'I Dream of Jeannie' Star Dreams Up Three Modern-Day Wishes
See what Barbara Eden, one of Macy's Go Red For Women runway stars, would ask a genie for if the tables were turned.
"This is a whole new world," Barbara Eden told us about not only attending New York Fashion Week for the first time but walking the runway at Macy's Go Red For Women show in support of the American Heart Association. Clearly still in-tune to genie puns, the I Dream of Jeannie star, who strutted down the catwalk in a romantic Carmen Marc Valvo lace dress last night, gave us an exclusive look inside her magic bottle—or, in our case, wardrobe—by dishing to us all about the style tips she's learned over the years. The TV icon even passed the torch, allowing us to grant her three wishes for a change.
How would you describe your personal style? "Simple, clean lines, [nothing] too fussy; prints and a lot of frills don’t suit me. I love pantsuits; they’re comfortable and wearable. I travel a lot, and they’re great, especially if you’re doing personal appearances and [are] on stage—you don’t have to worry about keeping your knees together."
How has your style evolved since the show? "I think it’s always been very simple. I never really wanted to be in a lot of prints. As I’m saying that, I’m thinking [about how] I’m bringing a blue-and-white pinstripe pantsuit to New York, but most of my things are pretty simple."
How do you feel about walking in Macy's Go Red For Women fashion show? "I am very excited. I'm really looking forward to it. [Red] is one of my absolute favorite colors. My friends make fun of me because I wear red so often, but it’s a happy color."
What are some of your other go-to colors? "I like purple, royal blues, bright yellows and white—I haven’t been lucky with white though lately. I looked and looked for a pretty winter white pantsuit, and I haven’t found one."
What about go-to designers? "I like Valentino—the simple things that they have. And recently, I really like Ralph Lauren—the things he’s been doing have been right up my alley. And I buy my husband Ralph Lauren all the time."
You travel a lot for work. What are some of your beauty packing essentials? "I use a lot of moisturizer, especially on airplanes, from La Prairie. I’ve used it for years because my mother did, and it’s worked for me. It doesn’t clog up your pores, and it’s light yet it moisturizes. Underneath that, I use Estée Lauder line repair drops ($68)."
What wardrobe tips have you picked up from working in show business? "When I first came down from San Francisco to Los Angeles and started doing film work, I realized how important it is to have clothes fitted to you, even if you buy them off the rack. Take them to someone to fit them properly because they weren’t cut for you, but I didn’t know that when I was 18 or 19 years old. And know your body type, your height, what's good for you. I have some granddaughters who are just gorgeous; they’re six-feet, modeling and beautiful. And I look at them and say, ‘You know what? You could put anything on and look darling, but most of us aren’t that lucky.’ We have to be aware of our proportions, whether we look good in a really short skirt or not, what is age appropriate—did I say that? Oh my goodness.”
If the roles were reversed and you were being granted three wishes from a genie, what would you ask for? “World peace and to eradicate cancer and heart disease in women—and a white jumpsuit.”
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