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Fashion Statement: James Galanos

“Great designers can dictate a new style, but its success depends on the individuals who have the aura that encourages the masses to emulate them.”
—American designer James Galanos.

Given that the designer cemented his reputation—and earned millions—as the preferred couturier of First Lady Nancy Reagan, the man knew what he was talking about. On this day in 1981, Galanos designed the striking gown Nancy Reagan wore to her husband’s first inaugural ball. By First Lady standards, the style was daring: A bamboo-thin, one-shouldered number that flattered the former actress’s slender figure. Factor in Ronnie’s coattails and white tie, and with Nancy’s Judith Leiber clutch and lightened hair swept softly off her face, the pair looked like a couple of movie stars headed for the Oscars. By contrast, the gown Galanos designed four years later for the Reagan’s second inaugural ball was all Washington. Read More »

America Copied What Jackie Wore, and Jackie Wore Halston

Before she was known for her sweater sets and sunglasses, and before he elevated Ultrasuede and disco dresses to high design, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and Roy Halston Frowick were linked through a pillbox hat.

It wasn’t just any pillbox hat, either. It was the tan little number Jackie wore on this day in 1961 for the televised inauguration of the president, her husband, John F. Kennedy. While the world tuned in to hear him take the oath of office, millions of women shifted their eyes to Jack’s right, where Jackie stood a few paces away wearing a perfectly choreographed Oleg Cassini outfit. Through their black and white TV sets, women eyed the first lady’s black sable-trimmed boots, muff and neck warmer, white opera gloves and pale dress. They admired her smart A-line coat replete with over-sized buttons, large pockets and bracelet-length sleeves. And they noted how her outfit was capped with simple elegance: a fawn-colored domed pillbox created by a then-unknown 29-year-old named Roy Halston Frowick. The hat sat tilted toward the back, nearly doubling the size of her head, frankly, and creating a pretty contrast to her striking, dark locks. She was nothing the country had ever seen: A fashionable, beautiful and highly cultured First Lady, one who not only spoke fluent French but effortlessly shopped in Paris and New York. Across the country, women unanimously agreed: This young woman was their new Read More »

Your Stylescope for July 28, 2010

Find out who in the fashion world shares a birthday with you and learn your destiny for the year. Guaranteed.

Born on July 28:
Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, first lady and style icon; 1929

Looky there, it’s your b-day! You share your birthday with the amazing Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis who, as you know, had a rather incredible life. Jackie once said, “I want to live my life, not record it.” Jackie O wanted her privacy, and it’s no less valid if you crave the same thing this year. Sure, you may not be hounded by paparazzi, but it sure seems like we live in an age when everybody knows everything. Well, I think that a world without mystery isn’t too much fun. That’s why we have caves, curtains and wrapping paper. And that’s also why you should keep some secrets this year. They don’t have to be government-toppling secrets, they can be as simple as not sharing with your significant other that you ate ice cream for lunch or telling your boss that you spent the afternoon at an air-conditioned matinee. I’m not saying that you need to lie, I’m just saying that you don’t always need to provide the truth and nothing but the truth. Don’t tell anybody I told you so, but in the next year, this new air of mystique is going to make you fascinating to others. My lips are sealed.

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