What I Wear to Work: Deborah Norville prefers Armani, because “you have to look like you have a figure” on TV
57, anchor, Inside Edition; board member, Viacom, New York
What do you do?
I’m anchor of the nation’s top-rated syndicated newsmagazine show.
How long have you been there?
Twenty years. No one’s been anchoring a national television show longer than I have.
What’s your favorite on-air look?
Armani jacket, straight-leg pants, tailored shirt. I’m tailored but not fussy. You don’t see ruffles on me.
Why does this cut of jacket work for TV?
The wonderful waist cinches in. You want to look like you have a figure on television.
Is that a bracelet?
It’s a handmade stainlesssteel cuff. The brass Marine Corps emblem is from the collar pin of a gentleman who traveled during Korea with my father, who was in the Air Force. Daddy said, “You can have it on one condition: If anybody asks, you have to tell them the story.”
Why wear heels?
My grandmother, God bless her, died at 85, and no one has any recollection of ever seeing her wear anything but heels. So it may be an inherited trait.
What was your fashion high point on-air?
I’m a seamstress, and I did a story where I showed what designers go through. I designed, sourced, and made an evening gown and took it to the Bloomingdale’s fashion director. He said, “Did you really do this? I would want this in my store for holiday.” It was like you’d given me an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony in one.
ARMANI FAMILY HEIRLOOM CARTIER STUART WEITZMAN ROSS-SIMONS ARMANI A fan made this portrait out of chewing gum. (It’s under glass.)