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Mandy Moore's Stylist on the Star's New "Sensual" Style

NBC’s hit drama This Is Us, starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, has achieved a great deal of things in a remarkably short amount of time (it’s been on the air for only six months, FYI), like earning a Golden Globes nomination, addressing sensitive issues (body image, drug addiction, race), and turning even the most resolute stoic into a weeping, blubbering mess. But what it’s also done is catapult Moore back into the spotlight after more than a decade of flying under the radar.

And if you’ve been tracking her moves on the red carpet, from the Globes to countless press junkets, you know she has banked a fair number of knockout looks this year alone. You might even have been surprised. Where did the nineties pop princess go? Is that the same girl who once dropped a song called “Candy”? And starred in A Walk to Remember, the movie that brought my entire generation to tears?

The credit goes to Moore’s stylist, Erica Cloud, who gets it—she understands where people are coming from. “Mandy’s been out of the scene, and that was maybe someone’s last reference point for her,” Cloud says. “She grew up in the public eye; back then she was a girl, and now she’s matured. She knows her sense of self; she’s a completely different person.”

The two met through mutual friends about a year ago, and they immediately hit it off. And together they fused their two aesthetics (sweet and feminine for Moore, masculine separates for Cloud) to construct a look that’s at once modern yet timeless, minimalist yet playful, sexy yet modest—but, most important, a look that successfully takes Moore out from a nineties context and places her securely in the present. And it all started with that plunging caped Naeem Khan gown (scroll down to see) she wore for her stroll on the Globes red carpet (you could say it was another walk to remember; sorry, had to).

“It was important that we incorporated sexiness to certain looks, because people are used to her being sweet and cheerful in her teens. And now she has a different type of presence, and it’s not obvious sexy—I think it’s more subtle, more sensual,” Cloud says. “The [Naeem Khan] gown was the first one we tried for the Globes, and we knew that was it—there was a plunge, and the back was open too, but because of the sheer cape, there was a nice balance.”

Since then, there’s been a parade of one hit after another, evolving from safe black dresses to more experimental looks that play on new silhouettes and bold colors. Cloud calls out an off-the-shoulder forest-green Lela Rose set, featuring puffed sleeves and a slight peplum top (a personal favorite of Moore’s), a one-shoulder orange Solace London gown, and a fluorescent yellow and lavender DVF dress designed by Jonathan Saunders as key examples. The next step? A push from Cloud for Moore to embrace separates and tailored suits, though that’s not to say that they’ll abandon dresses altogether.

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