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

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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.)

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