Who What Wear Podcast: Sophie Lopez

You and Kate Hudson work together so beautifully. I’m wondering if you can tell me about some of those early days.

At the time, I was working with Muse. I was designing their costumes for their shows onstage. Matt [Bellamy] had begun dating Kate [Hudson]. I met Kate through Matt. She was spending time in London, so she had asked me to help her out in the beginning with some shopping, which, you know, I was so flattered. I was like, “Oh my goodness, of course! Anything you need!” There, I was eager as a beaver. She was like, “Hey, I’ve got this thing. It’s the Venice Film Festival.” I had never done a carpet like that before. I really had no idea what I was doing. But my motto in life is, “Just say yes,” even when you don’t know what you’re doing. Luckily, it went well.

You have worked together for quite some time. So obviously, you and Kate have a very organic, personal relationship when it comes to strategy and how you work together. Is it any different when you take on a new client or start working with someone?

Kate and I’s relationship, I feel like, is very unique. I don’t think I would ever be able to have another client relationship like I have with Kate. For one, it’s a long relationship. It’s over 10 years [long], and I guess we met in a different way. We organically started working together, rather than someone’s publicist calls my agent and then wants to book. It’s a completely different way of working. With other clients, it’s a bit like dating. You have to go on a few dates, get to know the person, see if you guys connect, and see if you’re on the same page. That’s how it works with new clients, or how I work. You have to get a sense of their personality, their likes and dislikes, and all of that stuff. And then from that, you build your own taste for them. 

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