Byline: Rebecca Kleinman
Star Jones shines when she’s being funny. The co-host of ABC’s “The View” kept the audience in stitches during a presentation of her favorite spring looks from Saks Fifth Avenue’s Salon Z department for women’s sizes.
She joked about marriage, men and airbrushed magazine covers. But Jones can get serious when it comes to fashion. “I resent that the industry thinks I want to wear a muumuu,” she said, modeling a turquoise Oscar de la Renta suit (with miniskirt) and floral Dolce & Gabbana mules.
Her demands aren’t going unnoticed. More designer and better bridge firms, including Ralph Lauren, Tamotsu and Dana Buchman, are launching women’s-size fashion-forward divisions. Jones believes this newfound attention was inevitable, since 60 percent of American women are size 14 or larger. She teamed up with Saks, which dresses her for “The View,” for its recognition of the women’s market and its versatility. “I can be as sexy, as structured, as casual as I want with them,” she said.
Favorite looks ranged from a raspberry shirt jacket and pants with an iridescent, floral shell by Dana Buchman to a lime green, hooded swing coat with three-quarter sleeves in silk shantung by Ellen Tracy to a pink cotton, hooded jacket paired with a white Lycra tank and pants by Real Clothes, Saks’ private label.
Jones also shared fashion tips, such as monochromatic dressing and relying on attitude and personal taste rather than rules.
But the obvious question from the audience was when the celeb is going to follow in Delta Burke’s footsteps and design a line of her own. “There are talks, but I need to make sure the human rights aspects are good and that it won’t be about muumuu clothes,” she said.