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Wore Stories: The Ephrons on Style

Nora and Delia Ephron discuss shopping and their new play, “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” based on Ilene Beckerman’s book of the same name.

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Nora, age 8, with Delia, age 5.

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Nora: “My first wedding dress — oh, it was the cutest dress ever in history. It was so darling. It was a little white lace dress with a collar, right at the height of the whole minidress period. It came to there [she draws a line high above her knees], and it had little scallops around the bottom, and it was really slim. I bought it in the dress department of Saks for $110. It’s tragic I don’t have it, not that I would ever wear it. But it was so cute.”

Delia: “My first wedding dress was fantastic. It was antique, from 1918. It had this tiny waist, it was gauzy and it had embroidered, little black dots on top and then it just went to white. Just was gorgeous, down to the ground with a little ruffle and a little more black down there. [But] my friend cut off the bottom up to here [also points to above her knees], and moved the ruffle up and it became the weirdest-looking dress you’ve ever seen.”

For her second wedding, to screenwriter Jerome Kass, to whom she’s still married, Delia wore a Mexican-style full skirt with an off-the-shoulder top and a gardenia in her hair. “God knows I’ve never worn anything Mexican before or since,” she says. “It’s one of those things, you’re buying something for your wedding…”

“You lose your mind,” Nora says.

Case in point: the Holly Harp gown that was “spotted like a Dalmatian” that Nora wore to wed her current husband, writer Nick Pileggi. “It was just a disaster. You had to be, like, Christie Brinkley at 30 to wear it. That, plus my permanent — it was a miracle he married me, that’s all I can say.”

Since then, as has been said, the sisters have refined their sense of style. So much so that Beckerman insists: “The only thing bad I can say about them is that they’re very thin and very well-groomed.”

The sisters have learned to rely on a few favorite brands to help them avoid any missteps. Delia, 65, likes Hervé Léger — “You’re always wrapped up like a mummy, but you look pretty cool,” she says — and buys her basics from The Row. “Do you think [designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen] knew they were doing age-appropriate clothes?”

Nora, 68, sticks mostly to Giorgio Armani and Jil Sander and mostly to black. “Black pants and a black pullover, a black long-sleeve thing and then something over it,” she says. “It’s a complete cop-out.”

Whatever it is, it’s working.

“They’ve totally got it going on,” says Bee. “Nora had a jacket on [at rehearsal] yesterday that I was drooling over, and Delia was wearing these little boots. My goodness, you want to snatch their clothes and run.”

 

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