exercise because the jetlag makes it impossible for me to get up in the morning.
How do you manage your health + eating routine when you’re away from home?
I love the juice bar Bob’s in Paris and Pressed Juicery in LA. I like food a lot so I tend to research good places before I go somewhere…and I don’t stick to my normal routine when I’m away from home.
What beauty-essentials do you travel with?
I bring Joanna Vargas skincare products (I’ve recently switched to this brand, which is wonderful), La Prairie body lotion (I love the mini bottles from the Hotel Bristol bathroom!), coconut oil, and Kerastase conditioner for my hair. I also make sure to pack La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreen. In my makeup bag I bring Illuminare Mineral Concealer, Diorshow Black Out Mascara, an eyelash curler, Dior Lip Glow, and a Chanel Crayon Sourcils Eyebrow Pencil in #10 Blond Clair. I also bring a tiny tube of Marvis toothpaste ,that I think I bought in the airport in Paris (it’s fancy!), and a Sonicare toothbrush. When it comes to perfume, I travel with Hermés Eau d’Orange Verte because I have a travel-size bottle of it and it smells really clean. I don’t travel with a hairdryer, but I do bring a small Mason Pearson hairbrush.
What are your favorite items to travel with?
Equipment silk shirts, JBrand jeans, a Saint Laurent jacket, Manolo Blahnik pumps, and lots of Michael Kors sweaters. This is what I wear to work and then I pack clothes for a run (my workout gear is Nike). It’s all kind of a ‘uniform’ that I can pack really fast. I also always have an Eres bikini in my bag at all times in case there is a steam room or sauna.
Are you an over-packer or under-packer?
I’m an under-packer. I bring as little as possible.
Do you have a packing strategy?
I make lists. I also keep my beauty bag packed at all times and that way I can just throw it in my suitcase. If I bought too much stuff on a trip (which often does happen) I find that a “flat packing” method (where you put everything on top of each other ‘flat and unfolded’ and then fold the edges in at the end) enables me to get more stuff in.
One surprising thing you always pack?
Stationary for writing ‘thank you’ notes.
What’s the first thing you do when you get into your hotel room?
Favorite items to order from room service?
Breakfast and a newspaper. I typically order yogurt and fruit. It’s heaven to have a quiet morning to myself.
Favorite item from the hotel mini-bar?
Have you ever had a travel disaster?
So many delayed flights, lost bags, and missing hotel reservations… but nothing that really qualifies as a disaster….although my 3-year-old threw up all over me during takeoff on a 6-hour flight. That was pretty hideous.
If your luggage was lost, what are the 5 items you’d buy at the local drugstore?
Sunscreen, moisturizer, toothbrush, underwear, and socks.
Favorite childhood memory of traveling?
My family visited almost all of the American National Parks in the summers when I was in elementary school. Being on the road together, seeing all the crazy and beautiful things around the country—it was the best!
Travel destinations on your bucket-list?
I’ve never been to India—but I want to wait until my boys are just a few years older so that they can remember it.
Kate Young photographed in Long Island, New York.