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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fashion Wears a Frown

He once said that Meryl Streep looked like a "gypsy abandoned by a caravan." It's those kinds of statements that gave birth to the red carpet critic. Mr. Blackwell, likely the most well known fashion critic, died today. You may not know Richard Sylvan Selzer, but everyone knew Mr. Blackwell. The premiere fashion critic had Hollywood's elite waiting with bated breath every 2nd Tuesday of January when his worst dressed list was released. The critic started as an actor and turned to fashion once the acting career stalled. He made a name for himself not with his own designs but, his scathing remarks about celebs on the red carpet. His first list was published in 1960. Believe it or not, he didn't like the public perception that he was mean. He saw it as his duty to critique celeb style because he thought fashion designers weren't doing their jobs. Their job as he saw it was to make women look beautiful. Hollywood starlets, feel free to roam the streets in your ugliest frocks yet. Do it for Mr. Blackwell.

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