For the December 2013 issue of O magazine, Oprah Winfrey wore a stunning red ball gown from White by Vera Wang, exclusively available at David’s Bridal. The magazine’s Creative Director, Adam Glassman, shared with Vera Unveiled why he chose this particular gown for the cover of the holiday issue, and how a couture gown Vera Wang designed for Oprah’s 2005 Legends Ball was the inspiration for it.
Not sure what to wear to parties this holiday season? Get Adam’s style tips on what to wear, how to accessorize your holiday looks, and a few wardrobe must-haves every woman should own at Vera Unveiled.
What was the inspiration behind the cover look?
I love a ball skirt with a train and this look was inspired by vintage Irving Penn photographs of glamorous women ready to go to a ball.
What made you select this gown for the cover?
It was inspired by a couture gown Vera Wang designed for Oprah for the 2005 Legends Ball. The way the bodice drapes and fits over the torso is both gorgeous and flattering. The team at White by Vera Wang really understands a woman’s curves and were able to bring it to life.
What are your favorite features/standout details of this gown?
Besides the neckline and bodice, I think the rosettes are stunning, like a work of art.
Are there any rules for wearing a bold color like “Valentina” this season?
If you are going to be bold in a red dress, then downplay your makeup and let the dress be all the color. Try a smoky eye and a pale lip and then try matching your nail color to your dress.
What are your top style recommendations for holiday occasion dressing?
This is the time of year to be shine and be noticed – step up your fashion game by using sparkle or color for evening. Accessories are the easiest way to update a dress you may already have and metallic shoes/bags can instantly take your little black dress from day to night. Mix bold bright colors together for a fun evening look – try red shoes with a purple dress or a chartreuse bag with an emerald outfit. I am also loving the little white dress for this holiday season – make it festive and shine with metallic accessories and diamonte jewelry
What are some of your favorite trends this season?
The color emerald – it looks fresh for special occasion dressing. The little black dress is always a classic. I like mixing all types of metallics and textures together. A red shoe is perfect for winter. A navy evening dresses.
What are some key accessories that can update a holiday wardrobe?
Strands of long pearls. A festive evening clutch. Colored nails. Gold jewelry.
What is the one must-have piece every woman should own this season?
A sequin cardigan sweater looks modern and chic over an evening dress.
What are some stylish ways to transition your favorite Holiday dress for multiple occasions?
Mixing metallic accessories together. Go bold with a bright shoe and bag. An evening jacket or stole can make the dress new again. Add edge to your look with a leather jacket. A faux fur jacket can add the right dose of Old Hollywood glam.