In America, what's a power woman without her power suit? From Condaleezza Rice on down, the women who wear the pants in Washington are, often enough, actually wearing knee-length skirt suits and dresses from St. John. On the West Coast, the brand's...
In America, what's a power woman without her power suit? From Condaleezza Rice on down, the women who wear the pants in Washington are, often enough, actually wearing knee-length skirt suits and dresses from St. John. On the West Coast, the brand's more glamorous looks have found their way onto television and numerous red carpets.Marie Gray has reminisced about the moment when, on a July evening in 1995, she found herself sitting in the Queen's Room of the White House after fitting First Lady Hillary Clinton with several suits for the upcoming Democratic National Convention. In her book "St. John," author Liz Mitchell wrote, "Marie couldn't quite believe that this immigrant girl from Yugoslavia was chatting with the President's wife and sleeping in the White House."Since then, Elizabeth Dole, Tipper Gore, California's Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Loretta Sanchez and Bush aide Karen Hughes have been among the political figures who have taken to the Capitol steps in St. John.While it's hard to argue the appeal of Chanel and Valentino, most American women in public office tend to shy away from European designers. Who could forget the heat that Jackie Kennedy took for wearing Hubert de Givenchy couture during her reign in the White House?"I think that political spouses and women who hold office often feel that they should support the working people of this country with their dollars," said Los Angeles-based attorney, activist and television commentator Gloria Allred, a self-proclaimed St. John fanatic. "I like the fact that St. John is an American brand. It's good for the economy." But she quickly added, "I wouldn't wear it for that alone. I wear it because it's beautiful and fashion-forward without looking like a costume. I'm a lawyer, not a model."In large part, the brand's appeal to power women stems from its user-friendly qualities. Women with very little time to shop can waltz into a St. John boutique and, in minutes, buy a head-to-toe look--including shoes, bags and jewelry. For women like Allred, for whom a normal day often includes meetings with prominent peers, press conferences, television appearances and movie premieres, that's a plus. "Frankly, I can't even think of what the alternative to a St. John would be anymore. I'm so far into it that there is no alternative."Small-screen stars and songstresses have taken to the power knits as well. Emmy winners Barbara Walters, Cybill Shepherd and Christine Baranski, Oscar-winners Sally Field and Marcia Gay Harden, and Grammy winners Reba McEntire and Toni Braxton have all taken up the St. John mantle."It's fabulous travel clothing because it packs so well, and it's hard to find elegant travel clothing. To me, it's classy, it's about being comfortable," said Harden, who chose a red St. John dress when she was honored at the Women in Film Topaz Awards in Texas last September.When asked how she feels when she wears St. John, R&B diva Braxton, whose line of work calls for dramatic fashion statements, said, "Oh, that's easy--sexy." She remembered wearing one of St. John's little black dresses for a live concert in Europe before an audience of 80,000, recalling, "It was a total hit. In a dress or a suit, from size 2 through 12, their designs say `taste, style,' and they make you very comfortable to be a woman."Country queen and crossover actress McEntire, who was first drawn to St. John because of its vibrant colors, particularly the electric blues, has worn the designs to several red-carpet events this year, including the People's Choice Awards, the Daytime Emmys and the Academy of Country Music Awards, where, as host, she wore three gowns from the evening collection."In my line of work, personality has to shine through," she explained. "It can when I wear St. John because I feel very elegant, yet comfortable at the same time. I'm more myself, instead of trying to be something I'm not."Toni Gmuer, Cybill Shepherd's stylist for the past eight years, has dressed the star in St. John for several Golden Globe Awards ceremonies and on Shepherd's Emmy-winning sitcom, "Cybill.""I like it because when a woman puts it on, she gets respect from other women who look and go, `Oh, St. John.' They know just by looking," she said. "And it's timeless, so you can keep wearing it from year to year."
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)