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Five minutes with Jones New York fashion director, Wendy Hirschberg Clurman

By: Andrea Karr

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Fashion

Five minutes with Jones New York fashion director, Wendy Hirschberg Clurman

By: Andrea Karr
With poker-straight locks running down her back and perched on towering high heels, Wendy Hirschberg Clurman strikes a commanding silhouette. And as a former Seventeen editor who later worked with Anna Wintour at Vogue (for a decade!), she has the résumé to match. Now vice-president and fashion director at Jones New York, Hirschberg Clurman shepherds the brand through every phase of development—sketching design ideas, creating inspiration boards, choosing fabrics, and styling lookbooks and ad campaigns. During a recent walk-through of the Jones New York headquarters, she talked about the Jones NY woman, inspiration and the perfect summer wardrobe.

Andrea Karr:
Whom do you design for?

Wendy Hirschberg Clurman: "A woman who wants to look polished and pulled together. She looks effortless and not overdone. I've been watching a lot of House of Cards, so Robin Wright is definitely in my head at the moment."

AK: What inspires you?

WHC: "I look everywhere for inspiration. I look at people on the street. I look at movies. I might look at a Prada book from the early '90s or blogs. It might be decor that brings it all together for me."

AK: What are the key pieces a woman needs in her summer wardrobe?

WHC: "Clothes should work year-round. If you buy the perfect black blazer, pencil skirt or sheath, they should work for you in a seasonless way. You could mix your black blazer with a white jean and it becomes more summer-appropriate."

AK: Do you have any tips for restyling a look from office to evening?

WHC: "Say you're wearing a blazer and a sheath dress in the morning—all you have to do is take off your blazer, throw on a pair of heels, and you can go to a cocktail party. If you buy a black suit, you should be able to wear your blazer over a dress, with a suit or with a pair of jeans." 

For more summer wardrobe essentials, check out these sundresses in every size.
                                            
This story was originally titled "Five Minutes With Wendy Hirschberg Clurman, Fashion Director at Jones New York" in the June 2014 issue.
           
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