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March 5, 2011

Lady Gaga wears Haider Ackermann on the cover of Vogue (Rachel Zoe wears out her welcome at the Academy Awards)

Yes, the backroom deals in the world of high fashion make trading derivatives on Wall Street look like a silly game for the eTrade baby. Let me explain.

Haider Ackermann is the best designer you’ve probably never heard of. He’s the Colombian born, Belgian trained designer that Karl Lagerfeld favors to take over at  the helm of Chanel. Tilda Swinton has already made a splash on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in his clothes. He is most certainly  on the very short list of designers to replace John Galliano at Dior.   Speculation will surely be running rampant today at the  showing of his Fall 2011 collection in Paris.

One of the most astounding missteps made by Rachel Zoe at the Academy Awards –apart from arranging the  gluttonous onstage costume changes–  was excluding Haider from her repetoire of gowns for Anne Hathaway. Ackermann is where fashion is headed and it would have said a lot for Ms. Zoe to be ahead of the curve. And ahead of the curve is where she sorely needs to be as it was recently documented that Ms. Zoe copied a dress she styled for Teen Vogue a few years back and passed it off as her own in her  laughably derivative debut runway collection. (All hail the next Tory Burch!)

So who needed to see the tiresome Oscar de la Renta (Raf Simons rip off) dress? The retro Vivienne Westwood ? The mothballed “archival” Valentino? The obligatory Tom Ford?

Not I.

Given that  Cartier paid Ms. Hathaway $750,000 dollars to wear its jewelry at the Academy Awards this year, you’d think she could afford to pay Ms. Zoe to do her homework.

At this point you have to feel a bit sorry for James Franco. Did he at least get a free “I’m with shady” t shirt for his hosting duties? Now at least we have a plausible explanation as to why Ms. Hathaway was over the moon onstage while Mr. Franco was under a rock.

Then again, perhaps it is Gwyneth Paltrow who should be complaining the loudest, not I. Louis Vuitton only paid her  $500,000 to wear its earrings and broach  on the red carpet. (Unfortunately, it occurred to no one to pay her not to sing.)  So the next time Tim Gunn interviews Valentino with Ms. Hathaway on the red carpet he can stop pretending he doesn’t know what “archival” means (DUDE, who are you kidding? Were you on the faculty at Parsons or at Carson’s?) and start asking “who are you wearing and how much were you paid?”

Kind of makes  one want to gag, right?

At any rate, it is thrilling to finally see (the all too often exurb oriented cover of American) Vogue make me go gaga.

Click here to see the entire  Spring  2011 Haider Ackermann on

March 1, 2011

The Best Dressed List: The Men of the 2011 Academy Awards

This year the freshest silhouette  for men was the six button double  breasted tux.

Hugh Jackman (in Ermenegildo Zegna), Jake Gyllenhaal (in Salvatore Ferragamo) and Tom Hanks all looked spectacular in it. Caveat emptor: you must be tall and lean to wear this kind of tux.

Hugh Jackman

The one button jacket was still going strong again this year. Jeremy Renner got it absolutely right in this shawl collar version from John Varvatos.

Justin Timberlake looked exceptionally good in a wide peak lapel version from Tom Ford.

Finally, it was refreshing to see Robert Downey Jr. riff on the tuxedo and get it exactly right.  The tux is actually navy. The piping along the lapels is quite sharp.

I want to run out and duplicate this look for myself!

What a difference a year makes: In 2010, both RDJ and Jeremy Renner were on my worst dressed list!

February 9, 2011

Tom Ford Spring 2011

March 8, 2010

*The Best Dressed Men at The Academy Awards 2010

The one button tuxedo  with a shawl collar was the standout fashion statement of the night.

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The peak lapel single button version was a close second.

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And Bradley Cooper rocked the traditional notch lapel two button jacket better than anyone else. As close to perfect as you can get if you’re not Tom Ford.

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January 18, 2010

*It’s Raining. Men with Beards. The Golden Globes 2010

Call it five o’clock shadow. Call it scruff. Call it a trim beard. Call it, as Details magazine does in this month’s issue, “the barely there beard.”

Let’s face it, whatever you call it, if you were watching last night’s telecast of The Golden Globe Awards, you  couldn’t have possibly missed all the guys that were sporting some version of it.

Yes, the beard has been making a quiet comeback for the better part of the last decade among the style cognoscenti but last night it made its mainstream/viral debut as a black tie accessory among  the men of Hollywood. Oh look, George Clooney, Jeremy Irons, Christian Slater, Peter Sarsgaard, Toby Maguire, Ricky Gervais, Jon Hamm and Tom Ford to name but a very few.[picapp align=”right” wrap=”false” link=”term=golden+globes+tom+ford+2010+arrivals&iid=7581710″ src=”f/8/6/1/The_Weinstein_Company_3e42.jpg?adImageId=9214253&imageId=7581710″ width=”234″ height=”370″ /]

But not everyone looked good with a beard and that’s because, as with any whim of  (men’s) fashion, whether one looks ruggedly handsome or ridiculously hirsute in 2010 depends, first and foremost, on knowing and following a few rules.

If you’re going to be taken seriously wearing a beard, make sure it doesn’t look like your style inspiration came from ZZ Top(William Hurt). Make sure you know the difference between a beard and a goatee because the latter is so 1993 /Todd Palin circa 2008 (U2’s the Edge,  Jeff Bridges, Robert Downey Jr.). If you have the shoulder length hair of Jim Morrison but not his  looks and swagger (William Macy) or if you have his youth on your side but your hair is stringy and your beard grows in patches (Jason Reitman), you should think twice before you break on through to the other side.

Tom Ford has been pulling off the look successfully longer than  anyone in the  A-list style savvy crowd. His barely there beard is no more than 5 days of growth and he keeps his hair perfectly cropped and well cut.   Hollywood stars who took Mr Ford as their inspiration  included Hugh Laurie, Gerard Butler, Jesse Spencer and Sam Worthington.[picapp align=”right” wrap=”false” link=”term=toby+maguire+golden+globes+2010+arrivals&iid=7583546″ src=”8/c/f/a/Tobie_Maguire_arrives_e487.JPG?adImageId=9218204&imageId=7583546″ width=”234″ height=”405″ /]

If your hair is a bit longer, the beard looks best when the hair is slicked back and/or parted (note to Jeremy Piven). “Gossip Girl” star Chase Crawford looked as dapper as anyone who tried this look, as did Ricky Gervais, Toby Maguire, Colin Farrell and Eli Roth.

A few of the guys dared try what looked like a full on beard, including  Jon Hamm, George Clooney,  “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Golden Globe winner for Best Supporting actor in “Inglorious Basterds,” Christoph Waltz. A fuller beard is trickier to pull off unless it and your hair are impeccably groomed (note to Mr Waltz). Ideally Mr Clooney’s beard should have been a little shorter to compensate for the  salt and pepper hair. And if you’re going to try the full beard, better make damn sure you look like Jon Hamm. (All I’m saying is it  really helps.)

If the rain last night in Los Angeles didn’t prove refreshing, at least the reign of the beard did. Also refreshing is that now in Hollywood a beard is, well, a beard and not a derogatory term for one of  the wives  of  any number of closeted superstars with adopted and IVF babies and a penchant for Scientology.

Sorry, the devil–I mean Ricky Gervais– made me say it.

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Pictured above: Jon Hamm with his wife Jennifer Westfeldt, George Clooney with his latest flame and Chase Crawford. Hope you enjoyed the show and don’t forget to watch “The Ricky Gervais Show” on HBO in February.