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The Unforgettable Fashion of Seinfeld‘s Elaine Benes

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the famous sitcom's premier, here's a gallery of some of our favorite Elaine looks. (If only we could order them directly from the J. Peterman catalog.)

Twenty-five years after the premiere of Seinfeld, there’s no question about the show’s outsize cultural influence. In its nine-season run, Seinfeld changed the way we talk, the way we joke and even influenced our spending habits. And, yes, the way we dress. You can see deep Seinfeld influences in what’s now called “Normcore,” a fashion trend New York Magazine identified with a photo essay in February 2014. It’s a look best described as the clothes your dad wears when goes to the mall. You know, ill-fitting jeans, fleece vests, flat sandals or white sneakers that are all about comfort.

But forget about Jerry and his famous Puffy Shirt for a second. We should be focusing on the show’s real fashion star: Elaine Benes, played by the incomparable Julia Louis-Dreyfus. We’re not the first publication to point out that many of her outfits look like something you’d find today on a hipster in Williamsburg or an American Apparel mannequin, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a minute to appreciate her. Elaine’s real strength came from her ability to look modest but stylish: just check out the pattern mixing, the oh-so-90′s light-blue denim, the shoulder pads, floral dresses and more.

So give your BFF a shove, tell them to “Get Out!” and start doing the Little Kicks dance: It’s time to celebrate Elaine.

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Graphic Designer Massimo Vignelli Dies at 83

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Massimo Vignelli poses on the Exhibition "Kkann: lacqua - il Flusso " of Artist Dario Milana, At Milan Stock Exchange Opening Days on Nov. 18, 2011 in Milan. Pier Marco Tacca—Getty Images

The renowned designer did work for Bloomingdale's, the National Park Service, Xerox, IBM and Ford and has been featured in many international exhibits

Acclaimed graphic designer Massimo Vignelli, whose most recognizable works include the original American Airlines logo and a 1972 New York City subway map, died Tuesday at age 83.

Yoshiki Waterhouse, who worked at the designer’s company, said Vignelli had been sick and died in his Manhattan home, the Associated Press reports.

Vignelli, who was born in Italy and immigrated to the United States in the 1960s, also created memorable work for Bloomingdale’s, the National Park Service, Xerox, IBM, Gillette and Ford, which has been exhibited in museums around the world, the New York Times reports.

But the most enduring, perhaps, is the subway map. His “contribution to improving the way New Yorkers find their way around the subway system is hard to overstate, and it will endure for a long time to come,” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz told the AP.

Vignelli is survived by his wife and business partner, Lella, as well as two children and three grandchildren.

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Decoding Jackie O’s Signature Style

From oversize shades to all white everything, we break down the timeless look of an American icon

Twenty years ago today, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died of cancer at the age of 64. Today, she’s remembered as a wife, mother and graceful figure who championed the arts and literature. But Jackie is also a bonafide fashion icon who inspired millions with her chic wardrobe and effortless style. During her initial year as First Lady, she reportedly spent $45,446 more on her wardrobe than the $100,000 annual salary her husband earned as president (which he donated to charity). Below, a breakdown of the elements that defined Jackie’s signature style.

MORE: Jackie Kennedy in the Early Sixties: Making of an American Icon

  • Pillbox Hats

    U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy on an official visit to Paris in 1961.
    U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy on an official visit to Paris in 1961. RDA

    Jackie started more than a few trends during her first year in the White House, including popularizing the pillbox hat. Many of her stylish chapeaus, which she often wore in different colors, were designed for her by Halston. She famously wore a pink suit and matching pillbox hat on the day her husband was assassinated.

     

     

  • Oversize Sunglasses

    Jackie Onassis on the streets of New York City on Oct. 7, 1971.
    Jackie Onassis on the streets of New York City on Oct. 7, 1971. Ron Galella—WireImage/Getty Images

    Jackie’s signature shades were both stylish and functional. She has been quoted saying she liked the opportunity they gave her to watch people and that she kept multiple pairs of sunglasses in a basket by her front door.

  • Headscarves

    Jackie Onassis walks through a busy street in Capri, Italy, in the early 1970s.
    Jackie Onassis walks through a busy street in Capri, Italy, in the early 1970s. Hulton Archive—Getty Images

    Jackie had an ability to make even the most casual outfits look chic, and often paired headscarves with giant sunglasses when she was outdoors.

  • Perfectly Styled Hair

    Jackie Kennedy sits in the living room of her Washington, D.C., residence, March 27, 1960 during her husband's campaign.
    Jackie Kennedy sits in the living room of her Washington, D.C., residence, March 27, 1960 during her husband's campaign. AP

    Though her hairstyle evolved over the years, Jackie’s voluminous coif was an integral part of her signature lookl. Her iconic bouffant was created by Kenneth Battelle, the famed hairdresser to the stars who also styled Marilyn Monroe.

  • Elbow Length Gloves

    U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy attends a luncheon with French President Charles DeGaulle (right) on June 2, 1961 in Washington, D.C.
    U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy attends a luncheon with French President Charles DeGaulle (right) on June 2, 1961 in Washington, D.C. Paul Schutzer—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

    Gloves were another signature accessory for Jackie for both day and night. She favored white elbow length gloves at formal evening events, which were often commissioned by LaCrasia Gloves in New York City’s famed garment district.

  • Strapless Gowns

    U.S. President John Kennedy and First Lady Jackie receive French Minister of Culture Andre Malraux at the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 11, 1962.
    U.S. President John Kennedy and First Lady Jackie receive French Minister of Culture Andre Malraux at the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 11, 1962. Apic/Getty Images

    As First Lady, Jackie frequently wore shoulder-baring gowns to official events that showed off her slim physique — a daring move in the 1960′s.

  • Bows

    U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy wears a fitted silk apricot dress and triple strand of pearls, walking through crowds at Udaipur during visit to India on March 1, 1962.
    U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy wears a fitted silk apricot dress and triple strand of pearls, walking through crowds at Udaipur during visit to India on March 1, 1962. Art Rickerby—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

    Jackie often accented her famously tiny waist with strategically placed bows.

  • Capes

    U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy at the Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 1961 in Washington, D.C.
    U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy at the Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 1961 in Washington, D.C. Corbis

    Few people can carry off a cape, so it’s no surprise the dramatic accessory was a part of Jackie’s signature style as First Lady.

  • Amazing Coats

    Jackie Kennedy visits Paris c. the late-1960s.
    Jackie Kennedy visits Paris c. the late-1960s. Michael Ochs Archives—Getty Images

    Long before Olivia Pope rocked every conceivable style of cold-weather cover-up, Jackie dazzled with her seemingly endless array of fabulous, covetable coats.

  • Equestrian-Inspired Style

    U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy at the Piedmont Foxhounds Races in Upperville, Virginia on March 26, 1961.
    U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy at the Piedmont Foxhounds Races in Upperville, Virginia on March 26, 1961. Bettmann/Corbis

    Having grown up riding horses, Jackie made equestrian garb look effortlessly chic.

  • Matching Offspring

    Jackie Kennedy with John F. Kennedy Jr. on Easter Sunday April 14, 1963, in Palm Beach, Fla.
    Jackie Kennedy with John F. Kennedy Jr. on Easter Sunday April 14, 1963, in Palm Beach, Fla. AP

    Jackie’s fashion sense extended to her children, which meant John and Caroline wore outfits that frequently complemented or matched their mother’s.

  • White on White on White

    From right: U.S. President John F. Kennedy First Lady Jackie Kennedy attend the first America's Cup race on Sept. 9, 1962 in Newport, R.I.
    From right: U.S. President John F. Kennedy First Lady Jackie Kennedy attend the first America's Cup race on Sept. 9, 1962 in Newport, R.I. Courtesy of Kennedy Library Archives/Newsmakers/Getty Images

    Jackie understood the power of the simple monochromatic look, and may have been the originator of the All White Everything look that’s back in fashion.

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Kate Middleton Makes the Best Faces While Playing Cricket in Heels

The Duchess got game.

Kate Middleton doesn’t let a gorgeous red peplum get in the way of a good game of cricket. The Duchess may have forgotten her gym bag at home with her Latin notebook, but unlike the rest of us, she didn’t sit around playing M*A*S*H in the locker room with Becca from Spanish class.

She still made a face at having to do sports in heels in front of a bunch of people.

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CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – APRIL 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge bats during a game of cricket in Latimer Square on April 14, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) Samir Hussein—WireImage

But because she’s a Duchess (and an athlete) she was able to pull it together:

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 8
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge bats during a game of cricket in Latimer Square on April 14, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Samir Hussein—WireImage

It helps that she’s able to control the ball with her eyes because she’s royal.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 8
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel to Christchurch, New Zealand and played cricket with local children. Photograph by Ian Jones ©2014. Pool—Getty Images
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VIDEO: Tom Ford Says He’s Married

Ford married journalist Richard Buckley, his partner of 27 years

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Designer Tom Ford is now sporting a gold wedding band, but somehow no one noticed until he nonchalantly showed it to the audience during an interview Monday at the London Apple Store.

“Richard, yes, 27 years, and we’re now married, which is nice,” Ford said.

He was referring to his long-term partner journalist Richard Buckley, with whom he shares a one-year-old son.

The couple met at a fashion show in the ’80s when Ford’s career was just beginning and Buckley was an editor at Vogue. The two have been together since.

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Necktie with a Built-in Laser Pointer? Make It Real, Please

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ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek’s April Fools’ Day fake-product lineup is a must-see for gadget lovers – this year’s offerings included a Keurig-like beard growing machine, a NERF Nuke to end all dart-gun wars, Rosetta Stone for Klingon and more.

The only problem with these fake gizmos is that sometimes they’re cool enough that people actually want to buy them. And in a few instances, ThinkGeek has brought its April Fools’ creations to life: the Star Wars-themed Tauntaun sleeping bag and the iCade iPad arcade cabinet being two prominent examples.

The $30 Laser-Guided Tactical Necktie isn’t an actual product, but – BUT! – it could be. The pitch: it’s made of durable nylon, and sports a D-loop, a militarily-inspired MOLLE system, and two removable pouches – one for carrying small items and the other housing a laser pointer.

As you can see in this photo, the tie looks wonderfully ridiculous:

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ThinkGeek’s April Fools’ tie features a laser pointer and more. ThinkGeek

Search your feelings. You’d either wear this or you know someone who’d wear this. And more than a few people in the comments section of the product page are trying to will it into existence, too.

I’m going to go out on a short limb and guess that this becomes an actual product. If you’ve got a hankering to accelerate the process, you can vote to have it become real (along with the other April Fools’ items) on this page here.

Laser-Guided Tactical Necktie [ThinkGeek]

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This Woman Wore the Same Coat as Kate Middleton and Things Got Awkward

From left: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and a fellow guest wearing the same Missoni coat attend the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Marshfield on March 29, 2014 in Chippenham, England.
From left: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and a fellow guest wearing the same Missoni coat attend the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Marshfield on March 29, 2014 in Chippenham, England. Max Mumby—Indigo/Getty Images

Pity the woman who is compared to Kate

Please, no one ask “who wore it best.” Because that’s just not fair. In what just might be the ultimate awkward party faux pas, someone wore the same elegant Missoni coat as Kate Middleton to a society wedding. The princess, who is well known for her annoyingly pitch-perfect sartorial choices, was at the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett with husband William and brother-in-law Harry. No word on the identity of the unnamed guest who unknowingly copied the Duchess of Cambridge’s style. At least she looks pretty flawless as well.

In other royal news, William and Kate released a new photo of their family over the weekend. Cue the squeals.

[h/t The Daily Beast]

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Yes, That’s Actually Kim Kardashian on the Cover of Vogue

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Dressed in a very bridal-looking gown, the famous celebrity is featured on the influential fashion magazine's April cover with her beau Kanye West. The couple were photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz

Pigs must be flying because Kim Kardashian is on the April cover of Vogue, the world’s most influential fashion magazine. The reality star appears in a very bridal-looking white gown with a very visible giant rock on that finger while a black-suited Kanye West hugs her from behind.

The #WorldsMostTalkedAboutCouple — that’s Vogue’s hashtag, not ours — were photographed by esteemed shutterbug Annie Leibovitz.

There’s also a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot between the superstar couple, set to West’s hit song, Bound 2 (yes, that’s the soundtrack to their infamous motorcycle riding love fest). Watch Kim and Kanye cuddle everywhere: On a highway! On a fancy car! On a private plane! In front of a fancy backdrop! Kanye even cracks a smile. They’re so in love. Oh, and baby North shows up for a few seconds, too.

West has previously advocated for a Kardashian Kover (sorry), telling Ryan Seacrest that his famous fiancée is “like, the most intriguing woman right now.” So far his only comment on the situation? A simple “trill.” Fair enough.

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L’Wren Scott’s Best Dresses on the World’s Best Dressed

Celebrity fans included Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Obama, Amy Adams, Christina Hendricks, and many more

Venerable fashion designer L’Wren Scott, who was found dead in her New York apartment on Monday, dressed everyone from movie stars to First Ladies, in classic and distinctive styles that worked well on almost all body types. She taught herself to sew during her childhood in Utah, partly because she stood 6 feet tall and couldn’t find any clothes to fit her. Her clothes routinely won spots on Best Dressed lists, which made her a popular pick for first-time red carpet stars.

She even won the approval of the notoriously hard-to-impress Vogue editor Anna Wintour. “L’Wren was a total perfectionist, someone who absolutely embodied everything her marvelous clothes stood for: strength of character combined with a confident and powerful style,” Wintour said in a statement. “In person, L’Wren was always unbelievably generous, gracious, kind, and so much fun. Her old world American manners and charm were from another time, but her sensibility was always fiercely modern. We will all miss her.”

  • Sarah Jessica Parker

    Sarah Jessica Parker wearing L'Wren Scott
    Dave M. Benett—Getty Images for The Serpentine Gallery; Fred Duval—FilmMagic/Getty Images; Steve Granitz—WireImage/Getty Images

    Sarah Jessica Parker knows a thing or two about fashion, and the Sex & The City star regularly wore L’Wren Scott. In 2011, Parker said of Scott, “I think L’Wren has an extraordinary ability to make dresses that genuinely flatter a woman. She makes an unbelievably contemporary dress in a remarkably old-fashioned way for all sorts of women and body types.”

    Parker, a frequent client of Scott’s, notably chose (from left) a gold fringed L’Wren Scott dress at the annual Serpentine Gallery Summer Party in London on June 26, 2013, a hot pink L’Wren Scott mini to the London premier of her film Did You Hear About The Morgans? on Dec. 8, 2009, and a skin tight black L’Wren Scott dress to the MTV Movie Awards on June 1, 2008.

  • Nicole Kidman

    Nicole Kidman wearing L'Wrenn Scott
    Daniele Venturelli—WireImage/Getty Images; Kevin Winter—Getty Images; Gregg DeGuire—WireImage/Getty Images

    A long time friend of Scott’s, Kidman said, “L’Wren and I have been dear friends for years now…She knows what aspects to accentuate in a woman, and is able to make you feel incredibly sexy and sophisticated when you are in one of her exquisite designs.”

    Kidman frequently wore Scott’s designs, most notably (from left) to the Rome Film Festival premiere of Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus in 2006, to the 81st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 2009, and again to the Academy Awards in Hollywood in 2013.

  • Christina Hendricks

    Christina Hendricks in L'Wren Scott
    Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images; Anthony Harvey—Getty Images

    The Mad Men star has turned to Scott’s designs often and said of the designer, “L’Wren’s clothes make you feel like a sexy pin-up, a sophisticated lady and a rockstar all at once. She designs for how women want to look and for what men want to look at.” Many other fans echoed the point that Scott had a particularly good understanding of how clothes fit the body.

    Hendricks took two memorable turns in L’Wren Scott gowns, first at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 20, 2009 (left), and more recently at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in West Hollywood, Calif, on March 2, 2014.

  • Michelle Obama

    Michelle Obama wearing L'Wren Scott
    Kevin Lamarque—Reuters/Corbis; J. Scott Applewhite—AP

    One of Scott’s highest profile clients, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama has become as famous for wearing L’Wren Scott as she is for wearing J. Crew. Obama has been seen wearing Scott’s designs several times during President Obama’s two terms, including a slinky gold dress during an official dinner at the Casa Presidential in San Salvador March 22, 2011 (left) and a pink two-piece ensemble while speaking at the GMA Science Forum meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 2010. Obama also famously insisted on wearing her own raspberry L’Wren Scott dress for a shoot for Harper’s Bazaar in 2010.

  • Allison Williams

    2013 CNN Heroes
    Slaven Vlasic—Getty Images; Gary Gershoff—WireImage/Getty Images

    Girls star Allison Williams has become known for her sophisticated sense of style on the red carpet. She has also become a loyal fan of Scott’s, wearing a graphic red and black dress to the Seventh Annual Women Of Worth Awards on Dec. 6, 2012 in New York City (left) and a skin-tight blue leather sheath to the 2013 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at The American Museum of Natural History on Nov. 19, 2013 in New York City.

  • Angelina Jolie

    From left: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater Sept. 18, 2007 in New York City.
    Evan Agostini—Getty Images

    In 2012, it was rumored that Jolie wanted Scott to design her wedding dress for her nuptials to partner Brad Pitt. A long-time fan of Scott’s, Jolie chose a classic L’Wren Scott L.B.D. to wear to “The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” film premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater Sept. 18, 2007 in New York City with Pitt.

  • Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

    France's President wife Carla Bruni Sark
    Ludovic—AFP/Getty Images

    Former French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy frequently wore L’Wren Scott while her husband was in office, including this perfectly tailored black dress on June 22, 2009 at the Chateau de Versailles outside Paris.

  • Naomi Campbell

    63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival - Cinema Against AIDS - Arrivals
    Mike Marsland—WireImage/Getty Images

    Beloved by actresses and models alike, Scott’s designs have been a favorite of Naomi Campbell’s. She wore a memorable floor length feathered L’Wren Scott gown to amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS benefit gala at the Hotel du Cap on May 20, 2010 in Antibes, France.

  • Amy Adams

    83rd Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
    Kevork Djansezian—Getty Images

    Adams chose a L’Wren Scott gown for the 2011 Academy Awards, the year she was nominated for Best Actress her work in The Fighter. The shimmering navy column, paired with Cartier jewels, was one of the most memorable red carpet looks of the event.

  • Penelope Cruz

    83rd Annual Academy Awards - People Magazine Arrivals
    Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images

    After spending several months out of the spotlight while pregnant, Cruz made a big return to the red carpet in this sparkling red L’Wren Scott gown for the 2011 Academy Awards. Cruz would later choose Scott again that year when she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of fame.

  • Madonna

    Madonna wearing L'Wren Scott
    Ian Gavan—Getty Images; Jon Furniss—WireImage/Getty Images

    In 2009, Scott quit modeling and became a celebrity stylist instead. Madonna was one of Scott’s first clients, and remained loyal to her as Scott became a designer. Madge chose several of Scott’s designs while promoting the film W.E., her directorial debut, choosing a black shift dress for the 68th Venice Film Festival on Sept. 1, 2011 in Venice (left) and a similarly cut patterned dress for the 55th BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 23, 2011.

  • Jessica Paré

    "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala
    Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images

    Mad Men star Jessica Paré is a newer devotee of Scott’s, choosing her gowns for key moments in her burgeoning career. Paré made a bold statement (and many best-dressed lists) with a gold floor length L’Wren Scott column for her first Met Gala in 2012.

  • Tina Fey

    70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals
    Jason Merritt—Getty Images

    All eyes were on Fey when she hosted her first Golden Globes ceremony in 2013 with Amy Poehler. While Poehler wore several Stella McCartney gowns, Fey favored L’Wren Scott, wearing two of her designs, one stunning black and white sleeveless on the red carpet (pictured) and a deep teal floor length gown later on stage.

  • Kyra Sedgwick

    60th Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
    Steve Granitz—WireImage/Getty Images

    Fashion forward Sedgwick has favored Scott’s designs for her red carpet appearances, and has also attended Scott’s fashion shows with her husband, Kevin Bacon. Sedgwick landed on InStyle’s ’100 Best Dresses of the Decade’ list with this white and silver L’Wren Scott sheath at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 21, 2008 in Los Angeles.

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Another Celebrity Wants To Tell Us How To Live Better

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Reese Witherspoon attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Jon Kopaloff—FilmMagic/Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon is set to launch a new lifestyle company. Think GOOP, but even blonder.

The fashion press is full of speculation that Reese “do you know who I am?” Witherspoon is joining the legion of entertainers who have branched out into the lifestyle business. Which is great, because what the world needs is another lithe, impossibly charming blonde woman to recommend different types of kale salads to normals.

Women’s Wear Daily reports that the actress has hired C. Wonder president Andrea Hyde to be the CEO of her new brand. Hyde has years of experience in management and branding, including time spent at Burch Creative Capital, Kenneth Cole and Gap Inc. The unnamed venture, which will emphasize the Oscar winner’s style and country-fried beginnings, will launch in 2015.

Witherspoon is just the latest in a long line of stars to join the lifestyle business. It’s become a rite of passage for celebrities like her pal Gwyneth Paltrow (the founder of GOOP), Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, and Cameron Diaz, all of who have found a measure of success in advice giving and product designing. Is this because their film careers were stalled or because they’ve accumulated so much valuable life experience they couldn’t help but share their recommendations for bespoke home goods? You decide.

[h/t The Cut]

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