What I liked then and still love now, was Nora’s knack for mixing high and low fashion: ladylike pearls were associated with trainers, shrunken cashmere cardigans were worn as easily as T-shirts, silk shirts had their buttons undone and men’s tailored trousers had simple flip flops for companions.
Steven AlanAnd speaking of men’s trousers, Nora was the queen of gender bender fashion, wearing wide legged pants à la Katharine Hepburn, or loafers and brightly colored socks, all in all giving a whole new take on the country-club look. I adored the way she could get her hands on very trad pieces and wear them with as much ease as if they were jeans. Or the way she rocked her Adidas Gazelles, my favorite trainers ever.
Derek LamAlso, not only were the clothes amazingly cool (thanks to costume designer Louise Mingenbach but also, I suspect, to Tea Leoni herself who pretty much dresses like this in real life), but they also did a great job of making us understand the character of Nora, a recent divorcee who had to adjust to a scaled-down budget after leaving her wealthy husband. Thus her mixing n’ matching of inexpensive finds and designer labels, an act of fashion juggling that I think most women can relate to.
Derek LamWhat if you feel like recreating and updating Nora’s allure? Preppy with a twist, as done by Parisian label A.P.C. would be a good start. You could also take a hint from Philip Lim’s latest cruise collection, which was very Nora-esque. I would also recommend the boyfriend shirt and lace ups from the online store of Steven Alan, another very nice American label.
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