Celebrity Fashion Feats and Faux Pas

by Sarah Clark
Fashion School Review Columnist

March 16, 2007

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Celebrities are always recognized for their sense of fashion, or lack thereof. As a fashion student, can you identify the best dressed and worst fashion offenders in Hollywood? This may not be the high-brow fashion design exercise you'd encounter during fashion school, but it can teach you a few things about what makes or breaks a great fashion trend. Here are a few of our observations.

Fashion Faux Pas #1: Seducing the Camera
Have you noticed the oh-so-rehearsed flirty eyes women are beaming toward the cameras these days? It seems they've all taken lessons from Paris Hilton on how to look as thoroughly consumed with themselves - and their sexuality - as the heiress so expertly does. How about just a regular girl-next-door smile a la Goldie Hawn or Julia Roberts? Today's red carpet women wear permanently pouty expressions that suggest they are too good for anyone or anything, except their ostentatious, oversized diamonds.

Fashion Feat #1: Pairing Style with Modesty
Okay, so maybe some of those women are at least wearing socially responsible diamonds. Nonetheless, this kind of self-involved behavior is a major fashion faux pas. Audrey Hepburn showed us that beauty and humility made for a fabulous match. She could be demure without drawing too much attention to herself, gracefully maintaining her dignity as a woman. Modern Hollywood could learn from her.

Fashion Faux Pas #2: Anchoring Breasts
Another potential fashion design faux pas are breasts that are made to assume unnatural positions. Such maneuverings require special glue and tape to ensure their specific place under or around the dress (or better, a place that won't result in a FCC fine).As a viewer, it's uncomfortable to watch these women holding such a precarious pose; you're just waiting for a breast to break free of its restraints for the whole world to see. Is the dress really worth the risk? We think not.

Your Career in Fashion Design and Fashion School
While these points may seem merely good fodder for comedians, it's important as someone with a future career in fashion to note that not all trends are good ones. In fashion school, you'll learn what works and what doesn't, when to take risks and when to play it safe. And you'll learn how to manage a career in fashion that stands the test of time, making true legends out of Hollywood starlets.

About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer specializing in career development and postsecondary education.

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