THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY
IRVINE, Calif. — The Gray family has plenty to celebrate. At the fall St. John show at the Bren Center, co-founder and ceo Bob Gray said, “It’s not only our 40th year in business, it’s Marie’s and my 40th wedding anniversary, too.”
On the runway, his wife and their daughter, Kelly Gray, sent out their signature St. John knits and suits in every color of the rainbow, from shades of magenta to royal blue and hunter green. They also added belted jackets, some with puffed sleeves or fringed hip scarves, that were paired with palazzo pants or straight skirts. There were several trim knit dresses, too, accented with a grommeted belt or golden buttons, that hit a few inches above the knee. Dashing feather pins were added to other looks. For evening, there were flirty off-the-shoulder tops over floaty chiffon pants or sparkling evening suits and swingy knee-length cocktail dresses. For the sport line, their signature suits were more casual with an easier fit — boxy and loose — and, as always, lots of color choices, this time with contrast trims.
Co-president Bruce Fetter had his own news to add to the evening. The company has recently teamed up with the Bolan Group to expand St. John’s accessories business, with an emphasis on more handbags and small leather goods that can be expected in stores this fall. St. John also tapped designer Giuseppe Zanotti and his backer, Vicini, to work on their shoe line. They plan to present five new styles in August before launching the remainder of the collection on Nov. 1.