Matt Murray TODAY
American legend Liza Minnelli stopped by TODAY on Friday to talk about her upcoming role in the NBC series "Smash," and the former "Cabaret" star chatted with TODAY.com about the biggest influences on her iconic style.
Minnelli said her friend, the late designer Halston, has been her biggest fashion influence, and she was even wearing one of his tops on the show.
"This (outfit) is all influenced by Halston. You know, he really gave me a look," she said. "I think my biggest talent is not my own, but I think it's recognizing the most talented people and going to the right people, and he was the one. He changed everything in fashion."
Minnelli also said modern designers Calvin Klein and Kenneth Cole have been a big inspiration. "Kenneth is really spectacular," she told us. "He's understated in a way that's very close to tradition, but there's a bend in it."
Do you love Liza's look? Here's what she was wearing:
- Gucci blouse
- Halston top
- "Plain ole' leggings"
- Elsa Peretti jewelry
Liza Minnelli, Fern Mallis Get Kinky With Clothes
When the Cut saw Liza Minnelli walk the red
carpet at last night’s opening of Kinky Boots, we were reminded of Marc Jacobs’s fall 2013 show, with its so-very-Liza black tousled mullets, heavily lined eyes, and Cabaret-ready hot pants. Liza told us she hadn’t seen it, which seemed a tragedy since we suspect she inspired it, so we pulled up this photo on our phone.
“Oh my God!” Liza Minnelli shouted fabulously. “How wonderful! I’m complimented and I love him. He’s so talented!” Do you see yourself in that, we wondered? “Yes!” she said, as Michael Feinstein started to croon, “If You Could See Yourself Through My Eyes” beside her.
Moments later, Fern Mallis appeared in a glittering sweater and little low-heeled Manolo boots, clearly jazzed for the show. “I have kinky taste in some things,” she said. “Like, decorative things and accessories.” Any that she feels fetish-y about, we wondered? “I have so many that it’s hard to separate them, because that’s my thing — the accessories. I’m fetish-y about my Solange Azagury skull.” She pulled a little white skull on a long chain from inside her sweater. “The mouth opens.”