Seven years experience with top designer Ralph Lauren can prepare anyone for a lifetime of fashion experience, and Renee Layher is not exception. Starting her career in the extremely competitive New York fashion world at the age of 22, the talented Layher traveled the world, sourcing the top fabrics and leather for Lauren’s couture collections. It was her she gained her eye for fashion forecasting, which she uses to this day in her work with Kellie Pickler as well as being the creative mind behind the phenomenon of the Dixie Chicks.
Renee is most respected for her ability to individualize an artist’s look. To do this she connects with top fashion designers to create one of a kind images for album covers, photo shoot and award show appearances. “I have been fortunate to work with some of the best-hearted people in the industry,” says Lahyer. One of her biggest coups was scoring the now legendary two million dollar diamond encrusted Stuart Weitzman shoes and custom-fit Vera Wang gown for Alison Krauss’ stunning 2004 Academy Award performance.
Creating a new home base outside of New York 13 years ago allowed Renee to expand her musical working base, and splitting time between New York, Nashville and Los Angeles has been an exhilarating challenge. Through it all, Layher has gained valuable lessons about her craft. “A wardrobe stylist is not a personal shopper.” Renee explains, “My job is not to go out and pull a bunch of clothing off of a rack hand it to an artist to try on – it is to understand the artist and their body.” I have to interpret their needs, the label’s needs and use my creativity to produce an awesome finished product.”