Posts Tagged ‘understated elegance’
It just dawned on me that I’ve been delinquent in my responsibilities to promote the first-ever Wear a Gown to Work Day on May 29. Between Toronto Fashion Week and the dozen or so reality shows I’m addicted to, I’ve been a little distracted. Now I can get back to work and give the women of the world what they need: More glamour in their dreadfully dull lives.
I suppose that it’s a good time for many of you to shop for gowns. It’s prom dress season and the stores are full of fetching ensembles like the one pictured above on fashion icon Kellie Pickler. Wow! Your old Auntie Fashion has been to small-town North Carolina and she doesn”t remember seeing anything like that!
I guess I was shopping in the wrong boutiques. Anyway, you’ve got a little more than seven weeks to get yourself a gown if you haven’t purchased one already. Remember that I’m counting on you, my readers, to launch this event with the enthusiasm of Rachel Zoe on a cigarette after a fourteen hour flight. Just suck it up like it’s the best thing that ever happened to you.
I love my reality shows, so I was glued to the TV last night to see who was going to be cast on Dancing with the Stars. Needless to say, I was delighted when I discovered the Lil’ Kim had been cast on the show. I’m sure she’ll bring along that je ne sais quois that she brings to all her projects. I just hope her new partner has had his shots. In the name of Zob, please don’t let it be Maks. Let me have a chance with him before he lays his hands on that.
Other celebrities joining the show include Jewel and her cowboy husband, Denise Richards, gymnast Shawn Johnson, whatshisface Wozniak, some guys I didn’t recognize who are probably athletes, and lead singer of the Go-Gos, Belinda Carlisle. I’ll put my money on her. She’s got the beat, after all.
I don’t know why I was thinking about Jacqueline Stallone this morning, but I was. For those of you who are too young to remember, Jackie is the mother of Sylvester Stallone. As his career began to skyrocket in the 80s, Jackie’s trajectory also began to reach new heights. An astrologer by trade, Jackie published a book called Starpower (and my friend Greg claims “It was surprisingly good.”)
Her genuine talent aside, Jackie became more famous for possessing a signature look: The Jackie Stallone headband. Although headbands were ubiquitious throughout the 80s, no one rocked a headband quite like Jackie. Hers were giant, elaborate affairs — what one who didn’t live through the 80s might define as excessive. In retrospect, they look rather ridiculous, but that’s fashion for you. Just ten years ago, leggings were the laughingstock of the fashion community, and now they’re everywhere again. For all you know, the Jackie Stallone headband could be the next big thing. I think I saw Carine Roitfeld wearing one.
Anyway, that got me wondering if any of you have a signature piece? Is there a single article in your wardrobe that defines your sense of style? I’d like to know. Send me the details via the comments section, and one lucky reader might win a prize. Okay, I’m lying about that last part, but I’d still like to hear from you.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a signature piece to create. Who knew that lime green neoprene was so hard to sew?
It looks like Rupaul’s Drag Race is off to a bad start already. The top vote-getters seem to have discovered a way to subvert the online voting process. It’s probably just as easy as cleaning out your cache and deleting your browser’s cookies in between every vote you make for yourself. Nothing else can really explain the discrepancy between the leaders and other top vote-getters, like the demure Raya Light. How could such a sweet, delicate flower like Raya not be winning the race? It defies all logic.
Raya also posted a blog entry on her profile to comment on how fishy it is to see such a wide gap in the total votes between the front runners and the also-rans. The only fishy thing I want to see in this contest is Holy McGrail! The only wide gap I want to hear about is the one between her . . . oh, never mind. You get my point, don’t you?
In her blog, Raya also suggests that only registered voters be able to vote in the subsequent casting rounds. That’s a wonderful idea. I was voting as an unregistered voter earlier in the competition, but I grew weary of filling out those annoying Captchas. Still, I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. To those girls who are leading the race by voting for themselves, your tolerance for mind-numbing mediocrity is a lot higher than mine. I applaud your tenacity, even if it isn’t going to get you anywhere.
After a couple of consecutive season finales of America’s Next Top Model that can only be described as tragic, I was delighted to learn that RuPaul’s Drag Race is currently casting. While the details of the show are currently up-in-the-air, it sounds a lot like ANTM, only with girls who don’t need training wheels. It’s going to be fabulous!
If you visit the site, you can click through the profiles of several contestants, including the unsinkable Tammie Brown, above, whose understated elegance leaves me wanting more! Any girl who spells Tammie with an I and an E is okay with me, too. Just don’t spell it with a Y or I’ll kick you in the box.