Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston and their now-iconic senses of style may be relegated to syndication, but TV viewers this season will hardly go without great — or, at least, entertaining — fashion moments. After all, Debra Messing,...
Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston and their now-iconic senses of style may be relegated to syndication, but TV viewers this season will hardly go without great — or, at least, entertaining — fashion moments. After all, Debra Messing, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Garner return to their chart-topping, clothes-minded shows.
And Heather Locklear is back with “LAX,” while Kelly Osbourne makes her network, and true acting, debut with the teen dramedy “Life as We Know It.”
Yet with a seismic shift under way on the air waves and the red carpet, WWD is marking the fifth anniversary of its TV’s Top 10 Style Setters by recognizing the next generation — with some tips from designers on how their looks should evolve.
— Rose Apodaca Jones and Marcy Medina
She’s among the hot young things lighting up NBC’s “Las Vegas” as the casino pit boss with the jackpot smile. Yet Marsha Thomason stands apart from the pack of buxom babes of Monday’s must-see indulgence with her cool hang-with-the-boys attitude and that British accent.
No surprise, then, that the Manchester, U.K., native is a fixture around L.A.’s night scene, but always as one of the crowd rather than seeking the spotlight like other wild-child starlets. Her signature mix of Kangol caps, unusual jewelry, vintage and designers, however, draws its share of flattering attention. On the red carpet, she’s gone from Dior to Project Alabama, Costume National to BCBG.
“She has a strong sense of personal style,” said Cameron Silver of Decades, where Thomason’s last purchase was a bright blue Zandra Rhodes. “She’s a little bit more sophisticated than most newcomers. Of course, she’s only new in the States.”
While her American film gigs are more a reflection of the state of minority roles in Hollywood (“My Baby’s Mama,” “Haunted Mansion”), Thomason’s roles in Britain have tended toward the dramatic, or at least demanding, from “Prime Suspect” to London’s West End stage.
“She’s the kind of the girl that doesn’t obsess over who the designers are, but rather whether it looks right on her,” said friend Phillip Bloch. “I think it has a lot to do with that British thing, where she can throw something on eclectic and wear it with the kind of attitude that makes it just look amazing.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"