This season, George Sharp, the creative director for St. John, looked to Carly Simon for inspiration. “She epitomizes the free spirit that is American glamour: relaxed and effortless,” he said. The designer aims to have his women look pulled-together and chic without trying too hard, so he offered a range of great items — tailored blazers paired with slouchy trousers, long sweaterdresses, a trapeze-shaped knit gown, a beaded and feathered skirt paired with a simple tank — all with a slight Seventies touch. But the real showstopper was the sexy, long-sleeve floor-sweeping knit dress with heat transferred sequins that had a pearlized affect. One can just picture Kate Winslet, the face of the brand, wearing it on the red carpet.

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