Not Losing Sleep Over Tired Celebrity Fashion

You may have heard that the Golden Globes ceremony has been canceled. Many fashion minded people seem broken up about this, but I don't really care. A few years ago, celebrities ceased to be stylish and started being safe. They pay people to make them perfect and rarely step out of the mold. Beyonce is always poured into something sparkly. Ellen Pompeo will wear something boldly adorned with a 70s vibe. Jennifer Aniston will pull something from her closet of simple black dresses. Charlize Theron for Dior, Nicole Kidman for Chanel, Reese Witherspoon for Nina Ricci. Award shows are a sea of smokey eyes, Greek-inspired drapey column gowns for the sticks and retro-style party dresses on the curvier women. If someone is daring enough to try something new, the fashion and entertainment communities often rip their experiment apart.

(l) Felicity Huffman at the 2007 Golden Globes in a pretty but unadventurous gown.
(r) Katie Holmes at the recent Critic's Choice Awards in a lovely Lanvin gown many fashion critics have hated.

Perhaps if more celebrities were fashionably daring like Cate Blanchett or Keira Knightley (both Golden Globe nominees), we would see some adventure on the red carpet. Spring/Summer 08 ready-to-wear and Fall 07 couture were stocked with daring gowns. Can't actresses choose more dramatic shapes? Stars could go with the popular mini for the red carpet in this Zac Posen dress, or go the opposite route and cover the arms with a boldly belted Alexander McQueen. They could even *gasp!* show up in this delicate Prada pantsuit.
White is generally an issue on the red carpet as traditional formal looks often appear bridal. Neither this sparkly ruffled mini from John Galliano nor Fendi's layered stripes would be mistaken for wedding wear.
Unexpected patterns are another way to stir things up. The Louis Vuitton show incorporated pinstripe suits into its dresses. Christian Dior's 60th anniversary couture collection produced this beautiful blue gown that appears so traditionally royal that it's still completely different from regular awards show fare. While some people don't like such covered designs for fancy affairs, I love this Marchesa gown. The bold color keeps it from looking too demure, and it's a departure from the screen siren look we so often see.
Do you wish both celebrities and real people would play with style more, or do you think safe is better than the worst dressed list?


becca said…
Stars have the means to experiment with some great dresses. They should have more fun.
Anonymous said…
I think they should play it safe to a point. Wear an outfit that you don't need to worry about spilling out of, beyond that: go nuts and do what you like.

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