From fluorescent sequins to ladylike lace, Sarah Paulson Opens a New Window. ’s red carpet style never disappoints. The American Horror Story star’s success stems from always staying true to herself, and not conforming to Hollywood’s beauty standards. “The more I can look in the mirror and not recognize myself, the more excited I am. We’re constantly faced with all these ideas of beauty, things that Hollywood puts out there for us to gobble up,” Paulson has said. “It’s very powerful when I look in the mirror and the first thing I’m thinking isn’t, ‘Are you pretty? Are you going to appeal to someone?’ I can work much more freely when I don’t have to concern myself with my looks.”
Karla Welch Opens a New Window. , Paulson’s stylist, is the mastermind behind her dynamic ensembles. She’s been number one on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual power-stylist list, and it’s clear why: Simply, she never plays it safe. Welch is a wizard at picking out whimsical pieces that are surprising and bold. To the Ocean’s Eight premiere, Paulson wore a neon green Prada gown comprised of 30,000 sequined paillettes designed to look like fringe. At Comic-Con, a Calvin Klein pink leather top with contrasting nylon skirt was an unexpected combo.