It’s Like a Weird Freaky Friday Moment. Tonight at 10p.
In an effort to not date myself, one of my all-time favorite movies is the Mike Nichols-directed WORKING GIRL with Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith. For me, it reeked of all the right elements: money, power, New York skyscrapers, sharp dialogue, good humor, strong women. It was all about big furs, big breaks and big perms and I loved it.
My favorite scene (duh! of course!) was when Tess McGill (Melanie’s character) had the run of Katherine Parker’s (Sigourney) closet after assuming her identity. The minute she threw open those closet doors you could smell the authority. There it all was: a lady in charge as embodied by a closet full of chic gowns, lush furs, immaculately tailored pantsuits and pencil skirts. You wanted to rummage and try everything on as much as Tess did because like Tess, these weren’t just clothes. No, it was more than that. It was the symbol of that ultimate chic working woman.
Disclaimer: I am not advocating that expensive clothes make for a good working woman’s wardrobe. Contrary in fact. I am merely saying that polished style – regardless of price – should be the calling card for a great career wardrobe. Maybe once upon a time, the ideal was that women had to don men’s suits to battle off against the men in the boardroom. Today, a lot has changed. Corporate clothes can be feminine, sophisticated and stylish without losing one ounce of credibility.
Which leads me to Julia Alarcon, the designer I work with in the finale episode of ALL ON THE LINE. When I saw Julia’s clothes, I was immediately drawn to her pencil skirts and tops and more importantly, I was very drawn to her and her story. After hearing about her background (starting Parsons School of Design in her 40′s), I was doubly impressed. She had something. Less impressive though were some of her off-beat design details in her clothes. They just seemed to, well, to put it mildly, de-sophisticate her clothes. Was she trying to be mature with her look or be youthfully edgy? I wasn’t sure. That would be a question Julia needed to answer for herself.
Tune in for Julia Alarcon and more designer transformations on Sundance Channel’s all new original series ALL ON THE LINE. Tuesdays at 10p EST.