It’s the start of a New Year, and time for us to look back on Reese’s dynamic 2016 and look forward to what she’ll be offering in 2017. On the surface 2016 was a relatively quiet year for Reese, but behind the scenes it seemed as if she’d been working in overdrive! She made a few red carpet and magazine cover appearances, but Reese’s 2016 seemed to have been focused on her Draper James company and developing strong roles for women in film through her production company Pacific Standard. 💛
The start of the year bought us Reese on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, in a gorgeous, feminine new photoshoot and an interview in which she chatted to the magazine about Draper James and her career. She echoed similar sentiments about improving the image of women in film to Entertainment Weekly magazine, in a ‘beyond beautiful’ spread also including Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, and Elizabeth Banks. The interview touched on topics from social media to their diverse careers, and the pretty but simplistic photoshoot complemented the meaningful nature of the interview.
Reese’s major public appearance at the start of the year was at the Oscars. She wore a gorgeous purple gown by Oscar de la Renta, with Jimmy Choo shoes and jewellry from Tiffany’s. Her husband accompanied her on the red carpet, and inside the ceremony she introduced clips from two of the Best Picture nominees with her friend Kate Winslet. Reese’s stylist Leslie Fremar explained the choices behind Reese’s dress: “Last week, it was lavender. We remade it in a darker purple because we thought it was really fresh and looked beautiful with her skin tone. The shape of the fan was really different and something I hadn’t seen before, and the black corset was really sexy. We didn’t want to compete with how beautiful, but simple, the dress was.”
Reese is on the cover of the new issue of People magazine, in a feature about her festive plans. The magazine features festive photos taken to promote Draper James, and in the interview Reese talks about what she plans to give her kids for Christmas, her holiday traditions, and New Years Resolutions. Find scans from the magazine in our Gallery – and be sure to pick up a copy yourself! Merry Christmas, Reese fans!
Reese Witherspoon on What She’s Giving Her Kids for Christmas (and What She Really Wants!)
Reese Witherspoon‘s got a list, and she’s checking it twice!
The star, 40, is gearing up for the holidays by making sure all her family’s favorite things are under the Christmas tree, especially for her three children: daughter Ava, 17, son Deacon, 13 (from her first marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe), as well as son Tennessee, 4 (with her husband of five years, agent Jim Toth).
“My kids already have fond memories of our Christmas traditions,” says Witherspoon, wearing the Winter Deer Skirt ($195) from her clothing line Draper James in the photo below. “They’re definitely not grown up. They still love presents.”
So what’s she getting for them? For Ava, she’s turning to her teenage daughter to guide her. “She wants blue jeans and a cool coat,” she says. “I told her to tell me exactly what to buy. I don’t want to guess!”
Reese Witherspoon on Daughter Ava Growing Up Before Her Eyes
“Extra” special correspondent and O magazine’s creative director Adam Glassman recently caught up with Reese Witherspoon in Dallas, where she promoted her lifestyle brand Draper James and dished on her look-alike daughter Ava.
Reese is known for her chic style, and it looks like her teenage daughter is taking after her! Reese shared, “She’s really enjoying fashion. It’s great to see her becoming a beautiful young woman.” Reese even pretended to cry at the thought of her little girl growing up and joked, “It’s so sad.”
Ava made her red carpet debut at a Chanel dinner in September. On what advice she gave the 17-year-old, Reese dished, “Just be confident and feel good about yourself.”
Reese is also sharing that same advice to women everywhere, with her brand. “Every woman should feel comfortable and confidence because when you look good, you feel good. Don’t get stressed, just put on a cute dress and a pair of sandals and you’re done.”
Speaking up dressing up, the Nashville native credits her upbringing with her love of fashion. She said, “Southern women like to look dressed. I grew up in a a place where you were supposed to dress up to go on an airplane.” She went on, “I like getting dressed up, I think it’s fun and I want to make that easy for women.”
As for what inspired her to create Draper James, Reese commented, “I grew up in the middle of the country so when I think of dressing, I think about all the people in between New York and L.A. and what we wear to sporting events or church or a dinner party.”
Witherspoon is also giving back with her line. “It’s important for me to give back to the communities that support us. We found Girls Inc. and they do these incredible after-school programs.”
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