Oprah Winfrey is getting ready for her “Next Chapter,” cleaning out her closest at the soon-to-be-demolished Harpo Studios in Chicago. Lady O jetted out of Chi-town back in 2011 to start her own cable network, OWN, and then she decided to bring her whole production studio to the west coast.
Now, the media mogul and her team are cleaning out the closets at the old Harpo studios to decide which items to keep and which items to put for auction. And Coveteur was there to document the event and to chop it up with Oprah as she went through her wardrobe. YES, this is a major event. It's Oprah we're talking about dammit! Hell, we'll just take a shoe insert at this point.
Lady O is donating hundreds of pieces of clothing on Ebay where you will have a chance to get your hands on some of the items Oprah wore as host of her own talk show for the last 25+ years.
“My clothes were for being seen on TV or at an event, said Oprah. “I’m still doing those things, but now my clothes are just for me.”
Standing in her 19-by-26-foot closet, she had tons of help from her bestie Gayle King and her creative director, Adam Glassman came to supervise. Fashion editor Jenny Capitain and stylist Kelly Hurliman were on hand to organize the pieces Oprah wants to keep and the pieces she’s letting go of.
“You know, Adam [Glassman was] the one who made me realize I was holding on to clothes that were all about a dream I had for myself, said Oprah. “I chose them for this idea I’d gotten into my head of how someone like me was supposed to live, but they had nothing to do with my actual life. And that changed me!”
Lady O pulled out this bright coral blazer and said, “I just don’t need all this intense color, the embellishment, the heels anymore. When you’re in front of TV cameras every day, you have to stand out, but I’m in a different place now, and those things no longer serve me.”
Talk about a transformation!
If you were a fan of Oprah’s daytime TV threads, you can place your bets in the Ebay auction with proceeds benefitting The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Mark your calendars. The auction launches March 4th at 12AM EST.