Dressing Wendy Williams
In addition to her extraordinary achievements as a media maven—with hit radio shows, books and a top-rated daytime talk show on her résumé—HudsonMOD’s Winter 2012 cover model, Wendy Williams, has successfully created a public image as a relatable woman. She is opinionated and passionate, yes, but not overly intimidating and doesn’t appear at all snobbish; a refreshing change from some other red carpet staples.
In designing the issue of HudsonMOD that would bookend a remarkable 2012, however, we wanted high-luxe. After all, it’s the HudsonMOD way. With the goal in mind to bring out the glamour goddess that Wendy Williams possesses, but maybe doesn’t always display, Fashion Editor Tanya Tamburin called on some of her favorite designers and visited the area’s top retailers and boutiques to put together a stunning collection of options for the photo shoot.
With an impressive résumé of her own, that includes debuting her own fashion line at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and touring with Britney Spears at the height of her young career, Tamburin not only knows great clothes, but she has the keen eye to dress her subjects in fashions that aren’t just amazing on their own, but amazing on those who wear them.
I though that the ruching of the dress would complement Wendy’s figure well. The strapless, slight V with the ruffles of the dress really captures and accentuates her figure on top. I anticipated that the emerald green color would look amazing on her skin tone and in the end it made for the perfect cover.
Some women are nervous to incorporate bold patterns in their wardrobes, but what would be your recommendations? Wendy Williams looks great in the Pucci dress she is photographed in, but it is a little outside of the typical fashions we have seen her wear.
Well, the truth is that no one can go wrong with Pucci, and this particular dress also has a bit of ruching that is flattering on Wendy’s body. If you are uncomfortable wearing bold prints I would recommend that you start off by experimenting with pattern blouses or tops and then work your way into a dress when you become more comfortable. Instead of just choosing a pattern at random though, take your time and select a print or pattern that you feel will complement your own figure instead of highlighting some of the areas you may feel are unflattering.
This was an easy one! First of all, I’m a big fan of Nicole Miller’s dresses and the way they fit and shape a woman’s silhouette. I’ve never really seen Wendy in a long flowing dress and I thought that with her height it couldn’t go wrong. I love the V-neck, and once again the ruching down the center of the garment is very flattering. I also fell in love with the color of the dress the moment I saw it. It’s bold, but it’s deep and would look great against any complexion or hair color.
Is there a short list of go-to designers for women who want to instantly glamorize their looks as you have done with Wendy for this HudsonMOD cover shoot?
Yes, of course. Nicole Miller, Badgley Mischka, Jenny Packham, J. Mendel and Yigal Azrouel are a few that never disappoint.
Fashion Credits (from top): Dress: Badgley Mischka, Neiman Marucs, Paramus; Jewelry: Yanina & Co., Cedar Grove; Shoes: Christian Louboutin Dress: Pucci at Neiman Marcus, Paramus; Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane at Saks Fifth Avenue, Shops at Riverside; Bracelet/Earrings: Saks Fifth Avenue, Shops at Riverside; Shoes: Christian Louboutin Dress: Nicole Miller at Robin’s Closet Boutique, Boonton; Necklace/Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane at Saks Fifth Avenue, Shops at Riverside; Bracelet: Yanina & Co., Cedar Grove; Shoes: Christian Louboutin