21 January 2010

Cathy and Andre bemoan ‘mediocre’ Golden Globes fashion

 
Both the redoubtable Cathy Horyn of The New York Times and André Leon 'Famine of beauty!' Talley of US Vogue have weighed into the post-Globes dress debate. Cathy is bemused by the absence of 'the best designers' (er, what about Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Dior, Balenciaga, McQueen?!) and defeatedly points to a preponderance of blush pink and one-shouldered dresses… '[Not a] single, game-changing dress that people would talk about'. Poor Sandra Bullock’s Bottega effort is dismissed as ‘badly designed’.

Now Mr Talley adds his views to the debate, lamenting that, 'It’s sad what passes for style in Hollywood.' While he praises Julianna Margulies for her ruby Narciso Rodriguez paillette gown and Sigourney Weaver for her forest Hervé L Leroux, other stars come off far worse after a dressing-down from ALT – take Julia Roberts. 'Well, this is how to make a black dress look wrong. She is no Sharon Stone; she can’t pull off a draped-jersey, high-waisted number – even if it is vintage YSL. She is the embodiment of thoroughly sloppy star.' Meee-ow!
 
Now, we have two things to suggest to Cathy and André. Number one, what with the massive emphasis put on to ‘best and worst dressed lists’ in the fashion press as well as the tabloids, then journalists have only got themselves to blame if the stars all start ‘playing it safe’ (which they are, if we’re honest).
 
The stars seemingly can’t win. Look at what Cathy says about Julia Roberts (and yes, she was talking about the same dress). 'Julia Roberts looked terrific in what was apparently a vintage YSL dress.' See what we mean?
 
Number two – forget the Oscars – the Brit Awards and MTV VMA’s are only around the corner! Then we’ll have Gaga, Rihanna and Katy Perry to name but three. There’ll be no pale pink chiffon wafting around at either of those events…

- Naomi Attwood


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