Episode 3: Kick the Sweatpants, Get Ready to Dress


        We are coming out of lockdown. Is it time to dump the sweatpants? As business returns to Rodeo Drive with newly announced Red-Tier openings and a series of much awaited awards ceremonies on the calendar, fresh looks and wardrobe renewal are top of mind.

        In this episode, host Bronwyn Cosgrave talks to three fashion thought leaders; Owner and Agent at The Beverly Hills Estates Rayni Williams, Stanford Law Professor and author of the acclaimed new book “Dress Codes: How The Laws of Fashion Made History” Richard Thompson Ford, and Forbes Columnist Rebecca Suhrawardi about their personal pandemic dressing stories, and what they think we’ll be wearing when we get back to the outside world.

        For Williams, it is time to party: “I have stocked up on about six evening gowns,” she says, in readiness for the revival of real life events. Thompson Ford, adds that past pandemics changed fashion and so will this one: “It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see an explosion of very sumptuous fashions, fashions that seemed to be kind of on the decline before COVID”. Suhrawardi offers her takeaway saying the new Fall/Winter collections suggest an “overall feeling of safety and ensconcing yourself… It’s that top layer that is a shield between you and the world, a world that has been very unkind to us this past year.”

        Plan ahead for your post-pandemic looks with this episode of Rodeo Drive-The Podcast.

        Photo Credits:
        View of Rodeo Drive, photo by Brica Wilcox, courtesy Rodeo Drive Committee.
        Portrait of Rayni Williams, photography by Ye Rin Mok.

        Podcast credits:

        Executive Producer: Lyn Winter
        Host: Bronwyn Cosgrave
        Written by Frances Anderton
        Audio Engineer and Editor: Avishay Artsy
        Theme music by Brian Banks
        Production Coordinators: Livia Mandoul, Callie McConnell and Sila Genya.

        Season Two of Rodeo Drive – The Podcast is presented by the Rodeo Drive Committee with the support of the City of Beverly Hills, The Hayman Family, Two Rodeo Drive, GEARYS and the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau.