They say wearing solid blacks and whites doesn’t look good on TV; the colors tend to wash you out and overpower a soft complexion. Anchors usually favor color. But one daytime host has, in her yearlong tenure, taken that rule to an extreme.
On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Ann Curry, co-host of NBC’s Today show, will be replaced after only a year on the job. But to viewers who tuned in that morning, the news may not have been as much of a shock as the dress she had on: a blinding yellow tunic, long in the back and short in the front. Even Al Roker was confused by it. “It’s like a dress mullet!” he said.
Since assuming the job a year ago, Curry has taken many sartorial risks. Despite her early morning call-time, she has made a signature out of unseasonably bold colors, spike heels, and hemlines so high they often appear to be a challenge on high stools. There was an all-white jumpsuit with pink and blue platform heels to interview Reese Witherspoon on a frigid morning in February, several appearances in a favorite pair of 6-inch open-toe sandals, and even a Today show-themed dress, complete with the show’s logo on one side, by the designer Lisa Perry. And often Curry’s standout moments carry big price tags. Perry’s “Fleurty Dress,” for example, which Curry has worn on air three times this year, retails for $1,295. “Ann Curry’s stylist for @TodayShow should be publicly flogged,” tweeted one watcher last year.
But despite her occasionally out-there choices, Curry’s fashion risks have earned her a fair amount of praise. The New York Times called Curry’s look “nervier—and arguably more youthful—than that of her peers.” Lucky magazine said she represented “minimalism at its best,” and when Curry showed up in a black outfit that look liked something Morticia Adams would wear, even Jezebel asked: “Did she rifle through Carine Roitfeld’s closet?” (Roitfeld, a former editor of French Vogue, dresses almost exclusively in black.) Behold, our 10 most favorite crazy Ann Curry outfits from her year on the job.