Reese Witherspoon on Draper James, Southern Hospitality, and More
The Oscar-winning actress gives AD the inside scoop on the design of her new store in Dallas
Southern hospitality comes naturally to Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, who was born in New Orleans and raised in Nashville before making it big in Hollywood. Despite the movie premieres and glamorous sets, it turns out she’s still a Tennessee girl at heart. Witherspoon’s charming, down-home vibe is evident in Draper James, her southern-inspired fashion and lifestyle brand, which offers everything from ladylike skirts to plaid coaster sets and pom-pom keychains. After launching her flagship boutique last year in Nashville, the actress recently opened her second Draper James location, fittingly enough, in Dallas’s buzzy Highland Park Village, collaborating with A-list interior designer Mark D. Sikes on the 1,800-square-foot space. Packed with ready-to-wear dresses, accessories, and home products in a variety of upbeat seasonal prints (including the classic-meets-modern pieces in her new Tailgating collection), the store is sure to become the next It shopping destination. Read on for a look inside the pretty-as-punch boutique and see how Witherspoon pulled it all together.
What was your vision for the new Draper James store? I wanted the store to embody the graciousness of southern culture with traditional elements like wallpaper and moldings, but also have a contemporary feel with light fixtures and art. It was important that the store felt like people were walking into my own home.
What was the design process like? I found inspiration all over—on my travels abroad, on Pinterest, of course, and even in my own family heirlooms. In fact, my grandmother Dorothea Draper had a great affinity for design. Her blue-and-white transferware china was a big inspiration for our blue-and-white decor.
What details stand out in the space? The store is set up with an open floor plan, but there are distinct spaces within. You’re meant to feel as if you’ve entered a friend’s house; first you find yourself in an entryway, then at a long marble island with stools (it’s our cash wrap, but it resembles a kitchen), then finally in a living room. The “rooms” are delineated by beautiful floor-to-ceiling curtains.
What was your collaborating like with Mark D. Sikes? He has an amazing blog that I followed with keen interest; Mark has a contemporary take on traditional design that I find very appealing. When I met with him for the first time, I discovered that he had lived in Nashville as well, so when the time came for me to find a designer to collaborate with, he was a natural fit. He understood my southern sensibility and my desire to create a space that incorporated all the comfort and charm of a southern home.Continue reading this entry »
Hi Reese fans! Today I have updated the Gallery with over 200 additional HQ photos from the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Gala that Reese attended earlier this year. She looked super chic in a dress by J. Mendel, and I particularly love the pics of her with her friend Naomi Watts.
Our Public Appearances section of the Gallery is now almost ‘complete’, with just the years 2014 & 2015 to be updated next … Look out for more updates in the Movies section of the Gallery soon too…
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Over the past week or so the Gallery has been updated with over 250 more photos from the recent Toronto Film Festival. As posted about at the time, Reese attended the world premiere of her new animated musical comedy Sing at the festival – we now have over 300 gorgeous HQ photos of her at the premiere! Later on on the night of the premiere Reese attended a dinner hosted by Vanity Fair to honour actress Lupita N’yongo during which Reese was snapped with friend Michelle Williams and Vanity Fair director Mira Nair. We also have a few more pics from the following days press conference for Sing.
Our original post was updated with lots of videos and articles from the event.
Open Road Going ‘Home Again’ With Reese Witherspoon Pic
Open Road Films has scooped up North American rights to Home Again, a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon. Hallie Meyers-Shyer wrote and will make her feature directing debut with the film, which also stars Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff and Lake Bell. Production is set to begin in the fall for a planned release in Q4 2017.
Witherspoon plays as a recently separated mother of two whose new life in Los Angeles is overturned when she decides to take in three young, charismatic guys who become part of her unconventional family. Nancy Meyers is producing alongside Black Bicycle Entertainment’s Erika Olde, who also financed the film. MadRiver is selling international rights.
“Home Again is a funny and sparkling script that will be brought to life by the incomparable Reese Witherspoon,” Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said in announcing the deal. “Nancy Meyers has brought audiences some of their all-time favorites and has a proven track record at the box office. We are proud to be in business with this family and the entire team.”
Ortenberg and Open Road’s COO/General Counsel Elliott Kleinberg negotiated the deal, with CAA repping the filmmakers.
Meyers-Shyer is repped by WME. Witherspoon, Meyers, Black Bicycle and Wolff are with CAA. Sheen is repped by ICM Partners and Bell by UTA.
Reese attended a press conference for Sing at the Toronto Film Festival yesterday – have a look at the first HQ photos in our Gallery.
The post below has also been updated with lots of videos and articles from Sunday’s premiere, and the Gallery is gradually being updated with many more HQ photos…
Reese attended the Toronto Film Festival of her upcoming animated musical comedy Sing tonight, and looked gorgeous in a little silver patterned dress! Her dress was by Ulyana Sergeenko, with Christian Louboutin shoes and Irene Neuwirth jewellery. She was joined by her co-stars including Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson, and many of the producing team. This post will be updated with reviews, articles and videos, but for now, have a browse of the first HQ photos in our Galley…
Working our way through updating the Public Appearances section of the Gallery, and 2013 is now complete. Reese had a quiet 2013, attending a couple of premieres for Mud and Devil’s Knot, making appearances at the Oscars and Elle’s Women In Hollywood event, and a few other smaller events. She looked particularly fabulous at the Oscars – I love her hair and dress! Some pictures in the Gallery have been replaced with HQ versions, and there are also lots of new HQ photos…
Reese made an appearance at Fullscreen in Los Angeles on September 9th alongside other female executives to speak to the women in the company about her career and working in business and entertainment as a woman. Fullscreen is a global network of content creators for YouTube. There are no ‘official’ photos, but below are a collection of pictures taken by the employees in attendance, and their inside info on Reese’s appearance: