9 Women Who Master Power and Style
Jennifer Rudolph Walsh
Worldwide Head, Literary Department, William Morris Endeavor
Adam Says: "A sequined peacoat is such a modern way of dressing: Day meets evening, plain meets fancy."
"These pants are made from synthetic silk, which is less prone to wrinkle. They won't live at the dry cleaner's."
Jennifer Says: For Walsh—who spends her days making deals for big-name writers and her free time hanging with her three children—shopping means plowing through department stores in a "practical, almost forensic" manner, grabbing up easy-wearing basics that go with everything. A splurge like this silk crepe cowl-neck shirt will look as good with her favorite jeans as with a pair of fall's trendier pleated trousers, especially when layered with an embellished peacoat and finished with strappy sandals. Walsh understands the value of a little glitz: For her 40th birthday she bought herself "a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings that I earned and will pass on to my daughter."
Deal that Got Away
"The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my all-time favorites. A few years ago, I met the author and said, 'Oh my God, I love your book so much.' She said, 'Really? Because I sent you a query letter and you rejected it.' That was devastating, but obviously she did just fine without me."
Cowl-neck shirt, Donna Karan New York; $895. Pleated trousers, Club Monaco; $129. Embellished peacoat, Tommy Hilfiger; $698. Sandals, Dolce & Gabbana. Rings, Martin Katz, Wendy Mink Jewelry.
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