Today's Fashion News - It's Time for Mr Blackwell's Worst-Dressed List

by Fran Walker
Fashion School Review Columnist

February 17, 2006

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Mr. Blackwell listed fashion's top ten best and worst icons for 2005. Dispensing scathing comments in rhyme, he has been shaking up fashion careers for 46 years. So does his own fashion career give him the right?

So Who is on Today's Fashion's Best and Worst List?

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First, here are today's top ten fashion disasters for 2005 (according to Mr. Blackwell):
Britney Spears (an over-the-hill Lolita), Mary Kate Olsen, Jessica Simpson, Eva Longoria, Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Shakira, Anna Nicole Smith and Renee Zellweger.

And here is his list of today's fashion hits:
Reese Witherspoon, Kirsten Dunst, Kathy Hilton, Dionne Warwick, Nicole Kidman, Carolina Herrera, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Moss, Natalie Portman and even the widow of "Moon River" composer Henry Mancini, Ginny Mancini.

Mr. Blackwell's Fashion Career

"2005 turned out to be a particularly bad year for couture chaos, wardrobe wrecks and stylistic sleaze," according to New Yorker Richard Selzer, who has been publishing Mr. Blackwell's list since 1960. So what kind of fashion career has given him the right to be so nasty?

The story of Mr. Blackwell's fashion career comes second to the fascinating story of his life, revealed in his autobiography From Rags to Bitches. Overcoming a terrible childhood and failed Hollywood career, he embarked on a very successful fashion design career designing dresses, before retiring from to concentrate on his lists. Zsa Zsa Gabor was reputedly so fed up of being featured on his list, she gave in and commissioned him to make a gown for her. It's not everyone's idea of how to maintain a fashion career, but be honest, you agree with him - don't you?

About the Author
Fran Walker is a freelance writer, editor and researcher specializing in educational, health, safety and domestic issues. Previously, she spent five years in marketing in the self-help, health and health and safety sectors before leaving to start a family

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