Premiering April 7
“Never ever wear stockings, unless they’re fishnets….”
Advice From Casey Johnson, “It Girl”
JERICHO, NEW YORK, March 4, 2002 — Whether it’s Clara Bow or Britney Spears, Marilyn Monroe or Jackie O, every decade in history has produced a new version of the “it girl.” WE: WOMEN’S ENTERTAINMENT explores this pop culture phenomenon in a documentary entitled “It Girls” premiering April 7 at 8 p.m ET/PT. From interviews with New York’s glitterati at invitation only events to the fashionable stars of the catwalk, viewers will have an “all access” pass to life after dark in the Big Apple.
Our VIP tour is led by three of New York’s current it girls: Casey Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, Elizabeth Kieselstein-Cord, whose parents own the Kieselstein-Cord accessories line, and Nicky Hilton, who along with sister Paris have graced the pages of dozens of fashion publications. It girls Marisa Berenson and Diane Von Furstenberg speak in-depth about their experiences and reminisce about it girls past and present.
Perspectives on the subject are provided by New York’s movers, shakers and party-makers including Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis from HBO’s “Sex and the City,” domestic doyenne Martha Stewart, comedienne Sandra Bernhard, Oscar-nominated Winona Ryder, models Heidi Klum, Stephanie Seymour, Roshumba and Tatiana Patitz, up-and-comer Brittany Murphy, Robert Wagner and Jill St. John, Debbie Harry, Uma Thurman and Paris Hilton, and fashion’s starmakers including Plum and Lucy Sykes, and Polly Mellon, to name a few. Gossip columnists including Richard Johnson of Page Six, fashion designers Richard Tyler and Tommy Hilfiger as well as style gurus from VOGUE, IN STYLE and PEOPLE magazines all offer insight on what makes the “It Girl” stand apart from her peers.
Casey Johnson, heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune and considered by some to be New York’s current “it girl” says that there are absolute do’s and don’t’s if you want to be respected by this all-important crowd. “Always say thank you, always kiss on two cheeks. Never go for other people’s boyfriends. Be flirtatious but don’t be a puppy in a pet shop waiting to be picked up. Look the best you can at all times because you never know whom you’re going to run into. Never, ever wear stockings…in the winter, in the summer, you never, ever wear stockings. Except for fishnets, you can wear fishnets. You can look chic and then be very rude to a waiter and that proves that you are not an it girl.”
Director Robin Leacock, an “it girl” in her own right, has created the ultimate sneak peek into this members only group of gal pals. According to Leacock: “I wanted the audience to truly experience a night out as an it girl, to get a sense of the power these women hold in the palms of their hands. It proves that anyone, anywhere can be an it girl. It’s not just how they look – these are women who are charismatic, and whose strong sense of self empowers those around them. It’s absolutely magical to watch their mere presence light up and enchant an entire roomful of people. Being an it girl has been one of the biggest unpaid lines of work in history.”
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