Vintage jacket, Isabel
Marant. Kelly’s own. Shirt
($3,895) and skirt ($3,585),
Lanvin. 815 Madison Ave. Gold band ring
(price on request) and caged
ring ($6,500), Verdura.
745 Fifth Ave.
Sunglasses, Givenchy ($320).
Barneys New York, 660
Jacket, Son Jung
Wan (price on
band ring, Verdura
(price on request).
745 Fifth Ave.
Sequined dress ($4,980) and cuffs ($585 each), Lanvin. 815 Madison Ave.
“I love to walk; even when the stores are closed I find inspiration,” says actress and New York social fixture Kelly Rutherford. “The designers and people are so fashionable in NYC—and they are out, not in their cars the way that they are in other cities.”
Always the epitome of elegance, the native New Yorker filters the fall collections through her discerning lens, pinpointing ways to translate the runway highlights to her life on the go. “My style is simple and classic,” says the actress, who herself is as comfortable in understated gray slacks as she is in a gilded Lanvin dress—an impeccable example of the metallic trend many designers embraced this season, represented everywhere from a gold lamé gown to a chain-link choker. “I like to mix textures with the same tonality.”
One of Rutherford’s favorite pieces is her leather jacket. “People stop me and ask about my Son Jung Wan jacket all the time,” she says. “It’s leather with tweed sleeves—so interesting, and the shape is fitted yet very flattering. The designer made one for me after I wore the sample during Fashion Week and fell in love.” However amazing, the leather jacket is no replacement for the perfect coat—another focus for designers this season, who are either creating an epic silhouette through dramatic, wildly textured pieces with rounded shoulders, or interpreting it as a sleek, menswear-inspired topper, with camel as the overwhelming favorite for color. “A camel coat is always in fashion and great to mix with black and white.”
Rutherford also loves “high boots with tight jeans and a big, cozy oversize sweater over a great T-shirt with a beautiful handbag,” a look that every woman should have in her closet. The actress and mother of two shops at Brunello Cucinelli for well-tailored classic pieces, Magashoni for knits and Barneys for her perfect accessories—oversize clutches, a top-handle bag carried from the bottom or a perfect tote by Céline, in a subtle two-tone palette. “I just love the basics and mixing them with great accessories. I love Hermès watches and cuffs, and some earrings from Verdura or Van Cleef & Arpels.”
While shopping for the rest of her fall pieces on Madison Avenue, Rutherford ducks into Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and Hermès before stopping at one designer who truly shapes Rutherford’s fashion template. “I really love Lanvin,” she says. “Alber Elbaz always inspires my sense of style.”