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IRVINE, Calif. — The ladies of St. John may be devoted to everything timeless, but they aren’t afraid to throw something new into the mix. At the show held at U.C. Irvine’s Bren Arena on Friday, Marie Gray proceeded to pair her classic tweed jackets with new jeans featuring very modern, if somewhat surprising, 10-inch rises. She also sent out a parade of 16-inch miniskirts — the St. John lady hasn’t seen so much leg since the early Nineties. Accented with baubles from the firm’s new fine jewelry collection and the wonderfully chic Guiseppe Zanotti-designed footwear, it looked, in a word, great.

For evening, there were paillettes, paillettes and more paillettes on sexy halter gowns, wrap dresses and wide-legged pants topped with bustiers. Nipped-in jackets featured tiny sequins and beads in geometric and floral patterns that would do any Oscar nominee proud. “It’s all about choices and targeting new customers,” said creative director and president Kelly Gray, who added with a wink, “it’s all my mother’s idea.”

Photos By Joe Chavez

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